Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

A Profile Report Featuring Some Of The World’s Most Talented, Accomplished & Upcoming Players.

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Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Bruce Kulick

Name: Bruce Kulick Playing (years): forever! Style: Rock Gear: ESP guitars, Gibson guitars, Marshall Amps. Endorsements: ESP GUITARS, SIT STRINGS, MARSHALL AMPS, DUNCAN PICKUPS Past accomplishments: KISS, MEATLOAF, MICHAEL BOLTON, BILLY SQUIER. Current and upcoming projects: GRAND FUNK RAILROAD is my current band, and have been supporting my solo disc, TRANSFORMER. Favorite guitarist: Jimi Hendrix Most underrated players: Leslie West, George Harrison Best musician […]

By BallBuster Contributor
January 3, 2004


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Martin Behr

Name: Martin Behr Playing (years): 19 Style: Shred, Rock, Fusion Gear: Mainly Ibanez Guitars, Fender Strats, ADA Preamp, Rocktron Effects, Marshall PwrAmp, Marshall Cabinets, Mesa Rectifier, V-Twin, Laney 30W Combo, Ibanez Pedals, Takamine, Aria, and Ovation Acoustics Endorsements: Local Music Store Past accomplishments: Two Solo CDs available on GuitarNine, Various CDs with different Band / Projects, 2 Soundtracks, Regular Columnist for […]

By BallBuster Contributor
October 2, 2003

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Jonathan Wilson

Name: Jonathan Wilson Playing (years): (Woah, I have to think here…) 28 years Style: Extemporary/Abstract GuitarViol (bowed guitar) music that contains elements of classical, new age, Jazz, Latin, and hard rock. Pink Floyd meets Paganini. Gear: TogaMan GuitarViol (bowed guitar–I build these things (http://www.bowedguitar.com), Pedalboard with Boss TU-2 tuner, Digitech stompboxes: Hot Rod distortion, HyperPhase, Digiverb & Digidelay. Line […]

By BallBuster Contributor
October 1, 2003

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ROB JOHNSON

NAME: ROB JOHNSON PLAYING (YEARS): SINCE I WAS 12 STYLE: HEAVY SHRED GUITAR [ 7 STRING ] MELODIC PROGRESSIVE METAL GEAR: IBANEZ CUSTOM 7 STRINGS ROCKTRON AMPLIFICATION ENDORSEMENTS: IBANEZ GUITARS DIMARZIO PICKUPS ROCKTRON AMPS SIT STRINGS PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I HAVE 3 SOLO INSTRUMENTAL GUITAR CDS RELEASED IN JAPAN & EUROPE, MY BEST BEING: ROB JOHNSON – ” GUITARCHITECTURE ” SOLD AT: http://www.guitar9.com/guitarchitecture.html MY […]

By BallBuster Contributor
August 19, 2003

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Marty Friedman

NAME: Marty Friedman PLAYING (YEARS): A few STYLE: hopefully aggressive and gorgeous GEAR: Crate bv 300 amp D’Addario Strings 010-052 Roland gt-6 Roland vg-88 Ibanez AR Ibanez SZ ENDORSEMENTS: all of the above PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Guitarist for Megadeth during their greatest period of popularity including Albums, tours, videos, music & Grammy nomination CURRENT & UPCOMING PROJECTS: Tour of Japan with Aikawa Nanase […]

By BallBuster Contributor
August 18, 2003

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Bernie Torme

NAME: – Bernie Torme PLAYING (YEARS): – 39 years(jeez!) STYLE: very loud, my own way GEAR: – marshall 100 watt superlead(s), hiwatt 4X12 cabinet(s), electro harmonix big muff (sometimes), fender stratocaster guitar(s). ENDORSEMENTS: – none on my current driving license. I totally endorse everything I play on and everyone I’ve played with. PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: – In Music: releasing three albums with […]

By BallBuster Contributor
August 17, 2003

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Benji Lee

NAME: Benji LeePLAYING (YEARS): 14 STYLE: 70’s Rock and Roll ala Angus, Malcolm, Jimmy Page, etc… GEAR: 1972 SG-Pro, Modified Marshall JCM 800 dual-channel, D’Addario 52 gauge, no pedals, they’re for pussies. ENDORSEMENTS: Gibson? Marshall? anyone listening? I will be your whore! PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I’d say our (Supagroup’s) biggest accomplishment started when we turned down three major label deals because there […]

By BallBuster Contributor
August 15, 2003


Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Gregory Stephen Koch Esq.

NAME: Gregory Stephen Koch Esq. PLAYING (YEARS): 24 STYLE: Koch N Roll GEAR: Fender Guitars (Strat’s, Tele’s etc) Fender Amps (Cyber Twin, Cyber Deluxe, ’65 Super Reverb Reissue, Custom Shop ’64 Vibroverb) ENDORSEMENTS: Fender, Hal Leonard PublishingPAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Mastering the A7 chord, releasing “The Grip!” on Favored Nations in 2001, traveling the world for Fender as clinicianman, surviving countless years behind […]

By BallBuster Contributor
May 3, 2003


Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Steve Theado

NAME: Steve TheadoPLAYING (YEARS): Alot longer than the born on date of my bottle!!STYLE: Drunken,bloozy,southern fried hard rock.GEAR: Beat up JCM 800 half stack and a couple of old Gibson Melody Makers. Got a clutter of stomp boxes(what ever makes the most noise)ENDORSEMENTS: GHS Strings and a few drunken slobs!!!PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Finally guitting kamikazees and moving up to Jagermeister(now I don’t […]

By BallBuster Contributor
March 29, 2003

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MICHAEL HARRIS

NAME: MICHAEL HARRISPLAYING (YEARS): 25+STYLE: ProgressiveGEAR: Hamer Guitars, Mesa Boogie, Ampeg, Line 6 amps, Digitech, Line 6 effectsENDORSEMENTS: GHS stringsPAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: over 15 recordings with solo and various groupsCURRENT & UPCOMING PROJECTS:1st solo vocal CD upcoming Spring’03FAVORITE GUITARIST: Too many to mention, but today it’s Michael SchenkerMOST UNDERATED PLAYERS: Michael Schenker, Brett GarsedBEST MUSICIAN YOU’VE EVER SEEN: Allan Holdsworth, Carlos MontoyaFOUR WORDS THAT BEST […]

By BallBuster Contributor
March 25, 2003

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

LUCA TURILLI

NAME: LUCA TURILLI PLAYING (YEARS): 15STYLE: NEOCLASSICAL INFLUENCED GEAR: LUCA TURILLI HANDMADE GUITARS ENDORSEMENTS: LINE 6 PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: MORE THAN 700.000 COPIES SOLD THROUGHOUT THE WORLD CURRENT UPCOMING PROJECTS: RHAPSODY, LUCA TURILLI SOLO CAREER, COLLABORATION WITH CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA FOR FUTURE PROJECTS FAVORITE GUITARIST: JASON BECKER, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MICHAEL ROMEO MOST UNDERRATED PLAYERS: SYMPHONY X BEST MUSICIAN YOU’VE EVER SEEN: MICHAEL ANGELO FOUR WORDS […]

By BallBuster Contributor
March 23, 2003

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Ken Tamplin

NAME: Ken Tamplin PLAYING (YEARS): 33 years STYLE: Flash Blues, Melodic Rock, Flamenco GEAR: Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier, Marshall, Fender Strat, Sustainiac, Laravee’ Acoustic, Goya Flamenco. ENDORSEMENTS: Fernandes Guitars, SKB Cases, LR Baggs Acoustic Pre-Amps PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: KEN TAMPLIN Film / Television Composition MAJOR MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACKS. INSPECTOR GADGET/THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY (Re-Record The Good, The Bad, The Ugly) PERFECT STORM […]

By BallBuster Contributor
March 17, 2003

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JESSE DAMON

NAME: JESSE DAMON PLAYING (YEARS): 25 YEARS + STYLE: ROCK/ BLUES/ POP GEAR: MARSHALL AMPLIFICATION/ ANDERSON & FENDER STRATS/ CONKLIN GUITARS/NADYWIRELESS/ ROCKTRON HUSH II C/ KORG RACKTUNER/ HEAVEY PICS/ D’ADDARIO STRINGS ENDORSEMENTS: CONKLIN GUITARS Springfield, MI PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: SILENT RAGE / KISS / JESSE DAMON CD’S 1 GOLD ALBUM/ 4 RECORDED CD’S/ 3 COMPILATIONS/SOUNDTRACKS SILENT RAGE/SHATTERED HEARTS 1987 Chameleon Records) SILENT […]

By BallBuster Contributor
March 12, 2003

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Rob Sbar

NAME: Rob Sbar PLAYING (YEARS): Since consciousness STYLE: A blend of rock, modern, and avant-garde jazz and fusion along with contemporary chromatic and post-tonal forms, resulting in some form of progressive rock/fusion. GEAR: Guitars- Tom Anderson Drop-Top, Ibanez RG series, Fender Stratocaster Amps-Mesa/Boogie Mark IV, Marshall JMP-1 Preamp, Mesa/Boogie 290 Power Amp, Marshall 2000 DSL head, Bruno custom amp […]

By BallBuster Contributor
January 4, 2003

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Joe Candelario

NAME: Joe Candelario PLAYING (YEARS): 20 years STYLE: Rock, Blues, Metal, Classical, & Jazz GEAR: Fender HM Strats, Peavey Amplification, Digitech Effects, and Morley Wha ENDORSEMENTS: D’Addario StringsPAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: In 2001 I was listed as one of Colorado’s top 3 guitarists in the Rock/Metal category by coloradometal (yahoo) groups. CURRENT & UPCOMING PROJECTS: Currently supporting Joe C. Wails release “Reign Dance”, and […]

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Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Tristan ‘1690’ Grigsby

NAME: Tristan ‘1690’ Grigsby PLAYING (YEARS): 23 STYLE: METAL! GEAR: Sarricola Guitars (Signature Series), Black Amps, Roland Delay, Lexicon Reverb, Rocktron, Furman, Dunlop picks ENDORSEMENTS: Sarricola Guitars, Seymour Duncan, D’Addario, Rocktron, Monster Cable, Dunop PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: PanterA & Skid Row home videos and DVDs, National Anthem for the Chicago Bulls, CD sales in 16 countries CURRENT & UPCOMING PROJECTS: Statagem (2003 release), […]

By BallBuster Contributor
November 14, 2002

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Joe Stump

NAME: Joe Stump PLAYING (YEARS): 28 STYLE: Neo-Classical speed metal-Shred-European influenced hard rock GEAR: ESP custom built strat-style guitars, with scallopped fretboards,Dimarzio pickups. Amps-Early 70`s 50 watt MarkII Marshalls,ENGL Ritchie Blackmore signature model 100 watt head,Rhino Beast.Marshall early 70`s basket weave cabs with 30 watt greenback celestions.DOD overdrive 250,Korg and boss delays,Dunlop Cry Baby and […]

By BallBuster Contributor
November 7, 2002


Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Michael Knight

NAME: Michael Knight PLAYING (YEARS): Too many to count! STYLE: Metal – instrumental and traditional. GEAR: Guitars:1980 Charvel/Jackson, 1975 Gibson Les Paul Custom, 1978 Ibanez Destroyer. Amps: Marshal Valvestate. Effects: Memory Man Delay, Crybaby Wah-Wah. ENDORSEMENTS: None. Sports figures get paid thousands of dollars to endorse products. I decided I wasn’t going to pursue endorsements until I was in a […]

By BallBuster Contributor
September 28, 2002


Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

ALEX SKOLNICK

NAME: ALEX SKOLNICK YEARS PLAYING: 23 STYLE:Many styles, mainly jazz, worldmusic, fusion, but have played a lot of metal & rock. GEAR : Depending ont he gig GUITARS: jazz-Heritage H575 (Hollowbody Electric) rock-Gibson les Paul (reissue 1960 Goldtop) acoustic-Martin JC16GTE (Steel Sring) Montalvo Flamenco (Nylon String) Most practicing done on Gibson 1976 Blond L5 (HollowBody Electric) AMPS Tech […]

By BallBuster Contributor
September 22, 2002

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Slav Simanic

NAME: Slav Simanic PLAYING (YEARS): 20+  STYLE: Christian Rock with use of spoken words from the Bible  GEAR: Guibson Flying V, Slav V-7 Seven String Guitar,  Marshall Amplification, Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Wah Pedal,  Digitech Whammy Pedal, Boss DD-5, D’Addario Strings…  ENDORSEMENTS: GIM Custom made guitars:  Guitar Model SLAV V-7 Seven String Guitar.  PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS:Solo Albums:  “Let It Go” […]

By BallBuster Contributor
July 12, 2002

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Michael Staertow

NAME: Michael Staertow PLAYING (YEARS): 23  STYLE: Rock, Blues Rock, Hard Rock  GEAR: Gibson Les Paul Standards, Marshall Amplification, Hendrix Wah, Taylor Acoustics.  ENDORSEMENTS: GHS Strings, Marshall Amplification, Groove Tubes, EMG.  PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS:Replaced one of my guitar teachers in a band then later playing with him in another band.  CURRENT & UPCOMING PROJECTS: Currently supporting my CD “Oxygen”, and playing in […]

By BallBuster Contributor
July 11, 2002

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Mark Schuster

NAME: Mark Schuster PLAYING (YEARS): 22  STYLE: Hard Rock/Metal  GEAR: Jackson Guitars, Boss tools/COSM, Marshall amplification  ENDORSEMENTS: None  PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS:2 independent CDs: “Too Little, Too Late” and “Mark Schuster”  CURRENT & UPCOMING PROJECTS: Writing and recording material for the next CD.  FAVORITE GUITARIST: 3-way tie: Ed Van Halen, Joe Satriani, George Lynch  MOST UNDERATED PLAYERS:  Most of my independent friends on MP3.com  BEST […]

By BallBuster Contributor
July 9, 2002