Michael Leonard

Guitar Legends: Stevie Ray Vaughan – a man of simple tastes and impeccable style

Although his top-flight career was cruelly cut short, Stevie Ray Vaughan remains one of the most influential players of modern times. From his gear choices to his playing style, here’s why SRV remains one of the guitar’s true icons.

Guitar Legends: Slash – the cat in the hat who saved hard rock guitar from itself

As he turns 55, it’s hats off to Guns N’ Roses’ Les Paul maestro Slash who’s been at the heart of hard rock for over 30 years. His guitar style is traditional but also unique, drawing on a wealth of soloing ideas and swaggering riffs. Here’s his essential gear and best tracks.

Why Kraftwerk and Florian Schneider matter to all guitarists – no, really

In subtle ways, Kraftwerk’s groundbreaking synthpop wormed its way into guitar culture and tastes. With the passing of Florian Schneider, is it finally time to accept that the German band can be as important as Howlin’ Wolf in your playlist?
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