Tracing the rise of 7-string guitar, from George Van Eps, Lenny Breau, and other jazzers to Steve Vai, Nili Brosh, Dream Theatre, Korn, and Meshuggah.
Exclusive interview: Steve Vai recounts how he helped propel the first mass-produced 7-string, the Ibanez Universe, and brought it center-stage to rock and roll.
Rich Lasner, Guitar Department Manager for Ibanez in the 1980s, describes his collaborations with Steve Vai on the first Universe 7-string electric guitar.
Interview: As a solo artist, member of the Iron Maidens, and co-guitarist with Tony MacAlpine, Berklee-educated Nili Brosh pushes the boundaries of the 7-string guitar.
A conversation with Bob Benedetto, who has made a multitude of 7-strings since the 1970s and is the most heralded arch-top jazz guitar builder of our time.
William Bay, veteran author and editor at Mel Bay Publications, describes how he composes and records original solos and duets for 7-string guitar.
Interview: On his new album, The Cars guitarist envisions a Tiki empire inspired by surf, Polynesia, and movie composers, all focused through a modern lens.
Interview: In Los Angeles, where the competition for play-for-pay sessions is fierce, Tim Pierce is one of the most in-demand guitarists in town.
Leo Fender and his descendants made tools for modern-day lightning worshipers who plug their guitars into nature’s big jolt.
Dr. G’s “desert island” list of feel-good grooves showcases ten songs that swing like mad and have exceptional rhythm sections and stellar vocal performances.
Jon Sievert shares indelible images – and the stories behind them – of Barney Kessel, Freddie Green, George Barnes, Howard Roberts, Jim Hall, and Joe Pass.
EFX Reviews: Father and son Ritchie and Jack Fliegler tag-team a current slice of an audio engineer’s worst nightmare – an array of stunning new effects devices.
Low-capacitance cables, treble bleed caps, buffer amps, true bypass versus non-bypass versus buffer inputs – what’s a guitarist to do? Read on . . .
EFX Reviews: These pedals aren’t your garden-variety tone shapers or time adjusters. Obviously aiming for something different, Boss hit the bull’s-eye.
Taylor’s 918e Grand Orchestra model sports the company’s biggest body – and it sounds big. Big volume, big tone. We review a gorgeous 2013 First Edition.
Review: John Thomas’ extensively researched new book details the female workforce employed by Gibson during WWII, and the “Banner” acoustic guitars they made.
What happens to wire as it ages can make a pickup sound better than even the best master-built reproduction. It can also cause open coils and failed pickups.
Video lesson: Tim demonstrates how he layered parts on a Taylor Mesple song featuring an inspired foundation by Abe Laboriel and Mel Brown on drums and bass.