Chilean-born drummer and singer Cancamusa has blossomed thanks to her budding solo career as an electronic music artist, as well as drumming for fellow Chilean-born artist Mon Laferte. We caught up with her about her music career, as well as a detailed run-through of her drum kit.Read More
When Dave Navarro pawned his custom Ibanez in 1991, he told himself he'd go back to pick it up that same night, but he never did. Twenty-eight years later it made its way to Guitar Center Hollywood and, through some local connections, back to Navarro himself. We chatted with Dave about how he and the guitar were separated and what it's like to reunite after all this time.Read More
In celebration of Game of Thrones’ long-anticipated final season, Fender Custom Shop has teamed up with HBO to create three unique masterbuilt guitars, each representative of the houses made famous by the hit series. The trio, dubbed the Game of Thrones Sigil Collection, includes the Game of Thrones House Stark Telecaster; the Game of Thrones House Lannister Jaguar; and the Game of Thrones House Targaryen Stratocaster. We invited Game of Thrones Creator and Guitar Center Hollywood regular D.B. Weiss and his Sigil collection to our Vintage Room just days before the finale air date to learn the backstory on the collaboration, DB’s connection to playing guitars during his off-time on set, and an unexpected twist you can anticipate in the final episode.Read More
When Guitar Center asked me to profile five guitarists, I wanted to put forth names that are doing something different, and that I truly believe in. Names that you might not have heard of yet but you will not stop talking about once you do. To better understand the force behind each artist and the tools behind the creativity, I asked each artist four questions that get down to the bottom of what drives ones passion and expression to create music and perform it for the world to see. - Fabi ReynaRead More
During Weekend 2 of Coachella, thousands of festival goers crowded around the campground for a once-in-a-lifetime hillside experience of Kanye West’s mystical Sunday Services - a live musical event inspired by spiritual enlightenment and featuring over 20 musicians and 85 vocalists. We caught up with Sunday Service musical director Phil Cornish to talk about how he was approached to curate the musician collective, as well as how Kanye’s love of vintage synthesizers inspired the basis of the orchestration.Read More
After walking away from the 61st Grammy Awards the winner of both Best R&B Album and R&B Performance, H.E.R.’s smooth, laid-back, R&B/pop transcended to the forefront of popular culture. That night, her electrifying performance of “Hard Place,” included the debut of a see-thru Fender Custom Shop Acrylic Stratocaster made just for the show, noted as one of the most memorable showcases of the evening.Read More
Marciela "MJ" Juarez had been building custom Seymour Duncan pickups for 36 years. She chats with us about how she got started, her first job for Jimmy Page, and the artist she'd love to work with.Read More
We sat down with John Petrucci and engineer Jimmy T to chat about the new Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty, how John Petrucci gets his guitar tones, and to deconstruct a Pro Tools session from Dream Theater’s latest record, "Distance Over Time."Read More
John took a break during rehearsals for his latest world tour to show us the tones of the Silver Sky, as well as give us some insight into working with Paul in the creation of this idealized version of a vintage single-coil guitar. Read More
Two years ago, London-based musicians Annie Wagstaff & Hannah Koppenberg joined forces to create their first Instagram video - looping synthesizers, piano & guitar through Ableton and sharing out to the world. Now performing under the artist name HANNIE, they’ve amassed a following of over 300,000 fans – and there’s no end in sight for the duo’s curiosity and creativity.
We met up with HANNIE during our recent visit to London for a behind-the-scenes look at their ever-evolving home studio set-up, a discussion about the role of social media in their success, and how they’ve utilized their online presence to grow their collection of gear.Read More
In 2016, we asked multi-Grammy-Award-winning country artist Vince Gill to choose 5 new guitarists to join him on stage for one night only at The Mint in Los Angeles, each competing for the chance to record their own original music with Vince in the studio, as well as open for him at one of his shows. After choosing Claudio Tristano as the winner for the evening, he shocked the audience by also inviting all 5 finalists to join him as opening acts for a future show. After a few years of touring with legendary rock group The Eagles, Vince Gill returned to Nashville for a special evening at 3rd & Lindsley with all five finalists, each joining Vince and his band for 20-minute sets of Vince classics and original music. We caught up with Vince, Arielle, Claudio, Justus West, Stephan Hogan and Tony Pierce backstage before the show to see what they've been up to since we last brought them together.Read More
Two years ago, when Emily Wolfe stepped into the studio with Alabama Shakes’ keyboardist Ben Tanner at the board, she had already mapped out just about every sound she envisioned for the record. “The good thing about Emily is that she knows the sound when it’s there. The songs were fully formed in her head by the time she got the studio,” said Ben.
Emily, a native of Austin, Texas, has spent the last several years making a name for herself as an electrifying, blues-driven live rock act, accompanied on the road by her trusty Epiphone Sheraton (picked up at Guitar Center Austin at the start of her career) and ever-evolving pedal board. With the release of her debut self-titled album, she effortlessly harnesses the raw power of her live performances in collaboration with Ben’s in-studio experimentation - creating an album that marries the roots of rock with the soaring choruses of modern pop.
We sat down with Emily and Ben to talk about inspiration for the album, the process and gear behind nailing the sound, and how they brought to life Emily’s genre-bending dream of mixing “Demi Lovato with Queens of the Stone Age.”Read More
During our recent visit to the UK, we stopped by the home studio of Mary Spender – a YouTube-based musician whose channel has already amassed a whopping 6.2 million views thanks to her “Tuesday Talks” YouTube series, in which she deep dives into music topics of her choosing with artists like K.T. Tunstall, James Valentine and more.
We joined Mary for a Tuesday Talks of our own, covering the topics of her YouTube origins, evolving her process as a musician through social media, and how to kickstart your own YouTube channel with just an iPhone and a great mic.Read More