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Guitar Player February 2020

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12 Números

en este número

3 min.
{ from the editor }

ON A LATE-AUGUST evening in 1964, a car ferried Bob Dylan from his home in upstate New York to the Delmonico Hotel in New York City for a historic meeting with the Beatles. The date has gone down in history as the night Dylan turned the English pop group onto grass. It’s assumed that this initiation took the Fab Four down a path to the mind-expanding experimentalism that resulted in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band less than three years later. But that night was also significant for the bonds that were created. The Beatles had been Dylan fans since their stay in Paris in January of that year, when they’d first heard him by way of his album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. Simultaneously, Dylan was falling for the Beatles’ breakthrough…

3 min.
raid our stash!

This month’s giveaway is a Walrus Audio Emissary Parallel Boost pedal. This two-in-one boost is designed to give your tone a boost and your nose a “sinus clearing experience,” per the manufacturer. It features two independent boost circuits running in parallel: a clean, high-headroom JFET boost that gives upper frequencies a slight emphasis to brighten your tone, and a mid boost that can be selectively targeted for either 800 Hz or 1 kHz. Use one or the other by itself, or mix them in combination by turning up each knob to whatever level you desire. Want this box on your’board? Send an email with the word “Emissary” in the subject line to stash.raid@gmail.com, and you just might win! The deadline is February 3, 2020. All gear is “as is.” Police State of…

1 min.

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8 min.
heaven can wait

BACK IN THE early 2000s, as nu-metal seethed and hip-hop and dance music burgeoned, rock fans and the media which covered the genre were desperate to find a new gang of long-haired riff slingers to champion. And for a minute, at least, that band was the Les Paul–wielding, unitard-wearing, Queen-and-Thin-Lizzy–worshipping U.K. act known as the Darkness. “When we came out in 2003 with our debut, Permission to Land, all the press was like, ‘This is the band that’s going to save rock and roll,’” recalls singer and guitarist Justin Hawkins. “And to me it was like, ‘Well, what kind of peril is rock and roll actually in? Is it teetering on the edge of a volcano, or is it just that nobody’s done anything exciting with it for a while?’ And…

7 min.
proof of concept

YOU COULDN’T REALLY blame Bryan Beller for playing it safe. Despite his talent and high-profile gigs with the likes of Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and the Aristocrats, it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the bass savant. He’s had his ups and downs, and thought about packing it in. But these days, he’s finally hitting his stride, and, metaphorically speaking, he’s settling into a groove. So what’s his prudent, non-boat-rocking game plan? To make an 18-song, 88-minute concept album, of course. Scenes From the Flood (Onion Boy Records) isn’t just the least likely course of action for a working musician. It’s also a dramatic, spectacular musical journey that explores the heavy and the subtle, acoustic and electric, and — to borrow a phrase — light and shade. It features, first…

8 min.
space man

DEVENDRA BANHART GAVE his new album from Nonesuch Records the title Ma, and true to that word, the subject matter on the record is largely concerned with the ties that bind people to one another and to the world at large, be they maternal, spiritual, cultural or geographical. However, Banhart says there was another, more specifically musical motivation behind his choosing that title. “Right before we began recording, I was in Japan and I came across this word, ma, a philosophical term for essence, or space,” he explains. “The example for ma is an empty cup, and the essence of that cup is the empty space. So I began thinking about that in the context of music. The essence of the song is not just the notes but the space between those…