No Guitar Is Safe

By Jude Gold

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 Jul 25, 2018
favourite podcast on guitarist. Jude is a great interviewer and guitar who always asks the right questions.


NO GUITAR IS SAFE The Guitar Show where Guitar Heroes Plug In. Hosted by Jude Gold.

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145 - Jim "Kimo" West, "Weird Al" Yankovic Guitarist and Grammy-Winning Fingerstylist
Plugging in no less than four amazing (and totally different!) guitars on this episode, Jim "Kimo" West, the Grammy-winning solo artist and longtime lead guitarist for "Weird Al" Yankovic, demonstrates everything from his own music and his take on the hypnotic Hawaiian II-V-I turnaround to "soprano" textures and rock guitar feedback (the latter via a rare Moog guitar). Hosted by Jude Gold. Presented by Guitar Player magazine
Nov 18, 2021
144 - Fernando Perdomo Makes a '74 Mustang Sing
FERNANDO PERDOMO is equal parts lead guitarist, producer, and musicologist, which means you're in for an exciting ride through all things rock and roll as he invites you into his Los Angeles studio, plugs in his favorite Fender Mustang, and shows you the way he plays guitar — and the way he transplanted himself from Miami to California to become an established producer, sideman, and solo artist. His latest project, ENERGY OVERLOAD, features explosive guitar/drums interplay between himself and legend of the skins CARMINE APPICE. This episode is presented by GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE.
Nov 11, 2021
143 - Bryan Kehoe Shares How to Make a Pedalboard Scream
From Les Claypool (Primus) to Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) to M.I.R.V to Duo De Twang (again featuring Claypool) to his own band, Kehoe Nation (AKA Kehoe International), nuclear-powered guitar hero BRYAN KEHOE — with his badass guitar kung fu, operatic singing voice, and anything-goes comedic spirit — is a treasured member of any band he is in. He’s also a full-time “brand evangelist” for Jim Dunlop and that company's lines of pedals, picks, capos, cables, strings, slides, and other guitar accessories. Today, we land the ‘copter at Jim Dunlop headquarters in Benicia, CA, where Bryan plugs into a 1x15 speaker and shares how how he uses pedals to get ferocious sounds out of a (relatively) clean guitar amp, as well as how he forged his style. Hosted by Jude Gold. Presented by Guitar Player Magazine.
Oct 20, 2021
142 - Sid Jacobs Fretboard Deep Dive
It's hard not to describe the amazing SID JACOBS as a master of guitar, but he'll be the first to tell you he's an eternal student of the instrument. And it's true — the renowned jazz solo artist, teacher, and instructional book author is still on a mission to unlock more secrets of the fretboard. Luckily for us, in this episode, Sid shares a ton of playing approaches — everything from blues turnarounds to the "jazz/Bach overlap" to the cool lick taught to him by the late, great Lenny Breau — and teaches them here in detail. Hosted by JUDE GOLD, this episode is presented by GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE.
Oct 10, 2021
141 - Doug Rappoport
Soulful hard rock guitar ace DOUG RAPPOPORT plugs in and shares what it's like playing with rock legend Edgar Winter and also how he tracked what just might be the most blazing guitar moment in TV commercial history. Doug also reveals some the tracking approaches he employed on his solo song "Bionic Warz." This episode is brought to you FOCUSRITE and their great line of Focusrite audio interfaces. Learn more at
Aug 21, 2021
Gretchen Menn and Angela Petrilli share the magical tunings of Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin
The secret to many a great Led Zeppelin song is knowing which tuning Jimmy Page used when writing and recording it. Today, I am thrilled be in the Bay Area, where GRETCHEN MENN and ANGELA PETRILLI are on hand with acoustic and electric guitars to demonstrate for you many of Page’s most magical tunings, including: “Kashmir” (DADGAD tuning: D, A, D, G, A, D, low to high) “Going to California” (Double-Dropped-D tuning: D, A, D, G, B, D, low to high) “The Rain Song” (D, G, C, G, C, D, low to high. AKA “Open-Page tuning”) “When the Levee Breaks” (E, A, C, F, A, C, low to high) “Bron-Yr-Aur” (C, A, C, G, C, E, low to high) “Friends” (Same as “Bron-Yr-Aur”) “In My Time of Dying” (Open-A tuning: E, A, E, A, C#, E, low to high) “Ten Years Gone” (Dropped-D tuning, which is standard tuning, but with the low string tuned down a whole-step to D) Enjoy! — JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast. This episode is presented by GUITAR PLAYER magazine.
Jul 21, 2021
139 - Jeff Tamelier
This episode presents a one-on-one IN-PERSON funk throwdown with guitarist/producer JEFF TAMELIER (Tower of Power, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Starship feat. Mickey Thomas). That’s right — live jams are back! Sure, during the pandemic, guests on No Guitar Is Safe played a ton of guitar for you and showed you a lot of playing approaches over Zoom, etc., but the latency and other restrictions of internet audio meant there could be no real jamming between guests and me, your humble host. But when I started No Guitar Is Safe back in 2015, live jamming was one of the cornerstones on which the show was built. Now that the world is opening up again, we can do in-person episodes more and more often, and the jams can resume. And what a perfect guest JEFF TAMELIER is to kick off the return of the jams with. Super tasty and soulful, Jeff will teach you to “turn off your brain and just go for it” as a soloist, and also remind you of ways you can elevate your band’s sound by playing great rhythm guitar. — JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast. This episode is presented by GUITAR PLAYER magazine. Guitar Player: Play better, sound better.
Jun 23, 2021
138 - Julian Lage
Whether he's sharing cool improvisation tactics, ways to use "illegal" tempo shifts, ways to heal from playing injuries by using the Alexander Technique, or his thoughts on playing learned riffs and phrases versus purely spontaneous ones, jazz guitar prodigy JULIAN LAGE explores much in this episode. And throughout the interview he's got his beautiful new signature model Collings guitar in his hands, which he uses to demonstrate songs from his new album SQUINT — which comes out on Blue Note Records June 11 — as well as the compositional tactics and playing approaches behind them. Hosted by Jude Gold. Presented by Guitar Player magazine.
May 29, 2021
137 - Misha Mansoor
Focusrite brings you a deep guitar hang with MISHA MANSOOR, who plugs two of his favorite signature-model Jackson guitars, deconstructs some of his great riffs for you, and shares how he created PERIPHERY, one of the most influential prog-metal bands in history. (Some would even say Mansoor is one of the chief architects of the genre known as “djent” — we’ll see if the ever-humble guitarist/producer agrees.) Misha also shares everything from his deep Allan Holdsworth influence to how he creates Hendrix-style echo-before-distortion psychedelic feedback loops. Additionally, Mansoor details how he and his other guitar hero friend, Tosin Abasi, like to go hot-doggin’ down canyon roads behind the wheels of exotic supercars. Thanks again to FOCUSRITE, makers of great audio interfaces and more, for making this episode happen.
May 12, 2021
136 - Joe Robinson
It's not easy to establish yourself in Nashville well before you've turned 30, but guitarist/singer JOE ROBINSON — with a heap of musical talent, a ton of great songs, and a tireless work ethic — seems to have done just that. Today, the Aussie-turned-Tennesseean six-string wunderkind demonstrates many of his amazing riffs, songs, and approaches (including material from his new album, Borders). Joe also introduces you to his signature Maton guitar, teaches you how to Travis pick, and passes on great career lessons he received personally from Tommy Emmanuel and Robben Ford. Presented by GUITAR PLAYER magazine. HOSTED BY JUDE GOLD.
Apr 06, 2021
135 - Jamie Kime Bonus Lesson
Grammy-winning rock/fusion guitarist JAMIE KIME has worked with everyone from Zappa Plays Zappa to Dr. John to Jewel, and back on episode 94 of this show — which was recorded in person, well before the world ever dreamed a pesky virus would put the world in lockdown — Jamie and I played a ton of guitar and he offered up many great soloing tips. In fact, there was so much musical insight from Jamie in that interview that I couldn't fit it all into one episode. So, as promised, I have now (finally!) created a second Jamie Kime episode for you so you wouldn't miss out. Jamie is a spectacular guitarist, and this extra content — modal soloing tips, Ted Greene chord chemistry, harp harmonics approaches, and more — is valuable. There's even a cool Hiram Bullock rabbit hole explored by Jamie and I. This episode is PRESENTED BY GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE. Thank you for listening. — JUDE GOLD, host. No Guitar Is Safe, "the guitar show where guitar heroes plug in."
Mar 11, 2021
134 - Jeff Berlin
From Allan Holdsworth (Bonus: This episode features a previously unreleased interview clip with Holdsworth that may save you from ever playing "mayonnaise" chords again) to Steve Howe/Yes to Eddie Van Halen, renowned bassist JEFF BERLIN has played with some truly great guitarists. On this episode, he plugs in and shows you what he loves to play, study, and teach, and write, with demonstrations spanning Bach to Jaco Pastorius to Eric Clapton. And this interview was extra special for me, because I used to tour with Jeff, as I was the guitarist for BX3, the bass extravaganza concert that featured Jeff doing a set along with sets from Stuart Hamm and Billy Sheehan. Presented by Guitar Player magazine. -- JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe
Mar 05, 2021
133 - Tracii Guns
He's a founding member of the two biggest rock bands ever to have the word "Guns" in their names. He's an icon of California metal and hard rock. He's got a lethal looking new Kramer signature model guitar in his name. He's TRACII GUNS, and his main band since the early- to mid-'80s, L.A. Guns, is enjoying a resurgence — and also enjoying the return of lead singer Phil Lewis. Plugging in that new Kramer for you and sharing stories of how he built — and how he survived — his wild career, Tracii sits down for an epic interview. Hosted by Jude Gold. Presented by Guitar Player magazine.
Feb 17, 2021
132 - Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal
From GUNS N’ ROSES to ASIA to SONS OF APOLLO to ART OF ANARCHY to his own BUMBLEFOOT albums, RON 'BUMBLEFOOT' THAL is not only one of the most in-demand rock guitarists of the new millennium, he’s also one of the most innovative, as you will discover when you hear him demonstrating everything from his Vigier double-neck electric (one neck is fretless) to his “portable fret” (a thimble!) to his favorite songs from Boston, Stevie Wonder, Judas Priest, and, of course, CHINESE DEMOCRACY — the epic Guns N’ Roses record that features him on every track. BONUS: You will be deeply moved by Ron’s incredible story of survival, triumph, newfound health after a random motorist in an SUV nearly took everything from him. Big thanks to Mr. Thal for taking the time to do this deep guitar hang with us ... and thanks as well to Guitar Player magazine and for making this episode possible. And thank YOU for listening to episode 132 of No Guitar Is Safe, “The Guitar Show Where Guitar Heroes Plug In.” — JUDE GOLD, host and creator
Jan 14, 2021
131 - Troy Van Leeuwen
What do QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, A PERFECT CIRCLE, FAILURE, IGGY POP, and other great rock acts have in common? They've all at one time had (and, in the case of that first band, still DO have) guitarist/producer TROY VAN LEEUWEN as a member. On this episode TROY plugs in his signature-model Fender Jazzmaster and shares his guitar playing and recording approaches with host JUDE GOLD. Today's show is brought to you by NAMM's BELIEVE IN MUSIC WEEK, which starts January 18, 2021, and which you don't want to miss. Attend virtually by registering for free, right now, at
Dec 30, 2020
130 - Lee Ritenour
From demonstrating guitar parts off his new solo album, DREAMCATCHER, to reliving an incredible career that has found him collaborating with everyone from George Benson to Pink Floyd, Grammy-winning guitarist/composer LEE RITENOUR visits us for a deep guitar hang — and he's playing guitar during most of the interview! Today's show is brought to you by NAMM's BELIEVE IN MUSIC WEEK, which starts January 18, 2021, and which you don't want to miss. Attend virtually by registering at
Dec 12, 2020
129 - Andy Timmons
Texas-based, internationally beloved guitar hero ANDY TIMMONS plugs in his go-to ’94 Ibanez AT100 prototype and demonstrates several songs (he even SINGS one for you!), shares many of his tasty guitar techniques, and takes you on an audio tour of the amps and pedals that make up his rig — the tools that contribute to his amazing sound. He also shares the musical inspirations that have motivated him over the decades to develop his signature voice on the guitar. This episode is presented by VIBES HI-FIDELITY EARPLUGS. Head to, enter the the code GUITAR2020, and get 15% off plus free shipping when you order a pair.
Dec 03, 2020
128 - Mike Dawes
British fingerstyle virtuoso MIKE DAWES demonstrates the techniques, tunings, technology, talent, and none-to-serious stage banter that have made him a rising star in the steel-string community and beyond. In addition to being a solo artist, Mike is also lead guitarist for Rock Hall-of-Famer JUSTIN HAYWARD (MOODY BLUES), who often lets Mike open his concerts with a solo set. One result of having done these solo slots is Mike's new live album, SHOWS AND DISTANCING: LIVE IN THE USA, which Mike details on this episode. BONUS: Mike and Jude attempt what may be the first transatlantic jam on Prince’s “Purple Rain.” This episode is presented by BLUE MICROPHONES.
Nov 25, 2020
127 - Eddie Van Halen Lesson and Tributes
With vivid remembrances by ROBBIE CRANE and JAY GORE, and detailed VAN HALEN playing tips from host JUDE GOLD, this special tribute episode dives deep into EDDIE VAN HALEN's legacy on and off the fretboard. Presented by BLUE MICROPHONES.
Nov 19, 2020
126 - Jon MacLennan
Keith Richards’ mystery tuning revealed? How to layer electric guitars and steel-string acoustics? How to remain a gainfully employed guitarist in this locked-down world? How not to be killed surfing? With guitars in hand, versatile session ace/solo artist/educator JON MACLENNAN and I dive into these topics and more, and also do some jammin’. This episode is presented by BLUE MICROPHONES For a free download of Jon MacLennan's instructional book, Melodic Expressions: The Art of the Line, head to: No Guitar Is Safe is hosted and created by Jude Gold __________ TWITTER: INSTAGRAM:
Nov 06, 2020
125 - Nile Rodgers
Globally respected for his incredibly funky guitar playing AND for his immense success as a Grammy-winning record producer, NILE RODGERS has been making multi-platinum albums since the late ’70s, when his dance band CHIC ruled radio with hit after hit. (One of Chic’s famous grooves, powered by NILE's guitar and BERNARD EDWARDS’ bass, “Good Times,” even became the basis of what was arguably the first breakthrough rap song, SUGARHILL GANG’s “Rapper’s Delight.) After CHIC's early success, Nile went on to produce DIANA ROSS, INXS, DURAN DURAN, DAVID LEE ROTH, MADONNA, LADY GAGA and other superstar acts. On this episode, NILE details his funk guitar approaches from CHIC to the present, his new jazz/funk instrumental “Inside the Box,” and his hang with dearly departed EDDIE VAN HALEN. He also takes you inside some unforgettable session moments, including studio adventures with DAVID BOWIE, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, and DAFT PUNK, with whom he scored one of the biggest hit songs of recent years, “Get Lucky.” Hosted by JUDE GOLD, this episode is brought to you by BLUE MICROPHONES. Find your perfect mic at
Oct 21, 2020
124 - Eric Steckel
At age 11, ERIC STECKEL recorded a live album. A year later, a legendary British blues bandleader heard Steckel and was so impressed he took the young guitar hero on a tour of Europe with him. (Which British bandleader? Let’s just say Steckel is now an official, pedigreed Bluesbreaker.) In this episode, Steckel plugs in one of his favorite Knaggs guitars, demonstrates approaches and riffs from his wide catalog of “blues metal” (as he calls it) songs, and discusses his new line of Seymour Duncan signature pickups. Hosted by JUDE GOLD. This episode is presented by BLUE MICROPHONES. The perfect mic awaits you at
Oct 06, 2020
123 - Vernon Ice Black
He rocked a stadium playing Hendrix songs with Hendrix's former bandmates, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding. He has worked with Stevie Wonder, Steve Winwood, Whitney Houston, Busta Rhymes, Kenny Loggins, Booker T. Jones, Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius, India Arie, Chaka Khan, and many other superstars. And he records his own solo music, which you're about to hear. We're talking about guitarist/singer VERNON ICE BLACK, who, on this episode, plugs in one of his favorite custom guitars, demonstrates his favorite funk licks and improvisation approaches, and also shares some of his solo music. Hosted by JUDE GOLD. This episode is presented by Guitar Player magazine, and
Sep 25, 2020
122 - Molly Tuttle
Even though she's just 27, MOLLY TUTTLE has for years now been mesmerizing audiences with her fast-’grass flat-picking runs, great sense of groove, and soulful singing. But, as is the case with many great artists, it’s the way her talents combine in the form of great SONGS that is most astounding. The California-raised, Nashville-based steel-string virtuoso got started in music at age 8, learning from (and soon gigging and recording with) her father, Jack Tuttle. Now, Molly — not one to stagnate during pandemic-induced lockdown or any other time — has recorded and just released her third solo album, called ... BUT I'D RATHER BE WITH YOU. And on this episode of No Guitar Is Safe, Molly picks up one of her favorite Pre-War Guitars dreadnoughts, performs songs for you, and shows you many of the techniques and emotions that went into the new record. PRESENTED BY BLUE MICROPHONES. Find your dream microphone at BLUEMIC.COM. Hosted by JUDE GOLD.
Sep 11, 2020
121 - Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Plugging in his brand new signature-model Fender Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster, demonstrating all its sounds, and showing us his “secret” Albert King lick, multi-platinum guitar hero KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD comes to us live from the Demon Cave (my nickname for the garage that houses some of his guitar gear AND his Dodge Demon), where he cranks up the smallest of his many Dumble amplifiers for us. NO GUITAR IS SAFE is hosted by yours truly, Jude Gold, and is presented by BLUE MICROPHONES. The mic of your dreams awaits you at
Aug 21, 2020
120 - Brent Mason
Sharing chicken pickin' techniques, B-bender moves, thumb-pick approaches, pedal-steel steals, and more, Grammy-winning Nashville studio legend BRENT MASON -- one of the most recorded guitarists in history! -- plugs in his brand-new signature model Fender Telecaster (a faithful replica of his famous primer-coated ’67/’68 Tele that goes on sale September 15), plays a ton of guitar for you, and shares session stories and insights you won't forget. This episode is presented by BLUE MICROPHONES. The mic of your dreams awaits you at No Guitar Is Safe is created and hosted by Jude Gold.
Aug 13, 2020
119- Michael Angelo Batio
Plugging in one of his new Sawtooth guitars, MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO fires off tons of shred licks for you, teaches you a cool Don Mock-inspired arpeggio, shares ways to employ economy picking, details how to do "over/under" fret-hand theatrics, serves up album samples and playing approaches from his new record, MORE MACHINE THAN MAN, and relives wild adventures from the days of hair metal on the Sunset Strip. Hosted by JUDE GOLD. Presented by BLUE MICROPHONES. Blue has the perfect mic for you waiting at
Aug 06, 2020
118 - Paul Reed Smith
PAUL REED SMITH plugs in! Presented by BLUE MICROPHONES, the legendary guitar builder grabs one of his Experience 2020 PRS 6-strings, plays it through a PRS tube amp, shows you how he forged his style (he's a great player!), and traces the evolution of his great guitar company, PRS Guitars, back to a moment when he was five years old watching his father struggle to assemble a bicycle. Paul also details his upcoming Maryland Hall Live Virtual Music School, and reminds you that he'd love to connect with you at this cool online event. Happening August 10th through the 13th, it's a streaming four-day weekend of guitar master classes and coaching sessions from Smith, TYLER LARSON, and TIM PIERCE, plus rhythm section workshops from brilliant players such as DENNIS CHAMBERS and GARY and GREG GRAINGER. This episode is presented by BLUE MICROPHONES, which you can learn more about at
Jul 24, 2020
117 - Gus G
GUS G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne) plugs in one of his signature-model Jackson guitars and details the recording and inspiration behind the new self-titled FIREWIND album, available on AFM records and wherever you stream music. Gus also shares unforgettable stories from the many years (starting in 2009) that he was OZZY OSBOURNE's lead guitarist, as well as relives other musical adventures. Hosted by JUDE GOLD. This episode is presented by NUCLEAR BLAST records. Check out Nuclear Blast's many bands and latest releases at
Jul 06, 2020
116 - Mrs Smith
MRS SMITH plugs in! Don’t let the bracelets, pearls, and beehive hair fool you — Mrs Smith shreds, as one heavy metal hero found out the hard way during an onstage wah-wah guitar death match. We get into that story and more on this 116th episode of No Guitar Is Safe, as Mrs Smith cranks up her pristine floral-pattern Ibanez JEM “with the purse handle” and plays guitar for you, offers thoughts on what it means to be an internet guitarist in 2020, and dispels any notions that she is in fact the alter ego of Steve Vai. Hosted by Jude Gold. This episode is presented by GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE.
Jun 17, 2020
115 - Justin Derrico
Guitar virtuoso JUSTIN DERRICO plugs in and plays through his elaborate three-headed stage rig — the same setup he uses with superstar singer P!NK — sharing his favorite lead and rhythm techniques while recounting the story of how he made it from the farms of Virginia to becoming one of the music industry's most in-demand guitar wranglers. And yes, if you've seen THE VOICE on NBC, you might know Justin is the lead guitarist there, too, and he reflects on that gig as well. ALSO: A Black Lives Matter protest visits No Guitar Is Safe World Headquarters. Hosted by JUDE GOLD. This episode presented by Guitar Player magazine.
Jun 06, 2020
114 - Eddie Haddad
In the final three years of Eddie Money's career, the legendary singer had a stellar young guitarist playing lead for him — EDDIE HADDAD. Today we "fly the 'copter" over to Nashville to get great tips from Haddad on playing guitar, getting great tone, and staying inspired. Haddad also plays his favorite Eddie Money riffs, shares stories about playing with the famed rocker, reflects on his fulfilling job as a guitar instructor for Guitar Mastery Method, and challenges host JUDE GOLD to find a pop song with a great guitar solo and then play that solo. PRESENTED BY GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE. Guitar Player: Play Better, Sound Better.
May 14, 2020
113 - Nathaniel Murphy
With over 250,000 followers (and counting!) on Instagram, NATHANIEL MURPHY of Chicago, IL (by way of Ireland and England) has amassed a huge, rabid fanbase who insatiably stream his dazzling one-minute guitar videos, many of which he deconstructs and performs for you right here on this episode of No Guitar Is Safe. Nathaniel also dives into pieces from his solo album, WAR FOR THE MOMENT. Whether he is playing his original compositions or his brilliant re-imaginings of rock, pop, and soul classics, Nathaniel always dazzles .... THIS EPISODE is brought to you by ROYER LABS, makers of the famed R-121 ribbon mic and its new sibling, the more affordable, guitar-friendly R-10 ribbon mic.
Apr 26, 2020
112 - Alex Skolnick
TESTAMENT lead guitarist ALEX SKOLNICK plugs in one of his signature ESP guitars and demonstrates solos and riffs from the pioneering thrash metal band’s new album TITANS OF CREATION, as well as guitar parts from the Testament back catalog. The guitarist also reflects on the band’s scary exposure to Covid-19, as well as many other aspects of his lifelong musical odyssey -- everything from studying with Joe Satriani at age 15 to touring with Trans-Siberian Orchestra. And yes, Alex “cleans up” for a bit, too, to demonstrate approaches and arrangements from his instrumental jazz records. This episode is brought to you by NUCLEAR BLAST records, who invite you to check out Testament’s TITANS OF CREATION wherever you stream or purchase music, or on the Nuclear Blast website,
Apr 18, 2020
111 - Dave Hill
With one of his favorite Telecasters in hand, rock/fusion ace DAVE HILL shows host JUDE GOLD several cool lead guitar approaches, shares an Allan Holdsworth/Eddie Van Halen moment you won't forget, and spins both unreleased and released solo tracks of his own. Presented by GUITAR PLAYER magazine.
Apr 04, 2020
110 - Lyle Workman
Sting, Beck, Todd Rundgren, Sarah McLachlan, Bourgeois Tagg, and Jellyfish are just a few of the many headliners who've hired LYLE WORKMAN to play lead guitar for them. But while being a six-string sharp shooter is one way Lyle got established in the industry, the next was when Hollywood heavies began noticing that he was an excellent composer and producer, too. Soon, Lyle would find himself scoring such hit films as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad, and Get Him to the Greek, as well as HBO's Crashing and other shows. Now, Lyle has tracked a stunning new instrumental album that has yet to be released, which means no one can hear it — no one, that is, except for YOU, when you play this podcast. This episode is hosted by Jude Gold, and is brought to you by ERNIE BALL and their brilliant new ERNIE BALL VPJR TUNER, a two-in-one volume and tuner pedal you can see at
Mar 26, 2020
109 - MINI EPISODE: A Quick Chat with Slash
Brought to you by ERNIE BALL and their cool new VPJR Tuner volume/tuner pedal, SLASH hangs with host Jude Gold at the NAMM Show for an exclusive chat about his new line of Gibson guitars, Guns N' Roses
Mar 15, 2020
108 - Joe Augello
Guitarist JOE AUGELLO came home from teaching one day and was shocked to find his Long Island home was for sale. “I put our house on the market,” his wife revealed. “We’re moving to L.A. so you can pursue your dream.” Soon, the brave couple arrived in Hollywood, and Joe began chasing his vision of becoming an A-list guitarist working on big stages, in top studios, and on high-profile TV broadcasts all over the world. And the risk seems to have paid off, as Joe eventually landed gigs with Robin Thicke, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, The Game, Backstreet Boys, Kendrick Lamar, and other superstars. On this episode, Joe plays guitar for you and regales many adventures, including being on stage with Miley Cyrus during the world’s most infamous “twerking” incident. Joe also discusses the huge church gigs he does, and what it’s like composing with gospel legend Israel Houghton. GUITARS: Joe mostly plays a Carvin hollowbody, while I — your host, JUDE GOLD — plug in Joe’s custom “parts-caster” Telecaster-style guitar, the only guitar of his to survive what likely was, as you’ll hear, the worst multi-guitar pile-up in history. This episode is brought to you by Guitar Player magazine and
Feb 26, 2020
107 - Celisse
Guitarist/singer/actor/Broadway performer CELISSE (aka Celisse Henderson) has been gravitating to the stage since she was just — no joke — two years old. In addition to playing lead guitar for Lizzo on Saturday Night Live (where she wielded a three-pickup SG much like that of her hero, Sister Rosetta Tharpe), Celisse performed at Gibson’s recent Gibson at the Grove event at NAMM, gracing a bill that included Billy Gibbons, Lzzy Hale, Elliot Easton, Don Felder, Jimmy Vivino, and Slash. She has also worked with Melissa Etheridge, Trey Anastasio, and other stars. On this episode, host JUDE GOLD plugs in with Celisse at the Gibson Showroom in Los Angeles, CA. Presented by GUITAR PLAYER magazine and GUITARPLAYER.COM.
Feb 04, 2020
106 - Jimmy Vivino
JIMMY VIVINO may be best known as Conan O’Brien’s Fedora-wearing musical director, but — speaking of hats — “late-night guitar hero” is just one of the “hats” Jimmy wears on a regular basis. An in-demand bandleader, Jimmy’s latest gig was last week at the NAMM convention in California, where Gibson hired Jimmy to lead a stellar ensemble backing Slash, Don Felder, Elliot Easton, Celisse, Lzzy Hale, Jared James Nichols, Richie Faulkner, Billy Gibbons, and others. On this episode, Jimmy plugs in with host JUDE GOLD, shares a revered Magic Sam guitar breakdown (as well as licks and approaches behind his concert album, 13 Live), and reflects on adventures spanning everything from the Gibson event and the Conan show to his stints with Hubert Sumlin, Chuck Berry, and other guitar legends. Brought to you by GUITAR PLAYER magazine and GUITARPLAYER.COM
Jan 25, 2020
105 - Phil X
Bon Jovi and Drills lead guitarist PHIL X plugs in a custom-built signature-model solid-body made for him by his new endorsing company (hint: it's one of the most famous guitar brands in the world), shares licks and techniques that shaped his style, reflects on his two musical loves (playing with Bon Jovi and with his power trio, Phil X and the Drills), and details his patented "bouzouki trick" (which he came up with by fusing hard rock guitar with the Greek music he learned doing music with his dad as a kid). Hosted by JUDE GOLD. Presented by GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE and GUITARPLAYER.COM
Jan 08, 2020
104 - Bonus - Scott Henderson Pentatonics Lesson
After a deep guitar hang with SCOTT HENDERSON on the last episode, today’s show centers on a very memorable and inspiring pentatonics lesson the renowned fusion guitarist created a few years ago with host JUDE GOLD. Using the world’s favorite five-note guitar scale, Scott shows you how to spark dramatic new minor pentatonic sounds through simple transposition and rhythmic grouping approaches. As an epilogue, Jude adds a short, Henderson-inspired follow-up on major pentatonic. This episode is brought to you by Vibes Hi-Fi Earplugs,
Dec 19, 2019
103 - Scott Henderson
Sharing ways to push fuzz pedals into glorious sonic mayhem, offering soloing secrets, and revealing the sonic recipes behind his new album, PEOPLE MOVER, legendary fusion guitarist SCOTT HENDERSON plugs in for a deep dive into his playing approaches. He also reflects on his adventures with Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, and other music legends. Presented by VIBES HI-FIDELITY EARPLUGS, this episode takes place at Henderson’s Los Angeles recording studio, where, from the first moment of the interview, the guitarist/composer treats host JUDE GOLD -- and you -- to some of the best single-coil-pickups-through-a-Marshall tones you’re likely to hear anywhere. Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs (as seen on Shark Tank) are discreet, reusable earplugs designed for musicians and concertgoers. Unlike standard foam earplugs that block and muffle sounds, Vibes reduce the volume of loud live music to a safer and more comfortable level, while still allowing you to hear every note clearly. Use the promo code GUITARPLAYER to get 15% off your purchase, plus free shipping, when you visit
Dec 04, 2019
102 - Bryan Beller
On his new double album, “Scenes from the Flood,” BRYAN BELLER enlists JOHN PETRUCCI, JOE SATRIANI, MIKE KENEALLY, GUTHRIE GOVAN, NILI BROSH, JANET FEDER, JAMIE KIME, MIKE DAWES, and other great players to help him deliver one of the most compelling concept records in recent memory. For this episode of No Guitar Is Safe, the bassist/composer/musical mastermind and Aristocrats founder plugs in two of his favorite basses (and also a guitar!) to show you how he created his epic new collection of tunes. He also reflects on the genius of Satriani, Govan, and other phenomenal guitarists with whom he tours and records. Plus, Beller shares an empowered take on how to achieve life goals that just may inspire you to record YOUR magnum opus. Hosted by JUDE GOLD, and brought to you by GUITAR PLAYER magazine, and
Nov 22, 2019
101 - Jennifer Batten (with Gretchen Menn)
Virtuoso solo artist and super sidewoman JENNIFER BATTEN gained renown in the late '80s when MICHAEL JACKSON hired her to rock stadiums with him all over the globe. They did three mega-tours together, including playing at the 1993 Superbowl halftime show for a worldwide viewership of approximately 1.3 billion people. Batten went on to accompany the great JEFF BECK on stage and in the studio, and has released thrilling solo albums under her own name. For this episode we head to the home of -- speaking of great players -- GRETCHEN MENN and DANIELE GOTTARDO (who were each featured on this podcast in earlier episodes), where Batten plugs in her Washburn Parallaxe electric guitar, jams with host JUDE GOLD, and reflects on everything from her past musical adventures to her current California co-headlining tour with Gretchen and NILI BROSH.
Nov 08, 2019
100 - Matt Fuller
Episode 100 finds PUDDLE OF MUDD lead guitarist MATT FULLER plugging in and detailing the recording of the band’s new album, WELCOME TO GALVANIA, as well as chronicling the adventures and misadventures he has had with the group since joining in 2012. Matt also shares an an inspiring BRIAN MAY story, reflects on playing with BOW WOW WOW and other bands, and introduces you to his cool SHECTER guitars and ORANGE amplifiers …. And, yes — this is the 100th episode of No Guitar Is Safe! Thank you to the the many of you who have been faithful listeners and helped spread the word about this show. In celebration of this milestone moment, at the end of my interview with Matt I offer you a special epilogue in which I share some insights into the nearly 100 “helicopter rides” I have embarked upon to bring all these epic guitar hangs to your podcast feed. KIATY95! — JUDE GOLD, host and creator, No Guitar Is Safe
Oct 30, 2019
99 - Samantha Fish
Episode 99 features SAMANTHA FISH, the soulful young, Kansas City-bred guitarist/singer, plugging in with me in Beverly Hills, performing songs from her new album, KILL OR BE KIND [Rounder Records], as well as riffing on other cool staples of her live set. Samantha also proves "War Pigs" can be performed in blues clubs and shares the funniest banana prank since Eddie Murphy's banana shenanigans in Beverly Hills Cop .... Actually, Samantha's prank is actually funnier than Eddie's, I think. You decide. -- JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast.
Oct 04, 2019
98 - Fredrik Halland
Episode 98 finds us plugging in with 25-year-old Norwegian guitar virtuoso FREDRIK HALLAND. As a solo artist, Fredrik has released three new singles under his own name, and he has a résumé that includes playing guitar on Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber albums, performing on the soundtrack to the hit dramatic series Empire, and touring with star singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat. On this episode, Fredrik is plugs a Tom Anderson T-style guitar into his pedalboard and a Two Rock head and cabinet, while host JUDE GOLD plays one of Fredrik's Fender Stratocasters through an Egnater combo. Presented by GUITAR PLAYER magazine.
Sep 21, 2019
97 - Brad Rabuchin
From Ray Charles to Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt to Stevie Wonder, BRAD RABUCHIN has played guitar with a long list of legends. He has also released albums under his own name. Brad's latest record is actually a duo effort, called FOR JOHN, which he recorded with co-guitarist David Becker. In this episode (Ep. 97), host JUDE GOLD "flies the chopper" over to Brad's Los Angeles home, plugs in some guitars with Brad, jams on some tunes, talks about Brad's prolific career, tries to find out what the meaning of jazz is (!), and even takes a spin on Brad's electric sitar. Brought to you by Guitar Player magazine and
Aug 28, 2019
96 - Marc Bonilla
For episode 96, I plug in with MARC BONILLA — virtuoso guitarist, established composer, renowned solo artist, longtime musical partner of the late, great KEITH EMERSON (of Emerson, Lake & Palmer fame), and king of all metaphors — and take a deep dive into his new solo album, CELLULOID DEBRIS, which is available at We also learn how Marc engineered his incredible career and close with an epic jam in honor of another of Marc's late, great friends, RONNIE MONTROSE. BONUS: I also tell you about an adventure I went on with Marc wherein I discovered there IS, in fact, one guitar that is safe from this show. Hosted by JUDE GOLD and presented by Guitar Player magazine and
Aug 15, 2019
95 - Jean Marc Belkadi
Episode 95 features a visit with "guitar coach to the stars" JEAN MARC BELKADI. Showing up with his favorite Telecaster, Jean Marc plugs in with host JUDE GOLD and demonstrates his encyclopedic knowledge of riffs, licks, and guitar styles, a prowess that spans funk, fusion, jazz, and more. Jean Marc also tells you about an amazing friend he made back when he was studying guitar at GIT in Hollywood, and goes on to explain how he evolved a career teaching A-list celebrities, musicians, and power players in the Hollywood area. ("It's the accent," he jokes. "They like the accent.") BONUS: We also hear tracks from Belkadi's two albums, TOULOUSE LOS ANGELES and STOPOVER. (Tip: If you want a guitar lesson with Jean Marc, visit his website, This episode is presented by Guitar Player Magazine, and
Jul 31, 2019
94 - Jamie Kime
Grammy-winning guitarist JAMIE KIME plugs in, jams with me on one of the funkiest tunes of all time (hope we do it justice!), shares some cool improvisation/soloing techniques you might dig, and looks back on his tenures as guitarist for JEWEL, ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA (feat. DWEEZIL ZAPPA), and the late, great New Orleans funk legend, DR. JOHN, who died mere weeks ago. This episode is brought to you by Guitar Player magazine and ——JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast.
Jun 29, 2019
93 - Parthenon Huxley
Episode 93 finds us jamming with PARTHENON "HUX" HUXLEY, the great lead guitarist/lead singer of The Orchestra (which features former members of ELO). In this episode, Hux and I plug in our guitars at Woodrum Productions (the five-star studio of producer Michael Woodrum)in Southern California and explore everything from ELO songs to tracks off Huxley's new studio album, "This Is the One." -- JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe Podcast.
Jun 07, 2019
92 - Billy Duffy
The Cult's BILLY DUFFY plugs in his live rig for you on a soundstage in Los Angeles where the band was rehearsing for their current tour, which celebrates 30 years since the release of their platinum fourth album, SONIC TEMPLE. The album is being remastered for an August re-issue that will feature bonus tracks, rare demos, and other sonic goodies. In 1989, the album catapulted the Cult to a new level of touring and radio airplay, and in this interview Duffy reflects on the glories and perils of such sudden success. Also on hand is Duffy's guitar tech MATT McKENNA. No Guitar Is Safe is hosted by JUDE GOLD. Thanks to Mitch Schneider of MSO for setting up the interview. Made possible by Guitar Player magazine and
May 23, 2019
91 - Stuart Hamm
Bass virtuoso and composer STUART HAMM gained instant renown worldwide in the late '80s, when his boss at the time, Joe Satriani, let him take over the stage for ten minutes each night on tour, during which the innovative bassist would consistently blow people's minds with his thunderous, contrapuntal, and funky solo pieces. Stuart is also a prolific solo artist, and his latest album, Diary of Patrick Xavier finds him playing several hypnotic solo electric bass compositions. Additionally, Stu, as his friends and fans often call him, has played with dozens of other great guitar players. Besides backing Satch on stage and in the studio, Stu has worked with Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Lorn Leber, Mark McGee, Eric Johnson, and Greg Howe. A particularly entertaining session Stu did was with Yngwie Malmsteen and the late, great singer Ronnie James Dio. (We'll check that out towards the end of the episode.) Heck, I'VE even had some thrilling adventures touring and tracking with my friend Stu. It was a pleasure to stop by his home studio and catch up with him, plug in our instruments and play, listen to samples from his discography, and be reminded by him to -- as the giant, hilarious, and intentionally misspelled tattoo across his forearm proclaims -- live life with "no regerts." --JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast.
Apr 25, 2019
90 - Alan Parsons and Jeff Kollman
Today we visit the great producer, bandleader, and composer ALAN PARSONS and hang out with him in his magical home studio, which is seated on a hill high above the Pacific Ocean. Also present, plugged in, and ready to rock for you is Parsons' lead guitarist, JEFF KOLLMAN (whom you may remember from an earlier episode of this podcast). With Jeff's spectacular playing and Parsons' unforgettable stories and production insights, the pair share with you how they produced and recorded the new Alan Parsons solo album, THE SECRET. The Secret comes out April 26th, but here's a bonus: On this episode of No Guitar Is Safe, you get to hear song samples of Parsons' amazing record well in advance. Yeah! Parsons also shares tales from earlier days, when he recorded the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and other notable artists. Enjoy. JUDE GOLD, Host, No Guitar Is Safe.
Apr 12, 2019
89 - Jason Becker and Friends
Proclaimed by Guitar Player magazine to be the greatest shredder ever, JASON BECKER has also emerged as a world-class composer. He used to play guitar -- now, after battling ALS for nearly three decades, he "plays guitar players," as well as writes for orchestras and choirs. And when he puts the two together, he blows your mind -- as you'll find out if snag his new album, TRIUMPHANT HEARTS. The record should please insatiable guitar fans everywhere, because it features an A-list roster of guest guitarists, including Trevor Rabin, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Ben Woods, Aleks Sever, Steve Morse, Neal Schon, Marty Friedman, Daniele Gottardo, Dave Shul, Steve Hunter, Gus G, Uli Jon Roth, Chris Broderick, and others, as well as ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. In addition to speaking with Jason, I caught up with people close to him who have helped him along his wild guitar adventure over the years, including MARILYN WHITE, MIKE BEMESDERFER, DAN ALVAREZ, DAVE LOPEZ, MATT BLACKETT, and Jason's father, GARY BECKER. It was a thrill to dive into the Jason Becker legacy with all of these great humans, and I thank them all for being so generous with their time. -- JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast.
Mar 13, 2019
88 - Thomas Blug
German Strat master, solo artist, and amp designer THOMAS BLUG never backs down from a challenge. As a teenager, Blug taught himself to both play guitar and build guitar amps. Later in life, Blug’s killer playing skills caught the attention of renowned amplifier manufacturer Hughes & Kettner, who immediately hired Blug as a clinician. Soon, they discovered Blug — who would be crowned “Strat King of Europe” by Fender in 2004 — wasn’t just a great guitarist, but also a crafty amp designer, so they hired him in that capacity as well. Blug went on to create or co-create many of the company’s most successful products. Now, Thomas has launched his own company — BluGuitar and its flagship product is a ferocious 100-watt pedalboard amp called Amp1. I was thrilled to plug in with Blug at the home studio of Gunnar Larsson ( in Los Angeles. PRESENTED BY Guitar Player magazine and -- JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast.
Feb 14, 2019
87 - Rick Holmstrom
RICK HOLMSTROM is one of the most tasteful blues/gospel/Americana guitarists I know. Whether he's playing lead for gospel/R&B legend (and Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Famer) Mavis Staples, or recording his own albums, Holmstrom somehow manages to keep his guitar parts powerful and groovy without ever getting in the way of the vocals. He's a pocket player with plenty of blues sting in his solos. It was a thrill to set up some mics at Holmstrom's house, trade licks with him, hear him demonstrate a wide range of cool blues grooves, and talk with him about how he moved from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Southern California, where he built an inspiring career playing guitar. This episode is presented by Guitar Player magazine and Thanks for listening! -- JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe.
Jan 25, 2019
86 - The Power of Capos
Surprisingly, there are many working guitarists who are not fully "capo literate." If you listen to this special episode of No Guitar Is Safe, you won't be one of them, because host Jude Gold is about to explore for you many magical ways that legendary guitarists use the little string-clamping, neck-choking guitar accessory we call the capo. (Thanks to Guitar Player magazine and for supporting this podcast, and thanks to Fender for the use of their new Parallel Universe American Elite Telecaster herein.)
Jan 05, 2019
85 - Jeff Marshall
Tonight we land the 'copter at JEFF MARSHALL's house, where the versatile guitarist plugs in his favorite Iconic guitars and shows you some of the great guitar approaches (and great guitar pedals) he employs with artists such as BLEEDING HARP -- his "blusion" band -- ALAN PARSONS and MARK MACKAY. He also relives such adventures as being involved in perhaps the first big rock band performance at BURNING MAN (with Parsons) and surviving two weeks opening for "The Nuge" himself, Ted Nugent. Hosted by JUDE GOLD. Presented by GUITAR PLAYER magazine and GUITARPLAYER.COM.
Dec 16, 2018
84 - Adam Hawley
ADAM HAWLEY, the funky young guitarist who has already topped Billboard's Smooth Jazz chart five times, plugs in his favorite Paul Reed Smith, jams with me, and reflects on his evolution as a musician. He also talks about what it was like earning a doctorate in music and becoming a sideman to Jennifer Lopez, Joss Stone, the Manhattan Transfer, and countless other headlining vocal acts — including his wife, Kat Hawley. I also poke a little fun at Adam by getting him to explain the epic case of "champagne problems" he related to me when we were chatting in the hall one day at Musicians Institute. This episode is brought to you by Guitar Player magazine and Thanks for listening. Enjoy! -- JUDE GOLD, host and creator of No Guitar Is Safe
Nov 20, 2018
83 - Marty Friedman Guitar Clinic
This episode (Ep. 83) is a bonus show presenting exclusive audio from MARTY FRIEDMAN's recent guitar clinic at Musicians Institute. With 50 or so guitar students to interact with, the renowned rocker discussed everything from why he feels that backing tracks are "the devil" to how, one year, a single cab ride dramatically changed his musical trajectory; from epic hair/image fails to what it is he believes is the very most important thing you can do to further your career as a guitarist and develop your voice as an artist. (To hear my sit-down interview with Marty - and hear him play his Jackson Signature Model Marty Friedman guitar - listen to the previous episode of No Guitar Is Safe, which was Ep. 82.) Also, be sure to check out Marty's new live album, ONE BAD M.F. LIVE, and catch him on his 2019 winter U.S. tour, which spans the continental United States and starts on January 23rd. Hosted by JUDE GOLD.
Nov 15, 2018
82 - Marty Friedman
Renowned guitar virtuoso MARTY FRIEDMAN visits Los Angeles to plug in his signature-model Jackson guitar, throw down a few licks for you, and talk about the planning and tracking of his explosive new live album, ONE BAD M.F. LIVE. He also reflects on what it's like to be a well-known TV personality in Japan. Hosted by JUDE GOLD. Presented by Guitar Player magazine and
Oct 31, 2018
81 - Ace Frehley
Founding Kiss lead guitarist ACE FREHLEY, aka "the Spaceman," has released a hard-rocking new solo album called just that — SPACEMAN. Plugging in one of his favorite ’59 reissue Les Pauls, Ace sits down with me to jam a little, as well as detail the writing and recording of Spaceman, reflect on reuniting (for two songs) with Gene Simmons, and, of course, look back on his legacy — a wild ride that spanned everything from a youth spent surviving the streets of the Bronx to adult years surviving adventures with the Hall-of-Fame rock band that made him famous. Hope you enjoy it! -- JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast. Presented by Guitar Player magazine and
Oct 27, 2018
80 - Emil Werstler
From Django jazz to death metal to his hypnotic new instrumental album, Verlorener, EMIL WERSTLER and his Paul Reed Smith guitars deliver a vast (and very impressive) array of guitar tones, techniques, and styles. In addition to Verlorener and his guitar seminars, Emil is also known for his work with heavier acts such as Daath and Chimaira. I caught up with Emil after his weekend in Los Angeles appearing at Loni Specter’s raucous tone-party/hotel takeover known simply as the L.A. Amp Show. A huge thanks to guitarist Josh Smith (whom you know from Episode 18 of this podcast) who invited Emil and I to record this episode at Flat V studio, the full-service recording facility Josh built from the ground up in his backyard. PRESENTED BY GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE. -- JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe
Oct 16, 2018
79 - Jim Campilongo
For this episode we head to Brooklyn, NY, to plug in with the great JIM CAMPILONGO in his home studio/music lair. As you'll hear, blues, country, jazz, and pop all emanate beautifully from Jim's fingers, and he gets a great tone with just a cable, a Fender Princeton Reverb, and his trusty '59 Telecaster. Jim has a dozen solo albums out, and also two records with the Little Willies, featuring star singer/pianist Norah Jones, and we dive deep into some of his tracks. Hosted by Jude Gold.
Sep 21, 2018
78 - Tosin Abasi
In the music of TOSIN ABASI, prog, djent, shred, funk, fusion, and other guitar styles coexist with spectacular results. This episode finds host JUDE GOLD plugging in with Tosin at Tosin's Los Angeles home studio, where the Animals As Leaders founder takes time to demonstrate his favorite riffs, favorite approaches, favorite gear (including his new line of custom Abasi guitars), and creative process. This episode is presented by Guitar Player magazine and
Aug 31, 2018
77 - JMJ
Producer/bassist JMJ plugs in his new Fender Artist Series JMJ Roadworn Mustang bass and jams with host Jude Gold. JMJ also reflects on his adventures touring and recording (he has worked with such headliners as Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Air, Dixie Chicks, Pink, and more), shares what he has learned as a producer (his clients have included Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, Wolf Alice, and other bands), and offers insights into what it means to have great "time," be a great musical director, and be a great touring musician. Bonus: JMJ also shares the story of how he got guitar virtuoso Steve Vai to drop an epic solo on a trance-pop tune by M83.
Aug 14, 2018
76 - Daniel Gilbert
Esteemed guitar virtuoso and educator DANIEL GILBERT plugs a Suhr guitar into a Suhr amp and demonstrates the mighty power of triads and other handy guitar shapes. Gilbert also reflects on his 30+ years of teaching at Musicians Institute, as well as shares hilarious and inspiring stories of those magical days back when he, Tommy Tedesco, Pat Hicks, Howard Roberts, Beth Marlis, Frank Gambale, Paul Gilbert, Jennifer Batten, Don Mock, Ron Escheté, Steve Lynch, and many other famous alumni and teachers all roamed the halls and performance rooms of GIT together. Hosted by JUDE GOLD. Presented by Guitar Player magazine and
Jul 25, 2018
75 - Michael Staertow
Presented by Guitar Player magazine, this episode finds us cruising the 'copter way up to Rochester, NY, to rock out with MICHAEL STAERTOW, lead guitarist for legendary Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm. Staertow has held the Gramm gig for nearly seven years, and from "Hot Blooded," "Double Vision," and "Urgent" to "Feels Like the First Time," "Head Games," and "I Wanna Know What Love Is," the set of tunes Staertow plays lead guitar on each night is packed with an astonishingly high number of hits. It's a dream gig for Staertow, and, as you'll find out, it's one he had to wait a long time to get. BONUS: Staertow also shares songs from his forthcoming solo album, and relates adventures such as meeting Stevie Ray Vaughan, Neal Schon, and other of his heroes. Enjoy. —JUDE GOLD Host, No Guitar Is Safe Podcast—the Guitar Show where Players Plug In.
Jul 09, 2018
74 - Mimi Fox
Today, we cruise the 'copter up the Bay Area, north of San Francisco, and drop in on renowned jazz virtuoso MIMI FOX. Playing both acoustic (a Taylor steel-string) and electric (her signature-model Heritage jazz box), Mimi reveals some of her favorite approaches to improvisation, song arranging, and performing. She also shares what it was like be the only jazzer at Paul Gilbert's guitar camp, sign a record deal with Steve Vai, and have late, great jazz legend Joe Pass as her mentor.
Jun 19, 2018
73 - Scott Tarulli
Guitar virtuoso SCOTT TARULLI invites host Jude Gold up to his Boston guitar attic to share the improvisation, composition, and risk-taking approaches that inform his playing, teaching (his side hustle is teaching at Berklee College of Music) and songwriting, as heard on his solo album, Anytime Anywhere.
Jun 04, 2018
72 - Elliot Easton
ELLIOT EASTON and THE CARS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month, and on this episode Elliot plugs in with host JUDE GOLD to show you exactly how he created the iconic guitar parts that helped the band get there. Elliot also shares music from his new band, THE EMPTY HEARTS, and reflects on what he learned tracking Cars guitar parts with super-producers such as ROY THOMAS BAKER and ROBERT JOHN "MUTT" LANGE. Presented by Guitar Player magazine and
May 09, 2018
71 - Zakk Wylde
After an afternoon rehearsal with Ozzy Osbourne, metal guitar titan ZAKK WYLDE plugs in with host Jude Gold, mere days before the launch of Ozzy's globe-spanning, two-year No More Tours 2 farewell tour. On this episode, Zakk plays several great Ozzy riffs for you and shares guitar approaches he used on Black Label Society's new album, Grimmest Hits.
Apr 26, 2018
70 - Adrian Legg
In the hands of ADRIAN LEGG, a guitar becomes an orchestra, which explains why Guitar Player magazine readers voted Adrian Legg "Best Acoustic Fingerstylist" four years in a row in the '90s. This episode puts you onstage with Adrian at the Tower Theatre Lounge in Fresno, CA, an hour or so before doors open. Get ready -- the British guitar legend is about to blow your mind when he demonstrates several of his sonic secrets for you, including his soulful pedal-steel-style bends, his sneaky use of set-interval banjo tuners, and what he feels is the ultimate Piezo pickup.
Apr 13, 2018
69 - Kirk Fletcher
Wielding his favorite Fender Stratocaster, blues guitar ace KIRK FLETCHER stops by No Guitar Is Safe headquarters and jams with host Jude Gold, shares nine or ten of his favorite blues shuffle approaches, and demonstrates some of the wonderful gospel licks he learned as a youth playing in the Compton church built by his father, pastor Walter Fletcher, Sr., who died recently at age 86. BONUS: Kirk previews tracks from his forthcoming self-titled album!
Apr 05, 2018
68 - Matt Scannell
Vertical Horizon lead guitarist, lead singer, and band leader MATT SCANNELL has come a long way since he was a kid in his parents' living room trying to play his first riff on a nylon-string guitar. Since then, Scannell has sold millions of records with Vertical Horizon, become buddies with one of his heroes (Rush drummer Neil Peart), and amassed a wonderful collection of tube amps. I was thrilled to talk shop and jam with Matt at his home studio, as well as hear tracks from Vertical Horizon's new album, THE LOST MILE. It was an inspiring guitar hang that I hope you will enjoy. -- JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe
Mar 21, 2018
67 - Guthrie Trapp
GUTHRIE TRAPP, presented by AUDIO-TECHNICA. From Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, and George Jones to Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, and John Oates, Nashville guitar ace GUTHRIE TRAPP has worked with an astounding array of renowned headliners. He also has a new solo album coming out March 9 called LIFE AFTER DARK that features such A-list guest stars as Vince Gill, Paul Franklin, and Sam Bush. And Trapp tells you all about these musical adventures and more — and plays a ton of guitar for you, as well as plays samples of the new album for you — on episode 67 of No Guitar Is Safe, which is hosted by Jude Gold and is presented by Audio-Technica and their highly evolved USB-ready microphone, the AT2020USB+. To enter to win an Audio-Technica At2020USB+ microphone, visit
Mar 02, 2018
66 - Mitch Perry
MITCH PERRY has worked with everyone from The Edgar Winter Group, David Lee Roth, The Michael Schenker Group, Quiet Riot/Dubrow, and Talas to Alphonso Johnson, Steeler, Sam Kinison, and Cher. Mitch has also released solo albums of his own, including Wire to Wire, which you're about to hear excerpts from. On this episode, Mitch plugs in his weathered, black P-90-loaded Les Paul and jams a lot with me at his home in Southern California. Mitch currently tours with The Sweet, and you can also catch him most Tuesday nights at Ultimate Jam Night (no cover!) at the famed Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. —JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast.
Feb 14, 2018
65 - Jay Gore
Previewing tracks from his forthcoming album, GUITRONICA, and playing a ton of guitar for you, solo artist and super sideman JAY GORE is on the show. Surrounded by guitars and amps in his Hollywood Hills studio, Jay details an adventurous professional odyssey that began when he was a 13-year-old kid trying to land gigs on the Sunset Strip and has since taken him all over the world. Jay has shared stages and/or studios with Sly Stone, Mindi Abair, Rick James, Hillary Duff, the Pointer Sisters, Seal, Eddie Money, Lauryn Hill, Dave Koz, Bobby Caldwell, and Michael McDonald, and has composed for major television shows such as E.R. and American Dad. And while his main gigs these days are in the contemporary ("smooth") jazz arena, you’re about to find out that he’s just as handy at rock, funk, metal, and other genres. — JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe Podcast
Feb 03, 2018
64 - Steve Lukather
Presented by AUDIO-TECHNICA and their E-Series in-ear monitoring headphones, Grammy-winning guitarist STEVE LUKATHER reflects on five years as a member of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, and 40 years on stage (and 40 million albums sold) with Toto, the band Lukather co-founded when he was still a teenager. Lukather also jams with host Jude Gold on a variety of songs; comments on the art of rhythm guitar; examines his sobriety; discusses both his new autobiography, The Gospel According to Luke; and Toto's new album, 40 Trips Around the Sun; and looks back on his years as a session ace tracking guitar parts on hit records by Michael Jackson, Don Henley, Boz Scaggs, and other stars.
Jan 15, 2018
63 - Josh Workman
From Django jazz to pop, rock, bebop, and beyond, JOSH WORKMAN is an astonishingly well-versed cat. And from the opening moment of this episode forward, he plays a ton of spirited guitar for you, and even shares a super-useful, Barry Harris-inspired "six-to-diminished" lesson. I've been friends with Josh since we met as youths at music camp, where he was already playing like a pro. It was only a few years later that Josh actually BECAME a pro, ultimately landing gigs with Indigo Swing (we'll hear some great examples of Josh blazing with them later in the episode), the Hot Club of Los Angeles, Lynda Carter, Debbie Harry, David Grisman, John Jorgenson, Jon Hendricks, Maria Muldaur, Groove Collective/Groove Thing, Deanna Martin, the Hot Club of San Francisco, Benny Green, and others. On this episode, Josh also plays tracks for you from his solo album, called Jumpin' at the Border. (This episode brought to you by Guitar Player magazine and Dig it! — JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast
Dec 21, 2017
62 - Joe Satriani Returns
Presented by D'ADDARIO strings and accessories, JOE SATRIANI plugs into a Marshall half-stack and shares sneak previews of his forthcoming album, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, releasing January 12. (Album samples used with permission from Sony/Legacy.)That's right — we not only hear final mixes from the record, Joe also shows you on the fretboard exactly how he plays the songs, and what inspired the parts. And he jams with me on a few tunes, too! This episode also marks the first time a No Guitar Is Safe guest has returned for a second interview — and who better to be that person than the great Joe Satriani? After all, he was my very first guest, 62 episodes ago! .... Thanks again to D'Addario ( for making this very special episode happen! —JUDE GOLD, host, NO GUITAR IS SAFE podcast.
Dec 14, 2017
61 - Nili Brosh
From touring her own brand of virtuoso prog-metal to delivering guitar pyrotechnics (sometimes literally!) in her role as the mesmerizing guitar goddess who lights up the stage of Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil, Israeli-American guitar badass NILI BROSH always finds exciting gigs. I was thrilled to sit down with her in Las Vegas in the lobby of the Michael Jackson One theater at Mandalay Bay before the show to talk shop, trade licks, hear about her new life as Cirque du Soleil's stunt guitarist, and learn how she self-produced her amazing sophomore album, A Matter of Perception. EXTRA: The sad news of Malcolm Young's passing hit the the music world today, so, at the end of the episode, I share a tribute to the powerhouse AC/DC strummer, one of the greatest rockers of all time. RIP Malcolm! Thanks for listening! — JUDE GOLD, host and creator of No Guitar Is Safe podcast.
Nov 19, 2017
60 - Carl Verheyen
Known for his rippin' solo albums, high-profile session work, and long tenure as lead guitarist for multi-platinum rock band Supertramp, CARL VERHEYEN is one of the most versatile guitarists on the planet. His latest album, ESSENTIAL BLUES, shows off his soulful and virtuosic approaches to everyone's favorite 12-bar progression. I loved visiting his Southern California home, plugging into a couple Fender Princeton Reverbs with him, and jamming with him and learning lick-by-lick some of the ways he honed his stunning six-string chops. — JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast.
Nov 06, 2017
59 - Christian Lopez
It's no wonder CHRISTIAN LOPEZ landed a record deal when he was just a freshman in college — his old-soul singing, playing, and writing abilities belie his youthful age. Now 22, Christian is touring his latest album, RED ARROW (Blaster Records), and recently, at the Los Angeles home of his girlfriend, actor SKYLER SHAYE, we sat down and jammed on several of his wonderful songs, and he explained to me how he constructed them. He also shared how he evolved from playing restaurant gigs as a teenager in the tiny town of Martinsburg, West Virginia, to becoming one of the hottest up-and-coming signed artists in Nashville. —JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe
Oct 26, 2017
58 - Brendon Small
From the tragedy of his first gig to the triumph of his new album, Galaktikon II: Become the Storm, BRENDON SMALL plugs in his signature-model Gibson and Epiphone guitars and shows you how he succeeded in blending metal riffs, animation, and standup comedy to forge one of the most unique careers in the history of guitar. Picking up where Dethklok (the animated intergalactic thrash band from Brendon's hit series Metalocalypse) left off, Galaktikon has an even more massive sound, courtesy of huge armies of guitar and vocal overdubs stacked in spectacular harmony. On this episode, Brendon not only reveals how he planned, produced and recorded Become the Storm, he also shows you some of his favorite guitar techniques — some learned from other great players, and others arrived at on his own. Every time I meet with Brendon, he inspires me to take my playing, composition, and music production abilities to the next level; hopefully, with this in-depth interview, he will do the same for you. — JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe.
Oct 10, 2017
57 - Jared James Nichols
AUDIO-TECHNICA and their E-Series in-ear monitoring headphones present wild jams and great guitar discussion with 28-year-old finger-style rock prodigy JARED JAMES NICHOLS. Heading out on the road with Saxon and UFO for a run of U.S. shows starting September 22, Jared is no stranger to touring, as he's already played arenas and theaters around the world supporting huge acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Glenn Hughes, Blue Oyster Cult, and Zakk Wylde/Black Label Society. This tour finds Jared pushing his new single, "Last Chance," the first release from his forthcoming album, Black Magic (which he recorded at the home studios of Johnny Depp and Joe Perry). I had a wonderful time trading licks and stories with Jared at Swing House studios in Los Angeles, and, most of all, I was (as I'm sure you will be) thrilled by how many sounds this inspired guitar mangler is able to get using just a bridge-position P-90 and his ten fingers. Young gun, old soul! Tip: Enter your email address for a chance to win groovy E-Series gear from Audio-Technica at this page: —JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast
Sep 21, 2017
56 - Phil Collen
Def Leppard's PHIL COLLEN is on the show! Presented by FU-TONE (check out FU-TONE's tone-enhancing guitar hardware at, this interview was conducted at Studio A in the Capitol Records building in Hollywood nearly 30 years to the day since Def Leppard released their hugest selling album, HYSTERIA. With a guitar in his hands the entire time, Phil shows you exactly how the guitar parts on the album's many hit singles were created and tracked (and, when needed, I play rhythm guitar parts beneath Phil so he can show you the leads). Phil also recalls the magical role super-producer John "Mutt" Lange played in delivering one of the biggest rock albums of all time. —JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast.
Sep 12, 2017
55 - Jimmy Herring
Presented by PRS GUITARS, this episode finds us in Atlanta talking and jamming with the great JIMMY HERRING. Beloved for his powerful solos and humble nature alike, Herring has played with several of the world's top "jam" artists, including Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, Phil Lesh, the Dead, Project Z, and the Allman Brothers Band. Currently, Herring enjoys his long-running gig as lead guitarist with Widespread Panic—the band that has set the record for most sell-outs ever at Colorado's famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Throughout this interview, Jimmy has his PRS NF3 guitar in his hands, so he can show you musical concepts and passages that are meaningful to him ... and so he can jam! Catch Jimmy Herring on tour this summer with his band, Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip, or this fall, when he'll be playing concert halls with his hero, John McLaughlin. The McLaughling/Herring tour is called The Meeting of the Spirits, and it starts November 1. I hope you enjoy this in-depth hang and jam with with one of guitar's very best improvisors. And after listening, you'll surely be a better improvisor yourself. —JUDE GOLD Host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast.
Aug 21, 2017
54 - Shane Theriot
Recorded at Swing House Studios in Los Angeles, this episode features an interview and jam with Grammy-winning guitarist/producer SHANE THERIOT. Currently the lead guitarist for multi-platinum rock-soul hitmakers Hall and Oates, Shane has also worked with everyone from Jewel and Willie Nelson to LeAnn Rimes and the Neville Brothers. Shane's "other" job is being musical director for Daryl Hall on Daryl's popular music show, "Live From Daryl's House," wherein Daryl, Shane, and the band perform sets with a wide cross-section of famous singers. A soulful soloist and a super funky rhythm player, Shane has a rare versatility that should continue to land him huge gigs for many years to come. From what it's like growing up in New Orleans to sharing the guitar approaches he used on his new album, Still Motion, Shane covers a lot of territory on this interview, and I thank him for that. I offer Additional thanks to Swing House Studio's Phil Jauriqui (who visits the mics near the end of the episode to talk a little shop as well). His generosity made this episode happen. — JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast.
Aug 10, 2017
53 - Tommy Emmanuel
Grammy-nominated thumb-picker TOMMY EMMANUEL is one of the most beloved and respected guitarists on the planet. The Aussie-turned-Nashvillian is one of a small handful of players dubbed a "CGP" (Certified Guitar Player) by the late, great Chet Atkins, and the accolade is well-deserved — as proves one listen to Tommy's mesmerizing new concert album, LIVE! AT THE RYMAN. Tommy is on the road mesmerizing audiences around the world 300 nights per year, and his zest for life and music never ceases to amaze. I enjoyed this guitar hang with him immensely, and hope you do, too. —JUDE GOLD Host, No Guitar Is Safe podcast.
Jul 20, 2017
52 - Marc Maron
For the two-year anniversary of No Guitar Is Safe, I am proud to bring you a guitar hang with "the Jimi Hendrix of podcasting," MARC MARON. I met up with the famed interviewer/comedian/actor (and, yes, guitarist) in his now-legendary garage — the same place he has interviewed everyone from famous actors, musicians, and comedians to President Obama. The garage is also the same place where, as you'll hear, Marc likes to crank up vintage amps and play the blues. (Check out Maron's new hit comedy series, GLOW, which is binge-watchable now on Netflix!) Thanks for listening to No Guitar Is Safe. JUDE GOLD Host, No Guitar Is Safe
Jun 29, 2017
51 - Adam Levy
A versatile, super-tasty jazz cat who found his way onto huge-selling crossover records by star singers such as Norah Jones and Tracy Chapman, ADAM LEVY is one of the chillest, most thoughtful and grounded pro guitarists you're likely to meet. I had a wonderful time jamming with him on everything from John Coltrane's "Equinox" and Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason" to Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why" and Adam's own solo song, "This Is Our House" (off his stellar EP, Blueberry Blonde). We explore many different musical worlds in this super-size episode, and I learned a lot. Hope you do, too. —JUDE GOLD, host, No Guitar Is Safe
Jun 19, 2017
50 - Jeff Kollman
Presented by AUDIO-TECHNICA and their E-Series monitoring headphones, this episode features a deep guitar hang with JEFF KOLLMAN. Whether Kollman is playing blazing instrumentals with his own band, Cosmosquad, rocking stadiums with Japanese superstar Eikichi Yazawa, or blowing off steam with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith in the Bombastic Meatbats, his brilliant guitar playing lights up every stage he graces. Here, Jeff tells you all about each of those gigs and more. He also runs you through musical exercises that made him a better player, shares tone tips, and jams with host Jude Gold. Last but not least, Jeff opens up about the tragic story of his beloved brother and longtime musical partner, Tommy Kollman.
May 25, 2017
49 - Greg Kihn and Ry Kihn
Today, the guitar 'copter descends upon Soundtek Studios in San Jose, California, to jam with platinum rocker GREG KIHN and his lead guitarist RY KIHN (who also happens to be his son). Jude and the Kihns also talk about everything from Greg's classic hit songs (such as "Breakup Song" and "Jeopardy") and tunes on his brand new album, which is called REKIHNDLED; to great moments with the great guitarists the Greg Kihn Band has employed over the decades and what it's like being parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic. (Special thanks to Robert Berry and Soundtek studios for hosting this interview.)
May 12, 2017
48 - Rusty Cooley
Oh, the brutality! On this episode, Texas shred monster RUSTY COOLEY plugs in his signature-model Dean 7-string and shows Jude how he forged his merciless metal style. Rusty also explains how he took inspiration from violinist Izhak Perlman, metal sensei Doug Marks, and the late Shawn Lane while developing his sound. And with help from lead singer Brad Lambert, Rusty shows you some crushing tunes from his band, DAY OF RECKONING.
May 02, 2017
47 - Richie Kotzen
Presented by TECH 21, this episode features virtuoso guitarist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist RICHIE KOTZEN plugged in, jamming, and talking technique with host Jude Gold. Richie also discusses the recording of his new album, SALTING EARTH, as well as the inspiration behind his signature Tech 21 RK5 Fly Rig preamp. Bonus: Kotzen also shares stories of the epic rock-and-roll pranks he has pulled on people on stage and off. GIVEAWAY ALERT: Head to and enter before May 12 for a chance to win a Tech 21 RK5 Fly Rig.
Apr 13, 2017
46 - Toshi Yanagi
TOSHI YANAGI came to America with no English skills and nowhere to stay. But he had a dream. Now, he is the house guitarist on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, and has released stellar solo albums under his own name, and his dream of becoming a pro musician has been realized. On this episode, Toshi visit's host Jude Gold's house, bringing with him a killer pedalboard full of sounds, and the pair jam on a variety of grooves. Toshi also recalls funny skits he has filmed with Kimmel and remembers how when he first arrived in California in the late '80s, the late Johnny Nitro "opened a door for him" — which is ironic, because Nitro's band was called the Doorslammers.
Mar 30, 2017
45 - Gretchen Menn
Guitarist/composer/pilot GRETCHEN MENN details the making of her new instrumental album, Abandon All Hope. She also reflects on her adventures with Led Zeppelin tribute band, Zepparella, and jams with host Jude Gold on riffs and themes by J.S. Bach, Jimmy Page, and Django Reinhardt, to name a few. Bonus: Gretchen argues that Texas Chainsaw Massacre is high art.
Mar 18, 2017
44 - Plini
Twenty-four-year-old Aussie guitar wunderkind PLINI takes a break from touring the world to plug in, jam a few tunes with Jude, and detail his clever playing, recording, and mixing approaches. Plini also tries to prove that his production tactics are based on "laziness," but his stunning recordings indicate otherwise. Also making a cameo is ANDY ALT, creator of A Little Thunder pickups.
Mar 03, 2017
43 - Tim Stewart
Presented by AUDIO-TECHNICA, this episode tracks down guitar ace TIM STEWART just three days after he rocked the Super Bowl with Lady Gaga. Talking shop, demonstrating pedals, and jamming with host Jude Gold, Stewart gives you his insights into what it’s like playing stadiums with Lady Gaga and Rihanna. He also shows you some sweet gospel guitar moves, and details the tracking of KNIVES' debut album, Boy Thursday.
Feb 09, 2017
42 - Ben Lacy
Like a one-man band, BEN LACY magically weaves together guitar, bass, drum, and vocal parts on his 6-string electric guitar to produce irresistibly funky grooves. On this episode, the Kentucky-based guitarist plugs in with host Jude Gold to demonstrate some of his amazing song arrangements and reveal many of his signature techniques.
Jan 27, 2017
41 - Jake Shimabukuro
Brought to you by AUDIO-TECHNICA, this episode presents JAKE SHIMABUKURO—“The Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele,” as Guitar Player magazine’s Matt Blackett described Jake when he burst onto the scene back in 2005. When it comes to advancing the musical and sonic boundaries of ukulele, no one has done so more spectacularly than Shimabukuro. In this one-on-one interview/jam, host Jude Gold sits down with Jake, who performs many songs, tells you everything you need to know to play ukulele like a pro, and discusses tracks from his new album, Nashville Sessions.
Jan 11, 2017
40 - Lita Ford
2016 has been another big year for LITA FORD. In addition to releasing a bestselling autobiography, "Living Like a Runaway" — a thrilling must-read for any fan of hard rock guitar — she continues to tour relentlessly and has recently been crowned a Certified Legend by Guitar Player Magazine. Here, Lita plugs in with host Jude Gold to jam a few tunes and discuss her adventures with everyone from the Runaways, Ritchie Blackmore, and Ozzy Osbourne to Jon Bon Jovi, Tony Iommi, and Edward Van Halen. Bonus: NICK BOWCOTT stops by to demonstrate the new Marshall Code 25 amplifier.
Dec 23, 2016
39 - Laurence Juber
From working with three of the four Beatles to tracking the James Bond theme to mastering DADGAD tuning, Grammy-winning guitarist LAURENCE JUBER shares his life adventures. He also performs some of his favorite pieces—including an arrangement of "Deck the Halls," which is available on his new CD, Holidays and Hollynights—and details several stunning guitar approaches. And in a cool vintage gear moment, Laurence busts out his sterling 1893 Martin steel-string.
Dec 07, 2016
38 - Owen Barry
OWEN BARRY just did a string of arena shows opening for the Who as guitarist for bassist extraordinaire Tal Wilkenfeld. He's also performed with Jackson Browne, his original band, Purple Melon, and others. For this interview/jam with host Jude Gold, Owen not only brought in three custom guitars and a vast pedalboard, he even brought a Dumble Overdrive Special amplifier. Wow. That's like bringing a unicorn to a kid's birthday party. Plus, as you'll hear in the first minute, he's a great guitarist.
Nov 29, 2016
37 - Daniele Gottardo
It's no wonder Steve Vai named DANIELE GOTTARDO as his "favorite young guitarist." After all, the Italian virtuoso's dazzling technical prowess is matched by equally remarkable gift for composition and arranging. Here, Gottardo plugs in with host Jude Gold and demonstrates guitar techniques, compositional devices, improvisation approaches, tapping tricks, and much more.
Nov 10, 2016
36 - Mike Keneally
Guitarist/composer MIKE KENEALLY earned the respect of prog rock fans worldwide when he became Frank Zappa's "stunt guitarist" in the late ’80s. Since then, the prolific guitarist/keyboardist has released a string of solo albums, as well as enjoyed tenures with Steve Vai, Dethklok, and his current bandleader, Joe Satriani. On this episode, Keneally plugs in with Jude to share his amazing musical journey, play bunch of guitar, and discuss his new album, Scambot 2.
Oct 27, 2016
35 - Dean Brown
DEAN BROWN is a deep cat — a fact any music lover could infer with a quick glance at Dean’s résumé, because the guitarist has not only worked with everyone from Roberta Flack, Michael Brecker, and Eric Clapton to Billy Cobham, Joe Zawinul and Marcus Miller, he’s also just released his fifth solo album, which is a genre-defying sonic odyssey called Rolajafufu. For this lengthy guitar hang and jam, host JUDE GOLD meets up with Dean at Xotic Guitars’ California headquarters, where, as a bonus, Xotic’s KENNY ECHIZEN (a stellar guitarist in his own right) makes a guest appearance.
Oct 13, 2016
34 - Ben Woods
There is an exciting place where classic metal, surf guitar instrumentals, and flamenco nylon-string styles overlap, and that place is wherever BEN WOODS is performing. Melding his love for metal and flamenco styles, Ben formed the band Flametal in 2005. Now, Ben has several solo albums out, a guitar transcription book in publication from Hal Leonard, and line of signature strings. Recorded at Cordoba Guitars' Santa Monica headquarters, this episode finds Ben guitar-to-guitar with host Jude Gold — talking, jamming, and giving a detailed flamenco lesson you won't forget.
Sep 26, 2016
33 - Greg Koch
Virtuoso Milwaukee guitar mangler GREG KOCH plugs in with host Jude Gold and jams on great licks from his albums as well as shares what he learned studying the playing of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, and Roy Buchanan. Greg also demonstrates his new Fishman Fluency Gristle-Tone signature pickups and discusses what it's like having 25 million views on YouTube as Wildwood Guitars' primary gear demo artist.
Sep 02, 2016
32 - Paul Gilbert
Presented by AUDIO-TECHNICA and their new E-SERIES in-ear monitoring headphones, this episode finds PAUL GILBERT throwing down guitar jams and technique discussions with host Jude Gold. Gilbert also discusses everything from his brand-new album, I Can Destroy, to his days teaching guitar at GIT to his pioneering shred band, Racer X, to his number one hit song with Mr. Big to his first-ever Guitar Player magazine cover story.
Aug 16, 2016
31 - Allen Hinds
From his many solo albums to his tenures with star singers such as Bobby Caldwell, Roberta Flack, Patti Austin, Gino Vannelli, and Randy Crawford, Allen Hinds hinds has enjoyed a spectacular career. Here, fresh off a solo tour of Japan, the funk/blues/fusion/slide master plugs in with host Jude Gold talk tone, technique, and much more.
Aug 02, 2016
30 - Steve Stevens
Super sideman and solo artist Steve Stevens plugs in with host Jude Gold to trace his evolution from acoustic blues boy to multi-platinum electric guitar sharpshooter and co-writer for Billy Idol and other artists.
Jul 13, 2016
29 - Steve Vai
Guitar virtuoso Steve Vai invites you into his home studio to explore the playing techniques and composition approaches that power the songs on his new double album, "Modern Primitive / Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition." Hosted by Jude Gold.
Jun 24, 2016
28 - Charlie Hunter
7-string jazz/funk guitar wünderkind Charlie Hunter has forged an exciting style all his own—one in which he plays bass lines and guitar parts simultaneously. On this episode of No Guitar Is Safe, Charlie plugs in with host Jude Gold and reveals exactly how he developed his singular guitar style and crafted an exciting career.
Jun 20, 2016
27 - Pete Thorn
Pete Thorn has played lead guitar for Don Henley, Melissa Etheridge, Chris Cornell, Courtney Love, and other star singers. He has also created one of the most successful guitar gear demo channels on the Web. Presented by Line 6 and Helix, this episode finds Thorn conversing and jamming with host Jude Gold, who is determined to find out exactly how Thorn forged his sound and developed his career.
Jun 07, 2016
26 - Mark Lettieri
Mark Lettieri has two exciting new albums out — one as guitarist for adventure-jazz posse Snarky Puppy, and one as a solo artist. On this episode of No Guitar Is Safe, Lettieri plugs in with host Jude Gold to demonstrate his über-tasty guitar style and trace the funk, gospel, and rock guitar techniques that inform it.
May 14, 2016
25 - Kat Dyson w/Mike Scott
Playing with Prince enriched KAT DYSON's life immensely, and she will be the the first to tell you that. PRESENTED BY AUDIO TECHNICA, this interview/jam — recorded just five days before to Prince's death — finds Dyson plugging in with host Jude Gold and diving deep into the music of Prince, Cyndi Lauper, and Italian superstar Zucchero — all of whom are artists she has shared the stage with extensively. BONUS INTERVIEW: Four days after Prince's passing, Dyson and longtime Prince guitarist MIKE SCOTT reflect on the impact their late, great bandleader had on their lives.
Apr 29, 2016
24 - Jared Scharff
Saturday Night Live guitarist JARED SCHARFF plugs in with host Jude Gold in the living room of Maroon 5's James Valentine (who makes cameo appearances in this episode)and shares what it has been like to perform on SNL for nine years and counting. Scharff also discusses the solo songs he releases as PEARL LION, and demonstrates the art of "unnecessary shredding."
Apr 18, 2016
23 - Mike Stern and Leni Stern
The great jazz-fusion guitarist MIKE STERN and the great world-fusion guitarist LENI STERN (yes, they're married) share the beautiful, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious overlap of their musical spheres.
Mar 25, 2016
22 - Andy Wood
In a gear-filled room at Suhr Guitars headquarters, Tennessee guitar virtuoso Andy Wood plugs in and jams with host Jude Gold and shares what it's like touring with one of the most successful country bands in history, Rascal Flatts.
Mar 09, 2016
21 - Steve Morse
Steve Morse has inspired generations of players with his brilliant instrumentals and soaring guitar melodies. On this episode of No Guitar Is Safe, the Dixie Dregs/Deep Purple/Steve Morse Band guitar hero plugs in with host Jude Gold to jam a little and find the common thread between guitar, aviation, composition, and welding.
Feb 16, 2016
20 - Paul Kantner Tribute
Two weeks after the death of Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer PAUL KANTNER, No Guitar Is Safe host Jude Gold reflects on what it was like to play lead guitar for the Grammy-winning Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship founder at concerts all over the world.
Feb 11, 2016
19 - Nick Maybury
Super sideman and solo artist NICK MAYBURY is still in shock after being on tour with Scott Weiland the day the legendary rock singer died. Now, six weeks later, he's ready, with guitar in hand, to tell host Jude Gold all about that dark day and the whirlwind seven months prior that he spent as Weiland's lead guitarist. Nick also discusses his side band, Pluuto, his epic jam with Prince, his tours with everyone from Perry Farrell to Cody Simpson, and how he conjures Hendrix tones using a 20-watt Marshall head.
Jan 20, 2016
18 - Josh Smith
Blues badass JOSH SMITH plugs in with host Jude Gold to play new songs and old, as well as discuss the recording of his new album, "Over Your Head." Josh also recalls what it was like to back Mick Jagger on the Grammys, what it is like to have been a child star and then have one as a son, and what it took to build the ultimate guitar player man cave—a pro studio—in his backyard.
Dec 29, 2015
17 - Robben Ford
Brought to you by the Vertex Boost from Vertex Effects, this episode features Robben Ford both interviewing and playing guitar with host Jude Gold, discussing everything from how he recorded his latest album, Into the Sun, to what it was like playing lead guitar for George Harrison, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, and Jimmy Witherspoon.
Dec 14, 2015
16 - Frank Gambale
Sweep picking pioneer Frank Gambale plugs in with host Jude Gold to talk about his online guitar school, his band SoulMine (featuring Boca on vocals), his years with Chick Corea, his Carvin/Kiesel guitars, his DV Mark amps, the "Gambale tuning," and how he created one of the most exciting guitar styles in rock/fusion history.
Nov 30, 2015
15 - Oz Noy
With a deep jazz/rock vocabulary and a knack for generating mesmerizing sonic textures using common guitar effects, Oz Noy talks and jams with host Jude Gold, sharing how he developed one of the most creative voices in contemporary guitar.
Nov 18, 2015
14 - Bruce Forman
Monster bebop guitarist Bruce Forman leads the renowned Western swing combo Cowbop, has a one-man/one-guitar show called 'The Red Guitar,' and is featured heavily in the soundtrack to Clint Eastwood's Academy Award-winning film, 'Million Dollar Baby.' Also an esteemed jazz educator, Forman jams with host Jude Gold and reminds musicians to originate, not imitate, and to stand up and be "people, not sheeple."
Nov 05, 2015
13 - John 5
Presented by Audio-Technica's System 10 Stompbox Digital Wireless, John 5 invites us into his new house, where he plugs in his favorite Telecaster and interviews and jams with host Jude Gold at length, discussing an exciting career working with such headliners as Rob Zombie, David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Halford.
Oct 28, 2015
12 - Mike Scott
Powerhouse funk guitarist Mike Scott is known for touring with Prince, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and other headliners, and for tracking on albums by Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, and more. Here, Scott plugs in with host Jude Gold to show, in words and in licks, how he became one of the most in-demand R&B players of the modern era.
Oct 20, 2015
11 - Nita Strauss
Whether she's on stage with Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Famer Alice Cooper, Jermaine Jackson, or the Iron Maidens, guitarist Nita Strauss always takes life to '11', making her the perfect guest for this show's eleventh episode. Here, the young guitar hero tells host Jude Gold how she went from doing pay-to-play gigs in Los Angeles to rocking arenas supporting Mötley Crüe with Alice Cooper.
Oct 08, 2015
10 - Guthrie Govan
Guitarist Guthrie Govan is revered worldwide—not just for his stunning guitar playing, but also for his humble, thoughtful, and fearless approaches to musical exploration. Here, host Jude Gold plugs in with Govan to explore the techniques and inspiration behind his guitar parts on the new Aristocrats album, Tres Caballeros.
Oct 02, 2015
9 - Kevin Cadogan
Kevin Cadogan's hypnotic open-tuned riffs helped Third Eye Blind sell eight million copies of their first two albums. Here, the guitarist plugs in and shows host Jude Gold how he evolved his signature style, as well as discusses his fulfilling, yet bittersweet, ride with one of the ’90s' most successful bands.
Sep 22, 2015
8 - Vic Johnson
Being the lead guitarist for Sammy Hagar, Vic Johnson has long held one of the funnest gigs in rock.(Bonus! Mr. Hagar also appears on this episode.) Now, with the formation of Hagar's new all-star band, the Circle, Johnson's job just became even MORE thrilling. Here, Johnson shares how he paid dues tracking for Dr. Dre and playing in great bands such as the Busboys to become Hagar's right-hand man.
Sep 11, 2015
7 - Jeff Pevar
Jeff Pevar has played lead guitar with everyone from Ray Charles and David Crosby to Bette Midler and Steely Dan's Donald Fagen. Now, the sideman par excellence has finally released two very special albums of his own. On this episode of No Guitar Is Safe, Pevar shares his experiences in music and jams on both electric guitar and lap steel with host Jude Gold.
Sep 02, 2015
6 - Joel Hoekstra
Joel Hoekstra tells you all about his upcoming solo album, "Dying to Live;" details his role as co-guitarist of Whitesnake; recalls his days with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and Foreigner; and shares how he has become one of the most in-demand rock guitarists on the planet. And yes, he plays tons of guitar in the interview, too.
Aug 27, 2015
5 - Billy Sheehan
Bassists aren't usually invited onto No Guitar Is Safe, but in the case of Billy Sheehan, an exception must be made. Why? Because Sheehan's amazing stories of playing with Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, David Lee Roth, Billy Gibbons, and other rock heroes are priceless, and his playing (which you'll hear throughout the episode) is über-inspiring. Hear Sheehan and guitar ace Richie Kotzen in action on the new Winery Dogs album, Hot Streak, due out this October.
Aug 19, 2015
4 - Greg Howe
From getting signed the day after sent Shrapnel Records a cassette tape of his playing, to releasing multiple solo albums, to rocking stadiums with Michael Jackson, guitar virtuoso Greg Howe traces a lifetime of adventures on the fretboard. And yes, his guitar is plugged in the whole time.
Aug 11, 2015
3 - James Valentine
Maroon 5 lead guitarist James Valentine plugs into his amazing touring rig, and, in his own words and his own riffs, shares how he forged his guitar style, and how he and his four bandmates ascended from being a club act to becoming one of the most successful bands in the world.
Aug 04, 2015
2 - Brad Gillis
From playing with Ozzy Osbourne after Randy Rhoads' death to selling 16 million albums with Night Ranger, Brad Gillis has lived several amazing guitar adventures. Here, with a live guitar in his hands, Gillis recalls, in his own words and his own licks, every last one of them.
Jul 27, 2015
1 - Joe Satriani
With a guitar in his hands, Joe Satriani traces his astonishing evolution from adolescent garage rocker to the world's most successful instrumental guitarist.
Jul 17, 2015