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Guitar World

December 2020

Guitar World is the world’s leading guitar magazine. Professionals and beginners alike turn to Guitar World for top-flight coverage of their favorite artists, from rock titans like Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Metallica's Kirk Hammett to contemporary stars like the White Stripes' Jack White and Tool's Adam Jones. Every issue of Guitar World magazine offers broad-ranging interviews that cover technique, instruments and lifestyles as well as Guitar World’s famously thorough lessons and transcriptions.

United Kingdom
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
strange things are afoot at the circle k

THERE’S A SEMI-CLASSIC Monty Python sketch about the Royal Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things, a group of stuffy, tuxedo-clad gents who sit around all day, making sure things are placed on top of other things. When members report that lots of things have been put on top of other things, they cheer, applaud and bang on the table. When they notice the opposite, they get upset, make disapproving faces and yell “shame!” As the editor of a guitar magazine, I sometimes feel as though I’m a member of a similar society, only ours would be called the Society for Making Sure Guitars Are Everywhere. If I were in such a society, I’d probably be stomping madly on the table after watching Bill & Ted Face the Music,…

4 min.
sounding board

Giving Us Fair Warning Just started reading the October 2020 issue featuring the 40-year anniversary of Rush’s Permanent Waves. I think a great story would be to do a 40-year anniversary tribute to Van Halen’s Fair Warning in 2021. I think many GW readers would agree that this album is one of the best electric guitar albums of all time. Plus, it’s been too long since King Edward has been on the cover. — Erik Geiser Shredding North of the Border Please tell Adam Kovac [writer of “The North Stars,” October 2020] that there’s a Canadian show on YouTube called “Shredders of Metal.” It features Canadian guitarists in head-to-head competition. Some of them are simply amazing, especially having to play in front of judges like Alex Skol-nick and Ben Weinman. So Canada has its…

1 min.

Brian Levesque AGE: 45 HOMETOWN: Fitchburg, MA GUITARS: Ibanez RG1070pbz, Schecter C-1 FRS SLS Elite, Ibanez S470dxqm, Ibanez acoustic SONGS I’VE BEEN PLAYING: Steve Vai “I Would Love To,” Eric Johnson “Song for George,” Yngwie Malmsteen “Arpeggios from Hell,” Def Leppard “Too Late for Love” GEAR I WANT MOST: Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier Head, Ibanez PIA, Jackson PC-1 Joshua Ammons AGE: 16 HOMETOWN: Sheboygan, WI GUITARS: Gibson SG Special, Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop, Fender Telecaster, Epiphone Les Paul Traditional, Guild 2512 Jumbo, Epiphone AJ SONGS I’VE BEEN PLAYING: Various surf tunes, Led Zeppelin “Good Times Bad Times” and lots of originals with my band, Natural Selection GEAR I MOST WANT: Gretsch G2420T-P90, Martin 000-28, Gibson SG Classic Shawn Hoskins AGE: 53 LOCATION: Butte, MT GUITARS: Minarik Lotus, Dean Razorback, Cort AXE SONGS I’VE BEEN PLAYING: Nirvana “Dive,” Kiss “X-Ray Eyes” and songs off my new album…

6 min.
right-hand man

VULFPECK FUNK MAESTRO Cory Wong was first exposed to music by his “music freak, music head” father, who’d constantly play records around the house. As a result, Wong’s formative years were played out against a soundtrack provided by Jimi Hendrix, Joe Pass, Pat Metheny and Ralph Towner. “My dad had all this ECM catalog, the CTI jazz catalog and the Blue Note catalog — and then he had all this classic rock catalog,” he tells us on a rain-soaked day in the U.K. A great deal of the music he heard courtesy of his dad was guitar-driven, and the young Wong was “interested in the sound, interested in what it did to me emotionally, how the music made me feel.” He became curious about rhythm playing and, through intense metronome-based practice,…

1 min.
ben hur auwarter of electric mob

1 Lenny Kravitz, “Always on the Run” Just Slash being Slash, plus a bucket full of a funky groove. The riff is simple, effective and heavy on its own. You can almost hear the fun he had recording the solo. 2 Bon Jovi, “Dry County” The nuances of the song are just a work of art, and Richie Sambora gets all of that in a soulful guitar solo that suddenly starts growing and kicks in pure awesomeness before it all gets calm again. Amazing composition. 3 Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Rude Mood” I wish I could go back in time just to experience once again the feeling I had when I first heard this song. SRV is one of the greatest of all time and his unique style of playing is out of this world. 4 Aerosmith,…

8 min.
swan dive

“KIESEL INSTRUMENTS ARE so versatile, they can cover all styles and extremely well,” says Will Swan, guitarist in Californian post-hardcore quintet Dance Gavin Dance. The last year or so has kept him busy — not only with writing, recording and releasing his group’s ninth full-length, Afterburner — but also finalizing his own signature Kiesel, which was announced back in February. Available in five finishes, it’s a single-cutaway curved top featuring Kiesel’s Beryllium humbuckers and a white acrylic swan inlay around the 12th fret. For Swan, the main attraction with the Beryllium pickups was the fact they weren’t overly compressed. Instead, there’s more clarity coming from Alnico II magnets and vintage-style windings, voiced more like the classic guitars of old than the maximized output typically appointed to modern instruments. “I’ve always been into…