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1. Watch David Bowie's Stirring 1996 Acoustic Performance of "Heroes" (1/12/2016)
With all the recent talk about David Bowie the fashion icon, David Bowie the actor and David Bowie the "glam-rock alien," we might be in danger of forgetting that he also was David Bowie the guitar player. Below, check out a clip of Bowie perfor...
 
2. Dream Theater Premiere Trailer for New Album, 'The Astonishing' (1/12/2016)
Dream Theater have premiered a trailer for their new album, The Astonishing. You can check it out below. The album is made up of two acts (including 34 tracks) and is being called a rock opera by some outlets and reviewers. Regardless, it certai...
 
3. How to Build Intensity When Soloing at a Slow Tempo (1/12/2016)
Last time, I presented 12 bars of original soloing over a laid-back two-chord vamp—Em7 to A7—reminiscent of that heard in Pink Floyd's “Breathe” and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Riviera Paradise.” As you might recall, I started off slowly, with lots o...
 
4. Black Metal Legend Abbath Premieres Self-Titled Debut Album — Exclusive (1/12/2016)
After more than two decades fronting Norwegian black metal pioneers Immortal, Abbath is back with his corpsepainted face and a new sound. The iconic Norwegian black metal artist will release his self-titled debut album January 22 via Season of M...
 
5. NAMM 2016: Bedell Guitars Introduces Rio Acoustic Series (1/11/2016)
Brazilian rosewood has long been heralded as the pinnacle of guitar body tonewoods. Though many of the tonewoods in the rosewood family grow in the tropics, none has ever matched the magical Dalbergia nigra of Brazil. Decades of being buried i...
 
6. David Bowie Says Goodbye in His Last Music Video, "Lazarus" (1/11/2016)
Have you seen the music video for "Lazarus," a track from David Bowie's brand-new studio album, Blackstar? Maybe we're reading into things, but it seems Bowie is saying goodbye to the world in the clip, which you can watch below. The video, whic...
 
7. How David Bowie Helped Launch Stevie Ray Vaughan's Career (1/11/2016)
It’s crazy enough that, in the synth-happy early Eighties, Stevie Ray Vaughan had a top-20 hit with a Strat-fueled, 12-bar-blues shuffle called “Pride and Joy.” Even more bizarre is that, that same year, his raunchy Albert King–inspired bends g...
 
8. Forgotten Guitar: Amazing Footage of 22-Year-Old Randy Rhoads Soloing in 1979 (1/11/2016)
When Ozzy Osbourne was dismissed from Black Sabbath following the release of 1978’s Never Say Die, many believed the metal legend would never make it on his own. However, with his first solo effort, 1980's Blizzard of Ozz, Ozzy completely silen...
 
9. David Bowie Dead: Legendary Rocker Was 69 (1/11/2016)
David Bowie, the legendary musician, singer-songwriter and actor, died Sunday (January 10) after an 18-month-long battle with cancer. He was 69. His Facebook page officially announced the news: "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by hi...
 
10. NAMM 2016: Hear and See PRS Guitars' SE 277 Semi-Hollow Baritone with Soapbar Pickups in Action (1/8/2016)
Below, enjoy a new demo video of PRS Guitars' SE 277 Semi-Hollow Soapbar model. The guitar, which is being played by Bryan Ewald in the clip, is named for its baritone scale length. The 277 takes the traditional mahogany back and maple top plat...
 
11. Big Head Todd & The Monsters Premiere New Song, "Wipeout Turn" (1/8/2016)
GuitarWorld.com and Big Head Todd & the Monsters have teamed up to premiere "Wipeout Turn," the band's brand-new single. The song—which features a guitar solo highlighted by some seriously fine phrasing—will be available digitally January 11...
 
12. Megadeth Premiere New Song, "Dystopia" (1/8/2016)
Megadeth—with their new guitarist, Kiko Loureiro, in tow—have premiered the title track from their new album, Dystopia. The disc will be released January 22. "There's panic and there's chaos rampant in the streets, where useless thoughts of peac...
 
13. Secrets of Shred with Sammy Boller: A Guide to Sweep Arpeggios with Chromatic Runs (1/8/2016)
In this edition of Secrets of Shred, I’m going to show you a way of adding chromatic runs to your sweep arpeggios. This is a simple picking approach that can be applied to virtually any sweep pattern. In the following examples, I’ll show you a ...
 
14. The Doors' Robby Krieger Sheds Light — Album by Album — on One of Rock’s Most Mysterious Bands (1/8/2016)
The Doors’ Jim Morrison lit the world on fire, but it was guitarist Robby Krieger who supplied the matches. In 2008, the legendary axman shed light on one of rock’s most mysterious bands for Guitar World. “It was hard living with Jim.” Robby Kri...
 
15. NAMM 2016: Steve Vai and DiMarzio Team Up for New Vai Signature Guitar Straps (1/7/2016)
Steve Vai and DiMarzio have teamed up to create the new Steve Vai Signature DiMarzio Cliplock guitar straps. The straps feature original artwork created by the guitar virtuoso. “We’re especially pleased to release the Steve Vai Art ClipLock Gui...
 
16. NAMM 2016: DiMarzio Introduces Dark Matter and Velorum Special Edition Covers for Steve Vai Gravity Storm Pickups (1/7/2016)
DiMarzio announces the release of Gravity Storm hum-canceling pickups for electric guitars with special edition Dark Matter and Velorum covers in Neck (DP262F, DP264F) and Bridge (DP263F, DP265F) models. Gravity Storm Neck and Bridge Model humbu...
 
17. Slide Master Sonny Landreth's Ultimate Slide Guitar Lesson — Video (1/7/2016)
Late last year, Louisiana slide-guitar guru Sonny Landreth dropped by the Guitar World studio in New York City to demonstrate his incredible (but unconventional) slide techniques. You can watch the result of his visit below. Landreth started app...
 
18. NAMM 2016: Metallica's Kirk Hammett Introduces KHDK No. 1 Overdrive Pedal (1/7/2016)
With the recent success of its inaugural product, the Ghoul Screamer, Kirk Hammett's KHDK Electronics has unleashed the No. 1 Overdrive, an original tube-like overdrive pedal. From the company: The No. 1 Overdrive is a powerful, character-defi...
 
19. Virtual Jeff Lets You Put a Whammy Bar on Any Guitar, Even an Acoustic (1/7/2016)
All tremolo systems have their quirks, whether you use a Bigsby, Floyd Rose, two-point synchronized, floating or what have you. But a new system says it can deliver perfect tuning and accurate pitch bends on any electric…or acoustic, for that ma...
 
20. A Simple Scale That Works As a "Musical Dictionary" (1/7/2016)
Some of you might recognize Steve Stine, the guitarist in the July 2015 video below, from his many lessons (which include tab and video) on GuitarWorld.com (click here to see 'em all). But even if you don't, we think you'll enjoy this handy new ...
 
21. The DIY Musician: The Masterpieces of Deepseed Guitars (1/6/2016)
Rich Kennedy is one of those Renaissance men you meet and instantly like. He’s also one of the most fascinating guitar builders I’ve met in a long time. Kennedy is the luthier behind Deepseed Guitars, one of the new masters of cigar box guitars-...
 
22. NAMM 2016: Reverend Introduces Airwave 12-String Guitar (1/6/2016)
The Reverend Airwave 12 has retro styling without the retro issues. The bridge is fully intonateable for all 12 strings (independently), chords are always in tune and sound sweeter than you expect. The wide nut provides spacing for the extra...
 
23. NAMM 2016: Reverend Guitars Upgrades Its Pete Anderson PA-1 HB Model (1/6/2016)
The Reverend Pete Anderson PA-1 HB Custom has been given a makeover. New for 2016 are the beautiful colors: Satin Deep Sea Blue and a deeper Satin Violin Brown. Reverend also added a Bigsby for all your vibrato needs. Like the other PA-1 mode...
 
24. NAMM 2016: PRS Guitars Brings Back a Classic with Its New CE24 Bolt-On (1/6/2016)
Since the dawn of rock and roll, the snap and response that comes from a bolt-on neck guitar has been an essential part of the mix. These attributes have, in turn, become essential to many players trying to tell their story through music. The C...
 
25. Forgotten Guitar: Mark Knopfler’s Inspiration Behind Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" (1/6/2016)
In 2012, Mark Knopfler sat down (with his original 1958 Gibson Les Paul in hand) to discuss the inspiration behind the rock guitar classic, "Money for Nothing." The track’s percussive fingerstyle-infused riff is arguably one of the most recogni...
 
26. Lemmy Kilmister’s Memorial to Be Webcast Saturday, January 9 (1/6/2016)
In the wake of Lemmy Kilmister’s passing on December 28, a memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, January 9. Check out the full press release below: This Saturday, January 9, the world will come together and celebrate the life of our...
 
27. Lok-N-Roll Compensated Locking Nut Provides Proper Pitch and Compensation (1/6/2016)
The new Lok-N-Roll improves your guitar by providing proper pitch and compensation across the fretboard. The need to apply different string pressure on each string due to inherent sharp or flat notes is no longer an issue. Equal pressure on e...
 
28. Guns N' Roses Confirm Reunion Lineup: Slash and Duff Are Back (1/6/2016)
For the first time since 1993, a good chunk of Guns N’ Roses’ classic lineup will perform together when they headline the 2016 Coachella Music Festival in April. According to a new press release (January 5), GNR singer Axl Rose will be joined b...
 
29. 16-Year-Old Guitarist Spencer Rabin Covers Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" (1/6/2016)
Below, check out a brand-new cover of Jimi Hendrix's classic "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" by 16-year-old Chicago guitarist Spencer Rabin. Rabin, who started playing when he was 4, was influenced by Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde and—obviously—Hendr...
 
30. Steve Vai's Top 10 Rules For Success — Video (1/5/2016)
Late last year, YouTube user Evan Carmichael put together a video called "Steve Vai's Top 10 Rules For Success." The video, which you can check out below, is a compilation clip of sorts, in which Vai—shot in different settings and at different t...
 
31. Lester “Rusty” Paul, Son of Les Paul, Dead at 74 (1/5/2016)
Lester “Rusty” G. Paul, son of the innovator and musician Les Paul, died New Year’s Eve from complications associated with diabetes. He was 74. Rusty was a constant figure by his father’s side during the guitarist’s life and became a popular m...
 
32. AP International Begins Exclusive Distribution of TiSonix Titanium Hardware (1/5/2016)
AP International, distributors of Floyd Rose, Babicz Full Contact Hardware, KTS and ProRockGear, has become the exclusive distributor of TiSonix Titanium Hardware. Already manufacturers of the Floyd Rose Titanium Tremolo System, TiSonix’s enti...
 
33. NAMM 2016: Electro-Harmonix Introduces Lester G and Lester K Rotary Speaker Emulation Pedals — Video (1/5/2016)
Electro-Harmonix has announced its new Lester G and Lester K stereo rotary-speaker cabinet pedals. The Lester G was designed for guitarists and includes a dedicated compressor that maximizes the rotary speaker effect on guitar. The more compact...
 
34. Eddie Van Halen Reveals Newly Restored Iconic Steinberger 5150 Guitar (1/5/2016)
Among the many iconic guitars in Eddie Van Halen’s collection, one of the most striking is his small-bodied Steinberger 5150 striped GL2T. The guitar was built for Ed by luthier Jeff Babicz 30 years ago and quickly became part of Van Halen’s mus...
 
35. Early Stevie Ray Vaughan Tears It Up at the First Tornado Jam in May 1980 — Video (1/5/2016)
Yesterday, the good folks over at Legacy Recordings posted some unbelievably rare footage of a young Stevie Ray Vaughan in action with Double Trouble. Head to the bottom of this story to see a 25-year-old Vaughan perform May 11, 1980, at the fir...
 
36. Guns N' Roses Confirm Two Coachella Shows ... But Who's in the Band? (1/5/2016)
The speculation is officially over. At least some of it, anyway. Guns N’ Roses have confirmed that they will perform two shows at the 2016 Coachella festival. Those dates are April 16 and 23. However, the band hasn't publicly addressed the chanc...
 
37. Eddie Van Halen Reveals the Secrets Behind His Live Rig: Guitars, Amps, Effects and More (1/4/2016)
Here's a just a small taste of Guitar World's latest exclusive cover story. For the full interview—and all the intricacies, details and secrets behind Eddie Van Halen's live rig—pick up the February 2016 issue of GW. It's available at newsstands...
 
38. Nashville's J.D. Simo Shows Some Allman Joy on His Band’s New Album, 'Let Love Show the Way' (1/4/2016)
When J.D. Simo moved to Nashville in 2006, he was 21 and had already been on the road for seven years, having dropped out of high school to play music full time. He scuffled for a year, then got a gig in a poplar club band, gigging six nights a...
 
39. Anthrax Premiere New Song, “Breathing Lightning” (1/4/2016)
A new Anthrax song, “Breathing Lightning,” is now available for streaming. The song premiered on the BBC’s Radio 1 Rock Show; also included is a short interview with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian. “Breathing Lightning” is the second track to premi...
 
40. New Clip-On Speaker Amplifies an Unplugged Electric Guitar by Up to 12dB — Video (1/4/2016)
Like most guitarists, I enjoy hanging out with (and playing) an electric guitar when I'm watching TV on the couch, toiling away at work (hey, this is Guitar World), changing lightbulbs in the basement, etc. Even though an amp would make my guita...