News en Richie Kotzen Discusses New 'Essential' Package and Memorable Moments from His Career <!--paging_filter--><p>With styles ranging from rock and blues to jazz and soul, Richie Kotzen has built an eclectic career as guitarist, singer and songwriter. </p> <p>Over a period of 20 years, Kotzen has accumulated a loyal fan base and has consistently sold out shows throughout the world. </p> <p>Still, there are many who question what Kotzen is capable of musically. Kotzen’s new <em>Essential</em> package is sure to answer that question.</p> <p><em>The Essential Richie Kotzen</em> — which is slated to be released September 2 — contains material curated from Kotzen’s entire career (which has spawned 18 solo albums), not including his work with Poison and the Winery Dogs. </p> <p>The new package was purposely designed to give listeners the most comprehensive, concise introduction to Kotzen’s extensive body of work. </p> <p><em>The Essential Richie Kotzen</em> includes two CDs of classic Kotzen material as well as two new songs, along with a DVD of music videos, acoustic performances and bootleg material. It’s the ultimate collection of music for Kotzen fans.</p> <p>I recently spoke with Kotzen about the <em>Essential</em> package, his upcoming solo album and some of the most memorable moments of his career.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What spawned your new <em>Essential</em> package?</strong></p> <p>It was an idea that actually came from the record label. I have a very nice fan base that's been great to me over the years and has allowed me to tour around the world. But there's also a huge community in the rock world that knows my name but has no idea what it is that I do musically. I remember when I was on tour with the Winery Dogs, people would often come up to me and say, "Man, I didn't know you sang like that and I just found out that you also have a solo career. What record should I get?" </p> <p>I never knew what to say. I wrote my first record when I was 17 (and recorded it at 18), so a lot of time has passed. What we decided to do was make one package that would answer the question. I went through and picked out songs I like to play live and still represent who I am today. So for someone who is curious about what it is that I do, now there's an answer.</p> <p><strong>The package also includes two new tracks (“War Paint” and “Walk With Me”). What can you tell me about them?</strong></p> <p>Those were songs that would have eventually ended up on a solo album or maybe a Winery Dogs record. When I made this package, I knew I wanted to include two new songs, so I decided to put them on. </p> <p><strong>What made you decide to use a Theremin on “Walk With Me”?</strong></p> <p>When I was writing the song, I literally heard the sound of a Theremin playing in my head. So I went online and I bought one. At first, I couldn't do anything with it musically and it was the noisiest two weeks at my house [laughs]. Eventually, it got to a point to where I could play some melodies, so I set it up and ultimately got out what I was hearing in my head.</p> <p><strong>“Fooled Again” has always been one of my favorites. Can you give me a little back story on it?</strong></p> <p>That song definitely came from the riff. I know that when I recorded it, I really wanted that Curtis Mayfield kind of feeling. I love the way it turned out. It exceeded my expectations and a big part of it was because of Franklin Vanderbilt’s drumming and Arlan Schierbaum’s keyboard performance. They really brought the song to life. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Another cool thing about the package are the demo and acoustic performances. Particularly, the track “Until You Suffer Some (Fire and Ice)." Not many people realize your contribution to Poison. What can you tell me about that experience?</strong></p> <p>It was such a sideways move for me. Two years before I joined the band, my contract with Shrapnel was bought out by Interscope. That’s what brought me to California, and I spent about a year writing songs for what I thought was going to be my solo record. We really wanted to make this R&amp;B, soul/rock record and even got the budget approved. Then at the last minute, the label said, "Wait a minute. I didn't sign you to do this kind of music. I need you to be a hard rock guy." I remember just losing my mind and insisted on being dropped — which they did. </p> <p>At the same time they were dropping me, the A&amp;R guy said, "You know, Bret Michaels just called me. They're interested in you. I think you should do it and then circle back after the album cycle." So I went out and met Bret and really liked what he had to say. They brought me in as a band member and writer and that song that you mentioned was one of the songs I brought in that would have been on that solo record. I never really played the song live and thought it made sense to do a version of me singing it. That's what's on the record.</p> <p><strong>Can you give me an update on your tour plans?</strong></p> <p>I'm going to Europe in September and then to South America and will spend the rest of the year touring the U.S.</p> <p><strong>What do you remember most about your Shrapnel experience?</strong></p> <p>As a teenager, getting into Mike Varney’s column became an obsession for me [laughs]. I had a four-song demo that I sent in a few times but never heard anything back. Then I thought maybe it was because Mike was listening to it for only 30 seconds and didn't hear anything that he liked. So I kept sending it to him but changing up the order of the songs.</p> <p>I still never heard anything until finally one day my friend called me up and said, "Dude, what's wrong with you? You're in the column and you didn't tell me?" I was convinced he was lying until I ran to the newsstand. Sure enough, there was my picture along with a profile.</p> <p>Shortly after that, I got a call from Mike saying that he wanted to do a record with me. Originally, the thought was to do an album with me and another guitar player, similar to what Jason Becker and Marty Friedman had done.</p> <p>During the process, I started writing a lot and for every song that I would write with my partner, there would be five I would send to Mike that I had done on my own. Eventually, it got to the point where Mike started liking my own material and signed me.</p> <p><strong>What was it like opening for the Rolling Stones in 2006?</strong></p> <p>It was pretty surreal. There were six shows on that run and I remember purposely not telling anyone about it at first because in Japan, it’s not normal to have an opening act and from what I was told the Stones never had an opening act when they toured Japan. So I knew there might be a chance that it wouldn’t happen — but it did! After that first show I could say I opened for the Rolling Stones! It was an amazing experience!</p> <p><strong>What can you tell me about your new solo album?</strong></p> <p>It will be out by the end of January. The new CD is called <em>Cannibals</em> and will have 10 songs. One of the ones I'm really excited about is one I wrote with my daughter called "You." It’s a piano/voice piece where I actually play a little bit of Theremin again as well. </p> <p>The song came about in a very interesting way. My daughter is 17 now but back when she was 14 she would often play this piece over and over at the piano. Finally, I asked her what it was she was playing and she said, "I don't know. It’s just something I wrote." It sounded really cool so we recorded a version of it and I filed it away. When I went back and started looking into the archives, I found it and decided to sing something over it. I wrote some words, sang it and it came out really cool. It’s something we did together and one of my favorite tracks on the album. </p> <p><strong>We’ve already mentioned a few memorable moments of your career. Are there any others that really stand out for you?</strong></p> <p>It would have to be the moment when I auditioned to join Stanley Clarke's band. I remember he put a sheet of music in front of me and I just started laughing. It was a funny moment. He asked me what I was laughing at and I told him that I hadn't read since I was a teenager. But then he sat down at the piano and proceeded to show me one of his songs and we spent the better part of the next three hours jamming together. </p> <p>Afterwards, I remember saying, "I know that there's no way I'm going to get this gig but it's been an honor to play with you and I just wanted to thank you for your time." I left and went to a concert that night and when I got home there was a message on my answering machine saying that I got the gig. </p> <p>That's a strong memory for me because it was so outside the realm of what I normally do. It educated me musically and I was really able to grow from the experience. </p> <p><strong><em>For more about Kotzen, visit <a href=""></a>.</em></strong></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> <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="/richie-kotzen">Richie Kotzen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> James Wood Richie Kotzen Interviews News Features Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:26:31 +0000 James Wood Essential Listening: 10 Stellar Slide Guitar Songs <!--paging_filter--><p>Not content with the status quo, industrious young guitar players have endeavored over the decades to make things more difficult for themselves. </p> <p>Some have tried playing the guitar behind their back, over their head, with their teeth, with their friends' teeth, etc. </p> <p>And then there was the inventive guitarist who, many decades ago, decided to slip a bottle over his finger and slide it along his guitar's strings to produce a magical sound (He probably emptied the bottle himself, if you know what I mean). </p> <p>While playing the guitar with your teeth is, was and always shall be a novelty, slide guitar — and slide guitarists — is and are here to stay. They actually started digging in their heels long before Robert Johnson made his haunting Delta blues recordings in Texas in the 1930s. </p> <p>Since Johnson's time, players — including guys like George Thorogood, Derek Trucks, Jerry Douglas and Roy Rogers — have built entire careers around slide guitar and its many stylistic varieties.</p> <p>Below, we present 10 tracks that represent essential listening in the world of slide guitar. Please note that we're sticking with regular ol' six-string guitar — no lap steel, sacred steel, pedal steel, etc. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) These songs are presented in no particular order. I repeat: These songs are presented in no particular order.</p> <p>Also, if you want to track down any of these tracks, you'll find all 10 original album covers in the photo gallery below. Enjoy!<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Allman Brothers Band, "Statesboro Blues" (Duane Allman)</strong></p> <p>A generation of blues-influenced rockers toyed with slide guitar for several years, slowly bringing it into mainstream music (Check out Jeff Beck's performance on "Evil Hearted You" by the Yardbirds), but no one dragged it into the modern era quite like Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. He used the slide to imitate the sound of a blues harp — not to mention mesmerize countless concert goers who were knocked out by his dexterity and intensity. Perhaps his quintessential slide performance is the Allmans' <em>At Fillmore East</em> version of Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues." As <em>Rolling Stone</em> put it, it features the sort of playing that gives people chills. Of course, be sure to seek out other live versions of the song, including the one on the band's recently released <em>SUNY at Stonybrook</em> album.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Sonny Landreth, "Überesso"</strong></p> <p>Respected Louisiana-based slide player Sonny Landreth started appearing on music fans' radar in earnest after the release of the 2007 Crossroads Blues Festival DVD. It features a few tracks by Landreth (jamming with Eric Clapton and such), including the uber-exciting instrumental, "Überesso." Landreth's unique slide technique lets him fret notes and play chords and chord fragments behind the slide. He plays with the slide on his little finger, so his other fingers have more room to fret. Check out his performance of "Überesso" from the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival below. Yes, he's awesome.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Steve Miller Band, "The Joker" (Steve Miller)</strong></p> <p>Although not primarily known as a slide player, Steve Miller put the slide to fun and creative use on his 1973 hit single, "The Joker," playing a hummable, tasteful slide solo for the masses (and imitating a whistle a few times in the process). Although it's no "Überesso" (See above), it shows that slide guitar has been invited to the chart-success party, especially in the early '70s, much like our next selection ...</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>George Harrison, "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)"</strong></p> <p>You'll read it in other roundups of great slide guitar songs — comments like, "Although he wasn't a virtuoso like these other players ... ." Yeah, whatever. OK, he wasn't Jeff Beck, Steve Howe or Ritchie Blackmore, but George Harrison, who, as a member of the Beatles, influenced millions of humans to play guitar, suddenly started playing slide guitar in 1969, inventing an entirely new "guitar persona" for himself. What he came up with was a distinctive, non-blues-based style that incorporated hints of Indian music, some pointers he picked up while learning sitar and other Beatles-esque odds and ends. While "My Sweet Lord" and Badfinger's "Day After Day" (featuring Harrison on slide) are better known, 1973's "Give Me Love" perfectly displays his new-found style. For some quality later work, check out "<a href="">Cheer Down</a>" from 1989 and "Any Road" from 2002.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Foghat, "Slow Ride" (Rod Price)</strong></p> <p>Staying in the '70s for a moment, let us consider Foghat's "Slow Ride," another slide-based song that topped the charts. Perhaps the polar slide opposite of George Harrison, the heavily blues-influenced Rod "The Bottle" Price (Yes, they called him "The Bottle") let it all hang out in his solo near the fadeout of Foghat's signature track. Be sure to also check out Foghat's "Drivin' Wheel" and "Stone Blue." Price, a product of the UK, died in 2005.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Led Zeppelin, "In My Time of Dying" (Jimmy Page)</strong></p> <p>Although the "big three" guitarists who emerged from the '60s rock scene in England — Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page — flirted with slide guitar at different points in their careers, none took it as far, or used it with as much success, as Page. For proof, just listen to "In My Time of Dying" from <em>Physical Graffiti</em>. The recording (the most popular version of a song Josh White recorded in the mid-'40s), features Page sliding away in open A (E / A / E / A / C# / E). Although Page also played slide on "When the Levee Breaks," "Traveling Riverside Blues" and "What Is and What Should Never Be," his distinctive slide style simply defines the powerful and dark "In My Time of Dying."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Elmore James, "Dust My Broom"</strong></p> <p>We've mentioned a few "blues influenced" players, which is basically another way of saying "players who were influenced by Elmore James." James — who was actually dubbed the "King of the Slide Guitar" — is best known for his 1951 version of "Dust My Broom (I Believe My Time Ain't Long)." The song's opening riff is one of the best-known and most influential slide guitar parts ever. Yes, it sounds a lot like what Robert Johnson played on his "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" several years earlier, but James played his riff on an electric guitar, pretty much claiming it for himself in the process and sending chills down the spine of a new generation. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Johnny Winter, "Highway 61 Revisited"</strong></p> <p>The lanky Texan (and former Brit) simply burns it up in his legendary cover of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" from <em>Second Winter,</em> his second album. Be sure to <A href="">investigate the acoustic "Dallas" from Winter's self-titled 1969 album</a>. If you can convincingly play these two songs, it's time to hang up your T-square and/or apron and look for session work! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Derek Trucks Band, "Sahib Teri Bandi/Maki Madni" (Derek Trucks)</strong></p> <p>The list takes an exotic turn with this middle-eastern-flavored track by Derek Trucks. With his deep Allman Brothers Band lineage, we know Trucks (and Warren Haynes, of course) can tackle roots rock, extended blues jams and more, but this 10-minute instrumental track from his 2006 album, <em>Songlines</em>, steps way out of those boundaries and truly shows what Trucks is capable of. He makes the guitar sound like an exotic instrument from a distant land and time. Check out this live performance from 2008, below. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Rory Gallagher, "Want Ad Blues/Wanted Blues"</strong></p> <p>For our official acoustic entry, let's not forget the late, great Rory Gallagher, shown here playing a version of John Lee Hooker's "Wanted Blues." It's hard to believe this Irish master of the Stratocaster was also a ridiculously accomplished traditional blues slide player. By the way, <a href="">in this brief video (Click here), Gallagher explains some slide basics. Be sure to check it out.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>Learn Slide Guitar</em> is the ultimate DVD instructional guide to playing slide guitar like a pro. Designed for beginning-to-intermediate guitar players, this DVD contains more than two hours of lessons that will help you develop such skills and techniques as playing in open and standard tunings, slide scales for soloing in all keys, improvising, open-tuning chord forms, muting, vibrato, Delta and electric blues, plus much more! <a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=SlideGuitarDamian">It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></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="/duane-allman">Duane Allman</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/allman-brothers-band">Allman Brothers Band</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/george-harrison">George Harrison</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/derek-trucks">Derek Trucks</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/elmore-james">Elmore James</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Allman Brothers Band Derek Trucks Duane Allman Elmore James George Harrison Jimmy Page Rory Gallagher Videos News Features Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:51:11 +0000 Damian Fanelli ESP Guitars' Incredible 'Monster Hunter' Guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the <em><a href="">Monster Hunter</a></em> video game, ESP Guitars in Japan has created a (very pointy) guitar inspired by the game.</p> <p>The guitar features what can only be called a huge blade with several horns protruding from it, which makes it seem like it might be more than a little painful to play.</p> <p>The guitar has a price tag of 2,300,00 yen, which is a little over $22,150. </p> <p>Check it out above and in the photo gallery below!</p> <p>Because we can, we've also included photos of several other guitars from the ESP Custom Shop, most of which were designed by Master Luthier Masao Ohmuro.</p> ESP ESP Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:37:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff Heartist Premiere “Skeletons” Music Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Heartist recently released their full-length debut, 'Feeding Fiction,' via Roadrunner Records. </p> <p>Today, the band has teamed up with to premiere a new music video for a track called "Skeletons." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><em>Feeding Fiction</em> is available now via <a href="" target="_blank">iTunes</a>. </p> <p>For more on Heartist, follow them on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="//" height="360" width="635" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> Heartist Videos News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:24:21 +0000 Guitar World Staff Eddie Van Halen's "Spanish Fly" Played on Piano — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a recently posted clip of keyboardist Derek Sherinian playing Eddie Van Halen’s acoustic guitar instrumental "Spanish Fly” on piano.</p> <p>Sherinian was a member of Dream Theater from 1994 to 1999 and, more recently, Black Country Communion. He also has toured and recorded with Alice Cooper, Kiss, Billy Idol, Allan Holdsworth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Sheehan, Al Di Meola, Steve Lukather, Zakk Wylde and Slash, to name just a few.</p> <p>The original version of "Spanish Fly" (which you can hear in the bottom YouTube player) can be found on Van Halen's 1979 album, <em>Van Halen II</em>.</p> <p>As always, enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></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="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Derek Sherinian Van Halen Videos News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:55:35 +0000 Damian Fanelli The Francesco Artusato Project Premiere "Gates of Reason" Music Video — Exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, presents the exclusive premiere of "Gates of Reason," the new music video by the Francesco Artusato Project, featuring guitarist Francesco Artusato (Devil You Know, All Shall Perish).</p> <p>The album, <em>Our Dying Sun</em>, will be available October 7 across all digital platforms.</p> <p>"I'm very excited about this record," Artusato says. </p> <p>"I've been working on this second album for a while; it had to be done in between writing and touring with Devil You Know and All Shall Perish, but I wanted to make sure it was exactly the way I wanted it.</p> <p>"This album is definitely an evolution from the first one. I focused on the songwriting aspect more than the pure technical aspect of playing guitar this time. </p> <p>"Some songs are more fun and what you'd expect from a rock/metal guitar instrumental record; others are just more intense with a darker mood, and others are a little more abstract. The more technical guitar playing is accompanied by a more soulful playing, and I love that. This album is pretty much the portrait of the guitar player I am today.</p> <p>"I was very fortunate this time to work with two great musicians like bassist Ray Riendeau (James LaBrie, Star Monarchy, solo) and drummer Danny Handler (solo). That definitely created more the 'trio band' feel. They're like me, fans of heavy music, jazz and fusion, and those influences can make the difference when playing a certain style of music. </p> <p>"I still love to layer a lot of guitar tracks and sometimes I go a little crazy with that. Writing instrumental music gives me the freedom to try whatever I feel would sound good. This project is my way to experiment and try different things. Every solo record is probably going to be very different from one to the other, and that’s why I do it.</p> <p>"It also was great to have friends and incredible guitar players like Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Ryan Knight (the Black Dahlia Murder) and Wes Hauch (ex-the Faceless) to do guest solos on one crazy track toward the end of the record. That song is pure madness!</p> <p>"This song, 'Gates of Reason,' is one of the more 'traditional' and simpler ones, but I had so much fun working on it. It definitely has a progressive/rock vibe, and I think it’s a good introduction to the music on the record, even though there’s so much variety counting all 11 songs."</p> <p>Stay tuned to <a href="">Artusato's Facebook page</a> for updates and more info about the new album. As always, tell us what you think of the song in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Francesco Artusato the Francesco Artusato Project Videos News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:43:13 +0000 Damian Fanelli Review: Martin D-18 Guitar — Blast from the Past <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Even if you have only the most basic, rudimentary knowledge of the guitar, you probably already know that the Martin D-18 is one of the greatest steel-string acoustic guitars of all time. </p> <p>As the most basic version of Martin’s initial pre-war dreadnought guitar line introduced in 1931, the D-18 is likely the most copied flattop guitar design and is the acoustic guitar equivalent of the Telecaster in terms of timelessness, functionality and value. </p> <p>Chances are you don’t need some dude like me to convince you that a Martin D-18 is a highly recommended purchase, but I’m reviewing it anyway because the latest version that Martin is making these days is very likely the best the company has ever offered. 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The body is a single piece made of Polyamide, which is an extremely tough and durable form of nylon. I’ve dropped the guitars a few times without damaging them.”</p> <p>Inside the body frame is a wooden core to which the custom neck, made by Warmoth, attaches, and the core material matches that of the chosen neck material. “Customers can specify mahogany or maple necks and completely customize the electronics. They can also make minor modifications, like having their name, band logo, or other graphics 3-D printed on the back of the instrument at no extra cost. We can even adjust the weight to a player’s preference.”</p> <p>ODD offers five guitar models — the Atom, Hive, Scarab, Spider and Spider LP — and three bass models — Atom, Hive and Spider LP — which range in price from $3,000 to $3,500. More info about ODD Guitars can be found at <a href=""></a> and at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> GW Archive It Might Get Weird March 2013 ODD ODD Guitars Electric Guitars Galleries News Features Gear Magazine Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:24:41 +0000 Chris Gill Get Note-for-Note Transcriptions for 14 Classic Nirvana Songs <!--paging_filter--><p>A recently published book from Hal Leonard, <em>Nirvana: Note for Note Transcriptions,</em> offers new, note-for-note transcriptions (with guitar and bass tabs) for all the instruments on all 14 songs from Nirvana's 2002 best-of compilation. </p> <p>The book includes these songs from throughout the band's celebrated career: </p> <p>• "About a Girl"<br /> • "All Apologies"<br /> • "Been a Son"<br /> • "Come as You Are"<br /> • "Dumb"<br /> • "Heart Shaped Box"<br /> • "In Bloom"<br /> • "Lithium"<br /> • "The Man Who Sold the World"<br /> • "Penny Royal Tea"<br /> • "Rape Me"<br /> • "Sliver"<br /> • "Smells like Teen Spirit."</p> <p>It also includes their recently released final recording, "You Know You're Right."</p> <p>Includes complete lyrics!</p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=NirvanaTranscriptions">The book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $24.95</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="380" 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="/nirvana">Nirvana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kurt-cobain">Kurt Cobain</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Nirvana News Features Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:14:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff Lefty Williams Band Premiere "Let It Roll On" Music Video — Exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, presents the exclusive premiere of "Let It Roll On," the new music video by the Georgia-based Lefty Williams Band.</p> <p>The song is from the band's new album, <em>All In,</em> which will be released via Tree Leaf Music.</p> <p>Williams is a one-handed guitarist whose playing is reminiscent of Jimmy Page, Dickey Betts and Eric Johnson. He's also been compared to a great lineage of Georgia-reared guitarists including Robert Cray and Duane Allman. </p> <p>Although he was born with an incomplete right arm, Williams came up with a pick design that allowed him to play guitar when he was only 6 years old. </p> <p>"My mother's father helped me come up with the design," he said. "I did most of it, and he made a few suggestions here and there. He probably had an idea for the whole thing but wanted to let me figure it out on my own. He was a brilliant, God-fearing and loving man. We were very close." </p> <p>"I was knocked out by Lefty the first time I heard his music," said Blues stalwart Tinsley Ellis, who played on Williams' 2009 album, <em>Snake Oil</em>. "I just knew that I had to seek him out and hear more of his stuff. He is a veritable triple threat on certainly guitar, but also as a soulful vocalist and clever songwriter." </p> <p>For more about Williams, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>Lefty Williams Band on Tour:</strong></p> <p>8/22 Atlanta, GA VINYL<br /> 8/23 Athens, GA New Earth Music Hall<br /> 8/30 Oconee, TN (Chattanooga) Dumpy's<br /> 8/31 Charlotte, NC Area US National Whitewater Center<br /> 9/05 Bryson City, NC Nantahala Outdoor Center<br /> 9/06 Asheville, NC One Stop Deli<br /> 9/19 Charlotte, NC The Evening Muse<br /> 9/26 Jacksonville, FL Underbelly</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Lefty Williams Band Videos News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:11:31 +0000 Damian Fanelli Dimebag Darrell Hosts Clinic and Q&A Session in 1993 — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a video of a complete Dimebag Darrell clinic that took place June 3, 1993, in Arlington, Texas.</p> <p>The Randall Amplifiers-sponsored clinic, which is basically a Q&amp;A session (where Dime is practically begging the subdued crowd for questions), also features some fine shredding by Darrell.</p> <p>The entire video is about an hour long. Note that the sound isn't great; it's a bit muffled, and you'll probably want to raise your volume considerably.</p> <p>Enjoy!</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="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Dimebag Darrell Pantera Randall Videos News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:30:30 +0000 Damian Fanelli Thurston Moore Premieres New Song, "The Best Day" — Listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Thurston Moore has premiered the title track from his new album, <em>The Best Day,</em> and you can check it out below.</p> <p><em>The Best Day</em>, Moore's first solo album since 2010's <em>Demolished Thoughts</em>, will be released October 21 via Matador Records.</p> <p>Moore's band features fellow (well, fellow-and-former, apparently) Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley on drums, plus James Sedwards and Deb Googe.</p> <p>Moore has described the album as a balance between his "signature thrashing electric guitars" and "blissful 12-string acoustic ballads." You can decide!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Sonic Youth Thurston Moore News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:53:16 +0000 Guitar World Staff Jimi Hendrix's 'The Cry of Love' and 'Rainbow Bridge' to Be Reissued in September <!--paging_filter--><p>Newly remastered versions of <em>The Cry of Love</em> and <em>Rainbow Bridge</em> — the first two Jimi Hendrix albums to be released after the guitarist's death in 1970 — will become available in September.</p> <p>Audio engineer Bernie Grundman, who mastered Prince's <em>Purple Rain</em> and Michael Jackson's <em>Thriller</em>, went back to the original analog masters for each album, reports <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>This marks the first time <em>Rainbow Bridge</em> has been available as an official CD.</p> <p><em>The Cry of Love</em>, which was released in 1971, was compiled by Eddie Kramer and Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. The majority of the songs on the album were recorded between December 1969 and the summer of 1970 at his New York City studio. </p> <p>The original intention was to release it as a double album called <em>First Rays of the New Rising Sun</em>. That album was pieced together for a 1997 release featuring recordings with Mitchell, Billy Cox, Billy Miles and Noel Redding.</p> <p><em>Rainbow Bridge,</em> which also was compiled by Kramer and Mitchell and released in 1971, contained more music from the sessions that formed <em>The Cry of Love</em>. It features a studio version of "The Star Spangled Banner," plus a live recording of "Hear My Train a Comin'" from 1970.</p> <p>Both albums will be available September 16.</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="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Jimi Hendrix News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:05:03 +0000 Guitar World Staff Apple Now Selling JamStik Digital Guitar — Demo Video <!--paging_filter--><p>This item comes to us courtesy of <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Apple Inc. is now selling a digital guitar called the JamStik at about 71 of its U.S. stores.</p> <p>The guitar, which is made by Minneapolis-based Zivix, is already available at some Apple retail locations; Apple will be begin selling it online September 9. Zivix also will start selling JamStik through Amazon in September.</p> <p>JamStik is a portable guitar with actual frets and strings. It connects to mobile devices (such as iPads) and is paired with free apps, including JamTutor. </p> <p>One of the guitar’s cooler features is a network of infrared transmitters that sense where your fingers are on the neck, making it easy to see whether you’re about to play the right or wrong note. JamStik sells for $299. </p> <p><strong>For more about JamStik, visit <a href=""></a> and <a href=""></a> — and be sure to watch the two videos below. The top video was created by JamStikVideo and posted to YouTube last month. You'll also find a few product photos in the gallery at the bottom of this story.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Apple JamStik Zivix Videos News Gear Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:27:59 +0000 Damian Fanelli Rodrigo Lanceloti Test Drives Electro-Harmonix East River Drive and Hot Tubes Pedals — Demo Video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the new video below, which was shared by EHX (Electro-Harmonix) this week, Brazilian rocker Rodrigo Lanceloti test drives two EHX pedals, the East River Drive overdrive and the Hot Tubes Nano Overdrive.</p> <p>Luckily, Lanceloti has a bottomless bag of blues licks, so it's a pretty damn enjoyable video!</p> <p>For more about both EHX pedals, check out these two stories:</p> <p>• <a href="">Electro-Harmonix Introduces East River Drive Pedal: JRC4558-Based Overdrive</a></p> <p>• <a href="">Demo Video: Electro-Harmonix CMOS Hot Tubes Overdrive Pedal</a></p> <p>For more about EHX, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> EHX Electro-Harmonix Rodrigo Lanceloti Videos Effects News Gear Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:08:56 +0000 Damian Fanelli