August 12, 2015 in Blog, Historic Fenders

Mike Campbell – Broadcaster Breakdown

mediumTom Petty’s six-string savant Mike Campbell has built an impressive career of weaving his tasteful licks and phrases all over Petty’s classic rock anthems. Campbell’s signature sound and restrained blues-rock phrasing has inspired countless guitarists and musicians all over the world, this coupled with a stinging overdrive tone and his trademark bending and open-string licks. In many ways, Campbell has become the standard in which a modern rock guitarist plays their instrument. From the ringing diads, triads, and double-stop fills heard during verses and choruses, to the biting and soaring lead tones he uses during solos, Campbell has shown plenty of players how to weave around the vocalist during the song, and take … Continue Reading

June 17, 2013 in Tips & Lessons

Tom Petty – Mary Jane’s Last Dance

pettyRecorded on July 22, 1993 while Tom Petty was recording his Wildflowers album, Mary Jane’s Last Dance spiked a bit of controversy as many thought that the song was about drugs, mostly because of the chorus saying “Last dance with Mary Jane, one more time to kill the pain.” “Mary Jane” is a common nickname for marijuana, which is known to altering the state of mind of those who use it, numbing both physical and mental pain.

On the other hand, Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell says, “In the verse there is still the thing about an Indiana girl on an Indiana night. Just when it gets to the chorus he had the presence of mind … Continue Reading