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Guitar Greats: Zacky Vengeance

When asked who's carrying the torch for the next generation of guitar players, Zakk Wylde singled out Avenged Sevenfold's lead guitarist Synyster Gates and rhythm guitarist Zacky Vengeance.  As far as endorsements go, it doesn't get much better than that. As one of A7X's founding members, Vengeance has experienced the band from it's humble beginnings…

Guitar Greats: Joan Jett

From her illustrious solo career to her early beginnings in The Runaways, Joan Jett has refused to be anything but herself, and that's the exact trait that has set her apart from her contemporaries.

Guitar Greats: Keith Richards

Keith Richards' legendary lifestyle and personality at times may overshadow his playing, but make no mistake that the essence of Keef lies within whatever guitar he's holding at any given moment. If you were lucky to catch The Rolling Stones on one their latest tours, one of the things that stands out the most (besides…

Guitar Greats: Dan Auerbach

"Gold On The Ceiling?"  More like gold on the guitar strings.  (Please forgive us for that stretch of a pun.) The Black Keys are a duo, but they're unequivocally lead by Dan Auerbach and his flare for the blues.  Since The Black Keys 2002 debut The Big Come Up, Auerbach has established himself as one of the most proficient guitarists…

Guitar Greats: Paul McCartney

Whenever anyone talks about Paul McCartney, a lot of their attention is focused on his songwriting, so much so that the thought, "Oh, he's a pretty fine bass player" is almost put on the back burner. But make no mistake, Sir Paul's playing is profoundly nuanced.  While Reddit can't prove this outright, there is a…

Guitar Greats: Jeff Beck

Is there anything Jeff Beck can't do?  Allow us to help you with this one:  The answer you're looking for is "no." From his work with The Yardbirds to The Jeff Beck Group to his solo career and all of his collaborations, Beck is the rarity that can exist both on his own and as…

Guitar Greats: Ritchie Blackmore

Where would hard rock/heavy metal be without Ritchie Blackmore? No, really...think long and hard about that one. Blackmore's work has paved the way for countless artists, but none are more vocal in their admiration for Blackmore than Metallica's Lars Ulrich.  In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ulrich said, "Blackmore epitomized this fascination I had with the bare…

Guitar Greats: Carlos Santana

When people think of San Francisco in the 1960's, they immediately think of the likes of Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, but let us not forget that Santana also emerged from that psychedelic scene and were led by the incomparable Carlos Santana. How great is Carlos Santana?  One of the signs of the…

Guitar Greats: Flea

International Guitar Month isn't just for those six string giants!  Let us not forget about our mighty bass players, and any conversation about rock's great bassists would be incomplete without mentioning Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea. The backbone of the band, Flea's in a class along with contemporaries like the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton.…

Guitar Greats: The Edge

U2's The Edge is one of the few guitarists that you could legitimately consider a scientist due to his incredible experimentation with assorted effects pedals throughout his career. Seriously, think back to your favorite tracks from The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, All That You Can't Leave Behind and everything in between.  The mood and tone The Edge…