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Mike Campbell: Unsung Guitar Hero

Mike Campbell now still tours and works on albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and is involved with his side-band, The Dirty Knobs. “It’s rougher-edged [than Petty’s material],” Campbell says of his Knobs. “It’s slightly over-driven, less polished, lots of Sixties influence—The Kinks, Zeppelin, the Animals. It’s something I probably should have done a long time ago, but I didn’t ’cause I was wrapped up in the Heartbreakers.” Some Dirty Knobs material has been recorded and they have more songs at the ready, but they’re not shopping for a deal and are content to work occasional club gigs in Los Angeles.

A Mike Campbell solo album won’t be released any time soon. He shrugs off the idea: “I wouldn’t want to do an all-instrumental album because I like the songs and I like to hear singers. In the Heartbreakers I’ve got a great writer and a great singer to work with on my songs. Where else would I be able to find anyone who could match Tom Petty?” […]

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Top Ten Famous Guitars

Jimi Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. Hendrix is considered one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock music history. After initial success in England, he achieved worldwide fame following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival. Jimi Hendrix helped pioneer the technique of guitar feedback with overdriven amplifiers, incorporating into his music what was previously an undesirable sound. Hendrix is also widely thought to be influenced by Pete Townshend of The Who, who performed in London when Hendrix started his career there in 1966. […]

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Unsung Guitar Hero: Cliff Williams

Since the early 70s, AC/DC has been doing dirty deeds and blowing up our videos, all while flicking the switch of rock n roll. The first formation of the band included Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm young, Mark Evans, and Phil Rudd. In 1978 however, Evans was ejected from the band, and in came Cliff Williams. […]

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Guitarist of 10 Years, Brian Vodinh, Guitar Gear

Brian Vodinh is one of the founding members of alternative metal band, 10 Years. He started off as the drummer for the band, but later switched to guitar. Some of his band members say that he is a guitarist first, a drummer second. Go to to see Brian Vodinh’s gear list […]

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Buckcherry face-to-face pre-interview with Gear-Vault

Buckcherry pre-interview – Almost immediately after introducing myself to Buckcherry’s manager, I was led backstage to have a talk with guitarist and founding member Keith Nelson’s guitar tech. While stringing up one of Keith’s many Les Pauls, he took me through the vast array of boutique gear that makes up Keith’s signature tone. […]

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Gear-Vault to Interview 10 Years – Readers Questions

Gear-Vault to interview 10 Years for their new album debut “Feeding the Wolves”. We thought is might be cool to ask the readers for their help in our interview process. So if there is any questions you have for 10 Years that we might ask the band we are open for suggestions. We are excited for the chance for our readers to participate in our experience. Please posts any questions here. […]

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Slash & Marshall R&D Marshall AFD100 Videos

Marshall Amplifiers and legendary guitarist, Slash, have been working together to recreate the amp that was used on the 1987 Guns n’ Roses album, ‘Appetite For Destruction‘. Marshall have been posting a number of updates […]

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Tom “T-Bone” Wolk 1951-2010

Today the music world mourns the loss of Tom “T-Bone” Wolk, longtime bassist for Hall & Oates and the Saturday Night Live Band. Often seen working in the company of guitarist G.E. Smith, Wolk died of a heart attack February 27, 2010. He was 58 years old. Wolk was a Yonkers, NY native who first came to prominence playing bass on Kurtis Blow’s seminal rap classic “These Are The Breaks,” which was the first rap track to achieve a gold record. […]