ephemera


"Good luck with your band"

“Good luck with your band”

Here’s a cool document unearthed by a friend, a handwritten letter from Steve Vai himself. Steve’s comments date the page to the days of the Alcatrazz album Disturbing the Peace. I like to imagine him pausing from working up “Lighter Shade of Green” to jot this note.

Thanks to Chris Ingalls for sharing.

Jakey Lou Williams

Jakey Lou Williams

Jake E. Lee has recently returned to public view with his band Red Dragon Cartel. But he may always be best remembered for his work with Ozzy Osbourne and the amazing Badlands in the Eighties and early Nineties. When this Spectraflex ad was brand new, Jake had recently issued his first solo album, A Fine Pink Mist.

Scanned from Guitar World, June 1996.

Pete & Moot

Pete & Moot

Pete Anderson has made a name for himself as a solo artist, collaborator with the likes of Dwight Yoakam, and producer. In the collaborator/producer capacity Anderson has worked with honky tonk-er Moot Davis, also featured here. The two are shilling for Zaolla Silverline guitar cables, gear for the most finicky and discerning players, judging from the price. Zaolla, incidentally, is owned by accessory giant Hosa, peddlers of all manner of connective things. 

Scanned from Guitar World, July 2004.

 

Gary Robert Rossington

Gary Robert Rossington

Gary Rossington is an icon of Southern Rock who still carries the torch for Lynyrd Skynyrd more than 40 years after the group surfaced. When this Dean Markley ad ran in Guitar World, December 1994, the band had recently released the album Endangered Species.

 

 

Paint it black?

Paint it black?

Biaxe was a company that manufactured guitars between ’78 and ’85, then reimagined itself as a producer of such aftermarket products as those shown here. It’s tough to discover much about the Raga Master and Fretless Wizard on the web. Anyone have experience with these things?

Scanned from Guitar World, December 1994.

Michael Joseph Keneally

Michael Joseph Keneally

Check out this psychedelicized EMG ad featuring the amazing Mike Keneally. Today is Mike’s birthdaycelebrate!

Scanned from Guitar World, August 1996.

 

гитарные струны

гитарные струны

Ernie Ball, comrade. This Communist tinged full page ad from Guitar World, July 2004 seems to have predated the Ukrainian “Orange Revolution” by several months. Neeploha!

Levy's Leathers

Levy’s Leathers

Here’s the amazing Johnny Hiland sporting a stylin’ Levy’s strap. And that’s one sweet Fender it’s holding up.

Taken from Guitar World, July 2004.

Sidney Matthew Sweet

Sidney Matthew Sweet

Power pop singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet came to prominence in the ’90s and continues to record and tour today. This Epiphone ad, pulled from Guitar World, June 1996, dates to the period following his album 100% Fun, a record which also features the playing of luminaries Robert Quine and Richard Lloyd.

KILLER GUITARS

KILLER GUITARS

As far back as his ’87 release Maximum Security Tony MacAlpine could be seen playing B.C. Rich guitars. Tony is shown here with the B.C. Rich Assassin around the time of his album Evolution, inset.

Scanned from Guitar World, August 1996.

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