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

Jon A. Toombs

Jon A. Toombs

Jon Butcher’s recording career began during the early ’80s when his band, the Jon Butcher Axis (sensing any Hendrix overtones?) released a series of albums on Polydor. By ’91 when this ad was running, that band had run its course and Butcher hooked up with Barefoot Servants with whom he recorded a pair of releases.

Scanned from Guitar World, May 1991.

For a while it seemed like the great Jake E. Lee had vanished for good. But now, as the guitarist pursues his Red Dragon Cartel project, current interviews are appearing, including the one conducted by the legendary Martin Popoff for BraveWords. Therein the two discuss the legacy of Jake’s work with Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands as well as who came calling after his first high profile gig:

After Ozzy I got a couple of offers, probably the most notable being Whitesnake. And I turned it down because, well, John (Sykes) had already done the record, and he was a friend of mine, and I didn’t want to jump into another band where I wasn’t part of the initial process. You know, like with Ozzy. I mean, it was Randy Rhoads and then I joined the band.

Read much more at BraveWords.
Right here.

Former Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis is set to join Swedish melodic death metal specialists Arch Enemy beginning with the band’s upcoming European tour. Loomis, who replaces departing guitarist Nick Cordle, had this to say, via Revolver:

I’m very excited to be playing with Arch Enemy. (AE founder) Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in Nevermore. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. 2015 is going to be a great year… See you all on tour!

Read more at Revolver.

Right here.

 

That certainly looks like a guitar that Adrian Legg is playing, but I’d swear he plays a different instrument than I do. Bewitching right to the very last chord.

Also: Check out an Adrian Legg Dean Markley ad right here.

Larry Eugene Carlton

Larry Eugene Carlton

Here’s Larry Carlton with his own sleek Valley Arts model. When this ad ran in the May 1991 Guitar World, Carlton was into his GRP Records period which would yield the likes of Kid Gloves, Renegade Gentleman, and The Gift. 

Gibson Custom has introduced another signature Les Paul, this time based on one of Robby Krieger’s personal instruments. The guitarist used his 1954 Les Paul Custom, nicknamed “L.A. Woman,” writing and recording classic Doors tracks after acquiring it in 1968. How accurate is the new model? Via Guitar Aficionado:

Notable details include the closely matched dish carve and neck profile carve, the accurate ebony fingerboard with aged pearl block markers, accurate vintage multi-ply binding, after-market Seymour Duncan neck pickup, and painstaking hand aging.

And for added authenticity:

(T)he first 50 guitars—hand aged by Gibson—will also be played, approved and signed by Robby himself.

Read more at GA.
Right here.

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