Musical Instruments

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    January 22, 2014

    The Nine Best Guitar Repairmen in Dallas

    Every working guitarists knows that if he doesn't have a good guitar doctor, his dreams of being a master shredder who destroys the crowd with rakes from his pick as he slides it up the string are dead. From a broken headstock to a cracked neck, a guitar technician is a master of skills. He's an ele ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    How to Play Guitar: The 10 Essential YouTube Videos

    In the late '80s/early '90s, if you wanted to become a guitarslinger but couldn't afford lessons, your options were limited to guitar tab in a magazine like Guitar World or Guitar One, your old man or some other drunken family member willing to show you a chord or two before slapping you with a beer ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013
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    May 1, 2013

    The Search for the Perfect Guitar, Part III

    "Vintage Silvertone Acoustic guitar," "1977 Dobro Duolian," "Martin 00X1 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar (14 Fret)" are just some of the headlines advertising guitars on Craigslist, but how are you supposed to play them, hear them, feel them? When you order a guitar online, you're missing an important p ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    The Search for the Perfect Guitar, Part II

    Editor: In last week's music feature, Christian McPhate began his search for a guitar. Not just any guitar, but his Trigger, his missing part. In that story, he went north to our weird music utopia, Denton, and came away with nothing. Here, he tries his hand in Dallas. I'll start you with his opener ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013
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    April 1, 2013

    Remembering Rob Zildjain: A Drummer's Brief Encounter and Lifelong Allegiance

    Rob Zildjian is eulogized thusly on that great modern document, Wikipedia: "Robert Zildjian (14 July 1923 - 28 March 2013) was the founder of Sabian Cymbals, the second largest manufacturer of cymbals in the world." There's a lot in that one sentence, if you know where to look. The largest manufac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Now's Your Chance to Get Guitars Seized In Tony Rand's $100 Million Oil Fraud Scheme

    Tony Rand and his two boys, Greg and Bill, owe the government money, and a lot of it. Last year, they admitted that their humble family business, Aspen Exploration, was more of a Ponzi scheme that leveraged the company's supposed oil and gas holdings to raise $100 million from investors. Rather than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    The Five Best Local Music Stores

    There are plenty of places to go in Dallas to get music equipment. Whether you're a professional musician, the parent of a tween or just a person with a rather expensive hobby, there are six Guitar Centers in the metroplex. Truth is, Guitar Center has almost everything you need: Plenty of new and vi ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011
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    April 18, 2011

    At The Dallas International Guitar Festival, The Vintage Guitar's Stock Was Back Up Once More.

    Danny HurleyGuitars to drool over. See a full slideshow from this weekend's Dallas International Guitar Festival right here.​Nothing says "American" like the electric guitar. For decades, the sculpted lines, illustrious finishes and unique tones of these instruments have inspired a variety of musi ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010
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    December 11, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: Without You, I'm Nothing

    "Well, I was passing by a pawn shop in an older part of town, something caught my eye and stop and turned around / I stepped inside and then I spied in the middle of it all, was a beat up old guitar hanging on the wall / 'What do want for that piece of junk?' I asked the old man / He just smiled and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Picture Show: Texas Guitar Show World Record Attempt

    Rachel Parker"Hey kid, anyone ever tell you what 'Louie Louie's really about?"​ Blame it on the last weekend of the fair, clear skies after weeks of rain, and this down economy, but Saturday's attempt to top 1,800 guitarists strumming to the same tune in the same room came up far short of the reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Giveaway: Three Pairs Of Tickets To The Texas Guitar Show In Arlington This Weekend

    As if a convention center full of instruments and gear weren't exciting enough, this weekend's Texas Guitar Show at the Arlington Convention Center also includes a chance to be part of a world record: At 2 p.m. sharp on Saturday, attendees and exhibitors alike will put their Buckethead-vs.-Zakk-Wyld ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Last Night: Sunny Day Real Estate at the Granada Theater

    Sunny Day Real Estate, The Jealous Sound Granada TheaterOctober 5, 2009Better than: seeing 10 crappy bands that cite Sunny Day as an influence. Sunny Day Real Estate doesn't always blend in this easily.​Sunny Day Real Estate returned to Dallas with such a rush that you couldn't help be deeply move ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Gig Alert: Eric Johnson Tonight at House of Blues

    Eric Johnson, not Eric Johnson.​Not to be confused with the Eric Johnson of The Fruit Bats [Editor's Note: Or the NFL tight end from my hometown], the Eric Johnson appearing at House of Blues tonight is the legendary guitar slinger from Austin. Drawing praise from the likes of Carlos Santana, Eric ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    Cray-zy Train

    All aboard for a night of modern blues

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    January 15, 2009
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    July 17, 2008
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    January 6, 2008

    Last Night: Dove Hunter at Club Dada

    Dove Hunter January 5, 2008 Club Dada Better Than: Watching X-Files reruns with your cat. (Trust me, I engaged in both last night.) Although they’ve got no tangible proof of their “special talents” other than a few band T-shirts for sale in a Rubbermaid tub and a four-song unmastered dem ... More >>

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    January 3, 2008

    Spectacular Rat

    New Tang celebrates at Nokia

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    March 22, 2007
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    April 20, 2006
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    April 6, 2006