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Guitar Player October 2019

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{ from the editor }

I GOT A brief respite from the office in mid July when I headed down to Nashville for Summer NAMM. Unlike the sprawling winter show in Anaheim, the Music City event is a relatively compact affair that features fewer manufacturers and attendees. The pace is more relaxed, you can actually hear yourself talk, and Nashville’s music scene is a blast, full of stellar blues and country guitarists. There’s always something interesting to be found at Summer NAMM, as you’ll see in next issue’s gear roundup. Touring this year’s event, I was reminded once again about the innovative thinking that permeates the effects pedal market. Among the stompboxes that turned heads at the show were Boss’s new plug-and-play SY-1 synthesizer pedal (no fancy pickup needed) and Fender’s amazing Smolder Acoustic Overdrive, which…

3 min.
opening notes

Raid Dana’s Gear Stash! I love hearing from lucky winners and delighted guitarists who are some of Guitar Player’s most loyal readers. Many have said, “I never win anything. This made my day!” We’re happy to share our wares with the GP community and thrilled to know gear our own editors have played and reviewed will be gracing your pedalboards. Keep the stories coming! This month’s giveaway is the Cash Cow overdrive, from Danelectro’s Billionaire series. Designed to emulate the sound of a roaring 100-watt stack, the Cash Cow makes chords sound chunky and full-bodied while retaining plenty of clarity. For a chance to get this pedal on your board, send an email to nbmgearcoordinator@gmail.com with “Cash Cow” in the subject line. Deadline for entries is September 20. Note that all gear is…

3 min.
hoosier daddy

STEVE VAI, ERIC JOHNSON, Rudy Sarzo and Billy Sheehan were among the stars who headlined Sweetwater’s GearFest 2019 this past June. Held in the musical-instrument retailer’s home base of Fort Wayne, Indiana, the 18th annual GearFest featured live shows, clinics and workshops hosted by world-class music industry professionals, and, of course, truckloads of new instruments. In addition to the performers mentioned above, GearFest 2019 included session-master Pete Thorn, gristle-king Greg Koch, Courtney Cox of the Iron Maidens, YouTube sensation Rob Scallon and online Guitar Zoom educator Steve Stine. Rounding out the artists were a number of legendary musicians who performed, shared their knowledge of music and discussed career highlights. These included Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Dennis Chambers, Johnny A, Doyle Dykes, and country/bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, who performed with his group Kentucky…

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my life in five riffs

CHRIS SHIFLETT’S LONG CAREER path has seen him perform in many bands and genres. After starting out with the punk rock bands No Use for a Name and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, he landed with arena rockers Foo Fighters and pursued a solo career playing twangy country rock. Through it all, he’s tapped into his deep, lifelong love of rock and roll. Although he’s often a lead player, Shiflett has an ear for a memorable riff. Here are the top five that changed his life. THE ROLLING STONES, “SHATTERED” “This record came out in the late ’70s, when I was, like, seven years old, and it was one of those records you couldn’t get away from. So many of the Stones’ songs can be grasped even when you’re just starting…

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king cobra

THE INTRODUCTION OF Epiphone’s George Thorogood White Fang ES-125 TDC is a long-overdue tribute to the slide-wielding blues rocker whose badass-to-the bone guitar tone is one of the most recognizable around. Based on the vintage Gibson ES-125s that Thorogood has been slinging for decades, the White Fang ($899 street) has been optimized for the Delaware-born guitarist via a custom neck profile, Wilkinson Deluxe tuners, Epiphone ProBucker P-90 pickups, a wooden bridge and an eye-catching Bone white finish. Far from being just a sweet-looking signature model, however, the White Fang was born out of necessity. “I was kind of forced into it due to the fact that I had worn out all my old Gibson 125s,” Thorogood says. “They’re frail and they just kept breaking down, and we were spending thousands of…

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technical ecstasy

BRAZILIAN INSTRUMENTALIST Lari Basilio is everywhere lately. If you haven’t caught one of her scorching live performances, just search YouTube and you’ll find clips of her jamming with Steve Vai or Kiko Loureiro, and playing blues festivals with Keb’ Mo’, to name just a few of her latest appearances. A big part of the buzz is her signature style. Basilio is one of those special players who combines outstanding technical ability with a whole lot of feel. Originally from São Paulo and now based in Los Angeles, Basilio made a name for herself with two well-received instrumental recordings, live shows and instructional videos/clinics, including opening spots on clinics by Paul Gilbert and Andy Timmons. This year she reached the summit of all guitar camps as an instructor at the G4 Experience. For…