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Fret Laser Module Adds Lighting Effects to Guitars — Video

Here's something for all you guitarists who are looking to add a light show—of sorts—to your act. It's a new guitar-mountable module that contains six colored lasers. The beams, which shine toward your...

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Acoustic 12-String Metal Song — Video

As we all know by now, Internet dude Jarden Dines can always be counted on for a bit of mid-day, guitar-centric diversion. For instance, today we bring you one of his most recent videos, "12 String...

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George Usher and Lisa Burns Release 'The Last Day of Winter'— Listen Now!

New York songwriters George Usher and Lisa Burns return with the release of their song-cycle collaboration, The Last Day Of Winter just released last week by Near and Dear Music. Unable to use his...

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Stone Sour Premiere Cover of Metallica's "Creeping Death"

Stone Sour have premiered their new cover of Metallica's "Creeping Death." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook. Stone Sour's latest EP, Meanwhile, in...

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Ritchie Blackmore and Deep Purple Perform in New York in 1973 — Video

We thought we'd glance back at the classic Mark II lineup of Deep Purple—Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Gillan (vocals), Ian Paice (drums) and Jon Lord (keyboards)—tearing it up,...

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100 Greatest Guitar Solos: No. 15 "Highway Star" (Ritchie Blackmore)

“Highway Star” is but one highlight of Machine Head, Deep Purple’s greatest triumph. Ironically, it almost never came to be. In early 1972, shortly after retreating to Montreaux, Switzerland, to...

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Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore Talks "Highway Star" Guitar Solo — Covers by...

“Highway Star” is but one highlight of Machine Head, Deep Purple’s greatest triumph. Ironically, it almost never came to be. In early 1972, shortly after retreating to Montreaux, Switzerland, to...

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The Disco Fries and Nick Hexum of 311 Go Acoustic for “Head in the Clouds” —...

Today we have something really special to share! It’s an acoustic session of the new song “Head In The Clouds” caught on camera with the fabulous Disco Fries and Nick Hexum of 311. The session took...

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Guitar World's New Special Edition: 'Metallica — 30 Years of the World's...

James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich—these are the men of Metallica. For 30 years, they have been the reigning kings of the heavy metal world, and deservedly so. With such...

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Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore Talks Yngwie, Hendrix and His Development as...

This interview with Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple appeared in the February 1991 issue of Guitar World. To see the Blackmore cover—and all the GW covers from 1991—click here. It’s a cold, rainy night...

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The DIY Musician: Handmade Copper Pipe Guitars and Scrap Iron Guitars

Two of the most freakish guitars in my extremely weird guitar collection were made by Tone-A-Cane Copper Pipe Guitars and Pete Regan’s Metal Guitars. Both were crafted using metal for body and necks....

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"Thrill" to the Sounds of Japanese Girl Band Band-Maid — Video

Those of us who keep a fairly close eye on social-media trends (and stuff like that) can't help but notice that a new girl band from Japan has been showing up more and more. And for good reason....

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Jack White Announces Surprise Acoustic Shows

After many years of performing in a multitude of configurations, Jack White is announcing that he will be taking a break from performing live for a long period of time. To cap off an incredible run of...

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The Tallest Man On Earth Releases New Song — Listen Now!

Anyone who watched the beautiful trailer announcing The Tallest Man On Earth’s new album and first since 2012, Dark Bird Is Home, was offered a glimpse of the title track and what is sure to be an...

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Martin Guitar Introduces New Models at Musikmesse 2015 — Photo Gallery

C. F. Martin & Co. announces new X Series and Road Series models, which are set to be unveiled at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany April 15-18. The contemporary X Series new models to be...

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Essential Listening: Eric Johnson's 10 Greatest Guitar Songs

As much as he might try to deny it, Eric Johnson is a member of that small group of players sometimes referred to as "guitarists' guitarists." Players—like Jeff Beck, for instance—whose skills are...

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Ukulele/Metal Cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” – Video Finds

This is fun. What starts out as a charming ukulele cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” morphs into a full on metal assault. Behind it all are the guys from Timeless Skies from Tucson, AZ. Jonathon...

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Backbeat's 'Blues Guitar Handbook' Teaches Blues History and Multiple Techniques

The Blues Guitar Handbook: A Complete Course in Techniques & Styles by Adam St. James is the latest entry in Backbeat's bestselling handbook series. It starts by exploring the humble beginnings of...

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Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train"— Awesome Xylophone Cover — Video

Remember back in February when we shared the Louisville Leopard Percussionists' xylophone-and-marimba cover of Led Zeppelin's “Immigrant Song,” “The Ocean” and “Kashmir”? Well, they're back—this time...

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Fretboard Mechanics & Beyond: Warming Up Is Important!

Hello! Geoff Unger here from the band Symptom 7. In this blog, I'm going to write about and show you many different concepts of playing the guitar while also trying to help instill confidence in you as...

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