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The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca

Our interest in people who choose to create things by hand knows no bounds. Whether it’s surfboards, clothing, or in this case: Flamenco guitars. The latest film in Dimitris Ladopoulos’ series “The Art of Making“, Ladopoulos showcases guitar maker Vassilis Lazarides, a master of his craft, and all the processes and hours it takes to…

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Corter Natural Leather Guitar Picks

Experiment with your sound by giving these Corter natural leather guitar picks ($10) a strum. Besides looking great, this creative use of American certified vegetable tanned leather scraps provides a little more give compared to the traditional plastic variety, resulting in a slightly warmer play tone. Like any other faithful leather product, repeated use will…

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Pickmaster Plectrum Punch

The Pickmaster Plectrum Punch ($39) is the perfect accessory for guitar players, and we’re not talking about the colored button-pressing variety. It’s essentially a rock-inspired hole puncher designed to turn old gift cards, ids, and credit cards into personalized strummers. So kiss those worries about your pick clashing with your mullet and sequins goodbye. Buy…

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Orange Thunder 30 Amplifier

For the most part, the guitar amplifier market is a sea of black Tolex. Bucking this trend, Orange Amplifiers, based out of the United Kingdom, have been encasing the classic British sound in bright orange (much as the the name suggests) since 1968. The soon-to-be released Thunder 30 is every bit as loud as its…

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A Guitar Amongst Guitars

The Fixation | Gibson 1959 Les Paul (Vintage)

This week’s fixation: a guitar. Not just any old guitar, mind you. A rarity amongst rarities, this completely original 1959 Les Paul is completely original from the hardware, case and key, and paperwork; its all new, right down to its gorgeous signature flamey finish. For more information, contact the venerable high-end audio retailer Vintage King…

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The Real (Virtual) Axe

Mad Catz Rock Band Fender Stratocaster

Rock Band and its main rival Guitar Hero are sort of a big deal, if you hadn’t heard already. For the most competitive faux rockers, the Mad Catz Fender Stratocaster is the ultimate Rock Band controller. Based on a legit Fender Strat body, it’s gotten the Dr. Frankenstein treatment, being reborn as the clear superior…

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Blackbird Rider Guitar

A guitar fit for Michael Knight himself. Who says guitars always have to be made of wood? Not Blackbird, that’s for sure. The Blackbird Rider is an acoustic steel string guitar that’s compact with full-bodied sound. It actually uses a second soundhole at the head of the guitar to provide stereo sound through it’s hallow…