Frank Zappa is a rich and fascinating subject. There are multiple films about the late guitarist and composer, but until now not an official, endorsed-by-the-family version. Alex Winter, whose career has ranged from the Bill &Ted franchise (yeah, he played Bill S. Preston, Esq.) to documentary filmmaking is set to direct the upcoming biography. Here is Winter, via Guitar World:

I am beyond thrilled to be embarking on this journey. Our tale will be told primarily in Frank’s own words; he will be our guide through this journey.

Ahmet Zappa chimes in as well:

This is not an easy story to tell and we trust that Alex truly understands the complex and multifaceted man that my father was.

Read more at GW.
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Several guitars belonging to Jeff Hanneman are currently being auctioned off on eBay. The ESP website is highlighting several of the late Slayer guitarist’s instruments including, oddly enough, a black B.C. Rich:

(T)he serial number seems to indicate it was manufactured in 1990 in the USA. The guitar features a Kahler tremolo, EMG 81 pickups, and is festooned with German phrases and names. Inside the guitar’s hard shell case, there are a number of 1/4” instrument cables, as well as an MXR Carbon Copy analog delay.

Quite the time capsule.

Check out more and follow links to the auctions at ESP.

Right here.

John Anthony Frusciante

John Anthony Frusciante

John Frusciante is best known for his stints as a member of Red Hot Chili Peppers, but the prolific guitarist also has more than a dozen solo albums and EPs to his credit. His RHCP association is prominently spelled out in this D’Addario ad from 2001, though his third solo release To Record Only Water for Ten Days also gets some love. 2001 also saw the issue of the Internet-only album From the Sounds Inside.

Scanned from Guitar Player, September 2001.

In marking the release of the new Andy Summers documentary Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police, Guitar World has posted what they consider the guitarist’s greatest moments with his old band, featuring video evidence. They cite great material like “Synchronicity II,” “Next to You,” and “Bring on the Night,” characterized as such:

While his upstrokes in the chorus are pure reggae, the angular series of notes he unleashes in the verses recall prog-rock masters like Robert Fripp of King Crimson. While not the most unforgettable of the band’s hits, this track is really a showcase for Summers’ amazing versatility.

Listen to all the great Summers-ism over at GW.

Right here.

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. 

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