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Brad Paisley Talks New Signature Guitar And Inspiring Young Players

Award-winning country music superstar and guitarist Brad Paisley discusses his career-long journey to inspire the next generation of guitar players everywhere.

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Award-winning and multiplatinum-selling country music superstar, singer, and celebrated guitarist Brad Paisley discusses his career-long journey to inspire the next generation of guitar players everywhere.

“The guys at Fender were so nice, they made a Brad Paisley signature model before I was even born,” Paisley jokes during a tour stop in Seattle. “I’m probably one of the only players who can claim that.”

“I’ve played Telecasters my whole career,” says Paisley, who credits Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill and Albert Lee with introducing him to the Tele brand. “When Fender approached me about doing this model, I was drawn in by their willingness to make something that was obtainable. I didn’t have any interest in starting out with some $10,000 guitar, because really, we’re talking about a cutting board with electronics. You could chop vegetables on it and then play it. I didn’t want to make something that was untouchable for anybody.”

Retailing at $1,199.99, the Road Worn Tele is modestly priced compared to other high-end, American-made guitars. To make sure the cost stayed low, Paisley avoided adding accessories like the B-bender, which allows players to emulate the swooning sound of a pedal steel. The goal was to keep things simple and straightforward, focusing on the core ingredients of Paisley’s Tele tone.

“If we started putting all of these crazy additions into it,” he explains, “it would’ve turned into a Mercedes or something. What we really wanted to do was sell a Chevy – a great muscle car.”

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Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner Gets New Epiphone Signature Guitar

The new limited-edition Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit has a Mahogany body in an Ebony gloss finish with a thin-C profile neck.

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Epiphone proudly presents the new limited-edition Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit, the premier signature guitar from Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner. Faulkner’s Flying-V includes EMGTM active pickups, a Floyd Rose Tremolo and bridge with R2 Locking Nut, Grover Rotomatic machine heads, a custom Thin-C neck profile, and a custom designed gig bag.

“Right out of the box, the quality of the guitar was mind blowing,” said Faulkner. “I used it all over the new Judas Priest record. I’m taking it out on the road next year. It’s an honor to be part of the heritage.”

When Faulkner joined Judas Priest in 2011, his incredible speed, finesse, and energy rejuvenated the pioneering English metal band and helped to introduce Judas Priest to a new generation of fans. Now, as Judas Priest approaches its 50th anniversary, Epiphone welcomes Faulkner to Epiphone’s distinguished family of signature artists.

The new limited-edition Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit is a classic Flying-V with a Mahogany body in an Ebony gloss finish with a thin-C profile neck modeled after Richie’s favorite vintage Flying-V. It’s powered by the classic combo of an EMG-66 (active) humbucker in the neck position and an EMG-57 humbucker (active) in the lead position, both with a Smooth Black Nickel finish. Faulkner’s Flying V also comes with a Floyd Rose Tremolo 1000-Series bridge and Floyd Rose “R2” locking nut for incredibly precise tuning and sustain, a hallmark of Faulkner’s style.

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Steve Vai Guests On ‘My Favorite Riff With Nikki Sixx’

Sixx sits down with some of the world’s greatest guitar and bass players to talk about music, gear, and most importantly, riffs.

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Legendary shredder and melter of faces, Steve Vai, talks about the mentoring he received from Frank Zappa, his favorite Led Zeppelin songs and more on this episode of “My Favorite Riff.”

In “My Favorite Riff With Nikki Sixx,” Sixx sits down with some of the world’s greatest guitar and bass players, along with future stars, to talk about music, gear, and most importantly, riffs. Think of it as “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” but with rock stars.

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Andrew W.K. Unveils New ESP Custom Taco Guitar

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Party God Andrew W.K. is proud to unveil his brand new Taco Guitar, in celebration of National Taco Day. Like the Pizza Guitar before it, the Taco Guitar was custom made by ESP Guitars, and was born from Andrew’s ongoing quest to create the partiest things in the world.

“I started pondering, what’s another food that’s as party as pizza? When it comes to edible celebration, tacos are partier than almost anything else. Pizza and tacos are among the partiest foods on the planet, and I realized that since I had paid musical tribute to pizza, I now had to pay musical tribute to tacos. I was destined to make a taco shaped guitar – it was inevitable,” declared Andrew. “This is proof that if you have the vision, no matter how outlandish or unruly, the team at ESP Guitars can turn that vision into reality. And they do it using the highest quality materials – the highest quality craftsmanship. ESP has absolutely mind blowing attention to detail and they put playability at the top of their instrument’s many attributes. There’s no compromise when it comes to the integrity of this instrument, and there’s no softness when it comes to the hardness of my party.”

Hand painted by Andrew himself, the guitar features a ground beef taco on the front side (topped with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped lettuce, and jumbo diced tomatoes), and a dazzling turquoise eye emblazoned on the back. Watch a video from ESP on the making of the Taco Guitar here.

With a new studio album set for release on March 2, 2018 via Sony Music worldwide, Andrew W.K. is currently in the middle of his first full-band concert outing in five years, “The Party Never Dies Tour,” which continues tonight in Dallas, Texas. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Andrew W.K. Tour Dates
North America
Oct 04 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Oct 05 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Oct 07 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
Oct 08 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct 09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls
Oct 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
Oct 12 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct 13 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
Oct 14 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Oct 15 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Oct 17 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Oct 18 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
Oct 19 – Columbus, OH – A&R Bar
Oct 20 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct 21 – Chicago, IL – The Vic
Oct 23 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – (RESCHEDULED from 9/14, all tickets honored)

Mexico
Nov 18 – Mexico City, MEX – Corona Capital

UK (MOVED FROM NOVEMBER – All tickets honored or available for refund)
Apr 13 – Cardiff, Wales – Great Hall
Apr 14 – London, UK – Kentish Town Forum
Apr 15 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Apr 18 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Apr 19 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Apr 20 – Manchester, UK – 02 Ritz
Apr 21 – Glasgow, SCO – Garage

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Papa Roach’s Jerry Horton Teaches You ‘Last Resort’

Horton stopped by Rock Antenne in Munich, Germany and recorded a “School Of Rock” video in which he teaches you how to play the band’s classic song on guitar.

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Jerry Horton stopped by Rock Antenne before Papa Roach’s concert in Munich, Germany and recorded a “School Of Rock” video in which he teaches you how to play the band’s classic song “Last Resort” on guitar.

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Tom Morello Guests On ‘My Favorite Riff With Nikki Sixx’

Sixx sits down with some of the world’s greatest guitar and bass players to talk about music, gear, and most importantly, riffs.

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One of the most creative and unique guitarists in modern rock, Tom Morello sat down with Nikki Sixx to talk about finding his voice on the guitar in this episode of ‘My Favorite Riff.’

In “My Favorite Riff With Nikki Sixx,” Sixx sits down with some of the world’s greatest guitar and bass players, along with future stars, to talk about music, gear, and most importantly, riffs. Think of it as “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” but with rock stars.

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