Luckily, musicians in search of quality signature gear — from guitars to amps to effects to pickups — don't have to worry about that nonsense. Generally, gear manufacturers work closely with their signature artists, in some cases, right down to the tiniest of details (Some artists repeatedly send back the prototypes until they're perfect).
One of the highlights of this year's NAMM Show was the introduction of a new Dimebag Darrell model from Dean Guitars. In the video below, Dean Guitars' Josh Meloney shows off and explains the features of the new guitar.
“Fuck it, Hitchcock,” drawled Dime, downing the dregs of his beer. “We’ve been hammering this for hours and we’re out of booze. Interview and lesson over…we’re hitting a bar, goddammit! Put the camera and tape machine away, I’ll film me playing the riffs we went over when I get home and Fed Ex a tape to ya.”
Here's a killer acoustic version of Pantera's "Mouth For War" performed by Sam Westphalen. Hailing from down under, Westphalen has a prolific assortment of superb acoustic covers on YouTube and this one exemplifies the collection. Westphalen is currently studying Composition and Music Production at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) and that's where this gem was recorded.
In this classic entry from his "Riffer Madness" column, Dimebag Darrell talks about more ways to pump up your riffs: Hey, Dad! What's shaking? This month we're gonna rap about a few ways you can pump maximum heaviness into a riff. Read on!