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Esoterik Guitars Unveils New LK27 Baritone Model

Esoterik Guitars has just released its first 27” scale length neck thru baritone model, the LK27.

The Esoterik LK27 features amazing tone, response, control and sustain. It combines a five-piece maple and walnut neck secured between a lightweight (carved top/concave back) swamp ash body, 24 easily accessible jumbo stainless steel frets on a rosewood fretboard with rosewood binding, 27” scale length, 3mm centered pearl dots and glow-in-the-dark side dots on a 16” radius board.

Steve Vai Posts New Lessons: String Bending, Technique, "For the Love of God" and More

On July 14, TrueFire posted a series of brand-new lesson videos featuring Guitar World's current cover star, Steve Vai.

Danny Gatton Solos with a Full Beer Bottle and Towel

The late Danny Gatton had a nickname: "The Humbler." As in, "You think you're so great? Let's see you go head to head with Gatton. You will be humbled."

Gatton, who also was known as "the Telemaster" and "the world's greatest unknown guitarist" (a nickname he shared with his friend Roy Buchanan) could play country, rockabilly, jazz and blues guitar with equal authority—and sometimes with a beer bottle. 

Eric Clapton Strat Fetches $45,000 at Auction to Help Pay Guitarist’s Medical Bills

Eric Clapton auctioned one of two Fender Stratocasters that he played at last year’s Slowhand at 70 concert to pay the medical debts of a fellow musician.

Slayer Frontman Tom Araya Calls Out Fan for Spitting on Him: “What Was That About?”

Slayer were performing an intimate show at Comic-Con on July 21 when an audience member spit on frontman and bassist Tom Araya.

The performance, at the House of Blues in San Diego, was captured on video.

Araya was enjoying himself chatting up the crowd when the incident occurred, as seen about 1:45 into the video clip. “Hey,” Araya says, reacting to the fan offscreen, “what was that about?”

The scene quickly turns ugly, as Araya repeatedly asks the fan to explain himself and the crowd begins to boo.

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Seven Things You Might Not Know About Ibanez's Steve Vai JEM Guitar

Phillip McKnight is back with another great video. This time he shares “Seven Things You May Not Know About the Ibanez JEM,” Steve Vai’s groundbreaking signature guitar. 

First produced in 1987, the JEM was co-designed by Vai and heavily influenced by the superstrat style of guitars of the early Eighties. “It’s one of the most interesting guitars in the modern age because it’s revolutionized so many things we take for granted today,” Phillip says. 

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Slash Plays “Catcher in the Rye” for First Time with Guns N’ Roses

Guns N’ Roses added the Chinese Democracy track “Catcher in the Rye” to their set at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on July 20. This marked the first time the song has been played on their Not in This Lifetime Tour, and the first time guitarist Slash performed it live.

Review: Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci JP16 Guitar

GOLD AWARD

I’ve previously compared several of Ernie Ball Music Man’s John Petrucci signature model guitars to sports cars for their style and fast performance, but another way that the company’s John Petrucci models are similar to cars is that since 2010 Ernie Ball Music Man has introduced a new model each year (or, in the case of 2015, two models—the JP15 and Artisan Majesty).

See Joe Perry Make His Return to Hollywood Vampires

Joe Perry returned to perform with the Hollywood Vampires Friday, July 22, almost two full weeks after he collapsed backstage during a concert in Brooklyn.

Three Insanely Easy Chord Structures for Nuanced Melody in the Key of C

I’ve found that the full, open C chord guitar form, while perfectly lovely, is not always your best option. It certainly shouldn’t be your only option.

But we tend to “default” to that form without even thinking. Maybe it’s the first chord we learned or maybe it’s just the most comfortable shape and what our fingers are used to finding when we think, “Oh, I need to play a C chord.”

Whatever the reason, getting into the habit of always using it is problematic.

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