January

Artists

Larry Schemel homepage

The Twisted Life of Larry Schemel

January 14, 2021
The Death Valley Girls guitarist smashes the psychedelic button with cheap gear, mad abandon, and a finely tuned ear for the radically wild.
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Nicole Row homepage

Rig Rundown: Panic at the Disco’s Nicole Row

January 13, 2021
Funky custom Js and punchy Ps help this low-end maven earn gigs and nail tones from Motown to Miley and all points in between.
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Sadler Vaden Hooked

Hooked: Sadler Vaden on Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song"

January 12, 2021
Jason Isbell's brother in arms relates how stealing his sister's Sony Discman as a teen is still paying big dividends.
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Fender

Fender Unveils New Signature Models from Mike McCready, Jason Isbell, Chrissie Hynde, and More

January 12, 2021
McCready's signature Strat will be limited to only 60 pieces and was patterned after his original '60 model.
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Gibson

Gibson and Gene Simmons Collaborate on G2 Series of Instruments

January 8, 2021
G2 will introduce new collections of right and left-handed electric guitars and basses across Gibson’s Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer brands, and develop new entertainment content that will be streamed to millions of fans worldwide on multiple online and social platforms.
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Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels on Songcraft

January 8, 2021
“You’re not writing until you’re rewriting.”
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Nuno Bettencourt

Eddie Van Halen Played the Greatest G Chord Ever

January 7, 2021
Heavy funk, slide guitar, bluesy grooves, and drop-D riffs—Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt and Dweezil Zappa x-ray the unpredictable bones of Van Halen's classic Fair Warning.
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Be Well Rig Rundown homepage

Rig Rundown: Be Well’s Mike Schleibaum

January 6, 2021
Darkest Hour's cofounding guitarist details his brand-new signature ESP V and offers up sound secrets gleaned from producer/singer Brian McTernan.
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Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels’ 6-String Secrets of the Screen

January 6, 2021
Is that really an F#m7, or are they just faking it?
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Wendy Eisenberg Jazzmaster live homepage

Wendy Eisenberg’s Genre Hopping

January 6, 2021
The experimental guitarist explores multiple approaches to genre and technique through inventive playing and clever songcraft on the new album Auto.
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Brother Hawk Hooked

Hooked: Brother Hawk on Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer"

January 5, 2021
Raised on a healthy dose of "uncle" Neil by his kin, guitarist J.B. Brisendine singles out the slinkier, commanding version featured on 1991's live Weld.
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Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels: "I Steal Left and Right From People"

January 4, 2021
Actor and talented acoustic picker Jeff Daniels talks about his influences: Arlo Gurthie, Steve Goodman, Doc Watson, Son House, and more.
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Julian Lage

Mentorship and Apprenticeship

January 1, 2021
Regardless of style, It’s a long, winding road to guitar mastery. Julian Lage describes his journey and who has helped him along the way.
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Top 10 Rig Rundowns

Top 10 Rig Rundowns of 2020

January 1, 2021
COVID-19 shut down tours, but it didn't stop our gear envy. The most-watched episodes include YouTuber Rick Beato, Nashville session ace Tom Bukovac, Intervals' Aaron Marshall, Deep Sea Diver's Jessica Dobson, and others.
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Thurston More live homepage

Thurston Moore’s Anthems for the New World

December 31, 2020
The new album By the Fire, featuring Moore’s 6-string "secret weapon" James Sedwards, unleashes a psychedelic blast of Jazzmaster-fueled positivity.
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Top 10 Hooked

Top 10 Hooked Videos of 2020

December 31, 2020
Today's guitar stars Molly Tuttle, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Emily Wolfe, Charlie Starr, and others, fondly reminisce on the moment 6-string influences forever impacted their musical lives.
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Blues Saraceno

Van Halen's Weirdest Tune

December 31, 2020
Diamond Dave on guitar, Nicolette Larsen on vocals, and a raging thunderstorm—Dweezil and Blues Saraceno dissect “Could This Be Magic,” from their deep dive into Women and Children First.
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Here Lies Man Rig Rundown homepage

Rig Rundown: Here Lies Man

December 30, 2020
Les Pauls, high-headroom British brawlers, and pulverizing pedals push Marcos Garcia into the Masters of Reality Iommi-sphere.
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Julian Lage

Fate or Hard Work … and Maybe a Little Luck?

December 30, 2020
How virtuoso Julian Lage went from transcribing jazz maestro Jim Hall’s solos as a youth to playing alongside the late legend in adulthood.
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Marty Friedman Hooked

Hooked: Marty Friedman on Black Sabbath's "Into the Void"

December 29, 2020
The former Megadeth lead guitarist and shredmeister remembers being dumbstruck by Tony Iommi's imposing sound.
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