That whooshing sound you hear is millions of guitar players exhaling in one, collective sigh of relief. On December 30, 2014, the US Department of Transportation finally issued a final rule to implement section 403 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 regarding the carriage of musical instruments as carry-on baggage or checked baggage on commercial passenger flights operated by air carriers.
C. F. Martin & Co. is celebrating 50 years of its D-35 Dreadnought with a very special model to debut at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show—the D-35 Brazilian 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. The D-35 was first created by C.F. Martin & Co. in 1965 and has gone on to be one of the most popular and replicated models of our time.
To kick off 2015, Epiphone has announced its new exclusive signature model designed by Gary Clark Jr.—the Ltd. Ed. Gary Clark Jr. “Blak and Blu” Casino with trapeze tailpiece or Bigsby Vibrato. The guitar will be available in spring 2015.
Once upon a time, the mere act of strapping on an electric guitar and cranking up an amplifier marked one as an outsider, a rebellious badass who refused to live by the laws of a "decent" society. But today's cookie-cutter rockers and forgettable pop janglers make studying for the priesthood seem like an edgier pursuit than playing guitar in a band.
Here's a brand-new video we spotted on Jim Dunlop's Facebook page late last month. It's a clip of guitarist Annie Grunwald—who's also known as Annie Shred—performing her own guitar arrangement of Dizzi Dulcimer's "Dizzi Jig."
Today we bring you another totally not-new video. However, it wound up in our inbox over the holidays, and we thought we'd share it. It's a clip of a guitarist named Jan Laurenz performing a piece he identifies merely as an "old folk song." The catch, I suppose, is that he's playing it on a BearTrax tap guitar.
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the February 2015 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.