Like the narrator in "The Changingman," one of his best-known songs, Paul Weller's career is built on shifting sands. He's been a punk rock frontman at the vanguard of the late-'70s mod revival movement, a soul/R&B singer, guitar hero and the "Mod Father," hero to the protagonists and antagonists of the drama-filled Britpop scene of the mid-'90s.
Do you tremble at the sight of the Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo? Do you dig the vintage vibe of the Bigsby Vibrato? Or, like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dick Dale and Jeff Beck, are you happy with the Fender Strat's ages-old Synchronized, "vintage-style" system?
When it comes to rock and roll bloodlines, you'd be hard pressed to find an active artist with a more impressive pedigree than bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, who fronts British/American supergroup Black Country Communion. Hughes, who was born in 1951 in Staffordshire, England, came to prominence in the early '70s as a member of British funk-rock pioneers Trapeze. That led to a career-making spot in the Mk. III and IV lineups of Deep Purple in the mid-'70s, when he replaced Roger Glover and evolved into one of the band's main songwriters, co-penning "Holy Man," "You Keep On Moving" and "The Gypsy."
Hargo Khalsa lived in India and Liverpool, England, before moving to California, where he honed his natural knack for songwriting. When he was 8, he wrote the theme song for the South African Peace Conference. Another Hargo composition, "Crying for John Lennon," was produced by Phil Spector and used in the 2009 documentary Strawberry Fields. It marks Spector's last production.
Here's a photo gallery of one of the recent arrivals here at the Guitar World office in New York City: a Reverend Sensei RA in Satin Black. The new RA model, part of Reverend's set-neck series of electric guitars, is aimed at the heavy rock player and has a faster feel, tighter tone and more aggressive attack. Features include the new Railhammer Chisel pickups, ebony fretboard and a satin finish.
Guitarist Ronnie Montrose died Saturday, March 3, after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 64. Montrose led his own bands -- including Montrose -- and performed or recorded with Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter and others.
The new site, which was designed by Liquid Interactive of Breningsville, Pennsylvania, now includes the Guitar Finder feature (a Martin dealer finder), an updated 1833 Shop e-commerce portal, news about the Martin Custom Shop; a more comprehensive database of instrument and string choices -- and the official Martin Guitar blog, which discusses news about the company’s offerings and the music industry in general.