ephemera


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.   

 

 

Carpe Diem Baby

Carpe Diem Baby

Kirk Hammett has been affiliated with ESP guitars since 1989. Back in ’97 Metallica were riding high on Reload and this full page ad was running in the March issue of Guitar World.

Stabby

Stabby.

The ’90s were a time of cross-pollination in heavy music with the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry melding industrial and metal textures to great popularity. Stabbing Westward were another successful, if less visible act in the same vein. Founding member Christopher Hall is seen here with the Ibanez Talman, another product of that decade. The band was riding their breakthrough release Wither Blister Burn & Peel when this ad ran in Guitar World, March 1997.

Reaching for the uncommon chord

Reaching for the uncommon chord

Allan Holdsworth displays one of his typical arthritis enhancing chord voicings in this ad for his own Carvin Custom Shop models, the HF1 and HF2 “Fatboy.” This piece dates to 2000, making it contemporaneous with the album The Sixteen Men of Tain. Pulled from Guitar Player, September 2000.

RGXTT

RGXTT

King’s X have been active since 1980; this Yamaha ad appeared 20 years into their career, concurrent with the album  Please Come Home… Mr. Bulbous, inset here. Ty Tabor is pictured with his signature model, since discontinued by Yamaha. Scanned from Guitar Player, September 2000.

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