Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
Video The new single arrives ahead of the Brian May Guitars signature artist’s latest album, ‘’73’
The AD11e-SB, AD12e-SB and AD17e-SB feature vintage-style firestripe pickguards and Tobacco Sunburst finishes
Video David Gilmour and Richard Wright are joined by Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan for this heartfelt acoustic rendition
Video Officially rereleased by the BBC yesterday, this high-quality footage was captured just weeks before the landmark ‘Blow by Blow’ recording sessions
Appearing on the forthcoming ‘Vai/Gash’ album, this soaring hard rock track unearthed from Vai’s studio vault features late vocalist Gash
During the 1960s' “all-time high” of electric guitar playing, the legend spoke to 'GP' and shared his unique perspective on the Yardbirds, Clapton and Hendrix
The hollowbody equivalent of the original Les Paul Goldtop, this rare electric archtop helped start the rock and roll revolution
The circuit designer himself tells us everything you need to know about Empress Effects' world-class EQs...
Video Heavy tremolo, fuzz guitars and Eastern-inspired lead lines – this psychedelic rock smash has it all!
Video This clip from 2001 captures the magic of an era-defining band during one of their best performances on film
Video The story of one of the greatest bands of the ‘60s psychedelic era and beyond told by its co-founding guitarist
Video The duo launch new collaborative project with a mean cover of this late ‘50s rockabilly classic
Video Born in San Francisco in 1967, this signature song is a quintessential Summer of Love anthem
Video Filmmaker Joerg Steineck gets inside the mind of the multiple Grammy-winning “road dog” jazz guitar master
Video His Grammy Hall of Fame-inducted hit "Wichita Lineman" features the textbook Fender VI sound
Video Vintage Guitar Veteran David Davidson of Well Strung Guitars shows us the “Holy Grail” of Gretsch.