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Guitar Player

August 2020

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Future Publishing Limited US
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3 min.
carry on strong

IF THERE IS a message to be taken from this issue’s cover story, it’s simply “Don’t give up.” In early 1980, AC/DC were on the cusp of a commercial breakthrough. Highway to Hell, their 1979 album, had been a Top-20 record in the U.S., putting the Australian group in a make-or-break position to barrel its way to the highest reaches of the charts the next time around. They had already begun working on their follow-up release. But the band’s dreams seemed to meet an abrupt end on February 19, when its frontman, Bon Scott, died after a night out in London. Over the next month, the dispirited group considered disbanding. It was Scott’s own parents who convinced them not to give up. After auditioning singers, they recruited Brian Johnson, the frontman for…

3 min.
opening notes

Raid Our Stash! Whether you need a tone-enhancing buffer or more gain for soloing, the Teisco Boost is a versatile pedal that can do it all. Modeled after a vintage preamp, the Boost is loaded with a field-effect transistor (FET) for softer, more organic clipping, and it can run at either nine or 24 volts for added headroom. There’s also an EQ profile switch with three settings for additional tone shaping. To get this pedal on your board, send an email with the word “Boost” in the subject line to stash.raid@gmail.com, and you just might win! The deadline is July 27, 2020. Please note that all gear is “as is.” Hail, Weezer! Thanks for the great interview with Rivers Cuomo [June 2020]. I haven’t listened to Fates Warning in years, and it was great…

1 min.
how to contact us!

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5 min.
re-enter the sundragon

WHILE HE’S MOST closely associated with the 1959 sunburst Les Paul Standards and 100-watt Marshalls that he employed both onstage and in the studio for the majority of Led Zeppelin’s mighty reign, Jimmy Page used an altogether different bit of kit to record the group’s landmark 1969 self-titled debut. The guitarist’s ax of choice for Led Zeppelin was a stock 1959 Fender Telecaster that had been gifted to him by fast friend (and fellow ex-Yardbird) Jeff Beck. That historic guitar has recently been commemorated with a Fender signature model, complete with a reproduction of the mystical Sundragon painting that Page applied to the instrument after receiving it. Unlike the Telecaster, which Page used on Zeppelin’s early tours, and which can therefore be seen in a number of videos, the late-1950s Supro…

6 min.
guitar not required

OVER A TWO-DECADE, Thursday-night residency at New York City’s legendary 55 Bar, Wayne Krantz developed one of the most distinctive voices on the electric guitar. His highly syncopated, chord-based approach employs a Strat-style guitar set to the clean, “out-of-phase” tone of the bridge and middle pickups together. However, it’s his brilliantly creative, funky and often dissonant improvisations for which he is known best. Whether performing with one of his trios at 55 Bar, or on tour as KCL, with drummer Keith Carlock and bassist Tim Lefebvre, Krantz puts on an improv performance as nimble as that of a tightrope walker. But when it came to making his latest album, Write Out Your Head (Bandcamp), Krantz decided to switch gears and put out a record that was entirely composed. He had his…

6 min.
new shades of blues

EVEN BEFORE RELEASING Trouble, his 2016 debut album, Hamish Anderson had toured the globe, making buzz-generating appearances at major festivals and opening for B.B. King at the legend’s last performance. Around the time of Trouble’s release, Gary Clark Jr. was impressed enough to cite the then 25-year-old native of Melbourne, Australia, as a guitarist to watch. Read about Anderson and you’re likely to see him described as a blues guitarist. Listen to him, however, and you’ll discover that his blues is less concerned with 12-bar forms and pentatonic improvisation and much more in tune with the genre’s original form: a spiritual melding of artist and instrument, alchemized to tell heartfelt and unflinchingly truthful stories about life, love and loss. “I’ve always been attracted to music that juxtaposes blues with another genre,” Hamish…