Once upon a time, the mere act of strapping on an electric guitar and cranking up an amplifier marked one as an outsider, a rebellious badass who refused to live by the laws of a "decent" society. But today's cookie-cutter rockers and forgettable pop janglers make studying for the priesthood seem like an edgier pursuit than playing guitar in a band.
Three new models are being created for ESP artist Gary Holt of Exodus. The ESP Gary Holt, LTD GH-600EC and LTD GH-200EC are all single-cutaway guitars that are accented in distinctive red-colored design details, and feature Floyd Rose tremolos.
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the February 2015 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
So, yes, there's a Black Sabbath parody band called Mac Sabbath, and they sing about McDonald's. You can watch a not-quite-pro-shot video of the band performing "Frying Pan" (their version of "Iron Man") below.
Last month, Guitar World and Supro Amps got together to launch the Led Zeppelin Guitar Solo Video Challenge. Readers were asked to create and submit videos of themselves playing the guitar solo from Led Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times."
Below, check out "Perfect Pedal Order with Steve Vai," part of Musician's Friend's ongoing webinar Series. Musician's Friend and Boss got together to present this particular episode, which was shot at Roland headquarters in Los Angeles earlier this year.
Despite a few nasty rumors to the contrary, the guitar is alive and well in 2014. It survived the rise of the keyboard in the Eighties and the overwhelming bass-barrage of electronic dance music of the early 21st century and, as evidenced by the 50 selections below, shows no signs of waning in relevancy.
A while back, I came across a book of traditional bluegrass and old-timey fiddle tunes, which intrigued and inspired me. I had always enjoyed the sound of those upbeat, “honest” folk melodies, with their sprightly contours and swinging eighth-note rhythms, despite their harmonic simplicity—the vast majority of the tunes are based on “one-four-five”-type major-key chord progressions.