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Get To Know Doyle Bramhall II

Get To Know Doyle Bramhall II

Doyle Bramhall II is one of the best blues guitarists walking around planet Earth. He can play old-school blues and newer-school stuff a la SRV, but to my ears he also does the amazing, which is take this loose, cool, Strat-inflected, semi-psychedelic style and inject it with an original blues-rock, vocal-delivery thing, much like — […]

February 25, 2009 | By | Reply More
Yngwie Can Play

Yngwie Can Play

Of course he can! But apparently there’s some doubt out there, as if all the stuff Yngwie Malmsteen does is “flash” or whatever. I’ve heard him get made fun of in some guitar and metalhead circles, and I have to wonder why. Yeah, he has been conceited over the years, but that seems to have […]

February 10, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Gibson Reveals Page Secrets (Not)

Gibson Reveals Page Secrets (Not)

Stairway on a Tele? In the category of “how the hell did I miss this” is a semi-recent interview published on Gibson.com titled “Jimmy Page’s Recording Secrets.” Say what? Didn’t want to get my hopes up about learning some cool tidbits from one of rock’s masters of recording and composing, but I guess I did […]

January 7, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Get the Feb. 09 Guitar Player

Get the Feb. 09 Guitar Player

Do you subscribe to Guitar Player? I did for a long time, and then didn’t for many years. I clearly remember – as clearly as I can remember these days – an issue with a guy from The Cure on the cover. That was it for me. That was diversity for the sake of it, […]

December 29, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
Allen Collins’ Freebird Solo

Allen Collins’ Freebird Solo

If you’ve heard the long solo at the end of Freebird, you’ve probably tried to figure out how to play it. And since that piece was recorded and played in the days before video ubiquity, you might have assumed – like I did – that that outro solo was split between Skynyrd’s great axemen, Allen […]

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Ace Finally Has a Website! (But…)

Ace Finally Has a Website! (But…)

Ace Frehley, one of my heroes (my first guitar hero) and a guy who always seemed to want to do high-tech stuff even before there was such a thing as high tech, finally has a website. Yeah! But… …while it’s very cool to go to acefrehley.com and hear his tune Ozone auto-play (as well as […]

December 18, 2008 | By | Reply More
Gettin’ Betta

Gettin’ Betta

Hear a Pat Travers tune on the internet radio recently, one I hadn’t hear in a long while: Gettin’ Betta. Awesome tune (YouTube links to it below). Reminds me a lot of Extreme, so Nuno Bettencourt obviously borrowed liberally from Pat. Back in the day Pat used a Gibson Melody Maker with full-size Gibson humbuckers. […]

December 8, 2008 | By | Reply More
Audley Freed! (part 1)

Audley Freed! (part 1)

A buddy of mine passed me a disc the other day to check out, by this band called Cry of Love. A ’90s release. Took exactly one listen to reach this conclusion: frickin’ great. Great tunes, great singing (Kelly Holland sounds a little like Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, but better), simply and “rawly” […]

November 13, 2008 | By | Reply More
Billy Squier’s WoodyTone

Billy Squier’s WoodyTone

In case you need a reminder, dust off your Don’t Say No album or CD, or click here to go to last.fm and give those tunes a listen. THAT, my friends, is WoodyTone. Dang. You can clearly hear the vintage gear and analog recording equipment, even on laptop speakers. (This is making me wonder whether […]

November 5, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
Gary Moore’s ‘Edge’ Tone

Gary Moore’s ‘Edge’ Tone

Like all good tone-chasers, Gary Moore has been all over the map, albeit a fairly narrow map. I won’t pretend to know a lot about Gary Moore — he’s from one of those islands over yonder, right? — but I do know WoodyTone when my ears hear it. And killer playing. Today I was listening […]

October 9, 2008 | By | Reply More
Bye Mel

Bye Mel

Mel Galley of Whitesnake fame died on the 1st. He died of cancer, knew he was going out soon, and handled it like we all probably wish we would in the same circumstances: fearlessly and at peace. He was 60 years old, and in my opinion is responsible for one of the woodiest and well-recorded […]

July 5, 2008 | By | Reply More
Scholz: One Amp No Good?

Scholz: One Amp No Good?

Does Boston’s Tom Scholz have WoodyTone? Remember, we’re not talking about the songs here. We’re talking about his Les Paul >> NASA effects rack >> Marshall tone — though Marshalls are only used in the studio. Otherwise it’s all Rockman stuff. Anyhow, it’s the NASA part that might drop him out of the WoodyTone pantheon. […]

June 11, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
Walsh All Funked Up

Walsh All Funked Up

I’ve started looking into Tommy Bolin. I’ve heard the name for years, but never looked into him. Still haven’t much, but when researching Bolin on YouTube, I found out that he must have replaced Joe Walsh in the James Gang, and my reaction was: Wait a minute. Joe Walsh? James Gang? There HAD to be […]

June 5, 2008 | By | Reply More