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January 2017 Guitar World Gear and Lesson Videos

These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the January 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:

• Gretsch Guitars G5422TG Electromatic

Lita Ford Plays Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb” on Cigar Box Guitar

California swamp rocker Christopher Ameruoso just posted this teaser video of Lita Ford rehearsing her classic Runaways song, "Cherry Bomb," on a three-string cigar box guitar.

The metal goddess recently took part in a charity concert with Ameruoso along with Steve Bertrand of the Tories. 

Sue Foley Announces New Album and Kickstarter Campaign with Incentives

Blues guitarist Sue Foley has announced she’ll return to her musical roots in Austin, where the blues magic began, to record her new album, Ice Queen.


Jonny Lang Finishing New Riff-Based Album for 2017 Release

Jonny Lang was a 15-year-old blues guitarist and singing prodigy when he burst on the national scene in 1997.

He’s moved through different phases over the last 20 years, including various rock-inspired repertoire and vocal-based soul.


Ultimate Sustain Contest: Gibson Les Paul vs. All Challengers

The Gibson Les Paul is celebrated for many reasons, including its rich singing sustain. This quality is the result of many factors, including the density of its maple-capped mahogany body as well as its arched top, angled headstock and set neck.  

But after 64 years and countless new guitar models, does the Gibson Les Paul still deserve its reputation as one of the best sustaining guitars ever made? 

Vinnie Paul Reveals the One Thing About Dimebag Darrell You Didn’t Know

Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul stopped by Loudwire recently to talk about his career and the life of his brother and Pantera bandmate, Dimebag Darrell. In the course of things, Vinnie revealed something that perhaps few people knew about Dimebag.

Hear George Harrison's Lost "Here Comes the Sun" Guitar Solo

This video is not new—but it wound up in my inbox today, and it's certainly worth a share. It's actually from 2012.

That's when George Harrison's son, Dhani Harrison, left (in the video), Beatles producer George Martin, center, and his son Giles Martin sat at an Abbey Road Studios mixing console in London to play and discuss the original masters of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun."

The Acoustic Guitar Artistry of The Beatles' George Harrison

Of the four Beatles, George Harrison brought to the group an assortment of electric and acoustic guitar approaches, flavors influenced by everyone from Chet Atkins and Carl Perkins to the Byrds and Bob Dylan.

Harrison’s pioneering use of the Rickenbacker 360/12 electric 12-string on songs like “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Ticket to Ride” added another dimension to the sound of Beatles music and left an imprint on Sixties-era rock: soon after, the Byrds, Beach Boys and Rolling Stones began to use 12-string guitars.

Eric Clapton Announces Four U.S. Live Dates for 2017

Two years ago, Eric Clapton hinted at retiring from touring, telling Rolling Stone, "When I'm 70, I'll stop. I won't stop playing or doing one-offs, but I'll stop touring, I think."

Well, Clapton is 71 now, and he's staying true to his word. He's just announced a handful of new live dates for 2017, but that's exactly what it is—a handful, not a tour.

Guitarist Rips Through Muse’s “Hysteria” on Two Cigar Box Guitars

Look out, Rob Scallon! French guitarist Jerome Graille might be the next YouTube king of covers on weird, homemade instruments.

In this new video, Graille rips through Muse's “Hysteria” on a couple of different cigar box guitars, including a four-string A.J. Gaither Arkansas Tenor Cigar Box Guitar by