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Ernie Ball PARADIGM

THE STRONGEST STRINGS KNOWN TO MAN. Ernie Ball’s Paradigm electric and acoustic strings will be available to preorder from 1st April 2017. Here’s a message from President of Ernie Ball Music Man, Brian Ball:   ABOUT PARADIGM Ernie Ball’s Paradigm strings are the most break resistant strings on the planet – they’ll even guarantee it!  Providing an industry leading level … Continue reading

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D’Addario NYXL

NYXL As guitarists we suffer many frustrations. We all want to play faster, harder, more musically and have great tone. In order to achieve that we have to navigate through the myriad of different guitars, amps, pedals and accessories that are on the market to find what works best for us. At least my string search is finally over… Here … Continue reading

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NEW: G7th UltraLight Guitar Capo

G7th UltraLight Guitar Capo In an era where bigger is better, and technological advances are happening every single day, it is nice to see a big manufacturer take a step back and offer customers a product that is not only perfectly usable, but also very affordable. The new UltraLight Capo by G7th not only achieves this, but positively revels in … Continue reading

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How To Toughen Up Your Fingers (And Release Your Inner Shredder!)

How To Toughen Up Your Fingers (And Release Your Inner Shredder!) Many beginner guitar players, and even regular accomplished players, can have issues with the war between playing and pain when starting off. It can be a bloodbath…literally!! Bloody fretboards. Crusty, sore fingertips – we have all been there. So Strings Direct have compiled 11 Top Tips (no pun intended) … Continue reading

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The (indefinite) Guide to Orange Endorsements

The (indefinite) Guide to Orange Endorsements by Alex Auxier I manage Orange’s Artist Relations (AR) team. Every day someone asks me how to get an endorsement, which we call an “Ambassadorship” (because, except for me, we’re British). I usually give a canned response with ridiculously high standards so that I can finish the conversation faster. The reason is that while … Continue reading

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Jim Dunlop Cry Baby® Q-Zone™ Auto-Wah

Jim Dunlop Cry Baby® Q-Zone™ Auto-Wah Today I’ll be taking a look at the MXR Crybaby Q-Zone Auto-Wah pedal. This single-unit stompbox allows you to dial in a variety of fixed-position wah tones, replicating the resonance and vocal characteristics of the Cry Baby by means of the legendary red Fasel Inductor, which is an integral part of its design and … Continue reading

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Choosing The Right Strings

Every morning, when I arrive at work, I follow a certain routine.  As my computer and emails are loading I make myself a cup of coffee, with the absolute certainty that, well, I’m gonna need it.  I then sit down at my desk and dutifully begin the daily task of sifting through my Inbox.  And every day without fail, in … Continue reading

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D’Addario Eclipse Tuner

ECLIPSE Clip-On Headstock Tuner CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW. CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW. Affordable no longer means compromise. Introducing the D’Addario Eclipse Tuner—the modestly-priced tuner with unparalleled performance. The Eclipse chromatic clip-on tuner offers fast, accurate chromatic tuning on and off the stage. The tuner features a full color vertical display, auto power-off, and pitch calibration in a discreet, … Continue reading

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Pick Economy

The Power Of The Upstroke You may have caught the Cracking The Code, pick slanting articles online recently , this stuff really changed the way I looked at picking on the guitar. Pick slanting what ? Pick slanting is the orientation of the pick, think of the pick like a paintbrush, when painting down stroked the brush is angled one … Continue reading

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That feeling when…

That feeling when… …you cut too much nail off your fingers before a gig. …panic sets in and you almost forget your parts – seat of the pants gig. …you snap a string right on a great bend, live. …you turn your amp on and it’s louder than Armageddon! …you left all your plectrums at home and have to rough … Continue reading

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