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November 1, 2018
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When it comes to musical instruments, there are brands and then there are legacies-names so unquestionably indicative of quality and craftsmanship that players swear by them for life.

Martin Guitars, for example, have inspired this kind of loyalty among musicians like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. Martin's story- dating back to 1833-inspires book-length histories and documentaries.

In the drum world, the longest-lived and most-storied brand would have to be Zildjian, the famed cymbal maker known the world over, beloved by the best drummers in the business.


But Zildjian is far older than Martin Guitars, or any other contemporary instrument manufacturer. Indeed, the company may be the world's oldest existing manufacturer of almost any product.

Though incorporated in the U.S. in 1929, Zildjian was actually founded 400 years ago in Constantinople by Armenian metalworker Avedis, who in 1622 melted a top-secret combination of metals to create the perfect cymbal.

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In ongoing celebration of Led Zeppelin's 50th anniversary, Fender has announced that it is teaming up with Jimmy Page to recreate the 1959 Telecaster that he used to record the band's self-titled debut in 1968. Known for its iconic "mirror" and "dragon" designs, Page played the Tele throughout Zeppelin's early days, as well as with the Yardbirds. He also used the guitar to record the iconic solo to "Stairway to Heaven."  
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"Artform" is a short film created Fender, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge. Inspired by iconic records and driven to explore their own sound, these two prolific producers share their creative roadmap and studio secrets - encouraging today's creators to pick up an instrument and discover their identity through music.
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This dramatic video details a simple arpeggio trick which will enable you to navigate more quickly and fluidly over the entire fretboard, says guitar instructor Paul Davids.
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Growing up in Chicago in the 1960s, Lynn Keller got to see an exemplary music career up close. Over the past five decades, Keller has lived a multi-genre career, logging millions of miles with Diana Ross, the Fifth Dimension, Michelle Shocked and doubling as musical director for Rita Coolidge, Nell Carter, and Jackie DeShannon, and playing in the orchestra pit for Broadway shows like Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors, and Mask. Her current road gig, with Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical School of Rock, introduces her bass playing to a new generation of fans. www.lynnkeller.com.  

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