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Ace Frehley Origins Vol. 2 completed: Covers Cream, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin

Ace Frehley Origins Vol. 2 completed: Covers Cream, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin

This afternoon the outer space-centric former KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley announced completion of his latest album: Origins Vol. 2. That's a follow-up to the 2016 album "Origins Vol. 1" which debuted at number 23 on the Billboard top 200. Did you know people still buy CD albums? It's apparently true! Ask Ace Frehley - he still sells thousands of CDs - and he's making more this year.

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Gibson files for bankruptcy: Guitars in question

Gibson files for bankruptcy: Guitars in question

It would seem that the brand Gibson has overstepped its ability to command the entire world of electronics. After a whole bunch of acquisitions, Gibson Brands just filed for bankruptcy. The brand's most recent public statement on the matter suggests they'll be trying to keep their bankruptcy transition invisible to the everyday customer. But when it comes to a case this massive, you can't really tell until it's all in motion. That goes for the guitars as well as the rest of Gibson Brands many subsidiaries. Especially the parts they bought recently and can't sustain.

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TronicalTune robo-tunes any guitar in an instant

TronicalTune robo-tunes any guitar in an instant

The Tronical device called TronicalTune is a robotic accessory that automatically tunes a guitar without need for any sort of in-shop modification to the instrument. What we're seeing this week is the machine hooked up to a set of guitars, activated, and literally listening in and turning the cranks on its own. This machine and its ability to tune so quickly becomes doubly interesting when you find you're able to switch tunings in the middle of a song.

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IK Multimedia launches AmpliTube Orange software for Mac and PC

IK Multimedia launches AmpliTube Orange software for Mac and PC

IK Multimedia, a company that specializes in guitar and music software, has just launched a new piece of software for both OS X and Windows computers that emulates the style and sound of 17 different Orange amplifiers and cabinets. It's called AmpliTube Orange, and it's available now for the price of $99.

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Apple now selling iOS-enabled Fender Squier Stratocaster guitar

Apple now selling iOS-enabled Fender Squier Stratocaster guitar

Apple has never actually sold all-out musical instruments directly before, but the company has partnered up with Fender to bring a full-size iOS-enabled Squier Stratocaster guitar to Apple's online store. The guitar is fully playable and includes the traditional 1/4-inch jack so you can still plug into an amplifier to jam, but it also includes the capability to plug directly into an iOS device.

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Moog unveils LEV-96 sensoriactuator concept for acoustic guitars

Moog unveils LEV-96 sensoriactuator concept for acoustic guitars

Moog, the company that pioneered commercial manufacturing of analog synthesizers, has shown off a cool new piece of tech. They call it the LEV-96, and it's a new "sensoriactuator" prototype that "activates and controls naturally occurring harmonics and resonant frequencies on any medium." Images posted by Moog show the concept device being used on an acoustic guitar.

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gTar iPhone guitar lets anyone bust out a sweet riff

gTar iPhone guitar lets anyone bust out a sweet riff

You’ve probably all picked up a guitar at least once and tried to play it, strumming away while trying to position your fingers and giving up rather quickly. A new Kickstarter project is hoping to create a guitar to help users learn how to play by leveraging the iPhone. The gTar features an iPhone dock at the base, and once the phone is plugged in, the app will will control the array of LEDs along the fretboard showing you where to place your fingers.

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Marshall Fridge amps up your liquid to 11

Marshall Fridge amps up your liquid to 11

There's a brand new miniature refrigerator in town, and it's not made by any of the common cooler names you'd expect: it's an amp. This fridge is able to cool masses of cans, bottles, or whatever else you may want to include in your musically-inclined drinking space, and appears by all outward appearances to be a hefty Marshall amplifier for your guitar. And the control knobs, of course, go to 11.

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Ion Audio Guitar Apprentice: Teach you guitar skills with your iPad

Ion Audio Guitar Apprentice: Teach you guitar skills with your iPad

Ion Audio, the makers of the iCade iPad arcade machine and Piano Apprentice devices you've probably seen at Best Buy are back with their latest and greatest. They've developed a full-sized guitar nicely rounded out with a built-in iPad (sold separately of course) that will teach you to strum those chords like Jimmy Hendrix and Van Halen.

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Rocksmith and Just Dance 3, two new Games from Ubisoft at E3 2011

Rocksmith and Just Dance 3, two new Games from Ubisoft at E3 2011

Two new games Ubisoft announced today at E3 bring their own unique spin to the genre of party/body games. Rocksmith changes the guitar-sim world by introducing a game where you actually play a real life guitar, not a controller. Just Dance 3 expands one of the most popular dance-sim games across all platforms, regardless if you want to Wii or Kinect.

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Hyper Touch Guitar has no strings attached

Hyper Touch Guitar has no strings attached

The guitar is one of the coolest musical instruments around. You can get all sorts of guitars from toys to game controllers up to the real thing for musicians to use. This new concept product is called the Hyper Touch Guitar and it looks like a mash up between a video game controller and a real guitar.

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OnBoard Research Intellitouch Capo tuner for guitars unveiled

OnBoard Research Intellitouch Capo tuner for guitars unveiled

I used to take guitar lessons as a kid and my instructor would tune the guitar every time I went in using a tuning fork and his ear. Things are a lot simpler now with high tech tuners like the new Intellitouch CT1 Capo tuner from OnBoard Research. The turner clips to the guitar and will work with 6-string and 12-string guitars.

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