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Guitar Triller gives new meaning to hammer-ons

Said to have been inspired by the sight of Steve Vai pulling away a whammy bar from his Ibanez guitar and whacking the strings for some odd solo madness, the Guitar Triller offers players a different way to attack a stringed instrument. It looks like something you might use to assemble flat-packed furniture, but can help bring a hammered dulcimer vibe to a bass guitar, give shredders some new ways to speed-pick or add some expressive tap and scrape power play to ukes.Read More

IK sounds out fingerpickers with the iRig Acoustic

For a good long while now, IK Multimedia has been helping to satisfy the mobile noodling needs of electric git-fiddlers with a succession of instrument interfaces that bridge the gap between a smart device hosting digital effects and amp simulations and a plank of wood, some pickups and a few strands of tensioned steel. Now the company is taking aim at dreadnought picker types with the iRig Acoustic, which is billed as the first acoustic guitar mobile microphone/interface specifically made for acoustic guitars and ukuleles, and one that's claimed to rival pro-grade studio microphones.Read More

Nitro e-drums pack a professional punch without breaking the bank

Whether for private practice or full-on live performance, electronic drum kits offer a number of benefits over their traditional counterparts. They don't take up most of the room in the band's van, players can call on many different percussion sounds, and they're pretty neighbor-friendly when not cabled up to a PA system. But they can be just as pricey as a non-digital setup. The latest eight piece e-drum kit from Alesis promises responsive play backed up by professional features for a budget-friendly ticket price.Read More

John Lennon's "She Loves You" guitar fetches $2.41 million

After being lost for more than 50 years, John Lennon's Gibson J-160E guitar sold for $2.41 million on Saturday November 7, 2015 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, becoming the second most valuable guitar ever sold. It's the guitar Lennon used alongside Paul McCartney in writing and recording She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Please, Please, Me and All My Loving. As the most expensive performance-played guitar, it displaces the Fender Stratocaster with which Bob Dylan delivered his famous "electric" performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival which sold for $965,000 in December, 2013. At the same auction, a set of fellow-Beatle Ringo Starr's drums fetched $2.1 million to become the most valuable drum kit ever sold, and between the two lots, many auction records were broken. Rare guitars are fast gaining legitimacy as triple platinum investments.Read More

Decibullz Wireless are the first custom-molded Bluetooth earphones

When it comes to personal audio, manufacturers create styles that are meant to accommodate the vast majority of people. Although many headphones and earphones offer enhanced comfort and/or interchangeable ear tips, very few are tailored to individuals. For those looking to get a perfect fit without a trip to an audiologist, Decibullz Wireless offers DIY custom-molded earpieces along with Bluetooth wireless technology.Read More

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The 60 most valuable guitars ever sold at auction

In the last decade, vintage guitars have become a viable investment. Here's our list of the top 60 most valuable guitars ever sold at auction. The list clearly shows that value is more closely related to the significance of the instrument in musical history than the quality of its sound, with guitars formerly played by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, The Edge, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Les Paul and Paul Bigsby dominating the listings.Read More

Sennheiser's budget-breaking Orpheus headphones

Nearly 25 years ago Sennheiser introduced its Orpheus headphones, which were widely considered at the time to be at the leading edge of headphone design and quality – they cost US$16,000. For the last 10 years, engineers at Sennheiser have been trying to improve upon that original design and they've now produced a successor. The company claims the new Orpheus are the "best headphones in the world" – and they come at an even higher price tag of around €50,000 (US$55,100).Read More

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Review: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Roar 2 speaker

Creative Labs likes to do things big by packing its speakers with power and features. The original Roar, which we reviewed last year, delivered impressive sound and functionality. As an encore to the original, the Roar 2 is designed to be 20 percent smaller without any sacrifice or compromise to the hardware and audio. How well does this new version succeed? We recently spent a few weeks putting the Roar 2 speaker to the test.Read More

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