If playing guitar makes you work up an appetite, this may be the ax for you. Moe’s Southwest Grill launched its free-queso Queso Palooza promotion today, and to promote it they created a guitar with a body made from a giant tortilla chip.
Described by The New York Times as "a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss," the work of singer-songwriter-illustrator Morgan Taylor is just that; super catchy, literate and whimsical—a slightly trippy, pop art confection for the eyes and the ears.
Call us crazy, but we always like to look at Jimi Hendrix’s guitars, especially when they’ve been owned and modified by Frank Zappa. And yes, even when the video in which they appear has been up and around for a while.
September 18 marks the 43rd anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death. In my last few blogs I’ve been appealing to the mystic side of the guitar-playing community and feel it's safe to say that between the un-ending variations of deified imagery of Jimi, we all acknowledge Jimi Hendrix as high priest of the Muse.
Caspar Babypants is releasing a new album this week, Beatles Baby, his second album of Beatles covers for young children. “I recorded this one for the parents too,” he told me, explaining that he chose certain songs to keep dad singing in the front of the car as the kids are kicking to the beat in the back car seats.
Doug Seven is an incredible country guitarist who runs sizzlingguitarlicks.com. Hopefully, he'll be doing a few lessons just for GuitarWorld.com in the near future! In the meantime, however, check out this introduction to Doug Seven and, for that matter, to the playing style of Brad Paisley, with a Doug Seven video called "Steal This Brad Paisley Lick."
Did you know "the electronic guitar is often dismissed as nothing but a jangling noise machine incapable of subtlety or delicacy"? Neither did I—until I saw this video of Eric Clapton sitting on stage prior to a Cream show. Of course, Clapton doesn't utter these awesomely corny words. That job is left to the square-sounding narrator of the classic clip, who introduces Clapton's "How to Use a Gibson SG to Get the Classic Clapton Tone" lesson.
After three and a half decades of publication, we're bound to have published thousands of incredibly useful tips for guitarists over the years. This story collects only six of them! Still, we hope you'll get something out of this starter selection—safe in the knowledge that there's so much more coming down the pike in the near future. So grab your guitar and get started!
I worked in a music store in Glasgow, Scotland, for almost 18 years. Anyone who has ever worked in that kind of environment will tell you that they’ve seen some pretty weird stuff in their time. Factor in that I was the guitar repair guy, and the potential for weirdness rockets into the stratosphere.
The recent passing of the great B.B. King has inspired a host of casual blues fans to dig deep into their record collection—or into the depths of their iTunes libraries—to get a refresher course on exactly what made King so special. Oddly enough, I had actually started revisited his expansive catalog the week before he became ill back in April.