October 2016
Corbin Reiff

Corbin Reiff

From the time he first picked up a copy of Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same as a teenager, Corbin Reiff has been obsessed with music and guitar in particular. Originally from Sacramento, CA, Corbin joined the U.S. Army after graduating High School and spent five years in uniform including one year overseas in Iraq in 2009. After getting out Corbin has spent the last few years as a working music writer in the Seattle area where he lives with his wife Jenna and his two dogs, Hendrix and Page.

ARTICLES

Inside the Musicians Institute Guitar Craft Program

October 20, 2014
For players looking to start down a career path that never takes them away from their first love, the Guitar Craft Program offers a foundational education that can open a lot of doors—no previous experience required.
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Forgotten Heroes: Paul Kossoff

December 6, 2013
The life and techniques of Free’s legendary lead guitarist told through anecdotes from friends and fans, including Paul Rodgers and Joe Bonamassa.
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Builder Profile: Born Custom Guitars

November 19, 2013
By using sustainably harvested, salvaged, and reclaimed tonewoods, this Colorado-based company is making guitars a greener way.
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Alvin Lee's "The Last Show" Album Review

November 9, 2013
Beyond the obvious historical significance of his last gig, the music is spectacular.
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Joe Bonamassa's "Tour de Force: Live in London" DVD Review

November 8, 2013
The expansive DVD package comes with roughly 13 hours of footage including four different shows, with four different band configurations, using four different setlists in four separate venues around London.
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Kings of Leon: Royalty on the Rocks?

October 28, 2013
Kings of Leon and Matthew Followill rise from the ashes of internet ridicule to craft a comeback record full of mysterious textures and bristling solos.
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108 Rock Star Guitars

October 25, 2013
Photographer Lisa S. Johnson captures the story behind rock’s most iconic axes owned by Page, Beck, Gibbons, and others—with commentary from the guitarists themselves.
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Forgotten Heroes: Ted Greene

September 26, 2013
The life and legacy of one of the most brilliant and influential guitar instructors who ever lived.
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John Petrucci: The Ultimate Evolved Guitarist

September 24, 2013
The beloved shredder reveals how his band Dream Theater stays the course: by practicing always and playing from the heart. He also tells us why his 13th Music Man signature model guitar is his most cutting-edge collaboration to date.
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Builder Profile: JHS Pedals

September 2, 2013
From humble beginnings of making two pedals a day to nearly 10,000 units in 2012, Josh Heath Scott stays true to his goal of turning out accessible, handbuilt pedals for the people—with a picture of your grandma’s face, if you want.
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Buddy Guy’s Rhythm and Blues, Old and New

August 27, 2013
One of Chicago’s all-time greatest blues guitarists on Muddy Waters, playing the White House, and keeping the blues alive.
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Easy Riding with Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd

August 20, 2013
Forty-five years ago Stephen Stills and Mike Bloomfield contributed to the classic Super Session album. Stills returns to those blues-rock roots with the Rides—this time opposite Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
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Interview: Jerry Cantrell - Playing Dumb

July 3, 2013
Cantrell talks about The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here's stomping riffs and melancholy leads, his approach to songwriting, and why he likes to keep himself “kind of stupid.”
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Interview: James Williamson - Return to the Raw

June 25, 2013
Punk pioneer James Williamson discusses the Stooges seminal years and why, after a 30-year hiatus, he dusted off his Les Paul Custom, left his Silicon Valley career, and helped his old friends bring new life to the band—including on their latest LP, "Ready to Die."
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Interview: Nancy Wilson - Goddess of Rhythm

June 4, 2013
Heart’s Nancy Wilson talks about the jitters of performing for Led Zeppelin and the President of the United States, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and how her journey to the pantheon of rock gods started when she and sister Ann saw the Beatles in 1966.
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Forgotten Heroes: Terry Kath

May 11, 2013
A founding member of Chicago—one of the first rock bands to incorporate a horn section—Kath helped forge a path for this band that included eight platinum albums in as many years.
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Builder Profile: Mesa/Boogie

April 15, 2013
Randall Smith’s amps have given voice to some of the biggest names in music—from Santana to Metallica, Dream Theater, and now Sir Paul McCartney—and, in the process, they’ve revolutionized the entire concept of amplified tone.
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Interview: Joe Bonamassa - Restless Pick Syndrome

March 11, 2013
Grown-up blues wunderkind Joe Bonamassa dishes on why he’s done with Black Country Communion, his latest tone toys—a ’51 Tele and a ’58 Gibson amp—and how he keeps fans guessing with projects like his new acoustic and funk-jazz discs.
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Interview: Mike McCready on Mad Season Reissue and New Pearl Jam

March 6, 2013
McCready opens up about Mad Season, remembering bandmates Layne Staley and John Baker Saunders, and Pearl Jam’s forthcoming album
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Forgotten Heroes: Big Jim Sullivan

January 9, 2013
We pay tribute to a fretboard legend who came of age alongside a young Jimmy Page, and wound up supporting Tom Jones for many years in Vegas.
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