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 If you’re a guitar player and you like Queen then you’ll love ‘The Red Special Guitar Podcast’
Video Originally shot using 35mm film, this 1967 “promotional” movie has now been restored in 4K resolution
Video Co-written by Charlie Starr, the band's latest track was produced by Nashville’s multiple Grammy-winning Dave Cobb
Video The new single is the latest from the critically acclaimed blues-rock guitarist’s album ‘The Wings of Salvation'
Video The Pink Floyd co-founder recounts the inside story of one of psychedelic rock’s greatest in this unmissable ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ clip
Video Gibson signature artist Jim James and Co deliver a stirring rendition of this epic track live at Red Rocks
Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar and Steve Postell’s rendition of the Sparks song is the first single from the band's forthcoming full-length album
Video The Tuareg guitarist’s raw live track is taken from ‘Vol. 2’ of the two-part ‘Niger EP' series
A Master Built Strat for a masterful player, here’s how a connoisseur of tone puts a signature guitar together with Fender’s esteemed Custom Shop
Compatible with Mac, PC and iOS, this new modeling software can be used with any major DAW to create epic, cinematic soundscapes
Groundbreaking artist Nikita Gale reimagines the solidbody form at Frieze London’s pioneering 63/22 exhibition