After nearly half a million total votes were cast, Eddie Van Halen has been named the victor in Guitar World's first-ever Greatest Guitarist of All Time poll. The tournament-style readers poll began in April with 132 guitarists, including four — Malcolm Young, Nuno Bettencourt, Jake E. Lee and Chet Atkins — who were voted in by readers.
If you're a professional or semi-professional musician (session and/or touring), guitar builder, guitar teacher, guitar repairman (or woman), guitar shop owner or -- well, you get the idea -- and feel you have something interesting to say that might be helpful to guitarists, write to Online Managing Editor Damian Fanelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Progressive atmospheric death metallers 7 Horns 7 Eyes and progressive groove metallers Stealing Axion have announced a co-headlining run, aptly named The Dual Destruction Tour. Sponsored by Guitar World, this epic progressive tour will be hitting the West Coast during May and June, so be sure to attend! All tour dates for this trek are below.
Guitar World, the world’s best-known guitar magazine, has agreed to become a major media sponsor of the 2012 New York Guitar Show and Exposition, which will take place April 28 and 29 in Merrick, New York. “The support of Guitar World is greatly appreciated and clearly illustrates how important this event will be for the industry,” said show founder Rich Johnson. “We are proud to have them as a media sponsor and expect the show to have a long relationship with the magazine.”
Former Rolling Stones guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mick Taylor will make a rare New York City appearance for a week of shows at Iridium from May 9 to 14. The final night, May 14, will mark the launch of "Guitar World & The Iridium Present," a new monthly series highlighting the world's best guitarists performing with The Les Paul Trio.
I’m not a collector by nature. It seems like after 20 years in the business I’d have all sorts of valuable music-related artifacts. Instead, my office is dotted with just a couple of guitars, a blizzard of press releases and small handful of weird memorabilia that has somehow stuck to my walls and shelves like chewed gum on the bottom of a shoe.