If you want to improve your guitar’s tone, the best place to start is at the source—the strings. In recent years, almost every major string manufacturer has made enhancements to its products—from more precise windings to advanced coatings—that can make your guitar play and sound like an entirely new instrument. Here are six recent product breakthroughs worth checking out.
Deep Purple are streaming another new song off their upcoming album, Now What?!, which will be released April 30 in North America by earMUSIC. You can hear the track, "Hell to Pay," below. They've also released the album's complete track listing and cover artwork, which is shown at left.
In the era of YouTube, and with the ubiquitous presence of camera phones and inexpensive digital recorders capturing almost every mundane moment of modern life, it’s difficult to imagine a musical genre or group of talented musicians remaining undiscovered.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario checks out the curvaceous new Dean Custom 550 Floyd, which featues active EMG 81 and EMG 85 pickups along with a Floyd Rose 1000 locking vibrator unit.
From his early days playing the LA club circuit, bassist Jerry Dixon saw something in a young, up-and-coming band that piqued his interest. A late-night discussion with the band’s guitarist, Erik Turner, would kick off a partnership and plant the seed for one of the most successful pop metal bands of all time. With the addition of Joey Allen (guitars), Steven Sweet (drums) and singer/songwriter Jani Lane, Warrant was on the road to stardom.
Canadian theatrical hard rockers Incura released their self-titled debut album February 26 via Coalition Music and Warner Music Canada. As is evident from the lyric video of the song "Turning Blue" and the music video for “Who You Are,” the band brings a refreshing element of theatricality, which isn't common among rock bands. Their execution of the style makes it more than a mere gimmick.
Zakk Wylde has announced a West Coast solo acoustic tour. The tour, which kicks off April 21 and ends May 1, ties in with the April 9 paperback release of his book, Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide to World Tour Domination.
Michael Sweet may just be the busiest guy on the planet. For this year alone, the Stryper frontman has plans for no fewer than three albums, two tours and an autobiography. The revival officially begins March 26, when Stryper release the appropriately titled Second Coming, a 16-song collection of classic Stryper re-recordings as well as two new tracks.