I haven’t tackled the massive, sad news of the passing of Eddie Van Halen here yet because it just felt too immense. This guy changed everything for everyone. Do you play a Strat-style guitar with a humbucker in the bridge position? Companies make those because Eddie played them. Play a guitar with a Floyd Rose? The fine tuners were Eddie’s idea. Paid attention to metal over the last three decades? You’ve heard the amps Eddie designed. Artificial harmonics, two-handed tapping, Drop D tuning? Eddie didn’t invent them but he sure mastered and popularised them.
“It started with Charvel for me back in ’86 or ’87 when I saw a Charvel and Jackson ad in Guitar World,” Henrik Danhage says. “I was a little kid then and all of the guys that were in there were some of my favorite players and they looked so cool with the big hair and all the custom guitars. It was the best ad I’ve seen in my whole life as a matter of fact, but I was more attracted to Charvel and those kind of guitars – with a bolt-on neck, 22 frets, Charvel logo, a Floyd.
PRS Guitars has just announced Paul’s 85, a limited run of 85 Private Stock guitars personally spec’d by Paul Reed Smith himself and meticulously crafted by the Private Stock team. The model features an Electric Tiger Glow finish, wide-curl maple tops, dark Peruvian mahogany necks, solid red abalone birds, and more features specially chosen by Paul. PRS says each guitar was played and adjusted by Paul until it was ‘right.’
Some bands build their early careers on a well-placed cover, like Van Halen blasting right out of the gate with a redefining take on The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me.” Some bands make a point of avoiding covers altogether. And some love their covers so much that at a certain point in their career they’ll release an entire album of covers. Buried somewhere in the middle of it all though is the covers EP. For many listeners a covers EP hits a certain sweet spot: enough tracks to feel like a little treat, not so many as to lose focus or have listeners impatiently drumming their fingers waiting for the next album of original material.
Adelaide Festival Centre is thrilled to announce that Adelaide Guitar Festival will become an annual event and reach more regional communities than ever before in 2021. Adelaide Guitar Festival 2021 will present an exciting line-up of ticketed shows at Adelaide Festival Centre venues during its official dates of July 4 to 25. The festival previously presented a full program every two years, with the first held in 2007, and has since grown to be the most significant guitar festival in the Southern Hemisphere.
Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir, the story of Peter Frampton’s life and career told in his own words for the first time, is out today via Hachette Books. The book, written with acclaimed music journalist Alan Light, is available in hardcover, e-book, and audio formats, and is receiving early critical praise
The story is pretty well known by now: Eddie Van Halen designs the Wolfgang with Peavey, Eddie eventually sets up his own brand in partnership with Fender, and many years later Peavey announces that it has a bunch of old parts left over since the 90s and that the model will be returned to the lineup as the HP 2. It’s been quite a while since the HP 2 was announced, but now Peavey has enlisted new luthiers in Europe to take over production, using those original parts until they run out, after which they’ll be fresh new builds.Here’s the press release from Peavey with more info.
Here’s something fun. It’s my pick pouch from when I was 10 years old. A little D & J McCallum’s Perfection Scotch Whisky leather thing. And inside… The picks I used in my first year of learning guitar, including 10-year-old-me’s attempt at making my own Jazz III out of an
Ernie Ball Music Man Medium (which I chose for this surgery specifically because it was red). As you can see, I was merciless on my plectra.