Feast your eyes on Steve Vai’s Ibanez JEM guitar he named “Evo” after the Dimarzio Evolution pickups installed in it. Photographed by Lisa S. Johnson in Los Angeles, August 28, 2010, for the pictorial masterwork, 108 Rock Star Guitars, “Evo” was hand-selected by Vai. Guitars are like snowflakes in that no two are exactly alike.
Playing live might be the best way to hone your performance skills, but when it comes to technique, you need practice, practice, practice. If you play an electric guitar, your woodshedding sessions demand an amp that not only reveals the details and nuance of your playing but also sounds great—so great that it makes you want to practice more and become the best guitarist you can.
Has any piece of musical equipment proliferated more, or more rapidly, than the humble electric guitar effect unit? Though there is no official tally, suffice it to say that thousands of stomp boxes, effect devices and processors have been created for the electric guitar over the past 60 years (and that’s not including rackmount effects). Conceivably, more than half of those devices are distortion, fuzz and overdrive effects.
No, it's not a leftover video from Y2K! It's actually a new-ish video of Paul Gilbert playing Procol Harem's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" on a custom Ibanez "2000" light-show guitar in honor of the 2,000th "Video Exchange" from his Rock Online Guitar School.
The origin of guitar distortion goes back to the earliest electrified blues guitarists. They didn’t care that their primitive tube amps were breaking up and distorting, as long as they were loud. Soon, blues guitarists grew quite fond of those nasty, gnarly distorted tones, and they sought to replicate them by any means necessary.
Today we bring you "Sweet and Low: A Roundup of 15 of the Tastiest Seven- and Eight-String Axes on the Market Today," a feature that appears in the all-new July 2015 issue of Guitar World. We've made sure to include models for every budget, not to mention a wide assortment of manufacturers.
In the brand-new video below, guitarist Annie Grunwald—better known as Annie Shred—demos a guitar that's a bona fide conversation starter, the Ibanez RGKP6. It comes standard with a built-in Korg Mini Kaoss pad 2s. "This guitar/control pad combo is a sick way to fuse extreme guitar with electronic music and real-time performance FX," Annie writes.