When Gus G. became Ozzy Osbourne’s axman in 2009, the Greek shredder quickly became as scrutinized as the celebrated guitarists that preceded him in Ozzy’s band, including Zakk Wylde, Jake E. Lee and Randy Rhoads. While his predecessors had relied on Marshall amps, the core of Gus G.’s sound came from high-wattage Blackstar Series One heads.
On December 6 and 7, Julien’s Auctions will host a two-day auction, Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll. Its highlight will be Jerry Garcia’s Custom Travis Bean TB500 Electric Guitar. Many will argue this guitar was played during the pinnacle of Garcia’s most musically creative period with the Grateful Dead. Garcia’s tone enchanted multitudes of “Deadheads” throughout the band’s 30-year career and beyond.
Originally intended to mimic the sound of a muted trumpet, it didn't take long for guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa to make that sweet, sweeping "wah-wah" sound an integral part of the rock and roll lexicon.
On August 28, 2001, Pantera played their final show — ever — in Yokohama, Japan, at the Beast Feast festival. Below, you can watch them perform a Far Beyond Driven track, "5 Minutes Alone," from this show.
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 — the CD and DVD/Blu-ray souvenir of Eric Clapton's latest star-studded charity concert, which took place this past April at Madison Square Garden in New York City — was released Tuesday, November 19.