More kick-ass live shots from the star-studded homage to Jimi.

Bootsy Collins and Kenny Olson (Kid Rock) joined this year’s lineup in Detroit, which included Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, Jonny Lang, Ana Popovic, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, and bassist Billy Cox—the last surviving member of both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys.

We bring you a second look at the Experience Hendrix Tour, which launched in Dallas on March 11, 2014, and wrapped up in Minneapolis on April 8. Why part two, you ask? Well, we answer that question with another question: Can a guitar player ever have too much Hendrix? Here’s a look at what went down at Detroit’s Fox Theater on April 3, 2014. Our sources report that it was an inspiring display of loud guitar and drums: A celebration of an icon for the ages.

Need to buy a new bass? Start here.

Read More Show less

The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

Read More Show less

Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

Read More Show less
x