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Guitar Player

September 2021

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let it beatles

THERE ARE MANY ways to approach the Beatles’ career: album by album, era by era, haircut by haircut. But the group’s choices of guitars and other gear is an especially enjoyable and revealing method for examining the development of their music and sounds. The period beginning in 1968 is particularly interesting, as it was then that some great new guitars and amps entered the picture during the making of the White Album. Come January 1969 and the recording of Let It Be, their gear lineup expanded with the addition of several pieces from Fender, including the company’s then-new silverface amps, which make a such a pleasing sight in the previews for director Peter Jackson’s new documentary, The Beatles: Get Back. This issue, we take a look at that gear and…

6 min
more paul

IN HIS CAREER as a guitar builder, Jon Sullivan has likely agonized over a myriad of decisions regarding the form and function of his eye-catching instruments, but what to call them was never up for debate. “I got my first electric guitar in 1983, when I was 12,” he recalls. “It was a Maxitone, from the Matsumoku factory in Japan, that was a very ’60s, Jetsons-like bastardization of a Strat. I was very excited about it, and I took a Sharpie and signed ‘Sully’ on the headstock. So it was always going to be a thing.” Like many guitar-obsessed teens who came of age in the ’80s, Sullivan, who grew up in Lombard, Illinois, spent his teenage years learning the licks of hard-rock icons such as Ace Frehley, Eddie Van Halen,…

7 min
karma chameleon

HOW AARON LEE TASJAN spent his lone semester at the Berklee College of Music says a lot about his interests as a guitar player. After winning a scholarship through a high school jazz band competition, he largely put off attending class, preferring to hole up in his room and listen to Wilco’s experimental-pop classic Yankee Hotel Foxtrot on repeat. “Berklee was really eye-opening in a lot of ways,” he recalls. “Just sitting in the room with some of the other kids that were warming up, I thought, I’m probably not going to be a jazz guitar player for a living any time soon if this is the competition. At the time, I was really hungry to play gigs. I had a lot of hot air in my head and I just…

6 min
the feel’s the thing

WHEN HE WAS 16, an age when most guitarists are still dreaming of playing their first high-school dances, Marcus Machado got a call to perform the National Anthem at an Orlando Magic NBA game before a sell-out crowd of 20,000. “I should have been nervous, but the truth is, I was elated,” he says with a laugh “The crowd actually helped me perform. Practicing in my bedroom, I had always imagined what it would be like playing to an arena full of people, so when I heard them cheering for me, it wasn’t scary at all. It was pretty magical.” In the years since his arena debut, Machado would be called to perform the National Anthem a few more times. One such appearance was at Madison Square Garden before a New…

9 min
my career in five songs

DUANE EDDY HAS something only the greatest guitarists can claim: an instantly identifiable sound. The word twangy was coined to brand his sonic signature way back in the 1950s, and the tag has stuck ever since, thanks to its repetition in album titles like Have ‘Twangy’ Guitar Will Travel and The ‘Twang’s’ the ‘Thang.’ Remarkably, a record company executive rejected his first single for “sounding like somebody trying to string telephone wire across the Grand Canyon” — which is a pretty cool description of Eddy’s magic. Awarded Guitar Player’s Legend award in 2004, Eddy was just the second recipient of the prize, beaten only by Les Paul the previous year. In the years before and since, he’s enjoyed no shortage of justly deserved accolades. With one of the longest careers…

5 min
rick and roll music

RICKENBACKER’S EXPLOSION IN popularity in the 1960s came courtesy of an unlikely and convoluted combination of circumstances: a British band selling a U.S.-made guitar back to the American audience, all thanks to an admittedly oddball model originally purchased in Germany. But while anything the Beatles laid their hands on made for an easy ride in the marketing department, the Rickenbacker 325 and its brethren proved to have a lot going for them in their own right. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Rickenbacker was born in the late ’50s or early ’60s, given the way its guitars hit the scene with John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles, the Byrds’ Roger McGuinn and the Who’s Pete Townshend, among others. In fact, this manufacturer’s origins extend back to the very dawn…