John Rzeznik reveals the experimental guitar tuning secrets behind Goo Goo Dolls’ classic hits

John Rzeznik
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Playing in non-standard tunings has become Goo Goo Dolls guitarist John Rzeznik’s modus operandi. But what sets Rzeznik apart from other guitarists is the fact that he’s developed a unique set of tunings that are far from the norm. 

Since the band formed in the mid-'80s in Buffalo, New York, their emotive alter-pop-rock has been met with huge commercial success, but it’s Rzeznik’s self-styled tunings that have given the band their instantly recognizable chiming and spatial sound. 

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Joe Matera

Joe Matera is an Australian guitarist and music journalist who has spent the past two decades interviewing a who's who of the rock and metal world and written for Guitar World, Total Guitar, Rolling Stone, Goldmine, Sound On Sound, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and many others. He is also a recording and performing musician and solo artist who has toured Europe on a regular basis and released several well-received albums including instrumental guitar rock outings through various European labels. Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera has called him, "... a great guitarist who knows what an electric guitar should sound like and plays a fluid pleasing style of rock." He's the author of Backstage Pass: The Grit and the Glamour.