Guitar World


Guitar World is a musical magazine. The first issue was debuted in July 1980; Johnny Winter appeared on the cover. (wikipedia
Currently published by Future plc with other guitar magazines like Guitarist, Guitar Player, Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar,  and Bass Player.

1980 September

Vol. 1 No. 3


On The Record - Frank Zappa
Interview by John Stix, pp 9-10

F.Z. Let's look at it from the standpoint of logic. There is a way unless you're dead, and even they there is still a question, that you're not going to offend somebody. There's always someone that's going to get offended over something that somebody does.

That's human nature. Just sitting still you can offend people, so why worry about it? You can't win. I was never meant to be a man for all seasons. Am I here to entertain everybody? No, just the ones who like what I do. The ones who don't like it, like somebody else. (read more)

Source: zappateers


1982 March

Vol. 3 No. 2


Frank Zappa: The Interview
By John Swenson, pp 34-35, 37-38, 40, 45-46, 48-49, 72-73

 FZ: By the way, I really enjoyed the review that you did of the albums in Guitar World.

GW: Oh, thanks. I really loved the records.

FZ: I am glad I did them. I mean, I have been waiting to do it for a long time. And a lot of people thought I was crazy for spending the time to do it. But, right now that group of albums is selling better than You are What You Is and Tinsel Town Rebellion. We went into a profit position after two weeks on the market. (read more)

Source: zappateers


1987 April

Vol. 8 No. 3


Zappa's Inferno
By Noë Goldwasser, pp 64-70, 114-115

Jazz From Hell (review)
By Peter Mengaziol, p 105

Our purpose was to plan the Guitar World According To Frank Zappa tape – a 34-minute collection of rare Zappa solos on a special GW audio cassette which this magazine will make available in the spring – and to talk about guitar stuff. (read more)


1987 July

Vol. 8 No. 5


The Importance Of Being Dweezil
By Bud Scoppa, pp 26-29, 31-32

Zappa's Whole Life - Part I
By Peter Mengaziol, pp 112-113


1987 September

Vol. 8 No. 6


Zappa's Whole Life - Part II
By Peter Mengaziol, pp 125-126


1993 March

Vol. 14 No. 3


Frank Zappa R.I.P.
By ?, p 54


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1994 April

Vol. 15 No. 4


Perfectly Frank
The life and times of Frank Zappa – composer, satirist and towering giant of the electric guitar.
By Alan di Perna, pp 32-33, 35, 37-38, 40, 43-44, 47

Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar: A Tribute To A Guitar Genius
An in-depth analysis of the improvisatory inventions of Frank Zappa, one of the most innovative rock guitarists to ever lay hands on the instrument.
By Andy Aledort, 5 pp 51-52, 54, 56, 58

Source: zappateers


1995 May

Vol. 15 No. 5


Frank Zappa
By John Swenson, pp 12-13

Excerpts from Guitar World, March 1982 interview.



1995 August

Vol. 15 No. 8


Absolutely Frank
The Frank Zappa catalog
By Alan di Perna, pp 109, 111-112

Source: yetanother @ zappateers


1998 September

Vol. 18 No. 9


100 Greatest Solos
#60 "Zoot Allures", p 104
+ poster



1999 February

Vol. 19 No. 2


Zappa's Universe
On the fifth anniversary of Zappa's death, his former guitarists Steve Vai and Mike Keneally pay tribute to their late friend and boss.
Interviews by Andy Aledort, 12 pp 68-72, 74, 92, 94, 96, 98, 101-102
Zappa's Universe – Part I
Zappa's Universe – Part II
Zappa's Universe – Part III

Perfectly Frank
The life and times of Frank Zappa – composer, satirist and towering giant of the electric guitar.
By Alan di Perna, pp 70-72, 74, 88, 90
Reprint of 1994 April article, with different photos.

The End Page
By J.D. Considine, p 214


1999 June

Vol. 19 No. 6


Frank Zappa. Uncle Meat
By Andy Aledort, pp 68-69

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band. Trout Mask Replica
By Andy Aledort, p 102

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2003 December

Vol. 23 No. 12


Dynamo Frank
In a special 10th anniversary tribute, Guitar World presents the one and only Grand Wazoo in his own words.
Interview by Alan di Perna, pp 78-80, 82, 84, 104, 106, 108, 156-157


A selected discography of Frank Zappa's best work
By Alan di Perna, p 80


2006 August

Vol. 27 No. 8


Let's Be Frank
On the eve of their tour honoring Frank Zappa's music, Dweezil Zappa and guitar ace Steve Vai trade memories of the man who gave them their start
By Alan di Perna, pp 46-48, 50, 90, 92, 94, 96, 98, 100, 102


2008 August

Vol. 29 No. 8


Frank Zappa's Rare Gear
When it comes to faithfully recreating Frank Zappa's music and tones, his son Dweezil heads to the original source: dad's collection of priceless musical equipment
By Alan di Perna, pp 82-86, 88, 90

The secret weapons behind Dweezil's killer tones
By Alan di Perna, p 84

In the studio with Dweezil Zappa (video 16:48)
Dweezil Zappa unveils his new custom live guitar and shows off some Frank Zappa's classic guitars


2009 December

Vol. 30 No. 14 Anniversary issue


The Big Three-Oh!
pp 60-82, including
December 4, 1993 - Frank Zappa Dies of Cancer

By ?,  p 72

As Guitar World hits the big Three-Oh!, we take a look at the people, music, gear and trends that have shaped the past decades of our ax-wielding universe.



2010 March

Vol. 31 No. 3


Dad To The Bone
By Dweezil Zappa, 1 p

Source: slime.oofytv.set


2010 September

Vol. 31 No. 9


The 30 Coolest Guitarists Of All Time
By Alan Di Perna, Chris Gill, Richard Bienstock

The cover story "30 Coolest Guitarists Of All Time" includes Frank Zappa (page 162) and Johnny "Guitar" Watson (p 163). One part of the cover story is "10 Coolest Guitar Instrumentals" which includes "Black Napkins" (p 48). 



2016 March

Vol. 37 No. 3


Dweezil Zappa
By Andy Aledort, p 36

Source: Vitaly Zaremba


2018 January

Vol. 39 No. 1


Adrian Belew
By Damian Fanelli, pp 24-26

Can you describe your audition for Frank Zappa? I hear it’s kind of a funny story. —Tommy Moore
I flew out to Frank’s house—my first time on a plane. That’s how green I was. They picked me up and took me to his house in the basement, which would turn into his studio over the years. It was just a big empty room. Frank’s sitting behind a console, he’s got a cigarette in his mouth, of course, and there’s a microphone in the middle of the room. Unfortunately, there were people moving things all over; here goes a piano in front of you, they’re setting up something over there and so on. It was very distracting. Frank gave me a long list of songs. I had to borrow the albums from friends because I was so poor.

We started, and he’d say, “Okay, let’s try ‘Andy,’ ” and I’d play it for a minute or two and sing some things, and then he’d stop me, take another puff and say, “Okay, try ‘Wind Up Workin’ in a Gas Station.’ I was fumbling and really being distracted by all the stuff going on. I had nowhere to go, so they were gonna take me back to the airport and fly me back home, so I just watched everyone else’s terrifying auditions. I watched keyboard players and percussionists and thought, “Oh my god, these guys are so great, I don’t know how I’ll ever be in this band.”

There was a moment at the end of the day, though, where it was just Frank and I standing there, and I said, “I’m sorry, I really thought I could do this, and I thought it would be different.” He said, “What do you mean?” I said, “I thought it would just be you and me somewhere quiet where I could show you that I could do this.” So we went up to his living room and sat on his purple couch, I took my little Pignose amp and stuffed it between the pillows so I could turn it up as loud as I could, and we started over. We got about a third of the way through and Frank was starting to sing along with me. Finally he put his hand out, shook my hand and said, “You’ve got the job.” Changed my life, that handshake did.