Guitar Player

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 12, December

Akai Headrush, Intelliphase, Shred-O-Matic, and Variwah
Electronic musicians know Akai for its samplers, but the company has tended to steer clear of the guitar-gear jungle. But with the introduction of four ferocious new pedals, Akai goes straight to the top of the stompbox food chain. Their new delay,...
Blue Wind
SOLO TRANSCRIPTION When Jeff Beck entered the mid-'70s fusion arena, he found a strong ally in former Mahavishnu Orchestra keyboardist Jan Hammer. On Wired, Becks '76 follow-up to the groundbreaking Blow by Blow, Hammer added his signature synth...
Danelectro 12-String
As the gossamer sparkle of an electric 12-string can lay the goose-bump factor on everything from retro psychedelia to folk rock to ambient trance music, a 12-string should be a pan of each guitarist's arsenal. It's usually a struggle justifying the...
Debbie Davies
Going for the Vibe with Double Trouble "I'm at a point in my career where I'm not one of the kids anymore, but I'm too young to be any kind of legend," says Debbie Davies, recipient of the 1997 W.C. Handy Award for Contemporary Blues Female Artist...
Diezel VH4
A large number of boutique amp builders go for all things retro, but manufacturers such as Bogner, Soldano, and VHT offer a different breed of boutique beast for players who want face-melting high-gain tones, multiple channels, and effects loops. The...
Digital Dynasty
Five New Generation Modeling Amps Recent breakthroughs in digital amplification are forcing guitarists to consider how one of these computerized combos might figure into their tone schemes. Heck, with all those classic-amp simulations and onboard...
Dixie Chicks
Emily Robison's Tonal Jamboree They've proved their mettle with more than six million albums sold and 14 big-time awards--including two Grammys--for their debut Wide Open Spaces. But a little known fact about the model-esque Dixie Chicks is that...
Ear Candy
L7 "Our basic trip is distortion," says L7 guitarist Donita Sparks, "but we always feel free to throw in something fresh, strange, or goofy." On Slap-Happy [Wax Tadpole/Bong Load], the inaugural release from LT's own label (after stints with indies...
Encore
After the failure of the 1958 Flying V and Explorer (their elevation to vintage guitar's Mount Olympus didn't come until later), Gibson president Ted McCarty enlisted Ray Dietrich, a car designer from Detroit, to design a guitar that was radical but...
Feedback
Acoustic-Electrics I enjoyed your October '99 cover story, "Best Budget Acoustic-Electrics." However, I would like to point out one small mistake: The Guild DV4 has a 25 5/8" scale, not 25.4" as reported. All full-sized Guild acoustics and Artist...
Fretwire
DEBUTANTE'S DEBUT: Since their break-up in 1997, all has been quiet on the Urge Overkill front. But the silence will be broken in February 2000, with former Urge frontman/guitarist Nash Kato's Debutante, which will be released on Pearl Jam guitarist...
Gerardo Nunez
Flamenco's Maverick Virtuoso "Pure flamenco has never been widespread, but it is the fountain--the basis for all flamenco--and it's always vigilant," says Gerardo Nunez. But Nunez, who at 37 is considered one of the best flamenco guitarists of his...
Heroes: Maybelle Carter
In August 1927, a talent scout for the Victor Recording Company--who was simply on a quest to document "hill country music"--managed to record two legends in Bristol, Tennessee: Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. Although Rodgers sold millions of...
Homeward Bound
Taj Mahal Reconnects American Folk and Blues to Africa IT'S old news that many musicologists believe rock and roll, jazz, blues, rap, and even bluegrass banjo originated in Africa. Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure has long claimed that the blues...
In Session
Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session Superstar jam sessions are typically about as exciting as day-old bread, but this December 6, 1983, studio performance by blues legends Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan is a rare exception. King apparently...
Lap Dancing
EXPLORE BEN HARPER'S RIFFS & TECHNIQUES Like many slide guitarists, Ben Harper plays in a number of tunings, but one stands out as his favorite. "1 call it DADDAD, and it comes from open-D tuning," he explains. "Here's open D--D, A, D, F#, A,...
Millennium Schmillennium
When that big lighted ball swoops down on Times Square and drop kicks the 20th Century into coffee-table picture books, it will simply be another new year for me. Hey, why add to the pressure of assessing the past 12 months--and forging idealized resolutions...
Mixolydian Magic
FOR THE PAST TWO ISSUES, WE'VE been exploring modes. Octobetes "Modes in a Nutshell" offered an overview of how modes are constructed and how they relate to major scales, and November's "Dancing with Dorian" explained how Dorian works with minor-7th...
New Gear
1. IBANEZ The limited edition STW 6/7-string double neck ($3,300) features a mahogany body, a fixed bridge for the 7-string, a locking tremolo for the 6-string, and rosewood fretboards. The 7-string sports dual humbuckers, while the 6-string features...
Performance Notes: Power Trios
Guitarists in power trios often worry about filling the space normally occupied by keyboards, horns, or another guitarist. But according to veteran rocker Ronnie Montrose, this outlook completely ignores one of the trio format's greatest benefits....
Pickboy Picks
As the guitar's sound starts at the strings, what you choose to strike those suckers with is pretty important. To this end, Pickboy manufactures its line of professional picks using materials that produce subtly different timbres right at the point...
Roots Radical
BEN HARPER AMPS UP THE FOLK-BLUES TRADITION "Make no mistake about it," says Ben Harper, "making a good record is pure, unadulterated pain. If you fall and break your leg--that's pain. But I'm telling you, the phase between pain and death? That's...
Royce Campbell
Romancing the Tone At 47, Royce Campbell hardly qualifies as one of jazz guitar's elder statesmen, but Campbell does embody many of the old guard's best values: romantic melodicism, versatility, and a full-flavored tone that comes from the hands...
Sneaky Fingering Secrets
HAVING EVOLVED FROM 19th-century parlor music, American fingerstyle guitar has sprouted many stylistic branches, including country blues, old-time country, Hawaiian slack-key, Chet Atkins-style, and ragtime. Despite their differences, these musics...
Street Smarts: Music Business Software
Computer-savvy musicians use software for everything from recording audio to printing CD artwork. But many artists overlook programs that can help with legal and business issues. While not as sexy as a cool plug-in, music-business software might ultimately...
Studio Log: Real-World References
The best resources for brilliant mixes are probably scattered all over your studio: commercial CDs. These discs are real-world "seminars" on how to forge disparate sounds into seductive blends of stereophonic majesty. Surprisingly, few home recordists...
Techno Tools: Cheap Computers
Windows-based computers have never been cheaper, so it's time to up-grade your aging CPU, supplement your Mac with a Windows machine, or add a second PC to your setup. Music applications have a different set of requirements than the office world, though,...
The Dawn of the Desktop Guitarist
I'D HEARD HE WAS A GREAT guitarist, but the first time I watched Jason Carmer work in the studio his performance was unimpressive--no discernable hooks, sloppy rhythm, and limb concern for chord changes. "Maybe he'll warm up after a few takes," I thought....
The Pandora PX3
The diminutive Pandora PX3 proves that bigger isn't necessarily better. Packing 56 types of multi-effects (with 50 factory and 50 user programs), a phrase trainer, an auto chromatic tuner, and 40 onboard drum and bass patterns into a 4.7"x3"x1" casing,...
The Seeker
STEVE VAI BALANCES PASSION, TECHNIQUE, AND SCHIZOPHRENIA Steve Vai is not intimidated easily. This, after all, is the guy who astounded Frank Zappa at the ripe old age of 18, followed Yngwie Malmsteen in Alcatrazz, and was the first guitarist to...