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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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. 

Yesterdays

Yesterdays

Ahh, 1991: George H. W. Bush, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and Use Your Illusion I and II. Guns N’ Roses eventually sold nearly 40 millions copies of that album franchise before they also collapsed into a circus. Meanwhile, this Guild ad ran in Guitar World, May 1991.

Adrian Legg

Adrian Legg

Adrian Legg is an amazing acoustic guitar stylist whose recording career began in the late ’70s. This Dean Markley ad comes from Guitar World, May 1991, about which time Legg was releasing music on Relativity Records.

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