Rock stars like Eric Clapton, Slash and Billy Gibbons inspire many custom guitar builders to make instruments, but William Gelvin’s Dice OPS guitar was influenced by an entirely different kind of celebrity: comedian Andrew Dice Clay. “I made a comment to Dice about him being a rock and roll comedian,” Gelvin says.
High school was kind of a gray area for me: I was at school physically, but mentally and emotionally I was light-years away. For some reason the principal must have seen something in me, even though I was a complete rebel, and he cut me slack in a lot of ways.
Despite its diminutive size, Martin Guitar’s new Custom Shop LX1E Ed Sheeran Signature Edition guitar comes with several plusses. First there’s the + logo on the headstock and solid sapele top, a reference to the title of the English singer-songwriter’s Platinum-selling 2011 album, which spawned the mega-hits “Lego House,” “The A Team,” “Drunk” and “Give Me Love.”
I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but on Fridays we usually share what we call "WTF videos" — clips of 8-year-old kids covering Guthrie Govan tunes, 14-year-olds looking totally bored as they rip through "Eruption" and complex Vivaldi tributes — and famous guitar players who dress up as horses.
There's only one way to celebrate 40 years of rock, and that's with your friends. Sammy Hagar's new album, Sammy Hagar & Friends is a collection of songs that pay tribute to the Red Rocker's musical success. With contributions by such giants as Joe Satriani, Neal Schon, Nancy Wilson and Michael Anthony (among others), Hagar not only looks back on his solo career, but also his time with Montrose, Van Halen and current bands the Waboritas and Chickenfoot.
Eric Clapton was already a master of the electric guitar in January 1992 when he traded his signature Fender Strat for a Martin acoustic to record his hugely successful Unplugged album. The live album captured the guitarist, backed by a small band, performing acoustic versions of his own songs and some blues standards.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Ludwig Wonderland," a new live performance video by Finnish orchestral rock band Apocalyptica. The track is from the band's upcoming album, Wagner Reloaded — Live In Leipzig.