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Band of the Month: Jesse Lawson

Band of the Month: Jesse Lawson

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Bristling with promise, this young rocker has written the second chapter in his career

Martin Custom Sinker Mahogany Dreadnought

Martin Custom Sinker Mahogany Dreadnought: Crafted with Rare Wood Retrieved from the Depths

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The huge projection and reverberant bass notes that pour out of the Martin Custom Sinker Mahogany Dreadnought are largely the result of the extraordinary wood used for the back and sides. But before we get to the guitar itself, the story behind that mahogany is a fascinating one worth telling.

This Week in Music History: September 1

This Week in Music History: Ray Gets Funky…Jerry Lee Auditions…Elton Pans Gen X

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The Events That Rocked Music—The Week of September 1

Clarinet Buying Guide

Clarinet Buying Guide

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How to choose the right clarinet to match your music, skill level, and budget.

Product Review: Alesis DM iPad Dock

Dock Into A New Ecosystem Of Drums with the iPad DM Dock from Alesis

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Transform your iPad into a fully-functional drum module loaded with sounds and training tools to sharpen your chops.

Making Music with iOS Gear

Making Music with iOS Gear: Changing the Shape of Things to Come

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Even though new technology is responsible for so much of how music today is played, recorded, distributed, and even listened to, it can sometimes meet with pockets of resistance. Musicians are artists, and the hallmark of an artist is often his/her open-mindedness. But even artists run the risk of becoming a traditionalist. Some writers wage a war on the nefarious ebook, some painters refuse to even acknowledge software that enables them to work on a computer, and there are musicians who listen with disdain to any electronically synthesized notes. Not all technological advances are for the greater aesthetic good, but many can lift an artist’s work to the next level.

Product Review: Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

Product Review: Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

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Powered high-fidelity headphones with a built-in audiophile amp

Gibson Custom L-4 CES Mahogany: An Old-School Jazz Box with Enormous Warmth

Gibson Custom L-4 CES Mahogany: An Old-School Jazz Box with Enormous Warmth

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This week’s featured archtop is built for the guitarist who seeks an instrument that generates extraordinary warmth and couples that with inviting playability. Gibson Custom Shop luthiers have substituted mahogany back and sides for the usual maple on the L-4 CES, producing a bottom end that’s exceptionally round and resonant. The 175 body shape makes it a pleasure to play.

Guitar Value Package Buying Guide

Guitar Value Package Buying Guide

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A guitar value package that includes all the the right accessories can be a great choice for beginning guitarists. They’re not only budget-friendly but also let you get started playing right out of the box. Read on to learn how to choose the right electric or acoustic guitar value pack for your music and budget.

A Conversation with Rick Beato

A Conversation with Rick Beato—Classical- and Jazz-Trained Musician Turned Rock Producer

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By Barry M Rivman

The key to a long career in music is versatility, and nothing enables versatility like a music education—especially these days when a producer has to wear so many hats (unless you’re Slash, in which case just a top hat will do). With a roster of artists as diverse as his musical taste, Rick Beato is living proof that a jazz- and classically trained musician can rock with the best of them. A graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, Rick found himself in Atlanta in the ’90s, where he formed the innovative hard-rock band, Billionaire. While recording their major-label debut, Rick became enamored with the process of recording and turned his attention to the other side of the glass.

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