Perhaps only the most dedicated connoisseurs of bizarre Japanese guitars can tell that a mid-Sixties Inter Mark Cipher model lurks beneath the trinkets and ornaments covering Shawn Mayo’s customized guitar. In fact, for many years Mayo thought it was a Harmony model, due to the Harmony neck that a previous owner used to replace the original neck.
Fans of Alex Skolnick’s shredding in Testament might be shocked by his new album, Planetary Coalition, a collaborative world-music project driven by Skolnick’s crystalline, beatific acoustic guitar and assimilationist composing skills. But it’s not a case of a metal jaguar changing his spots; Skolnick is simply displaying all of them for the first time.
As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, ESP Guitars (Booth 213D at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show) is highlighting the work of their world-renowned Custom Shop by displaying more than 80 hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind special exhibition guitars and basses.
The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group's sixth studio album will arrive 40 years to the day after the original debuted on February 24, 1975. As with the previous deluxe editions, Physical Graffiti has been newly remastered by Jimmy Page and is accompanied by a disc of companion audio comprising previously unreleased music related to the original release.
Here’s a rare clip of two denim-clad musical legends performing together with acoustic guitars. It’s George Harrison and Bob Dylan rehearsing “If Not For You” before The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. “If Not For You” was originally penned by Bob Dylan and appears on his 1970 album, New Morning. Soon after George Harrison released a version of the song on his post-Beatles masterwork, All Things Must Pass.
UFO will release a new studio album, A Conspiracy of Stars, March 3 via Steamhammer/SPV. The band, which consists of Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Andy Parker (drums), Vinnie Moore (guitar) and Rob De Luca (bass), recorded the album—their 22nd—in the U.K.