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Fender Squier Strat with iOS and USB integration available at Apple Online Store

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Accessories, USB, Apple, Music, Videos,

Fender Squier Strat

Iconic electric guitar maker, Fender, has announced the new Squier Strat. It includes USB and iOS integration and is now available in the Apple Online Store for $199.95. The Squier Strat goes perfectly with music apps like GarageBand for iOS and also works with OS X. Check out some of the features, and a video, after the break.

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Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Riff Champ

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Rock,

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” has been voted as having the best guitar riff of all time.

The 1970 track beat Guns N’ Roses classic “Sweet Child O’Mine” - which topped the poll five years ago - to the top spot in the poll by website MusicRadar.com, with “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin coming third.

Just two songs from the past decade made the list; Muse’s 2001 hit “Plug In Baby” came in at #11 while ’ “Seven Nation Army,” which was released in 2003, landed at #15.

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Guitarist Les Paul Dead at 94

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Artist News, Rock,

Les Paul

You may not recognize his face, but if you’re into music you’ve certainly heard his name. Les Paul was considered by many in the music industry to be a genius, something of a catalyst for modern guitar playing. If nothing else, you’ve heard of the almost-legendary guitar named for him, the Gibson Les Paul.

Paul helped create modern music as we know it today, and he continued to make sweet melodies until he was into his 90s. He died quietly this week in New York, aged 94.

“We owe many of his inventions that made the rock ‘n roll sound of today to him, and was the founding father of modern music,” said B.B. King on Paul’s death. “This is a huge loss to the music community and the world.”

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Marshall Mini Guitar Amp

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Music, Portable Audio / Video,

Marshall Mini AmpMarshall fans will dig this Mini Guitar Amp. Powered by a 9V battery (not included,) the claim is that it sounds like a full size amp. While that may not be true, it does look like the original and features overdrive, tone and volume control. It comes with a belt clip for those who wander while they jam, and a headphone jack for times of solitude. The 5.75-inch tall mini amplifier is available for $44.99.

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Logitech Guitar Controller for Xbox 360

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, Music, Xbox 360,

Guitar Controller

Just as they previously came up with a wireless Guitar Controller for the Playstation, Logitech announced a new version for the Xbox 360. The licensed device features a wooden neck, metal frets and a rosewood fingerboard, with a strum bar and fret buttons. The Controller has a wireless range of about 30 feet and will be ready to tackle Guitar Hero in August in the US and Europe. You can pre-order now for $199.99.

 

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JamParty Turns Controller Into Guitar

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Music,

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We know you cannot get enough of Rock Star/Guitar Hero, so here is a way to take it to the next level. JamParty allows you to play, compose and share with its Music Creation Software and your controller. There are multiple genres to play with and up to two players can participate. Play guitar, drums, or other instruments and be your own rock star. Zivix is also working on a digital guitar that will turn your electric into a gaming controller. There is some symmetry in that.

 

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iShred Makes Rockin’ Music

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Music, $4.99,

iShred can turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a rock funfest. Frontier Design’s app can turn even the most musically-challenged newbie into an artiste. Included is an interface with effects such as Fuzz, Delay, Treble Boost, Vibrato and Tremelo, and has a recorder and starter songs. Altogether there are over 2,000 chords, fret positions and scales. iShred can be used with Frontier’s Guitar, an acoustic app, and can be found $4.99 at the App Store.

 

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Chameleon Guitar

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Music, Science,

There is a new guitar in town, sort of. The Chameleon Guitar takes on almost any style with an internal computer. By swapping part of the soundboard it changes the acoustics. For example, adjusting the hybrid instrument can make a classical-sounding guitar turn electric. Amit Zoran and his team from MIT will keep working on the prototype and envision music companies developing their own soundboards and new instruments.

(Thanks, Stace)

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Gibson ‘59 Les Paul Standard Guitar Remake

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Music,

Les Paul Standard

Gibson is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a Limited Edition ‘59 Les Paul Standard. Available in either Cherry or Dark burst, the instrument is true to the original with maple top, gold top-hat control knobs with dial pointers, a one-piece mahogany body and nickel ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge. There are a total of 500 available and each comes with a custom case, a care kit and a certificate of authenticity. The price on the recreated classic guitar is a whopping $8,504.00.

 

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Ovation iDea Guitar and MP3 Player

iDea Guitar

With Guitar Hero and other music games being as successful as they are, it was only a question of time before Ovation came up with the iDea. The guitar comes with a built-in MP3 player so that the amateur musician can play along, even in slo-mo. The instrument not only records what the user plays, it includes a mic for voice. The site give lots of support including online lessons. You can get the iDea for $599.99.

 

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