In the photo gallery below, Guitar World picks eight of the hottest new electric-acoustic hybrid guitars on the market today. The galley includes models by Schecter Guitars, Yamaha, Taylor Guitars, Epiphone, Music Man, Line 6, D’Angelico Guitars and Dean.
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.
In his new documentary film, guitarist Andy Summers tells the story of the Police from his own perspective. Here, he reflects on his early days in Swinging London, his years with the Police, and the possibility of what lies ahead for Sting and company.
Paul McCartney was generally known for writing "silly love songs" like "Yesterday" or cheeky whimsy like "When I'm Sixty-Four," but occasionally he could rock every bit as hard as John Lennon. While the Beatles recorded numerous violent rockers, few were more fiery, savage and controversial than McCartney's "Helter Skelter."
We are celebrating the return of a king! Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour is flying solo. His adventurous new album, Rattle That Lock, is quite different from anything Gilmour has done before, both as a solo artist and with Pink Floyd.
Sure, we could've packed this list with songs with mind-blowing B-bender solos by Diamond Rio's Jimmy Olander, the Hellecasters' Will Ray or the Byrds' Clarence White. Instead, we've gone for a more well-rounded approach, attempting to include as many different guitarists as possible, not to mention a few super-accessible (even "classic") songs. We might've even thrown in an 11th song. Our math isn't too good.
The great British blues guitarists of the Sixties—people like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Jimmy Green—could play like virtuosos, but they also understood the importance of energy and intensity. For me, Beck is the most fascinating of all. It always seemed that Jeff had bigger demons to conquer; with a brash sense of daring, he was willing to do anything to find a new way.
Matt Kourie is a one man electro-pop artist based in NYC. Kourie has played in countless bands for many years before he decided to cut out the usual troubles of band life to pursue a solo concept project called theWhen. Along with the "to do's" and "not to do's," many musicians can benefit from what went wrong and what he learned from his extensive experience playing in bands.
When it comes to playing metal, no effect is more vital to guitar tone than distortion. For anyone who doubts it, check out this video from YouTube poster Vaalvla, titled “Metal Songs Without Distortion.” In it, he plays selections from six classic metal tracks on his modified Squier Jazzmaster using, apparently, no effects whatsoever.