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How to Choose Shotgun Shells and Chokes

Community Tested<p>Because of the variety of ammunition available for the shotgun, it is one of the most versatile tools for use in hunting and sport. …

To Improve Your Focus, Just Eat Like A Drone Pilot

Concentration, focus, and memory all get a boost from consuming this one antioxidant.<p>That mid-morning crash you get after having a cup of coffee and a muffin for breakfast might be acceptable if you work at a desk, but imagine if your ability to focus and respond had more serious consequences. The …

Nutrition

Step-By-Step Guide To Building Partscasters

<b>You CAN build your own dream partscaster guitar, save some money in the process, and skip all the bonehead mistakes we made along the way. Here’s how.</b><p>…

Will Framus & Warwick's Rock 'n Ruler improve your guitar's setup?

<b>We've been somewhat stationary in our stationery coverage lately, but we're willing to bend the rules (cough) for Framus & Warwick's excellently</b> …

Buy & Sell Music Gear Online

Reverb.com is the marketplace for musicians to buy and sell used, vintage, and new music gear online. Welcome to the world’s largest music gear …

POTD: Before Steam Punk There Was The Luger P08 "Nachtpistole"

Found this gem on Instagram @axis_and_allies45 This is an extremely rare example of a Luger P08 “Nachtpistole” (Night pistol) that was used by …

How to Memorize the Notes on the Guitar Neck

Just having fun after reading one of those perfect pitch ads :-)<p>(This is not real)<p><b>Guitarists! What is the one thing that will put you light years</b> …

Electric Guitar

The Big Muff History of All Versions 3

Last update June 2014. NOTE: This website is constantly updated as new information becomes available. Version, Edition, and Revision numbers listed …

Science reveals 8 plants that will purify your home

In the late 1970s, buildings were designed to reduce energy bills by increasing insulation and reducing airflow. However, these changes came at a much greater cost.<p>These poorly ventilated office spaces were full of chemicals that caused health problems including itchy eyes, headaches, coughing and …

This Best-Selling TED Speaker Told Oprah the 5-Step Secret to Happiness

Is it possible to increase your happiness simply by doing these things for only two minutes per day? Yes, says a Harvard-trained happiness researcher and best-selling author.<p>Can you improve your happiness simply by breathing for two minutes a day? Apparently so, says Shawn Achor, Harvard-trained …

Happiness

A Beginner’s Guide to Frank Zappa

<i>This feature was originally published in August 2012. Today, on the 50th anniversary of his debut album, we’re reposting it.</i><p><i>Ever felt overwhelmed by</i> …

Music

9 essential rockabilly guitar chords

<b>Give your rhythm playing an authentic rockabilly vibe with our nine essential must-learn chords…</b><p>Generally, rockabilly makes heavy use of the …

Guitar

14 Things You Should Understand About Guns Before Writing About Them

Guns can be dangerous in the wrong hands. But so are articles about guns written by people who don’t understand anything about them.<p>There’s sadly no …

How to Tell If Your Guitar’s Neck Needs to be Adjusted

1.2K<p>SHARES<p>One of my recent columns dealt with some of the things that can go wrong with your guitar’s top nut. Big slots, thin strings; the perfect …

Les Paul vs Stratocaster vs Telecaster: The Ultimate Electric Guitar Comparison

1<p>SHARES<p>Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Strats and Teles are among the most popular guitar models of all time. Some players own a version (or two) of all …

Guitar

Everything You Need to Know About Changing Guitar Strings

5<p>SHARES<p>Changing guitar strings isn't a complicated task, but try convincing a new guitarist of that. It can seem plenty intimidating to a …

The 10 Most Useful Car Hacks You Can Learn From YouTube

From de-icing door locks to getting more gas in your tank, here are a few tricks for getting the most out of your car.<p>Owning a car means investing in it—not only your money, but also your free time. Fortunately, just as home innovations abound, the DIY spirit is alive and well in the automotive …

8 Instagram Accounts Every Car Lover Needs to Follow

If you can't drive it, "like" it.<p>With more than 400 million users on Instagram, it's no surprise that the car community is among its most active groups, since the only thing as exciting as driving the car of your dreams is looking at artistically-shot photos of it (or so we tell ourselves). But …

Monte Carlo

An Introduction to Partscasters, Frankensteins and Six-String Surrealism

Many partscasters, also known as Frankenstein guitars, begin innocently enough with a simple bridge humbucker replacement. But there are many reasons …

England

Anatomy of a Setup

What is a Setup? Quite simply, a Setup is the adjustment of an instrument to the preferences of the player. Almost every guitar has a wide array of …

DADGAD for Dummies (Psst: You Already Know 50 Percent of This Tuning)

“I use open and alternate tunings to get music out of the guitar,” says fingerstyle master Martin Simpson. “Do you want to move people? You can’t be …

Electric Guitar

Five Ways to Improve Your Electric Guitar Tone

Switching to a new string type is a quick and easy way to change your tone.<p>We all want perfect tone.<p>Some of us spend our <i>lives</i> pursuing it. We …

Call of Duty: Black Ops III on PS3 and Xbox 360 will be multiplayer only

Back in June Activision announced that the latest <i>Call of Duty</i> game, <i>Black Ops III</i>, would be coming to older hardware but with reduced features. One of the key cuts was that the Xbox 360 and PS3 version would feature a two-player co-op campaign, instead of the four-player version touted for the PS4, …

Call of Duty

6 Simple Alternative Guitar Tunings Every Guitarist Should Try

Over the years, I’ve found one simple way to change things up on the guitar is to use a variety of tunings. Not only do they sound cool, but also …

The 12-Step Guide to Electric and Acoustic Guitar Setup

157<p>SHARES<p>One of the most bedeviling aspects of guitar playing is the maintenance procedure known as a “setup.”<p>What’s involved? Will it really make …

Exceptional Conceptual: The Greatest Concept Cars of All Time, Volume I | Flipbook

Exceptional Conceptual: The Greatest Concept Cars of All Time, Volume I

BMW M550d arrives with quad-turbocharged diesel

Diesel is falling out of favor in many regions, including in Europe where the fuel sells at a significant discount to gasoline and has been the …

Volkswagen

BMW previews new M6 GT3 racing prototype

<b>UPDATE:</b> <i>A previous version of this post specified the incorrect weight target for the M6 GT3. The text below has been updated with the correct information.</i><p>BMW may not compete at the top level at Le Mans or in the World Rally Championship, it may have withdrawn from Formula One and shuttered the …

The Best Metal Albums of 2014

I listened to a lot of metal this year, and these are the albums I liked the most. To shift things up from previous round-ups, I've included my personal Top 25, along with separate selections from Pitchfork's metal contributors. At this point I'm hardly the only person covering metal at the site, …

Death Metal

Life After The Level Cap In 'Destiny'

The past few days have been a blur of gunfire, alien screams and endless, nonsense sci-fi jargon, but at last I’ve reached the soft level cap in Destiny at 20. It’s where all the best gear and hardest missions are locked away, and after you hit the marker, a different phase of the game begins.<p>I …