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Tech Tip: What Do Direct Boxes Do?

Tech Tip: What Do Direct Boxes Do?

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Learn what direct boxes boxes do and why you might need a DI box onstage or in the studio.

Steely Dan Summer Tour Announced

Steely Dan Summer Tour Announced

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Becker, Fagen, and an all-star band set to hit 47 cities

Chronicles: Keef's Kid, Jerry's Ashes, Roky's Return, and Morrissey Smoked

The HUB Chronicles: Keef’s Kid…Jerry’s Ashes…Roky’s Return…Morrissey Smoked

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Historic Events That Rocked Music—The Week of April 14

Paul Reed Smith Gets Personal and Product Salutes

Paul Reed Smith Gets Personal and Product Salutes

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The Maryland luthier's on a roll with his well-received new axes

Mars Volta Frontmen Join Forces with Flea in New Supergroup

Mars Volta Frontmen Join Forces with Flea (Maybe) in New Supergroup

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In a Twitter feed, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has announced a new project that brings together his sidekick in The Mars Volta, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, with Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea. The new combine will be known as Antemasque.

The Heartbleed Bug and Secure Online Transactions

The Heartbleed Bug and Secure Online Transactions: Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself

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The good news: you’ve been safe when shopping at musiciansfriend.com all along

Will Joan Jett Front Nirvana at Hall of Fame Induction?

Burning Question: Will Joan Jett Front Nirvana at Hall of Fame Induction?

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Photo: Getty Images

Speculation is swirling around the Web about the possibility that former Blackhearts singer-guitarist Joan Jett will be Kurt Cobain’s stand-in when Nirvana is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight, April 10.

Tech Tip: Basic Guitar Maintenance Tips

Tech Tip: Basic Guitar Maintenance Tips

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Keep your guitar looking and sounding its best by following these simple steps and observing a few common-sense precautions.

All the Small Things: Strings, Pickups, and Other Gear

All the Small Things: Strings, Pickups, and Other Gear

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Many guitar players obsess over the major gear in their rig: guitars, amps, microphones, and effects. While those items do the heavy lifting, the smaller choices in gear can still have a major impact on the sound and performance of any musician. Sometimes it’s the way the strings react to the magnets in the pickups, sometimes it’s as simple as the texture of your guitar pick. Every piece of gear matters, and we all have our preferences—some even cause heated debate!

Joe Satriani's New Career-Spanning Box Set

Get Inside Joe Satriani's Head with His New Career-Spanning Box Set

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Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani’s new 15-CD box set, The Complete Studio Recordings, is scheduled for release on April 22 and celebrates his career with new digital remastering supervised by the artist. The set includes a disc of bonus tracks as well as all 14 of Satriani’s studio LPs, mastered in 96k 24-bit High-Resolution Audio and housed in a clamshell case.

Imogen Heap’s Magic Gloves Create Music through Movement

Imogen Heap’s Magic Gloves Create Music Through Movement

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British recording artist and actress Imogen Heap has unveiled the latest version of her electronic Mi.Mu gloves that let you create music with your computer using hand gestures. As she demonstrates in a video posted on Vimeo by design site Dezeen, Heap has added wifi to the gloves eliminating the cumbersome cables of earlier versions. The gloves are made using e-textile technology in which sensors and wiring are integrated into the fabric.

In the Direction of Nathan East

In the Direction of Nathan East

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The prolific bassist talks about his gear, career, and new album

Good Bye: Frankie Knuckles the GodFather of House Music

Good Bye: Frankie Knuckles the GodFather of House Music

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Frankie Knuckles known to many as the “Godfather of House Music” passed away on Monday March 31. He was 59 years old. The history of electronic dance music can be charted using Knuckles’ past, starting in the ‘70s with his celebrity at the Warehouse Club in Chicago and progressing into house music as the culture knows it today. Popular EDM artists such as Afrojack, Hardwell, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, and Daft Punk all link their legacy to Frankie. Like them, he was an innovator blending and mixing one track into another in order to create smooth transitions from one musical pathway into the next.

Singer Ed Sheeran Comes Through for a Dying Teen Fan

Singer Ed Sheeran Comes Through for a Dying Teen Fan

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How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Mandolin

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Mandolin

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A Musician’s Friend Buying Guide

Review: Seagull Coastline S6 Dreadnought

Reviews from the Road: Seagull Coastline S6 Dreadnought

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An Acoustic Guitar That Cuts Through and Stays in Tune

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