If you're expecting a typical instructional column from me, then prepare yourself for a shock. Since very little about being in a band actually involves playing the guitar, I therefore thought it was time for a columnist to address some real-world band issues rather than the usual "what Mixolydian mode goes over which chord best."
After repeatedly coming across Top 10 lists of "Hot Female Guitar Players,” I thought it only fitting that I turn the tables. So the following has nothing to do with chops, style, technique or anything guitar-related. It's just a highly opinionated list (with a photo gallery, of course) of hot-looking guys who, oh yeah, also play guitar.
In the near-ish future, we'll be doing a feature on the storied guitar shops of New York City -- the sort of places that should always figure highly on every visiting guitarist's Big Apple must-see list. In the meantime, however, here's a quick look at the guitars made by Cobra Guitars in NYC.
No matter how long you’ve been playing guitar, one thing never changes: the desire to acquire the perfect tone.
It's a constant, never-ending quest. There’s always a new pedal, amp, pickup, speaker, tube, set of strings, pick or some other new development that promises to deliver the sound of angels singing as we strike our guitar strings.
I first came into contact with Providence effects in February 2010, when they asked me to demo a couple of pedals for them. It was a bit of a revelation, actually. Once I’d developed the taste for their work, I was addicted. Heavily.
Noise seems to be every guitar player's nightmare. It can be buzz, hum, hiss, air-traffic control ... (This Is Spinal Tap, anyone?) I'll start off by saying that guitar rigs are a noisy environment to begin with. Gain has a lot to do with noise, but if things are clean before it hits the gain stage, your rig can be quiet (er).