IN THE DARK featuring Dave Specter

IN THE DARK featuring Dave Specter

3 days ago
  It's now 2021, and concert venues have been silent for months. The echoes of chee...
What do John Mayer, Mark Tremonti, Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, and Noel Gallagher all have in common?

What do John Mayer, Mark Tremonti, Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, and Noel Gallagher all have in common?

6 days ago
Just like the mythical beast, it was named after, the Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive is an elusive, mysterious, and fabled creation.
Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Josh Rand

Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Josh Rand

6 days ago
Josh Rand is a huge part of Stone Sour's heavy, yet uniquely melodic sound. Whethe...
Detroit Electric by FRET12 – The Power of Detroit

Detroit Electric by FRET12 – The Power of Detroit

11 days ago
Detroit is a lot more than simply where we're from, it speaks to who we are as people, alo...
the weekly riff fret12 Ruben Wan

Weekly Riff with Ruben Wan / A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of YouTube

13 days ago
This week, we are featuring the smooth sounds of @Ruben Wan who is laying down all the chill...
Pandemic? Forget that. How about, PandeMUSIC?

Pandemic? Forget that. How about, PandeMUSIC?

13 days ago
Music is an artform, a universal language, a mode of expression.  It allows us to communi...
weekly riff fret12 mark tremonti on black

Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Mark Tremonti

January 5 2021
Alter Bridge lead guitarist Mark Tremonti takes you through one of his most well-known solos in this lesson for "Come to Life."
Fret12 New Year's Resolution and guitar chords

What are your [musical] New Year’s Resolutions?

January 5 2021
What a year it’s been, here’s a toast to the future! 
Happy Holidays from FRET12

Happy Holidays from FRET12

December 24 2020
We always love seeing today's artists come out with their own renditions of the holiday classics, and this year we wanted to share a few of these tunes by Mac DeMarco. So grab some hot cocoa, turn up the fire, and watch the chestnuts roast with these holiday tunes. Happy Holidays from all of us here at FRET12!
Weekly Riff with Helen Ibe / A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of YouTube

Weekly Riff with Helen Ibe / A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of YouTube

December 21 2020
We are grateful to have amazing people, guitars, and music to lean on during times like these.
A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of NTS Radio

A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of NTS Radio

December 17 2020

NTS Radio’s genre-agnostic approach to radio resonates deeply with our approach to the guitar and our belief that anyone can pick up a guitar and find their niche. We will continue to celebrate the broad range of styles and genres that the guitar can create, which is why we’ve hand-picked a half-dozen shows to share with you. Happy listening! 

Weekly Riff with Mary N. / A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of YouTube

Weekly Riff with Mary N. / A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of YouTube

December 8 2020
Add some epic funk to your week with the amazing soloing techniques of YouTube's @MaryNofficial over this classic Kool & The Gang track!
Mesa Boogie brings the iconic Rectifier into the 2020s with an EL34-inspired bang!

Mesa Boogie brings the iconic Rectifier into the 2020s with an EL34-inspired bang!

December 8 2020
As if the Rectifier couldn’t get any crazier, Mesa/Boogie is taking their iconic amplifier to truly ‘Bad’  new lands of tone!
Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Jacky Vincent

Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Jacky Vincent

November 30 2020
Jacky Vincent performs a classic solo that he designed “to be a bit nuts.” It features plenty of insane (yet beautiful) arpeggios, tremolo picking, sweep picking with tapping- all infused with plenty of mind-bending speed.
Today’s ‘beginner’ guitars are yesterday’s pro models

Today’s ‘beginner’ guitars are yesterday’s pro models

November 30 2020
2020 is a great time for us guitarists! With more guitar brands to choose from than ever before, more diverse offerings across a wider range of models, and higher quality standards than ever before; we are faced with the great problem of “too much good stuff” - especially in the budget range!
Fret12 Weekly Riff John Connolly Thank You

Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - John Connolly playing "Thank You"

November 23 2020
What better way to practice gratitude than listening to John Connolly play this weekly riff from his song, "Thank You."
Fret 12 List of things to be thankful for

Thankful, even in 2020

November 23 2020
Even though this year has put music on hold, along with so many other things, we’ve still found plenty of things to be thankful for! That being said- we can’t wait to see you all again! 
Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Calum Scott

Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Calum Scott

November 17 2020
This isn’t your average classical guitar trio. This ensemble has no humans! Enjoy the lights, sounds, and robotic, programmed magic when 21st century Arduino and Miditron collide with the old-world sounds of classical nylon strings!
FRET12 Records

FRET12 Records

November 11 2020
As we find ourselves in the last few months of 2020, we found ourselves reminiscing as we ...
Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Brent Hinds

Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Brent Hinds

November 10 2020
Get ready to get psychedelic as Brent Hinds takes you to a place called "Oblivion." Whether...
Orange oranges are indeed orange. But what does Orange sound like?

Orange oranges are indeed orange. But what does Orange sound like?

November 10 2020
Orange brings a lot to mind, certain flavors, colors, textures, etc. But does this versatile word have a sound? 
Weekly Riff with Towa Bird / A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of YouTube

Weekly Riff with Towa Bird / A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of YouTube

November 3 2020
@Towa Bird is a rising star in the guitar universe and we’re just a bit obsessed with this m...
Tom Scholz – from Polaroid to the BIG STAGE and beyond!

Tom Scholz – from Polaroid to the BIG STAGE and beyond!

November 3 2020
You know that all of us here at FRET12 love a good guitar story, and if you haven’t heard the story of Tom Scholz, you’ll want to take 10 minutes to scope out this tale of a true living legend. It’s engineer meets rockstar in this brand new String Thing.
Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Leslie West

Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Leslie West

October 27 2020
Leslie West showcases the iconic riffs and tells all the stories about a true rock n' roll classic: Mississippi Queen!
Oliver Macdonald on the Intersection Between Art & Music

Oliver Macdonald on the Intersection Between Art & Music

October 26 2020
Over the first few months of quarantine, artist Oliver Macdonald found a way to connect with others in a meaningful way through what he calls #facetimedrawing. After finding his series of musician portraits online, we had to reach out to interview him about his approach to creating his unique brand of art.
the weekly riff with mark tremonti

Weekly Riff with Mark Tremonti / A FRET12 Records Exclusive

October 20 2020
Weekly Riff from YouTube – FRET12 Records’ very own Mark Tremonti sits down at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago to teach every detail of his guitar solo from “You Waste Your Time.”
JHS 3 Series Pedals with Fret 12 on purple background

New Boutique Guitar Effects Pedals on a Budget: JHS Pedals’ 3 Series

October 19 2020
King of boutique guitar pedals, stompbox historian, and all-around lord of tone, JHS Pedals’ very own Josh Scott introduces a game-changing new lineup: The 3 Series. Seven boutique-quality pedals, 3 knobs/1 toggle/1 footswitch each, and under 100 bucks.
weekly riff featuring mattrg470

Weekly Riff with Mattrg470 / A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of YouTube

October 13 2020
Weekly Riff with Mattrg470 covering the Eddie Van Halen intro to Beat It by Michael Jackson.
image of trutone on acoustic guitar

How to Maximize Acoustic Guitar Resonance with TruTone

October 12 2020
Acoustic guitars are amazing instruments. With just a few basic ingredients, some truly amazing sounds can be produced with nothing more than your hands and the instrument. We’re taking a look at an interesting new way to boost your acoustic’s natural tone with the Trutone!
weekly riff from the sound and the story featuring jim root

Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Jim Root

October 6 2020
Clean octave intros, single-string riffing and trills, speedy tremolo picking, Drop A heaviness, oh my! Jim Root takes us into his garage to show us all how it's done. FRET12 presents a video play-through of Slipknot's smashingly-heavy "Sarcastrophe." 
Wyatt Grant Artist feature on green artistic drawings

Wyatt Grant from Pool Holograph on the Intersection Between Art & Music

October 6 2020
Wyatt Grant sheds light on this mystical intersection and dives deep into his journey as an artist and musician. He currently sings and plays guitar in the band Pool Holograph. He’s also a designer and artist and has worked with a plethora of bands and entities that are also tied to the music scene such as, Land and Sea Dept., the Twin Peaks band, Red Bull Music, and many more.
Weekly Riff with Kurt Vile / A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of YouTube

Weekly Riff with Kurt Vile / A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of YouTube

September 29 2020
What could be better than grabbing a guitar, a brew, turning the amps on, and sitting down with a friend and letting the riffs flow? D'Addario mixes some great storytelling and guitar noodling in this 10 minute feature with the one and only Kurt Vile.
black and white book shelf that looks like amp

FRET12 BOOKSHELF: The Rolling Stones Singles Collection – The London Years

September 29 2020
FRET12 is proud to introduce you to our “Book Shelf” - a series that will be documenting a variety of books and zines, past and present; all linked to the music cosmos.
the weekly riff featuring bill kelliher

Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Bill Kelliher

September 22 2020
Take a look at the man behind the curtain, as Mastodon’s very own Bill Kelliher performs his guitar parts from “Ember City” in this intimate studio playthrough performance!
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Excuse me, Butler, please assist with these guitar strings!

September 22 2020
Let’s take a look at a simple solution to an age-old tuning problem for our beloved Les Paul style instruments!
Weekly Riff with Mateus Asato / A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of YouTube

Weekly Riff with Mateus Asato / A FRET12 Pick From the Depths of YouTube

September 15 2020
Melodic guitar god Mateus Asato jams over The 1975's smash hit "Somebody Else"