- For the fictional character of the same name, see Smart Guy#Marcus Henderson.
|Born||March 16, 1973|
|Origin||Redwood City, California, USA|
|Genres||Alternative metal, alternative rock, heavy metal, hard rock, thrash|
Primary GuitarSecondary Bass Drums Vocals
|Epiphone Appariton (Marcus Henderson Signature Model)|
Marcus Henderson is a critically acclaimed rock and heavy metal guitarist from the San Francisco Bay area. His previous bands include Drist and Hellbillys as well as work for En Vogue and Simon Stinger. In 2005, he was chosen to take the role as one of the lead guitarists for the Guitar Hero series. He has a signature Epiphone guitar, "The Apparition", and also endorses a range of products for other companies including Digitech, Dean Markley, Morley, EMG, and Krank Amplification. Marcus is also the on-screen talent for the Hal Leonard DVD books "Metal Guitar" and "Guitar Technique".
In August 2009, Henderson filmed the guitar instructional video, "Rock Guitar Heroics" at the EMG video production facility in Santa Rosa, CA. The DVD is currently available through Hal Leonard Publishing.
As of April 2011, Marcus's instrumental album "BOSSBA77LE" is currently in production with Andy Gentile performing Drums/Drum Programming and co-production.
Below is a list of the songs in the Guitar Hero series on which Marcus performed the guitar track, as well as other games his work has been attributed to.
Further Gaming Work
Marcus Henderson has also contributed other works to various games most notably vocals in "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones, as well as the bass track in Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell". He is credited on the Halo suite with Steve Vai for the Video Games Live Vol 1. CD  He was also one of the four main consultants on song selection for the award winning Guitar Hero II setlist. He also recorded the guitar tracks for the EA game 1louderthan10 11 update as the "Bergen Hammer" and provided Heavy Metal guitar sounds for the game.
Epiphone Apparition/Marcus Henderson Signature Model
"The Apparition" is an electric guitar designed and endorsed by Marcus Henderson. It is built by the Epiphone Guitar Company. The Marcus Henderson Signature Model has several features that are built to increase tonal capabilities by including a "kill" button to open the pickup circuit, creating a staccato or choppy sound depending on how fast you press it, as well as a Floyd Rose double locking tremolo system.
Endorsements and gear
Marcus endorses and uses the following equipment:
- Epiphone (MH Signature Model)
- Dean Markley strings (CL .011-54)
- Diamond Amplification (Custom Phantom model)
- Digitech (GSP 1101)
- Solid Cables (Custom MH cable)
- EMG Pickups (81/85 & 85/85)
- VHT Pitbull Classic
- Budda (Pedals)
- Morley (Wah/Volume)
In 2007, Henderson signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and instruction to children in under-served public schools throughout the USA. He sits on LKR's Honorary Board of Directors. Other charitable endeavors include providing signed auction items for the Grammy foundation and musicares.
- Has an autographed guitar pick 'relic' card in 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball cards.
- Member of the Writers guild of America.
- Marcus' Gibson Flying V guitar that he used on the Guitar Hero games is on permanent display in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Credited as songwriter on CMA award winning Marginal Prophet's second album; "Bohemian Rap-CD"
- Member of Honorary Board of Directors for the charity Little Kids Rock
- New Staff member of Total Guitar Magazine
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- Marcus Henderson on Myspace
- BackstageMusician.Com Podcast Interview
- Guitar World Interview
- Game Spy Interview
- Game Informer Interview
- Modern Guitars Magazine Interview
- CNet Video Interview
- Marcus on CharmYourKarma.Com
- Interview on GuitarJamDaily.Com
- amer/ Deafleftear.com
- Article on SMUDailyCampus.Com Part 1
- Article on SMUDailyCampus.Com Part 2
- Marvel.Com Article
- AmericanWayMag.Com Article
- Interview on RockJimmy.Com
- Shockhound.Com Article
- CNetTV.Com Article