One of the most unique players and personalities in the realm of guitar, Buckethead, is experiencing a unique medical problem. He tells the podcast Coming Alive that he is suffering from a chronic heart condition that leaves his ticker beating out of rhythm. How serious is it? Here is what he says, via Guitar Player:

(I)t’s been really difficult, because it’s scary because it comes on. (L)uckily the medication I’m thankful for, because it’s kept it from going berserk, but it’s pretty intense. I could be gone tomorrow. Anybody could be gone, but that’s a heavy experience.

Read more and listen to the interview at GP.

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Legendary audio company Carvin has announced that they will cease operations after seven decades. The announcement was shared in a Facebook post which reads, in part:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that the Carvin Audio factory will be closing its doors after over 70 years.  We hope to see our gear live on in your musical lives for many years to come!

Read more at Carvin’s FB page.

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We have a bunch of Carvin ads floating around Pointy. Have a look at some classics featuring Tony MacAlpine, Vito Bratta, Steve Vai, and of course Craig Chaquico.

More awful news of rocker deaths: Tom Petty has died at 66. Here’s a quote from New York Daily News, citing TMZ (who actually have a pretty good track record on such matters:

(Petty) was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home, and was subsequently taken to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, where he ‘had no brain activity.’

Take a look at NYDN’s profile.

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And check out this classic SNL clip as introduced by Howard Hesseman.

Guitarist Tom Capone of the band Quicksand was booked earlier this month for multiple charges relating to … shoplifting at a CVS in Phoenix. An excerpt of court documents shared by Lambgoat:

CVS staff observed the defendant conceal items totaling 43 into his backpack … later passing all points of sale. The arresting officer went to contact the defendant outside, ordering the defendant to stop. The defendant refused and continued to walk when the arresting officer grabbed the defendant by the arm. The defendant immediately attempted to break the officer’s grasp and flee, resulting in the arresting officer taking the defendant to the ground. The arresting officer suffered a cut to his right elbow as well. During the Mirandized interview the defendant admitted to the shoplifting and resisting arrest.

Meanwhile, the band reports:

After a week of some amazing shows, the road has proved to be a difficult environment for Tom who’s headed home to work on his health.

Read more over at Lambgoat.

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U.K. doom legends Electric Wizard are poised to release their ninth album, Wizard Bloody Wizard, and guitarist Jus Osborn has discussed with Blabbermouth what it means to make heavy music:

Heavy doesn’t just mean tone and bottom end. I think people have become too obsessed by FX and boutique amps. It’s more about playing style, attitude and songwriting. Y’know, a lot of our songs have been interpreted as acoustic numbers by various people and they are still heavy and ominous sounding … You can’t dilute true darkness.

Read much more at Blabbermouth.

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Many aeons before the inception of Pointy Guitar and before the dawn of Slipknot, yours truly, the Conservator, spent several years in central Iowa. And let me tell you: There is something in the water. Des Moines has been rife with shred-obsessed guitarists for decades.

To wit, Mick Thomson himself reveals to Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles the source of his speed:

Early on, a lot of my picking development came from a Paul Gilbert video on VHS. You can probably go back and find it on YouTube somewhere – people can still learn a lot from those.

If you’re not convinced, he goes on to cite Tony MacAlpine and Chris Impellitteri.

Get more at BWBK.

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Care to take a look at the Yasuki Strato-whatever or the Ovation Breadwinner? Click away, friends.