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.


Students at the O’Brien Guitars school bind their instruments following a more traditional European style of guitar making.

Finding the right school can be tough for any aspiring luthier. Here are some options to consider.

In my previous column, “So, You Want to Be a Luthier?”, I talked about the types of people attracted to lutherie training programs, some of the possibilities and options these individuals have at their disposal, and discussed both long-term and short-term training, either of which have their place for primary or supplemental training. But the question remains, what school should you choose for your lutherie training? And what might a school have to offer that would best suit your educational needs?

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See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

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Submit your own artist pick collections to rebecca@premierguitar.com for inclusion in a future gallery.

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

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