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  • Metallica Announce New Album and Tour
    by PRESS RELEASE on November 28, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    Metallica has confirmed the title and release date of its forthcoming 12th studio album: 72 Seasons will be available April 14, 2023 via the band’s own Blackened Recordings. Produced by Greg Fidelman with Hetfield & Ulrich, and clocking in at over 77 minutes, the 12-track 72 Seasons is Metallica’s first full length collection of new material since 2016’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. Listen to the first single “Lux Æterna” here.Speaking on the concept of the album title, James Hetfield said: “72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves. The concept that we were told ‘who we are’ by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry.”The complete track listing of 72 Seasons:Shadows FollowScreaming SuicideSleepwalk My Life AwayYou Must Burn!Lux ÆternaCrown of Barbed WireChasing LightIf Darkness Had a SonToo Far Gone?Room of MirrorsInamorataMetallica: Lux Æterna (Official Music Video)Today also marks the announcement of every Metallica show booked through 2023 and 2024: Presented worldwide by Liquid Death and Blackened American Whiskey (in North America only) and promoted by Live Nation, Metallica’s M72 world tour will see the band playing two nights in every city it visits—with each No Repeat Weekend featuring two completely different setlists and support lineups. The M72 tour will feature a bold new in-the-round stage design that relocates the famed Metallica Snake Pit to center stage, as well as the I Disappear full-tour pass and the debut of discounted tickets for fans under 16 years of age. Two-day tickets will be on sale Friday, December 2nd at ticketmaster.com and will include the option of pre-ordering 72 Seasons vinyl and/or CD. Single day tickets will be available beginning January 20th. For further information including fan club presales, enhanced experiences and more, go to metallica.com/m72-info.METALLICA M72 WORLD TOUR 2023-2024Thursday, April 27 2023 – Amsterdam NL – Johan Cruijff ArenaSaturday, April 29 2023 – Amsterdam NL – Johan Cruijff ArenaWednesday, May 17 2023 – Paris FR – Stade de France*Friday, May 19 2023 – Paris FR – Stade de FranceFriday, May 26 2023 – Hamburg DE – VolksparkstadionSunday, May 28 2023 – Hamburg DE – VolksparkstadionFriday, June 16 2023 – Gothenburg SE – Ullevi Stadium**Sunday, June 18 2023 – Gothenburg SE – Ullevi StadiumFriday, August 4 2023 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife StadiumSunday, August 6 2023 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife StadiumFriday, August 11 2023 – Montreal, QC – Stade OlympiqueSunday, August 13 2023 – Montreal, QC – Stade OlympiqueFriday, August 18 2023 – Arlington, TX – AT&T StadiumSunday, August 20 2023 – Arlington, TX – AT&T StadiumFriday, August 25 2023 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi StadiumSunday, August 27 2023 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi StadiumFriday, September 1 2023 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm StadiumSunday, September 3, 2023 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm StadiumFriday, November 3, 2023 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s CenterSunday, November 5, 2023 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s CenterFriday, November 10, 2023 – Detroit, MI – Ford FieldSunday, November 12, 2023 – Detroit, MI – Ford FieldFriday, May 24 2024 – Munich DE – OlympiastadionSunday, May 26 2024 – Munich DE – OlympiastadionFriday, June 7 2024 – Helsinki FI – Olympic StadiumSunday, June 9 2024 – Helsinki FI – Olympic StadiumFriday, June 14 2024 – Copenhagen DK – Parken StadiumSunday, June 16 2024 – Copenhagen DK – Parken StadiumFriday, July 5 2024 – Warsaw PL – PGE NarodowySunday, July 7 2024 – Warsaw PL – PGE NarodowyFriday, July 12 2024 – Madrid ES – Estadio Cívitas MetropolitanoSunday, July 14 2024 – Madrid ES – Estadio Cívitas MetropolitanoFriday, August 2 2024 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette StadiumSunday, August 4 2024 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette StadiumFriday, August 9 2024 – Chicago, IL – Soldier FieldSunday, August 11 2024 – Chicago, IL – Soldier FieldFriday, August 16 2024 – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank StadiumSunday, August 18 2024 – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank StadiumFriday, August 23 2024 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth StadiumSunday, August 25 2024 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth StadiumFriday, August 30 2024 – Seattle, WA – Lumen FieldSunday, September 1 2024 – Seattle, WA – Lumen FieldFriday, September 20 2024 – Mexico City MX – Foro Sol***Sunday, September 22 2024 – Mexico City MX – Foro SolFriday, September 27 2024 – Mexico City MX – Foro Sol***Sunday, September 29 2024 – Mexico City MX – Foro SolShow 1 Support Europe: Architects & Mammoth WVH**Show 2 Support Europe: Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills*Five Finger Death Punch/Ice Nine Kills play show 1 in Paris, Architects & Mammoth WVH play show 2 in Paris **Volbeat replaces Architects on show 1 in GothenburgShow 1 Support North America: Pantera & Mammoth WVH***Show 2 Support North America: Five Finger Death Punch & Ice Nine Kills***Greta Van Fleet replaces Pantera on show 1 both weekends in Mexico CityThe album will be released in formats including 2LP 140g black vinyl and limited edition variants, CD and digital—for a full listing of configurations, pre-orders and further information, go to metallica.com/72-seasons-info.

  • Jackson Audio Silvertone 1484 Twin Twelve Review
    by Dave Hunter on November 28, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    Once harvested for peanuts at garage sales and pawn shops—or free for lucky dumpster divers—the Silvertone Model 1484 Twin Twelve amplifier of 1963-’67 graduated to legend status over the past couple decades. Like a lot of ’60s gear with department store catalog origins, Silvertone amps and guitars provided great bang for the buck when they were new. But perhaps no Silvertone product—apart from the company’s Danelectro-built guitars—is as revered as the Twin Twelve. Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Steve Turner discovered their charms early in their career, and Twin Twelves and their siblings remained backline fixtures for punks, garage rockers, and indie kids. But once the likes of Jack White and Dan Auerbach got on board, the market heated up considerably. Now a collaboration between the revived Silvertone Guitars and Jackson Audio brings us the Twin Twelve pedal, an overdrive/EQ/booster designed to replicate the tone of the original 1484 piggyback tube amp. To accomplish this, Jackson essentially recreated the topology of the 1484’s preamp, effectively replacing vacuum tubes with JFETs. This method is common for many amp-in-a-box-style pedals. But the result here is a drive of many personalities.Listen to the demo: https://soundcloud.com/premierguitar/sets/twin-twelve-review’Round MidnightThe 1484 pedal does a beautiful job of evoking the look of the original 1484 amplifier, including the silver control panel, simple and elegant black lettering, black knobs with silver insets and red indicator lines, red amp-style jewel light, and even the humorous “Foot Switch” legend over the footswitch. What’s more, this pedal seems built to fend off home invaders and stage divers. It’s notably hefty in its heavy-duty folded-steel chassis, which measures 5″ x 4″ x 2″.Controls include treble, bass, volume, and gain—the latter of which never appeared on the original amp. A look inside the enclosure reveals a lot of space and few components. Juice comes from 9V DC that hits an internal voltage-doubler to improve headroom.Double TroubleI tested the Twin Twelve pedal with a Fender Princeton combo and a 65amps London head and 2×12 cab as well as a Gibson Les Paul with humbuckers and a ’50s-style Fender Telecaster, and the first impressions were surprising. Expecting a characterfully sludgy mud machine and grungy pawnshop sonics, I experienced instead a toothsome and impressively versatile overdrive that works in a broad range of genres and playing styles. Fundamentally speaking, the Twin Twelve adds lots of character via a combination of thickness and edgy harmonic content. There’s a barky midrange bite that calls to mind the voice of many catalog amps. But it also has a lot in common with low-gain overdrives, like the Klon and Tube Screamer. Those similarities aside, it has a flavor and sound all its own.Expecting a characterfully sludgy mud machine and grungy pawnshop sonics, I experienced instead a toothsome and impressively versatile overdrive that works in a broad range of genres and playing styles.Silvertone may talk a lot about the 1484 as an exact recreation of the Twin Twelve circuit. But in some ways that might sell this pedal short. It’s a great-sounding overdrive by any measure. And, interestingly, it is better at generating American-toned twang, bite, crunch, and lead tones than just about any pedal I’ve played in a while. Clarity and articulation are good, and it makes a great clean boost at lower drive settings while retaining amp-like personality and sensitivity. The pedal is made even more flexible thanks to the 2-band EQ, which provides a lot of room for cutting and boosting the low- and high-frequency bands to taste. It means you have a very flexible boost before you even push your amp into overdrive. It pays similar dividends in overdriven settings, enabling players to explore both the dirtier, thicker side of the American amp tone spectrum or more sparkling variations.The VerdictThe 1484 Twin Twelve is a great overdrive pedal. And the fact that it doesn’t simply clone one of the already popular drive circuits is a major bonus. The EQ is a great asset, too. But while the 1484 excels at capturing the spirit of the amp that inspired it, I’d argue that with most decent tube amps it sounds better than many real Twin Twelves I’ve played. Certainly, it’s more versatile. And that combination of tone and flexibility make it a very appealing overdrive alternative.Jackson Audio 1484 Twin Twelve Pedal

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  • The Changing Digital Landscape of Classical Guitar
    by Simon Powis on August 30, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    If there is one constant in life, it is change. In the past 18 months with the appearance of Covid 19 we have seen an inflection point in the classical guitar world that may have altered how our musical ecosystem functions. Our world has gone digital, much more than ever before. In this episode we […] The post The Changing Digital Landscape of Classical Guitar appeared first on Classical Guitar Corner.

  • CGC 105 : Sor Study in Bminor – Singing and Playing the Melody
    by Simon Powis on January 31, 2021 at 5:11 am

    This famous study by Fernando Sor gives us the the challenge of separating melody from harmony and bass while all being bundled up into continuous eighth notes. One of the most powerful techniques you can use to clarify the melodic part is to isolate the melody, play it separately and even sing the melody too. […] The post CGC 105 : Sor Study in Bminor – Singing and Playing the Melody appeared first on Classical Guitar Corner.

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  • Blues rocker Lauren Anderson brings the heat on new album ‘Burn It All Down’
    by Tara Low on November 28, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Blue rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Nashville, Lauren Anderson, recently released her latest album, Burn It All Down, on September 9th. With the exception of one song, Burn It All Down was written entirely by Anderson. She co-wrote the single “Hit The Spot” with John Salaway and Adam McDonough. She produced the album The post Blues rocker Lauren Anderson brings the heat on new album ‘Burn It All Down’ first appeared on Guitar Girl Magazine. The post Blues rocker Lauren Anderson brings the heat on new album ‘Burn It All Down’ appeared first on Guitar Girl Magazine.

  • AJ Caves: Anything But Tragic
    by Alexx Calise on November 27, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    As seen in Guitar Girl Magazine Issue 20 – Summer 2022 We recently had a chance to connect with the effervescent AJ Caves of Fullerton, CA-based rock band, The Tragic Radicals (TR). A strictly instrumental project known around the OC area for their crushing riffs, towering amplifiers, and overall grungy spirit, TR proves —-despite having The post AJ Caves: Anything But Tragic first appeared on Guitar Girl Magazine. The post AJ Caves: Anything But Tragic appeared first on Guitar Girl Magazine.

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  • Luthier on Luthier: Bryan Galloup
    by Michael Bashkin on November 29, 2022 at 1:57 am

     Bryan Galloup started out as a tool and die maker and now runs one of the largest lutherie schools in the US, in addition to making his own line of highly-coveted acoustic guitars. For episode 72 of the podcast, Bryan tells us about his background before making musical instruments, the path that led to The post Luthier on Luthier: Bryan Galloup appeared first on Fretboard Journal.

  • Podcast 390: John Shults of True Vintage Guitar
    by Jason Verlinde on November 25, 2022 at 5:10 pm

     This week, we talk to one of the young guns of vintage instrument dealing, 33-year-old John Shults of True Vintage Guitar. John is based out of Birmingham, Alabama, and has a unique business model. As his Instagram account reveals, he’s seemingly on an endless guitar safari, traveling around the world and acquiring closet-find Fenders and The post Podcast 390: John Shults of True Vintage Guitar appeared first on Fretboard Journal.

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  • Gibson Transition year of 1964
    by newallgood on September 12, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Around the middle of  1964  major changes occurred. The info below is very useful for dating a Gibson guitar in cases where serial numbers were repeated or unclear. 1. Neck width at the Nut was reduced from 1 11/16 inches to 1 9/16 inches (you will see cases of 1 10/16 inches during this transition … Continue reading Gibson Transition year of 1964 The post Gibson Transition year of 1964 appeared first on All Good Vintage Guitars.

  • Fender Bass break down 1951 to 1969
    by newallgood on February 25, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    1951  The Precision bass was the first production run solid body bass released by Fender in late 1951.  The bass was equipped with a one piece maple fretted neck and one single coil pickup. The production color was Blonde. There are two bridge saddles, and the strings are loaded through  back of the body. The … Continue reading Fender Bass break down 1951 to 1969 The post Fender Bass break down 1951 to 1969 appeared first on All Good Vintage Guitars.