Here's an ode to a piece of gadgetry rarely covered on GuitarWorld.com, something that has brought a whole new world of sounds to guitarists' fingertips: the guitar synthesizer, aka the guitar synth. First of all, exactly what is a guitar synth? To quote Norm Leet, who wrote an authoratative feature on the topic for Roland's UK website, "a guitar synth is a synth module whose input device is a guitar instead of a keyboard."
Well, bub, no matter how good the song is, it eventually has to end. The question, then, is: How’s it going to end? A studio fade giving the illusion of a sing-along chorus going on forever in some imaginary world populated by elves? A repeated turnaround? An abrupt, punk-rock-style halt? An unsuspected, off-key chord?
In early 1990, the editors of Guitar World magazine sat back and painstakingly selected what they considered the top 50 guitar albums of the just-ended Eighties. In the photo gallery below, you can see what they came up with! What were the editors of GW thinking in 1990 when they picked their 50 favorite albums from the Eighties? Anyone's guess. Take a look at the list - in order - below to find out.
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.
When a big-name guitarist is invited to play on a recording session, he or she is expected to make a noticeable impact on the song or album being recorded. Bearing that in mind, Jeff Beck — as a session guitarist — has rarely disappointed. Here are his top 10 guest-session appearances.
This list of Guitar World's 10 essential classic rock guitar albums is part of a much larger feature — Guitar World's 100 Essential Guitar Albums — which you'll be seeing in the weeks ahead. For the time being, we'll start you off with these 10 masterpieces from guys named Harrison, Townshend, Hendrix and Gilmour.
In this month's issue of Guitar World, we pay tribute to the high-flying genius of Pete Townshend by taking a look back at the Who's most creative — and most volatile — years. Townshend is also the latest guitar hero to be voted into our Hall of Fame in our annual readers poll, joining the likes of Kirk Hammett, Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan and other six-string legends.