From shopping for a first electric guitar to setting customized action, Dan Erlewine's How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great! Second Edition (Backbeat Books) is a do-it-yourself primer for owning and maintaining an electric guitar.
Van Halen’s impact on Dimebag’s playing is unmistakable. The “vibe” of early Van Halen is by far the most recognizable influence in Dimebag’s playing. From the grooving rhythms played like leads of their own, to the tone, to the phrasing in his lead playing, Dimebag took the inspiration of Edward Van Halen and forged his own identity.
Loverboy, the Canadian rock band whose songs “Working For The Weekend," “Hot Girls in Love” and “Queen of The Broken Hearts” have become staples of classic rock radio, have released Rock 'N' Roll Revival, a new album of re-recorded hits and new songs. The band is on a massive nationwide tour supporting fellow veteran rockers Journey, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.
Stevie Ray Vaughan, bluesman, guitarist and legend, was only 35 at the time of his death, but in his brief lifetime he managed to revitalize the blues, influence a generation of guitarists and produce a phenomenal body of work.
The video, which was shot by Jeremy DePoyster and The Devil Wears Prada, takes you on a behind-the-scenes gear tour. It was shot during the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The Devil Wears Prada are among the main-stage headliners alongside Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax and Motörhead.
There's nothing more exciting for guitarists than finding a good distortion pedal, especially one that sounds crushing and is affordable. Distortion is one of those mandatory pedals you’ll need as a glorious boost for rhythms, solos and — most importantly — to summon the gods of feedback.