One of the factors that led to Jason Newsted's departure from Metallica in January of 2001 was frontman James Hetfield's reluctance to allow his bass player to indulge in side projects during the band's downtime.
Whether you're aware of it or not, we're in the middle of a fairly sizable retro revival—and it's happening across several genres, including rock, country, jazz and beyond. Maybe the "real country music vs. ridiculous, laughable Nashville country music" phenomenon gets all the ink these days, but let us not forget a rising force in rock named JD McPherson.
In this spectacular full-color deluxe volume, Guitar Aficionado presents the world's most epic guitars and the people who own them. All the instruments are photographed in meticulous detail and accompanied by descriptions and recollections in the artists' own words. These magnificent photos and stories are presented in a large coffee table style book, measuring 14 inches by 10 inches by 5 inches (weight: 5.2 pounds).
In this new video, which was posted to the interwebs July 27, multi-talented YouTube gent Jared Dines presents "15 Classic Riffs in 15 Styles." This video shows Dines playing 15 classic riffs, including "Raining Blood," "Barracuda" and "Hash Pipe," in 15 different styles—such as jazz and metalcore. Check it out below!
A good guitar will play the notes you’re looking for. A great guitar will inspire new music. But an iconic guitar will transport you to another place, time or universe. The Daddy Mojo Dolorosa guitar is iconic.
Has any piece of musical equipment proliferated more, or more rapidly, than the humble electric guitar effect unit? Though there is no official tally, suffice it to say that thousands of stomp boxes, effect devices and processors have been created for the electric guitar over the past 60 years (and that’s not including rackmount effects). Conceivably, more than half of those devices are distortion, fuzz and overdrive effects.