Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Greg Rapaport

Name: Greg Rapaport

Playing (years): 25 Years

Style: Dark Fusion/Progressive Funk

Gear: My main guitar is a Carvin DC747c 7 string. My main bass is a Carvin LB75p 5 string. Other guitars include: Ibanez RG7620, Ibanez SG540, 1958 Gibson LesPaul, 1980 Gibson. Fender 4×12 cab, Line 6 Pod XT, Roland GR-20 guitar synth, Carvin Tone Navigator, Behringer V-amp, Rocktron Chameleon, Rocktron Velocity Amp, Dunlop Crybaby plus a bunch of other pedals.

Endorsements: None

Past accomplishments: Writing and recording my first CD with my band Nero. We played locally and did many, many gigs in NYC and had a hell of a lot of fun.

I have released 3 instrumental cds in the past 7 years.
Wyrd – 2001
Azrael Block – 2003
Homunculus – 2006

I’ve gotten airplay on many radio stations worldwide. Also I’ve gotten written up in 20th Century Guitar, Metal Maniacs and many other magazines and webzines. I’ve been lucky enough to greatly expand my teaching career and also gain knowledge in recording and production.

Current and upcoming projects: Right now working in a new band with a bunch of great guys. We’re hoping to get out and play so we can spread the virus that is our music! I have started writing for my next instrumental release.

Favorite guitarist: Jimmy Page, Greg Howe, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale.

Most Underated Players: Lou Ubriaco and all the other players who decided that teaching was a way that they could continue to grow as a musician while sharing the ultimate joy that the guitar can provide.

Best musician you’ve ever seen: Allan Holdsworth

Four words that best describe what you want to get across in your playing: Darkness, complexity, atmosphere, aggression.

Your hero: My son.

Ultimate goal: To create music that challenges me and the listener.



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