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Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

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 […]

By BallBuster Contributor
August 20, 2005



Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

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 […]

By BallBuster Contributor
March 6, 2005

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

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 […]

By BallBuster Contributor
March 3, 2005



Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

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 […]

By BallBuster Contributor
November 18, 2004



Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

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, […]

By BallBuster Contributor
November 4, 2004




Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

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 […]

By BallBuster Contributor
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





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


Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

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

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

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

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

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

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

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

Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

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