Early last month, we at GuitarWorld.com launched our latest readers' poll, the Best American Rock Band Ever. Although we had thousands of great bands to choose from when kicking off the poll, we decided to narrow things down to 32, which is perfect for a month's worth of matchups. All the bands were selected by Guitar World's editorial staff.
Late last week, Zakk Wylde's Black Sabbath cover band, Zakk Sabbath, performed a set at the Slidebar in Fullerton, California. You can watch two fan-filmed clips of "War Pigs" from the October 8 show. Besides Wylde on guitar and vocals, Zakk Sabbath features bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and drummer Joey Castillo.
Steve Vai, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde and Warren Haynes have signed on for the 2016 edition of Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, taking place February 11–14 in Los Angeles. The guitarists will take part in the camp’s Q&A sessions and the concluding jam session at the Whisky a Go Go.
In 1966, Thomas Organ Company engineer Brad Plunkett was testing a new amplifier tone circuit when he and his colleagues heard the strange but alluring effect created when he moved the tone control from left to right. Plunkett’s colleagues suggested putting the circuit into a volume pedal, and the Cry Baby Wah was born.
Recording King has introduced four new wood-body resonators perfect for traditional blues, bluegrass and roots players. The RR-51, 55, 61 and 65 deliver historic resonator tone and style with designs based on history's venerable resophonic instruments.
In a world filled with anger and angst, Stryper’s mantra has always been to shine a light in a dark place with their music and message. It’s something they’ve been doing for more than 30 years. On Stryper’s new album, Fallen, which will be released October 16, we find Michael Sweet (guitars/vocals), Oz Fox (guitars), Timothy Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums) continuing that trend with what’s possibly the band’s heaviest album to date.
The Beatles were such talented songwriters that it’s easy to overlook the fact that their music has some great—and occasionally groundbreaking—guitar work. With that in mind, Guitar World celebrated the 10 best guitar moments from the band's hit-making history.
We offer these 25 tips from guitarists who know their stuff—from rock royalty to jazz patriarchs to any-and-all, top-of-their-game bad asses. Hopefully, you’ll find something in these cosmic, practical and musical nuggets of wisdom that will kick that rut-raddled mind of yours into higher gears of inspiration.