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10th Anniversary Duo Jet NOS

10th Anniversary Duo Jet NOS

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Conjuring up classic ‘50s American design elements from outsized tail fins to pearloid paint jobs, the Duo Jet has remained among the most sought-after electric guitars ever since its mid ‘50s introduction. Treasured by George Harrison, he recorded and toured extensively with his ‘57 Duo Jet, posing with it for the cover of his solo LP, Cloud Nine.

Audio Cable Buying Guide

Audio Cable Buying Guide

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Images: Monster Cable

How to choose the right connectors and cables to match your gear and budget

While cables may not be the sexiest part of your setup, understanding how they work and what to look for when shopping will eliminate hassles and ensure you get the best possible sound. This guide will get you up to speed on all the in and outs of audio cabling to help you choose the correct cables for your purpose.

Lefty Guitarists: Not Left Out!

Lefty Guitarists: Not Left Out!

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We lefties, as a people, have suffered perilously under the yoke of the right-handed scissor, the can opener, and of course the dreaded spiral notebook. It's too often that we find the odds stacked against us. Luckily, we can take a little solace in the knowledge that we are in good company. Lefties are to be found among notable scientists, world leaders and other luminaries, but especially in terms of left-handed guitarists. Some big names that are famous for shredding licks southpaw style are Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Billy Elliot Easton, and Tony Iommi. Heck even Justin Bieber plays guitar lefty—oh wait, I said "good company."

Five Years After His Death, Michael Jackson's Musical Legacy Lives On

Five Years After His Death, Michael Jackson's Musical Legacy Lives On

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Jackson onstage during his 1988 Bad World Tour. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Zoran Veselinovic

A half decade after the King of Pop’s tragic death on June 25, 2009 much of the scandal-fueled press that haunted his life has died down, and what we’re left with is a body of work unparalleled in pop music. Often obscured amidst the trials, glitzy costumes, plastic surgeries, and bizarre behavior is the fact that Michael Jackson was an enormously talented musician.

Martin Custom 000-14 Cocobolo with Flamed Mahogany Wedge

Martin Custom 000-14 Cocobolo with Flamed Mahogany Wedge

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This week’s featured instrument is an outcome of the ongoing close collaboration between Private Reserve Guitars and the Martin Custom Shop in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Our buying team works closely with the shop to find instruments that are especially noteworthy, based on their performance characteristics and appearance.

This Week in Music History June 30

This Week in Music History: Elvis Hounded…Jimi Discharged…Damned Debuts…Mustaine’s Mad

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The Events That Rocked Music—The Week of June 30

Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” Lyrics Net $2 Million

Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” Lyrics Net $2 Million

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Pricey hotel stationery: Dylan’s sketchy lyrics to his game-changing song are said to be the only surviving version. Photo: AP/uncredited

When the single “Like a Rolling Stone” off Bob Dylan’s LP Highway 61 Revisited was released in 1965, its served as a cannon shot across the bow of pop music, warning that nothing would be the same from that moment on. With its confrontational yet veiled lyrics and six-minute length, it was a tough sell on pop radio.

The J-45 Standard Acoustic: Gibson's True Workhorse

The J-45 Standard Acoustic: Gibson's True Workhorse

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Clapton's Staggering $5 Million Guitar Auction

Clapton's Staggering $5 Million Guitar Auction

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Majvdl

As we noted in our current edition of This Week in Music History, it’s been 15 years since Eric Clapton auctioned off 100 of his prized instruments as a fundraiser for his Crossroads Foundation. Bringing in a total of $5,072,350, this extraordinary event, held at Christies Auction House in New York City on June 24, 1999, included some of the most historically significant axes that have helped shape the sound of rock.

World Percussion Buying Guide

World Percussion Buying Guide

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From drum circles to bands that feature hand percussion, interest in world percussion instruments has never been greater. In this buying guide we will familiarize you with the many instruments available today, their history, and the music genres in which they’re found.

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