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Metallica came of age in the golden days of cassette trading, a time long before the Internet when finding new music involved a different type of network, composed of like minded individuals. In that spirit, the band’s 1982 demo No Life ’til Leather has been given the reissue treatment in honor of Record Store Day. Kirk Hammett (who had yet to replace original lead guitarist Dave Mustaine on those recordings) told Guitar World that even he was surprised by the move:

When the idea was floated around about releasing the No Life ‘til Leather demo as a cassette, I thought they were joking. Then the next thing you know I’m holding a fucking cassette!

Read more at GW.
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We here at Pointy Guitar just love a good list. Luckily, Guitar World has come to entertain us with “The Top 30 12-String Guitar Songs of All Time.” In addition to predictable double course icons like Led Zeppelin and The Byrds, the article cites some more off the wall choices like #22, Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “You Know You Know”:

‘You Know You Know’ off their first album stands out as guitarist John McLaughlin’s shining moment with the instrument. Fun fact: This song was later sampled by both Mos Def and Massive Attack.

(You were wondering how Mos Def and Massive Attack would make it to the pages if of PG weren’t you?)

And #23, Queen’s “’39″:

Brian May’s massive-sounding 12-string acoustic is an integral part of this sci-fi masterpiece about a group of astronauts who set out on what they think is a one-year journey, but when they get back, they realize they’ve been gone for 100 years. They simply don’t write Einstein allusions like this anymore.

Read about all 30 (and listen to many) at GW. 

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For every Van Halen, Led Zeppelin II or Lateralus, there exist a dozen obscure guitar gems hidden from the naked eye. To assist intrepid seekers, Guitar Player has corralled 25 such albums in a new article which points to such greats as UFO’s Obsession, Jellyfish’s masterpiece Spilt Milk and OAH by David Torn’s Spattercell:

Torn’s deft implementation shows that digital editing and guitar can coexist peacefully, and the process doesn’t have to render your guitar lifeless and sterile. His compositions may be totally off the wall, but Torn’s guitar tones are lush, organic and dripping with complexity.

Read about all 25 and listen to samples at GP.

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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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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 washburnwonderbar.com.

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