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Paul Reed Smith has his say on the tonewood debate: “I've heard that tonewoods don't make any difference. It's just not true”

The guitar-building mastermind shares an anecdote involving violin makers to hammer home his point that tonewoods do in fact play a pivotal role in a guitar's sound. Paul Reed Smith is nothing short of a legend when it comes to the electric guitar and acoustic guitar game. Having started his own eponymous boutique brand back in 1985, PRS has since gone on to become one of the biggest names in the guitar world, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Gibson and Fender.
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Guitar Center's massive Black Friday sale has landed – prices slashed on big brands from Fender to Martin

Explore huge price drops on a range of popular guitars, amps and effects, including the Fender Player Stratocaster and Boss Katana. It’s fair to say the Black Friday guitar deals are in full swing with all the major music retailers unveiling their sales this week. The latest tasty sale comes from the folks over at Guitar Center – and we must say, we are mighty impressed with what's on offer this year. From now until 28 November you can bag eye-watering discounts on a huge number of products and major brands (opens in new tab) across their site.
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These beautiful limited edition D’Angelico semi-hollow guitars have a crazy $450 discount for Black Friday

You still have a few hours left to grab a great Black Friday guitar deal, but without a doubt, one of the best we’ve seen is this deal at Guitar Center on the D’Angelico Excel DC XT. This beautiful had a hefty chunk of change knocked off with an absolutely massive $450 discount (opens in new tab) – that’s a 25% reduction on the regular price. There are two stunning Guitar Center exclusive finishes up for grabs – Charcoal Burst and Amaretto Burst.
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You can get select Behringer pedals for $14 each – yes, $14 – in this unbelievable Black Friday deal over at Sweetwater

Now's the time to bag a dirt-cheap stompbox – but be quick, these absurd prices are only available while stocks last. Cyber weekend is upon us, and here at Guitar World towers, for the next four days, we'll be scanning the interweb for the absolute best Black Friday guitar deals. And let us tell you that this, for sure, is one of the most tantalizing yet.
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Fret-King Country Squire Music Row and Elise Custom review

The tone-tinkerers among you with a soldering iron will find plenty of potential here, especially since the actual guitars really punch above their prices and are both, for the most part, good‑sounding and competently made. Why you can trust Guitar World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing...
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Shopping for guitar gear this Black Friday? These 7 sales are unmissable

It's that time of the year again, Black Friday sales have launched and all of the major retailers are doing some killer Black Friday guitar deals. To save you from scouring the far reaches of the internet, we've picked out all the biggest bargains, unmissable deals, and fresh offers on guitar gear. Here we've gathered up the main offers for the biggest retailers in the US - as well as some for those across the water in the UK and Europe.
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Looking to learn the guitar this Black Friday? These are today's top offers on guitar lessons

With money off Fender Play, Guitar Tricks, ArtistWorks and TrueFire now is the best time to learn the guitar. If you are thinking about learning the guitar, then there has never been a better time. Black Friday brings with it crazy savings on everything from electric guitars to amplifiers, acoustics, stompboxes and accessories. But that's not all, you can also save big on a host of online learning platforms, meaning you can learn to play that new axe you just picked up!
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This mega 50% off Fender Play deal is ideal for beginner guitar players

Teach yourself guitar, bass or ukulele with a years subscription to Fender's much-loved guitar lesson platform. If you’re planning on teaching yourself guitar, or simply want to brush-up on some areas of your playing, then we've got the Black Friday Fender deal for you. Right now Fender are offering new users the chance to bag a full years subscription to Fender Play for 50% less (opens in new tab).

Myles Kennedy says his PRS Telecaster helped shape new record: “It helped distinguish the sound”

Myles Kennedy has once again addressed the Telecaster-shaped PRS he was spotted with earlier this year, discussing how the instrument was created. Kennedy, who utilised the sound of vintage Telecasters for his most recent record The Ides of March, told Guitar World in a new interview that he turned to Paul Reed Smith of PRS for an alternative to using his vintage Telecasters on tour. “We riffed for a long time and they found this sound that was in my head,” he shared, adding that he had always wondered if there was a way to combine elements of early Telecasters with a more modern approach.
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"It was a wild scene up there": The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell recount the explosive, and chaotic, Woodstock set that changed the world

In this classic GW interview, Hendrix's late-period rhythm section reveal the highs and lows of one of rock's most immortal performances, and what it was really like to collaborate with the ultimate guitar hero. Jimi at 80: Born in Seattle on November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix would have celebrated his...
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This edible cake replica of Joe Satriani's Ibanez signature guitar is the tastiest thing we've seen all week

Complete with pickups, a double locking trem and even strings, this uncanny recreation of Satch's Ibanez JS2480 is pretty sweet. With its vibrant Muscle Car Red finish, double-locking trem and combination of DiMarzio and Sustainiac pickups, Joe Satriani’s JS2480 was arguably the tastiest electric guitar in Ibanez’s JS Series lineup. That is, until Houston’s House of Blues baked Satch an exact replica of the guitar in cake form.
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The untold history of the Gibson Les Paul/SG TV

A close relative of the Junior that appeared in several guises, this double-cut is now a lesser-spotted gem in the vintage market. Gibson entered the solidbody electric guitar market in 1952 with the introduction of the Les Paul Model/Goldtop. In 1954, the single-cutaway Gibson Les Paul range was expanded to include the top-of-the-line ‘black beauty’ Custom and the single P-90-pickup Sunburst finish Junior, while the following year saw the introduction of the dual-P-90 Limed Mahogany finish Special.

Nickelback Frontman Reveals How Metallica’s James Hetfield Influenced Him, Names One ’Interesting’ Thing About Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine

A new piece over at Guitar World sees Nickelback frontman, Chad Kroeger, revealing the top 10 guitar players who helped him shape his sound. The first spot, of course, goes to Metallica’s James Hetfield. Reflecting on how James impacted him, Chad said:. “Any time I talk about my influences,...

Kane Roberts On Permanently Replacing Nita Strauss In Alice Cooper Band

Although guitarist Nita Strauss announced a few months ago that she would not be joining Alice Cooper for his upcoming tours, she also said she didn’t quit but just went on hiatus. Yet, it is still not clear whether she intends to come back at some point or not. Kane Roberts, replacing Strauss as Cooper’s new guitarist, shared his thoughts on staying in the band permanently during a recent chat with Guitar World.