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Published 5th May

Rivers Cuomo reveals the 1980s metal inspirations behind Weezer’s new shred album, ‘Van Weezer.’ Describing the album as “half Blue Album, half ‘80s shred,” Cuomo explains how he rediscovered his love for two-handed tapping as he and Weezer put a decidedly retro-metal spin on their tuneful pop. Next, Richie Kotzen celebrates his 50th birthday by cranking out 50 fret-burning tracks on ’50 for 50,’ his new hard-rocking milestone of an album. The multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter takes us through the album and explains the method that makes him so musically productive. We also chat with Al Di Meola about ‘Across the Universe,’ his new album on which he offers his own fluently virtuoso performances of classic Beatles tracks. In the world of acoustics, Béla Fleck discusses the banjo’s African roots and how it became America’s preeminent stringed-instrument before the guitar rose to dominance. Then, we take a deep look at a pristine — and rare — 1969 Flying V from the same batch as examples played by guitarists including T.Rex’s Marc Bolan, Mountain’s Leslie West and Mott the Hoople/Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs. Plus: Neil Giraldo talks us through five tracks that were key to his career — from Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” to Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker”; Tommy Emmanuel returns with ‘Best of Tommysongs,’ his newly recorded career retrospective that includes five completely new songs; Americana breakthrough artist Madison Cunningham talks about her unique approach to tunings and how it influenced the songs on her Grammy-nominated album, ‘Who Are You Now’; and blues-rock guitarist Jackson Stokes talks about the tones and gear behind his self-titled debut on Devon Allman’s Create Records. In lessons, we dig into the many guitar styles of Andy Timmons and serve up the first part of Melodic Masters, a study of the musical soloing techniques of Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, B.B. King and John Mayer. In gear, we review a wealth of new products, including the Fender Stories Collection Eric Johnson 1954 “Virginia” Stratocaster, Emerald X30 Spalted Beech Select, Dr. Z Z Wreck Jr. 1x12 Combo and Jam Pedals Delay Llama Xtreme. Finally, we wrap up this issue by introducing our new back page feature, “How I Wrote…,” in which guitarists tell the stories behind their greatest tracks. This issue kicks the series off with Randy Bachman, who reveals how he wrote the Guess Who hit “American Woman.”