Exclusive Video: Watch Our New Guitar Gods Playing Live and Loud

February 7, 2007 10:48 AM ET

Happy Wednesday, y'all! Peep the hot new cover of Rolling Stone, featuring our picks for The New Guitar Gods — John Frusciante, John Mayer and Derek Trucks. Before you go nuts dissecting our three choices, get this: It was our resident musical sage David Fricke who anointed the three kings and selected twenty-two additional geniuses who have helped define modern guitar music. You can see the full list in the new issue, on stands nationwide this Friday. In the meantime, check out this behind-the-scenes video, in which our cover dudes jam together and discuss their respective love affairs with the gee-tar. Know what a "brown note" is? You're about to find out...

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