News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%22http%3A/www.facebook.com/%3Ehttp%3A/www.guitartv.com/artists en Summer NAMM 2015: Park Amplifiers Releases Rock Head 50 Guitar Amp http://www.guitarworld.com/summer-namm-2015-park-amplifiers-releases-rock-head-50-guitar-amp <!--paging_filter--><p>Due to the popular demand for channel switching amps, Park introduces the Rock Head 50, a channel-switching version of its high-quality, big tone, hand-wired amplifiers. </p> <p>Based on the vintage Park Rock Head from the 1970s, the new Rock Head 50 offers what original 1970s Master Volume amps never offered; channel switching with both great clean and overdrive sounds with independent controls of levels.</p> <p>The Rock Head 50 is capable of beautiful, sparkling clean tones, overdriven blues from a hint of OD to full-blown OD and classic rock sounds; all at any volume level. Belying its simple control layout, the RH50 has some clever circuitry which allows it to perform it’s magic. </p> <p>Unlike most amps with a “high gain” OD channel, the Rock Head’s OD channel’s can be used as a second clean channel or produce bluesy overdrive to classic rock with just Gain and Master controls and no extra gain switches.</p> <p>The Rock Head 50 features Volume, Bright Switch, Treble, Mid, Bass, Brightness, Gain, Master, EL34 power tubes, a 12AX7 driven preamp with switchable cascaded gain channel, cathode follower tone stack, passive series effects loop and overall post phase inverter master volume (PPIMV).</p> <p>The Park Rock Head 50 offers professional musicians full bodied sound, superior tonality and feel with two foot switchable channels. Hand wiring offers ease of servicing, longest life and reliability, plus it’s welded chassis is strong and lightweight.</p> <p><strong>Retail price:</strong> $2,850</p> <p><strong>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.parkamplifiers.com/">parkamplifiers.com.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/summer-namm-2015-park-amplifiers-releases-rock-head-50-guitar-amp#comments Park Amplifiers Summer NAMM 2015 Amps News Gear Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:12:21 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24885 at http://www.guitarworld.com Summer NAMM 2015: Park Amplifiers Releases Little Head 18 Guitar Amp http://www.guitarworld.com/summer-namm-2015-park-releases-little-head-18-guitar-amp <!--paging_filter--><p>Due to the popular demand for lower-powered amps, Park introduces the Little Head 18, a smaller, lower-powered version of its high-quality, big tone, hand-wired amplifiers. </p> <p>The Park Little Head 18 features the same preamp and cathode follower driven tone stack as the Park 45. </p> <p>What’s different is the addition of a highly variable power amp capable of using a number of octal based power amp tubes and an octal based rectifier tube socket that can use various tube and solid state plug-in rectifiers, plus a Post Phase Inverter Master Volume control (PPIMV) built into in a smaller size head cabinet.</p> <p>User changeable output tubes include 6V6, 6L6 and EL34 and since the power amp is cathode biased with separate resistors on each power tube, no user biasing is necessary. User changeable rectifiers include 5Y3, GZ34 and solid state plug-in. Overall tone and power level will change (from 15 to 23 clean watts) depending on the choice of tubes. It is capable of beautiful, sparkling clean tones, overdriven blues from a hint of overdrive to full-blown OD and classic rock tones; all at playing levels that are suitable for the bedroom, studio or small club.</p> <p>The Little Head features oversized power and output transformers, full power supply with choke, full featured two channel Park preamp with the addition of a Post Phase Inverter Master Volume, meticulous hand wiring and a strong, lightweight welded aluminum chassis.</p> <p>The Park Little Head offers professional musicians various power levels, full bodied sound with no low-end compromise, superior tonality and feel, all at any volume level.</p> <p><strong>Retail price:</strong> $2,500</p> <p><strong>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.parkamplifiers.com/">parkamplifiers.com.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/summer-namm-2015-park-releases-little-head-18-guitar-amp#comments Park Amplifiers Summer NAMM 2015 Amps News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:07:24 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24884 at http://www.guitarworld.com Summer NAMM 2015: Marshall's Reissue of Silver Jubilee 2555 Stack Is Shipping Now http://www.guitarworld.com/summer-namm-2015-marshall-reissue-silver-jubilee-2555-stack-shipping-now <!--paging_filter--><p>Nineteen hundred and eighty-seven was a very special year for Marshall Amplification and its founder, Jim Marshall, because it marked 50 years in the music industry for Jim, and the 25th anniversary of his world-renowned company. </p> <p>To celebrate these two momentous occasions, Marshall released the Silver Jubilee Series of amps, clad in silver vinyl. Of these critically acclaimed offerings, the 100 Watt 2555 stack quickly become one of Marshall’s most popular and significant products. It was adopted by countless artists, including Jore Bonamassa and Slash.</p> <p>Due to incredible public demand, Marshall is offering a U.K.-made reissue of the highly soughtafter 2555 stack that exactly duplicates its features and legendary tones. The models are the 2555X head plus the angled-front 2551A and straight-front 2551BV 4x12” cabinets. These three models are shipping now.</p> <p>The 2555X head features a black PCB with high voltage/high temperature resistant black wiring in a matte black chassis. For technician-friendly, service ease, the chassis boasts external bias points for the output tubes.</p> <p><strong>2555X 100/50 Watt valve Head Features</strong><br /> • 3 x ECC83 (12AX7) preamp valves and 4 x EL34 power valve<br /> • Silver vinyl and silver front panel<br /> • High/Low Output selection switch – this switches the power stage between Pentode operation (100 Watts) and Triode (50 Watts)<br /> • 2 footswitchable channels – Rhythm and Lead.<br /> • Presence, Bass, Middle and Treble EQ controls<br /> • Output Master/Pull channel Control. This footswitchable push/pull control switches between Rhythm and Lead settings.<br /> • Lead Master Control which sets the Lead mode volume.<br /> • Input Gain/Pull Rhythm Clip Control. When pulled out if adds extra crunch to the Rhythm Mode of the 2555X.<br /> • Series Effects Loop<br /> • DI Output for PA or recording<br /> • Footswitch included<br /> • High voltage and high temperature resistant wiring<br /> • External bias points on the chassis<br /> • Made in Britain with Pride</p> <p><strong>2551AV and 2551BV Cabinet Features</strong><br /> • Angled (2551AV) and Straight (2551BV) fronted 4x12” versions available<br /> • 4 x Celestion Vintage 30 speakers (70 Watts a piece)<br /> • 280 Watts<br /> • Silver vinyl<br /> • Mono/Stereo Switching – 16 or 4 Ohms Mono; 8 Ohms per-side, Stereo<br /> • Castor wheels included<br /> • Made in Britain with Pride</p> <p>The recommended retail price of the 2555X head is $2,580; the cabinets are $1,800 each. They are shipping now.</p> <p><strong>To find out more about the Series, please visit the Marshall USA Summer NAMM booth: #1144 in Hall B or visit <a href="https://marshallamps.com/">marshallamps.com.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/summer-namm-2015-marshall-reissue-silver-jubilee-2555-stack-shipping-now#comments Marshall Summer NAMM 2015 Amps News Gear Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:01:45 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24882 at http://www.guitarworld.com Summer NAMM 2015: Marshall Introduces New Handwired Astoria Range http://www.guitarworld.com/summer-namm-2015-summer-namm-2015-marshall-introduces-new-handwired-astoria-range <!--paging_filter--><p>The new Marshall Astoria Series of all-tube (3 or 4 x ECC83 (12AX7), 1 x GZ34 rectifier, 2 x KT66) amplifiers consists of three models—Classic, Custom and Dual—each available as a 30 Watt 1x12" combo or a 30 Watt head. </p> <p>Each model also has a matching 1x12" cabinet option loaded with a custom-voiced, 75 Watt, Celestion Creamback speaker—the same speaker as in the combo.</p> <p>All are craftsman-built with pride at the Marshall factory in Bletchley, England. The six amplifiers feature handwired, point to point, all-valve tone paths plus modern features and functionality. To achieve this innovative marriage of authentic tonal character and switching features the Astoria series uses turrets mounted on a PCB – allowing the handwiring and more complex switching circuitry to elegantly coexist on a single board.</p> <p>The Astoria series drew a great deal of attention when it was “sneak-peeked” at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, earlier this year. It is now being sonically unveiled for the first time at Summer NAMM 2015 in Nashville.</p> <p><strong>ASTORIA CLASSIC</strong></p> <p>The Astoria Classic is a single channel, all-tube, 30 Watt amplifier that will appeal to tube purists and also to pedal enthusiasts who will find it the perfect foundation for their sound.</p> <p>The amp features Power Reduction (30W or 6W) can be accessed via the Master Volume and Edge control for controlling how dark or bright the overall tone is, and Sensitivity control to find that perfect bite. The Classic combo, head and extension cabinet are all covered in green vinyl with a central white stripe, and also feature a color-coded version of Marshall’s legendary “block” logo badge.</p> <p><strong>Astoria Classic Features</strong><br /> • 30 Watt, all-tube amp (or 5 when Power Reduction is activated)<br /> • 3 x ECC83, 1 x GZ34 (rectifier) &amp; 2 x KT66 (power amp) tubes<br /> • Contemporary handwired design<br /> • Power Reduction switch (30W or 5W)<br /> • Master Volume<br /> • Edge control<br /> • Bass, Middle, Treble controls<br /> • Sensitivity Control<br /> • Lo &amp; Hi Sensitivity Inputs<br /> • Contemporary handwired design<br /> • Two-tone covering – green and white<br /> • Color-coded Marshall “block” logo<br /> • Brushed aluminum panel<br /> • Custom-voiced, 75 Watt, Celestion 12” Creamback speaker in combo and extension cabinet<br /> • Dustcover included</p> <p><strong>ASTORIA CUSTOM</strong><br /> The all-tube, Astoria Custom features a footswitchable, +20bB Boost switch which adds plenty of natural gain when needed. On top of that, there is an Edge control to make the overall tone brighter or darker, Master volume, plus push/pull switches for Power Reduction (30W or 6W), Bright (highs) and Body (lows). The rear panel boasts a footswitchable, valve-driven series FX Loop. The Classic combo, head and extension cabinet are all covered in red vinyl with a central white stripe, and also feature a color-coded version of Marshall’s legendary “block” logo badge.</p> <p><strong>Astoria Custom Features</strong><br /> • 30 Watt, all-tube amp (or 5 Watt when Power Reduction is activated)<br /> • 4 x ECC83, 1 x GZ34 (rectifier) &amp; 2 x KT66 (power amp) tubes<br /> • Contemporary Handwired design<br /> • Power Reduction switch (30W or 5W)<br /> • Master Volume<br /> • Edge Control<br /> • Bass, Middle, Treble Controls<br /> • Brightness Switch<br /> • Boost Switch (footswitchable)<br /> • Gain Control<br /> • Body Switch<br /> • Lo &amp; Hi Sensitivity inputs<br /> • Series, tube-driven FX Loop (footswitchable) with Level Control<br /> • Footswitch included (for Boost &amp; FX Loop)<br /> • Contemporary Handwired design<br /> • Two Tone Covering – red and white.<br /> • Color-coded Marshall “block” logo<br /> • Brushed Aluminum panel<br /> • Custom-voiced, 75 Watt, Celestion 12” Creamback speaker in combo and extension cabinet<br /> • Dustcover included<br /> • 2-way Footswitch included</p> <p><strong>ASTORIA DUAL</strong><br /> As its name suggests, the all-tube Astoria Dual is a two channel amp—Clean and OD (footswitchable).<br /> It also features Master Volume and Edge controls, plus push/pull switches for Power Reduction (from 30 Watts or 5 Watts) and Body, which broadens low end frequencies. On the rear panel of the Astoria Dual is a footswitchable, valve-driven, Series FX loop with Level control.</p> <p><strong>Astoria Dual Features</strong><br /> • 30 Watt, all-tube amp (or 5 Watt when Power Reduction is activated)<br /> • 4 x ECC83, 1 x GZ34 (rectifier) &amp; 2 x KT66 (power amp) tubes<br /> • Two footswitchable channels – Clean and OD (footswitch included)<br /> • Contemporary Handwired design<br /> • Power Reduction switch (30W or 5W)<br /> • Master Volume<br /> • Edge Control<br /> • Bass, Middle, Treble Controls<br /> • OD Volume<br /> • OD Gain<br /> • Body Switch<br /> • Clean Volume<br /> • Channel Switch<br /> • Lo &amp; Hi Sensitivity inputs<br /> • Footswitchable Tube-driven, Series FX Loop with Level control (footswitch included)<br /> • Footswitch included (for Channel change &amp; FX Loop)<br /> • 30 Watt output<br /> • 4 x ECC83 &amp; 2 x KT66 valves<br /> • Two-tone covering<br /> • Color-coded Marshall logo<br /> • Brushed aluminum panel<br /> • Custom-voiced, 75 Watt, Celestion 12” Creamback speaker in combo and extension cabinet<br /> • Dustcover included<br /> • 2-way footswitch included</p> <p>Astoria will be available in fall 2015.</p> <p><strong>To find out more about the Series, please visit the Marshall USA Summer NAMM booth: #1144 in Hall B or visit <a href="https://marshallamps.com/">marshallamps.com.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/summer-namm-2015-summer-namm-2015-marshall-introduces-new-handwired-astoria-range#comments Marshall Summer NAMM 2015 Amps News Gear Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:45:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24881 at http://www.guitarworld.com Luca Stricagnoli Plays Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" on Two Guitars at Once — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-luca-stricagnoli-guns-n-roses-sweet-child-o-mine-two-guitars-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video posted July 5 by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMJecdKUslHToOEpeuRGwXg">Candyrat Records</a>, guitarist Luca Stricagnoli—who has been <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-acdcs-thunderstruck-arrangement-luca-stricagnoli-video">featured on GuitarWorld.com several times in the past</a>—plays his own arrangement of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine."</p> <p>As you can see, he's playing the song on two <a href="http://www.serracini.it/wordpress/">Davide Serracini guitars</a> at once; one (featuring a DiMarzio <a href="http://www.dimarzio.com/pickups/acoustic/black-angel">The Black Angel</a> pickup) is around his neck, and the other (a heavily modified model) is resting on a table in front of him.</p> <p>As for the number of techniques being employed in this video, well, it's pretty freakin' insane. You'll notice he's using several different kinds of capos (Do I see a Spider Capo or two?), he's tapping, he's throwing in scores of percussive moves and much more.</p> <p>Listeners can get this track for free when they buy Stricagnoli's debut album <a href="http://www.candyrat.com/artists/lucastricagnoli/lucastricagnoli/">right here.</a></p> <p><strong>For more about Stricagnoli, follow him on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/lucastricagnolifanpage">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ok5d8nXAngw" 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="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-luca-stricagnoli-guns-n-roses-sweet-child-o-mine-two-guitars-video#comments Acoustic Nation Candyrat Records Guns N' Roses Luca Stricagnoli News Videos Blogs Videos News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:20:49 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24880 at http://www.guitarworld.com Mark Tremonti Lesson: How to Play “Another Heart” — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/mark-tremonti-lesson-how-play-another-heart-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the video below, Mark Tremonti shows you how to play “Another Heart,” the latest single from the new Tremonti album, <em>Cauterize.</em></p> <p>Note that Tremonti's tuning for this lesson is C# G# C# F# A# D#.</p> <p><em>Cauterize,</em> which was released last month, is available now via <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cauterize/id994986717?app=itunes">iTunes.</a></p> <p>For another <em>Cauterize</em> lesson video featuring Tremonti, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/mark-tremonti-premieres-cauterize-playthrough-video-exclusive">head here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8oOXJPi1WcY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/mark-tremonti-lesson-how-play-another-heart-video#comments Cauterize Mark Tremonti Tremonti Videos News Lessons Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:14:38 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24878 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: John Page Classic Ashburn Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-john-page-classic-ashburn-video <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>If you read guitar magazines anytime during the late Eighties through late Nineties, you’re probably already familiar with the name and work of John Page, who was one of the co-founders of the Fender Custom Shop. </p> <p>If you don’t know John Page’s name, you probably know his work from guitars like the prototypes for Fender’s Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck signature models to various limited-edition models like the Harley-Davidson, Marilyn Monroe and Hendrix Monterey Strats. </p> <p>Page left building guitars in 1998 to be the Executive Director of the Fender Museum for several years before breaking from guitars altogether, but in 2006 he made a comeback with his own company, John Page Guitars. </p> <p>Page initially focused entirely on custom instruments, but earlier this year he teamed up with HRS Unlimited to start the John Page Classic brand and offer his first production model guitars. The Ashburn is the first John Page Classic model, which the company describes as the industry’s first “custom production” guitar.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES:</strong> With its asymmetrical double cutaway body shape, contoured body, and three single-coil pickups, the Ashburn represents Page’s evolution of the original 1954 Stratocaster design. Refinements include a neck that attaches to the body via machine screws with threaded inserts to enable greater tone transfer between the neck and body, Gotoh staggered vintage-style tuners that eliminate the need for string trees, and Bloodline JP-1 pickups, with the bridge pickup mounted at a reverse angle with the low E string polepiece located closer to the bridge. Controls are streamlined to a set of master volume and master tone knobs and a five-position pickup selector, and the bridge is a high-performance Gotoh 510 tremolo. The output jack is side-mounted.</p> <p>The body and neck are the classic combination of alder and maple (respectively), and the materials are carefully selected for performance. The neck has 22 nickel-silver medium frets, a 25 ½-inch scale, comfortably rounded C profile, 12-inch radius, and is available with a maple or rosewood fretboard.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE:</strong> Right out of the box, the Ashburn sounds and plays incredible. The pickups deliver rich, harmonically complex tone with percussive punch and bodacious midrange usually only found in the most desirable vintage Strats. If you want Stevie Ray’s shade of blues, it’s here, but so is Uli Jon’s hard rocking drive, Jimi’s snarl and Jeff’s howl. The neck is as comfortable as a velvet couch overstuffed with Siberian goose down, and the deep cutaway makes it as easy to play at the 22nd fret as it is at the first.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE:</strong> $1,499<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER:</strong> HRS Unlimited, <a href="http://www.johnpageclassic.com/"> johnpageclassic.com</a></p> <p>The neck attaches to the body via machine screws with threaded inserts to provide greater tone transfer between the neck and body.</p> <p>Three Bloodline JP-1 single-coil pickups provide rich, harmonically complex tone with fat midrange and powerful punch.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE:</strong> The John Page Classic Ashburn delivers the modern evolution of the classic Strat design by combining numerous refinements with carefully selected tonewoods and meticulous attention to detail.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dgJD_96ndyA" width="620" height="365" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RYHxtgZXxqU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-john-page-classic-ashburn-video#comments August 2015 John Page John Page Classic Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Magazine Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:05:19 +0000 Chris Gill, Videos by Paul Riario and Andy Aledort 24764 at http://www.guitarworld.com The 10 Best Stage Names of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-stage-names-all-time <!--paging_filter--><p>What’s in a name? When it comes to rock ’n’ roll, pretty much everything. </p> <p>Rock stardom is all about reinventing yourself, becoming a larger-than-life figure that stands apart from the crowd. </p> <p>And if you want the girls or guys, or both, to scream your name, it had better be an awesome, sexy, memorable one. Or at least <em>pronounceable</em>. </p> <p>Here we spotlight a few of the guitar heroes who played the name game and won. Sorta.</p> <p><strong>10. Slash</strong> </p> <p>For an American guitar hero, “Slash” is the best stage name ever. It suggests a violent guitar style and a certain swashbuckling attitude—perfect for a guitarist from Guns N’ Roses. </p> <p>Perfect, that is, unless you’re from Britain, where the former Saul Hudson was born. Across the pond, “Slash” is slang for making wee-wee. Not exactly the stuff of rock legend.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nEq1tKM4v2k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>09. The Edge</strong> </p> <p>As your mother once told you, if they’re really your friends, they won’t make fun of the way you look. Unless, of course, your friend is a mullet-headed blabbermouth named Paul Hewson. Hewson took one look at Dave Evans’ prominent beak and dubbed him “The Edge.” At least Evans wasn’t stuck with “Bono Vox,” the nickname Hewson earned because his voice suggested the need for a popular hearing aid.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/l3IgQNxF4_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>08. John Denver</strong> </p> <p>The former Mr. Deutschendorf renamed himself after his favorite city, and then wrote a bunch of classic tunes about the area, most notably “Rocky Mountain High.” Or was he actually singing about himself? Dude <em>was</em> kinda conceited, I guess. Or maybe just stoned. Or both?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zlKLtnbU0xE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>07. Alex Lifeson</strong> </p> <p>Zivojinovich. Say it backwards, and you might find yourself in the Bizarro World. That’s certainly where Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson found himself New Year’s Eve 2003, when he tangled with police at the Naples Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Florida. The brawl had several repercussions for Lifeson: a broken nose, a lawsuit, and the publication of his real name, Zivojinovich. It’s Serbian, reportedly, for “Lifeson.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zLkVFER5F-M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>06. C.C. DeVille</strong> </p> <p>Bruce Johannsen’s chosen stage name—C.C. DeVille—suggests a classic luxury automobile designed to impress the ladies. Unlike the Cadillac Coupe de Ville, however, C.C.’s look and style would not transcend the decades. D. Neon might have been a more appropriate moniker. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CBR8GWL9N8g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>05. Zakk Wylde</strong> </p> <p>For a rebel like Zakk Wylde—formerly known as Jeff Wielandt, back in his hometown in New Jersey—the rules do not apply. Especially trivial rules such as proper spelling. <em>Spellcheck this, MF’er!</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nuqz2vgUF9Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>04. Mick Mars</strong> </p> <p>More truth-in-advertising than a stage name, Mick Mars, by all accounts, suits the Crüe guitarist all too well. The dude is an alien. For real. A friend told me, and he’s a big Crüe fan. I also read it on the Internet.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YrDEPOorEY4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>03. Buckethead</strong> </p> <p>Tough to say how Brian Carroll arrived at his stage name. I’m really not sure, not sure at all. Any idea, readers?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/00W7vTrXngk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>02. Joe Strummer</strong></p> <p>The Clash’s Joe Strummer was a songwriter of stunning brilliance. Unfortunately, that trait was far from evident in his choice of stage name. When it came time to reinvent himself, as so many did in the early days of punk, the former John Mellor made this astonishing breakthrough: <em>Guitars have strings. I strum them. I think I will call myself … Joe Strummer</em>!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6kJ2S9BasUc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>01. Yngwie Malmsteen</strong> </p> <p>Like so many guitar heroes before him, Lars Johann Yngwie Lannerback realized that an unwieldy, tough-to-pronounce name could work against him in show biz. So he changed his name to … <em>Yngwie Malmsteen</em>?! What, was “Englebert Humperdinck” already taken?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aS_IYe5JTZ4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-stage-names-all-time#comments Buckethead Top 10 Guitar World Lists News Features Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:53:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff 2015 at http://www.guitarworld.com Top 10 Greatest Make-Out Tunes http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-greatest-make-out-tunes <!--paging_filter--><p>A guitarist's first love is music. </p> <p>Which presents a real problem when it comes to setting the mood for a little romance. </p> <p>Who can possibly concentrate on making out when the real hot licks are emanating from the speakers?</p> <p>Relax, Johnny Hammer-on. The songs below constitute the perfect score for your next date. Score!<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>10. "Wonderful Tonight," Eric Clapton</strong></p> <p>Take a lesson from ol' Slowhand. </p> <p>First, the slow-hand thing works quite well on real necks, too. And second, if you get too wasted at a party, just toss the car keys to your date and be very quick with the compliments—there's still a chance to salvage this thing with the sensitive-artist angle.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qx3EQQQ6yjM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>09. "Bed of Roses," Bon Jovi </strong></p> <p>With this song, yet another rock 'n' roll clown (not Jon Bon Jovi—we mean the character in the song) attempts to make amends to his main squeeze for his loutish behavior, thereby setting impossibly high standards for the rest of us. A bed of roses? Right. Not in the budget. Will the lawn do?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jM2QdNEtiCE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>08. "Feel Like Makin' Love," Bad Company</strong> </p> <p>Subtlety? Never a strong suit for Paul Rodgers. (Nice that he adds the lyric "to you," though—how romantic.) Take advantage of Rodgers' forthrightness and use this track as a laugh-inducing icebreaker. Then strike while the iron is still hot.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mQfTe6ta36I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>07. "(Don't Fear) the Reaper," Blue Öyster Cult </strong></p> <p>If laughter doesn't work, try instilling a little fear. With "Reaper," so-called thinking-man's heavy-metal band reminded lovers everywhere that they might not live to see tomorrow. During Buck Dharma's wicked solo, lean in close and whisper, "Carpe Diem." That's Latin for "more cowbell."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IM0im3V8HlU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>06. "Patience," Guns N' Roses</strong> </p> <p>Like a good solo, a memorable date should build towards its climax—the goodnight kiss. This epic ballad lets her know she'll have to wait for those fireworks. And more important, it'll allow you to warm up by whistling along to the best lip solo since <em>The Andy Griffith Show</em> theme song.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/njCUxuxjR1M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>05. Side One of <em>Led Zeppelin IV </em></strong></p> <p>Who could forget Mike Damone's key piece of advice in <em>Fast Times at Ridgemont High</em>? Apparently Mike Ratner, because in the very next scene he's playing "Kashmir," from <em>Physical Graffiti</em>. And look where <em>that </em>gets him with Stacy.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7iETuNAKw8I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>04. "Heaven," Warrant</strong> </p> <p>No one has ever called Jani Lane a genius. At least no one outside of Akron, Ohio. Still, you have to credit the guy with understanding the female psyche. The key line here is "No matter what your friends might say." Break through that defensive line of rumormongers she calls "friends," and, indeed, heaven isn't too far away.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/s4v7qyKfgHE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>03. "I Want to Know What Love Is," Foreigner </strong></p> <p>Begging? Generally not a good move. Best to let Lou Gramm do the pleading for you.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/raNGeq3_DtM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>02. "Keep on Lovin' You," REO Speedwagon </strong></p> <p>"I don't want to sleep; I just want to keep on lovin' you!" Careful here: don't let Kevin Cronin put any promises in your mouth that you can't keep.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wJzNZ1c5C9c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>01. "Open Arms," Journey</strong> </p> <p>And, of course, no one captures the quietude of post-make-out bliss quite like Steve Perry. "Lyin' beside you, here in the dark; feeling your heart beat with mine..." <em>Zzzzzzzzz ...</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/i5pUOVC50Y8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-greatest-make-out-tunes#comments Journey Top 10 Guitar World Lists News Features Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:34:05 +0000 Robert Cherry 1965 at http://www.guitarworld.com Stevie Ray Vaughan Shows How He Plays "Rude Mood," "Superstition" and "Hideaway" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-shows-how-he-plays-rude-mood-superstition-and-hideaway-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the fascinating 1989 video below, Stevie Ray Vaughan sits down for a frank interview with a U.K. reporter.</p> <p>During the interview, Vaughan, who is clutching his Number One Strat, launches into "Hideaway," an upbeat instrumental blues classic from 1960, demonstrating how Freddie King (who wrote it with Sonny Thompson) and Eric Clapton (who recorded it in 1966) played the song differently.</p> <p>He also plays his own upbeat instrumental blues classic, "Rude Mood," while the camera catches almost all of his left-hand fingering up close. Later, he plays the main riff to his popular version of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition."</p> <p>Although this video is often mislabeled as a "Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar Lesson" on YouTube (I mean, he's not saying, "OK, gang, put your index finger on the second fret"), it <em>is</em> among the best available footage of Vaughan's hands (well, fingers, to be more precise) in action.</p> <p>If you don't want to sit through the interview, head to <strong>1:02</strong> for "Hideaway," <strong>2:26</strong> for "Rude Mood" and <strong>6:16</strong> for "Superstition."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JdF-2tuRg0c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="https://soundcloud.com/damian-fanelli/mister-neutron-comanchero-1">Damian Fanelli</a> is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em> and </em><a href="http://www.guitaraficionado.com/">Guitar Aficionado</a><em>. His New York-based band, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blue-Meanies/226938220688464?fref=ts">the Blue Meanies,</a> has toured the world and elsewhere. Fanelli, a former member of Brooklyn jump-blues/rockabilly band <a href="http://www.thegashousegorillas.com/">the Gas House Gorillas</a> and New York City surf-rock band <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/MisterNeutron">Mister Neutron,</a> writes GuitarWorld.com's <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-clarence-white-inspired-country-b-bender-lick-video">The Next Bend,</a> a column dedicated to <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-10-essential-b-bender-guitar-songs-damian-fanelli">B-benders.</a> His latest liner notes can be found in Legacy's </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Epic-Recordings-Collection/dp/B00MJFQ24W">Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection.</a><em> Follow him on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/damianfanelliguitar">Facebook,</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/damianfanelli">Twitter</a> and/or <a href="https://instagram.com/damian_fanelli/">Instagram.</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="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-shows-how-he-plays-rude-mood-superstition-and-hideaway-video#comments Damian Fanelli SRVDF Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos Interviews News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:25:04 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24357 at http://www.guitarworld.com Frontal Assault: The Top 10 Guitar-Playing Frontmen in Rock http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-guitar-playing-frontmen <!--paging_filter--><p>Even though Metallica's James Hetfield makes it look all too easy, there are countless guitarists who find it challenging to sing while doing anything on the guitar—besides strumming.</p> <p>Some players (myself included) even get bent out of shape when they're asked to provide the simplest of vocal harmonies while playing solos or semi-challenging riffs.</p> <p>Which is why <em>Guitar World</em> has decided to honor the 10 worthy guitarists/singers named below. We feel they are—or were, since we're honoring some artists who have passed away—10 of the best (if not <em>undoubtedly</em> the best) guitar-playing frontmen in rock history.</p> <p>The criteria is simple: They must have outstanding voices—either technically impressive or pleasingly "warm," unique or offbeat—and a heapin' helpin' of distinctive six-string badassery. Of course, since we're talking about frontmen, they also need a touch of charisma, maybe a spot of quirkiness and/or what is commonly called "stage presence." </p> <p>Note that, while we don't like to exclude such players as Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, this is a list of guitarists who don't/didn't share the frontman spotlight with anyone in the band. This is also why you won't find the Beatles' John Lennon or Paul "guitarist before he was a bassist" McCartney on this list. </p> <p>With that in mind, here are our 10 choices. If you disagree with our picks or would like to suggest other players, let us know in the comments below. Note that these names are presented in no particular order. Once again, the names are presented in no particular order!</p> <p><strong>Frontman: Stevie Ray Vaughan </strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble</em></p> <p>With his electrifying prowess, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan refocused attention back to the essentials—guitar, bass and drums in a basic 12-bar format.</p> <p>He had no light show to speak of, no dry ice, no fog, no lasers. He didn't go in for leather-and-studs macho posturing. A longtime local hero in juke joints throughout Austin, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth, Stevie Ray waved the Texas flag all over the country in one sold-out concert venue after another. </p> <p>His secret? A soft-spoken, laconic man, Vaughan summed it up in three little words: <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-opens-his-first-guitar-world-interview-1984">"I just play."</a></p> <p>Of course, there's more to it than that. Along with his unquestionable prowess on the guitar, Vaughan, who died in August 1990, had one hell of a voice, a voice that still makes every "SRV bandwagon" blues-er sound, well, incomplete. Although you wouldn't have wanted to sit through a concert titled "SRV Sings Verdi" (or "SRV Sings Freddie Mercury"), there's no denying SRV had his own thing, a voice that oozed authenticity and confidence. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1jG44pIupvw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: James Hetfield</strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Metallica</em></p> <p>Well, we mentioned Hetfield in the intro to this story, so his inclusion can't be much of a surprise, can it? </p> <p>Besides supplying the instantly recognizable voice of one of the most accomplished heavy metal bands in history, the Metallica frontman has always been lauded for his hard, fast and precise rhythm playing, a style that has had a massive impact on several generations of guitar players.</p> <p>Hetfield, who often is said to have the best right hand in metal, once told <em>Guitar World</em>, “I’d much rather talk about guitar playing. I hate it when people ask me about my lyrics. <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-james-hetfield-discusses-metallicas-death-magnetic">I always feel like telling them to just go and read them.”</a> </p> <p>And who can resist a mid-song Hetfield grunt?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oxVGfvXdWOY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Jimi Hendrix</strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Band of Gypsys</em></p> <p>When Jimi Hendrix first exploded onto the scene, attention was riveted on his radical reinvention of guitar-soloing vocabulary, technique and sound, which was inspired by a now-familiar roster of great blues soloists. </p> <p>But Hendrix had another musical asset that set him apart from similarly influenced British blues-rock contemporaries: undeniable charisma and a voice that clearly stood out from the pack. In that sense, he was the complete package.</p> <p>Although he wasn't the most powerful singer in the world, his voice had a pleasingly warm tone and plenty of soul, as can be heard on "Bold as Love" and "Castles Made of Sand" (and so many other songs). He also added plenty of what could best be described as fun ad-libs ("Dig this, baby...") that would be exploited by future generations of singers in every genre of popular music. Bootsy Collins, anyone?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/a6meMBtTgKQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Jack White</strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Jack White</em></p> <p>It's pure magic when Jack White ascends to the vocal register of vintage Robert Plant—while adding AC/DC-style riffs with his depth-charge guitar playing.</p> <p>“I always look at playing guitar as an attack," White told <em>Guitar Player</em>. "It has to be a fight. Every song, every guitar solo, every note that’s played or written has to be a struggle. It can’t be this wimpy thing where you’re pushed around by the idea, the characters, or the song itself. It’s every player’s job to fight against all of that.”</p> <p>White, who now tours and records under his own name, was (of course) once the more vocal half of the White Stripes. In the July 2002 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, he explained how stage presentation plays a major part in a band’s success:</p> <p>“Anything involved in presenting yourself onstage is all a big trick. You’re doing your best to trick those people into experiencing something good, something they haven’t thought about before or haven’t thought about in a long time. I’m doing my best to be that vaudeville trickster, to help that happen.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/f5s0R30xCM4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Dave Mustaine </strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Megadeth</em></p> <p>Dave Mustaine's story is something a good portion of our readers can relate to: He became his band's singer by default after a series of unsuccessful auditions for vocalists. </p> <p>At that moment, the former Metallica and Fallen Angels lead guitarist became the frontman for Megadeth, one of the world's most important thrash metal bands. </p> <p>The rest, shall we say, is history.</p> <p>"I actually enjoy [singing] a lot of times, but it's not my strong point," Mustaine told Colorado classic rock station 103.5 the Fox in 2013. </p> <p>"I've been working really hard at it the last few years. I wish I would have given it as much attention in the beginning as I do now ... It's definitely a unique voice sound. You know, you hear people like Axl [Rose] or myself or [James] Hetfield or some of the other people that are really easily identifiable, it's scarce. Like Chris Cornell, you hear Chris, you know it's him."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pYiphqchtDA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Steve Marriott </strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>Small Faces, Humble Pie</em></p> <p>We've read your pro-Steve Marriott comments on GuitarWorld.com "list" stories for quite a while now: "How could you <em>possibly</em> leave out the great Steve Marriott? He was one of the most talented singers of all time!"</p> <p>First of all, we agree. We love Marriott, and there was pretty much no chance in hell he'd be left off this list. </p> <p>We'll get to his legendary voice in a minute. First we'll briefly mention his stripped-down but aggressive guitar playing, the steam engine that propelled a slew of Small Faces and Humble Pie tracks, including "All or Nothing," "Tin Soldier," "E Too D," "Get Yourself Together," "What'cha Gonna Do About It" and so many more. </p> <p>Marriott was the Small Faces' Roger Daltrey, but he also was the band's Pete Townshend, using a host of guitars, including an arguably too-big-for-his-body Gretsch White Falcon, to powerfully make his point in so many Sixties masterpieces.</p> <p>And then there's his voice, a voice that is still considered one of the greatest in classic rock. Can words do it justice? Why not just listen to "Afterglow" below? And below that, you'll find Marriott in action on "What'cha Gonna Do About It" with the Small Faces.</p> <p>Marriott, who would later front Humble Pie—where he joined guitar forces with Peter Frampton—died in a fire in 1991.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4thiClBxhPY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mYvi-l2SRnA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Kurt Cobain </strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Nirvana</em></p> <p>“We’re just musically and rhythmically retarded,” Nirvana's guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter, Kurt Cobain, told <em><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/kurt-cobain-talks-gear-and-more-his-final-guitar-world-interview-1992">Guitar World</a></em> in 1991. "We play so hard that we can’t tune our guitars fast enough. People can relate to that.</p> <p>“We sound like the Bay City Rollers after an assault by Black Sabbath,” continued Cobain. “And we vomit onstage better than anyone!”</p> <p>So imagine how comical he'd find it to see the mark he's made on popular music. As Vernon Reid of Living Colour put it, "Cobain changed the course of where the music went … . There are certain people where you can see the axis of musical history twisting on them: Hendrix was pivotal, Prince was pivotal, Cobain was pivotal.”</p> <p>Cobain, with his raw emotion and mélange of untuned metal, drunk punk and Seventies pop, slayed the beast called stadium rock. And no, he wasn't a guitar virtuoso by any stretch, but his creativity, his crunch, his off-beat chugging and droning charm made him <em>unique</em>. It's yet another reminder to create your own thing, your own sound, people!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OH9SyQY564U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Eric Clapton </strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>Derek and the Dominos, Eric Clapton</em></p> <p>What else can be said about the amazing six-string gifts of Eric Clapton, one of the most lauded guitarists in the universe, 1966's blues-breaking virtuoso who went on to blow minds in Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos? </p> <p>Still, If you need to read more, be sure to pick up the March 2014 issue of <em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-march-14-eric-clapton?utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWMAR14">Guitar World</a></em> magazine, which counts down his 50 greatest guitar moments — but doesn't mention a word about his voice. </p> <p>It's a voice first heard on the Bluesbreakers' 1966 version of Robert Johnson's "Ramblin' on My Mind," a song Clapton was actually reluctant to sing because he didn't think he was good enough. </p> <p>He eventually shared the vocal duties in Cream with bassist Jack Bruce and went on to sing an endless stream of hits and classic-rock staples, starting with 1970's "After Midnight," "Let It Rain" and "Layla," coasting through the Seventies with "Cocaine" and "Lay Down Sally," kicking it up a notch in the Eighties with "Forever Man" and toning things back down again in recent years. </p> <p>As he told <em>Rolling Stone</em>in 2010, these days Clapton is pretty fond of his voice. "It's taken me to be an older guy, an old man, to have an old man's voice. Because I only liked old men's voices. As a kid, I didn't like pip-squeaked singers. It was always someone with authority. And for a singer to have authority, they have to have some kind of social standing. Otherwise, it's fake."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9TOlZny7B0Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Trey Anastasio </strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>Phish, Trey Anastasio Band</em></p> <p>It just stands to reason that a band with an undying cult following has one hell of a frontman. Such is the case for Phish, whose guitar-slinging (and singing) Trey Anastasio—like the rest of the band—has built a magnetic rapport with the band's fans.</p> <p>Anastasio's fluid lines are often wonderfully mind boggling—and can lead a 38-minute version of "Tweezer" to all kinds of new and exciting places.</p> <p>"Musical inspiration can come from just about anywhere," Anastasio told <em>Guitar World</em> in 2000. </p> <p>"For me, so much inspiration comes from the rhythms of the natural sounds in the air. Walking out in the country, you’ll hear certain sounds—a train, a boat, or maybe a horse walking on the road—and each of these sounds has a rhythm. If your mind is open, the simple rhythms of those sounds can inspire you and spark new musical ideas."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_uCSy67k16c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/T_KyptMAcys" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Matthew Bellamy </strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Muse</em></p> <p>As <em>Guitar Player</em> <a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/miscellaneous/1139/breaking-the-mold-are-matthew-bellamys-custom-instruments-and-pianistic-approach-to-composition-forging-the-future-of-guitarcraft/12752">put it in 2010</a>, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy is on a quest for futuristic guitar sounds—to the point of designing his own guitars with built-in effects, wireless MIDI and synth capabilities. </p> <p>Not surprisingly, he’s a huge fan of Tom Morello and Jimi Hendrix, and he tries to channel the spirit of their sonic explorations into technology-fueled approaches that work for him and his compositions.</p> <p>Head on over to YouTube (Or just watch the two impressive clips below) to see how everything seems to come together for Bellamy: technology, composition and serious guitar chops:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4Zc_ms4sRAM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tlGJdKxvLSU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="https://soundcloud.com/damian-fanelli/mister-neutron-super-1">Damian Fanelli</a> is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em> and </em><a href="http://www.guitaraficionado.com/">Guitar Aficionado</a><em>. His New York-based band, <a href="https://soundcloud.com/damian-fanelli/the-blue-meanies-heart-full-of">the Blue Meanies,</a> has toured the world and elsewhere. Fanelli, a former member of Brooklyn jump-blues/rockabilly band <a href="http://www.thegashousegorillas.com/">the Gas House Gorillas</a> and New York City surf-rock band <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/MisterNeutron">Mister Neutron,</a> writes GuitarWorld.com's <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-clarence-white-inspired-country-b-bender-lick-video">The Next Bend,</a> a column dedicated to <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-10-essential-b-bender-guitar-songs-damian-fanelli">B-benders.</a> His latest liner notes can be found in Legacy's </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Epic-Recordings-Collection/dp/B00MJFQ24W">Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection.</a><em> Follow him on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/damianfanelliguitar">Facebook,</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/damianfanelli">Twitter</a> and/or <a href="https://instagram.com/damian_fanelli/">Instagram.</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="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-guitar-playing-frontmen#comments Damian Fanelli Eric Clapton Jack White James Hetfield Stevie Ray Vaughan TC-Helicon Guitar World Lists News Features Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:21:24 +0000 Damian Fanelli 20723 at http://www.guitarworld.com How to Buy the Best Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/how-buy-best-guitar-suit-your-needs-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video, <em>Guitar World</em> and <a href="http://www.themusiczoo.com/">The Music Zoo</a>—a truly top-notch music store in Long Island, New York—present "How to Buy the Best Guitar."</p> <p>The video, which stars <em>Guitar World's</em> own Paul Riario, is a guide to buying the best electric guitar for your needs, based on the type of player you are and the sound you're trying to achieve.</p> <p>It also features a cameo appearance (or two) from a true Aristocrat, guitarist extraordinaire Guthrie Govan. He even mocks Riario for not having his own signature guitar (while they're standing in directly front of Charvel's Guthrie Govan signature models).</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>For more about the Music Zoo, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheMusicZoo?ref=br_tf">Facebook</a> and visit <a href="http://www.themusiczoo.com/">themusiczoo.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RHWaaiYXm6A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/how-buy-best-guitar-suit-your-needs-video#comments Guthrie Govan Music Zoo Paul Riario The Music Zoo Videos News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:17:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23777 at http://www.guitarworld.com Backbeat's 'Blues Guitar Handbook' Teaches Blues History and Multiple Techniques http://www.guitarworld.com/backbeats-blues-guitar-handbook-teaches-blues-history-and-multiple-techniques <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The Blues Guitar Handbook: A Complete Course in Techniques &amp; Styles</em> by Adam St. James is the latest entry in Backbeat's bestselling handbook series. </p> <p>It starts by exploring the humble beginnings of blues guitar through the early decades of the 20th century, including profiles of such players as Robert Johnson, Charley Patton and Son House. As the story moves into the '40s and '50s, and blues players migrate to major urban centers, St. James follows the evolution of the music at the hands of such electric blues kingpins as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King. </p> <p>Then it's the blues-rockers of the '60s, '70s, and '80s (including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan) before the story comes up to date, with blues flame-keepers such as Keb Mo' or Duke Robillard, and some not-quite-traditionalists, such as Robben Ford or Derek Trucks. </p> <p>A comprehensive section for mastering electric and acoustic blues follows this historic overview. Starting from the very basics, it leads you into more advanced rhythm and lead techniques before examining four key styles: acoustic blues, classic electric blues, blues rock and jazz blues. </p> <p>The many exercises in the book are supported by specially recorded audio tracks on the accompanying CD. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/mix-books/products/the-blues-guitar-handbook/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=BluesGuitarHandbook">The book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $29.99.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/backbeats-blues-guitar-handbook-teaches-blues-history-and-multiple-techniques#comments News Features Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:09:43 +0000 Guitar World Staff 18118 at http://www.guitarworld.com Ragdoll's Leon Todd: How to Play "Rewind Your Mind" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/ragdolls-leon-todd-how-play-rewind-your-mind-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com and Australian rockers Ragdoll have teamed up to bring you this exclusive "Rewind Your Mind" lesson featuring Ragdoll guitarist Leon Todd.</p> <p>The track is from the band's latest album, <em>Ragdoll Rewound,</em> which merges the swagger of the Seventies, the anthemic melodies of the mid-Eighties and the sonic intensity of modern times.</p> <p>The band's approach is best described by lead vocalist/bassist Ryan Rafferty: "We bring together all the things that we, as rock music fans, love about all our favorite bands; power, melody and groove." Drummer Cam Barrett rounds out the band.</p> <p><strong>For more about Ragdoll, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ragdollrock">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/ragdoll_rock">Twitter.</a></strong></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="myExperience4340592621001" 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="4340592621001" /> </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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You can check out “Raining Blood” below.</p> <p>The album also features five original compositions, including “Child of Genesis,” “The God Particle,” “Eternal Night,” “Forbidden City” and “Queen Bee,” which can be heard (and seen) in the bottom video below. </p> <p>iTunes Pre-orders will start July 7 and will include an early download of “Iron Man.” You also can <a href="http://tinaguo.ecrater.com/p/22723070/pre-order-cello-metal-album">preorder the album here.</a></p> <p><strong>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.tinaguo.com/">tinaguo.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FyX2hcP183U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rIEdzaAcW-c" 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="/slayer">Slayer</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/classical-cellist-tina-guo-covers-slayers-raining-blood-video#comments cello Slayer Tina Guo Videos News Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:16:53 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24876 at http://www.guitarworld.com