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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.

Richard Dale Kotzen, Jr.

Richard Dale Kotzen, Jr.

The massively talented Richie Kotzen established himself on the rock guitar landscape with his self-titled debut in 1989. By ’93 when this DiMarzio ad was running, he had released a pair of additional solo albums and taken up the guitar mantle for Poison. That band issued the gold album Native Tongue and Richie appeared alongside Stevie Salas on The Electric Pow Wow that year. Scanned from Guitar World, September 1993.

Timothy Patrick Kelly | January 13, 1963 – February 5, 1998

Timothy Patrick Kelly | January 13, 1963 – February 5, 1998

Damn—did you know Slaughter guitarist Tim Kelly was in a fatal auto accident in 1998?! We here at Pointy Guitar apparently missed that altogether. RIP. When this small ad was running in 1991, Slaughter were at the peak of their success, riding the single “Fly to the Angels” from their multi-platinum debut Stick It To Ya.

Also resting in peace, presumably, is Robin: According to their site, the company stopped producing instruments in 2010. This ad is a veritable time capsule of “gawd, remember them?” type bands. On Robin’s endorser roster one will find 2-4-7 (sic) Sypz , Cry Wolf, Tora Tora, and Sweet F.A., along with John (sic) Butcher, who appears cradling a guitar in a Carvin ad (with name spelled correctly) in this very magazine, Guitar World, May 1991.

Scotty, Frankie, Danny.

Scott, Frank, Dan

Anthrax had their greatest commercial success between 1987 and 1993, spanning the releases Among the Living through Sound of White Noise. This ad, featuring Scott Ian, Dan Spitz and bassist Frank Bello, dates to the middle of that period, concurrent to the compilation/covers album Attack of the Killer B’s. Scanned from Guitar Player, June 1991.   

 

 

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