As you might've noticed, with each new week, we look back at a particular year's issues of Guitar World magazine. We do this so we can find cool stories from the past, including our final interview with Stevie Ray Vaughan, which is coming up this week, and our interviews with Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, David Gilmour, etc.
There also are primers on different types of pickups including piezo, limited-range microphones and magnetic pickups. His use of simple playing cards as materials for magnetic pickup covers was an eye opener to me because I’m always looking for thinner magnetic pickups to fit on my cigar box guitars.
There aren't too many "shred guitar" videos from 1965, but this one—featuring Glen Campbell and Phil Baugh—certainly qualifies. Campbell, right (wearing the huge V-neck), is simply blazing on a Fender Jaguar while Baugh plays the Fender Bass VI. While Baugh goes to some fiendishly "outside" places, Campbell truly steals the show with his lightning-fast runs.
Stevie Ray Vaughan earned respect as a blues and rock player—a musician who could bridge the two worlds in a single solo. As with all great guitarists, his rhythm playing was as strong as his leads. He excelled at a style of shuffle playing that has its roots in earlier players, yet he was able to turn it into a personal trademark. This lesson is dedicated to Stevie's memory.
An incredible piece of blues—and music—history recently surfaced online. Below, check out a rare video of Stevie Ray Vaughan performing "The Sky Is Crying" at an Austin, Texas, club circa 1980—before Montreux, before "Let's Dance," before his cowboy hats—before anyone in New Jersey or Ohio or Paris had any idea who he was. It's so early, in fact, that he's still called "Stevie Vaughan" at this point.