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Reb Beach: Better Days Here

Reb Beach: Better Days Here

IN THE 25 years since Winger released their self-titled debut album, everything and nothing has changed for guitarist Reb Beach. He still makes music with the band’s original members, vocalist/bassist Kip Winger and drummer Rod Morgenstein, now joined by guitarist John Roth. He still uses the same Suhr guitar and Marshall amp that he purchased over 20 years ago. He is still, in his words, “an ’80s rock guitarist,” and an in-demand one at that, always busy recording and performing with his bandmates, as a member of Whitesnake, and with his own group, The Reb Beach Project.  more...
Greg Edwards: Failure’s Fantastic Return

Greg Edwards: Failure’s Fantastic Return

GUITARIST/BASSIST Greg Edwards didn’t stand still for long after Failure, his band with Ken Andrews and Kellii Scott broke up in the mid- 1990s. He worked with bands like Lusk, and continues to be the driving force behind Autolux. But when he and Andrews rekindled their friendship a few years back, talks soon swung to a possible Failure reunion. The band ended in a swirl of runaway drug use fol- lowing its most successful and critically acclaimed album, 1996’s Fantastic Planet.  more...
Mojo Hand FX profile – Mojo Risin’

Mojo Hand FX profile – Mojo Risin’

IT WAS NO sure thing in 2012, when Brad Fee took on his Mojo Hand brand of effects pedals as a full time gig. He had just sold out his portion of popular boutique effects retailer Tone Factor and knew he had a tough road ahead to grow the small brand into a daily breadwinner for himself, his family and staff. The seeds of Mojo Hand can be traced back to around 2006 and the beginnings of the Tone Factor Custom Shop.  more...
Rich Robinson …After The Flood

Rich Robinson …After The Flood

WHEN IT CAME time to record his third solo record, Rich Robinson had lost his father and a treasure trove of near-priceless gear, but not the passion for music or the fire of creativity. He walked into Applehead Recording near Woodstock, New York about as unprepared as ever at the beginning of a new project, but with the assistance of drummer Joe Magistro and keyboard wizard Marco Benevento, the month-long process yielded The Ceaseless Sight - a 12-track slice of bluesy Americana drenched in shimmering rhythms and deft fretboard work. It’s his most mature and complete album to date.  more...
Collings Guitars… Made To Order

Collings Guitars… Made To Order

WE ROLLED into the Collings Guitars complex west of Austin, Texas, on Highway 290 the morning of ‘Salsa Day’. It was the day when employees would bring in their own secret recipe salsa for judging by their peers and company management and, we suppose, ultimately reign as the guitar maker’s Salsa Champion, at least for 2014. Regrettably, we were not asked to judge.  more...
Ty Tabor plays, we win

Ty Tabor plays, we win

GUITARIST Ty Tabor made a name for himself in the late 80s and early 90s as a master tone hound, combining the flexibility and power of a Stratocaster Elite with the oft-touted (but never proven) mystical qualities of a Lab Series L5 amplifier. That dynamic duo was all over the early records from his band King’s X and over the years has been often imitated, but never duplicated.  more...
Mission Engineering is in control

Mission Engineering is in control

STOP ME if you’ve heard this one before. A practicing musician and electronics handyman is hit up by a friend to create a new widget to fill a specific niche in his ever-evolving guitar rig. After spitballing ideas over coffee, the handyman retreats to his garage and emerges a short time later with a working prototype. The friend is stoked and after some testing reports back that the prototype is everything he wanted and more.  more...
Michael Landau: Lord of the Ringers

Michael Landau: Lord of the Ringers

WITH A mind-blowing 700-plus albums to his credit as both a session musician and solo artist, in addition to years of touring experience, Michael Landau has earned the right to the title ‘guitar hero.’ However, it’s likely that he’ll be the first to shy away from such accolades. Quiet, humble, and as far removed from industry-related fanfare as he can be, Landau is a consummate player who prefers to let his instrument do the talking.  more...