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Review: Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster


Fender may be on their eleven-billionth Stratocaster model, but there’s actually a method to their model madness.

This Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster is a perfect example. “Deluxe” means upgrades and innovations above and beyond the standard Strat features, and “Roadhouse” means that it’s rough and ready for gigging while being affordably priced, so you won’t mind when you need to use it to El Kabong the drunk hooligan who keeps reaching toward your Tube Screamer’s control knobs.

Review: Supro Island Series Guitars


Guitars made by the Valco company during the Fifties and Sixties (which include the Supro, National, and Airline brand names, among several others) are often categorized as “pawn shop prizes.”

But while the original models were designed to be more affordable than those of most of their competitors, they also had their own distinctive brand of innovation and funk going on, which made them much more than mere “budget” instruments.

Leveling Up Your Licks: Exploring Four-Note Patterns and Permutations

Hello, and welcome to my new Guitar World instructional column!

Over the next few months I will be demonstrating a variety of the techniques and musical concepts I employ when writing and playing with my band, All That Remains, while also offering an approach to building chops and broadening musical understanding on the guitar.

Most rock guitarists employ repetitive sequences in guitar solos, and in this first column I’d like to show you a great exercise based on four-note patterns that will be applicable to many different situations.

March 2017 Guitar World Gear and Lesson Videos

These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 2017 issue of Guitar WorldFor the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.

Gear Reviews:

Supro Island Series Guitars


Four Ways to Visualize the Fretboard

Having a visual sense of the fretboard can help you navigate its entire length as well instantly articulate melodies and phrases when inspiration hits you during performance. 

In this video, guitar instructor Tyler Larson takes us through four different ways to visualize the fretboard. His methods include:

Patterns, such as three-note-per-string or triad patterns

Jeff Beck and Duane Eddy Honor Cliff Gallup's Legendary Flash at Gretsch NAMM Event

Thursday night, January 19—opening night of the 2017 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California—Gretsch Guitars threw one hell of a rockabilly party for 350 lucky guests.

The show, which took place off-site at the Observatory in nearby Santa Ana, was an intimate, invite-only tribute to two early rock and roll legends—Duane Eddy and the late Cliff Gallup.

How to Blow Minds on Guitar—with Just One Finger

“Sometimes you just wanna show off.”

So says guitarist Jim Lill, who posted this video on YouTube just the other day. In it, he shows you a near little trick you can use to impress people when playing your guitar. And it involves sliding just one finger on the same two frets for every string on your guitar.

But more than being impressive, it will help you build muscle memory as well as confidence on the guitar.


Audioslave Reunite at Anti-Inaugural Ball

Audioslave reunited for the first time in more than a decade on January 20 for an Anti-Inaugural Ball performance at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

Clips of the band performing their hits “Cochise,” “Like a Stone” and “Show Me How to Live” are streaming below.

Richie Sambora and Orianthi Cover Bon Jovi and Debut New Song at NAMM

Richie Sambora and Orianthi debuted new material and performed covers of Bon Jovi hits before a few thousand NAMM Show attendees.

The couple, whose new project is dubbed RSO—Richie Sambora Orianthi—performed on the Grand Plaza stage Thursday night in Anaheim.

In addition to covering tracks from Sambora’s former group, Bon Jovi—including “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Lay Your Hands on Me”—they covered the Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider” and debuted a new song, “Making History.”

NAMM 2017: Jackson Guitars Releases New Dinky Models

Jackson announces the release of several all-new Pro Series and JS Series Dinky models, as well as several new color additions.

With premium features and outstanding vibe and performance, Jackson’s Pro Series Dinky models provide the ultimate shred experience. For 2017, Jackson introduces an alternate take on this classic shape, featuring the same great appointments with all-new pickups.