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The Secrets of Jimi Hendrix's Guitar Setup: Interview with Roger Mayer

Nobody knows the ins and outs of Jimi Hendrix's guitar sound like Roger Mayer.

Mayer had already worked with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck and produced a number of different fuzz boxes by the time he met Hendrix at a gig at the Bag Of Nails pub in London. The two hit it off and Mayer showed Hendrix his Octavia, a unit that added an octave overtone to the original note. Hendrix loved the sound and used it on the solo to "Purple Haze."

The Best Blues-Ready Guitars, Amps and Effects on the Market

Got the blues but not the gear?

Cheer up with this excellent assortment of blues-ready guitars, amps, effects and more!

 

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Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. "Blak & Blu" Casino With Bigsby

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New Converse All Wah Sneaker Has a Built-In Wah Pedal

Converse has unveiled the final version of a new Chuck Taylor sneaker with something special built into it just for guitarists.

Dubbed the All Wah, the sneaker features a built-in wah pedal. Yes, you read that right. 

A prototype of the shoe first appeared in 2013, and now the finished product is here. 

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How to Create Guitar Solos That Convey Melodic Continuity

The most memorable guitar solos are those that follow the old adage of creating the impression of a “composition within a composition,” in that the solo sounds like a song of its own and establishes its own musical integrity within the larger piece of music.

Robert Plant Testifies About Writing “Stairway to Heaven”: “Jimmy Page and I Sat by the Fire”

Like the final scene in a mystery where all is revealed, Robert Plant provided some of the most illuminating testimony yet in the plagiarism trial over Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.”

The singer took the stand Tuesday, June 21, at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Los Angeles, becoming the last surviving member of Led Zeppelin to testify in the trial to determine whether the band plagiarized the 1968 Spirit song “Taurus.” 

Top Five Things Every Intermediate Guitarist Should Know

Below, we present a recently posted (August 2015) video by guitar instructor Erich Andreas of YourGuitarSage.com—"Top Five Things Every Intermediate Guitar Player Should Know."

Bearing in mind that Andreas is assuming you already know the basics of guitar—how to play some basic chords, simple melodies, a few scales, etc., these are tips that will help get you to the next level.

Todd Rundgren Talks Eric Clapton's 'The Fool' SG, Utopia and Almost Producing The Who

He’s a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer who’s had his own hits and worked with such artists as Cheap Trick, Sean Cassidy and Meat Loaf, but what Guitar World readers really want to know is…

A lot of what I’ve heard of your new album, Global, is heavily electronic, like your last album, State. Are you moving away from the guitar with your new music? — Craig Williams

The 25 Things Every Guitarist Should Know

Many people believe that possessing talent alone is enough to guarantee an artist success in the music business. Nothing could be further from the truth. In a perfect world, the best musicians—the best guitarists—would be amply rewarded for their abilities. The music business, however, is far from perfect.

And unless you're one of the blessed few (such as Eddie Van Halen) who can single-handedly change the course of guitar history, the harsh reality is that killer chops and perfect time impress only other guitarists, not the people who hire you or buy the records.

Watch Paul Gilbert Demo Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Micro Pedal

Here’s a brand-new video, uploaded June 15, featuring Paul Gilbert demoing the new Philosopher's Tone Micro pedal from Pigtronix. 

In the clip, Gilbert explains how he uses pedal’s compression to help him make his "Rock Face"—an ability for which he clearly has an natural talentr. He also does a great job of explaining its features and uses.  

Here’s a bit more on the Philosopher's Tone Micro from Pigtronix:

Combining "Walking Bass" and "Flat-Four" Comping on Jazz-Blues Changes

Last month, I presented some neat chord substitutions to play over a 12-bar jazz-blues progression in the key of G, using sparse, three-note “shell voicings” and big-band–style “flat four” strumming, inspired by Count Basie Orchestra guitarist Freddie Green.

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