Galleries http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/148/all en Artist Captures James Hetfield, Joe Satriani, Slash and Others Shredding Without Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-captures-james-hetfield-joe-satriani-slash-others-shredding-without-their-guitars/25138 <!--paging_filter--><p>Brooklyn-based artist Fred Stesney has created a set of portraits of some of rock's most legendary six-string artists...without their guitars. </p> <p>You've probably seen the images Stesney modeled these drawings after, but you definitely haven't seen them like this. </p> <p>Says Stesney: </p> <p>"Guitar players can get away with making some funny faces and postures, but when you take away the six-stringed excuse, they look pretty silly."</p> <p><strong>Check out Stesney's drawings in the gallery below! And check out his other work at <a href="https://www.behance.net/fredstesney/">behance.net.</a></strong></p> <p><em>Remember to click on the "magnifying glass" symbol to take a closer look at each photo!</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/joe-satriani">Joe Satriani</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-captures-james-hetfield-joe-satriani-slash-others-shredding-without-their-guitars/25138#comments Angus Young Fred Stesney James Hetfield Joe Satriani Slash Galleries News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:34:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25138 at http://www.guitarworld.com Prison Art: Meet the Electric Guitar Built Inside the Slammer http://www.guitarworld.com/prison-art-meet-electric-guitar-built-inside-slammer/25062 <!--paging_filter--><p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Folsom Prison Blues…</em><br /><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Mama Tried…<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></em><br /><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">30 Days in the Hole…<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></em><br /><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">In the Jailhouse Now.</em></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Whatever your favorite prison song is, we just found the greatest electric guitar to play them. It was built by an inmate serving time at a Pennsylvania state prison.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">This is “Lady,” an electric guitar built by an inmate within the walls of<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="http://www.cor.pa.gov/Facilities/StatePrisons/Pages/Huntingdon.aspx#.VbEuJ2RVhHw">Huntingdon State Prison</a><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>in Pennsylvania. Huntingdon is a 126-year-old jail that is so old and massive, it is known locally as "The Wall.”</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Norman Lockamy lovingly built this guitar while serving a 12-year sentence in Huntingdon starting in 1988. It was completely crafted in the facility’s woodshop. Legend has it, Lockamy was allowed to purchase some parts while others were smuggled in to complete the guitar.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">The guitar is a stunning example of prison folk art. The body and neck are of oak. The headstock is made of curly maple. The binding on the headstock is simply painted on and a hand-stamped brass truss rod cover has the word, “LADY.” The guitar is magnificent and plays like butter.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">I wanted to learn more about these prison woodshops, so I called prison guard (and instrument builder)<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Al-Hamiltons-Famous-Factory-Throwouts/158954494199847?fref=ts">Al Hamilton,</a><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>who said all wood used in the Pennsylvania state prison system comes from nearby Rockview Prison. Hamilton said this guitar is definitely Pennsylvania oak. The fretboard was stained black to simulate ebony, and a thin walnut strip runs up the cap of the carved double-cutaway body. There is a cream-colored binding around the body.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">According to Hamilton, Huntingdon Prison’s woodshop is there primarily to keep things self-sufficient, with employees and prisoners making repairs to the structure along with furniture and any necessities. During down times, some prisoners are allowed to use resources to create birdhouses, wooden ships and other things to pass the time. Lockamy definitely made good use of his downtime on this guitar and his love can be seen in the details. The carve is unique, with a little more curve than a PRS SE. Even the frets are impeccable.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Taking a close look at this guitar, it’s obvious Lockamy wanted to sink some humbuckers into the body when he first designed it. It appears he could only get EMG Select single coils instead, which were too small for the pickup routes. Using prison ingenuity, Lockamy mounted the single coils in the center of the humbucker rings and covered the extra spaces with black construction paper. From a distance, you can’t even tell.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">This is definitely a guitar made for a Les Paul lover, with its carved body and 24-inch scale. However, Lockamy went for a bolt-on neck design, perhaps for an easier build. The neck pocket is as tight as a vice. Even with the oak construction, the guitar weighs just over 8 pounds.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Lockamy was released from Huntingdon in 2000 and continued to play this guitar for the next 13 years. In 2013, he sold it to<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="https://guitarsongeorge.wordpress.com/">Guitars on George</a><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>in York, Pennsylvania. By then, the guitar had a crack in the headstock (with a poor repair job) and a broken tuner. Guitar shop owner Jerry Duncan purchased the guitar simply on its story alone.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Thanks to Jerry Duncan at Guitars on George and Al Hamilton at<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Al-Hamiltons-Famous-Factory-Throwouts/158954494199847?fref=ts">Factory Throwouts Cigar Box Guitars</a><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>for help with this article.</em></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Shane Speal is the "King of the Cigar Box Guitar" and the creator of the modern cigar box guitar movement. Hear the music, see the instruments and read about his Cigar Box Guitar Museum at<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="http://www.shanespeal.com/">ShaneSpeal.com</a>. Speal's latest album,<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></em><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="http://shanespeal.com/holler">Holler!</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;"><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>is on C.B. Gitty Records.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prison-art-meet-electric-guitar-built-inside-slammer/25062#comments Jail prison Shane Speal The DIY Musician Electric Guitars Blogs Galleries Gear Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:08:52 +0000 Shane Speal 25062 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar World Magazine Covers Gallery: Every Issue from 2015 to Eternity http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-magazine-covers-gallery-every-issue-2015-eternity/25055 <!--paging_filter--><p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background: #ffffff;">Below, check out the latest photo gallery of<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Guitar World</em><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>magazine covers. This time, we "cover" the magazines we've releases thus far this year.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background: #ffffff;">We hope you enjoy this trip through GW's recent history. Because this gallery is our current one, keep checking it for updates!</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background: #ffffff;">From Chris Broderick and Gus G to Eddie Van Halen, you can check out all the legends who have adorned our covers this year.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background: #ffffff;">If you're in the mood for more, be sure to check out our photo gallery of every<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Guitar World</em>magazine cover from<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-magazine-covers-gallery-every-issue-1980-1986">1980 to 1986</a>, from<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-magazine-covers-gallery-every-issue-1987-1993">1987 to 1993</a>, from<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-magazine-covers-gallery-every-issue-1994-2000">1994 to 2000</a>, from<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-magazine-covers-gallery-every-issue-2001-2007">2001 to 2007</a>and from<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-magazine-covers-gallery-every-issue-2008-2014#slide-99/">2008 to 2014</a>.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background: #ffffff;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">NOTE: Remember, you can click on each photo to take a closer look.</strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-magazine-covers-gallery-every-issue-2015-eternity/25055#comments Guitar World Guitar World Lists Galleries Features Magazine Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:38:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25055 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar World's 11 Essential Thrash Metal Albums http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-11-essential-thrash-metal-albums <!--paging_filter--><p>Check out <em>Guitar World's</em> guide to 11 essential thrash metal albums—discs or downloads every self-respecting metalhead should have in his/her record collection.</p> <p>Why 11? </p> <p>"Well, it's one louder, isn't it?"</p> <p>From <em>Kill 'Em All</em> to <em>Cowboys From Hell</em>, these manic slabs of musical mayhem provide an excellent aural history of the rise of one of metal's most enduring sub-genres.</p> <p>How many of these albums do you own?</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-11-essential-thrash-metal-albums#comments Anthrax Exodus Kreator Megadeth Metallica Overkill Possessed Slayer Testament Galleries Features Magazine Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:59:56 +0000 Richard Bienstock, Josh Hart 13521 at http://www.guitarworld.com 50 Classic Acoustic Rock Songs http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-photo-gallery-50-classic-acoustic-rock-songs <!--paging_filter--><p>Whether you began on an electric or an acoustic guitar, there's no doubt the latter will eventually find its way into your hands at some point. </p> <p>The nature of the acoustic guitar's efficiency (no amp!) makes it a commonality among players, collectors and dorm-room guys looking to impress girls. Even the most devout shredder will be tempted to noodle on a dreadnought—particularly in front of the aforementioned girls. </p> <p>Despite the advent of the electric guitar in the early fifties, the acoustic guitar has remained a prominent force in rock and roll. If there were any doubt, check out the 50 classic acoustic rockers listed below. These are tried-and-true numbers all anchored around the acoustic guitar.</p> <p>Some are radio staples, some are wedding fixtures and all are just good fun to play. So if you haven't dusted off that sprucetop in a while, give a few of these tunes a listen. You'll be strumming—and probably crooning—along in no time.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/bob-dylan">Bob Dylan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-photo-gallery-50-classic-acoustic-rock-songs#comments Acoustic Nation Bob Dylan Nirvana The Beatles The Who Guitar World Lists Blogs Photos Galleries Features Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:32:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff 10983 at http://www.guitarworld.com 2016 Guitar World Buyer's Guide: Photos and Behind-the-Scenes Video http://www.guitarworld.com/2016-guitar-world-buyers-guide-photos-behind-scenes-video <!--paging_filter--><p>After many years of shooting our annual Buyer’s Guide in California’s sun-drenched warm weather, under beautiful blue skies and on idyllic sand beaches, my photo director, Jimmy Hubbard, decided to change things up this year and head toward the sunny and bucolic shores of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. </p> <p>Huh? My thoughts exactly. </p> <p>I was a little hesitant about the idea, considering Williamsburg’s reputation as an unwelcoming hipster-filled concrete jungle. But when six lovely tattooed models showed up I quickly changed my tune.</p> <p>Chelsea Nyegaard, Sarah Ve, Jesse Lee D, Karla Lambert, Kat Livingston and Jennifer Lynn—all of whom are in-demand tattoo models—brought the heat to the <em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-buyers-guide-2016/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=BGGalleryVideo">2016 Buyer’s Guide</a></em> shoot in a major way. All the ladies, some of whom are musicians, surprised us by how well they knew how to wield a guitar and rip some cool licks. </p> <p>As always, the Buyer’s Guide offers a vast selection of the newest and most cutting edge gear, some of which you won’t find anywhere else, for you to consider on your next purchase. You’ll also find our alluring Model Search winner, Anne Bergstedt (check out this self-taught musician’s impressive resume), and if that isn’t enough.</p> <p>After spending two days surrounded by these cool ladies and their stunning tattoo work, I seriously started to consider finally getting some ink myself. But I’ll do that in sunny California, thank you.</p> <p>Below, check out a gallery of photos from the <em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-buyers-guide-2016/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=BGGalleryVideo">2016 Buyer’s Guide</a></em>, plus a behind-the-scenes video.</p> <p><strong>To order the new Buyer's Guide, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-buyers-guide-2016/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=BGGalleryVideo">head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> <p><em>Photos: Christian Saint</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5Xt9jPNJxKI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/2016-guitar-world-buyers-guide-photos-behind-scenes-video#comments 2016 Guitar World Buyer's Guide Buyer's Guide Christian Saint Levy's Leathers Acoustic Guitars Videos Amps Bass Guitars Electric Guitars Galleries Features Gear Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:27:46 +0000 Paul Riario 24949 at http://www.guitarworld.com The 31 Most Significant Guitar Events of the Past 35 Years http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-30-most-significant-guitar-events-past-three-decades <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Guitar World</em> recently celebrated its first 30 years of publication with a look back at the most significant events to rock the guitar community since the magazine was founded in 1980. </p> <p>Some of these events are landmark record releases, some are wild technological advances and others are tragic moments of loss. But they all reshaped, revitalized and renewed interest in our favorite instrument.</p> <p>The photo gallery below highlights 31 watershed moments, but it also shows the ephemeral nature of music; how quickly things can change. One day something is state-of-the-art, and the next day it's bargain-bin junk. </p> <p>One moment your guitar hero is dazzling you with skills beyond your comprehension, and in another moment all that remains is his legacy. One thing that never changes, though, is evolution. The only thing more interesting than what's happened in the last 35 years is what will happen in the next.</p> <p>The events below are listed chronologically. Enjoy!</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/john-lennon">John Lennon</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-30-most-significant-guitar-events-past-three-decades#comments Anniversary 2010 Dimebag Darrell GW Archive Polls Stevie Ray Vaughan The Rolling Stones Guitar World Lists Galleries News Features Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:45:37 +0000 Guitar World Staff 13235 at http://www.guitarworld.com Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes and More Honor Les Paul in New York City's Times Square — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-joe-satriani-joe-bonamassa-warren-haynes-and-more-honor-les-paul-new-yorks-times-square <!--paging_filter--><p>Yesterday, June 9, 2015, was the 100th anniversary of the late, great Les Paul's birth.</p> <p>To celebrate the occasion, the guitar community threw one hell of a party in <a href="http://www.timessquarenyc.org/index.aspx">New York City's Times Square,</a> not far from the <a href="http://theiridium.com/">Iridium,</a> where the legendary guitarist and innovator played during the last years of his storied life.</p> <p>The full day of star-studded events and programs kicked off what is billed as a year-long celebration of the guitarist's life and music.</p> <p>Among the events was an all-star show featuring <a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/artists/1013/steve-vais-greatest-live-stunt-guitar-moments--video/52479">Steve Vai,</a> Joe Satriani, Neal Schon, Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes, Steve Miller, G.E. Smith, Johnny A, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-lou-pallo-les-paul-trio-discusses-his-signature-les-paul-new-album-and-transposing-fly">Lou Pallo</a> and the Les Paul Trio and many more. You can check out several photos from the show in the gallery below. All the photos are courtesy of Roger Vai.</p> <p>June 9 was also declared <a href="http://www.lespaulfoundation.org/">Les Paul Day</a> in New York City, and Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience opened its doors to the public on 44th and Broadway right inside Times Square. The 53-foot foot interactive state-of-the-art mobile touring exhibit gives guests the opportunity to experience 1,000 square feet of music exploration, sound and technology innovations and hands-on interactive entertainment. Visitors will even be able to mix and share music as they discover Les Paul—and it's free!</p> <p><em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/RogerVaiImages?fref=ts">Photos: Roger Vai</a></em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kaDeIn8wP8c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/les-paul">Les Paul</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/steve-vai">Steve Vai</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/joe-satriani">Joe Satriani</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/joe-bonamassa">Joe Bonamassa</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/warren-haynes">Warren Haynes</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-joe-satriani-joe-bonamassa-warren-haynes-and-more-honor-les-paul-new-yorks-times-square#comments Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Roger Vai Steve Vai Warren Haynes Videos Galleries News Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:48:40 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24685 at http://www.guitarworld.com The Top 10 Misspelled Band Names http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-top-10-misspelled-band-names <!--paging_filter--><p>When the whole cheeky-misspelling nonsense started in the Sixties, it was cute, inspiring names like the Monkees, the Byrds, the Cyrkle and the Human Beinz.</p> <p>And after all, the psychedelic era brought with it certain liberties. It wasn’t until the Eighties that the whole misspelling idea began spiraling out of control, when hair-metal bands started twisting up their names with extra letters, missing letters, backward letters, random lowercasing and overzealous umlauting.</p> <p>Years later, nü-metal acts (who couldn’t even spell their own genre properly) mucked things up beyond all recognition. The confusion kept editors proofreading at their cubicles well into the night, and sent graphic designers prone to ducking deadlines out to even longer lunches.</p> <p>The bad news is, given today’s txt-msg and e-mail trends, we may B n 4 sum dp sht.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-top-10-misspelled-band-names#comments GO April 2006 Guitar One Galleries News Features Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:29:13 +0000 Guitar World Staff 2000 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar World's Top 50 Guitar Albums of the Eighties http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-top-50-guitar-albums-eighties <!--paging_filter--><p>In early 1990, the editors of <em>Guitar World</em> magazine sat back, grabbed some coffee and painstakingly selected what they considered the top 50 guitar albums of the just-ended Eighties.</p> <p>In the photo gallery below, you can see what they came up with! </p> <p>The albums are listed in order, from "killer" to "jaw-droppingly awesome." Or from 50 to 1, depending on your perspective. </p> <p>Please note that there are actually 51 albums in the gallery (There was a tie somewhere along the way).</p> <p>Don't agree with the vintage editors' vintage choices? As always, let your voice be heard! Share your opinion in the comments below or on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GuitarWorld">Facebook!</a></p> <p>Head back to the ... past!</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-top-50-guitar-albums-eighties#comments GW Archive Guitar World Lists Galleries News Features Magazine Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:57:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff 13083 at http://www.guitarworld.com Session Guitar: Top 10 Guitarists to Emulate for a Successful Studio Career http://www.guitarworld.com/session-guitar-top-10-guitarists-emulate-successful-studio-career <!--paging_filter--><p>I'd like to address a very meat-and-potatoes bit of info that very rarely gets mentioned. </p> <p>Who should you emulate in order to be a session guitarist? </p> <p>The answers and the reasons for each might very well surprise you. Also, you might assume you know how to play like these guys, but, until you really try it, you do <em>not</em> know how! </p> <p>I'm not kidding here; I guarantee you don't know how. And not a week goes by when I'm not asked to imitate at least one of these guys.</p> <p>So now, in the photo gallery below (in no particular order), I give you a list of players you'd better become intimately aware of and learn at least a few of their licks! It will start, save and prolong your "studio guitarist" career.</p> <p>One more thing before I start: These names are used in the way "Kleenex" means "tissue." If someone asks you for a Kleenex and you give them an off-brand tissue, it's the really same thing. So if someone asks for EVH, you know they want some tapping, whammy bar, bluesy, fast playing. Get it?</p> <p>One final note! Learn the history of popular music as seen through the eyes of a guitarist. Play in a wedding band. Play in a show band. Play in a cover band. You will thank me.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.ronzabrocki.com/fr_home.cfm">Ron Zabrocki</a> is a session guitarist from New York, now living in Connecticut. Says Ron: "I started playing at age 6, sight reading right off the bat. That’s how I was taught, so I just thought everyone started that way. I could sight read anything within a few years, and that helped me become a session guy later in life. I took lessons from anyone I could find and had some wonderful instructors, including John Scofield, Joe Pass and Alan DeMausse. I’ve played several jingle sessions (and have written a few along the way). I’ve “ghosted” for a few people who shall remain nameless, but they get the credit and I get the money! I’ve played sessions in every style, from pop to jazz.</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chuck-berry">Chuck Berry</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/session-guitar-top-10-guitarists-emulate-successful-studio-career#comments Eddie Van Halen Eric Clapton Ron Zabrocki Roy Clark Session Guitar Slash Blogs Galleries News Wed, 27 May 2015 11:14:09 +0000 Ron Zabrocki 23171 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar Gallery: Steve Vai’s Ibanez Jem http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-gallery-steve-vai-s-ibanez-jem <!--paging_filter--><p>Feast your eyes on Steve Vai’s Ibanez JEM guitar he named “Evo” after the Dimarzio Evolution pickups installed in it. </p> <p>Photographed by Lisa S. Johnson in Los Angeles, August 28th, 2010, for the pictorial masterwork, <em>108 Rock Star Guitars</em>, “Evo” was hand-selected by Vai. </p> <p>Guitars are like snowflakes in that no two are exactly alike. Steve tested four identical production models of the Ibanez Jem before choosing this particular one to be his main squeeze. There was just something about her feel that moved him. </p> <p>He replaced her standard-issue pickups with DiMarzio Evolutions, and to distinguish her from his three other Jems, he christened her with a hand-lettered “Evo.” </p> <p>Even after countless tours and recordings, his heart goes pitter-patter whenever he sees her, and regardless of what is going on in his life, he finds solace when she’s in his arms. Sure, Steve knows that Evo is nothing but wire and wood, but when you connect with a guitar the way he has with Evo, when an instrument is for so long the voice of your heart and you have cried, screamed, prayed, and raged through her, when she has been with you through your darkest depressions as well for your most joyous, love-filled moments—well, it’s no wonder that Steve is afraid of how emotionally invested he is in Evo. </p> <p>She’s only on loan to him for a limited time; one day she’ll be dust. But for now, there’s still quite a bit they have to say together.*</p> <p>Here’s Johnson talking about her experience shooting Vai’s guitar:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/p-o7BOauzFk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Check out the gallery below!</p> <p><em><br /> *Adapted from <a href="http://www.vai.com/minisites/EVO/history_frameset.html">http://www.vai.com/minisites/EVO/history_frameset.html</a>. Accessed February 9, 2011.</em></p> <p><strong>About the Photographer, Lisa S. Johnson:</strong><br /> <em>Armed with a macro lens, an incredible eye for detail and a truly ground breaking vision, Lisa Johnson’s guitar art, is taking the world of fine art photography on a rock and roll ride. Far from still life, Lisa’s work conjures the abstract, yet also possesses a very sensual and ethereal feel that intentionally illustrates the intimate wear and tear details of the instrument. Her unique presentation undoubtedly personifies the musician and captures their true spirit in these wooden extensions of their own iconic flesh.</em></p> <p><em>Her debut book titled </em><a href="http://www.108rockstarguitars.com">108 Rock Star Guitars</a><em> was released in hardcover edition, October 2013, and a softcover edition was released by Hal Leonard on November 2014 in which the foreword was written by Les Paul.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-gallery-steve-vai-s-ibanez-jem#comments 108 Rock Star Guitars Steve Vai Electric Guitars Blogs Galleries Gear Mon, 04 May 2015 16:25:06 +0000 Lisa S. Johnson 24415 at http://www.guitarworld.com Top 10 Weirdest Custom Guitars — Photo Gallery http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-weirdest-custom-guitars-gallery <!--paging_filter--><p>Most guitarists at one point or another in their development have gone through some sort of “I want a custom guitar” phase. </p> <p>Whether it’s a funky paint job or a radical new shape, a custom ax presents the opportunity to express yourself. Or, in the opinion of some, the opportunity to say, “Hey, look at me, I’m a horse’s arse!” </p> <p>Here, we celebrate 10 such opportunities. We’ll let you categorize them as you see fit.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-weirdest-custom-guitars-gallery#comments Guitar World Lists Galleries News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:08:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24316 at http://www.guitarworld.com 10 Things You Didn't Know About Black Sabbath http://www.guitarworld.com/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath <!--paging_filter--><p>It’s been nearly 46 years since Black Sabbath emerged out of Birmingham, England, and defined the genre of heavy metal with detuned guitar riffs, occult themes and monolithic heaviness. </p> <p>Think you know everything there is to know about the pioneering metal band? </p> <p>Click through the gallery below to test your Sabbathian knowledge!</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath#comments Black Sabbath Guitar World Lists Galleries News Features Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:27:18 +0000 Jeff Kitts 21763 at http://www.guitarworld.com Top 20 Hair Metal Albums of the Eighties http://www.guitarworld.com/top_20_hair_metal_albums_of_the_eighties <!--paging_filter--><p>Yeah, they dressed funny and their lyrics often lacked the angst and agonized self-awareness that we’ve come to expect in this decade of the rock and roll sissy-band, but the pop metal acts of the Eighties produced some top-shelf albums during their short reign. </p> <p>In chronological order, these are the 20 best records woven, steamed and blow-dried by the most esteemed members of rock and roll’s Hair Club for Men before they were abruptly given the hook.</p> <p>Check out the photo gallery below — and be sure to join the conversation in the comments section below the story.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/top_20_hair_metal_albums_of_the_eighties#comments Articles Bon Jovi Cinderella GW Archive Kix Motley Crue The Cult Warrant Winger Guitar World Lists Galleries News Features Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:50:41 +0000 Guitar World Staff 1805 at http://www.guitarworld.com