Due to his recent news, Tony MacAlpine is on our minds. Here’s Tony showing a Carvin 7-string in the May 2001 Guitar Player. That year he released the solo album Chromaticity and appeared on the collaboration CAB 2.



Austin guitar wizard Eric Johnson is known as a stickler for tone, so an endorsement from him may be more meaningful than most. This Trace Elliot ad comes from Guitar Player, May 2001, appearing not long before Johnson released his website-only collection Souvenir.

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.

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. 

Third head from the top needs more mids.

Stanley & Paul

When this Marshall ad was running in the November 1996 Guitar Player Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and the rest of Kiss had entered reunion mode following their Grammy appearance earlier in the year. On the horizon was a string of tepidly received albums starting with ’97s Carnival of Souls. 

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