Alain Johannes: "I have around 600 instruments and amps, but my Fender Jazzmaster is still my go-to"

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For over three decades, Alain Johannes has been the unsung guitar hero behind some of the biggest acts in rock, whether he's tearing up his trademark Jazzmaster with Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and Chris Cornell, or lending a trusted ear when producing the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Brody Dalle and Mark Lanegan.

In this candid interview, Johannes gives Guitar World the lowdown on the big questions: his favorite sessions, most valued six-strings and his most embarrassing onstage moment.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.