December 10, 2013
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Jazz great Jim Hall has died at 83. According to an Associated Press report, via ABC:
His wife of 48 years, Jane Hall, says he died early Tuesday in his sleep at his Manhattan apartment after a short illness.
Hall began recording in 1957 and appeared on more than 70 albums as a leader or sideman.
For more, jump over to ABC.
December 6, 2013
The 1965 Fender Stratocaster with which Bob Dylan created such a ruckus at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival is headed for the auction block. Dylan famously outraged folk purists by playing the electric instrument nearly a half century ago. So, where has the Strat been? From The Guardian:
The guitar has been in the possession of a New Jersey family for nearly 50 years. Dylan left it on a private plane piloted by the owner’s late father, Vic Quinto, who worked for the musician’s manager.
It is estimated that the guitar may bring $500,000.
Read more and see the ’65 Strat at The Guardian.
December 5, 2013
Sidney Matthew Sweet
Power pop singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet came to prominence in the ’90s and continues to record and tour today. This Epiphone ad, pulled from Guitar World, June 1996, dates to the period following his album 100% Fun, a record which also features the playing of luminaries Robert Quine and Richard Lloyd.
December 4, 2013
Picture Zakk Wylde and you may envision, among other things, denim, an unruly beard, and a Les Paul. In a new feature, Zakk walks Premier Guitar through his favorite Pauls, including perhaps his most iconic instrument, the bull’s-eye adorned ’81 Custom he calls “The Grail:”
I don’t think it even had the paint job yet when we were recording (No Rest for the Wicked). When we were getting ready to do some photo shoots, I was like, “Dude, I can’t have a clean Les Paul. It’s Randy’s (Rhoads) signature thing.” I asked for the Hitchcock vertigo design but it came back with the bull’s-eye on it. I had to do the photo shoot the next day so I was like, “Fuck it.”
Read it all at PG.
December 3, 2013
As far back as his ’87 release Maximum Security Tony MacAlpine could be seen playing B.C. Rich guitars. Tony is shown here with the B.C. Rich Assassin around the time of his album Evolution, inset.
Scanned from Guitar World, August 1996.
December 1, 2013
Jeff Abel’s brainchild
Here’s everyone’s favorite solid-billet-aluminum-bodied-Swiss-cheese-lookin’ guitar, the Abel Axe. According to the Abel Axe fan page (yes, there is one), these were built in the mid-’90s and reintroduced in 2001; a variation appears to be available via Delaney Guitars. Additional info: Mark Slaughter could be seen with an Abel in the ’90s and one of the guitars recently sold for nearly $1,200 on eBay.
Scanned from Guitar Player, August 1995.
November 28, 2013
Dan Lorenzo, founding member of bands Hades and Non-Fiction, has been hired to help write a book on a topic he knew firsthand, the New Jersey rock club scene. According to Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, writer Rick Bandazian knew that the veteran guitarist would be the perfect co-author. This seems to be true. From Lorenzo himself, via BW/BK:
I just interviewed (Twisted Sister) guitarist Jay Jay French today for the book. He has a vivid memory of the scene back then.
Read more at BW/BK.