January

Dweezil Zappa

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Nuno Bettencourt

The Greatest Guitar Riff of All Time was Written on Piano

January 21, 2021
“Unchained” gets put under a microscope as Nuno Bettencourt and Dweezil Zappa analyze the awesome tones and licks of Van Halen’s Fair Warning.
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Eddie Van Halen Played the Greatest G Chord Ever

January 7, 2021
Heavy funk, slide guitar, bluesy grooves, and drop-D riffs—Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt and Dweezil Zappa x-ray the unpredictable bones of Van Halen's classic Fair Warning.
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Blues Saraceno

Van Halen's Weirdest Tune

December 31, 2020
Diamond Dave on guitar, Nicolette Larsen on vocals, and a raging thunderstorm—Dweezil and Blues Saraceno dissect “Could This Be Magic,” from their deep dive into Women and Children First.
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Eddie Van Halen Had the World's Loudest Car Stereo

December 17, 2020
Blues Saraceno on how EVH made solid-gold riffs with raw noise and took Van Halen to a deeper, textured sound on Women and Children First.
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Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert Grabs a 6-String to Analyze Van Halen II Cut by Cut

December 10, 2020
The shred master talks about how EVH ignited his playing, and his latest hobby: playing David Lee Roth’s vocal lines on guitar.
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Steve Vai

Steve Vai Remembers the First Time He Heard “Eruption”

December 3, 2020
The former David Lee Roth sideman recalls being blown away by, and then transcribing, EVH’s virtuosic arrangement—though he’s never actually played it.
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"There's A Guy On the Phone Saying He's Eddie Van Halen"

November 26, 2020
After 30 years, Dweezil and Steve Vai finally work out the missing details of how EVH showed up at the Zappa compound.
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Dweezil Zappa

Presenting Runnin' with the Dweezil, the Most In-Depth Van Halen Podcast Ever

November 17, 2020
Guests including Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Nuno Bettencourt, Paul Gilbert, Billy Corgan, Mark Tremonti, Jennifer Batten, George Lynch, and A Different Kind of Truth Producer John Shanks will discuss the historical impact of Edward Van Halen with host Dweezil Zappa.
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Dweezil Zappa: “Edward Van Halen Himself Was Lightning in a Bottle”

October 8, 2020
A lifelong friend and student of EVH grieves the loss of a once-in-a-lifetime artist who fused musicality, precision, and groove with an architect’s vision.
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Gargantuan Pedalboards Rig Rundown Best Ofs

Rig Rundown Best-Ofs: Gargantuan Pedalboards Vol. 1

September 15, 2020
Get a load of these space-station control centers from Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Steven Wilson, Dweezil Zappa, and Steve Lukather.
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Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa: Roots and Branches

November 29, 2015
For his first solo album in nearly a decade, Via Zammata’, the bona fide guitar geek looks to his ancestors—and his father, Frank—for inspiration and creates a wild mix of genres that’s uniquely Zappa.
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GALLERY: Experience Hendrix 2014 Part Deux

April 16, 2014
More kick-ass live shots from the star-studded homage to Jimi.
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GALLERY: Experience Hendrix 2014

April 4, 2014
Highlights from today’s brightest stars as they celebrate a guitar forefather.
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Pro Pedalboards

Pro Pedalboards

January 28, 2014
From Bonamassa to Lamb of God, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Dweezil Zappa—10 Stomp Stations from PG’s Hottest Rig Rundowns
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Rig Rundown - Dweezil Zappa

January 2, 2013
PG's Jason Shadrick is on location in Madison, Wisconsin where he catches up with Dweezil Zappa of Zappa Plays Zappa. In this segment, Zappa demonstrates his pedalboard and Axe-FX II setup and details his prototype Gibson Frank Zappa signature SG.
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Dweezil Zappa Teases Gibson Frank Zappa Signature SG Prototype

Dweezil Zappa Teases Gibson Frank Zappa Signature SG Prototype

October 30, 2012
Zappa will be using the guitar on tour this year.
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Gorgeous Freak of Nature: Building Dweezil Zappa's Custom PRS

Gorgeous Freak of Nature: Building Dweezil Zappa's Custom PRS

June 16, 2010
Dweezil Zappa’s ongoing project to honor his father’s legacy inspires a one-of-a-kind PRS. Here Premier Guitar chronicles the making of the guitar and what inspired Zappa’s unique design.
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Dweezil Zappa: A Son of (a Mother of) Invention

Dweezil Zappa: A Son of (a Mother of) Invention

November 18, 2009
Talking with Dweezil Zappa about go-to gear, honoring his father''s legacy and his "What the Hell Was I Thinking" project
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Experience PRS - Dweezil Zappa Interview

November 18, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Stevensville, MD, for Experience PRS 2009 where he catches up with tonehound Dweezil Zappa. In this interview, Dweezil talks about exploring PRS' wood shop, finding the ideal woods for his one-off guitar and stumbling across an amazing feat of nature - a naturally combined flame and quilted maple piece of wood, which Dweezil uses for the body. In addition, he talks about using a PRS guitar for the very first time during Zappa Playing Zappa's performance at Experience PRS.

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Gallery: Experience PRS Performances

October 8, 2009
Photos from performances by Dweezil Zappa, David Grissom, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Electric Mary, Bugs Henderson, Johnny Hiland, Howard Leese, Jim McCarty and more.
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