Never meet your heroes, they say. Well, I met Nuno Bettencourt last week and he turned out to be a nice dude. Plus, he’s also the template for a well-lived creative life. For those who don’t know, Nuno is one of the last guitar gods still performing. You
All of the following rock guitar gods sold tens of millions of albums. Guitar players, like myself, believed for years that these artists had access to futuristic tools and production tactics that were out of reach for the ordinary musician. The opposite was true. * Eddie Van Halen’s iconic striped
This is the most exciting guitar deign I’ve seen in a while. The design is not optimized for hanging on a wall. It’s (very intentionally) optimized in every way for picking up, plugging into anything and sounding great, playing reliably without constant care and maintenance, throwing anywhere (on
Yesterday afternoon (February 26, 2021), I began preparing my Fender Strat for a makeover/restoration project with my son. I never knew when the guitar was actually built, so when I finally opened her up, this is what I saw. That’s a little spooky. It’s stamped February 26,
This is the current state of my guitar collection (the 2 of 5-ish guitars that have survived the wear and tear of the past 30+ years). The one on the left was my daily workhorse until 2020. I bought it in the 90s when my then-workhorse guitar (a blue mutant
Blank canvases products are everywhere. Pens, watches, cars, guitars — there are certain objects that attract artists to create. I love digging into why. In a way, it’s just a different form of publishing. It seems like all the same rules apply: create, edit, integrate, and ship. Repeat until death.
I spotted this uploaded to YouTube and had to share it. It’s from a 1995 documentary called Reel Satriani on the making of Joe Satriani’s seventh, self-titled album. There’s several cool things about this: 1. It’s from the end of the analog age. Everything in it