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Five Fiendishly Frightful Halloween Shred Machines

By Martina Fasano Halloween. The candy-lover’s Christmas. The sinfully sinister holiday that gives us chills, tricks, and treats. What better way to pay tribute to one of the coolest, most fun days on the calendar, than to play some guitars that are spooky, hellish, or downright mean? Here are five guitars featuring Seymour Duncan pickups that will make your Halloween squeals complete – whether they be delightful […] Continue Reading

Nevermind & Blood Sugar Sex Magik 25 Years On

September 24, 1991 was an historic day for music: it was the day that both Nirvana’s Nevermind and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik were released. Along with Metallica’s self-titled album and Pearl Jam’s Ten – both of which were released the previous month – these records inarguably shaped the musical path of the decade to follow. To celebrate the anniversary of these landmark […] Continue Reading

Guitars Of Summer NAMM

By Martina Fasano Summer NAMM. It’s almost like the overlooked middle child of the family when compared to the “Golden Child” that is Winter NAMM. That being said, many of the company reps I have spoken to over the years will tell you that Summer NAMM is actually a better place to do what they’re all there to do: work and network. It also goes without […] Continue Reading

The Pickups Of Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine changed the path of metal rhythm guitar: the kinds of chords and riffs, the attack and aggression of the picking style, and the crunch and bite of the tone itself. For many years – until he developed his signature Dave Mustaine LW-MUST Livewire pickups with us – Dave used the JB and Jazz humbuckers (otherwise known as the Hot Rodded Humbucker Set). Continue Reading

Adrian Galysh Returns With “Into The Blue”

  By Jay Hale Adrian Galysh is seemingly one of the busiest guitarists in the Los Angeles area.  Followers of his social media streams get regular notifications of gigs at the legendary Baked Potato and guest spots at Hollywood’s Ultimate Jam Night, as well as for sets he plays at local wineries and aeronautic events. Continue Reading

The Shredder’s guide to Slide Guitar

By Jay Hale Guitarists who get hit with the ‘shred’ tag due to the someone gymnastic nature of some of the playing techniques get used to memorization. Sure, you need to play melodically, but a lot of it is about scales and patterns, if you think about it. So attempting to play slide guitar can be alien and daunting. All those patterns you learned? Throw them […] Continue Reading

Classic Solos Played With The JB Humbucker

By Jay Hale The Seymour Duncan JB humbucker is beyond iconic in the rock world. Its tone is so distinctive, so inherently familiar and pleasing it’s almost what you expect to hear on a rock recording. Since its introduction in the 70s it has appeared on so many recordings you probably don’t realize it. Not for nothing is it still the most popular replacement and OEM pickup in […] Continue Reading

Talking Guitar With Lita Ford

By Martina Fasano Lita Ford began her career in the seminal all-female punk band The Runaways, together with Joan Jett, Sandy West, Cherie Currie, and Jackie Fox. That would have been enough trailblazing for most people, but not Lita. Continue Reading

Friends of SD: Knaggs Guitars

Knaggs Guitars makes some pretty remarkable instruments. While many of their creations use standard woods that you see with many other companies, they have an eye for the artistic as well. Continue Reading

Voices Of Metal: Nikki Stringfield

Photo by Brad Jurjens   Nikki Stringfield is a great guitarist with some very impressive credits already to her name and an undoubtedly exciting musical future to come. As one part of the guitar duo in The Iron Maidens, Nikki shreds on Maiden classics all around the world. She also plays in the reactivated Femme Fatale and makes her own music, and Nikki has just been honored with […] Continue Reading