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How to Choose the Right Direct Box (DI)

How to Choose the Right Direct Box (DI)

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A Musician’s Friend Buying Guide

Learn the differences between active and passive DIs, how they work, and how to harness them onstage and in the studio for better sound.

Opinions Unplugged: Musicians Reflect on Acoustic Guitars

Opinions Unplugged: Musicians Reflect on Acoustic Guitars

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The acoustic guitar can be used for much more than ballads and singing Kumbaya around the campfire. Rock, folk, experimental, and even classical musicians are breaking new ground with the acoustic guitar. Whether you are a newcomer, or a skilled guitar player looking to explore new sounds, the range of instruments (and what you can do with them) has never been greater.

Chronicles: Flying V Falters, Stones Stigmatized, George Reversed, & Ray Banned

The HUB Chronicles: Flying V Falters…Stones Stigmatized…George Reversed…Ray Banned

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Historic Events That Rocked Music—The Week of April 21

Crown of the Continent: A Festival Like No Other

Crown of the Continent: A Festival Like No Other

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Where guitarists mingle and learn from their heroes in a spectacular setting

Five Minutes with Tim Miklaucic of Cordoba Guitars

Five Minutes with Tim Miklaucic of Cordoba Guitars

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Nylon-string guitars that are traditional yet embrace the versatility of today’s players

Michael Franti & Spearhead to Mash Up Music with Yoga

Michael Franti & Spearhead to Mash Up Music with Yoga

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30-plus city Soulshine Tour will feature acoustic jams, yoga sessions. and a stellar supporting lineup

April Band of the Month - SHEL

Band of the Month - SHEL

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Homegrown Folk Revival

By Bradley Weinholtz

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains foothills and surrounded by forest lies the town of Fort Collins, Colorado. Rich with history and infused with a vibrant cultural scene, it’s home to Colorado State University and somewhat ironically was one of the towns that inspired the design of Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. It’s also home to SHEL—the four Holbrook sisters—whose songs offer a bewitching brew of Celtic, folk, and rock elements. The precision of classical training coupled with unerring instincts for weaving together rootsy folk and more forceful rock threads into haunting songs positions this quartet for big things.

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

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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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.

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