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Magazine article Guitar Player

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The sampler of work sent in by Andy Baylor showcases snippets ranging from a latter-era Beck-style instrumental to tasteful D.I.'d accompaniment as a sideman to an expletive-laden speed death metal version of "On Broadway." The son of a jazz musician, the 32-year-old points to Jeff Beck's There And Back as the turning point in his appreciation of music. The owner of a small recording studio, Andy writes, "I haven't been able to devote myself to one genre of music. I've done a lot of session work, some at Universal Studios in Chicago, ranging from gospel and funk to contemporary and country, with a few jingles thrown in. I currently work with three bands, and I'm in my studio every chance I get. I haven't ever stopped learning and improving." His main workhorse is a "battle-scarred, factory-second" Gibson Les Paul Custom. "But," he adds, "I have accumulated guitars much like a painter accumulates brushes, and the palette of tones is invaluable in the studio." Andy rides herd over Andyland Studios, 106 1/2 South Urbana Ave., Urbana, IL 61801.

Robert Hill's impressive slide technique draws liberally from the late Lowell George of Little Feat (with a little Ry on the side) on an original tune called "Slide On Rye." While more experimental and free-form, his second time, "Horizontal Mambo," travels similar routes. "I am currently gigging in the New York City area doing original material," Robert writes. "My main influences are Ry Cooder, Lowell George, and Jimi Hendrix." Hill runs his early-'70s Fender Strat, G&L ASAT Classic, G&L Legacy, and Fernandez Strat with a Hipshot Trilogy bridge through a Mesa Boogie Mark IV He slides with a Craftsman socket wrench or thin chrome tube, and gets most sounds straight from the amp. …

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