Hendrix, Van Halen Lead List of Gear Innovators Inside the New Issue of Guitar Player

Guitar Player issue 719 April 2022
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25 Guitarists Who Changed the Course of Gear and Tone

Guitar Player tells the story behind 25 guitarists from the past 100 years who drove innovation to make guitar gear and tone what it is today.

We uncover the stories behind guitar-playing inventors like Alvino Rey (the Talk Box), Les Paul (the solidbody guitar), and Tom Scholz (the Rockman amp emulator) and explore the revolutionary sonic devices conceived or uniquely employed by Pete Townshend (the stack), Jimi Hendrix (the Uni-Vibe), Robert Fripp (Frippertronics tape delay), Eddie Van Halen (the Floyd Rose Locking Trem) and more.

From the full story behind Gene Parsons and Clarence White’s B-Bender to Jerry Garcia’s custom Doug Irwin axes to Kevin Godley and Lol Creme’s Gizmotron – we dig deep into the greatest and oddest sonic devices that have shaped modern guitar tone.

Skip James

This issue also features a deep dive into the musical style of Mississippi blues guitarist Skip James.

Hailing from Bentonia, James was washed-up by the age of 30 but got a chance at a comeback when he was “rediscovered” during the early 1960s blues boom, just a few years before his death.

In this deep dive into his music, we explore both James and the artists of today who he influenced and who are keeping the Bentonia style alive.

John McLaughlin

The pioneering jazz-fusion guitarist tells how he survived lockdown by turning his frustration into the inspired music of his latest album, Liberation Time.

In an exclusive interview, McLaughlin reveals his method for positive thinking that has helped him deal with isolation and eradicate debilitating arthritis that threatened to end his career.

Plus, we offer a previously unpublished interview with late Mahavishnu Orchestra bassist Rick Laird about his own nearly devastating injury on the eve of recording that group’s remarkable 1971 debut, The Inner Mounting Flame.

Jake Shimabukuro

The ukulele virtuoso tells how he worked with slide wizards Sonny Landreth and Warren Haynes, as well as Billy Strings and Willie Nelson, to create Jake & Friends, his latest album.

Steve Morse

The shred icon tells the story behind how he wrote and recorded the Dixie Dregs’ high-octave prog-rock instrumental “Take It Off the Top,” from 1978.

“It kept us off the charts,” Steve tells GP, “but it won us fans who stayed with us.”

Howard Alexander Dumble

Sonny Landreth writes a tribute to the late ampmaker and reveals the tale behind how his Dumble amp got the name Oh Baby!


  • Fender Custom Shop Ltd-Ed Double-Bound Stratocaster Journeyman Relic
  • Eastman T64/v and T184MX electric guitars
  • Taylor American Dream AD27e Flametop acoustic-electric
  • Strymon Iridium Amp and IR Cab Pedal
  • Fender Mustang Micro
  • Mackie Thrash215 Powered Loudspeaker


  • The minor-key magic of Oz Noy’s “She’s Not There” solo
  • Acoustic lessons from The Beatles: Get Back


  • My Career in Five Songs…with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready
  • Meet Your Maker: Eastman Guitars 
  • Gretsch 1959 Model 6118 Double Anniversary

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Guitar Player Staff

Guitar Player is the world’s most comprehensive, trusted and insightful guitar publication for passionate guitarists and active musicians of all ages. Guitar Player magazine is published 13 times a year in print and digital formats. The magazine was established in 1967 and is the world's oldest guitar magazine.

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