Guitar Player

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 9, September

A Blue House over Yonder
JOHN LEE HOOKER: Jimi Hendrix was a genius. He was a monster. I never seen the man, I just listened to him. He loved the people, and the music comed out, showing he loved them. He was, to me, the greatest rock and roll/blues singer there was. You could...
Belly Button Window: A Lesson in Acid-Washed Blues
"Belly Button Window" was Jimi's last studio recording. He demoed the song on July 23, 1970, and cut it a month later on August 22. Originally the final track on Jimi's posthumous Cry Of Love, the brooding song was remixed and released this spring as...
Bill Perry
As a blues frontman, Bill Perry has it all--hip songs, a gritty, emotion-charged voice, devastating tones, and powerful phrasing delivered with a stranglehold vibrato and knockout attack. B.B. King, Magic Sam, Albert King, Jimmy Page, Albert Collins,...
Billy Cox: 'Jimi Was a Blues Master.'(guitarist Jimi Hendrix)(Cover Story)
Billy Cox was Jimi Hendrix' closest pal. They first met in 1961, when both men were serving in the Army 101 st Airborne. "I was coming from a theater," Billy recalls, "and it was raining. We all ran and wound up on the doorstep of Service Club No. 1,...
Burning the Midnight Lamp: A Journey through 11 Years of Hendrix Gear
Jimi Hendrix' transformation from a quirky, Nashville-based R&B player nicknamed "Marbles" to an acid-tripping gypsy mega-star changed not only the face of pop music, but the rules of the game as well. No longer was it enough to simply write, sing,...
Codin Multiac and Carvin AC175
Guitarists in the market for an acoustic/electric occupy two main camps: purists who consider amplification a necessary evil, and electric aficionados who want to go "unplugged" but need more feedback resistance than a typical flat-top provides. For...
Fender Amps: The First Fifty Years
Fender amplifiers--these two words would be synonymous had Leo Fender not also made guitars and basses. To some people the thought of plugging an electric guitar into anything but a Fender amp is a frightful one. But it's not just tone that make these...
Hendrix at the Crossroads; Spirit of '66: When Jimi Was Jimmy James
Bob Kulick, currently a Los Angeles-based guitarist/producer, was undoubtedly one of the peace-and-love generation's luckiest 13-year-olds. While scuffling around the Greenwich Village club scene in 1966 with his group, the Random Blues Band, Kulick...
Modal Harmony Secrets
MANY JAZZ TUNES USE MODAL harmony. Modal tunes present special challenges, the most obvious being how long you have to comp on one chord. For example, Miles Davis' "Milestones" has an AABA form with 16 measures of Gm, 16 measures of Am, and eight measures...
Moody Blues
In 1967 the Moody Blues piloted listeners into a state of wide-eyed awe with their pop-orchestral debut album, Days Of Future Passed. Over the years, the dramatic, boldly gentle innovations of compositions like "Tuesday Afternoon" and "Nights In White...
Pat Martino Meets His Maker; the Resurrection of a Jazz Legend
Oboes are moaning in Pat Martino's apartment. With startling force, a symphony has shattered the stillness of a hot Philadelphia afternoon. On the desk, beside a black-and-white photograph of an ocean horizon, a computer flickers with the music in sympathetic,...
Still Reigning, Still Dreaming
The story of electric guitar will forever be told in two parts: Before Jimi and After Jimi. Before Jimi, visionary players used the instrument as a powerful voice within an accepted musical setting. Great pioneers such as Charlie Christian, T-Bone Walker,...
The ESP Vintage Plus and MJ Mirage Standard
As any serious ax shopper knows, it's possible to find a decent-playing and decent-sounding electric guitar for around $500, but if you want to mosh on the upper crust of modern guitar-making technology, prepare to open your wallet and say "ahhh." The...
The Exploding Internet Guitar Scene
Where do you go when you want to sell an instrument, pick up tab for that fingerstyle piece you've been meaning to learn, check the tour schedules of your favorite players, shop for a used mixer, drool over pictures of vintage guitars, listen to snippets...
Will I Live Tomorrow? the Hendrix Experience Continues to Unfold
Is Jimi Hendrix dead? In a physical sense, the answer is obvious. Yet as with Robert Johnson, the legend of Jimi Hendrix continues to unfold and thrive. The spiritual essence of all that Hendrix embodies is constantly in the ether, ready and able to...