Nine, on the wall of my Guitar Cave. My number one is ‘Ginger’ third from the left. Steampunk art guitar is 4th from the right. My first guitar is the odd shaped brown one, an Ovation electric Breadwinner Deluxe. High-res

Nine, on the wall of my Guitar Cave. My number one is ‘Ginger’ third from the left. Steampunk art guitar is 4th from the right. My first guitar is the odd shaped brown one, an Ovation electric Breadwinner Deluxe.

Tumblr Staff: News!

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Everyone, I’m elated to tell you that Tumblr will be joining Yahoo.

Before touching on how awesome this is, let me try to allay any concerns: We’re not turning purple. Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission – to empower creators to…

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Modified Electric Guitars: Gibson HD.6X-Pro Digital

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Gibson HD.6X-Pro Digital (2006) - At first glance, the Gibson HD.6X-Pro Digital appears to be a regular Gibson Les Paul. It has a single-cutaway body, two humbucking pickups (each with its own volume and tone controls), 3-way-toggle pickup switch, and traditional neck and headstock. However, upon…

Interesting concept. Wonder if there are demos online.

Music Review - From the Archives

Joe Bonamassa
Driving Towards Daylight
2012 J&R Adventures

This Bonamassa guy has been sorta busy, having released two Black Communion albums, one excellent collaboration with Beth Hart, and his new disc all over past 11 months (and he’s top-selling U.S. Blues artist with seven #1 albums on the Billboard charts each of the last seven years!)

A nice mix of originals and some unique covers make for a solid blues rock effort with the covers standing out; his version of Robert Johnson’s oft-covered Stones in My Passway simply rocks with an opening riff that’s hard to get out of your mind, Howlin’ Wolf’s Who’s Been Talking is well rendered and JB’s voice is on target as is his riffing; a rearrangement of a Bill Withers tune turns it into a thumping rocker

Produced by Kevin Shirley and featuring some excellent musicians such as first-call studio drummer Anton Fig, bassist, Aerosmith’s rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford and others, this album faithfully recreates the sounds, tones and mood of primo ’60s blues rock

Download: Stones in My Passway, Who’s Been Talking, Lonely Town Lonely Street  

Albert CummingsNo Regrets2012 Ivy Music Company
Albert Cummings, working-stiff blues guitarist, is a personal indie fave, born in Massachusetts and once a carpenter, his themes are often tales of working woes, his everyman voice soulful and his guitar goodness grooving
Gruff voice, but appealing enough, with his Strat slinging the real feature of the album; his guitar sings and fits his grittiness, but with an ability to cut through the standard blues solo with fierce torrents of licks and ferocious tone
Cummings is a great bluesman with roots also in country and rock music, his songs are concise and showcase his feel for a range of styles — foot-stomping is called for, move your hips and your head to some shuffling, rock-steady roadhouse blues
Download: Your Day Will Come, Drink Party and Dance, Glass House  

Albert Cummings
No Regrets
2012 Ivy Music Company

Albert Cummings, working-stiff blues guitarist, is a personal indie fave, born in Massachusetts and once a carpenter, his themes are often tales of working woes, his everyman voice soulful and his guitar goodness grooving

Gruff voice, but appealing enough, with his Strat slinging the real feature of the album; his guitar sings and fits his grittiness, but with an ability to cut through the standard blues solo with fierce torrents of licks and ferocious tone

Cummings is a great bluesman with roots also in country and rock music, his songs are concise and showcase his feel for a range of styles — foot-stomping is called for, move your hips and your head to some shuffling, rock-steady roadhouse blues

Download: Your Day Will Come, Drink Party and Dance, Glass House  

Review » Santana - Shape Shifter (Archive: www.Hooton.com)

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Santana
Shape Shifter
2012
StarFaith Records

Finally — classic Santana music from Santana, this disc eschews the formula of duets with known pop singers that we liked initially, powered his comeback and then petered out with 2010′s ill received Guitar Heaven

A tad spiritual, not a surprise, dedicated to Native Americans, mostly written by Santana, the songs soothe and stir the synapses harking back to memories of Carlos and his haunting guitar tone, classic rock, Latin-tinged and soulful

The band is super tight with Dennis Chambers (drums), Benny Rietveld (bass) and Chester Thompson (keyboards); and they drive the rock hard on tunes like Shape Shifter and Nomad, both featuring solid solo riffage from their frontman, while grooving sweetly on songs like Never The Same Again and Canela, which could only have come from Santana

Download: Nomad, Canela, Never the Same Again  

Here’s most of my guitar collection, newly placed on the walls of my soundproofed music cave. High-res

Here’s most of my guitar collection, newly placed on the walls of my soundproofed music cave.