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Jimi Hendrix's Toggle-Switch Breakthrough

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons was lucky enough to spend some time with the late great Jimi Hendrix back in 1968. At the time, Gibbons’ psychedelic band, the Moving Sidewalks, had a chance to open for Hendrix on his first headlining U.S. tour.In addition to the memories, Gibbons got a very special gift out of the tour: a pink Strat, given to him by Hendrix.While Hendrix has certainly been... …

How Metallica, Slayer and Pantera Sound with a Clean Guitar Tone

When it comes to playing metal, no effect is more vital to guitar tone than distortion.For anyone who doubts it, check out this video from YouTube poster Vaalvla, titled “Metal Songs Without Distortion.” In it, he plays selections from six classic metal tracks on his modified Squier Jazzmaster using, apparently, no effects whatsoever.The selections are, in order, Slayer’s “Angel of Death,”... …

Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck and More: 10 Surprising Guitarist Guest-Star Spots

Everyone knows about Eric Clapton’s performance on the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”And Eddie Van Halen’s solo on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”? Fantastic, yes, but do we really need to revisit it again?Instead, we decided to highlight 10 less-celebrated guitar guest spots from the annals of rock history.Steve Howe “Innuendo”—Queen Innuendo (1991)Yes guitarist Steve Howe had been a... …

Brian May: ‘Wayne’s World’ “Bohemian Rhapsody” Scene Hit Close to Home

Despite four decades of performing and hearing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," guitarist Brian May still enjoys what is undoubtedly his biggest hit.“I’m not sick of it,” he told the BBC late last year. “You can’t complain that people want to talk about it all these years later. I still enjoy hearing it. If it comes on the radio, I’ll turn it up and listen. “But no air guitar,” he says. “I’m too... …

Improve Your Fender Telecaster—Or Any Guitar—for Just $3

Did you know you can make a significant improvement in your Telecaster by swapping a $3 part.In this video, Phillip McKnight explains how a $3 Orange Drop capacitor on your Tele’s tone knob can smooth out its performance and make for a more versatile-sounding guitar. Phillip demonstrates with his own Tele and explains all the ins and outs of the process.Of course this mod will work for other... …

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