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Riffs: Fastest Guitarist, Computer Keyboard Rock, Fastfinger on the Road, Satriani in Games

World''s Fastest Guitarist? iGuitar World The fastest guitarist in Pakistan, Raha Hasan, has set his sights on the Guinness World Record for fastest guitarist in the world. The article includes


World''s Fastest Guitarist?

iGuitar World


The fastest guitarist in Pakistan, Raha Hasan, has set his sights on the Guinness World Record for fastest guitarist in the world. The article includes a video of him in action.

Computer Keyboard as a Tool of Rock

from Play-Gadgets.com


What do a few Georgia Tech nerds do when learning real guitar is too hard and Guitar Hero is too easy? They turn keyboards into guitars. The keyboards control software, which pumps out guitar sounds through a computer. The video of the band playing "Hotel California" is a must-watch... if only for a few seconds.

Mr. Fastfinger Hits the Streets

from Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles


You may recall Mr. Fastfinger from a previous riff. Well, the shred show is hitting the road to jam in Japan, as well as working on a CD release.

Satriani Lends His Shred to Games

from Gamersmark


Sick of the kids singing "Green Grass and High Tides" and "Number of the Beast," just because they''re featured in Rock Band and Guitar Hero? No fear, Satriani to the rescue. "Satch Boogie" and "Surfing With the Alien" are now licensed to the games, so they might be humming a different tune soon.

While Annie Clark was named the 26th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone in 2023, she couldn’t care less about impressing an athletic stamp on either her sound or her image.


Photo by Alex Da Corte

On her eighth studio release, the electroacoustic art-rock guitarist and producer animates an extension of the strange and singular voice she’s been honing since her debut in 2007.

“Did you grow up Unitarian?” Annie Clark asks me. We’re sitting in a control room at Electric Lady Studios in New York’s West Village, and I’ve just explained my personal belief system to her, to see if Clark, aka St. Vincent, might relate and return the favor. After all, does she not possess a kind of sainthood worth inquiring about?

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The GibsonES Supreme Collection (L-R) in Seafoam Green, Bourbon Burst, and Blueberry Burst.

The new Gibson ES Supreme offers AAA-grade figured maple tops, Super Split Block inlays, push/pull volume controls, and Burstbucker pickups.

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Mdou Moctar has led his Tuareg crew around the world, but their hometown performances in Agadez, Niger, last year were their most treasured.

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

On the Tuareg band’s Funeral for Justice, they light a fiery, mournful pyre of razor-sharp desert-blues riffs and political calls to arms.

Mdou Moctar, the performing moniker of Tuareg guitar icon Mahamadou “Mdou” Souleymane, has played some pretty big gigs. Alongside guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane, drummer Souleymane Ibrahim, and bassist Mikey Coltun, Moctar has led his band’s kinetic blend of rock, psych, and Tuareg cultural traditions like assouf and takamba to Newport Folk Festival, Pitchfork Music Festival, and, just this past April, to the luxe fields of Indio, California, for Coachella. Off-kilter indie-rock darlings Parquet Courts brought them across the United States in 2022, after which they hit Europe for a run of headline dates.

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U.S.-made electronics and PRS’s most unique body profile make this all-American S2 a feast of tones at a great price.

Many sonic surprises. Great versatility. Excellent build quality

The pickup selector switch might be in a slightly awkward position for some players.

$2,029

PRS S2 Vela
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Since its introduction in 2013, PRS’s S2 range has worked to bridge the gap between the company’s most affordable and most expensive guitars. PRS’s cost-savings strategy for the S2 was simple. The company fitted U.S.-made bodies and necks, built using the more streamlined manufacturing processes of PRS’s Stevensville 2 facility, with Asia-made electronics from the SE line.

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