Introduced 30 years ago, the Jackson Soloist is one of the archetypal modern metal guitars—a sharp-edged, high-performance machine loaded with all the heavy-duty, precision-calibrated hardware needed to execute today’s extreme-metal moves. Much of the style, and many of the features, we associate with contemporary metal guitar craft originated with the Soloist. For master guitar builder Mike Shannon, working on the Soloist with company founder Grover Jackson back in the early Eighties was a career-defining moment.
Today, GuitarWorld.com exclusively presents "Letters," the new music video by Chelsea Grin. The track — which you can check out below — is from the band's new album, Ashes to Ashes, which is streaming now at VansWarpedTour.com. Ashes to Ashes will be released July 8 via Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie.
As widely reported, especially in Europe, some people weren't happy that Metallica were invited to perform at this Glastonbury Fest in the U.K. The Criticism included witty statements like: "Metallica aren't in the spirit of peace-loving Glastonbury" and "[Metallica can be] a bit abrasive."
We don't know why this pro-shot video of Metallica's complete Glastonbury set is already online — but we're not complaining! Below, you can watch every moment of the legendary band's Saturday-night set at Glastonbury.
Of course, Metallica performed at Glastonbury in the U.K. this past Saturday. However, Jack White gave the crowd an extra shot of Metallica by covering “Enter Sandman” during his own set earlier in the day. White actually meshed bits of “Enter Sandman” with his own song, “Cannon.”
Below, check out a new video about Louis Electric Amplifiers, a New Jersey-based boutique maker of hand-wired guitar amps. Louis Electric has been building tube amplifiers for more than 20 years. Since the very beginning, Louis Rosano has been building signature sounds for musicians of all genres. You can see and hear them on stages in the U.S. and abroad.
I’ll be showing you a relatively unknown picking technique used by Eddie Van Halen. It can be heard in countless Van Halen songs, including "I’m the One," "Spanish Fly" and "Jump." This technique is based on a combination of hammer-on notes and alternate-picked notes. Eddie likes to take a fingering pattern and hammer on the notes on one string, then alternate pick the same pattern on an adjacent string.