Reader’s Choice Top 10 Guitar Solos

We surveyed the Seymour Duncan Facebook audience to find out what ranked as their top guitar solos of all time. Here’s how the Top 10 broke down.

Talking Tone With Dimebag Darrell’s Tech Grady Champion

Grady Champion was Dimebag Darrell’s guitar tech for 13 years, and he was by Dime’s side as he found and continued to refine his tone, from Pantera through to Damageplan, across countless gigs on stages all over the world. Towards the end of his life Dime had been using his signature Seymour Duncan Dimebucker pickup, but Grady tells us that Dime was also a fan of the ’59 Model, using the bridge version of the ’59 in the neck position of his guitars. Grady is currently teching for Incubus, and he took time out to have a chat about how pickups fit into Dime’s tone and what it was like to work with one of the most unforgettable metal guitarists ever.

Band Basics: Part 3 – The Image

We already built the game plan and forged a new sound, but now we need to make you look the part. Never underestimate the power of your Image. That’s why you need to carefully mold it into who you want to be seen as. You can give yourself a persona like Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold or simply a heightened appearance of who you are like Mark Hoppus of Blink-182. Regardless, we need to convey confidence and self-expression. You need to look like a seasoned professional whether you are or are just in a garage band.

Band Basics: Part 2 – The Music

The most important aspect of any band is the music. It’s the reason people even care about the band in the first place. Rarely do you hear someone say, “Yea, I don’t like their music, but they look so cool that I have to be a fan.” That’d be ridiculous. Music creates a connection with people where they can relate to what the group is saying. Without that, it makes all else irrelevant.

Band Basics: Part 1 – The Mission

So you want to start taking your band more seriously? First we need to examine why you’re starting the band in the first place and what you’re hoping to get out of it. Money? Women? Fame? Hopefully you have a deeper reason than the superficial rockstar perception.

Reinventing The Steel: Dimebag Darrell’s SH-13 Dimebucker

Pantera and Damageplan’s Dimebag Darrell was one of a kind. At a time when many players were using rack systems or tube heads to achieve warm, smooth tones, he blasted out of Texas with a jagged, aggressive sound based on a solid state amplifier, an EQ and a hell of a lot of attitude. As he refined his equipment needs, Dimebag put the results of his discoveries and preferences into various pieces of signature gear. And the SH-13 Dimebucker was a key part of his search for the ultimate metal tone.

Dimebag Darrell of Pantera

Dimebag Darrell: Reinventing the Steel with the SH-13 Dimebucker by Lisa Sharken Dimebag Darrell is a player who needs little introduction. Bred on classic rock and heavy metal, Dime analyzed the styles and tones of his favorite players, then forged his own signature style and sound with Pantera. Rather than to follow the trends set…

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