When we left off, I had just installed a set of new Lollar pickups into an '80s Squier Telecaster. Now we’ll proceed with the rest of the wiring. I am following a wiring diagram that came with my upgraded four-way switch. I’ll get an “extra” sound for almost nothing.
I'm modifying an early-'80s ash-bodied Squire Telecaster that is all original and in very clean condition. Its appointments include a 21-fret maple neck, vintage-style bridge and pickups and Fender Japan branded sealed gear tuners.
What do the stars hold for all you rock stars out there this week? It looks like Geminis are ready to collaborate with others, Leos need to choose between money or fulfillment and Capricorns need to start networking. For more, check out this week's edition of Rock Stars.
In this lesson, we go back to a previous lesson's technique of using tapping in combination with slides, hammer-ons and unassisted hammer-ons to generate speed and create a very fluid, "bubbly" type of sound. What I like most about this technique is that it is a very easy method of pulling off fast licks without requiring much dexterity from all the fingers of the fretting hand.
In observance of Black History Month, I've compiled a list of some of music’s true pioneers: the black men and women who helped create, shape and innovate rock music’s ever-changing landscape. Although I've chosen 50 artists in all, I started off with the first 25 last week (numbers 50 to 26) -- and the remaining 25 are presented in the photo gallery below.
The youngest of four guitar-playing brothers, all of whom play lefty and upside-down, Eric Gales was a fretboard monster early on, raised on a healthy diet of Jimi Hendrix via his older siblings. Before the mainstream successes of Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, Jonny Lang, John Mayer and others of his generation, Gales, aka “Raw Dog,” was jamming with gods like Shawn Lane and Carlos Santana and getting interviewed by Arsenio Hall.
This week, we're doing something a bit different and bringing you a full-album stream from a promising unsigned act. Michigan's Imminent Sonic Destruction are self-releasing their new album, Recurring Themes, today, and we've got the full stream of the album for your listening pleasure.
Artists like Kings of Leon, Red Kross, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings -- and The Black Keys -- each imbibe the glory of their idols. But there’s one band that immerses itself in the tastes of yesteryear peppered with its own uncompromising spin on classic rock soul and bluesy Southern rhythms. That group is Alexandra and the Starlight Band.