Straight outta Pflugerville.

Straight outta Pflugerville.

Kendrick has been putting out amplifiers since 1989. Check out this blurb from their site:

With customers like Santana, Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Moore, John Fogerty, Keith Richards, Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers), Billy Gibbons, and Larry (down the block); our clientele includes anyone that demands the best.

Have a look at more right here.

Texas guitarist Terry Oubre is a little more difficult to track down. He seems to have been involved with The Grass Roots among others and checks out as a super tasty player.

Ad pulled from Guitar World, September 1993.

Guitar finery is well and good: Expertly executed arpeggios and impeccable phrasing can set apart a performance in the most genteel way. But sometimes what’s called for is an outburst of racket, the type of squall with which the electric guitar made a name for itself. Premier Guitar‘s article “10 Essential Slides, Scrapes, and Noises” outlines such abrasive tactics as The Revving, The Elephant, and The Strangler. Do you know them? And you have to love this piece of advice:

Note: For dramatic effect, all the following examples land on a low E5 chord. Hey, why would you do a power slide in the first place if it didn’t land on an E5?

Read all of Aurelien Budynek’s tips at PG.
Right here.

And for another classic take on alien cacophony, see Steve Vai’s classic article from 1984, “Weird Noises.”

Right here.

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Here we have the bespectacled King’s X guitar wizard Ty Tabor with his custom Yamaha R62. The ad ran in Guitar World May 1991, but is dated 1990, placing it in the wake of the band’s album Faith Hope Love. Is that a Music Man poking its headstock out on the far right? Hmmm.

Deadspin‘s cultural hub The Concourse has posted a lengthy profile of UFO, tracing the band’s bad luck (and bad decision) rise and fall. Laced with videos and quotes from touring contemporaries like Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and others, the article spells out the arrival of the Scorpions’ Michael Schenker following then UFO guitarist Bernie Marsden’s passport problem:

UFO’s opening act, the Scorpions lent them a teenaged, flaxen-haired six-stringer named Michael Schenker. The tow-headed Michael couldn’t speak a lick of English. He was only 18 years old. He could, however, play the fuck out of the guitar. And suddenly, Marsden was out, and everything changed for UFO.

Read tons more at The Concourse. 
Right here.

 

Brian Harold May

Brian Harold May

Here’s a 1991 ad for Maxima Gold Strings (name changed to Optima in the early 2000s) featuring Brian May. That year was a monumental one for Queen, of course: In February the band released Innuendo, an excellent return to form and final chapter for vocalist Freddie Mercury who died in November. Ad pulled from Guitar World, May 1991.

Megadeth lead guitarist Chris Broderick has left the band citing (wait for it) “artistic and musical differences.” From a message to fans on Broderick’s blog:

(I)t is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best.

As for “everyone in Megadeth,” that leaves the Daves, founders Mustaine and Ellefson, as drummer Shawn Drover also quit this week.

Read Chris Broderick’s complete statement at his site.

Right here.

 

Happy Thanksgiving, if you’re into that type of thing.

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