What's the first guitar album you fell in love with?

I remember riding on route 76 with my Dad as we were on the way from New Jersey to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio. I was just a teenager then, but taking that trip changed my life.

When we finally arrived to the enormous glass building, I was in awe. I got to see props from Pink Floyd's the Wall tour, countless famous guitars, lots of amazing pieces from their Woodstock exhibit, and so much more.

The most important part of the trip was the CD that my Dad got for me in the RnR HoF store. I had just started to pick up the guitar, and that day he got me a greatest hits disc of Jimi Hendrix.

I listened to that disc over and over on my Discman on the ride home. It had such a profound impact on me, and I would go on to listen to it for years to come.

Hendrix was my first real "guitar" CD. I couldn't believe what he was doing or how he played. It was the same way when a couple of years earlier I had picked up Pearl Jam's Ten on cassette. Mike McCready blew me away, and Pearl Jam would go on to become one of my favorite bands.

Around the same time I was introduced to two other giants of music in the same day by my Uncle. He showed me Images and Words by Dream Theater, and then he put on Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Flood.

In both cases I was floored at how Petrucci or SRV could play the way they played. These four albums laid some of the early groundwork for my own playing.

But I know my story! What about you? What was the first guitar album you ever heard? Let me know by reaching out on Twitter or Facebook.

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MXR Just Announced the "Dookie Drive"

Without a doubt, one of the most popular bands of the 90's and 2000's has been Green Day. The album that put Green Day on the map, Dookie is now getting its own signature stompbox.

MXR revealed the "Dookie Drive" at NAMM. Here's what MXR had to say about the pedal:

-To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dookie, we’re releasing the MXR Dookie Drive. It captures the sound of both of Billie Joe’s amps in a single pedal so that you can dial in your own variations of that famous Dookie sound. We borrowed the amps themselves so that the MXR team could carefully analyze all the sonic qualities that make them sound so darn good. After much analysis and A/B testing, our engineers rebuilt the amps from scratch in pedal circuit form and fit them into a single housing. The High Gain and Clean Gain sections each have their own controls, while the Blend control allows you to mix them together just like Green Day did in the studio. If you want some extra scoop in the midrange of the overall output signal, just hit the Scoop switch.

-The Dookie Drive isn’t just for Green Day fans—this totally unique pedal provides a full harmonic range of overdriven tones for a playing experience that is full of depth and dimension.

I'm sure this pedal is going to be sougth after by tons of punk rock fans. The street price clocks in at just under 200 bucks.

Below, check out Billie Joe Armstrong teasing the pedal, just a few days ago.

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52 Weeks, 52 Songs - The Guitar Song of the Week Playlist

52 Weeks, 52 Songs - The Guitar Song of the Week Playlist

Each week throughout 2018 I’ve hand picked one great guitar song for you to listen to, and put them on the Guitar Song of the Week playlist. Now all 52 songs are ready for your listening pleasure, with a playlist clocking in at just under 5 hours of great guitar music. Here’s my takes on why I chose each and every song on the list!