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Top 10 Hooked Videos of 2020

Today's guitar stars Molly Tuttle, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Emily Wolfe, Charlie Starr, and others, fondly reminisce on the moment 6-string influences forever impacted their musical lives.

10. Josh Smith on Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Scuttle Buttin'"

The L.A.-based studio ace and blues hound sets the stage about how SRV's power punched him in the chest and forever changed his world.

Click to watch Josh's Rig Rundown.


 

9. Phil X on Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog"

The exuberant Bon Jovi lead guitarist goes back to the '70s when Page blew off his doors with slinky, nuanced playing and then performs a chunk of the song with bassist Daniel Spree and drummer Brian Tichy.

Click to watch Phil's Rig Rundown.


 

8. Emily Wolfe on the Eagles' "Life in the Fast Lane"

The badass Austin rocker retells how a Hotel California backdrop and washing the family car steered her to guitardom.

Click to watch Emily's Rig Rundown.


 

7. Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"

The platinum-selling blues rocker highlights the Electric Ladyland hit's innovative wah work and swaggering groove.

Click to watch KWS' Rig Rundown.


 

6. Molly Tuttle on "Angeline the Baker"

The blazing bluegrass flatpicker recalls her dad introducing her to drop-D and how to use ringing chord notes around melodies via this old-time fiddle tune.

 

5. Lindsay Ell on Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze"

The Nashville country star and certified guitar dork remembers when mentor Randy Bachman showed her the quintessential "Hendrix chord."

Click to watch Lindsay's Rig Rundown.


 

4. G.E. Smith on Paul Butterfield Blues Band's "Shake Your Money-Maker" and The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time"

The former Saturday Night Live ringleader and Roger Waters sideman recalls how both Mike Bloomfield and Brian Jones knocked off his socks in 1965.

Click to watch G.E.'s Rig Rundown.


 

3. Baroness' Gina Gleason on Pantera's "Domination"

The shredder fires through the Dimebag Darrell solo from Cowboys from Hell that first sunk its teeth into her guitar-playing heart.

Click to watch Gina's Rig Rundown.


 

2. John Bohlinger on Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing"

Our Nashville correspondent explains the debt he owes Mark Knopfler for the inspiration that continues 30 years after first hearing the lively song.

Click to watch John's Rig Rundown.


 

1. Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr on ZZ Top's "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"

The Southern-rock frontman honors the Texas boogie legends for their 50+ years of "fantastic tone and tasteful playing."

Click to watch Charlie's Rig Rundown.


Full Slash Interview
Full Slash Interview on New Blues Album, S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Festival, Guitar Gear, Pedal Steel & More

The guitar icon shares what went into making his chart-topping blues album and what gear fans can expect to see at the S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Blues Festival tour.

With two channels of 100% valve versatility, selectable output wattage, and footswitchable attenuator.

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This 1968 Epiphone Al Caiola Standard came stocked with P-90s and a 5-switch Tone Expressor system.

Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (guitarpoint.de)

Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (guitarpoint.de)

The session ace’s signature model offers a wide range of tones at the flip of a switch … or five.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. Not long ago, I came home late from a band rehearsal, still overly excited about the new songs we played. I got myself a coffee (I know, it's a crazy procedure to calm down) and turned on the TV. I ended up with an old Bonanza episode from the ’60s, the mother of all Western TV series. Hearing the theme after a long time instantly reminded me of the great Al Caiola, who is the prolific session guitarist who plays on the song. With him in mind, I looked up the ’60s Epiphone “Al Caiola” model and decided I want to talk about the Epiphone/Gibson Tone Expressor system that was used in this guitar.

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Slinky playability, snappy sounds, and elegant, comfortable proportions distinguish an affordable 0-bodied flattop.

Satisfying, slinky playability. Nice string-to-string balance. Beautiful, comfortable proportions.

Cocobolo-patterned HPL back looks plasticky.

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Embracing the idea of an acoustic flattop made with anything other than wood can, understandably, be tricky stuff. There’s a lot of precedent for excellent-sounding acoustics built with alternative materials, though. Carbon-fiber flattops can sound amazing and I’ve been hooked by the sound and playability of Ovation and Adamas instruments many times.

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