May 18, 2013
“The World’s First Tube Wah Wah Pedal!”
Ahh, what more can be said about Madame Tubewah’s Tube Talker? Not a helluva lot, really. Prior to this post, the only trace of this wah wah pedal on the web was one being offered for sale at Harmony Central in 2007. The manufacturer, Calgary’s Musitech Guitar Products, seems to have had its trademark canceled in 1998.
Scan from Guitar Player, May 1993.
May 7, 2013
Lita Rossana Ford ca. 1993
Alvarez are mostly known for their excellent acoustic guitars, but, like Ovation, have made electric inroads. Here is Lita Ford with the most pointy Alvarez Dana Scoop, its extreme cutaway hidden here by Lita’s arm. And what was Ms. Ford up to in ’93? Not much in terms of releasing music, as the album Black was still a couple years away.
Scanned from Guitar Player, May 1993.
May 2, 2013
This one has many of us speechless: Slayer guitarist and thrash metal legend Jeff Hanneman is dead at 49. From the band’s Facebook page:
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure.
Read more and check out a classic Hanneman photo over at Stereogum
May 1, 2013
Fusion master Scott Henderson recently spoke with Jude Gold at Guitar Player, the two discussing Henderson’s tenure with Joe Zawinul, his 18-watt Suhr Badger amp, and his advice to GIT students:
I remind them that they have to constantly work on three things: their time, their phrasing, and their tone. Anyone can tell if you don’t have one of those things together. I try to get my students to understand that it’s not how much you know— it’s how you present what you do know.
Read it all at Guitar Player.
April 25, 2013
Joe Satriani is back with his 14th studio album, Unstoppable Momentum. The new collection is typically (and consciously) strong on melody while also indulging Satch’s boundary pushing tendencies. He described the record and the gear used to make it in a new Premier Guitar interview, noting a particular pre-session ritual:
Before recording a new album, I sometimes go out and spend way too much money on pedals. It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling—I’ve got every possible pedal for any direction, just in case the producer suggests something that I hadn’t thought of. I’ll bring 200 pedals to the sessions and only use four.
Read all of Adam Perlmutter’s excellent piece at PG.
April 21, 2013
Pantera were still in high gear when this DR ad came out: Far Beyond Driven was in the books and The Great Southern Trendkill was on the horizon. There’s some nice face time for Darrell’s Dean ML here too.
Scanned from Guitar World, March 1995.
April 20, 2013
A different sort of story out of Boston: Tom Scholz, mastermind of Boston the rock group, is suing former band mate Barry Goudreau for trademark infringement. From to Boston.com:
According to the lawsuit, Goudreau was a member of Boston for just three years of the band’s 37-year history (and upon leaving the band) signed an agreement giving him 20 percent of royalties from all of the songs on the first two albums but giving him “no interest, right nor title to the name ‘Boston.’ But Goudreau has repeatedly violated that deal.
Scholz also recently attempted to sue a former band manager.
Read more at Boston.com.