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

Sparky Quano

Name: Sparky Quano Playing (years): 9 years. Style: Rock,Metal,Experimental,Progressive and more. Gear: Acoustic and Electric Guitar, some effectors and head set mic Endorsements: Aspect Recording, OUTBREAK RECORDS Past accomplishments: 2003,1,15 First album ‘Pigs might fly’ released 2004 ,4, 01 Second album ‘Phenomenon’ released 2005…Europe Tour, na okuraji Festival in Czech street music Festival in Berlin and some club….. 2006…Millenium Music […]

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March 30, 2007

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Don Moore

Name: Don Moore Playing (years): I have been playing the guitar for a little over 4 years now Style: Instrumental Rock with a touch of Blues and Metal thrown in Gear:Guitars: ESP Electric Guitars, Yamaha Acoustic/ElectricCases: Coffin CasesAmps: PeaveyEffects: Line6 POD2.0, Morley Pedals, DigitechStrings: Elixir, D*Addario, Ernie Ball, GHS, Dean MarkleyPickups: DiMarzio, Seymour DuncanGuitar Picks: In-Tune, Dunlop, Fender, […]

By BallBuster Contributor
March 28, 2007

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Matt Konfirst

Name: Matt Konfirst Playing (years): 16 years Style: Progressive rock/ metal Gear: guitars-Ibanez RG570, Jackson custom SL-1, Schecter A-7 7-string Preamp- Behringer V-Amp Pro Power Amp- Marshall 9200 Cabinets- Crate Celestion 4×12 cabinets Additional effects- Behringer Tube Composer T1952, Roland SRV 3030D Reverb Unit, Yamaha SPX 990 Effects Unit Past accomplishments: Recorded a 4-song demo in the mid 90’s with […]

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October 3, 2006





Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Doug Doppler

Name: Doug Doppler Playing (years): 36 Style: Instrumental Rock/Metal Gear: Ibanez guitars, DiMarzio pickups, Krank Amplifiers, Boss GT-6, Radial Headbone, M-Audio Black Box Endorsements: Ibanez, DiMarzio, Krank, D’Addario, M-Audio Past accomplishments: Sitting in with Joe Satriani and Neal Schon at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. To get a chance to play along side such incredibly iconic guitar players is a […]

By BallBuster Contributor
May 7, 2006

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Niels Vejlyt

Name: Niels Vejlyt Playing (years): about 17 years Style: Neoclassical metal/Shred Gear: Mexico strat reissue, Ibanez 550. Rocktron: Piranha, Intellifex, Velocity 250, Rivera cabs Endorsements: None Past accomplishments: Mexico strat reissue, Ibanez 550. Rocktron: Piranha, Intellifex, Velocity 250, Rivera cabs Current and upcoming projects: Just released my first instrumentel album. Its called The predator and the styli is a mix between Neoclassical […]

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April 2, 2006


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John Tapella

Name: John Tapella Playing (years): 20 Style: progressive metal Gear: Marshall amp with several mods, various Line 6 amps, Blade guitar Endorsements: Currently the main transcriber and editor for the Line 6 Guitarport. Several video lessons have been on the site cover. Hal Leonard guitar book author. Past accomplishments: transcribed the first authorized Stevie Ray Vaughn guitar book, author of Challenge […]

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March 10, 2006


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Eric Mantel

Name: Eric Mantel Playing (years): 33 Years! Style: All styles: Rock, Pop, Fusion, Jazz, Classical, Country, Bluegrass, Reggae, Blues, Delta Blues, Ragtime, Blues Rock, New Age, etc. Gear: Over 35 guitars: Fender Stratocasters, Telecasters, Jazz Master, Jaguar, Gibsons: ES-175, SG, LES PAULS, ES-335, Taylor Acoustic and Classical guitars…. many many more! Fender Twin Reverbs, Marshall JMP 50 Watt! With […]

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January 30, 2006


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Joe Sims

Name: Joe Sims Playing (years): 28 Style: Metal Gear: Jackson & Ibanez guitars, Mesa-Boogie Rectifier amp Endorsements: None at the moment…….. Past accomplishments: – 9 releases (bands include: Dream or Nightmare, Axemaster, The Awakening, and Reign) – Music featured on the rock music encyclopedia on CD-ROM titled “Recorded History” (which is included in, among others, the United Nation’s “Great […]

By BallBuster Contributor
September 29, 2005

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John 5

Name: John 5 Playing (years): 17 years Style: rock / country Gear: Fender guitars and Marshal amps Endorsements: Fender Guitars, Marshall Amps, D’Addarrio Strings Past accomplishments: Playing @ The Grand Ole Oprey, Cover of Guitar Player, #1 Record Current and upcoming projects: Songs of Sanity (out now) Loser (out beginning 2006) Favorite guitarist: Buckethead, Albert Lee Most underrated players: Scott Anderson, Brent Mason Best […]

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August 20, 2005


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Brad Wilson

Name: Brad Wilson Playing (years): Thirty years Style: Blues Rock Gear: Mesa Amps/ Cabs and my Gibson Les Paul and Fender Strat Endorsements: Ernie Ball Strings Past accomplishments: John Carpenter’s Soundtracks for the films “Vampires” and Ghosts of Mars”, NBC Television show “Passions”, Robert Bradley and Black Water Surprise “Still Loving You”, Two records with rockers Stone “Some where in […]

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March 6, 2005

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Alex Gomez

Name: Alex Gomez Playing (years): 20 Style: Electric SlideGuitar Gear: Dan Electro and Teisco guitars, Silvertone 2×12 amp. Endorsements: Dean Markley, Hohner, Epiphone. Past accomplishments: Blues Slide Guitar Workshop TV series (PBS), Tape & Slide instruction series (Latch Lake), Survived 2 record deals, 3 ex-wives and countless one-nighters. Current and upcoming projects: Summer Euro Tour. Favorite guitarist: Blind Willie Johnson Most underrated […]

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March 3, 2005



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Charles Brown

Name: Charles Brown Playing (years): 30 years! Style: Progressive, Instrumental Guitar music, with Guitar synth solos & textures, Hard Rock riffs, and Acoustic & Classical elements. Gear: Roland GR-30 Guitar synth, Fender Stratocaster, Les Paul Standard, Marshall MkII 50 Watt Lead amp w/ custom ported 2/12″ cabinet, Various Classical & Acoustic Guitars. Endorsements: None. Past accomplishments: Spent 15 years in Bands […]

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November 18, 2004

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James D. Gilmore

Name: James D. Gilmore Playing (years): 28 Years Style: Progressive Metal Guitar Gear: Gibson Flying V’s “Jerid” Custom Built Amps, and Boss-Morley- Ross-ADA-BBE-Aria-Yamaha, and various other effects. Endorsements: None Currently. I’ve always had a problem with kissing ass. Past accomplishments: My CDs! Method 2 Madness, Return II Madness, and Resurrection. These are the most important. Current and upcoming projects: Currently promoting Resurrection, […]

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November 4, 2004



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Tom Kopyto

Name: Tom Kopyto Playing (years): 13 years Style: Instrumental shred guitar Gear: ESP and Ibanez baritone 7-strings DiMarzio pickups SIT Strings Endorsements: DiMarzio Past accomplishments: 1999: MACE Music releases my first instrumental CD “YTK”. Executive produced by world famous guitarist Michael Angelo, “YTK” received critical acclaim from the progressive metal and shred guitar press and helped me to build […]

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March 18, 2004

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Tom Hess

Name: Tom Hess Playing (years): 18 Style: Progressive, neo-classical, shred. Gear: Angelo “Tom Hess’ signature model guitars, Carvin V220 guitars, Sanamp PSA-1, the list goes on and on and on. Endorsements: Angelo Guitars, Dean Markley strings, Clayton guitar picks Past accomplishments: released: Opus 1 and Opus 2. Taught hundreds of guitarists from all over the world. Current and upcoming projects: HESS Opus […]

By BallBuster Contributor
March 14, 2004