Since it “only” stepped onto the scene back in the 1930s, the electric guitar can still be considered the new kid on the block as far as widely-used instruments are concerned. No matter how you cut it though, the electric guitar’s rise popularity and prevalence are legendary. The range of sound an electric guitar can produce by converting vibration into amplified electrical impulses can find its place in just about any musical genre you can name. While its sound is easily adapted to fit most any style of music, its versatility and uniqueness on its own merits have given birth to entirely new genres of music that might not have seen the light of day otherwise.
From heavy-metal bangers to country twangers to EDM mix wizards, The Hub gets up close and personal with musicians from every significant genre. We ask probing questions about their gear, their inspiration, their strategies in carving out a distinctive sound and style. We skip the fluff in seeking their perspectives about what it takes to launch and sustain a life in music. You’ll find interviews with major recording and performing artists and bands as well as profiles of new, emerging acts. Count on The Hub’s exclusive Artist Interviews for the inspiration and gear intelligence you need to make your own musical aspirations a reality.
During his tenure in KISS, Paul Stanley has played more guitars than any of us can imagine, and gleaned from each what makes an instrument truly exceptional. Combine that with his keen sense of visual design and you get the Paul Stanley Signature Series from Washburn. We sat down with this knight in Santa’s service to discuss these stellar instruments, and how gear has evolved over 40 years of being in the hottest band in the world.
As frontwoman and guitarist for Halestorm, Lzzy Hale lays it all out there, combining her wailing vocals and catchy hooks with a major dose of attitude. Having played music with her brother and bandmate Arejay since the two were teens, she's grown up in the scene and at 28 has the kind of chops that defi ne a professional.
There is a comfortable simplicity to the acoustic guitar that frees it from many of the constraints of any specific music genre or cultural era. It is a great beginner’s instrument, and a strong tool for professional musicians. A new acoustic guitar is an exciting investment, and an old, well-used one is a treasure. From campfires to studios, bluegrass to rock, and basements to arenas - acoustic guitars are right at home.
William Henry "Billy" Duffy was kind enough to meet us in Hollywood, where The Cult were preparing for their Electric 13 World Tour. Over the course of our conversation Billy proudly presented his signature Gretsch Falcon, spoke of his preferences for certain effects pedals and amps, and shared his perspective on how his guitar-playing aspirations have evolved over the years. He also gave us some great advice on becoming a better guitarist. A delight to interview, this introspective Englishman had a lot to say.