Hooked: Bartees Strange on Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe"

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The guitar-playing songwriter compares the emotions of "the spirit entering the church" and first hearing the guitar god's hypnotic, ragged cover. (And he admits "the steps" riff has seeped into his own jams.)


Hooked: Joey Landreth on Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood"

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The Canadian guitar slinger recalls the moment that cemented his passion for playing thanks to SRV's evocative delivery and compelling chord voicings.


Emmure Guitarist Josh Travis Talks Meshuggah Polyrythms

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The thoughtful guitarist crowns Chaosphere because of how the Swedes' pummeling polyrhythms and dynamically-heavy approach challenged his approach to playing.

Andy Timmons on the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There"

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Thanks to an older brother, the instrumental star became fascinated with the Fab Four who's early B-side introduced him to the guitar solo.

Dopapod's Rob Compa on Phish's "Punch You in the Eye"

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The fourth-dimension rocker recognizes the importance this riff played in opening his mind to jazz and starting the chase of musical breakthroughs.


A chambered body and enhanced switching make this affordable Revstar light and loaded with tones.

Scads of cool tone combinations. Articulate pickups. Relatively light. Balanced and comfortable. Well built.

Some P-90 players might miss the extra grit the Revstar trades for articulation.

Yamaha Revstar Standard RSS02T
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While the Yamaha name is famous in circles beyond the guitar world, they’ve made first-class guitars since the 1960s. And while they don’t unleash new releases with the frequency of some larger guitar brands, every now and then they come down the mountain with a new axe that reminds us of their capacity to build great electric 6-strings. In 2015, Yamaha introduced the first generation Revstar. With a handsome aesthetic inspired by the company’s motorcycle racing heritage, the Revstar combined sweet playability and vintage style touchstones. This year, Yamaha gave the Revstar an overhaul—including body chambering, updated pickups, and new switching. What’s impressive is how these alterations enhance the already impressive playability and versatility of the original.

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Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein unveils a new line of strings, collaborating with Josh Vittek of Sheptone.

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