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1. Kirk Hammett Talks About His Prize: Peter Green and Gary Moore's Les Paul — See It In Action (11/30/2015)
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett owns one of the most iconic and revered electric guitars: a 1959 Les Paul Standard that was previously owned by Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green and, subsequently, by his disciple, Irish rocker Gary Moore. Hammett, a fa...
 
2. Jason Newsted Discusses His Metallica Audition — Video (11/30/2015)
In this new extract from That Metal Show, which was posted to YouTube by VH1 November 30, bassist Jason Newsted discusses his Metallica audition and the death of Cliff Burton. Newsted joined Metallica in 1986 after Burton's death and remained a ...
 
3. PRS Guitars Unveils SE 277 Semi-Hollow Soapbar and SE 277 Baritones (11/22/2015)
PRS Guitars recently added two new baritone guitars, the new SE 277 Semi Hollow Soapbar and the SE 277, to its bevy of more affordable guitar model options. Tuned B to B, two and a half steps below standard, the two new baritones offer a taut m...
 
4. Seymour Duncan Launches Four- and Five-String Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbucker Pickups (11/22/2015)
Designed by Kevin Beller, bass player and Seymour Duncan head of R&D, the Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbucker utilizes two coils that sit next to each other under a standard single coil-sized cover. We start with the tone of a traditional sin...
 
5. Jimmy Page Plays Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" with Paul Rodgers and Nirvana, GNR Members — Video (11/20/2015)
Last night in Seattle, at the Experience Music Project Museum, a group of musicians got together to honor Jimmy Page. But no one expected the former Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin and Firm guitarist to actually perform. Then, as the night (and the Fi...
 
6. Rodrigo y Gabriela Premiere "Continuum" from 'Jaco' Soundtrack — Exclusive (11/18/2015)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of Rodrigo y Gabriela's new cover of "Continuum," a classic Jaco Pastorius track from his self-titled 1976 album. Rodrigo y Gabriela's new interpretation of the song is one of the highlights...
 
7. Alex Skolnick and Dave Ellefson Talk Metal Allegiance, Premiere "Can't Kill the Devil" Playthrough Video (11/17/2015)
“This is like a musician fishing trip,” says Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson on the final day of the Winery Dogs Camp. Ellefson and Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick were hired as guest instructors for the event, now in its second year. Prior t...
 
8. Steve Vai Talks Tony MacAlpine Benefit Show, Upcoming ‘Passion and Warfare’ Remaster and Next Vai Academy (11/16/2015)
As recently reported, guitar greats Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Billy Sheehan and keyboardist Derek Sherinian, are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacA...
 
9. John Paul Jones Performs Led Zeppelin's “When the Levee Breaks” with Former R.E.M. Members — Video (11/16/2015)
Late last week, former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones joined former members of R.E.M. on stage in Norway to perform Led Zeppelin's “When the Levee Breaks.” That performance, which you can check out below, took place as part of a “mini fest...
 
10. Watch the Official Trailer for 'Jaco,' Robert Trujillo's New Jaco Pastorius Documentary — Video (11/13/2015)
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has released the official theatrical trailer his new Jaco Pastorius documentary, Jaco. You can watch it below. The film chronicles the brief-but-extraordinary life and career of Pastorius, the remarkably talente...
 
11. Randy Rhoads' Mother, Delores Rhoads, Dead at 95 (11/12/2015)
Randy Rhoads' mother, Delores Rhoads, has died. She was 95. Bassist Rudy Sarzo, who played with Randy Rhoads in Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne's band, broke the news yesterday via his Facebook page. “The world today has lost one of the most gracio...
 
12. Friend of Duff McKagan’s Wife: “Guns N’ Roses Are Coming Back, MFers!” (11/11/2015)
Did a friend of Duff McKagan’s wife just reveal that the original Guns N’ Roses are reuniting? On November 3, as Susan Holmes-McKagan and her pal Brandi Glanville were being interviewed at Rhonda’s Kiss All-Star Benefit Concert for cancer in Los...
 
13. The Zombies Premiere "Moving On" Music Video — Exclusive (11/11/2015)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Moving On," a new music video by the Zombies. The track is from the legendary British band's new studio album, Still Got That Hunger, which was released October 9 via The End Records. Th...
 
14. Stéphan Forté Premieres Uncensored "Sector A Undead" Music Video [NSFW] — Exclusive (11/11/2015)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Sector A Undead," a new NSFW music video by Stéphan Forté. The track is from Forté's latest album, 2014's Enigma Opera Black. “Being a big horror movie fan, I’ve always wanted to do a sh...
 
15. Readers' Poll: Best Rock Headphone Song Ever — "Comfortably Numb" (Pink Floyd) Vs. "Dogman" (King's X) (11/9/2015)
What, exactly, is a headphone song? The definition changes depending on who you are. For audiophiles, a headphone song—or album, for that matter—is a work that is so exquisite that it demands you listen to each beautifully recorded note under a ...
 
16. Bassist Zack Merrick on All Time Low's Past, Present and 'Future Hearts' (11/6/2015)
For guys who are only in their mid-twenties, All Time Low—and their pop-inspired punk sound—have experienced a great deal of success. In the 10 years since starting out as a group of high schoolers from Baltimore...
 
17. Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5 Join Benefit for Tony MacAlpine (11/6/2015)
Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. The Benefit...
 
18. Mr. Big's Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan Team Up for Monster Performance in 2009 — Video (11/6/2015)
For today's Friday Flashback, we revisit June 20, 2009, when Mr. Big performed at the world-famous Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. During the second half of the band's set, which is available as an impressive CD/DVD called Back to Budokan, bassist Bill...
 
19. Nashville Power Trio Simo Offer Free Download of New Single, "Long May You Sail" (11/5/2015)
Today, GuitarWorld.com and Simo have teamed up to offer a free download of the band's new single, "Long May You Sail." The song is from the Nashville power trio’s new album, Let Love Show the Way, which is scheduled for a January 2016 release vi...
 
20. Readers' Poll: Best Rock Headphone Song Ever — "Crystal Skull" (Mastodon) Vs. "Dogman" (King's X) (11/5/2015)
What, exactly, is a headphone song? The definition changes depending on who you are. For audiophiles, a headphone song—or album, for that matter—is a work that is so exquisite that it demands you listen to each beautifully recorded note under a ...
 
21. Javier Reyes' Mestis Premiere New Album, 'Polysemy' — Exclusive (11/3/2015)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of Polysemy, the new album by Mestis, a new project fronted by Animals As Leaders guitarist Javier Reyes. The album, which will be released November 6 via Sumerian Records, showcases Reyes' ...
 
22. Dimebag Darrell's Riffer Madness: How to Bust Out of a Rut — Lesson with Tab (10/30/2015)
This entry comes from Dimebag Darrell's classic Guitar World column, "Riffer Madness." What's up, Daddy?! This month we're gonna talk about some ways you can dig yourself out of a playing rut. Whenever you get into a rut, always try and remember...
 
23. Guitar Smashers: The 11 Deadliest Ax Wielders of All Time — Video (10/29/2015)
Musicians are a temperamental lot. When the music is flowing and the vibes are good, we couldn’t be happier. But if our guitars won’t tune, the audience is a drag or the P.A. sounds like crap, all bets are off. Oddly, the objects of our wrath ar...
 
24. Positive Grid Launches BIAS Pedal, the First Tone-Match Distortion Modeler — Video (10/29/2015)
Positive Grid, creator of the best selling BIAS Amp and BIAS FX guitar amp processors, today announced the launch of BIAS Pedal, the first cross platform distortion processor for both mobile and desktop devices. For the first time, guitarists an...
 
25. Keith Richards' Guitar Tech Reveals Keef's Studio Rig (10/29/2015)
“Bring me the usual, plus surprise me.” That’s what Keith Richards would generally tell his longtime guitar tech, Pierre de Beauport, before the start of a session for Crosseyed Heart. It was de Beauport’s enviable job to visit Richards’ equip...
 
26. Kirk Hammett Confirms Metallica Are Recording New Album (10/29/2015)
Kirk Hammett has confirmed that Metallica are indeed working on their next album. HeavyMetalAbout.com asked the guitarist if it's "freeing" for Metallica to be at the point in their career where they don't have to record studio albums. "Absolute...
 
27. Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival 2015: Guitar Heaven with Dweezil Zappa, Lee Ritenour and More in Idyllic Bigfork, Montana (10/28/2015)
This past September, I had the great privilege of being asked to participate in the sixth annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Bigfork, Montana, as an Artist in Residence, where I served as an instructor in group and private capaciti...
 
28. Wrecking Crew Legend Carol Kaye Gives Kiss' Gene Simmons a Bass Lesson — Video (10/28/2015)
In the world of bass guitar, Carol Kaye is a legend. Kaye, who turned 80 earlier this year, was a member of LA's legendary "Wrecking Crew" and is known as one of the most prolific and widely heard bassists, playing on an estimated 10,000 session...
 
29. Ne Obliviscaris Premiere "Painters of the Tempest (Part II) Triptych Lux" Playthrough Video — Exclusive (10/28/2015)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new playthrough video featuring bassist Brendan Brown of Australian extreme progressive metal band Ne Obliviscaris. The song, "Painters of the Tempest (Part II) Triptych Lux," is from t...
 
30. Jimmy Page Plays Chopin at 1983 ARMS Concert — Video (10/27/2015)
Jimmy Page has demonstrated his guitar talents in a range of musical styles over the course of his career, from hard rock to folk. And for one celebrated event, he dabbled ever so briefly in classical, when he adapted Frédéric Chopin’s Prelude i...
 
31. 2016 Experience Hendrix Tour Will Roll Through U.S. in February and March (10/27/2015)
The Experience Hendrix Tour—often hailed as the guitar event of the year—is set to return in 2016. This next edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour will include 27 performances in February and March, stopping in more than two dozen cities along ...
 
32. Rudy Sarzo on Randy Rhoads' Mentoring, Quiet Riot's Documentary and the Joys of "Fitting In" (10/23/2015)
Rudy Sarzo. For more than 35 years he’s played bass alongside some of the biggest names in rock, including Ozzy Osbourne, David Coverdale and Ronnie James Dio, but what Guitar World readers really want to know is… Why do you think you have been ...
 
33. Eight of the Hottest New Electric-Acoustic Hybrid Guitars on the Market (10/13/2015)
In the photo gallery below, Guitar World picks eight of the hottest new electric-acoustic hybrid guitars on the market today. The galley includes models by Schecter Guitars, Yamaha, Taylor Guitars, Epiphone, Music Man, Line 6, D’Angelico Guitars...
 
34. Bass Player Live! 2015 Announces More Appearances, Including Robert Trujillo, Rex Brown and Mike Inez (10/13/2015)
The crew behind Bass Player Live! 2015 recently announced they'll be giving the Lifetime Achievement Award to Motörhead bass icon Lemmy Kilmister. Now they've announced more Bass Player Live! 2015 appearances, including Metallica's Robert Truji...
 
35. Zakk Sabbath, Zakk Wylde's Black Sabbath Cover Band, Play "War Pigs" (10/12/2015)
Late last week, Zakk Wylde's Black Sabbath cover band, Zakk Sabbath, performed a set at the Slidebar in Fullerton, California. Below, you can watch two decent fan-filmed clips of the band playing "War Pigs" from the October 8 show. Besides Wylde...
 
36. Tony Iommi, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Warren Haynes Recruited for 2016 Rock Fantasy Camp (10/12/2015)
Steve Vai, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde and Warren Haynes have signed on for the 2016 edition of Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, taking place February 11–14 in Los Angeles. The guitarists will take part in the camp’s Q&A sessions and the concluding ja...
 
37. Gear Review: Vick Audio 73 Ram’s Head Pedal (10/9/2015)
Sometime in the Seventies, a man named Bert Lance brought the now-popular phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” into our lexicon. While I doubt Lance was talking about the Big Muff distortion pedal, it seems he certainly could've been—at lea...
 
38. Rut-Busters for Guitarists, Part 5 of 8: Get Out of Your Basement and Play with Real People! (10/9/2015)
Welcome to Part 5 of my new series of lessons, "Rut Busters for Guitarists." These lessons are aimed at breaking through barriers that might be keeping you from improving as a guitarist. Some lessons will simply supply you with food for thought,...
 
39. Expert Advice: 25 More Ways to Play (and Sound) Better Right Now (10/8/2015)
We figure that if you’re going to expand and maximize your talents, you might as well learn from the best. So we offer these 25 tips from guitarists who know their stuff—from rock royalty to jazz patriarchs to any-and-all, top-of-their-game bad ...
 
40. 100 Bass Riffs: A Brief History of Groove on Bass and Drums — Video (10/7/2015)
Hey, there are no guitars in this video! That's nice. Anyway, check out "100 Bass Riffs: A Brief History of Groove on Bass and Drums," a 2014 video by the crew at Chicago Music Exchange. It's a brief (and fun) history of groove performed on bass...