Guitarist John Renbourn, co-founder of British jazz-folk band Pentangle, has died at 70. From NPR:

Renbourn was born in London at the end of World War II (and later) recorded numerous albums alone and with his group. He even went back to school and earned a degree in composition and orchestration. Renbourn was found dead of an apparent heart attack at his home in Scotland on Thursday, after failing to show up for a concert.

Read more at NPR.

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Lloyd Grant is known in metal circles as the man who played lead guitar on the first Metallica recording, a nascent version of the thrash classic “Hit the Lights.” Grant recently recounted the process in an interview with the show Rockzone Legends. Via Blabbermouth:

(Metallica’s Lars Ulrich) called me and said they were gonna be on this compilation album and he brought over a tape of “Hit the Lights” recorded on a four-track and asked me to make some solos for that, and they were gonna bring the four-track down and they were just gonna put it out an dump it on the (Metal Massacre).

His playing was replaced by that of Dave Mustaine on the second and third pressings of the fabled album.
Get Grant’s take on playing at Metallica’s 30th anniversary show and much more at Blabbermouth.

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This is Jennifer Batten

This is Jennifer Batten

Here is side person to the stars Jennifer Batten appearing as part of a series of early ’00s Seymour Duncan ads that also featured Robben Ford and Frank Gambale. Batten is cited as a member of the Jeff Beck Band, and indeed she contributed to his 2001 album You Had it Coming. 

Scanned from Guitar Player, April 2001.

Killer tune from a band of virtuosi who just announced a 2015 U.S. tour.

CLIVE, Iowa, 03.12.15 – Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson (“Number Seven,” if you’re scoring at home) was hospitalized owing to (wait for it) a knife fight. Let’s let Guitar World handle this:

Thomson, 41, and his younger brother, Andrew, 35, were taken to a local hospital in separate ambulances after the altercation, which took place in the front garden of the guitarist’s home.

Boys will be boys. Apparently the neither of the Thomson brothers sustained life-threatening injuries. Slipknot is breaking from a tour which is set to resume in Florida in April.

Read more at GW.

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As I’ve noted variously at the Pointy Guitar Facebook and Twitter pages, the most viewed ad in the site’s history is one for the Washburn Wonderbar Tremolo System, as scanned from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, October 1985. I cracked wise in the original post that “Mssrs. Rose & Kahler had the last laugh at this ad,” but it seems Washburn’s device has a devoted underground following. In fact, PG reader Steve Sparks operates a site devoted to the tremolo, “a place to host the docs/pics I’ve found,” as he puts it.

So, take a look at some schematics, fan photos and Mr. Sparks himself rocking an ’85 Washburn at

Right here.


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