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LEE RITENOUR and YAMAHA Announce Six String Theory Competition

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 2, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Lee RitenourLee Ritenour, in association with Yamaha, Concord Records, Berklee College of Music, Monster Cable, D'Addario Strings, and the Broad Stage has announced the Yamaha Six String Theory Guitar Competition.

Based on the vision of guitar icon Lee Ritenour for a superstar guitar recordng, the competition will culminate with an album, String Theory, to be released on Concord Records in spring/summer 2010. The grand prize winner will be featured as a special guest on the album with legendary superstar guitarists, who along with Ritenour now include George Benson (guitar tab), B.B. King (guitar tab), Steve Lukather (guitar tab), and John Scofield. Additional artists will be announced shortly.

The grand prize winner will also receive a four-year fully paid tuition to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Yamaha is awarding three guitar endorsements plus six high-end guitars to the top winners, one in each of the six categories, and the top winners will also be awarded a host of prizes by the participating sponsors.

The contest begins October 1, 2009, and runs through February 1, 2010. Contestants can submit videos online from anywhere in the world to

You can enter the contest in one of six categories: Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Country, Acoustic, or Classical/Flamenco.

Six finalists will be chosen by a panel of top online judges including Lee Ritenour and will compete in a live performance to determine the grand prize winner, on March 22, 2010, at The Broad Stage, in Los Angeles, California.


Line 6 Launches New M9 Stompbox Modeler

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 2, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Line 6 M9Line 6, the industry leader in digital modeling technology for music creation products, has announced the launch of its new M9 Stompbox Modeler, a portable and powerful multi-effect unit that gives guitarists access to a comprehensive collection of historic stompbox tones.

"M9 Stompbox Modeler channels the souls of celebrated modern and vintage stompboxes," remarks Line 6 product manager Mike Murphy. "It's a no-nonsense and easy to use pedal, just like the original stompboxes, but it has great updated features like true bypass and a 28-second looper with dedicated controls."

Over 85 sought-after stompbox effects are packed inside M9 Stompbox Modeler, including many from the world-famous DL4 delay modeler and other best-selling Line 6 pedals. The collection includes juicy delays, vibey reverbs, tangy mods, sweeping filters, essential distortions, compressors and more. M9 Stompbox Modeler can run three effects simultaneously. To accommodate the most subtle or grand changes in tone or dynamics, each of its three channel-strip-style FX Units can have two effects at the ready, each effect with a dedicated footswitch. Six different arrangements of effects, or "scenes," can be created.

Inspired by the simplest stompboxes, M9 Stompbox Modeler is incredibly easy to use. Each effect parameter can be accessed in real time with dedicated knobs and an easy-to-read LCD window. There's no digging for menus, no saving, no hassles.

Complete with a full-featured 28-second looper, M9 Stompbox Modeler allows for extended in-the-moment looping. Each looper function, including Record Record/Overdub, Play/Stop, Play Once, Undo/Redo, Half Speed and Reverse, boasts a dedicated footswitch. Looping has never been easier.

M9 Stompbox Modeler features 1/4" mono and stereo inputs and outputs, MIDI in and out and two expression pedal inputs for added control and functionality. Plus, with its rugged construction designed to endure, M9 Stompbox Modeler can withstand the rigors of the road and the demands of the working musician.

M9 Stompbox Modeler - $559.99 MSRP

Squier Introduces the JOHN 5 Signature Telecaster

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 1, 2009 at 10:57 AM

John 5 guitar tab"The greatest guitars ever built, by far," is how John 5 puts it. "Hands down."

That would be the Telecaster, and John 5 (guitar tab) ought to know. He's a self-described "Fender fanatic" with a collection you wouldn't believe—one from every year or something like that—plus a pair of distinctive Fender signature models. Now, add to this impressive array his first Squier artist model, the devilshly alluring Squier J5 Telecaster.

The new J5 Telecaster has all the brains, brawn and beauty of its Fender big brothers, but with a standard Telecaster headstock and a very friendly price tag. It's based on 5's frequently modded workhorse Telecaster pieced together at the Fender Custom Shop.

"I wouldn't say this if it wasn't true, but the guitar is just like my main Telecaster, exactly," says John 5. "The exact same neck. The pickups are different, but it's the exact same feel and it sounds incredible. You can't really tell the difference of the sound, but the big huge difference of it is the price. And you can get a guitar that's gonna last you probably the rest of your life if you take care of it. It's an amazing guitar, and I'm so proud of it."

The J5 Telecaster has a double-bound alder body with a gloss black polyester finish, a polished stainless steel pickguard and chrome hardware. The one-piece maple neck has a modern C shape, a matching black Telecaster headstock and a 12"-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets.

The custom-designed humbucking pickups use a special dual-volume setup with the bridge pickup control in the front position and the neck pickup control in the back position—John 5 prefers this setup because he spends much time giving the bridge pickup a workout. Rapid toggling the upper-bout three-way pickup switch gives you 5's signature "kill-switch" effect by turning off the neck pickup volume and leaving the bridge control full up.

Take a look at the videos below to see and hear John 5 talking about his new Squier J5 and then shredding on it. Look for the Squier J5 at a dealer near you.

Hear an Unreleased Live NIRVANA Song From the Bleach Reissue

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 1, 2009 at 9:28 AM

On November 3, Sub Pop will reissue Nirvana's 1989 debut album, Bleach, which will include a previously unreleased complete live recording of a 1990 gig at Portland's Pine Street Theatre, and the good folks over at Pitchfork magazine are playing one of those tracks, "Scoff," from that gig here

Get official Nirvana guitar tabs and song lessons here. To purchase the entire Bleach guitar tab book, click on the image below.

Nirvana guitar tab


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