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Guitar Player

December 2020

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3 min.
when the levee breaks

JIMMY PAGE HAS been many things in his life: guitarist, songwriter, session player, producer, rock-star style icon. His journey through the 1960s saw the teenage guitarist grow through a succession of bands to become an in-demand session guitarist and producer on his way to leading the Yardbirds and, their successor, Led Zeppelin. Through it all, he developed an ear for sound that would define Zeppelin’s bombastic hard-rock productions and arrangements, and give shape to the sound of heavy metal. Page’s journey was very much on our minds when we had the rare opportunity to speak with him. The occasion was the release of his new book, Jimmy Page: The Anthology (Genesis Publications), in which the rock guitar icon discusses the instruments and other artifacts that have played a role in his…

3 min.
first we take manhattan

Thanks to you and the team for this great issue. I’ll try to make this quick. Mid ’80s summer, my drummer buddy tells me he’s got tickets for Stevie Ray Vaughan at the Pier in NYC. Who? (I hadn’t heard of him.) “He’s a great blues guitarist. Trust me, you’ll love him.” We are waiting outside the venue on the street. There was one way in for the audience and artists; the other end of the place is on the Hudson River. A limo pulls up, the band hops out, and this guy with cowboy boots, baggy suit and a big hat with a feather saunters by. I look at my friend. “What the f—did you bring me to?” “Trust me,” he said smiling. Stevie started playing, and saying I was…

1 min.
how to contact us!

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5 min.
working the angles

IT’S HARD TO create an electric-guitar design that pays tribute to past classics while looking fresh and original. Yet, that’s what Frank Brothers Guitar Company of Toronto, Canada, has achieved with the Arcade, and it’s earned raves. The company was founded in 2014 by luthiers Nick and Tim Frank and their managerial partner (and older brother) Jon. They are the third generation of Franks to work in music making and engineering, following grandfather Philip, first violinist with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, and father Jim, an award-winning recording engineer who worked with Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper and the Guess Who. But their real motivation comes from a desire to bring their customers’ ideas to life. “The rarity of our guitars is part of the excitement,” Tim tells us. “Often, people who order…

7 min.
blues dues

ARMED WITH A STONISHING chops, great tone and an encyclopedic knowledge of blues styles (check out his YouTube demos to see him in action), Kirk Fletcher is a veritable force of nature who has played with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, toured with Joe Bonamassa and traveled the world, playing what he calls “the music closest to my heart.” On his sixth solo release, My Blues Pathway (Cleopatra Records), the Blues Music Award–nominated guitarist presents a selection of original songs that run the gamut from classic blues forms, such as “Struggle for Grace,” “Heart So Heavy” and “D is for Denny,” to the Memphis-style soul of “Love Is More Than a Word,” the pop-savvy “Ain’t No Cure for the Downhearted” (co-written with Robert Cray bassist and songwriter Richard Cousins) and the funky…

10 min.
flight of the phenix

“ALL I EVER wanted to do was play guitar, and it’s taken me many different places—physically and mentally,” Peter Frampton writes in his new autobiography, Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir. Written with Alan Light, the tell-all elaborates thoroughly on that statement, as the guitarist reveals his career highs with Humble Pie and his monster solo breakthrough album, Frampton Comes Alive!. and his personal lows, including his struggles with substance abuse and recent battle with the muscle disease inclusion body myositis. In addition to sharing stories about his friendships with artists that include George Harrison and David Bowie, Frampton discusses his own relationship with the guitar, including one very special—and now quite famous—instrument: his mid-1950s Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty.” That guitar is the subject of this excerpt from…