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?
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 […]
We talked with Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, and got the inside scoop on the bass legend’s signature Epiphone bass, his quest for the perfect tone, jamming with Jimi Hendrix, and more. Read our exclusive interview and discover why the Epiphone Jack Casady Signature bass remains his ideal instrument.
As a top luthier at Gibson USA, Jim DeCola has his hand in every step in the guitar-building process. Jim took some time to give us the inside scoop on the 2012 Les Paul Standards and Studios’ updated electronics and other design innovations, and also filled us in on the ’70s Tribute series. Take a […]