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.
In the world of instrumental guitar, composer/guitarist Gretchen Menn emerges as a genuine contender who knows her purpose. With photos by Max Crace.
In this rare interview, Jimi Hendrix confided his feelings about Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, the Monkees, jazz and blues, and his new band.
In London, Jimi talked about the Axis Bold as Love album, hippies, playing onstage, songwriting inspiration, Bob Dylan, and his longing for America.
“It’s not the notes,” says one of Segovia’s favorite students, “it’s how you put them together.” An esteemed player reflects on his life in music.
The legendary bassist talks about Bob Marley and The Wailers, Peter Tosh, spirituality, equipment, and his life in the forefront of reggae. With interview audio.
Print and audio: Our 12,000-word conversation covers songwriting, spirituality, heroes, and the anatomy of the EJ Signature Stratocaster.
Portions were used as voiceovers for the film Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet. With Jason’s blessing, here is the complete text and audio.