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Reviews covers quite a broad range of products from guitarist albums to guitar books, gigs and guitar lesson downloads and DVDs

Review: Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova

Written on July 23, 2015 at 9:17 am, by Jon

When I first picked up the guitar many years ago Joe Satriani had just released a live EP Dreaming #11 that featured tracks from his debut album ‘Not Of This Earth’ and the amazing follow up ‘Surfing With The Alien’. …

The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated History of the Guitar That Changed Rock Review

Written on February 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm, by pappy

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Do you like Les Pauls?  Of course you do – we all do to some degree or another.  To say that you don’t like Les Pauls would be like saying you don’t like the third leg of a …

James Norbert Ivanyi – The Matter Circumvention available now

Written on January 19, 2015 at 7:50 am, by Jon

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James Norbert Ivanyi’s debut album “Aphasia” was a powerful onslaught of blistering metal riffs with moments of beautiful acoustic guitar, piano and violin. It was interesting, virtuosic and a significant beginning for a truly gifted young Australian musician. James went …

Review: Stephan Forte ‘Enigma Black Opera’

Written on October 1, 2014 at 8:35 am, by Jon

stephan forte enigma opera black
I first heard French guitar virtuoso Stephan Forte’s music back in 2011 when I was sent his last album ‘The Shadows Compendium‘ to review , since then Stephan has played at Jason Becker’s “Not Dead Yet” guitar festival …

Review: Nick Johnston – Atomic Mind

Written on September 18, 2014 at 8:30 am, by Jon

nick johnston atomic mind
Atomic Mind is the third solo album from the super talented Canadian guitarist Nick Johnston. Nick has been carving out his own style of music for years and stands head and shoulders above a crowded landscape of instrumental guitarists …

Polyphia ‘Muse’, catchy progressive metal!

Written on September 9, 2014 at 10:59 pm, by Jon

Polyphia - Muse
I first heard about Polyphia via my Canadian chum Nick Johnston who announced on his Facebook page that he was recording a solo on a track for the band. The track is called ‘Champagne’ and is featured on the recently …

Review: Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades of Blue

Written on August 28, 2014 at 8:12 am, by Jon

I’ve reviewed a lot of Joe Bonamassa albums over the years including his side project bands Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party but this is the first Joe Bonamassa solo album where he has written every song on …

Hal Leonard Albert King and SRV TAB Book Review

Written on August 20, 2014 at 8:00 am, by pappy

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You know who rocks? Stevie Ray Vaughan. Even dead, he’s still showing people how to play and he played like a fiend. He brought electric blues to a whole new crowd that had previously been unaware of it …

Wall Axe Review

Written on August 19, 2014 at 8:29 am, by pappy

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Wall Axe is a family company here in the U.S. that specialize in making wall hangers for your guitars of varying sizes and accommodations, but they sent me one in particular, the Soloist, to review and I have …

Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient Review

Written on August 18, 2014 at 8:30 am, by pappy

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When I started playing seven-string guitars, pickup options were limited. Now, there are significantly more options for these guitars, but there are still less than six-string pickups because, like it or not, the 7+ string market it still …