“We all loved Larry Carlton’s guitar, it was just magic… We were all looking for guitars with chunky necks, to try and get the sustain that he had”: Session legend Dean Parks reveals the secrets of his most iconic Steely Dan and Eric Clapton guitar parts

Dean Parks (left) plays guitar while Mason Marangella looks on
(Image credit: Vertex Effects/YouTube)

Aside from making its own products, Vertex Effects also has a killer YouTube channel featuring all sorts of themed series that are essentially catnip for guitar and gear nerds. 

One of the most prominent of these is The Guitarist Behind..., in which Vertex owner/CEO Mason Marangella sits down with some of the best session electric guitar players out there to discuss their (often overlooked) contributions to some of pop and rock's most timeless tunes.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.