News en Learn Guitar World's '50 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time' <!--paging_filter--><p>The name says it all: <em>Guitar World's 50 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time</em> presents the 50 best as decided by the editors at <em>Guitar World</em> magazine, transcribed note-for-note. </p> <p><strong>The 512-page book Includes: </strong></p> <p> All Along the Watchtower<br /> All Day and All of the Night<br /> Barracuda<br /> Bohemian Rhapsody<br /> Carry on Wayward Son<br /> Crazy Train<br /> Detroit Rock City<br /> Enter Sandman<br /> Free Bird<br /> Highway to Hell<br /> Hotel California<br /> Iron Man<br /> Layla<br /> Misirlou<br /> Pride and Joy<br /> School's Out<br /> Smells like Teen Spirit<br /> Smoke on the Water<br /> Sweet Child O' Mine<br /> Tush<br /> Welcome to the Jungle<br /> You Really Got Me </p> <p> ... and more! </p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=50GreatestRockSongs">The book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $35. Head there now for more info!</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> News Features Mon, 01 Jun 2015 21:46:17 +0000 Guitar World Staff 18457 at Alter Bridge's Mark Tremonti Talks New Solo Album, 'Cauterize' <!--paging_filter--><p>Mark Tremonti is not the kind of guy who likes to sit still. </p> <p>Between his stint in Creed, his regular gig in Alter Bridge and with his latest project Tremonti, he consistently finds himself amidst a never-ending cycle of writing, recording and touring. </p> <p>It takes a tremendous amount of work ethic and drive to juggle two and sometimes three projects at a time, which is why it should hardly surprise anyone that he’s decided to record two simultaneous follow-up records to 2012’s <em>All I Was</em> rather than just one.</p> <p><em>Cauterize</em> is the first of a set of two albums Tremonti recently laid down with the help of his backing band and producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette and will hit the shelves this summer. Another record, <em>Dust</em>, will follow along sometime thereafter. </p> <p>“I’ve always considered myself as more of a songwriter than a guitar player, and with this huge mountain of song ideas that I needed to whittle down, having a couple of bands to do that with really helps to get those songs to see the light of day.”</p> <p>A key addition this time around to the Tremonti recording unit was bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, who had spent the previous summer on the road with the group. </p> <p>“As soon as we started touring he was just kind of a member of the band,” says Tremonti. “He keeps the rhythm section super tight…and he’s just real creative. When Wolfgang was a part of the whole writing process he came up with things in his mind that by the time we went into the studio it was just perfectly laid down.” </p> <p>With so much material saved up, most other artists might have just released a double record and called it a day, but Tremonti’s old-school ideas of what an album is supposed to convey prevented him from taking that route. </p> <p>“A lot of times when I hear an album and it’s too long I feel like I lose track of the album,” he said. “I wanted this record to be concise, like so many of the albums I grew up listening to. A record you could live with for a year and a half before the next one comes out.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/creed">Creed</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/alter-bridge">Alter Bridge</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Alter Bridge Creed July 2015 Mark Tremonti Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 01 Jun 2015 21:31:47 +0000 Corbin Reiff 24577 at The Top 10 Talk Box Moments in Rock <!--paging_filter--><p>The goal of any musician is to sing through his chosen instrument. </p> <p>And thankfully, advances in technology have made that possible- literally. </p> <p>In the 1970's, someone had the bright idea to take an amp's signal and run it in to the guitarist's mouth via a plastic tube, allowing him to, in a sense, speak to the audience through single notes. At the time, it blew the wah pedal out of the water. </p> <p>So what makes a great talk-box player? Good question. </p> <p><strong>10. Bon Jovi, "Livin' on a Prayer"</strong></p> <p>Damn, man! This is the Jovi at their funkiest! A round of applause to Richie Sambora for laying down some sweet-ass talk box over that rolling bass groove. Keep that dream alive!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>09. Mötley Crüe, "Kickstart My Heart"</strong></p> <p>Mick Mars is not one of metal's more remarkable soloists. Yet he may have been the first to send a flurry of tremolo-picked notes flying out of his mouth. It's a sound as scary as his makeup. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>08. Nazareth, "Hair of the Dog"</strong></p> <p>To some Scottish accents render words unintelligible. So while Nazareth guitarist Manny Charlton is probably just making electronic noises in the breakdown of this cock-rocker, there's a chance he's actually issuing a cry for Scottish independence. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>07. Weezer, "Beverly Hills"</strong></p> <p>The talk box makes a comeback in the 21st century! Oddly, because the song hints at the excess of Seventies rock, Rivers Cuomo's talk-box embellishments feel totally appropriate. For some reason, Muppets come to mind when he cuts loose. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>06. Steely Dan, "Haitian Divorce"</strong></p> <p>One of the most melodic talk-box solos ever recorded is also a prime example of studio trickery. Session man Dean Parks played the lead, but Walter Becker added the effect later- which required him essentially to ghost-play the exact same solo, and jack his jaw accordingly. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>05. Pink Floyd, "Pigs"</strong></p> <p>David Gilmour was already one of the most articulate lead players in the prog-rock pantheon. Give him a talk box and... look out! He's literally wailing on this track; a string bend becomes a drawing syllable that never ends. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>04. Alice in Chains, "Man in the Box"</strong></p> <p>Rather than using the talk box as other guitarists had—to make an ordinary solo sound like it was recorded by space aliens—Jerry Cantrell broke new ground by using it to "sing" harmonies with Layne Staley. Grunge reinvented <em>some</em> rock clichés for the better. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>03. Joe Walsh, "Rocky Mountain Way"</strong></p> <p>This song is a classic not just for its chunky riff but also for how Walsh takes robot scat singing to new heights. Live clips reveal that Walsh really gets into his box work; you can actually see the drool dripping from the tube. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>02. Jeff Beck, "She's a Woman"</strong> </p> <p>Beck is a weird-guitar-sound pioneer, so it made perfect sense when he used the talk box to slur some syllables on this funked-up Beatles cover. Which raises the question: Is <em>Blow by Blow</em> truly an instrumental album?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>01. Peter Frampton, "Do You Feel Like We Do</strong></p> <p>Not only is <em>Frampton Comes Alive!</em> one of the biggest-selling live albums of all time, but with its biggest hit Frampton singlehandedly increased the vocabulary of the talk box, spitting out phrases previously unattempted by guitarists and easily one-upping Beck on articulation. Just listen to how the audience roars when the guitar asks the immortal question: "Do you feel like we do?" Stoned, maybe? </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> GO May 2006 Guitar One Jeff Beck News Features Mon, 01 Jun 2015 21:28:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24596 at Built To Spill's Doug Martsch Talks New Album, 'Untethered Moon' <!--paging_filter--><p>For more than 20 years, Boise, Idaho–based Built to Spill have been carving out a distinct niche in the rock and roll universe, balancing a tuneful, indie-pop aesthetic against a tendency to fly off on long, distorto-guitar excursions that recall the work of Dinosaur Jr’s J. Mascis and Neil Young in full-on Crazy Horse mode. </p> <p>The band’s new and eighth studio album, <em>Untethered Moon</em>, lays out this paradox right from the get-go—leadoff track “All Our Songs” builds to a finale that explodes in a skronky guitar lead (“I wanted it to sound like the Stooges or something, sorta belligerent” says singer and guitarist Doug Martsch), and doesn’t let up until closer “When I’m Blind,” which gives over roughly six of its eight-and-a-half minutes to Martsch to wring out as many frenzied notes from his Fender Strat as possible.</p> <p>Despite the multitude of tones and textures layered throughout these songs, Martsch recorded all the guitars on <em>Untethered Moon</em> on his own, accompanied only by the new BTS rhythm section of bassist Jason Albertini and drummer Steve Gere. </p> <p>“Though that changes from record to record,” he says about his guitar duties, pointing out that he sometimes utilizes additional players in the studio. </p> <p>“But this time I had the songs done, and I wanted to work on them with just the rhythm section to get stuff all figured out. I thought maybe I’d bring the other guys in at the end to put on some finishing touches, but by then it just seemed like it was fine and didn’t need anything else.”</p> <p>Those “other guys” are guitarists Brett Netson and Jim Roth, both of whom play with Built To Spill live. In fact, the band has long been known for its triple-guitar attack onstage, a configuration that helps to bring Martsch’s multifarious six-string studio work to life. “Most of our catalog, we’re kind of known for having a lot of textures in our songs,” he says. “There’s a lot going on. So it’s cool to be able to cover that stuff onstage.”</p> <p>As for the fact that Martsch has been able to pursue his unique vision for Built to Spill for close to a quarter century now, it’s something that the frontman says still amazes him. “I never dreamed of having even a shitty music career,” he says. “So to have one I feel pretty good about, that’s unbelievable to me.”</p> <p><em>Photo: Rene Gomez</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Built To Spill Doug Martsch July 2015 Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 01 Jun 2015 21:22:42 +0000 Richard Bienstock 24579 at 'Red Light District': Kicking Harold Guitarist Tim David Kelly Talks New Album, Gear and More <!--paging_filter--><p>Kicking Harold—a band featuring Tim David Kelly (lead vocals, guitar), Bret Domrose (bass) and Michael Odabashian (drums)—consider themselves modern rock alchemists, with "modern" being the operative word.</p> <p>In fact, the first single from their latest album, <em>Red Light District,</em> fits that philosophy rather nicely. </p> <p>After years of unsuccessful attempts to re-release the original song, the band decided to give a 21st-century upgrade to the fan-favorite, "Kill You," a song that originally appeared on their 1996 debut album, <em>Ugly and Festering</em>. </p> <p>A video for “Kill You,” which features an appearance by adult film star Mary Carey, has already racked up more than 50,000 views.</p> <p>I recently spoke with guitarist Tim David Kelly about <em>Red Light District,</em> his gear and more.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: If I asked you to describe the sound of <em>Red Light District</em>, what would you say?</strong></p> <p>I would say it’s a combination of all of our albums put together. There are elements of our early days when we were a little bit grungier to the more current style of where we are now. We’ve really tried to evolve the band without reducing where we’ve come from. </p> <p><strong>What’s your songwriting process like?</strong></p> <p>Over the years, it’s been different for every album. The last album we did was more of a personal studio project built up layer by layer. As a songwriter, I’m constantly writing. I’ll usually keep small, one-minute demos of verses, choruses and lyrics, and then when it’s time to make an album, I’ll start going through all of the different ideas to find the ones that work best. </p> <p><strong>Let’s talk about a few tracks from <em>Red Light District,</em> starting with “Underneath It All."</strong></p> <p>That’s a good example of how songs can hang around for a long time. I originally wrote that song around 2006. It was something I had worked up and played but never got around to recording. When we started looking for songs for this album, I wanted to choose something from around that time period. I really liked the riff and revamped it to what it is now. Once you hit the studio everything comes to life!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>"Drinkin’ to Forget You"</strong></p> <p>That song was actually written with completely different lyrics. It started out as more of a love song. I had tracked the whole song and really liked the music and melody but when I was listening back, I realized the love lyrics didn’t seem to work. So I pulled them off and re-wrote the song around the opposite theme! [laughs].</p> <p><strong>Why did you decide to do a remake of "Kill You"?</strong></p> <p>That was originally the first single off of our very first album when we got signed. In the late Nineties our old record label let the album go out of print. So even though the song was still in rotation on radio, it was no longer available. I remember approaching the label about buying back the masters to release to the fans, but they basically told us no. That’s when our manager suggested we re-track it. So we decided to change things up and include it on the new album. </p> <p><strong>The INXS song "Need You Tonight" was an interesting cover selection. How did this song make it on to the album?</strong> </p> <p>I’ve always loved INXS, and we used to do a heavy version of “Devil Inside." I remember wanting to do a cover of a Number 1 song for this album, so what I did was buy the Number 1 hits of the Eighties. I listened to every song from 1980 to 1990, trying to figure if any of them would work. I actually had no idea that “Need You Tonight” was one of the songs that went to Number 1. I loved it and knew right away it was the one to do!</p> <p><strong>When did you know you wanted to have a career in music?</strong></p> <p>The genesis of the whole thing actually began in high school. I had two friends who played guitar and piano and were starting a band. I didn't want to be left out so I had one of them teach me guitar. I learned the chords to “Fly by Night” by Rush and that was it. That’s when I was hooked and really started immersing myself in it. I started playing when I was 15 and about a year later was already doing four sets a night in bars. I even remember having to hide in the kitchen in between sets because we weren’t old enough to be in the bar when we weren’t playing [laughs].</p> <p><strong>What’s your current setup like?</strong></p> <p>I’ve had the same amp for 20 years now. It’s a 1990 Marshall 50-watt JCM 900. I’ve had to re-tube it over the years, and I like to run it through 75-watt 4x12 speakers because they don’t crunch out as much. For the past few albums, I’ll usually have my Les Paul as my main guitar and a newer 335 with the double coils. They sound like Les Pauls but are a little rounder.</p> <p><strong>What gives you the most excitement about music?</strong> </p> <p>For me, it’s about playing and connecting with fans. There’s nothing like going into a rehearsal room or playing a gig, cracking open a beer, firing up the guitar and having that camaraderie with a band and audience. That’s really what it’s all about!</p> <p><em>For more about Kicking Harold, visit <a href=""></a></em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href=""></a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> James Wood Kicking Harold Tim David Kelly Interviews News Features Mon, 01 Jun 2015 20:51:32 +0000 James Wood 24582 at Guitar World Rounds Up 15 of the Tastiest Seven- and Eight-String Guitars on the Market Today <!--paging_filter--><p>Today—in the photo gallery below—we bring you "Sweet and Low: A Roundup of 15 of the Tastiest Seven- and Eight-String Axes on the Market Today," a gear feature that appears in the all-new <a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=7and8stringguitars">July 2015 issue</a> of <em><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=7and8stringguitars">Guitar World</a> </em>magazine.</p> <p>We've made sure to include models for every guitarist's budget, not to mention a wide assortment of manufacturers.</p> <p>Note that these guitars are presented in no particular order.</p> <p>Remember you can click on each photo to take a closer look!</p> <p>For more information about these guitars, check out:</p> <p>• <a href="">Schecter Banshee Elite 8</a><br /> • <a href="">Schecter Hellraiser Passive 7</a><br /> • <a href="">Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom-7</a><br /> • <a href="">Jackson X Series SLATHXQ 3-8</a><br /> • <a href="">Jackson X Series SLATXM 3-7</a><br /> • <a href="">PRS Guitars SE Custom 24 7-String</a><br /> • <a href="">Caparison TAT Special 7</a><br /> • <a href="">Caparison Brocken 8 FX</a><br /> • <a href="">ESP LTD FRX-407</a><br /> • <a href="">ESP LTD H-408B FM</a><br /> • <a href="">Carvin/Kiesel SCB7</a><br /> • <a href="">Carvin/Kiesel Vader Series V8</a><br /> • <a href="">Ernie Ball/Music Man John Petrucci Artisan Majesty</a><br /> • <a href="">Sterling By Music Man JP170D-RRB</a><br /> • <a href=";cat_id=1&amp;series_id=1&amp;data_id=162&amp;color=CL01">Ibanez RG Prestige RG852MPB-GFB</a></p> <p><strong>For more about the new July 2015 issue of GW, head to <a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=7and8stringguitars">the Guitar World Online Store now.</a></strong></p> <p><em>Top photo: Damian Fanelli (ESP LTD FRX-407 in Snow White); other photos supplied by the manufacturers</em></p> Caparison Guitars Carvin Guitars Epiphone ESP Guitars Ibanez Jackson Guitars July 2015 PRS Guitars Schecter Guitars Sterling by Music Man Electric Guitars News Features Gear Magazine Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:04:53 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24589 at Watch The Rolling Stones Perform "Hang On Sloopy" for the First Time Since 1966 — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>On Saturday night, the Rolling Stones brought their Zip Code Tour to Ohio Stadium in Columbus, where they performed an excerpt of "Hang On Sloopy" for the first time in 49 years. </p> <p>"Hang On Sloopy," a massive hit for the McCoys in 1965, was a regular part of the Stones' set list in the mid-Sixties. But, since the band dropped it from their shows nearly a half century ago, the song has become the official rock song of the state of Ohio and a fixture of major sporting events throughout the state. </p> <p>As a nod to the Ohio State Buckeyes, whose football team is the main tenant of Ohio Stadium, the Stones performed a rousing rendition of the song. </p> <p>Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments and on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Hang On Sloopy The Rolling Stones News Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:22:57 +0000 Jackson Maxwell 24597 at Neil Young Premieres "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop" Music Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Neil Young has released the music video for "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop," the first single from his new album, <em>The Monsanto Years.</em></p> <p>The video for the song, which was originally titled "Rock Starbucks," takes aim at the ubiquitous coffee chain and corporate agricultural giant Monsanto, from which the album takes its name. </p> <p>You can check it out below. As always, tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><em>The Monsanto Years</em> was recorded with the Promise of the Real, a band fronted by Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah, and is set for a June 29 release. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/neil-young">Neil Young</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Neil Young Promise of the Real News Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:20:10 +0000 Jackson Maxwell 24595 at The Top 10 Misspelled Band Names <!--paging_filter--><p>When the whole cheeky-misspelling nonsense started in the Sixties, it was cute, inspiring names like the Monkees, the Byrds, the Cyrkle and the Human Beinz.</p> <p>And after all, the psychedelic era brought with it certain liberties. It wasn’t until the Eighties that the whole misspelling idea began spiraling out of control, when hair-metal bands started twisting up their names with extra letters, missing letters, backward letters, random lowercasing and overzealous umlauting.</p> <p>Years later, nü-metal acts (who couldn’t even spell their own genre properly) mucked things up beyond all recognition. The confusion kept editors proofreading at their cubicles well into the night, and sent graphic designers prone to ducking deadlines out to even longer lunches.</p> <p>The bad news is, given today’s txt-msg and e-mail trends, we may B n 4 sum dp sht.</p> GO April 2006 Guitar One Galleries News Features Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:29:13 +0000 Guitar World Staff 2000 at Guitar World's Top 50 Guitar Albums of the Eighties <!--paging_filter--><p>In early 1990, the editors of <em>Guitar World</em> magazine sat back, grabbed some coffee and painstakingly selected what they considered the top 50 guitar albums of the just-ended Eighties.</p> <p>In the photo gallery below, you can see what they came up with! </p> <p>The albums are listed in order, from "killer" to "jaw-droppingly awesome." Or from 50 to 1, depending on your perspective. </p> <p>Please note that there are actually 51 albums in the gallery (There was a tie somewhere along the way).</p> <p>Don't agree with the vintage editors' vintage choices? As always, let your voice be heard! Share your opinion in the comments below or on <a href="">Facebook!</a></p> <p>Head back to the ... past!</p> GW Archive Guitar World Lists Galleries News Features Magazine Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:57:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff 13083 at Chris Mike: "Wake Up Call" Live Performance Video and Free Transcription — Exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p> and <a href="">CandyRat Records</a>—a delicious-sounding record label!—have gotten together to present a new live performance video of "Wake Up Call" by guitarist and CandyRat Records artist Chris Mike. </p> <p>As a bonus, we're also offering the exclusive tab for the song. You can download the PDF via the window at the bottom of this story.</p> <p>"Wake Up Call" is from Mike's first album, <em><a href="">Not Just Lipstick on a Pig,</a></em> which was released in 2013.</p> <p>By the way, if Mike looks familiar (and even if he doesn't), it's because he's been featured on several times. You might remember his shred-guitar cover of Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" and his tribute to Jason Becker, <a href="">both of which can be found right here.</a></p> <p>P.S.: We admit we appreciate seeing various issues of <em>Guitar World</em> magazine being used as part of Mike's soundproofing panels in the video! You see? There are many potential uses for GW.</p> <p><strong>For more about Mike, follow him on <a href="">Facebook</a> and visit <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Chris Mike: &amp;quot;Wake Up Call&amp;quot; Tab Live Performance on Scribd" href="" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Chris Mike: &amp;quot;Wake Up Call&amp;quot; Tab Live Performance</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src=";view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_97772" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Chris Mike Videos News Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:48:01 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24594 at Review: Eventide H9 Max Harmonizer/Effect Processor — Video <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>The Eventide H9 is a revolutionary pedal that packs a ton of processing power and professional quality effects into a compact stomp box format. </p> <p>Of course, the most powerful version of the H9 is one that is loaded with all 45 of Eventide’s algorithms available for the unit, but many musicians balked at paying an additional $700 for remaining 35 algorithms that weren’t included as part of the H9’s initial purchase price. </p> <p>Fortunately Eventide decided to simplify the process by offering the H9 Max for those of us who simply have to have it all. In the process Eventide also cut musicians a very sweet deal as the H9 Max comes fully loaded with all 45 H9 algorithms but costs about $500 less than buying an H9 and purchasing algorithms for download individually. </p> <p>Since the H9 Max is identical to the H9 with the exception of its full selection of algorithms, I’ll focus more on algorithms and sounds in this review. For more in-depth details about the hardware, please refer to the H9 review in the November 2013 issue of <em>Guitar World.</em></p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The H9 Max is a professional-quality pedal featuring true stereo 1/4-inch inputs and outputs, a 1/4-inch expression pedal jack, mini USB connector, side-mounted MIDI In and Out/Thru jacks, and bypass on/off and tap tempo footswitches. Preset selection and parameter programming can be controlled via the Hotknob, presets, and x, y, and z switches and a large jog wheel/switch on the top panel. However, those who like to dig deep into programming effects will prefer to use the free H9 Control app, which allows users to control the H9 Max remotely with an iOS device or computer via Bluetooth wireless communication.</p> <p>The H9 Max’s algorithms come from Eventide’s acclaimed Factor series and Space pedals and also include three H9 exclusive algorithms—UltraTap, Resonator, and EQ Compressor. TimeFactor algorithms are delay-based and consist of Digital Delay, Vintage Delay, Tape Echo, Mod Delay, Ducked Delay, Band Delay, Filter Pong, MultiTap, Reverse, and Looper. Modulation algorithms come from the ModFactor and include multiple types of Chorus, Phaser, Wah, Flanger, ModFilter, Rotary, Tremolo, Vibrato, Undulator, and Ringmod. The PitchFactor algorithms consist of Eventide’s legendary Harmonizer effects and include Diatonic, PitchFlex, Quadravox, Octaver, HarModulator, Crystals, MicroPitch, HarPeggiator, H910/H949, and Synthonizer. Space reverb algorithms consist of Room, Plate, Spring, Hall, Reverse, Shimmer, ModEchoVerb, DualVerb, Blackhole, MangledVerb, TremoloVerb, and DynaVerb. </p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Eventide effects are truly in a class of their own, especially when it comes to the delay, modulation, pitch/Harmonizer, and reverb effects found in the H9 Max. These are professional-quality, high-resolution, sophisticated effects that until only a few years ago were once the exclusive territory of expensive rack-mount units with powerful processors. The quality and variety of effects packed into the compact H9 Max pedal is simply astonishing.</p> <p>The PitchFactor algorithms are simply the best pitch shifting and Harmonizer effects available. The tracking is lightning fast, and the pitch accuracy is dead on. I particularly love how easy it is to program natural-sounding six-string bass, baritone, and 12-string guitar sounds. The TimeFactor algorithms cover ever type of delay a guitarist could want, from sparkling digital effects to warm tape echoes. The ModFactor algorithms are very useful and can save guitarists a ton of money otherwise spent on dozens of standalone modulation effects pedals (although only one algorithm can be used at a time). The Space reverb algorithms bring true studio-quality sound to the stage, and the reverbs are equally useful in the recording studio as well.</p> <p>The H9 Control app greatly simplifies the process of programming effects and makes it easy to select a desired preset in an instant but the pedal operates just as seamlessly without being tethered to an iOS device. The pedal itself stores 99 presets, but users can save an unlimited number of presets on their iOS device or computer. The Bluetooth connection is very reliable. Being able to control the H9 Max with an iPad on stage brings incredible creative and expressive power to guitarists who love to improvise or make extensive use of effects. Perhaps the best benefit of the H9 Max is knowing that you’re not forced to compromise since Eventide’s entire library of algorithms is available whenever you want or need it. </p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $799<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Eventide Inc., <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contains all 45 Eventide TimeFactor, ModFactor, PitchFactor, Space, and H9-exclusive algorithms for less than purchasing individual algorithms. The free H9 Control app allows an iOS device or computer to communicate with the H9 via a wireless Bluetooth connection.</p> <p>A large jog wheel/switch makes it easy to select presets, adjust parameters, or control expression pedal functions directly from the H9 Max itself.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> The fully loaded H9 Max is by far the best bargain in professional- and studio-quality effects ever offered by a stomp box-format effect unit, providing literally hundreds of effects with superb sound.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Eventide Eventide H9 July 2015 Videos Effects News Gear Magazine Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:16:38 +0000 Chris Gill 24512 at The Top 10 Pick Squealers of All Time <!--paging_filter--><p>There has always been a good deal of mystery surrounding the pinch harmonic, or, as hip players like to call it, “pick squeal.” </p> <p>A pick squeal is simply an artificial harmonic, or high-pitched sound, produced by choking up on the pick and allowing the thumb or thumbnail to catch the string in just as it is picked. </p> <p>The result, of course, resembles a squeal. Or a squawk. Or a scream. (It could take several tries before you get the desired s word.)</p> <p>Anyhow, what was once the domain of blues-rock string benders is now a staple for most metal guitarists. </p> <p>Here be the dudes who made it so.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>10. Greg Howe</strong> </p> <p>Sure, he’s moved on to smoother and faster fusion pastures, but early on in his rock career, velocity merchant Greg Howe used the pinch harmonic like it was going out of style. Listen to <em>Howe II</em> to hear him bend notes into frequencies perceptible only by canines. Sure, it went out of style. But it came back.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>09. John Sykes</strong> </p> <p>A speed freak of the scalar variety, Sykes really showed his know-how for the squeal upon joining Thin Lizzy for their 1983 swan song <em>Thunder and Lightning</em>. </p> <p>The repeated, howling fills in “Cold Sweat” were the precursor of the exaggerated squeals that became rampant in metal guitar playing during the decade. Later, Sykes would Top 40-fy the technique on Whitesnake’s “Still of the Night.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>08. Shadows Fall</strong> </p> <p>Jonathan Donais and Matthew Bachand haven’t merely led the return of melodic thrash to the America. No. </p> <p>They’ve punctuated their intricate leads with pinch harmonics, helping to bring the technique back into prominence in extremely heavy music. It’s like havin’ Zakk Wylde and John Sykes in one band!<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>07. Skid Row</strong> </p> <p>A Skid Row song without a scream or 300 from the guitar just wasn’t complete. In fact, the band’s self-titled debut may have more pick squeals than Van Halen had David Lee Roth squeals. And speaking of frontmen, the pinch harmonics of guitarists Scotti Hill and Snake Sabo were the antidote Sebastian Bach Eighties-metal wailing.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>06. Eddie Van Halen</strong> </p> <p>Look no further than Van Halen’s landmark debut. With his aggressive pick attack, Ed sounds almost as if he’s using some weird wah-wah effect when he pinches the strings in the hyperboogie riffs of “I’m the One” and “Jamie’s Crying.” </p> <p>And how about the opening riff of “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love”? Rock guitar changed at this point.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>05. Dimebag Darrell</strong> </p> <p>By the time Pantera made the transformation to Metallica-inspired power metal, the Dime had moved from inserting EVH squeals in his solos to writing riffs around pinch harmonics, as in “Cemetary Gates.” </p> <p>When that song came out, death-metal bands immediately started taking their cues from Mr. Abbott.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>04. Steve Vai</strong></p> <p>The Big V has been making weird guitar noises since his infancy—when Frank Zappa’s wolf pack adopted and raised him. </p> <p>But it all came together, pinchwise, on <em>Flexable</em>’s chromatic <em>tour de force</em> “Attitude Song.” </p> <p>Later, Vai merged commercial success, whammy bar, and pick squeals on David Lee Roth’s version of “Tobacco Road,” and the technique all but dominated the boogie tune “Juice,” from <em>Alien Love Secrets.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>03. Roy Buchanan</strong></p> <p>The late and lamented Buchanan gets credit for inventing the technique, back in the Sixties. The way he laid into his strings made it so that virtually every bend had a harmonic overtone of some sort. </p> <p>Yep, he was chicken pickin’, and the notes they were squawkin’. Some of his most over-the-top pinch harmonics—produced without the aid of ridiculous distortion—can be found on the album <em>Live Stock</em>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>02. Zakk Wylde</strong> </p> <p>A 19-year-old feller rejuvenates Ozzy’s band by twisting steroid-enhanced riffs into “Miracle Man” and interspersing pick squeals in just about any gap that opens up. </p> <p>Wylde realized he was onto something; the technique is now integral to his rowdy playing style. Indeed, when he touches off his A squeal, it sounds as though the string is screaming for help.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>01. Billy Gibbons</strong> </p> <p>The fact that The Beard sustained a large portion of his “La Grange” solo with harmonic squeals puts him in the books as a master of the technique. The fact that song is a tribute to a house of ill repute makes the sound effects—the squeals—ever more appropriate.</p> <p>According to lore, Gibbons attains his signature squeals by picking with an old coin. The thicker the pick, the louder the squeal louder, or so they say.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/zz-top">ZZ Top</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Billy Gibbons Dimebag Darrell Eddie Van Halen Greg Howe John Sykes Roy Buchanan Steve Vai Guitar World Lists News Features Mon, 01 Jun 2015 12:04:37 +0000 Guitar World Staff 2008 at The Gretsch Electric Guitar Book: 60 Years of White Falcons, 6120s, Jets, Gents and More <!--paging_filter--><p>Tony Bacon's new book, <em><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GretschElectricGuitar">The Gretsch Electric Guitar Book: 60 Years of White Falcons, 6120s, Jets, Gents and More,</a></em> is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $29.99.</p> <p>Gretsch guitars have a style all their own: a glitzy, wacky, retro charm that over the years has drawn players from all kinds of popular music, from timeless stars to unknown teens. </p> <p>The Beatles, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy and Brian Setzer all made their mark with Gretsch, and new bands continually discover and fall in love with the Falcons, Gents, 6120s, Jets and the rest.</p> <p><em>The Gretsch Electric Guitar Book</em> comes right up to the present, including Gretsch's alliance to the powerful Fender company, a move that has done wonders for the reliability and playability of the modern Gretsch axe. </p> <p>Every great model is here, but the book also tells the story of the lesser-known guitars and the projects that almost never happened. There are archival and fresh interviews with Gretsch personnel over the years and with many leading Gretsch players, including Chet Atkins, Billy Duffy, Duane Eddy and Brian Setzer.</p> <p>In the tradition of Tony Bacon's best-selling series of guitar books, his updated and revised story of Gretsch is three great volumes in one: a compendium of luscious pictures of the coolest guitars; a gripping story from early exploits to the most recent developments; and a detailed collector's guide to every production electric Gretsch model ever made.</p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GretschElectricGuitar">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> Gretsch News Features Mon, 01 Jun 2015 11:58:29 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24593 at Female International Rock Jam with Larissa Basílio, Irene Ketikidi, Anouck André and Laura Klinkert — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today we're pleased to bring you a new guitar-heavy video by four talented female guitarists from the around the world.</p> <p>"Female International Rock Jam" features—in order—<a href="">Larissa Basílio</a> of Brazil, <a href="">Irene Ketikidi</a> of Greece, <a href="">Anouck André</a> of France and <a href="">Laura Klinkert</a> of Colombia jamming to a driving blues backing track.</p> <p>It was clearly shot in four different places and cut together as a single performance video.</p> <p>Only one of these players—Klinkert—has been featured on in the past. We shared <A href="">her cover of Guthrie Govan's "Blues Mutations 2" last year.</a></p> <p>Check it out and tell us which of these guitarists deserves more coverage on the site!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Anouck André Irene Ketikidi Larissa Basílio Laura Klinkert Videos News Fri, 29 May 2015 17:22:47 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24585 at