Jas Obrecht: Jeff Beck the Fusion Years, Part 2 – Keep Your Ears Wide Open or Music Will Pass You By

Beck’s Wired and There and Back albums further broadened the horizon for future instrumental guitarists such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.

Jas Obrecht: Jeff Beck the Fusion Years, Part 1 – A Guitar Hero Reinvents Himself

When Beck’s monumental Blow by Blow album was released in 1974 minds were blown and both rock and jazz guitar playing were changed forever.

Sarah Lipstate – Crafting Cinematic Soundscapes with Guitars, Bows, and Pedals Galore

Whether performing solo as Noveller, or collaborating with the likes of Iggy Pop, Lipstate evokes majestic waves of sonic splendor.

Jeff Schroeder: Ambient Sounds Pt. 1 – “Frippertronics”

The Smashing Pumpkins guitarist offers insights into ambient guitar playing and shares his “Frippertronics” Helix presets. Free Download!

Jas Obrecht: How Jimi Learned to Play Guitar Pt. 3 – Becoming “The Most Compulsive Player Ever”

Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm, but where did he come from? We trace the iconic guitarist’s origins in this epic three-part series!

Jas Obrecht: How Jimi Learned to Play Guitar Pt. 2 – Seattle Bands, Betty Jean, and The Blues

Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm, but where did he come from? We trace the iconic guitarist’s origins in this epic three-part series!

Jas Obrecht: How Jimi Learned to Play Guitar Pt. 1 – Earliest Music, First Guitars

Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm, but where did he come from? We trace the iconic guitarist’s origins in this epic three-part series!

Paul Richards – Guitar Craftiness, Shepard Tones, and Echoes (plus free Helix/HX presets!)

The California Guitar Trio guitarist talks about Robert Fripp, using effects with acoustic guitar, covering Pink Floyd’s “Echoes,” and more.

Jas Obrecht: Lonnie Johnson – The Most Influential Blues Guitarist Ever

Veteran author and journalist Jas Obrecht spotlights the seminal yet often overlooked jazz and blues virtuoso in our celebration of Black History Month.

Julien Baker – Indie Rock’s Reverb Queen Shimmers with HX Effects

The singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and guitarist employs pedals and live looping to sculpt sounds as adeptly as she sings and turns phrases.

Reeves Gabrels – Is Art-Rock’s Jedi Master Really a … Blues Rocker?

James Volpe Rotondi talks tone, effects, whammy bar technique, Helix, core influences and more with the former David Bowie and current Cure guitarist.

Jeff Schroeder on the Virtues of Running Delay and Reverb Before Distortion

The Smashing Pumpkins guitarist challenges convention and shares three vibey Helix presets as we mark the two year anniversary of Model Citizens.

Jakko Jakszyk – Helix In the Court of the Crimson King

The guitarist and vocalist discusses Helix, his latest album, working with Robert Fripp, and more—plus shares three King Crimson presets.

Jeff Schroeder on Sonic Inspiration and His Multi-Modulation Helix Preset (Free Download)

The Smashing Pumpkins and Night Dreamer guitarist shares musical ideas inspired by his super-vibey post-punk-style preset—with audio examples.

Not Guitar: Touch Guitarists Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn Conjure Cosmic Tones and Soundscapes From Helix

The singular progressive rockers divulge their deepest and darkest Helix secrets—and Reuter shares his “Glitch” and “Lead” presets.

Not Guitar: How Tina Guo & Lisa Molinaro Make Cellos and Violas Rock with Line 6 Effects

Fuzz viola? Heavy metal cello? These innovative string players aren’t limited by convention (plus: Tina shares her “Banana” Helix preset).

Not Guitar: How Woodwind Players Paul Hanson and Theo Travis Incorporate Line 6 Effects Into Their Art

Our “Not Guitar” series spotlights non-guitarists doing amazing things with Line 6 effects—beginning with two phenomenal woodwind players.

Garbage In, Garbage Out: Super Producer Butch Vig Digs Through Helix for Trash & Treasure

James Rotondi and the renowned producer/multi-instrumentalist discuss Garbage and Helix, with additional insights from engineer/mixer Billy Bush.

Bill Kelliher – The Mastodon Guitarist Riffs on Helix and Heaviness (and bestows a free preset)

The past master of mammoth riffs initiates Barry Cleveland into the dark art of conjuring monster Helix tones.

Dr. Molly Miller: Pioneering Women of The Guitar

Dr. Molly Miller spotlights Memphis Minnie, Maybelle Carter, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe in this celebration of Women’s History Month.

Helix for Neanderthals – Butch Walker’s Beastly Bag of Tricks

James Rotondi and the celebrated guitarist, producer, songwriter, and performer talk tone, tech, and shoe size.

Rock, Race, and History: A Conversation with Vernon Reid

Joe Gore and the renowned guitarist discuss the racially fraught history of rock music and spotlight black guitarists that haven’t received their due.

Scott Holiday – The Fuzz Lord Enters the Halls of Helix

The tone-savvy Rival Sons guitarist tells James Rotondi why and how he made Helix Floor the centerpiece of his live performance “B Rig.”

Barry Cleveland: How Les Paul Created His Extraordinary New Sound

Barry Cleveland details the singular techniques behind the visionary guitarist and inventor’s revolutionary recordings.

Jeff Schroeder: When I Dream of Amps …

The Smashing Pumpkins and Night Dreamer guitarist shares four of his “dream” multi-channel amp and effects Helix presets.

Allan Holdsworth’s Baby – The Story of the Yamaha UD-Stomp Delay Pedal

The legendary Allan Holdsworth (1946-2017) explains how he replaced vast arrays of rack delays with the Yamaha pedal he codesigned.

How Producer Michael Beinhorn Records Humongous Walls of Guitar

Producer Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, Korn, Hole) shares his guitar recording techniques.

Jeff Schroeder Shares His Helix Shoegaze Tones

Jeff Schroeder (Smashing Pumpkins, Night Dreamer) offers a shoegaze guitar tone primer with audio examples and downloadable Helix presets.

Mary Halvorson’s DL4 Time Warp

Barry Cleveland discusses delay tactics with the highly acclaimed NYC jazz and free-improvisational guitarist.

Joe Gore: Breaking the Analog Model

Joe Gore explores what happens when you disregard the conventional rules of analog signal flow in the digital modeling realm.

Chris Gill: Nashville’s Dirty Secret – Country Music’s Founding Forefathers of Fuzz

Chris Gill recounts that years before and after the Stones recorded “Satisfaction,” fuzz guitar was featured on dozens of country singles.

Video: Tom Salta on Scoring Games With Helix Native

Award-winning composer Tom Salta demonstrates how he uses the Line 6 Helix Native guitar and effects plug-in to create monumental sounds when scoring major video games.

Joe Gore: The Secret Power of Helix Snapshots

Snapshots is one of the most powerful, yet underutilized, features in Helix. Joe Gore unveils its secrets, step-by-step, with images, sound clips, and downloadable examples.

Matt Scannell on Using HX Effects with 4-Cable Method In His Live Rig

Curious about 4-Cable Method? Matt Scannell runs Matt Blackett through how he employs it with his HX Effects-based live effects rig.

Jude Gold: Living In Stereo

Ace guitarist Jude Gold goes wide on non-mono guitar sounds, the virtues of performing in stereo, and his favorite stereo strategies.