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Trending: How Bands Like Nirvana Change Gear Trends

Trending: How Bands Like Nirvana Change Gear Trends

Among the aftershocks that came from that significant shift in the musical environment was the gear favored by the larger guitar playing community.

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.

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.

JOYO Pedals: A Lot of Tone for A Few Bucks

JOYO Pedals: A Lot of Tone for A Few Bucks

At the beginning of the year, almost everyone is broke. It is a good time to pick up on some deals.

A Bassist's Manifesto

A Bassist’s Manifesto

I love playing bass. It is fun to play and the very epitome of groove.

Is Analog Dead?

Is Analog Dead?

If you’ve been following, you might’ve noticed that most of my articles lately have been of the what-ever-happened-to variety. That’s because the world of music is in a strange place for me. I’m old enough to remember a time when music took up tangible physical space on my shelf in the form of tapes, records, […]

Lace up for Hysteria: The Media Gins up Hysteria over Lacey Act

Lace up for Hysteria: The Media Gins up Hysteria over Lacey Act

Ever since the Gibson factories were raided, and then raided again, questions about how the Lacey Act is going to affect the guitar industry have been running rampant in music media outlets. TheToneKing.com wanted to take a closer look at the implications of this law and how the media seems to be going crazy train over it.

Retail Dysfunction: 3 Ways Retailers Try to Cure Purchase Anxiety

Retail Dysfunction: 3 Ways Retailers Try to Cure Purchase Anxiety

Basically, this unnamed retailer sent a letter to manufacturers, telling them to stick their MAP pricing models up their collective asses.

Where in the World?

Where in the World?

Want to know where your guitars will be coming from and what the future of US guitar manufacturing is? Well, you’re not the only one.

50 Shades of Mascara: How ‘80’s Rock Never Really Went Away

50 Shades of Mascara: How ‘80’s Rock Never Really Went Away

The History was that the ‘80’s were a good ole rockin’ time until Grunge came along and told ‘80’s hair metal to find a quiet place to die. Now, more than 20 years later, bands like Mötley Crüe are some of the biggest grossing acts out there. How did they rise from the dead? Were they even dead to begin with?