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Guitar Player

February 2021

The only magazine committed to the most experienced and serious guitar players. Get Guitar Player digital magazine subscription today for the finest lessons and master classes, interviews with top artists, recording tips, and extensive product reviews.

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United States
Future Publishing Limited US
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
gimme danger

I GREW UP THINKING of hard rock as dangerous music. I wasn’t entirely wrong. As a young musician with older brothers, and parents who indulged our musical interests, I was exposed to everything from the Who to the MC5 in the 1960s, well before I turned 10, and saw some hard-rock acts of the day performing at free outdoor concerts in and around the Detroit area. It was a rough scene in a rough place, a sense that perhaps no band represented better in their music or stage show than the MC5, a truly revolutionary band of musical rebels. But like most rebellious things, it was seductive as well, and I soaked up everything I could from that time, especially local acts like the MC5, Grand Funk Railroad and the…

3 min.
opening notes

When It’s Love I’ve only gotten about halfway through the issue [Holiday 2020], but I had to stop and let Matt Blackett know what an amazing writer he is. The EVH tribute is so heartfelt and well crafted. Excellent use of the quotes, superb storytelling and masterful weaving of personal feelings and observations with professional knowledge and experience from himself and others. And kudos to the entire staff at GP for getting the issue together quickly and thoughtfully. Excellent! Even to the detail of the EVH guitar graphics on the sides of the pages. Yes, I am of the Beatles, Hendrix and Clapton generation. But Eddie was special. I can’t say any more here than you most eloquently already have. I just wanted to thank you at GP for a job well…

1 min.
how to contact us!

SUBSCRIPTIONS Renewals/Questions: help@mymagazine.co.uk New Orders: help@magazinesdirect.com Phone: 800-289-9839 Mail: Guitar Player Subscriptions P.O. Box 2029, Langhorne, PA 19047 GUITARPLAYER.COM JACKSON MAXWELL Online and Social Media Managing Editor jackson.maxwell@futurenet.com WEBSITE & SOCIAL GUITARPLAYER.COM FACEBOOK.COM/GUITARPLAYERMAG TWITTER.COM/GUITARPLAYERNOW THE MAGAZINE CHRISTOPHER SCAPELLITI Editor-in-Chief chris.scapelliti@futurenet.com ART THOMPSON Senior Editor arthur.thompson@futurenet.com ROSIE WEBBER Art Editor rosie.webber@futurenet.com JUDE GOLD Los Angeles Editor judegold@gmail.com JIMMY LESLIE Frets Editor j@jimmyleslie.com DAVE HUNTER Gear Section & Video Contributor dhunterwordsmusic@yahoo.com JIMMY BROWN Lessons Editor jimmy.brown@futurenet.com…

5 min.
planet-friendly player

SUCH IS THE difficulty of establishing an original new guitar design that many otherwise talented builders abandon the effort altogether and simply re-create their own version of the Stratocaster, Jazzmaster or Les Paul. Contrary to this, Canadian luthier Tom Bartlett made a new classic in grand style a few years back when he teamed up with Kim LaFleur of Historic Makeovers and Swedish designer Magnus Melkersson to develop the Retrospec model [reviewed in GP, July 2014]. Previously known for his high-end, detail-perfect guitars created through fastidious research of original ’Bursts, Bartlett packaged the essential ingredients and proportions of a vintage-style Les Paul into the Retrospec’s uniquely stylized body and immediately won plaudits from players who normally wouldn’t touch anything but a guitar shaped exactly like the real thing. Now Bartlett has…

6 min.
balancing act

BLACK STONE CHERRY are more than a band. They’re practically a family. The American hard-rock quartet’s members have been friends for more than 20 years and began playing music together when they were still at school in Edmonton, Kentucky. They even have a familial connection with another area group, the Kentucky Headhunters; Drummer John Fred Young is the son of the Headhunter’s rhythm guitarist, Richard Young. Consisting of Young, bassist Jon Lawhon, lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Robertson and rhythm guitarist Ben Wells, BSC have a unique take on the traditional southern rock sound, adding pulverising downtuned riffs that have won them fans in the metal and hard-rock arenas, all while maintaining a roots feel that has helped them score airplay on mainstream country radio. Their new album, The Human Condition…

8 min.
my career in five songs

OVER THE COURSE of more than three decades as lead guitarist and co-songwriter for Soundgarden, Kim Thayil was responsible for crafting some of the most twisted, psychedelic and downright heavy riffs and solos in the modern rock canon. So it’s not surprising that when people think of him as a musician, “the first thing that comes to mind is the body of work that I did with Soundgarden,” Thayil says. But, he adds, “there’s other stuff that I’m really satisfied with as well.” Which is all the more reason why Thayil was happy to sit down with Guitar Player and discuss some of his favorite guitar performances from his long and illustrious career. Not content to stick with five tracks, he gave us six worthy recordings to consider. They comprise, of…