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 See and hear these unique ‘Bursts in an instrumental rendition of Velvet Revolver’s “Slither”
Video Our latest cover star explains why experimentation was key to the success of the standout ‘Fragile’ album track.
Video The third instalment of the band’s four-part album/film series is now available to watch on YouTube.
Video Watch Fender's #GuitarTok Effect panel discussion and discover more about the changing face of today’s music industry.
Video Walking her own path from day one, the British singer-songwriter’s matchless style has inspired generations of guitar players.
Video JHS's Josh Scott visits fellow pedalhead Daniel Danger's "private Batcave lair of madness.”
Discover how the prog rock pioneer straddled the realms of 4-, 6- and 12-string guitars in this classic archive interview.
Video The Fixx guitarist reveals the studio secrets of the band’s 1983 top ten hit on GP's ‘No Guitar Is Safe’ podcast.
Video The latest release from the Austin guitarist’s sophomore album, ‘Not All Who Wander Are Lost.’
This teaser arrives ahead of a 17-CD limited-edition set titled ‘In and Out of the Garden: Madison Square Garden ’81, ’82, ’83.’
Video Listen to the original track that became the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' 1980 classic "Go Through It”
Take a close look at the unique axe of surf legend Eddie Bertrand of the Bel-Airs and Eddie & the Showmen
Video Finland’s finest slide guitarist drops lead single from new album, ‘Waiting For the Daylight’
Video Taken from their forthcoming acoustic album ‘This Machine Still Kills Fascists’ the band brings “original punk” Woody Guthrie’s words to life.