Lita Ford

Published 12 years ago on March 1, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Stuart Bull meets The Queen of Metal, Lita Ford and guitarist Gary Hoey, in advance of the forthcoming album Living Like A Runaway. And what's that acoustic Lita's playing? It was love at first sight with a Taylor GS8e, she reveals.

Lita Ford is one of Rock's true survivors - a female guitar player who has made a career in hard Rock, both in her first band, The Runaways, and since 1979 as a successful solo artist. In fact that hard Rock edge turned positively Metallic back in the 1980s when she had several hit singles, including a duet with Ozzy himself, earning herself the title The Queen of Metal.

Best known to gear heads for her long standing endorsement of Seymour Duncan-powered BC Rich guitars (most recently A Warlock NJ Deluxe and a Bitch Doubleneck), Lita has recently reinforced the reputation of Taylor guitars for being the Rock guitarist's acoustic of choice, by adopting a Taylor GS8e which, as she reveals in her interview with Stuart Bull, she discovered thanks to Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell.

The Taylor will be getting a serious work-out on Ford's long-awaited new album, due for release early this year, titled Living Like A Runaway.

Joining The Queen of Metal on stage at the recent NAMM show in California, was fellow band member - and noted solo shredder - Gary Hoey, who also spoke with Stuart Bull, revealing that he and Lita Ford have been working on a lot of harmony lead guitar for the forthcoming album (spooky coincidence time, given this issue's harmony guitar tech feature!).

There's plenty more NAMM 2012 coverage on our website iguitarmag.com - but we couldn't resist the temptation to run this footage as soon as we got back from the show!


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