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Singer-songwriter/producer Radney Foster has had ten guitars stolen. He has posted a list of the instruments and their serial numbers on his Facebook page. They include:

1958 Gibson Les Paul Jr. (Single cutaway sunburst)
serial #8-4239
This belonged to one of my dad’s best friends. He sold it to me, only after I promised to love it and play it on a record. 

1948 Martin 000-18 Acoustic
serial #111-578
This belonged to my cousin’s husband. She wanted me to have it, so that it would be played and loved again.

Familiarize yourself with the missing gear at Foster’s page.

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Jeff Beck and ZZ Top have been on tour together and further intersect as Beck and Billy Gibbons share the upcoming Guitar World cover story. In an online excerpt the pair talk classic guitars (no surprise), automobiles (really no surprise either) and their own warped adaptations of the blues.

Jeff Beck:

When you are taken with any music with inner gusto, you don’t think too much about it—you just have to have it!

Billy Gibbons:

(A)lthough we never picked cotton, didn’t grow up on plantation, it did not necessarily prevent creating an honest attempt making the truth of the blues a backbone of interpretation.

Read more at GW.

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Primal Scream guitarist Robert “Throb” Young has died at 49 from undisclosed causes. Former bandmates Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes had this to say in a statement, via Guardian:

We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young. A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers, In the words of Johnny Marr ‘Throb with a gold top Les Paul – unbeatable.’

Young was a member of the group from its inception in the mid-80s until 2006 when he departed for personal reasons.

Read more at Guardian.

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Guitarist Chris Stein was making more art than just Blondie records during the 1970s, as the new book Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk shows. From Smithsonian.com:

After attending art school in the late 1960s, Stein was drawn to a fertile downtown music scene of New York City. Sonically creative as well as visually, he met his musical soulmate Debbie Harry … The rising new wave/punk scene of that time provided ample subject matter for Stein’s lens. He had special access to his fellow musicians, shooting portraits of performers including Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett and of course, Debbie Harry.

Read more, including a conversation with Stein, at Smithsonian.
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Jon Herington has played lead guitar in Steely Dan for 15 years and is a devoted student of the band’s original recordings. He recently revealed to Digital Trends a personal favorite lead break from the original Dan albums:

(H)ands down, my favorite solo on any Steely Dan record is Larry Carlton’s Third World Man. It’s one of the greatest pop guitar solos ever recorded. It has a great shape, the whole way it moves and climaxes.

Read more from Jon Herington and listen to Larry Carlton’s solo at Digital Trends.

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A ban on the use of steel string guitars in British jails has been lifted due in part to an initiative led by guitarist/songwriter Billy Bragg. According to Uncut:

The campaign was also led by Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan … Musicians including Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway, Elbow’s Guy Garvey, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Johnny Marr also supported the campaign to overturn the ban.

And Bragg himself notes:

As an incentive to engage in rehabilitation individual access to steel strung guitars can really help the atmosphere on a prison wing.

Read more at Uncut.

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From the nylon string hollow body to the overdriven Les Paul, all guitars—and musical instruments—operate according to the principles of physics. Physicist and guitarist Dr. David Robert Grimes, a postdoctoral researcher in Oxford University’s Department of Oncology, has applied the science of his day job to the techniques of the guitar in a new article published in the journal PLOS ONE. How devoted to the study was he? Here’s Dr. Grimes, via the Dublin City University website:

I took one of my oldest guitars down to the engineering lab to one of the people I knew there and explained that I wanted to strip it down to do this experiment. We had to accurately bend the strings to different extents and measure the frequency produced. He was a musician too and looked at me with abject horror. But we both knew it needed to be done – We put some nails into my guitar for science.

Read more at DCU’s site.

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