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Marc published his first novel Becoming in 2010. It’s a kick-ass book with monsters and dreams and stuff, and you should buy it. Since then, he’s written thousands of articles for TheToneKing.com, many of which have been picked up for circulation by manufacturers and other news outlets. His next book, Drugs and Pancakes, should be available early 2014 if his alcoholic editor can find time to work on it in-between destroying his liver and screaming about punctuation. He graduated from Roosevelt University with honors, which means that he’s not as dumb as he looks. He’s been playing guitar for over 25 years, which is almost twice as long as most of his students have been alive.

U2 Can Play Guitar

U2 Can Play Guitar

Have you heard the one about the two members of U2 who were asked to be on Fender’s Board of Directors?

Exclusive: Diamond and Soldano Amps Join Forces to Give Players Better Access to Their Gear

Exclusive: Diamond and Soldano Amps Join Forces to Give Players Better Access to Their Gear

Diamond Amplification and Soldano Amps, two giants in the world of high-end amplification design, are about to join forces to make it easier for players to check out their gear.

Breaking Up is Hard To Do: Behringer and Guitar Center Part Ways

Breaking Up is Hard To Do: Behringer and Guitar Center Part Ways

In what is slowly becoming a mass exodus for manufacturers, Guitar Center has lost yet another one. Guitar Center severed ties with Behringer right after Behringer said that they were putting GC on “business hold”

Fender Bender: What Is The Future of Fender Guitars?

Fender Bender: What Is The Future of Fender Guitars?

Ever since Fender pulled out of its IPO two years ago, they’ve been going through a ton of changes. Some of those changes have left us scratching our heads.

Everything is Awesome: Guitar Center Gets New Owners

Everything is Awesome: Guitar Center Gets New Owners

Remember how we said that Ares was poised to buy Guitar Center from Bain Capital a couple of weeks ago? Yeah. So, that happened.

Overload: Has Guitar Center's Debt Come Due?

Overload: Has Guitar Center’s Debt Come Due?

Ares financial loaned GC a lot of money and is looking to take payment in the form of ownership of the company. Where I come from, that’s a job for the Repo Man.

Keep It Clean: The Roadie Rag Helps Players Keep Their Gear Looking and Playing Like New

Keep It Clean: The Roadie Rag Helps Players Keep Their Gear Looking and Playing Like New

Proper hygiene is important. So, brush your teeth and clean your guitar.

Do Not Copy: Knockoff Amps Equal Knockoff Tone

Do Not Copy: Knockoff Amps Equal Knockoff Tone

The music industry is a very small place. And, let’s face it: The wheel was invented decades ago. Since then, everybody has been trying to re-invent it, and some killer pieces of gear have come along the way. Sometimes, though, a piece of gear comes along that is nothing but a blatant rip off.

Best of Both Worlds: TSVG Slow Ride Fuzz Pedal

Best of Both Worlds: TSVG Slow Ride Fuzz Pedal

One foot stands firm in classic tones while the other takes a step into wild new territory. A difficult balance to master, but that’s what TSVG Pedals is all about.

NAMM 2014: Blackstar ???

NAMM 2014: Blackstar ???

I’m hoping that if I say Blackstar’s name enough times, they’ll give me a hint as to what in the hell they have planed for NAMM 2014. I’ve got reporting to do, man, and I can’t report on question marks!