Being categorized in the same league as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai in U.S guitar magazines, Khan has solidified a place as one of the new guitar heroes in the world of guitar.
In September 2013 Khan released the sophomore album ‘The Message’, which has so far received critical acclaim worldwide with reviews stating they ‘couldn’t rate one song below a 4 out of 5’. This was a hard feat to follow considering his debut album ‘The Knight’ went to #1 on 2 separate guitar charts in the U.S in 2008.
Khan endorses Ibanez guitars, Mesa Boogie amplification, and Ernie ball strings, all iconic brands which are also endorsed by the likes of Santana, Satriani, Vai, George Benson, and a number of other guitar giants.
Khan Manuel began teaching himself the guitar at the early age of 10, with the help of his father, introducing him to classics from Hendrix, George Benson, Clapton, Gary Moore among many others. However it wasn’t until hearing the melodies of Joe Satriani, which ignited the passion inside. This introduced Khan to the 80s shred craze and the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Frank Gambale, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore and countless other guitar masters. One style that Khan focused on was fingerstyle and recalls studying Australian legend Tommy Emmanuel and his ideas on treating the guitar in 3 parts – Bass, chords and melody all at the same time.
Its very hard to categorize Khans style into one area as there is mastery in most of them. Fusion from Gambale, melodies from Satriani, fire from Malmsteen, soul from Gary Moore and technique from a number of others. There’s even touches of country from the likes of Brent Mason, and Johnny Hiland.
From winning prestigious awards as music Ambassador of the year and the Ibanez Joe Satriani guitar competition, to recording with one of his heroes Frank Gambale, it is obvious that there is an enormous passion and love for the art of music and guitar.
Khan has been featured in numerous guitar magazines, online blogs and radio stations from around the world and has also penned an instructional treatise for the guitar entitled ‘Guitar Insights’.
Be sure to watch out for performance dates in the near future, as Khan plans to take his music abroad. Khan Manuel is one guitar player that you’ll be glad you went to see.