The New  King of the Jungle

The New King of the Jungle

Here’s the second Rhino ad to be featured on Pointy Guitar (take a look at the previous right here). Rhino amps were produced in El Paso, Texas from approximately 2000-2005. Aside from those mentioned in the other ad, it appears that uber-shredder Joe Stump is also a fan. Who has a Rhino they want to talk about?

Scanned from Guitar Player, September 2001.

"The Transensor is a Current based design, not VOLTAGE like every other pick-up."

“The Transensor is a Current based design, not VOLTAGE like every other pick-up.”

Shawn Lane left a legacy of stunning playing for us to absorb. This ad from ’97 cites his solo release Powers of Ten as well as a collaboration with bassist/musical partner Jonas Hellborg, Temporal Analogues of Paradise, among others. Also note Shawn’s Vigier Excalibur signature model guitar. Lace pickups, meanwhile, have been manufactured by Actodyne General International since the mid-’80s and were once standard equipment on Fender guitars.

Ad scanned from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, January 1997.

While we’re on the subject, check out this 2001 interview with Shawn conducted for Pointy Guitar predecessor Grace & Fury.

Steven Siro Vai

Steven Siro Vai

This appropriately mystical Ernie Ball ad comes from Guitar Player, December 2001. Earlier that year Steve Vai and company released the adventurous Alive in an Ultra World. 

Tributes to B.B. King continue to appear from across the music world in the wake of the blues legend’s passing. One perhaps unexpected source of praise is The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, who says King’s minimalist phrasing had an impact on his band’s dense blocks of sound. From Metal Hammer:

B.B. knew how to use space. Where he didn’t play spoke to you more than where he did play. That’s what really brought the feeling. That’s what I’ve always thought about with Dillinger. Some of the less complex moments speak to you the most, because of everything around them that’s so crazy.

Read more at MH.

Right here.

Now that it’s all over, all I can do is wish you well.

This one really stings: Guitar giant Riley B. “Blues Boy” King has departed. Of late the legend had fought a well publicized health battle before passing at 89. The New York Times boils B.B. down like this:

Mr. King married country blues to big-city rhythms and created a sound instantly recognizable to millions: a stinging guitar with a shimmering vibrato, notes that coiled and leapt like an animal, and a voice that groaned and bent with the weight of lust, longing and lost love.

Listen to some blues today and read more at NYT.

Right here.

Here’s a nice live take on the track “Bomb” from Tom Verlaine and company, ca. 1987.

The current realm of country music is as full of hot guitarists as any other. One only need listen to a few masterful measures played by Brent Mason or Brad Paisley to confirm this. Yet guitar solos are being excised from singles to appease an audience hungry not for artful playing, but seemingly for another verse filled with cliches that have been tired since Steve Goodman and John Prine lampooned them in “You Never Even Called My by My Name” in 1975. Billboard is running an insightful article on this topic wherein consultant Joel Raab puts it like this:

The listeners’ attention spans are shorter and shorter, and if they start getting bored with whatever it is that we’re doing it’s too easy for them to go somewhere else. So it’s really about forward momentum on the radio station. Is that guitar part moving everything forward? If it is, great. If it’s not, then maybe it needs to be edited.

Spoken like a true bean counter.

You can read more (and be sickened) at Billboard.

Right here.

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