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    Noise-Induced Hearing Loss – Know the Risk

    Posted by NZ Rockshop on 21 July 2015

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    Every musician needs to safeguard their hearing from the damaging effects of loud sound sources for extended periods of time. D'Addario Planet Waves' Pacato Hearing Protection Ear Plugs allow you to enjoy listening and playing music while minimising any damage to your hearing.  

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    The Definitive Beginner’s Guide To Looping

    Posted by NZ Rockshop on 10 April 2014

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      Live looping has quickly become a technique that has taken the art of live performance to a whole new level! Any musician, from bedroom producers to guitar gods, can add their own flair to their part, solo or track by using a Loop Station live on stage. Looping can even inspire a completely new song when used in the studio! But what is looping and how can you add it to your repertoire? Let’s start at the very beginning… WHAT IS LOOPING? Looping is the technique that allows a musician to recor...

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    Mesa Bass Prodigy

    Posted by NZ Rockshop on 13 January 2014

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    BASS PRODIGY Mesa Boogie’s The Bass Prodigy Four:88 Mesa Boogie’s The Bass Prodigy™ Four:88 begins with BRIGHT, NORMAL and ACTIVE INPUT select choices feeding an all-new tube preamp that borrows subsections from their CARBINE hybrid architecture. This design allows increased control over a broad spectrum of frequencies and incorporates active BASS and TREBLE controls with increased shaping power - while retaining the sweet, musical blend of their traditional passive MID control. In addition to ...

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    E-II Standard - An ESP by any other name?

    Posted by Rockshop on 10 December 2013

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    Did you want to buy an esp standard series guitar? too late. okay, now that i have your ATTENTION, LET'S TALK. Ed Lim is the founder of www.sixstringsamurai.co.nz, a New Zealand based guitar website and an all-round great guy. We asked him to check out the all new E-II Standard guitars by ESP. For decades now, the ESP Standard Series has been a beacon of kick-assery - pick up any ESP Standard guitar and it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll be picking up a finely crafted, high performance ins...

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    The FIRST Mesa ~ The Bass 450 by Randall Smith

    Posted by BOOGIE on 19 September 2013

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    The First Mesa The Bass 450 by Randall Smith Ahh… the MESA 450, the first amp I made that wasn’t a rebuilt Fender.  And it was a Bass Amp, for a lovable thug from Oakland named Patrick “Buzz”  Burke, to whom I later gave my half interest in Prune Music.  I designed, silk-screened and etched the printed circuit board that runs the driver and power tubes.  The power supply and preamp sections are built on heavy acrylic boards using eyelets, sort of like the Fender ones, only these eyelets are on ...

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    Hidden Qualities - The Hidden Qualities of High-quality Guitars

    Posted by on 18 September 2013

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    Hidden Qualities the hidden qualities of high-quality guitars 2013 is a great time to be a guitarist. We have never had it better, considering the absolutely staggering variety of guitars available in music stores, guitars of all styles, shapes, colours and prices. Nowadays, modern manufacturing process means that, with very few exceptions, pretty much every instrument out there (regardless of price) is of reasonable sound quality – a far cry from those times, not so long ago, where a “student ...

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    A PRS Experience

    Posted by on 17 September 2013

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    A PRS Experience Article by Dan Ramage Wellington Rockshop Guitar Specialist Paul Reed Smith built his first guitar in his teens as a challenge given by his college music professor for some extra credits. From there he found a passion for building quality electric guitars. He would take his guitars to gigs to sell them and this is how he stumbled upon the likes of Carlos Santana, Al Di Meola and Howard Leese, to name a few. Guitarists liked what they saw and started to play his guitars. Paul ma...

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    Tools that every Guitarist should have

    Posted by on 17 September 2013

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    Tools that every guitarist should have must have gear that won't break the bank You can never have too much guitar gear, but sometimes your wallet (or financial controller) just won’t let you have that 12th guitar (“but baby, this one sounds way different to my others”).  Luckily though, like any other industry, guitarists have available to them a veritable plethora of accessories that won’t send them broke.  The trick is wading through the opportunistic items to the items that really matter. So...

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    Interview with Six-60 Bass Guitarist - Chris Mac

    Posted by on 16 September 2013

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    CHRIS MAC interview with six60 bass guitarist Originally from Darwin, Australia, Chris Mac now lives in Dunedin, with his wife and young daughter. A longstanding punk rocker turned hip-hop, soul and dubstep convert, Chris handles bass and synth duties for Six60. He brings the high-energy vibe of punk along for the ride, interspersed with a focused approach drawn from time spent playing music professionally in Australia. Staunchly community oriented, but far from authoritarian, Chris is all abou...

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    Gibson & Marshall Celebrate 50 Years of Loud

    Posted by on 16 September 2013

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    50 years of loud 50th anniversary gibson les paul goldtop & marshall bluesbreaker combo The year was 1962, the Beatles made their  TV debut and K-Mart hit the department store scene, but more importantly, Jim Marshall gave birth to the most iconic Guitar Amplifier brand ever. Now 50 years on, it is perfectly clear to see that Marshall Amplifiers would go on to help shape modern Rock’n’Roll music as we know it. Jim Marshalls very first Amp - built due to popular demand from the local musicians w...

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