The Fender Custom Shop’s 2013 Custom Collection presents some of its most sophisticated and meticulously crafted product offerings to date, including eight guitars and two basses. The most distinctive features of each individual model are listed here.
From an impending apocalypse to the promise of a new Van Halen album with David Lee Roth, the bar was set high for 2012. Everyone from the Mayans to Nostradamus prophesied 2012 as being the end of the world, but who could have predicted Green Day's epic trilogy of new albums, or Rush churning out their heaviest record this side of 2012, or Joe Walsh's first solo effort in two decades?
The 35th-annual Kennedy Center Honors aired last night, December 26, on CBS. And while honorees Led Zeppelin are garnering the most headlines out of the event, blues guitar great Buddy Guy also was honored.
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi posted an end-of-year update on his official website. Iommi, who has been battling cancer since earlier this year, assured fans that the band are hard at work on their new album and that they'll be touring as much as possible in 2013.
Two thousand twelve seemed to be the year of the acoustic. With hits like, “I Will Wait,” from Mumford & Sons, or “Home,” by Phillip Phillips, most of this year’s most popular songs had an acoustic guitar as the prominent instrument fueling the tune. Even mega-stars like Katy Perry took notice and stripped away the electronic beats of her hit song, “The One That Got Away,” to deliver a sensitive acoustic performance of it.
Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock and Etienne Mbappe have formed a new band, The Ringers, and they've announced a string of US dates in February. The supergroup, which brings together five genres of music — rock, funk, jazz, blues and African — will start things off February 19 in Athens, Georgia, and wind up in Washington, DC, on February 23.
In the all-new Holiday 2012 issue of Guitar World magazine, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler give you the scoop on everything from their new album, Music from Another Dimension!, to their battles over Aerosmith's destiny.