Editor of the zZounds Blog. Donut snob. I love to write and to play guitar, so naturally, I love writing about guitars. My favorite kind of music is the kind that sounds like Muzak but cooler, you know?
The Dillinger Escape Plan is named for the famous gangster that went out in a blaze of glory — and their music conjures that feeling of being in a relentless, all-guns-blazing assault. Frighteningly fast riffs and in-your-face drums are at the forefront of their metal-inspired carnage, but The Dillinger Escape Plan are just as likely to […]
In 2013, we sat down with The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy, before a show at the House of Blues. Billy told us all about the band’s early days emerging from England’s punk scene, his signature Gretsch Falcon, and much more!
There are guitarists, and then there are guitar gods… Clad in leather, top hat on his head, cigarette dangling from his mouth — Slash wailed his way into our lives with the legendary Guns N’ Roses decades ago, and has been blazing a smoldering trail of rock ‘n’ roll ever since. His monumental and influential […]
Mastodon fans — you’re gonna want to check this one out! We sat down with guitarist Bill Kelliher for a video interview on his band, early inspiration in his guitar playing, advice for aspiring guitarists, and of course, his signature Gibson Explorer. Bill gave us all the details, including what he likes about the sound of […]
Sure, Brendon Small is cool and all — but we were even more stoked to snag a rare opportunity to interview Skwisgaar Skwigelf himself. In our interview, the guitar god dishes dirt on his Dethklok bandmates, their then-recently-released Dethalbum 3, his advice for beginner guitarists, and more. We also took some time to spotlight Metalocalypse mastermind […]
We caught up with All-American Rejects lead singer Tyson Ritter while on the road promoting AAR’s album, Kids in the Street. In this exclusive video, Ritter tells us about the recording process, his love of Fender basses, the test of a great song, and more.
Guitarist Phil Collen has been recording and performing with Def Leppard for three decades now — and he shows no sign of slowing down. We caught up with Phil to get the scoop on his signature axe, the Jackson PC-1 electric guitar, and its innovative Sustainer pickup system. In this exclusive interview, Collen dishes details […]
From compact Baby Taylors up through the 900 and Presentation series, every Taylor guitar uses ebony for its fretboard. Sturdy, musical, and exquisitely beautiful, ebony is an ideal wood for fretboard construction. As is the case with many tonewoods, however, the world’s supply of ebony is dwindling. The forests of Madagascar have been closed to […]
Collaborating with Fender and Squier to design his signature Mustang, Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance envisioned finding the bass of his dreams. Sporting a powerful humbucker pickup, a sweet silver flake finish, and a comfortable short-scale neck, the Squier Mikey Way Mustang Bass is exactly that. We talked to Mikey about building his dream […]