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.

Guitar finery is well and good: Expertly executed arpeggios and impeccable phrasing can set apart a performance in the most genteel way. But sometimes what’s called for is an outburst of racket, the type of squall with which the electric guitar made a name for itself. Premier Guitar‘s article “10 Essential Slides, Scrapes, and Noises” outlines such abrasive tactics as The Revving, The Elephant, and The Strangler. Do you know them? And you have to love this piece of advice:

Note: For dramatic effect, all the following examples land on a low E5 chord. Hey, why would you do a power slide in the first place if it didn’t land on an E5?

Read all of Aurelien Budynek’s tips at PG.
Right here.

And for another classic take on alien cacophony, see Steve Vai’s classic article from 1984, “Weird Noises.”

Right here.

Deadspin‘s cultural hub The Concourse has posted a lengthy profile of UFO, tracing the band’s bad luck (and bad decision) rise and fall. Laced with videos and quotes from touring contemporaries like Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and others, the article spells out the arrival of the Scorpions’ Michael Schenker following then UFO guitarist Bernie Marsden’s passport problem:

UFO’s opening act, the Scorpions lent them a teenaged, flaxen-haired six-stringer named Michael Schenker. The tow-headed Michael couldn’t speak a lick of English. He was only 18 years old. He could, however, play the fuck out of the guitar. And suddenly, Marsden was out, and everything changed for UFO.

Read tons more at The Concourse. 
Right here.


Megadeth lead guitarist Chris Broderick has left the band citing (wait for it) “artistic and musical differences.” From a message to fans on Broderick’s blog:

(I)t is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best.

As for “everyone in Megadeth,” that leaves the Daves, founders Mustaine and Ellefson, as drummer Shawn Drover also quit this week.

Read Chris Broderick’s complete statement at his site.

Right here.

For a while it seemed like the great Jake E. Lee had vanished for good. But now, as the guitarist pursues his Red Dragon Cartel project, current interviews are appearing, including the one conducted by the legendary Martin Popoff for BraveWords. Therein the two discuss the legacy of Jake’s work with Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands as well as who came calling after his first high profile gig:

After Ozzy I got a couple of offers, probably the most notable being Whitesnake. And I turned it down because, well, John (Sykes) had already done the record, and he was a friend of mine, and I didn’t want to jump into another band where I wasn’t part of the initial process. You know, like with Ozzy. I mean, it was Randy Rhoads and then I joined the band.

Read much more at BraveWords.
Right here.

Former Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis is set to join Swedish melodic death metal specialists Arch Enemy beginning with the band’s upcoming European tour. Loomis, who replaces departing guitarist Nick Cordle, had this to say, via Revolver:

I’m very excited to be playing with Arch Enemy. (AE founder) Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in Nevermore. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. 2015 is going to be a great year… See you all on tour!

Read more at Revolver.

Right here.


That certainly looks like a guitar that Adrian Legg is playing, but I’d swear he plays a different instrument than I do. Bewitching right to the very last chord.

Also: Check out an Adrian Legg Dean Markley ad right here.

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