Art Thompson is senior editor of Guitar Player magazine and he has authored stories with numerous guitar greats, including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Billy Gibbons, Steve Miller, Prince, Reeves Gabrels, Joe Perry, Robben Ford, Brian Setzer, Sonny Landreth, Zakk Wylde, Eric Johnson, Robin Trower,
Scotty Moore, James Burton, Merle Haggard, Roy Nichols, Jimmie Vaughan and many others.
He has interviewed gear innovators such as Paul Reed Smith, Randall Smith, Mark Sampson and Gary Kramer, and he wrote the 1998 GP cover story/review of 150 vintage stomp boxes – an article that helped spark renewed interest in pedals from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. He also wrote the first book on the subject, Stompbox.
As a guitarist, he has shared stages with Gregg Allman, Stray Cats, Joe Ely, Dick Dale, Robben Ford, Lonnie Brooks, Kansas, Marshall Tucker, Foghat, Little Charlie and the Nitecats, Kenny Vaughan and Clarence Clemons, and he maintains a busy performing schedule with three stylistically diverse groups, all of which provide ample opportunity to test-drive new guitars, amps and effects, many of which are featured in the pages of GP.
”The SG Custom was a class act back in the day, and Epiphone’s latest version is every bit as appealing”: The Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1963 SG Custom reviewed
Totally Wycked Audio's Krytical Mass KM-01 Reactive Octave Fuzz is modern, but with a vintage soul and if you're a fuzz fanatic this stompbox has to be high on your audition list
One from the Guitar Player archives: a 1998 interview with Jimmie Vaughan on tone, recording secrets, fat strings and more…
Our guide to the greatest guitars, amps, pedals and accessories of 2023, handpicked by the Guitar Player team
Joe Knaggs started at PRS guitars before forming his own company. Their goal? To make high-end instruments that “ignite the senses and summon the muse”. Discover his unique take on guitar design and plans for the future
Hard rock guitarists will be rushing to get their hands on this new affordable, signature version of the S-100 Polara from China
Considering that it's significantly cheaper than a standard Princeton Reverb, there’s enough true-to-form realism here to make the Tone Master Princeton a sweet deal
A massive hit with everyone from Kiss to The Grateful Dead, Larry DiMarzio’s pickup was the start of something big
"I had a ’61 Stratocaster and wanted the same style of guitar with a fretboard radius of eight and a half inches, so it wouldn’t fret out when I’d bend strings…" Meet the drool-some "Telecaster-version" yellow Severn Trem SSS
Four super-versatile state-of-the-art compact effects pedals –the Evermore Studio Reverb, Heavenly Plate Reverb, Orion Tape Echo and the 1176 Studio Compressor – tested
“The most important thing was for it to be vocal and have that midrange that would cut in a mix,” highlights the Alter Bridge frontman
These compact monitors have a well-balanced soundstage and aren’t fatiguing to the ears when listening at high levels
The late Strat-master discusses his thoughts on volume (and when loud becomes too loud), playing classical melodies on the electric guitar, and why he favored a trusty Fender amp onstage and in the studio.
This stripped-down metal machine provides all the essentials needed for maximum heaviness at high volume
DOD and its high-tech offshoot DigiTech are back in business under the ownership of Korea-based Cor-Tek
Features two identical and stackable sets of classic compressors: the MXR Dyna Comp, Teletronix Opto LA-2A and Universal Audio UA 1176, plus an emulation of UA’s 610 tube preamp/EQ
Delivers emulations of classic delay and reverb effects lifted from the UAFX Starlight and Golden Reverberator
If you’re seeking to enhance the tonal capabilities of a guitar or bass, this system is definitely worth considering