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Are These the Top 10 Heavy Metal Guitar Riffs of All Time?

If you had to pick the top 10 heavy metal guitar riffs of all time, where would you begin? Obviously, you'd need to include some Metallica, a touch of Judas Priest and a sprig of Black Sabbath (of course). But what's Number 10? Number 7? Number 4? You get the idea.

Kirk Hammett Explains Why He Used Three Wah Pedals Together on Metallica’s “Hardwired”

Kirk Hammett was interviewed by Woody at Minnesota radio station 93X on Saturday, August 20, a few hours before Metallica performed at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. They were the first group to play at the venue.

Asked about the response to Metallica’s new single, “Hardwired,” which the band released just two days before, Hammett says he’s grateful for the positive reaction.

“I know there’s a great buzz out there, and I’m totally, totally thankful the song is so well received,” he says.

The Edge Discusses His New Signature Fender Strat

Back in 2005, Guitar World asked the Edge why he never endorsed a guitar.

“I’d really, really have to believe in the thing,” he said thoughtfully, then added, “I don’t want to be that guy on the posters: ‘Buy this guitar’ and all that crap. I’ve talked to a few companies over the years. Plus, I’ve had a lot of people do custom stuff for me—that’s different. Again, I don’t want to be a poster guy in music shops.”

Journey to the Core of Zakk Wylde’s Pentatonic Shred

With the release of Ozzy Osbourne’s No Rest for the Wicked in 1988, a sound was unleashed on the world that changed the lexicon of rock guitar and redefined the meaning of “Guitar God."

Zakk Wylde Talks Chicken Pickin' and Finding His Style

When Zakk Wylde joined Ozzy Osbourne's band in 1987, he was filling the shoes of one of his idols, the late Randy Rhoads. It wasn't an easy task; just ask Jake Lee and Brad Gillis. Yet somehow, Wylde managed to transcend the comparisons and impossible shoe-filling by blazing his own trail.


IK Multimedia Releases SampleTank 2 for iOS

IK Multimedia  announces the release of SampleTank 2 for iPhone and iPad, a major update to the flagship virtual instrument for mobile musicians. iOS users now have the power of desktop virtual instruments—without compromise—with a massive number of more than 1,900 high-quality instruments and the most advanced sound and groove workstation for the mobile platform.

Hear "Wrapped in a Cloud" from Eric Johnson's First All-Acoustic Album, 'EJ'

Eric Johnson will release his first all-acoustic album—EJ—October 7 via Provogue.

The album, which showcases nine original compositions and four covers, is easily Johnson's most intimate release to date.

"Ever since I was young, I've played piano and acoustic guitar in my private life," Johnson says. "This type of music has always been a part of me, but I never showcased it on any kind of bigger level, like a full acoustic record. With EJ, I just decided to be more honest with myself and everybody, and show more of my personal side."

Steve Vai Shares His Private Guitar Collection

Paul Gilbert Covers the Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes”

Paul Gilbert recently sat down to take part in a session of Guitar Player’s No Guitar Is Safe podcast. 

In addition to playing riffs, jamming and talking about his career and technique, Paul offered up a fast, impromptu cover of the Doobie Brothers’ 1979 hit “What a Fool Believes.” In doing so, he delivered a spot-on imitation of Doobie Brothers vocalist Michael McDonald.

Paul was illustrating a point using the song’s catchy riff when he spontaneously began copying the heavily bearded singer’s distinctive falsetto. 

Double Ukulele Cover of Slayer's "Payback"

I'm sure you all remember Chicago-based guitarist Rob Scallon for his out-of-the-box covers of various metal tunes on the least metal instruments around.

You might also remember Sarah Longfield for her shredding cover of Job For A Cowboy's “Entombment of a Machine” on the toilet—and for being featured in our "15 of the World's Greatest Seven- and Eight-String Guitarists."