Check out the terrific interview with Signature artist Richie Faulkner courtesy of our friends at Sweetwater. Faulkner talks about his new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Richie Faulkner Flying V, touring with Judas Priest, performing with Glenn Tipton, and writing "Firepower," the title track of the band's latest album and their first to debut on the Billboard chart.

Judas Priest are currently on tour Black Star Riders featuring Epi's Damon Johnson. The Firepower tour will visit most major U.S. cities and Canada before heading overseas for dates in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Italy, France, and Austria. Judas Priest will also perform at the Corona Heaven & Hell Festival in Mexico, the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium, the Download Festival in Madrid, and the Bloodstock Festival at Catton Hall in the U.K. Visit Judas Priest's website for details.

"The new signature Epiphone has been great," Faulkner told Epiphone. "And I used it on the Firepower record and also in rehearsals. I played it alongside my original Gibson touring guitars and it holds up fantastically. The tuning is great, the EMG pickups are exactly what I need for that classic modern 'Priest' tone, and the feel of the guitar in general is something that I have become comfortable with over the last few years with Priest. From the neck shape, to the body styling, to the Floyd Rose, it's just a great workhorse and a beautiful instrument. I can't wait to get it out on tour in front of the wonderful Judas priest fans."