guthrie govan

The breakthrough album by one of today’s most versatile guitarists covers everything from funky rhythms to emotive ballads.



- Learn how to use “slap” and “pop” techniques.
- Create bebop-inspired solos.
- Understand how to play over 5/4 and 7/4 time signatures.

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Guthrie Govan has the technical and musical abilities that make him one of the most sought-after players in the industry, and he just keeps getting better! Whether rocking out with Dizzee Rascal, writing prog records with Steven Wilson, collaborating on soundtracks with the great Hans Zimmer, or touring with the Aristocrats, Guthrie raises the bar every time he straps on his guitar.

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Reader: Natheniel Nikhamin

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Guitar: Rogue

The inspiration behind this young reader’s build came from getting hooked on 7-strings, and an admiration for John Petrucci.

The story behind this guitar is pretty funny. Since Dream Theater caught my ear and I heard the thick tone of a 7-string guitar on “The Dark Eternal Night,” I wanted, needed, a 7-string. However, there was one small problem: getting this new piece of gear approved by my mom. She’d always say, “Stick with your 6-strings,” and, “You don’t need another, you already have three.” (GAS—or “gear acquisition syndrome”—has made this difficult.) But whenever I’d walk into a guitar store and pick up a 7-string, I wouldn’t want to put it back.

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Here are 16 of our favorite stomp stations from the past year, including Chris Shiflett, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Holt, J Mascis, the AristocratsBryan Beller, Wolf Van Halen, Shinedown, and more.

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