Vincent Grant Gill

      Vincent Grant Gill

Vince Gill is a stellar vocalist and guitarist and has the gear to match. He was pimping the Rivera R-100 Duo Twelve in this ad from Guitar Shop, February 1995. That year saw the release of two compilations, The Essential Vince Gill on RCA/Nashville and Souvenirs on MCA/Nashville.

The famed 1954 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” formerly owned and played by the man himself sold at auction for $335,500 this week to Indianapolis Colts football franchise owner Jim Irsay. Irsay’s “guitar curator” Christopher McKinney placed the bid and came away with the iconic instrument. Speaking to the New York Times, McKinney summed the guitar up as follows, via Michael Molenda’s blog at Guitar Player:

We know the importance of the guitar historically. This guitar was used by Les in recordings, in television. It was his main guitar for innovations. It shows his thinking and progress as an inventor. A lot of the things that were done to this guitar went on to become industry standard.

Read much more, including the tale of the guitar’s controversial legacy, at Guitar Player.

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Troy Dean Van Leeuwen

Troy Dean Van Leeuwen

Troy Van Leeuwen has quietly amassed a substantial discography over the past couple decades. Aside from his high profile gigs with A Perfect Circle (whose Mer de Noms is inset here) and Queens of the Stone Age, Van Leeuwen has also worked with the likes of Failure, UNKLE, and Eagles of Death Metal. This Yamaha ad was scanned from Guitar Player, April 2001.

Guitarist Sam Andrew, founding member of Big Brother & the Holding Company, has died at 73. According to the band’s Facebook page, via Billboard:

Yesterday, ten weeks after his heart attack and the open-heart surgery that followed it, Sam lost his gallant fight to hold onto the life he lived so well. He lived his life in music and art and a loving marriage. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Read more at Billboard.
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The list of guitars that have become as iconic as their owners is short: B.B. King’s “Lucille,” Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstrat,” and certainly Willie Nelson’s battered Martin known as “Trigger” come to mind. Rolling Stone has released a mini-documentary focused on Nelson’s instrument which, according to Chron.com reveals:

Trigger and Nelson met in 1969 when Nelson needed a guitar that had the same tone as the one used by influential guitarist Django Reinhardt, one of his idols. He named the guitar Trigger after Roy Rogers’ famous steed. In a way the guitar Trigger has been just like Rogers’ trusty horse.

Read more and watch the piece at Chron.com.

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Ulrich Roth

Ulrich Roth

Approximately 50 guitar enthusiasts including myself had the rare pleasure of seeing the legendary Uli Jon Roth play in a small club in Kansas City last night. Roth, on the road with the “Xtreme Guitar Tour,” was dazzling leading his band through material dating as far back as the Scorpions’ 1974 classic Fly to the Rainbow. Second guitarist David Klosinski was a great surprise, flawlessly executing hair raising harmonies with Roth. Also on the bill was an iteration of the band Black Knights Rising featuring an outstanding performance from Craig Goldy.

WIZARD

WIZARD

Wizard Amplification has been around for more than 25 years and their site boasts a roster of artists ranging from Angus Young to Garth Brooks. This ad was scanned from Guitar Player, March 1996.

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