Regarded by many as the three most vital purveyors of pure hard rock/heavy metal sonic evil, AC/DC’s Angus Young, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi have each forged a distinct, instantly recognizable guitar style and sound. After more than three decades of dedicated service, all three players continue to influence countless up-and-coming metalheads the world over, and an in-depth study of each guitarist’s distinct musical personality is mandatory for any aspiring hard rock player.
As far back as the 1830s, top luthiers like Johann Stauffer and René Lacote were collaborating with leading guitarists of the day, including Luigi Lagnani, Fernando Sor and Napoléon Coste, to create custom models. This includes what are possibly the first seven-string guitars, designed by Coste and Lacote, some of which bear Coste’s name handwritten on the label inside the body.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive Johnny Winter song premiere courtesy of Sony Legacy. The track, which you can hear below, captures the blues-rock legend in all his early Seventies glory as he performs "Eyesight to the Blind" at the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival on July 5, 1970.
If it feels like you haven't been hearing a lot about AC/DC of late, that's about to change in a big way this year. This past Friday, in an interview with a Florida radio station 98.7 "the Gater," AC/DC's Brian Johnson said the band is about to head into the studio. He also said they're in the process of planning a 40th-anniversary tour.
You might remember the video we posted last week, where Gibson added a new Gibson Double Diamond series guitar to an empty display space in the Fender room at the NAMM Show. If not, you can check it out here.
The guys at TC Electronic have posted a brand-new demo video featuring none other than Paul Gilbert. In the clip below, you can watch Gilbert has he demonstrates the company's new Ditto X2 Looper pedal. Among other things, Gilbert shows how to make creative use of the half-tempo feature and the reverse effect.
The Guitar World crew visited the Roland/Boss booth — it's actually a large room with several sections and a stage — during the 2014 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. We were introduced to several new items from the company, including the ME-80 Guitar Multiple Effects processor. Be sure to check out our video below!