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Index Bloat: What is It & How to Fix it (Carefully)

Maintaining a refined index in search engines, especially Google, is critical to surviving (and ideally benefiting from) Google’s regular quality-related updates. It’s not the only factor, but it’s an important factor in ensuring that Google deems your site to be “high quality” (assuming the rest of your content is quality; not duplicated with external websites, […]

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So There Super Clip-On Tuner for Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Violin & Other Stringed Instruments


Your search for a great, inexpensive tuner is finally over

When you purchase your SoThere SuperTuner, you’ll be thrilled at the quality and ease of operation.

You just pop the included battery in and tune!

Super-fast and Super-accurate. This feature-rich tuner has all the options that you’ll need for pitch-perfect tuning without overpaying.

The SoThere SuperTuner is feature rich:

- The TightGrip Clip provides a solid connection to your instrument without worries of finish damage.
– The color display rotates 360 degrees for easy viewing
– Built-in microphone or internal vibration sensor to tunes quickly and accurately
– Extended frequency range to tune all stringed instruments
– Works in any position on the headstock with virtually no dead spots

Order Yours Today – and when you do consider getting one for a friend!

Product Features

  • Fast, accurate, easy operation – just clip it on and tune it up, pitch-perfect tuning in seconds, battery included
  • Compact design – unobtrusive, it never gets in your way, very lightweight
  • Bright, easy view display – the multi-color led back-lit screen is easy to see in any lighting
  • Holds on tight and will not harm your instrument’s finish, the swivel clamp and large single multi-function switch means one-handed operation
  • All-instrument tuning – with five tuning modes: C, G, B, V, U (chromatic, guitar, bass, violin, and ukulele) to cover a wide range of instruments

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Julian Cope's Squier "Fake Fender" Jazz Bass listed for sale on eBay UK


I’m a big fan of Julian Cope, so when I saw this listing  on eBay UK for his “Fake Fender” Jazz Bass (actually a re-badged Squier circa 2004), it made me sit up and take notice.

To quote from the auction listing:

Here for auction is a bizarre experimental Squier Jazz bass from about 2004/5. The item was inherited by singer/author Julian Cope, who removed the original pick-ups and added several different types during his years of ownership. Why? The body of the bass is so heavy that it works well as a platform for whatever is installed. Cope recorded the bass with its variety of pick-ups, then also added genuine Fender 50’s-style anodyzed gold aluminium scratch-plate, plus genuine Fender pick-up covers.

Thereafter, the bass was abandoned as a musical instrument and the pick-ups were removed. The item became a focal point for Cope’s press photos during 2008 (see main photo). A genuine Fender waterslide decal was added to the newly painted gold headstock, and the body was coated with the kind of hellish glitter (in the style of the mid-60s Irish Showbands) that sparkles in the sun, whilst a chrome iron cross was installed in place of the original neck plate.

I’ll post the final price when it sells. Note, it’s for UK bidders only.

EDIT: It eventually sold for  £313.36. I was so tempted to bid myself, but had to ask myself, realistically do I need another bass right now?

G L Wilson

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Epiphone ETCNVSNH1 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar, Vintage Sunburst


The new Epiphone Inspired by “1966” Century hollow body thin line arch top revives the mid 60s design prized by collectors for their comfortable, lightweight body with neck joint at the 14th fret and warm, woody tone.

Product Features

  • The laminated Maple body features a Maple top. The Mahogany neck has a Rounded “C” shape and Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid “Dot” inlays.
  • The Century is available in an Aged Gloss finish in either Cherry or Vintage Sunburst.
  • The Inspired by “1966” Century is powered by the new single coil P-90 PRO pickup, recognized around the world as the most versatile and expressive single coil pickup available.
  • A 1960s era Replica Blue Sound hole label can be seen through the upper f-hole. The white and black layered pick guard has a classic 60s era “E”.

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Perris Leathers P25SHBJ-6696 Suede Banjo Straps


2.5″ Tan Suede Banjo Straps With Sheepskin Back And Metal Hook Ends. Fully Adjustable From 44.5″ to 53″. Made In Canada.

Product Features

  • Suede Banjo Strap
  • Very comfortable Guitar Straps
  • Fully Adjustable

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yueton Pack of 2 Sets Black and White Plastic Bridge Pins & Saddle & Nut Replacement Parts for Acoustic Guitar


Guitar Bridge Pins & Saddle & Nut
Pack of 2 sets
Color: black and white
Material: ABS plastic
Bridge pins: 9mm*30mm (D*H)
Upper bridge: 43*5*8mm
Down bridge: 72*2*9mm
Suitable replacement parts for folk guitar

Product Features

  • Suitable replacement parts for folk guitar
  • Light weight, easy to use
  • Matched parts one set with guitar nut, saddle and 6pcs bridge pins
  • High quality ABS plastic material
  • Small and exquisite appearance, convenient to carry, pack of 2 sets, black and white

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Nile Rodgers Honored with the 3rd Annual Les Paul Spirit Award at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival


Press Release

Source: M2M

lpsaawardThe Les Paul Foundation, whose mission is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul through the generations has announced multi-GRAMMY™ Award winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Nile Rodgers, to be honored with the third annual Les Paul Spirit Award at this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.  

The award will be presented to Rodgers on Saturday, June 9th, 2018, the same day Les Paul would have turned 103 years old. Previous recipients of the prestigious Les Paul Spirit Award were Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir (2016) and U2’s The Edge (2017).

The prestigious award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the late, great Les Paul through innovation, engineering, technology and/or music. In addition to the award, a grant from the Les Paul Foundation and Bonnaroo Works Fund will be made in Nile Rodgers’ name to the charity of his choice which aligns with the mission of the Les Paul Foundation.

Like Les Paul, Nile Rodgers personifies a spirit of excellence through musicianship, production and industry-wide recognition.

Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is exceptional. He amplifies his own legacy constantly traveling new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping pop hits like “Le Freak” and sparked the advent of hip hop with “Good Times.” His work in the CHIC organization and his productions from artists like David Bowie and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Disclosure and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard  of contemporary music. Fueling four decades of pop anthems with more than 200 production credits in his name, the scope of Rodgers’ peerless influence is undeniable.

Beyond the CHIC Organization, Rodgers has achieved commercial and critical triumphs for artists including Duran Duran (“The Reflex”), Madonna (“Like a Virgin”) and David Bowie (“Let’s Dance”). He has worked with legendary icons including Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Steve Winwood,  Grace Jones, Bryan Ferry, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton and countless others. He has scored music for films like the blockbuster “Coming to America” (1988) and distributing soundtracks for popular AAA video games. He is also Chairman and Founder of the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a non-profit he launched in 2002 that’s dedicated to the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that promote cultural diversity.  

“Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing” – Nile Rodgers“Nile Rodgers is an extraordinary talent that completely defines the word innovative,” said Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of The Les Paul Foundation. “His personal story and great successes in the music industry cannot be overlooked and certainly not forgotten. He has been at the forefront of creating some of the most memorable music of our time. If Les was here today I can guarantee you that Nile and he would have already collaborated on numerous occasions. I am honored to present this year’s Les Paul Spirit Award to such an outstanding recipient and I also want to thank Bonnaroo Works Fund for partnering with us on this exciting annual award which will continue to honor the true innovators of our industry.”

Rodgers was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, The Songwriters Hall of Fame and was awarded the “EBONY” Icon Award at the EBONY Power 100 Event in Los Angeles.  He was also bestowed the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” medal by the French Embassy in New York, was elected to the NARAS Board of Governors and received the President’s Merit Award during the  Recording Academy’s 8th Annual GRAMMY Week Celebration for the Producers & Engineers Wing of NARAS.

Nile Rodgers will be honored at an intimate Bonnaroo Works Fund event “Bonnaro Eats & Greets” (invitation only) to be held on what would have been Les Paul’s 103rd birthday on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m. CT. The Les Paul Spirit Award will be presented to Rodgers by Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation along with representatives of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

The prestigious award is physically like no other. Made from actual hand-carved acoustic boards built by Les Paul himself, each year’s recipient is presented a one-of-a-kind piece of actual Les Paul memorabilia from his home studio, which he designed and created during his lifetime.  The original acoustic wood panel has been carefully designed for hanging and is supported by Les’ personal story of how they were created. No two awards will ever be exactly the same, given the unique nature of the studio pieces which are being used to create it. “It is a true piece of original Les Paul art and technology,” said Braunstein.

In addition to the presentation of the Les Paul Spirit Award, The Les Paul Foundation has partnered with Bonnaroo Works Fund on several activations on-site at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. The Les Paul Foundation will host an official Les Paul activation at the Bonnaroo Works Fund Community Center each day. Additionally the Les Paul Foundation will unveil an assortment of new Les Paul merchandise to be sold exclusively at The Bonnaroo Works Fund tent and will conduct daily giveaways of Les Paul prize packs and guitars.   

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Blueseason Kids Guitar New Mini 23″ Beginners Student Children Classical Acoustic Guitar, Blue


Type: 6 steel string guitar
Color: Brown, Blue, Coffee, Black, Pink, Red, Yellow
Size (LWH):60*23*7cm(23″)
Package Included:
1 piece of kid Guitar + 2 piece of picks(Color randomly assigned)
Kids’acoustic guitar is made of wooden construction with steel strings.
Features with linden binding and geared tuning to make tuning easier for learners.
The size may have some deviations due to manual measurement.
Due to the different monitor and light effect, the actual color of the item might be
slightly different from the color showed on the pictures. Thank you!

Product Features

  • Basswood back & sides & top, All natural wood with Wonderful Finish.
  • It is perfect gifts for guitar lovers and behinners
  • Nicely Finished, Bright and multi Colors for your choice, with beautiful appearance.
  • Designed and Perfect for all Beginners, with an Eye and Ear toward Quality and Affordability.
  • Included 1*guitar, 2*picks (color randomly assigned).

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Hagstrom Retroscape Series H-III Electric Guitar Aged Sky Blue


Retroscape Series H-III Electric Guitar Aged Sky Blue. “The H-II and H-III were introduced in 1965, so 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of these iconic guitars. Known for their quirky switches and easy playability, they quickly achieved wide popularity. Favorites among punk and grunge bands looking for a hard-rocking individualist statement, their audience is also quite diverse: from artists like Joe Satriani, whose first guitar was a Hagstrom H-III, to Aaron North (of Nine Inch Nails) who still has H-IIs and H-IIIs in his guitar arsenal. Many people have been asking for these classics to be re-issued, and we at Hagstrom are happy to comply with lovingly recreated and updated versions of these great classics. A comfortably profiled Canadian Maple neck is bolted to a hand-selected American Alder body insuring that the original attack and aoebitea of the H-II and H-III is maintained. The classic 6-in-line Hagstrom headstock design, used for the first production of H-IIs and H-IIIs, has been slightly updated, and the aoeVintage Tremara has been re-engineered for functional improvements without sacrificing its original appearance. Hagstrom has taken great care in recreating the original pickups, and the new aoeRetro-Sa pickups do an excellent job of matching the originalsaTM sonic glory. Gain-shaping functionality is enhanced by incorporating HagstromaTMs new RC-Circuit into the volume control, which allows for volume reduction without the loss of that high frequency aoeshimmer.a Case sold separately. Pickup Selection Neck Pickup On/Off Middle Pickup On/Off Bridge Pickup On/Off Master Tone On/Off Mute On/Off Top (Bass Cut) On/Off “

Product Features

  • Body Body shape: Double cutaway Body type: Solid body Body material: Solid wood Top wood: Not applicable Body wood: Alder Body finish: Gloss Orientation: Right handed Neck Neck shape: Not specified Neck wood: Hard Maple Joint: Bolt-on Scale length: 24.75 in. Truss rod: H-Expander Neck finish: Gloss Fretboard Material: Resinator Radius: 15 in. Fret size: Medium jumbo Number of
  • “The H-II and H-III were introduced in 1965, so 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of these iconic guitars
  • Known for their quirky switches and easy playability, they quickly achieved wide popularity
  • Favorites among punk and grunge bands looking for a hard-rocking individualist statement, their audience is also quite diverse: from artists like Joe Satriani, whose first guitar was a Hagstrom H-III, to Aaron North (of Nine Inch Nails) who still has H-IIs and H-IIIs in his guitar arsenal
  • Many people have been asking for these classics to be re-issued, and we at Hagstrom are happy to comply with lovingly recreated and updated versions of these great classics

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Hero Of The Underground: Fender Celebrates 60 Years Of Jazzmaster® Innovation


HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (May 9, 2018— Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the 60th anniversary celebration of Fender’s most creative and expressive model: the Jazzmaster. A hero of the underground, the Jazzmaster has been adopted by generations of artists looking for unique sonic qualities and combinations, unlocking genre defying sound that lives on today within music and culture.
In 1958, Fender introduced the Jazzmaster as the top-of-the-line electric guitar for jazz musicians; later the sound and easily modifiable style attracted counterculture and misfit players, including aficionados of surf guitar – who rarely hesitated to personalize their instruments and make a sound of their own. Over the past 60 years, players across genres have wielded Jazzmaster guitars – from J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Elvis Costello to Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age), Chelsea Wolfe, Jim Root (Slipknot), Chris Stapleton, Portugal. The Man and The War on Drugs. A cult classic today, the Jazzmaster still is the core tool for contemporary artists and innovative players continuing pushing the creative boundaries of music.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary occasion, Fender is releasing highly collectible iterations of the beloved Jazzmaster, including three, limited edition models in select colors: the Limited Edition 60th Anniversary ’58 Jazzmaster, Triple Jazzmaster and Classic Jazzmaster.
“The Jazzmaster is the little engine that could,” said Justin Norvell, SVP, Fender Products. “It didn’t follow its original destiny to be a jazz guitar, but found a niche on the creative cutting edge and maintains significant popularity today as we celebrate its 60th anniversary. Whether it’s surf, ‘90s punk rock or alternative music, the Jazzmaster has remained the guitar of choice, pushing music forward into uncharted territory.”

The original ‘58 Jazzmaster boasted a revolutionary offset waist, distinctive-sounding pickups, a flexible rhythm/lead circuit and was the first Fender guitar to sport a rosewood fingerboard. An homage to the original prototype of this ground-breaking guitar, the 60th Anniversary ‘58 Jazzmaster accurately recreates the bold and distinctive look and feel of the original 1958 prototype, giving players a taste of the Jazzmaster in its original form. The Limited Edition 60th Anniversary ’58 Jazzmaster is offered in 2-Color Sunburst. 
The Triple Jazzmaster features a modern, triple-pickup and is an homage to the mod ethos that permeates Jazzmaster player circles. Combining authentic looks and uniquely flexible wiring – the guitar also features brand-new humbucking pickups from pickup guru Tim Shaw for a guitar that’s ready to rip it up on stage and off. The Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Triple Jazzmaster is offered in Daphne Blue.
Classic Jazzmaster updates the classic 1966 model with features that modern, creative players are sure to appreciate. This model is a reproduction of the 1966 Jazzmaster, which at the time, was updated with the following features: bound neck, block inlays, and as a special aesthetic touch, a slick-looking matching painted headstock. These stylish visual cues—as well as the rich, multi-dimensional sound—made this one of the most sought-after Jazzmaster models. The Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Classic Jazzmaster is offered in Daphne Blue, Black, Vintage Blonde, and Fiesta Red. 

The 60th anniversary Jazzmaster models are available at local dealers and on on the below dates; models include: 

o    Available Now: Limited Edition 60th Anniversary ‘58 Jazzmaster – $2,299.99    

o    Available September 2018: Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Triple Jazzmaster –  $1,999.99 and Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Classic Jazzmaster – $1,199.99. 

To learn more about Fender’s 60th Anniversary Jazzmaster models and for product descriptions of each model, click here. For series product images, click here.  

For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.


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Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®, follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest quality instruments and musical solutions across genres. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of music through electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, pro audio, accessories and digital products that inspire and enable musical expression at every stage, from beginners to history-making legends. 


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