Wednesday, March 24, 2010


JEFF WATERS, guitarist and founding member of Canadian thrash metal pioneers
ANNIHILATOR, has been interviewed by guitar manufacturers Epiphone about his
illustrious career and his new Epiphone Annihilation-V signature model

JEFF WATERS is widely recognised as one of the most influential metal
guitarists of all time, and was ranked third in Joel McIver's 2009 book,
"The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists".

Read part of the interview below for JEFF's tips on gear and playing:

EPI: Any advice for younger players trying to find their way?

JEFF: Listen to LOTS of guitar players in lots of styles of music. For young
musicians, practice the song Chemical Warfare by Slayer, Creeping Death and
anything off of Puppets/Kill 'Em All. That will get your rhythm hand fast
and tight. For solos, try to listen to as many metal guitar players as
possible... Listen to the '80s players to get more of an original influence.
The '80s were the time when the greats were producing brilliance! Also, on a
personal note, stay away from alcohol, drugs and cigarettes... If you want a
long career... Or a long life! These days, to have a career at all means
that you need to learn the business and take care of your business; you
cannot do this if you are cloudy in the mind or dying from lung disease.

EPI: Any advice on gear?

JEFF: Just have fun and try lots of things out at your local music store. As
far as amps... If you have some money, try the Hughes and Kettner Coreblade.
If you don¹t, there are a lot of good, lower-priced amps out there. I will
say though... My new Epiphone Annihilation-V is very reasonably priced. It
took me 2 years to design and create it with Epiphone because we wanted the
best guitar possible at an incredible value.

EPI: How close are the production models to what you play?

JEFF: The same guitars you can buy in the music store are the EXACT same
guitars I use live. No other company I know has done this, at this price

EPI: 2 years is a long time developing the Jeff Waters Annihilation-V
Signature model. How do you think it came out?

JEFF: Fantastic! I could ramble on about how great the guitar is but I think
the best way to answer this is to simply see the video that is on the
Epiphone web site... That will speak for itself. You must see it to
understand what I mean!

Read the full interview at

Check out video footage of JEFF WATERS demonstrating his new Epiphone
Annihilation-V guitar at

You can also hear a sound clip from ANNIHILATOR's upcoming, self-titled
album at the Hughes & Kettner website at

'ANNIHILATOR' is the band's thirteenth studio album and features ten tracks
of heads-down, no-frills metal, including a cover of VAN HALEN's song,
"Romeo Delight". The album is due to be released in Europe by Earache
Records on 17th May.

For more ANNIHILATOR news and info, head to

Check out the band on MySpace at

London office phone: +44(0)207 240 5002

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