Doug Aldrich (born February 19, 1964), is a Los Angeles-based hard rock guitarist. He founded the band Burning Rain with Keith St. John in 1998 and has played previously with the bands Whitesnake, Dio, Lion, Hurricane, House of Lords, and Bad Moon Rising. He has also released several solo albums.
Aldrich was first introduced to the guitar at age 11 when his sister Jennifer introduced him to the playing of Jeff Beck. Aldrich's first guitar was a Les Paul model and came from Sears. Aldrich auditioned for Kiss. He did not get the gig but as a result of the audition he met Gene Simmons and he and Gene are friends to this day. Aldrich was also once a highly sought after guitar teacher, at one point he was teaching over 70 students a week. In early 2014 Aldrich joined the critically acclaimed production show "Raiding the Rock Vault" at the Las Vegas Hotel where he performs five shows a week with other Rock'n Roll greats like Robin McAuley (formerly Survivor, MSG), John Payne (Asia), Howard Leese (Bad Company, Heart), Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot), Andrew Freeman (Offspring) and more.
Aldrich was previously endorsed by Jackson Guitars. He used their Dinky and Soloist superstrats as well as his own signature model which has bridge and neck position humbucking pickups were "Full-shred" pickups which Seymour Duncan specially wired. Presently, California-based Suhr Guitars offers Aldrich Aldrich signature humbucking pickups, which are also found on their superstrat-style 24-Fret Moderns. He plays various Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Stratocasters through Suhr/ Cameron hot-rodded Marshall JMPs and Vintage Modern amps. Aldrich sums up his philosophy of playing this way, "I'm not one of those guys that follows whatever is trendy. I'd rather do what I do best and do it to the best of my ability."
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