By Martina Fasano

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2016 08 24 sheptone website

Sheptone Pickups Launches New Website


Sheptone, the acclaimed builder of vintage and boutique pickups, unveils a new website to better serve its customers. The site is now mobile friendly with a cleaner interface to make navigation easier. The new site includes extensive information on the entire product line and allows for secure orders to be placed directly online 24 hours a day. Visit www.sheptone.com to experience the new design.

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Dean Zelinsky Guitars Announces New Engraved Paisley Dellatera Guitar With Antiqued Metalized Finish


Chicago, IL August 23, 2016
– World-renowned guitar designer, Dean Zelinsky, announces the release of his Engraved Paisley Dellatera in an Antiqued Nickel finish. Utilizing an exclusive metalizing process, Zelinsky achieves a realistic engraved metal look on a traditional alder wood body. Guitars are only available factory direct through Zelinsky’s ecommerce site, www.deanzelinsky.com.

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Michael Kelly Guitars Announces Crowd-sourced Product Development For New Electric Bass Guitars


The development of new products is typically done in the strictest secrecy within guitar companies. Breaking with the old guitar industry standard of springing new products on players at the time of launch, Michael Kelly Guitars is crowd-sourcing the development of a new collection of electric bass guitar models. Confident in allowing players to define the new product and guide the development, the guitar maker is throwing the curtain wide open.

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Michael Kelly Guitars Announces Crowd-Sourced Product Development for New 7 and 8 String Guitars



The development of new products is typically done in the strictest secrecy within guitar companies. Breaking with the old guitar industry standard of springing new products on players at the time of launch, Michael Kelly Guitars is crowd-sourcing the development of a new collection of extended-range guitars featuring seven- and eight-string models. Confident in allowing players to define the new product and guide the development, the guitar maker is throwing the curtain wide open.

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Review: Rock House U - Online Music Instruction & Curriculum


Unlike many “self-taught” guitar warriors, I learned my craft from an actual real, live human being who happened to be one of Canada’s most sought after session and touring musicians at the time. Once a week, I’d hope into the passenger’s seat of my dad’s Ford Ranger, and he’d drive me about half hour away from home so that I could learn how to play all of the songs I had already played full blast through the stereo in my bedroom. After a half hour lesson I had the rest of the week to practice till my fingers bled and go back for more. 

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Cort Releases MR Series Guitar with Madagascar Rosewood


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (August 9 , 2016) — Your highs will be bright and your lows subdued with Cort’s new MR710F-MD, the Madagascar rosewood version of the MR710F electro-acoustic guitar. The reddish Madagascar rosewood back and sides provide a bright presence with less bass compared to Indian rosewood. The high end sparkles with more liveliness and immediate tactile response to provide a sonic character that’s comparable to Brazilian rosewood. This unique guitar joins Cort’s esteemed MR Series lineup, which features superb workmanship and modern assets, including Fishman electronics, at an unbeatable value.

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Lo Sound Desert: A Documentary Film About The Californian Desert Music Scene


LO SOUND DESERT
, the video documentary about the Californian Desert music scene, which gave birth to bands like Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Queens Of The Stone Age and more, will finally be released worldwide this summer on July 1st via Monoduo Films. A decade in the making by filmmaker Jörg Steineck (Truckfighters)LO SOUND DESERT is the definite music documentary about desert rock.

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Michael Kelly Expands Mod Shop with Burl and Duncan



Michael Kelly Guitars announces the release of the Mod Shop 50 Burl Deluxe, the latest guitar in their Mod Shop program. This new model is a customized version of Michael Kelly’s popular burl and gold adorned Custom Collection model that has been modified around new pickups from Seymour Duncan. All of the Michael Kelly Mod Shop guitars are designed in collaboration with the best pickup manufacturers and customized using a predefined combination of pickups along with hot-rodded wiring enhancements.

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660 Guitars Unveils CT/52 Guitar


GILMER, TX June 8, 2016 – 660 Guitars announced today the introduction of their latest guitar design, the CT/52. The CT/52 has been engineered as a modern slant on a classic, single cut guitar design. The CT/52 extends 660 Guitars’ already robust line of American-made instruments, featuring all-aluminum bodies. Customers can place orders directly from the factory at www.660guitars.com

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  • When you have to go and buy a new #metronome after reading about @hurricanenita 's #1 #guitar tip (which is use a metronome to learn licks etc) because yours konks out right after reading the article. 😂😂😂 #notacoincidence @nitastraussfanpage #practice #LiveLikeAnAngelPlayLikeADevil #chops #music #rehearsal 
#snark #bpm #shred
    When you have to go and buy a new #metronome after reading about @hurricanenita 's #1 #guitar tip (which is use a metronome to learn licks etc) because yours konks out right after reading the article. 😂😂😂 #notacoincidence @nitastraussfanpage #practice #LiveLikeAnAngelPlayLikeADevil #chops #music #rehearsal #snark #bpm #shred
  • What's your Friday night look like? 
I'm spending some of mine with my @fender #Telecaster loaded with @seymourduncanpickups #antiquities playing some @therollingstones 
@blackstaramps #nyxl @stringjoy #fender #tele #RollingStones #guitarsdaily #seymourduncan #relic #roadworn #guitar #marshall #blackstar #guitarphotography #guitarsofinstagram #tuners #headstock #retro #rehearsal #practice #mickjagger #keithrichards #twang #blues #rock
    What's your Friday night look like? I'm spending some of mine with my @fender #Telecaster loaded with @seymourduncanpickups #antiquities playing some @therollingstones @blackstaramps #nyxl @stringjoy #fender #tele #RollingStones #guitarsdaily #seymourduncan #relic #roadworn #guitar #marshall #blackstar #guitarphotography #guitarsofinstagram #tuners #headstock #retro #rehearsal #practice #mickjagger #keithrichards #twang #blues #rock
  • A perfect start to any day: my #WonderWoman mug filled with @Starbuckscanada coffee, my killer HT5R from @blackstaramps, and my @officialbcrich ST #KillBill guitar, with a teeny tiny bit of my @hurricanenita guitar pick bracelet peeking out. #guitar #bcrich #bcrichjunkies #asktherockerchick #playingwithchaos #ibleedbcrich #blackstar #nyxl @Stringjoy
    A perfect start to any day: my #WonderWoman mug filled with @Starbuckscanada coffee, my killer HT5R from @blackstaramps, and my @officialbcrich ST #KillBill guitar, with a teeny tiny bit of my @hurricanenita guitar pick bracelet peeking out. #guitar #bcrich #bcrichjunkies #asktherockerchick #playingwithchaos #ibleedbcrich #blackstar #nyxl @Stringjoy
  • Spent a marvelous week in  #virginiabeach with my family last week. This was the #sunset I saw right before I walked out the door and into my truck for the 13 hour drive home. 
Now it's time to look forward to a new school year, and some killer products to review for #PlayingWithChaos. 
#instagood #sun #mayfair  #picoftheday #vacation #VB #virginiaisforlovers #summer #vacay #beautifulplaces #tourism #beach #ocean #surf #sand
    Spent a marvelous week in #virginiabeach with my family last week. This was the #sunset I saw right before I walked out the door and into my truck for the 13 hour drive home. Now it's time to look forward to a new school year, and some killer products to review for #PlayingWithChaos. #instagood #sun #mayfair #picoftheday #vacation #VB #virginiaisforlovers #summer #vacay #beautifulplaces #tourism #beach #ocean #surf #sand
  • I remember this night very well! I landed at LAX and drove an hour to get to the gig in Anaheim, and all the guys that signed this poster, with the exception of maybe a handful, took photos with and signed the case of Kara's purple star guitar. It was so important to me to pay tribute to Kara that I forgot to get any autographs and photos for myself, so I'd love to add this to my collection. 😎🤘🎸A great first NAMM for me together with my drummer and friend #AndrewZenti - thanks to @markmenghi for the hospitality and awesomeness that night!!! #MASignedposter

#Repost @markmenghi with @repostapp
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What? Another giveaway?
That's right!!!
18x24 Poster signed by 
Andreas Kisser
Mike Portnoy
Troy Sanders
Gary Holt
Mark Osegueda
Alex Skolnick
Charlie Benante
Rex Brown
Jimmy Bain (RIP)
John Tempesta
Mark Menghi
Chirs Broderick
Frank Bello
Steve Zetro Souza
David Ellefson

1.Make sure you are following this page @markmenghi 
2.Repost/Regram( download a regram program if you dont have one)this post with the Hashtag #MASignedPoster
Winner will be chosen Sunday, and don't forget to tell a friend!

#Metalallegiance #AndreasKisser #MikePortnoy #TroySanders #garyholt #MarkOsegueda @alexskolnick @charbenante #rexbrown #jimmybain #johntempesta  @chris_broderick_guitar @thefrankbello @davidellefsonbass #stevezetrosouza #heavymetal #live away #nuclearblast
    I remember this night very well! I landed at LAX and drove an hour to get to the gig in Anaheim, and all the guys that signed this poster, with the exception of maybe a handful, took photos with and signed the case of Kara's purple star guitar. It was so important to me to pay tribute to Kara that I forgot to get any autographs and photos for myself, so I'd love to add this to my collection. 😎🤘🎸A great first NAMM for me together with my drummer and friend #AndrewZenti - thanks to @markmenghi for the hospitality and awesomeness that night!!! #MASignedposter #Repost @markmenghi with @repostapp ・・・ What? Another giveaway? That's right!!! 18x24 Poster signed by Andreas Kisser Mike Portnoy Troy Sanders Gary Holt Mark Osegueda Alex Skolnick Charlie Benante Rex Brown Jimmy Bain (RIP) John Tempesta Mark Menghi Chirs Broderick Frank Bello Steve Zetro Souza David Ellefson 1.Make sure you are following this page @markmenghi 2.Repost/Regram( download a regram program if you dont have one)this post with the Hashtag #MASignedPoster Winner will be chosen Sunday, and don't forget to tell a friend! #Metalallegiance #AndreasKisser #MikePortnoy #TroySanders #garyholt #MarkOsegueda @alexskolnick @charbenante #rexbrown #jimmybain #johntempesta @chris_broderick_guitar @thefrankbello @davidellefsonbass #stevezetrosouza #heavymetal #live away #nuclearblast
  • The string testing continues. Next up for review: @labellastrings #HRS went on to the #LesPaul last night for testing. Results should be up on the blog in two weeks. Stay tuned! Thanks to #LaBella for sending the sample for my test lab!

#guitar #gear #strings #review #ludwig #tone #guitarblog #gibson #reviewer #musicblog #guitarstrings
    The string testing continues. Next up for review: @labellastrings #HRS went on to the #LesPaul last night for testing. Results should be up on the blog in two weeks. Stay tuned! Thanks to #LaBella for sending the sample for my test lab! #guitar #gear #strings #review #ludwig #tone #guitarblog #gibson #reviewer #musicblog #guitarstrings
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