News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%22http%3A/%3Ehttp%3A/%3Ehttp%3A/www.guitartv.com/www.facebook.com/www.guitartv.com/artists en Cigar Box: How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar for Around $25 http://www.guitarworld.com/cigar-box-how-build-cigar-box-guitar-around-25 <!--paging_filter--><p>I decided to start this off by using the most common saying heard when someone lays their eyes on one of my guitars for the first time (myself included): "It’s a cigar box guitar!" </p> <p>Yes, and it's played similar to a regular guitar — and can do almost anything a regular guitar can do; it just takes some creativity and a little imagination, much like the building process. </p> <p>After my initial reaction to seeing a cigar box guitar, my second thought was, “I want to make one of those!” Then, my initial reaction when I made my first CBG (cigar box guitar) was, “I want to make another one!” — and my obsession was born. </p> <p>The idea of this series of blog posts is to show you how to make one of these three-string guitars and to showcase some notable players and builders. </p> <p>Some people ask me, “Aren't you afraid the big guitar companies are going to find out about cigar box guitar and start making them?” </p> <p>I doubt Fender or Gibson would be interested in making these guitars; besides, what makes CBGs cool is that they are handmade, and no two guitars are alike. So I’ve decided to let you in to our secret underground world that is cigar box guitars. </p> <p>Cigar box guitars are often associated with the Depression era, when regular guitars were handmade and cost a great deal of money. People didn’t have extra income to buy guitars, so they got creative. They got a wooden cigar box, put a hole in it for the sound to get out, put a stick in it and a few wires from the screen door — and a guitar was born. Actually, cigar box guitars go back much further than that. There's evidence that they were around as early as the 1840s, and similar primitive or primal instruments go back even further. </p> <p>Today, people make them out of just about anything that will resonate or vibrate, such as an oil can, coffee can, wine crate or soda can. They also use many different things for a neck, like an ordinary 1-by-2 piece of hardwood, broom handles, even wooden rulers. </p> <p>The number of strings can vary, too. I’ve seen them with one string (Diddley bow) on up to 12. I tend to stick to three- and six-string cigar box guitars because you need at least three strings to make a chord, and people are comfortable playing six-string guitars. They also can be fretted or fretless and are played with or without a slide. CBGs also can be wired with pickups, volume and tone controls, just like regular guitars.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/professinal%20electronics.jpg" width="620" height="465" alt="professinal electronics.jpg" /></p> <p>If you want to hear scrape, slide and picking, check out Shane Speal, the world's foremost master of the cigar box guitar. </p> <p>Speal performs gritty blues/rock with handmade and hackwired instruments made from recycled junk. His repertoire is a mix of crankin' originals and songs from blues masters who started out on cigar box guitars. </p> <p>Here's a video of different ways to tune your CBG so you can get the most out of your box. What Speal can do with a stick in the box and a socket from a hardware store for a slide (Yes, that's a socket he's using for a slide) blows my mind. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GnpxA5I5eVk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p>Speal is a key player and builder in the CBG world and was instrumental in bringing people together to share their thoughts and ideas about CBGs — but more on that later. </p> <p>So the blues isn’t your thing? Not to worry; I’ve seen people play these guitars in nearly every genre. Like I said, you can play anything on a cigar box guitar; you just have to use some creativity and a little imagination. </p> <p>Check out Hollowbelly; listen to this song and I promise it will change your perception of what can be played on a cigar box guitar. Hollowbelly is a one-man-band/cigar box guitar player whose guitar has a mean growl that just can't be explained and a voice that has been described as "like lightning." </p> <p>He has played London's The 100 Club (Yes, THE 100 Club, which has hosted Sex Pistols, Muddy Waters and the White Stripes) on a CBG. He made it in a garage out of a banister rail, an old rusty tin and a cheap pickup. When I need that jolt of energy to keep going, this song delivers.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uANvS7VwL3g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>So why am I writing this? I am addicted to CBG. Yep, addicted, obsessed. I’ve got the sickness and there is no cure. Besides, there are worse things to be addicted to. I spend my days thinking about how I am going to build the next guitar better and how I am going to convert that song I used to play on a six-string so I can play it on one my three-string guitars. </p> <p>I thought there might be more people out there like me. So over the next few posts, we are going to build a cigar box guitar together for about $25. We are going to make a classic fretless acoustic cigar box guitar. </p> <p>I will show you the upgrades as we go along; it will just cost a few more bucks. Most of the stuff you can find in your local hardware store. The other stuff you have to buy in different places, but I’ll give you some tips on where you can get the best deals (If not here, I'll give you the tips on my site, <a href="http://www.sanercigarboxguitars.com/index.html">sanercigarboxguitars.com</a>. </p> <p>This is the way I find works best for me. There are many other ways to make these instruments; I’m just showing you the way I like to do it. I have to say there is one rule about cigar box guitars: There are no rules! </p> <p>Here is your recon mission for next time: </p> <p>01. <strong>Box:</strong> Find a wooden cigar box. It has to be wooden — at least the sides and the bottom. But if you can score an all-wood one, all the better. A good size to look for is 10-by-7-by-1. Bigger is better, but if it's a little smaller, it'll still work. The thinner the wood, the better the tone (at least in my opinion). The best place to get them is your local tobacco shop. Most stores give them away for free (Free is good). If you can't find one for free, look on eBay or check out <a href="https://www.cbgitty.com/cubecart/">CB Gitty</a>.</p> <p>02. <strong>Wood</strong>: You will need to find some hardwood for the neck. A good size is a 1-by-2-by-32 (It really measures 3/4-by-1 ½ inches), and it needs to be at least 32 inches long. Most home-improvement stores sell them in 36-inch lengths. </p> <p>It has to be a hardwood. Poplar is a pretty inexpensive choice, but red oak, maple, ash or mahogany look great, although they cost a bit more. I go to the local mill and get a batch of rough-cut hardwood and mill it down myself, but that requires some more tools and more time. I wouldn’t recommend this for your first guitar. The stuff you will find at the local home-improvement or lumber yard is good. I’m just obsessed with finding the best. </p> <p>03. <strong>Tools</strong>: You will need a coping saw, tape measure, pencil, drill with 3/8, 9/32 and 1/8 bits, rasp (Those rasp/chisels are pretty good for the money) and various grits of sandpaper. If you have a belt sander, it will save a lot of time, but it isn’t necessary. Finally, you will need an old-fashioned miter box and saw. </p> <p>If you don’t have these tools, borrow them or make this guitar with a friend who has them (Tools aren't included in the $25 budget). If you don’t know how to use these tools, read up on them or look them up via YouTube. I don’t want any of you guitar players to loose a digit while making one of these. </p> <p>04. <strong>Tension pins</strong>: You will need three each — 1/8-by-3/4 tension pins or roll pins. These can be found in almost any hardware store. </p> <p>05. <strong>Safety gear</strong>: You will need a dust mask, work gloves and safety goggles. </p> <p>Hey, come to think of it, this doesn’t even add up to $25. Sweet!</p> <p>This is a list of items for you to find for next time. I'll give you a list at the end of each article so you won’t have to go buy it all at once. But if you want a full list, I will post it on my site, <a href="http://www.sanercigarboxguitars.com/">sanercigarboxguitars.com</a>. </p> <p>Till next time, keep on playing!</p> <p><em>Brian Saner owns Saner Cigar Box Guitars, which makes custom handmade guitars and amps using local dry-aged wood in every guitar. These guitars are handmade and might have imperfections, but that's what makes them unique. Once you hear the howl of a CBG, you might not want to play a Fender or Gibson again. Get one at <a href="http://www.sanercigarboxguitars.com/">sanercigarboxguitars.com</a> and <a href="http://www.devildownrecords.com/handmade-guitars/">devildownrecords.com/guitars</a>. Check out <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saner-Cigar-Box-Guitars/266654393366376">his Facebook page.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/cigar-box-how-build-cigar-box-guitar-around-25#comments Brian Saner Hollowbelly Moreland & Arbuckle Saner Cigar Box Guitars Shane Speal Blogs News Features Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:46:23 +0000 Brian Saner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/15369 Gus G Premieres "Eyes Wide Open" Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/gus-g-premieres-eyes-wide-open-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Gus G has premiered the new music video for "Eyes Wide Open," a track from his debut solo album, <em>I Am The Fire</em>, which was released March 18 via Century Media Records.</p> <p>You can check out the new clip, which was produced and directed by Patric Ullaeus, below.</p> <p>Gus, who handles the guitar, bass and keyboard parts on the new album, is joined by a crew of friends, including drummers Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) and Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy), bassists David Ellefson, Billy Sheehan and Marty O'Brien (Tommy Lee, We Are the Fallen) and vocalists Mats Leven (Candlemass), Blake Allison (Devour The Day), Michael Starr (Steel Panther) and more.</p> <p>For more about Gus G and the new album, visit <a href="http://www.gusgofficial.com">gusgofficial.com</a> and his <a href="https://www.facebook.com/officialgusg">Facebook page.</a> You can catch up on Gus G's current tour dates below the video.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/C__hEo697-s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>GUS G. w/ Marty Friedman / “Guitar Universe 2” Co-Headline Tour:</strong></p> <p>May 1 - Tampere (Finland) - Klubi<br /> May 2 - Helsinki (Finland) - Nosturi<br /> May 3 - Stockholm (Sweden) - Stockholm Rocks Festival<br /> May 5 - Gothenburg (Sweden) - Trädgårn<br /> May 7 - Malmö (Sweden) - KB<br /> May 9 - Krakow (Poland) - Lizzard King<br /> May 10 - Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja<br /> May 12 - Munich (Germany) - Backstage<br /> May 13 - Colmar (France) - Grillen<br /> May 15 - Essen (Germany) - Turock<br /> May 16 - Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) - De Boerderij<br /> May 17 - Hasselt (Belgium) - MuziekoDroom<br /> May 18 - Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul<br /> May 20 - Savigny Le Temple (France) - L’ Impreinte<br /> May 21 - London (UK) - O2 Islington Academy<br /> May 22 - Nuneaton (UK) - Queens Hall</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="/gus-g">Gus G</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/gus-g-premieres-eyes-wide-open-music-video#comments Gus G Videos News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:51:17 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21073 Metal For Life with Metal Mike: Mega-Metal Licks in the Style of Metallica, Testament and Pantera http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-metal-mike-mega-metal-licks-style-metallica-testament-and-pantera <!--paging_filter--><p>I’d like to focus on riffs and rhythm ideas that represent what I think of as “the real deal” metal. </p> <p>I’ve designed these riffs to help you build up both your pick-and fret-hand technique in regard to executing pure metal ideas like these with power and precision.</p> <p> <strong>FIGURE 1</strong> is inspired by the heavy riffs of Testament and Pantera and is built from combining a few different scales, such as E major (E F# G# A B C# D#) and E Phrygian-dominant (E F G# A B C D), with sliding two-note power chords. </p> <p> Across beats one and two, I begin with two-note E5 and F5 power chords that alternate against open low E string accents, all of which are executed with aggressive down-strokes. Across beats three and four, I switch to alternate (down-up) picking. In bar 2, I begin with the same figure over the first two beats, but I switch to a higher single-note riff for beats three and four, one that moves from E major to E Phrygian-dominant.</p> <p>In bar 3 I repeat the figure from bar 1, which I then follow with sliding two-note power chords, fretted on the bottom two strings, first sliding down one half step, from A5 to G#5, and then up one whole step, from A5 to B5.</p> <p> <strong>FIGURE 2</strong> is inspired by some of Testament’s heavy rhythm parts, such as the one heard in “Over the Wall,” and utilizes a classic metal “gallop” rhythm, which is an eighth note followed by two 16ths. This type of gallop rhythm was previously popularized by Iron Maiden, who used it on many of their biggest songs, such as “Run to the Hills.” </p> <p> The gallop figure shown here is executed with fast downdown-up picking in conjunction with palm muting on beats one through three, followed by eighth-note sliding power chords. This example is played at a rather quick tempo—194 beats per minute—and practicing it at that tempo will definitely add strength and precision to your pick-hand technique. You’ll hear sliding power chord figures like these on Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” as well as Pantera’s “Mouth for War.”</p> <p> For our last example, <strong>FIGURE 3</strong>, I’ve put together a riff comprised entirely of single notes, and I intentionally made it obscure in terms of outlining a specific tonality. Though the open low E note is accentuated, creating a connection to E5 or E minor, the notes themselves do not stick within the structure of any scale. My goal was simply to come up with a cool, heavy-sounding riff that features a few different articulation techniques. </p> <p> Through all of bar 1 and the first half of bar 2, I repeatedly play pairs of open low E accents in 16th notes, followed by a variety of three-note melodic shapes. Bar 3 presents a shift to 2/4 meter for the fast trills, after which bars 1 and 2 are repeated. </p> <p>The riff ends with quick pull-off phrases on the bottom two strings, fretted with the index and ring fingers. 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"It's a weekly five-minute show where the entire premise is absolutely nothing but a girl running up a hill. Each week a different girl and a different hill. </p> <p>"I'm hooked on this show, and think it is genius in its simplicity and ever-so-slight sexual nature. It took me a while to explain the charm of the show to the video director, but I think toward the end of making our video together, he got it. It's like many things that happen outside the culture you were born in; you either get it and it's fresh or you don't and it's just weird."</p> <p><em>Inferno</em> was recorded primarily in Los Angeles with engineer Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Children of Bodom) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth). It features what Friedman recently told <em>Guitar World</em> is "the most intense writing and playing I can do."</p> <p>The album includes guest appearances by Rodrigo y Gabriela, Children of Bodom's Alexi Laiho, Skyharbor's Keshav Dhar and Revocation's Dave Davidson. Also included is Friedman's first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in Cacophony.</p> <p>Fans can pre-order <em>Inferno</em> at <a href="http://www.prostheticrecords.com/inferno/">prostheticrecords.com/inferno</a>.</p> <p>Below, check out the commentary video and the "Inferno" music video. Enjoy! And look for Friedman in the upcoming June 2014 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_-5tUhJ3AfI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bTzDR4HdbKI" 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="/marty-friedman">Marty Friedman</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/marty-friedman-premieres-inferno-music-video-and-exclusive-commentary-clip#comments Marty Friedman Videos News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:54:24 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21068 Saliva Premiere Exclusive Commentary Videos for Four Songs from New Album, 'Rise Up' http://www.guitarworld.com/saliva-premiere-exclusive-commentary-videos-four-songs-new-album-rise <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of four track-by-track commentary videos by Saliva.</p> <p>All four songs — "1,000 Eyes," "Redneck Freakshow," "Choke" and "Army" — will be included on the band's new album, <em>Rise Up</em>, which will be released April 29.</p> <p>Long-time fans of the band will appreciate the album's big hooks, major swagger and impressive guitar work.</p> <p><em>Rise Up</em>, which was produced by Bobby Huff (Papa Roach, 3 Doors Down, Tim Finn), features new singer Bobby Amaru, who is featured in all four videos below. The lineup also includes guitarist Wayne Swinny, bassist Dave Novotny and drummer Paul Crosby. </p> <p>The new album is available for pre-order at <a href="http://tinyurl.com/o3yyubm">Amazon</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rise-up/id842862889">iTunes.</a></p> <p>For more about Saliva, visit <a href="http://www.saliva.com/">saliva.com</a> and their <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Saliva">Facebook page.</a></p> <p>Check out the four clips and below — and let us know what you think in the comments below or on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GuitarWorld">Facebook!</a></p> <p><strong>"1,000 Eyes"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/R7ufG4Dlz4A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"Redneck Freakshow"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bkEQ04Y9T_A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"Choke"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WJQo9D_2efQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"Army"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EhaxN1wVBPA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/saliva-premiere-exclusive-commentary-videos-four-songs-new-album-rise#comments Saliva Videos News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:29:55 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21069 California Breed — Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Andrew Watt — Premiere Behind-the-Scenes Video http://www.guitarworld.com/california-breed-glenn-hughes-jason-bonham-and-andrew-watt-premiere-behind-scenes-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new behind-the-scenes, "making of" video featuring California Breed, a new trio featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Andrew Watt.</p> <p>This is the first in a series of exclusive clips that will be premiered prior to the May 19 release of the band's self-titled debut album via Frontiers Records. Visit GuitarWorld.com every Tuesday for new episodes.</p> <p><em>California Breed</em> was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings) and recorded at his Nashville studio. Hughes and Bonham played together for several years in Black Country Communion; Watt — who is a mere 23 — was introduced to Hughes by Julian Lennon in 2013. </p> <p>The band will announce U.K., European and U.S. tours soon.</p> <p>The album will be available as a CD, digital download and a deluxe CD/DVD featuring the bonus song “Solo,” two video clips and a documentary. Fans who pre-order the digital download on iTunes will receive an instant download of “Sweet Tea” and "Midnight Oil" (Check out the lyric video below) upon ordering. </p> <p>You can pre-order the album at <a href="http://smarturl.it/CaliforniaBreed">iTunes</a> and <a href="http://smarturl.it/CB_Amz">Amazon.</a> The deluxe CD/DVD is available <a href="http://smarturl.it/CB_AmzCDDVD">here.</a></p> <p><strong>Below, check out the exclusive "making of" clip plus the animated lyric video for "Midnight Oil." Be sure to tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ErcZO8J9BgQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qF_pm7mLqXs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/california-breed-glenn-hughes-jason-bonham-and-andrew-watt-premiere-behind-scenes-video#comments Andrew Watt California Breed Glenn Hughes Jason Bonham Videos News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:28:47 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21072 Thirty Guitar Legends — Including Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell and Jeff Beck — Choose the Song They'd Most Want to Be Remembered By, Part 1 http://www.guitarworld.com/thirty-guitar-legends-including-eddie-van-halen-dimebag-darrell-and-jeff-beck-choose-song-theyd-most-want-be-remembered-part-1 <!--paging_filter--><p><em>From the GW Archive: This feature originally appeared in the May 2002 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. The story has a "time capsule" theme: We asked several veteran guitarists to choose the one song they'd most want to be remembered by after many years. Here we are, 12 years later (Does that qualify as "many"?), opening the time capsule to examine its contents! Enjoy!</em> </p> <p>A few decades ago, NASA sent a probe called <em>Voyager</em> straight out of the solar system. Its mission: to make contact with alien intelligence. </p> <p>The capsule was crammed with artifacts — including greetings in more than 50 languages — intended to convey information about Earth's cultures. But just in case those items failed to communicate across language barriers, NASA also included a recording of Chuck Berry performing his rock and roll masterpiece "Johnny B. Goode." </p> <p>For a while after <em>Voyager's</em> launch, the joke around the agency was that a reply had been received from an alien civilization: "Forget the scientific shit," went the message. "Send more rock and roll!" But what songs should be sent? We at <em>Guitar World</em> decided the logical place to start would be the musicians themselves. </p> <p>In a project that started almost five years ago (hence the inclusion of George Harrison), we began asking many of the most influential guitarists in rock, blues and metal one deceptively simple question: "If you had to put one of your songs in a time capsule to be opened sometime in the future, which would you choose, and why?" </p> <p><strong>Check out Part 1 of the story below.</strong><br /> <em>Look for Part 2 later this week.</em></p> <p><strong>Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen), "Jump"</strong><br /> <em>1984 (1984)</em></p> <p>"I'll probably be playing "Eruption" at every show for the rest of my life, but I guess my time capsule choice would have to be 'Jump.' At the time I really wanted to do something challenging. </p> <p><em>Diver Down</em>, the album just before <em>1984</em>, was half cover tunes, and I <em>hated</em> it. Our producer had told me his theory that if you redo a hit, you're halfway there. But I'd rather bomb with my own shit than make it with someone else's. </p> <p>So that's when I built my own studio, 5150, which was a major step for me — not to prove any point but just so I could be myself and experiment musically. People were telling me, 'You can't use keyboards, you're a guitar player!" So that's when I wrote 'Jump.' Musically, it was a real departure. We had the challenge of integrating the keyboards and synths with the guitar for the first time. </p> <p>"The word 'pop' comes from 'popular,' meaning a lot of people like it. Ninety-nine percent of the reason I make music is to, hopefully, touch people with it. And this one touched the most people — so far."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ap2J9RbXaP4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), "Fucking Hostile"</strong><br /> <em>Vulgar Display of Power (1992)</em></p> <p>"I think the kind of music we play will stand the test of time for however long. But if I had to pick just one, I'd go with the powerful, off-the-cuff statement that is 'Fucking Hostile.' </p> <p>"When it came out it definitely set the tone and pace for what we were about. I also think our boy Philip [<em>Anselmo, vocals</em>] got it perfectly right lyrically and we got it perfectly right musically. </p> <p>"So I believe that if somebody heard this song 500 million years from now, they'd go, 'Goddamn, these motherfuckers knew what they were talking about and sure had their jamming skills down'. Plus, I think people will always be hostile, which is another reason I went with this one."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/E929gqIcwwI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) </strong> </p> <p><strong>"D'yer Mak'er,"</strong> <em>Houses of the Holy (1973)</em><br /> <strong>"Stairway To Heaven,"</strong> <em>Led Zeppelin IV (1971)</em></p> <p>"I'd put 'D'yer Mak'er' in a time capsule so I would never have to hear it again or have to explain how to pronounce the title. There were only two types of rhythms that Bonzo [<em>John Bonham, drums</em>] hated playing — shuffles and reggae. </p> <p>"We were jamming in the latter style at Stargroves, the house we rented from Mick Jagger, and John was going along with it out of politeness, I think. Unfortunately, the jam turning in to a proper song. He did play some marvelous fills, but for me, the whole thing was buttock-clenchingly embarrassing. </p> <p>"I would also include 'Stairway To Heaven,' but for more positive reasons. It contains all the classic Zep elements, from folk/Celtic through jazz and r&amp;b to hard rock. It also encapsulates the soft-to-heavy dynamics that the band was famous for. </p> <p>"As for my own performance, it made me smile when a journalist once told me that he considered the bass line at the end of the song one of the finest ever recorded. Unfortunately, it happens to be underneath one of the finest <em>guitar</em> solos ever recorded!"</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5xmVEqp17DU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/w9TGj2jrJk8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Kirk Hammett (Metallica), "Motorbreath"</strong><br /> <em>Kill 'Em All (1983)</em> <p>"I chose it because it has the breakneck tempo we were so fond of in our early days — plus the lyrics set the tone for our lives over the next 10 years. </p> <p>"And unlike the songs we wrote later, 'Motorbreath' is under four minutes long!"</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pqjHsV1fkhg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Robby Krieger (The Doors), "Light My Fire"</strong><br /> <em>The Doors (1967)</em></p> <p>“I feel that ‘Light My Fire’ encapsulates the feel of the 1967 Summer of Love. Being in San Francisco or anywhere in California that summer seemed to be the beginning of a whole new way of life. One day at rehearsal, Jim [Morrison, vocals] suggested we all try and write some songs. I went home that night and wrote ‘Light My Fire’—it was the first song I’d ever written. </p> <p>"The long solo section was based on the modal playing of jazz great John Coltrane. Up until Miles Davis did <em>Kind of Blue</em> and Coltrane recorded ‘My Favorite Things,’ jazz had been mainly bebop, which involved a lot of fast, tricky chord changes. </p> <p>"So these guys thought, It’s easy to play over a bunch of chords and sound cool—but what can you do over just one or two chords? Can you play something that’s not just pentatonic—that’s based on a mode, a scale—over one chord, and take it farther out than anybody else has gone? </p> <p>"That was the start of modal playing, which influenced many rock musicians. My long, modal solo in this song was done over the same two chords John Coltrane soloed over on his version of ‘My Favorite Things’—A minor and B minor. So ‘Light My Fire’ helped light a fire for a new generation and opened people’s minds to a new vision. Almost four decades later, the song seems to remain timeless.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cq8k-ZbsXDI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule), "Mule"</strong><br /> <em>Gov't Mule (1995)</em></p> <p>"'Mule' is a uniquely Gov't Mule song. I've never hear another song that sounds similar to it. </p> <p>"There are riffs that could be traced back to some of our early influences — which stretch from Cream to Hendrix to Miles Davis and James Brown — but the way the thing is structured doesn't really remind me of another song. And that was always important to us — that most of our songs can't be traced directly back to other songs. </p> <p>"'Mule' was written at the last minute in rehearsal, right before recording, and it's a first take, so that solos were on the fly — totally spontaneous. It has an awesome bass like from Allen Woody and [Blues Traveler vocalist] John Popper guests on harmonica. </p> <p>"And it has a political message; the title refers to the fact that when the America slaves were free they were promised '40 acres and mule' by the U.S. government, which most never received. Here we used ti as a broader metaphor about social oppression in so many aspects of modern society."</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Joe Satriani, "Time"</strong><br /> <em>Live In San Fransisco (2001)</em></p> <p>“If we can assume that they have DVD players in the future, then I would pick ‘Time’ from the Live in San Francisco DVD, because, for better or worse, it captures what we actually do night after night around the world. </p> <p>"Although it’s near impossible for me to look at myself on a television screen, I’ve learned to accept that that’s what everyone’s been seeing and hearing for all these years, and I have not yet been thrown in prison for doing it.</p> <p>“The song is interesting to me, compositionally, because the verse is almost like a child’s melody played over the simplest riff. Then the second part of the song jumps into all of this complex harmony and a whole bunch of key changes. The solo section recreates the same scheme, and eventually the song changes meter. The song provides a wild journey of how to construct an interesting instrumental.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jh-9il2Lw38?list=PL9F83FA973EEE68A2" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Ace Frehley (Kiss), "Shock Me"</strong><br /> <em>Love Gun (1977)</em></p> <p>“I picked this song not only because it’s a well-known Kiss anthem but because it has deep personal significance for me. The song is based on an actual life-threatening experience I had onstage with Kiss in the Seventies in Lakeland, Florida. </p> <p>"At the beginning of the concert I was coming down the staircase and when my hand touched the railing I was electrocuted, thrown back and knocked out for about 10 seconds. </p> <p>"The roadies carried me down the rear staircase, behind the wall of Marshalls. I woke up with electrical burns on my hands and totally shaken. Paul [Stanley] announced what had happened, and the concert was delayed for approximately 10 minutes. The whole audience starting chanting ‘We want Ace, we want Ace!’</p> <p>“I was so disoriented from the incident that I really didn’t think I was going to be able to do the show. But when I heard 15,000 people chanting my name, my adrenaline started pumping and all I could think was, The show must go on! I continued, even though I had almost no feeling in my hand for the remainder of the concert. All I can say is thank God my guardian angel was hovering above me that evening.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3slccS4nslI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Jeff Beck, "Where Were You"</strong><br /> <em>Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop (1989)</em></p> <p>“This is probably the best thing I ever wrote, and it’s a milestone in my playing. It’s where I began to forge a unique new style. The key thing was discovering how I could use bent harmonics. </p> <p>"That’s basically taking false harmonics and, by bending the whammy bar, constructing melodies and tunes with it—which is something I took even farther on my last album, <em>You Had It Coming</em>. The inspiration for ‘Where Were You’ was the Bulgarian female choir record <em>Mystere des Voix Bulgares</em>. It’s so astonishing when you hear it—it’s like a religious experience. </p> <p>"When these women all hit a note together, it’s the most amazing sound you’ve ever heard. They sing these kind of broken scales with quarter-tone intervals. It’s extremely emotional music. I realized this was another tonal palette I could experiment with, because the guitar is capable of doing that, particularly with bent harmonics and the whammy bar.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NomkmxUgzps" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Michael Schenker (M56) "Lipstick Traces"</strong><br /> <em>UFO-Phenomenon (1974)</em></p> <p>“This is one of the first songs I did with UFO, when I was just 18 years old. I’m sure I could pick it apart and find places where a bend is out of tune or something, but the song itself has always been magical for me. </p> <p>"I have always had very good technique and that has been important to me, but it is not an end in itself—it is a means of expressing just what you want to say, and I feel I did that with this beautiful melody. </p> <p>"I express every emotion I have through my music—from the darkest and angriest to the most passionate and joyful—but ultimately I have to pick the song that gives me the biggest sense of calm and pace. Because when it comes down to it, I am a romantic guy.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/az6SKfnf3QA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), "Killing in the Name"</strong><br /> <em>Rage Against The Machine (1992)</em></p> <p>“ ‘Killing in the Name’ contains some of my favorite elements of guitar playing: it’s got the huge riff, the propulsive chorus and the ‘angry insect’ guitar solo. </p> <p>"The song also features a dissonant breakdown, followed by the ‘cavalry charge’ outro, which makes for a fine rocking time all around. These are all things that I enjoy, and that was the very first time they all came together in one song. ‘Killing in the Name’ was RATM’s first single, and it launched our sound as a band as well as my sound as a guitarist in a defining way. </p> <p>"I have two parallel voices in my guitar playing—the quirky-noises-as-musical-passages concept and the anthemic riffage—and they are well-represented in this song.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/munNQPuhX3g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Joe Strummer (The Clash), "If Music Could Talk"</strong><br /> <em>Sandinista! (1980)</em></p> <p>“On my recent album, <em>Global a Go-Go</em>, I had this breakthrough where I was able to do the album from my intuition rather than from my intellect. Me and the band just turned up every day, and it was like the music was telling us what to play. Music, lyrics, solos—it was all of one piece, done in the moment. </p> <p>"When I think back, the only similar experience happened when the Clash hit New York after touring, and we went right into the Sandinista! sessions. It was very similar in that we had nothing prepared, and a lot of the album just took off by itself. On ‘If Music Could Talk’ I recorded two vocals: one on the left side of the stereo mix, and the other on the right side. And the two vocals were done one right after the other. </p> <p>"I just love hearing those vocals, even though it doesn’t fuckin’ work that well, because I can hear myself extemporizing, straight off the bat, on my feet, in the moment. And as I was reminded on my last album, music really can talk—to us and through us.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RwxNLgAkOq4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>George Harrison (The Beatles), "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"</strong><br /> <em>The Beatles (1968)</em></p> <p>“When we actually started recording this song it was just me playing the acoustic guitar and singing it [this version appears on the Beatles’ <em>Anthology 3</em>—GW Ed.], and nobody in the group was interested. Well, Ringo [Starr, drums] probably was, but John [Lennon, guitar/vocals] and Paul [McCartney, bass/vocals] weren’t. </p> <p>"When I went home that night I was really disappointed. I thought, Well, this is really quite a good song—it’s not as if it’s shitty! The next day I happened to drive back into London with Eric Clapton, and while we were in the car I suddenly said, ‘Why don’t you come and play on this track?’ </p> <p>And he answered, ‘Oh, I couldn’t do that—the others wouldn’t like it.’ Eric was reluctant because there hadn’t ever been any prominent musicians on our records. Finally, I said, ‘Well, sod them! It’s my song and I’d like you to come down to the studio.’ </p> <p>"So Eric showed up, and suddenly everybody started behaving and not fooling around so much. And the song came together nicely. Eric didn’t think his playing sounded ‘Beatles-ish’ enough. So we put the ‘wobbler’ on it, which is what we called ADT [Artificial Double Tracking, the basis of flanging—GW Ed.] </p> <p>"When I played it in concert with Eric over the years he would play it differently every night. Gary Moore did some shows with me and he also played exceptionally well on this one. I think guitar players like this song because it was structured in a way that gives them the greatest excuse to just wail away.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YXdE9wxg8YI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Stay tuned for PART TWO of "One for the Ages" Monday, November 18.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/thirty-guitar-legends-including-eddie-van-halen-dimebag-darrell-and-jeff-beck-choose-song-theyd-most-want-be-remembered-part-1#comments Articles Dimebag Darrell Eddie Van Halen GW Archive Jeff Beck John Paul Jones May 2002 Interviews News Features Magazine Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:04:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19473 May 2014 Guitar World: Zakk Wylde & Joe Satriani, How to Build a Pedal Board, John Frusciante, Death Angel, Tabs, Lessons and More http://www.guitarworld.com/may-2014-guitar-world-zakk-wylde-joe-satriani-how-build-pedal-board-john-frusciante-death-angel-tabs-lessons-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>The all-new May 2014 issue of Guitar World is <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-may-14-zakk-wylde-joe-satriani/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWMAY14">available now!</a></strong></p> <p>In the new May issue, <strong>Zakk "The Beast" Wylde</strong> and <strong>Joe "The Professor" Satriani</strong> meet up to riff on their craziest concert moments, Jimmy Page, and the state of rock guitar in 2014. Also, in an excerpt from his new autobiography, <em>Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir</em>, Satriani recalls the making of tracks from his breakthrough album, <em>Surfing with the Alien</em>.</p> <p>In addition, learn how <strong>Death Angel</strong> was poised to be metal's next big thing, until a horrific accident brought their ascent to a halt. Guitarist Rob Cavestany looks back at the group's rise and fall, and the rebirth that has brought them hard-won success.</p> <p>Later on, <strong>John Frusciante</strong>, the former Red Hot Chili Pepper, keeps the home fires burning with his latest solo effort, <em>Enclosure</em>, and tells why his performing days are behind him.</p> <p>Finally, want to master speed, precision and control in your guitar playing? An in-depth guide to hybrid picking will have you playing like a pro in no time.</p> <p>PLUS: <strong>Mastodon, Memphis May Fire, George Lynch, Skaters, Donovan</strong> and much more!</p> <p><strong>Five Songs with Tabs for Guitar and Bass</strong></p> <p> • Joe Satriani - "Summer Song"<br /> • Darius Rucker - "Wagon Wheel"<br /> • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Dani California"<br /> • Black Label Society - "Stillborn"<br /> • Of Mice &amp; Men - "You're Not Alone"</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-may-14-zakk-wylde-joe-satriani/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWMAY14">The May 2014 issue of Guitar World is available now at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/may-2014-guitar-world-zakk-wylde-joe-satriani-how-build-pedal-board-john-frusciante-death-angel-tabs-lessons-and-more#comments May 2014 News Features Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:02:06 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20938 Jack White Records and Releases New Song, "Lazaretto," in Less Than Four Hours http://www.guitarworld.com/jack-white-records-and-releases-new-song-lazaretto-less-four-hours <!--paging_filter--><p>Over the weekend, Jack White succeeded in his attempt to break the speed record for recording and releasing a single.</p> <p>White announced his plan earlier this month, declaring that "Lazaretto" would be "the world's fastest-released record ... in the history of mankind." </p> <p>At 10 a.m. Saturday — better known as Record Store Day — White and his band recorded two tracks live from the Blue Room at Third Man Records' Nashville HQ, including "Lazaretto," the title track from his upcoming solo album, and a cover of Elvis Presley's "Power of My Love." </p> <p>The songs were cut directly to acetate, and the masters were rushed from the Blue Room to United Record Pressing, where the 45s were made. </p> <p>"Originally, we were just gonna do this record and go back to sleep," White told the crowd after a live video screen showed the acetate taken off its machine. Instead, they played a complete hour-long set that included new songs and White Stripes faves. You can see a recap of Saturday's festivities in the bottom video below.</p> <p>By recording, pressing and releasing the live version of "Lazaretto" in less than four hours, White broke the Guinness World Record that was set by Swiss polka trio Vollgas Kompanie, who released their album <em>Live</em> on August 16, 2008, the day after they recorded it. </p> <p><strong>In the TOP video below, you can hear the <em>studio</em> version of "Lazaretto," which will be featured on White's upcoming album of the same name. The BOTTOM video is a recap of White's record-setting recording and release of the live version of "Lazaretto."</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cYF0LtfUvJs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xPGK84Yuihc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jack-white-records-and-releases-new-song-lazaretto-less-four-hours#comments Jack White News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:09:45 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21067 Walrus Audio Introduces Aetos Power Supply http://www.guitarworld.com/walrus-audio-introduces-aetos-power-supply <!--paging_filter--><p>Walrus Audio has introduced its new Aetos power supply.</p> <p>The Walrus Audio Aetos is an eight-output, isolated power supply, utilizing an internal custom-wound toroidal transformer to provide the highest noise filtering and cleanest power, giving artists the purest sound in their signal chain. </p> <p>The Aetos is housed in a solid die-cast aluminum enclosure. It is 4.7 inches long, 3.7 inches wide and 1.2 inches tall and will fit under most standard pedalboards, including the PT-2 from Pedaltrain. </p> <p>It has eight total, 9vdc outputs; six outputs are 100mA and two outputs are high-current outputs (250mA). The 250mA outputs are for higher-current-drawing pedals like Line 6's 4 series modelers, the Boss Twin Series pedals and many digital modulation pedals. </p> <p>It comes with a detachable 120V AC power cord and has a 120VAC complimentary power output (UL approved). This unit comes with eight individual 2.1mm barrel black power cables and two black-to-red (Line 6) power cables. </p> <p>The case is a textured steel blue color and boasts the sketch of the Aetos (Eagle) in a muted sky blue color. </p> <p><strong>Features are below:</strong></p> <p>• Fully isolated DC power (Toroidal transformer-based supply)<br /> • 8 each – 9VDC outputs (2.1mm jacks) including two outputs that are 250mA<br /> • Solid Aluminum Diecast Enclosure<br /> • 120VAC Complimentary Output<br /> • Small footprint (4.7”long x 3.7” wide x 1.2” height)<br /> • Includes eight standard power cables and two reverse polarity cables<br /> • Made in Oklahoma, USA<br /> • Five-year warranty.</p> <p>The Walrus Audio Aetos Power supply carries a retail price of $169. It's available at multiple outlets or at <a href="http://walrusaudio.com/">walrusaudio.com.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/walrus-audio-introduces-aetos-power-supply#comments Walrus Audio Accessories Effects News Gear Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:18:15 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21064 Slash Behind the Scenes: Ernie Ball Visits Slash in the Studio, Episode 8 http://www.guitarworld.com/slash-behind-scenes-ernie-ball-visits-slash-studio-episode-8 <!--paging_filter--><p>Ernie Ball's online series, <em>Real to Reel with Slash,</em> debuted in February on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/slash?feature=watch">Slash's official YouTube channel.</a></p> <p>The latest (and final) installment — Episode 8, which you can watch below — shows Slash &amp; Co. — better known as "Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators" — at a studio in Los Angeles, hard at work on their next album, which will be released later this year. </p> <p>Each clip in the series provides a behind-the-scenes peek at the band's sessions, courtesy of Ernie Ball. This episode puts the focus on Slash and producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who discusses "pushing" Slash to play at his highest level.</p> <p><strong>Be sure to check out Part 1 <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-slash-studio-ernie-balls-real-reel-slash-volume-1">here</a>, Part 2 <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-slash-studio-ernie-balls-real-reel-slash-volume-2">here</a>, Part 3 <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-slash-studio-ernie-balls-real-reel-slash-volume-3">here</a>, Part 4 <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-slash-studio-ernie-balls-real-reel-slash-volume-4">here</a>, Part 5 <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-ernie-balls-real-reel-slash-volume-5-guitars">here</a>, Part 6 <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-slash-studio-ernie-balls-real-reel-slash-volume-6">here</a> and Part 7 <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-slash-and-myles-kennedy-studio-ernie-balls-real-reel-slash-volume-7">here.</a></strong></p> <p>Slash and Aerosmith have announced several new tour dates, all of which you can <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Slash/app_123966167614127">check out here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IoaP0SxR5z4" 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="/slash">Slash</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/slash-behind-scenes-ernie-ball-visits-slash-studio-episode-8#comments Slash Videos News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:24:20 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21049 Fastest Guitarist in the World? Phil Taylor Plays "Flight of the Bumblebee" at 1400 bpm http://www.guitarworld.com/fastest-guitarist-world-phil-taylor-plays-flight-bumblebee-1400-bpm <!--paging_filter--><p>As some of you out there might know by now, we enjoy sharing YouTube videos of guitarists who claim to be the "world's fastest guitarist."</p> <p>Mind you, we don't have a hand in declaring anyone the fastest, or the slowest/kindest/worst dressed, etc. We just get a kick out of watching these guys play — and we hope you feel the same way.</p> <p>Case in point:</p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-sergiy-putyatov-fastest-guitarist-world">Video: Sergiy Putyatov — the Fastest Guitarist in the World?</a></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-guitarist-plays-flight-bumblebee-1300-bpm?page=3">Video: Guitarist Plays "Flight of the Bumblebee" at 1300 BPM</a></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-vahid-iran-shahi-fastest-guitarist-world">Video: Vahid Iran Shahi — the Fastest Guitarist in the World?</a></p> <p>Anyway, here's one that got past us. The video, "World's Fastest Guitar Player 1400 BPM," features a fleet-fingered guitarist named Phil Taylor. The clip, which was posted by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtqB-ZIzN-JcE0HVkCLyVUg">Taylor</a>, has garnered more than 100,000 views.</p> <p>As always, enjoy — and draw your own conclusions!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LE-T__qtTVY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/fastest-guitarist-world-phil-taylor-plays-flight-bumblebee-1400-bpm#comments Phil Taylor Videos News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:46:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21047 Review: Jericho Avenger Long-Scale Electric Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/review-jericho-avenger-long-scale-electric-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Long-scale electric guitars are a logical choice for modern guitarists who crave more depth, resonance and sonic authority yet prefer to avoid the hand-cramping neck width of most seven- and eight-string axes. </p> <p>Studio engineers’ routinely utilize them to thicken anemic tracks, but onstage applications have understandably been limited by their typically larger bodies and equally unwieldy 28- to 30-inch-scale necks. Jericho Guitars is a relative newcomer that hopes to change this paradigm with its sleek and stylized Avenger. </p> <p>The Avenger is a 27-inch-scale guitar that looks and feels like any standard-scale guitar and is designed to complement the tonal curve of today’s high-gain super amps. </p> <p><strong>FEATURES </strong></p> <p>According to the old joke, guitar players are willing to try anything new, as long as it’s identical to what they’re currently using. Thus, with some careful design and construction choices, Jericho made the Avenger’s length and body size identical to those of any standard-scale guitar and kept its weight in the six-and-a-half-pound range. Specially selected mahogany from a reserve stock in British Columbia ensures that the body delivers the Avenger’s full range of tones, and the short headstock allows for the extra fretboard length without extending the instrument’s dimensions. </p> <p>In order for the Jericho’s neck to produce clear notes and still withstand the tension exerted by massive strings, Jericho affixes flat-sawn maple to the sides of a rock-solid quarter-sawn maple core and tops the neck with an ebony fretboard. The guitar’s hardware, likewise, is selected for musicality and stability. It includes a Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut, Grover tuners and a TonePros Tune-o-matic bridge. The pickups are Seymour Duncan’s Full Shred humbuckers, which are mated to a three-way switch and master controls for volume and tone. Although not expressly built for a baritone guitar, the pickups’ overwound gain, magnet strength and EQ curve are an ideal match for the Avenger’s weighty voice. </p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> </p> <p>There’s no rule that says you have to string the Avenger with baritone-sized wires. In fact, Jericho encourages players to experiment with string gauge. I ultimately preferred it set up heavy on the lows and light on top. The Avenger is smooth, fast and highly responsive, with the conventional feel of low action paired to a C-shaped neck. When plugged into a high-gain amp channel—preferably one with enough power and damping to deliver the Avenger’s full spectrum of low-end tone—the Avenger delivers extreme levels of low-end thrust, yet it remains musical and expressive. The Full Shred pickups are less focused in the lows, so there’s no need to worry about blowing out your speakers. The highs, however, will scream off the ebony fretboard with tone that is fully developed and three-dimensional, unlike guitars with a higher resonant peak. </p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $1,249 </p> <p><strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Jericho Guitars, <a href="http://www.jerichoguitars.com/">jerichoguitars.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong></p> <p>Flat-sawn sides and a quarter-sawn core ensure that the maple neck is stable enough to handle the strings’ higher tension, yet has enough bounce to produce organic tones. </p> <p>Seymour Duncan Full Shred humbuckers deliver their famously hot highs and control the lows without compromising clarity and dynamics. </p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE </strong></p> <p>Jericho’s 27-inch scale Avenger vastly expands the guitar’s range while maintaining the physical dimensions, feel and weight of more commonly scaled guitars, opening a new door into the realm of deep-toned musical expression. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2979990770001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2979990770001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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But what we wanted to know was this: What was the heaviest song <em>before</em> Black Sabbath?</p> <p>We ranked the the following songs based on a variety of factors: distortion/fuzz, playing speed, "darkness," volume, shock value and, most importantly, the song had to have been released before mid-February 1970, when <em>Black Sabbath</em> was unleashed unto the universe. </p> <p>And sure, it would've been easy to list all the songs on the first two Led Zeppelin albums and call it a day, but we wanted to go deeper than that. We dug deep to find some hidden gems from the era of peace and love. </p> <p>NOTE: We will be presenting these songs in installments. Check out the first list of 10 below; we'll post the next 10 songs later this week! Until then, enjoy!</p> <p><strong>50. The Troggs, "Wild Thing" (1966)</strong></p> <p>This bit of caveman rock, written by Chip Taylor (actor Jon Voight’s brother), is the only song on this list to feature an ocarina solo.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Hce74cEAAaE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <hr /> <p><strong>49. The Yardbirds, “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” (1966)</strong></p> <p>Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page teamed up on this elaborate, psychodramatic masterpiece to contribute slashing rhythm parts, zig-zagging lead lines and a witty imitation of a police car’s siren.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0AF8yMx9SvE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>48. The Who, "My Generation" (1965)</strong></p> <p>Studio version not heavy enough for you? There’s always the explosive — literally — <em>Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour</em> version from 1967. Pete Townshend’s ears are still smarting from it. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7xZOrWK6d4g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>47. Coven, "Pact With Lucifer" (1969)</strong></p> <p>Jinx Dawson was Doro before there was a Doro. Coven makes the list for their occult themes and evil-sounding song titles like “Pact With Lucifer,” “Choke, Thirst, Die” and “Dignitaries of Hell,” but ultimately the music just wasn’t that heavy. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iK7-H-DX5Uw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>46. The Guess Who, “American Woman” (1970)</strong></p> <p>After luring in listeners with a sweet acoustic blues intro, Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman &amp; Co. hit the stompboxes and showed the world what Led Zeppelin would’ve sounded like if they were Canadian. This one came out in January 1970 — mere weeks before Black Sabbath would redefine heavy. </p> <object width="620" height="365"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/gkqfpkTTy2w?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/gkqfpkTTy2w?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always"></embed></object> <hr /> <p><strong>45. Pink Floyd, "Interstellar Overdrive" (1967)</strong></p> <p>The song that launched a thousand space-rock bands. </p> <object width="620" height="365"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2iA7wdO00VI?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2iA7wdO00VI?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always"></embed></object><hr /> <p><strong>44. The Count Five, "Psychotic Reaction" (1966)</strong></p> <p>The Count Five’s only hit single was this blatantly Yardbirds-inspired gem from 1966. The band, who were all between the ages of 17 and 19, split up a year later to pursue college degrees. Remember, kids, there’s nothing heavier than an education!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wseRJQdojIg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>43. The Wailers, “Out of Our Tree” (1966)</strong></p> <p>A fun, fuzzed-out offering from the Tacoma-based Wailers, one of the first American garage rock bands. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LIAs-EBPNek" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>42. Sam Gopal, "Season of the Witch" (1969)</strong></p> <p>Sam Gopal was the first percussionist to bring tabla drums back from India and incorporate them into rock music. However, his 1969 album, <em>Escalator</em>, was a landmark in rock music for another reason: It featured, on vocals and guitar, a young Ian Kilmister. You may know him better as “Lemmy.” </p> <object width="620" height="365"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/0KGgOFFQxnY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/0KGgOFFQxnY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always"></embed></object><hr /> <p><strong>41. Cream, "Sunshine of Your Love" (1967)</strong></p> <p>This song was written by Cream bassist Jack Bruce in a burst of inspiration after watching a Jimi Hendrix concert. Hendrix would cover the song a year later, adding some burning guitar licks in place of the lyrics.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RhzF2K2b7Xo" 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="/cream">Cream</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/50-heaviest-songs-black-sabbath-50-41#comments 50 Heaviest Songs Before Black Sabbath Cream The Yardbirds Guitar World Lists News Features Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:37:28 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/10950 'Dale Turner's Guide to Acoustic Rock Guitar' Parts 1 and 2 — Ultimate DVD Guides for Acoustic Rock Guitarists http://www.guitarworld.com/dale-turners-guide-acoustic-rock-guitar-parts-1-and-2-ultimate-dvd-guides-acoustic-rock-guitarists <!--paging_filter--><p>Save almost 17 percent by buying <em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/combo-offer-dale-turners-guide-to-acoustic-rock-guitar-part-1-2-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=AcousticDVDpack">Dale Turner's Guide to Acoustic Rock Guitar Parts 1 and 2</a></em> together in this awesome combo pack. </p> <p>With more than four hours of total instruction, this combo pack makes up the ultimate DVD guide for acoustic rock guitar players!</p> <p>With these two DVDs, you'll learn the acoustic rock secrets of:</p> <p>• Randy Rhoads<br /> • Zakk Wylde<br /> • John Mayer<br /> • Eric Clapton<br /> • Dave Matthews<br /> • Neil Young<br /> • Steve Morse<br /> ... and many more!</p> <p>You'll also be taught:</p> <p>• Basic and Intermediate Soloing<br /> • Tapped &amp; Slapped Harmonics<br /> • Basic Strumming Patterns<br /> • Acoustic Blues<br /> • Economy &amp; Hybrid Picking<br /> • Arpeggiated Chords<br /> • Travis Picking<br /> ... and much more! </p> <p>Your instructor, Dale Turner, is a teacher at Hollywood's legendary Musicians Institute and a <em>Guitar World</em> magazine columnist. Turner also is the author of more than 50 instructional books, including <em>Power Plucking- A Rocker's Guide to Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar</em>. You can hear his masterful playing on his album <em>Mannerisms Magnified</em>, available through Amazon.com.</p> <p><strong>NOTE: This DVD includes a .pdf file with tabs. To access the .pdf file insert the DVD into your computer. Windows users should access the DVD drive through the 'Computer' folder on their task bar. The DVD name will appear in the DVD drive of this folder. Right click the DVD name and select Open to access the .pdf file with tabs.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/combo-offer-dale-turners-guide-to-acoustic-rock-guitar-part-1-2-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=AcousticDVDpack">Check out these DVDs now at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dale-turners-guide-acoustic-rock-guitar-parts-1-and-2-ultimate-dvd-guides-acoustic-rock-guitarists#comments Dale Turner News Features Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:34:59 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20965