I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to finally see Warren Haynes on the cover [Dec. ’06] of the best guitar mag out there. I’ve been wondering why he hasn’t gotten the recognition he deserves. Here stands a musician whose songwriting rivals the best of the best, and whose guitar playing is equal to the power and creativity of all the greats. His passion bleeds from his voice and his guitar, and he does what all great athletes do: He makes all of those who play with him better. Nobody I know of can say they played with the Allman Brothers, the Dead, in a solo acoustic project, and in his/her own very successful band. Kudos to GP for finally showing the world what Warren Haynes represents as a musician, artist, and person.
Ryan Ogden, via Internet
A DIFFERENT KIND OF SHREDDING
The last time I was disappointed with Guitar Player was in the 1970s, when Kiss was on the cover. Today, I find Paul Stanley in an issue yet again, and I’m amazed you gave him the time of day. Paul Stanley saying, “I see myself as a guitarist who can handle whatever is necessary” is like Jack the Ripper saying he can handle any kind of surgical situation. At least, this time, he didn’t discuss how one of his pickups shoots fireworks. [Ed’s note: In all fairness to Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley was the one with firework-shooting pickups.]
Don McCarter, Imperial, MO
I enjoy each issue of Guitar Player, and a large part of that enjoyment comes from learning the many technical details found in the interviews with players—everything from their string gauges to the kinds of picks they use. So it was especially helpful to find out in the January 2007 issue that Califone’s Tim Rutili tunes his Epiphone D,A,D,D,A,D (low to high). Now I know what I have been doing wrong—I’ve always tuned D,A,D,D,A,D (high to low). You don’t need “radar” to recognize a palindrome at close range.
Bill Galbraith, Houston, TX
“RAY” OF LIGHT
I’ve only been playing for a couple of years now, but, thanks to Will Ray’s eBay strategies, GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) has gotten a hold of me. I have acquired ten guitars—the latest being an ES-335 copy that I picked up on eBay for less than 100 bones. And it sounds nice! Will’s strategies really hit the string on the fret.
Jimmy Holt, via Internet
In the January issue’s table of contents, we incorrectly identified Lamb of God’s Mark Morton as Willie Adler. In addition, we neglected to mention that Adler and Morton both use GHS strings.
In the December ’06 piece on Ike Turner, we implied that Turner played the guitar parts on “Rocket 88.” In reality, Willie Kizart played the guitars, and Turner played the piano. There was some further confusion with the gear sidebar mention of Turner playing a Valley Arts guitar—which was info provided by Turner’s co-guitarist Seth Blumberg. The whole story is that Turner’s go-to guitars are typically Fender Stratocasters, including some one-of-a-kind models built for him by the Fender Custom Shop.