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Burst of Activity
LEGENDARY GUITARISTS, FROM Jimmy Page and Joe Perry to Billy Gibbons and Slash, have been associated with specific Les Paul models over the years. But it’s safe to say that when it comes to the world of modern hard rock and metal, there’s no artist-a
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THUNDER & LIGHTNING
EVEN THOUGH HE’S lived in London for almost 50 years, Thin Lizzy’s longest-tenured guitarist, Scott Gorham, still exudes the kind of laid-back cool usually found lounging by a kidney-shaped pool in southern California. I feel obliged to bring up the
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“ERUPTION” Van Halen
“ERUPTION” BY EDWARD VAN HALEN, ALEX VAN HALEN, MICHAEL ANTHONY AND DAVID LEE ROTH © 1978 MUGAMBI PUBLISHING, WC MUSIC CORP. AND DIAMOND DAVE MUSIC ALL RIGHTS FOR MUGAMBI PUBLISHING ADMINISTERED BY ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING ALL RIGHTS RESERVED USED BY P
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Gargoyl
DAVE DAVIDSON’S PLAYING on Gargoyl’s self-titled debut gears down from the high-speed ferocity he’s prone to delivering with veteran death metal outfit Revocation, but that doesn’t make his new project any less unsettling. Take the intro to first sin
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The Incredibles 2
VERY RARELY DO sequels turn out to be demonstrably better than the original. You could certainly make a case for Aliens, The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather Part II as prime examples if we’re talking movies. But when it comes to guitars, or mor
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“MEAN STREET” Van Halen
“MEAN STREET” WORDS AND MUSIC BY EDWARD VAN HALEN, ALEX VAN HALEN, MICHAEL ANTHONY AND DAVID LEE ROTH © 1981 MUGAMBI PUBLISHING, WC MUSIC CORP. AND DIAMOND DAVE MUSIC ALL RIGHTS FOR MUGAMBI PUBLISHING ADMINISTERED BY ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING ALL RIGHTS
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Tallah
AFTER PENNSYLVANIA-BASED nu-metal band Tallah self-released their 2018 debut concept EP, No One Should Read This, they began working on their full-length debut. Then, Earache Records, impressed by the explosive EP, signed the band. There was only one
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Cheat Sheet
STREET PRICE: $1,549.99 MANUFACTURER: Fender, fender.com The Strat HSS V-Mod II pickups are voiced specifically for each position. The two single coils provide detailed clarity and warmth, while the Double Tap humbucker in the bridge delivers punch
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“I’M THE ONE” Van Halen
“I’M THE ONE” AND MUSIC BY EDWARD VAN HALEN, ALEX VAN HALEN, MICHAEL ANTHONY AND DAVID LEE ROTH © 1978 MUGAMBI PUBLISHING, WC MUSIC CORP. AND DIAMOND DAVE MUSIC ALL RIGHTS FOR MUGAMBI PUBLISHING ADMINISTERED BY ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING ALL RIGHTS RESER
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Malina Moye Means Business
THE ROAD DOG is one of rock and roll’s most hallowed traditions. The lifer, the musician who lives to be away from home, the one who’s more comfortable in a bus bunk than any high-thread count sheets. When you look up that term in the dictionary, the
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Happy Feat
MENTION THE WORD “MIDI” to most guitarists and their eyes will glaze over as if you were suddenly speaking to them in Mandarin Chinese. The problem is that the vast options and flexibility that MIDI programming affords musicians can seem unbearably c
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Sister Christian
YOU KNOW THAT joke that goes, “What’s the last thing a drummer says before getting kicked out of the band? ‘Hey, I’ve written a song!’”? Judging by the example of Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian,” maybe it’s better to listen to the drummer’s ideas f
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Inquirer Jonathan Wilson
I got my first proper guitar as a combined Christmas/13th birthday present, a black Squier Stratocaster with a Squier 15 amplifier. I could already play because my dad had an amateur band and he had several acoustics at the house. His band were playi
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Cheat Sheet
LIST PRICE: $249.99 MANUFACTURER: Blackstar, blackstaramps.com The Patch/Custom mode switch allows the controller to perform either simple patch change functions or access completely custom setups. In Custom mode each footswitch can control progra
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Get The Sound, Cheap!
Jackson X Series Adrian Smith SDX Line 6 Spider V 120 MkII Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB bridge humbucker TONE TIP: Use the Spider V’s “1985 Cali Crunch” amp model and “Tread 4x2” cab model, along with the “Digital Delay” and “Medium Hall” effects mixed ju
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Blue Öyster Cult
IT’S BEEN NEARLY 20 years since hard rock progenitors Blue Öyster Cult have put out an original album. But with the release of The Symbol Remains, the group are set to light cities aflame with a return to form. Founding members, co-vocalists and guit
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Some Musical Goodies For Your Hands, Eyes And Ears To Feast On
The V-Moda Artist Series “Jimi Hendrix” headphones arrive in three exclusive designs named "Peace, Love and Happiness," "Wisdom" and "Soul," all of which capture inspired moments from the legendary guitarist’s life. Built from the V-Moda Crossfade 2
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Original Gear
GUITAR: Customized 1962 Fender Stratocaster with 22-fret rosewood neck and custom Seymour Duncan bridge humbucker (bridge pickup), Volume: 10 AMP: Mesa/Boogie Mark IIB Coliseum (Lead channel) (Volume: 8/Pull Bright, Treble: 10/Pull Shift, Bass: 4, M
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…and Now For Something Completely Different
MOST OF US pick up the guitar to make a personal statement. It’s our way of saying, “Hey, man, I only know three chords and five recycled blues licks, but I’m special — I’ve got something to say. I am not an animal… I AM HUMAN!” But if it’s “unique”
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Buzz Bin
IF THERE EVER was an app similar to Tinder for overdrive pedals, guitarists would never stop swiping. I say this because there must be thousands upon thousands of popular and boutique dirt boxes available for guitarists to fixate on and mull over as
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Eastwood Guitars
ESTABLISHED IN 2001, Eastwood’s modus operandi is to create instruments that not only evoke or replicate rare classic looks and vintage sounds, but to offer them at reasonable prices. Founded by Michael Robinson, the company produces more than an ast
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Full Blast
PETE ANDERSON MAY be best known for the tantalizing Tele twang that distinguished his playing with Dwight Yoakam, but — as he’s shown on the excellent solo albums he’s released since the mid Nineties — his true forte is playing blues. Reverend’s Pete
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Legion Guitars
WHILE EASTWOOD OFFERS hundreds of makes and models, the mighty Legion Guitars offers… just two. But don’t laugh, both are extremely cool. Owner Chad Petit has carved out a special niche and pursued it with laser-like focus, much to the delight of his
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LIST PRICE: $1,799 MANUFACTURER: Reverend, reverendguitars.com The Retroblast mini-humbucking pickups feature oversize 5mm-thick alnico 5 magnets and resistance of 11k ohms (bridge) and 6.5k ohms (neck). Reverend’s Uni-Brace system using a korina
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Kiesel Guitars
IF YOU REALLY want to get freaky, then the Kiesel Guitars website is the place to go. For more than 70 years the company has been building exotic instruments to spec for extreme shredders like Allan Holdsworth, Jason Becker, Will Swan, Johnny Hiland,
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String Theory
ONE OF MY all-time favorite songs is “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page’s epic masterpiece in DADGAD tuning. One of the things I love about the composition is the intriguing, cyclical rhythmic pattern that begins the song and repeats for the verse
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Dunable Guitars
IF LEGION AND Eastwood push all those groovy nostalgia buttons, and Kiesel guitars are on the cutting edge, then Dunable represents the best of what’s here-and-now. Designed to look classic with just enough “pointiness” to feel heavy metal, one can i
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In Deep
IN THIS NEXT series of columns, I’d like to focus on string-bending techniques, playing on a variety of different string groups and moving through various keys. Let’s start with the E minor pentatonic scale (E, G, A, B, D), played on the B string onl
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Our Van Halen Blowout Continues, Sort Of
REMEMBER LAST MONTH’S Woodshed column where I said I wanted to include a few Van Halen song transcriptions in our Eddie Van Halen tribute issue — but couldn’t, due to our quicker-than-usual deadline? Well, those song approvals came through during the
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Black Magic Woman
“WE MADE THE record in about 28 days,” says Australian guitar queen Orianthi, whose new album, O, arrives some seven-plus years after its predecessor, 2013 s Heaven in This Hell. The 10 tracks were produced by Marti Frederiksen, with his 21-year-old
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