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John Cochran

Sales Representative


In April of 1974, I was a 13-year-old kid watching Deep Purple play at the California Jam on the TV. After seeing Ritchie Blackmore play, I knew that I had to be a rock guitar player. The next year, I acquired a $30 electric guitar at a swap meet and the journey began. I played in a party band in high school, doing covers of Zeppelin, Van Halen, UFO, Deep Purple, etc. Then, one Wednesday night in 1982, I saw a bunch of young upstarts called Metallica play a gig at the Troubadour Club in Hollywood. That night was my introduction to Thrash Metal, and I was inspired to play the fastest, heaviest music possible. That year I formed my own Thrash band, and played gigs at all the major clubs from LA to San Francisco, sharing the bill with such bands as Slayer, Exodus, and Suicidal Tendencies.

After a few years, the demand for Thrash/Speed metal waned, and I called it quits from the professional music scene. Now I play a variety of styles from Blues to Jazz-Rock Fusion. My early influences were Blackmore, Schenker, Beck and Page. My more contemporary influences are Scott Henderson, Oz Noy, Chris Poland and Vernon Reid. Thanks to my arsenal of 5 custom Warmoth guitars (2 Strats, 2 Les Pauls and a Tele), I can cover all the bases from Metal to Blues to Fusion. I currently play through a Line 6 HD500, and compose/record original instrumental music in my home studio. My favorite part of working at Warmoth is helping guitar and bass players around the world make their dream instruments become a reality.

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