Tom Mulhern's Posts
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.
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.
Most people became aware of Yes after the band scored a hit with “Roundabout,” from their Fragile album. That was two albums after Peter Banks, one of the band’s founders, had left, leaving the guitar chair to Steve Howe. A …
It seems that every famous guitarist has a pick bearing his or her name and maybe some catchy phrase, band name, or the band’s logo. Famous or not, you can now create custom picks for yourself in just minutes, whether …
Most people don’t know the name Kevin Ayers, but he was an important figure in 1960s psychedelic music. He was part of the “Canterbury Scene,” the crucible for later psychedelic and progressive rock giants such as Gilgamesh, Hatfield & The …
How to use Moog Music’s Animoog app and Keith McMillen Industries’ 12 Step controller to replicate the classic Taurus pedal sound.
The weird, wonderful world of simultaneously using two tremolo units. With sound files.