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In a new (scratch that—it’s from 2016 but shared on social media … still going to write about it) Guitar World Q&A, Todd Rundgren discusses the notorious psychedelically adorned SG nicknamed “The Fool,” which had belonged to Eric Clapton. Did you know he didn’t obtain it directly from Clapton?

(I)t went through a number of hands before I got it. I think he gave it to George Harrison, and I’d heard that Paul Kossoff from Free owned it, too. I got it from Jackie Lomax, who was signed to Apple.

Does he still use it? Well … no:

I played it for decades, and I owned it until the mid-Nineties. I owed the IRS a lot of money, so I auctioned it off.

Read more at GW, including what is Rundgren’s most prized guitar.

Right here.

 

Guitar maker Sankey’s Bast model is on display at Guitarz. The headless instrument has an otherworldly look and its construction isn’t exactly run-of-the-mill either. Per Guitarz:

The seven piece neck is made of layers of ebony, cocobolo, and purple heart. This was done for stability in the Californian desert climate, but it also looks fantastic.

Read more and see some great pics at the killer Guitarz blog.

Right here.

Here’s a great package recently featured on the absurdly robust Make Weird Music site. MWM mastermind Anthony Garone and guitar electronics guru Ed Heisler had the opportunity to install the latter’s Mad Hatter SVST-HSH Terminator Kit into Steve Vai‘s signature Ibanez JEM, the guitar named Evo. Like … the real Evo itself. Here’s what Anthony had to say about the handoff:

It was a little nerve-wracking leaving the venue with one of the most valuable guitars on the planet. I joked with Ed that I would rather Steve handed us a bag with 1 million dollars cash because cash is replaceable. I think Ed double-checked his homeowner’s insurance after he brought EVO home.

Yeah, no shit.

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“It’s like Evo has a bigger set of lungs.”

If you head over to MWM you can watch a mini documentary which chronicles the work done and reveals incredible details of the iconic axe inside and out. It’s a real treat for Vai fans and guitar tech wonks. Go see it all.

Right here.

Will you just check out the sound of these three guys? Oops, sorry―that’s just Ian Ethan Case playing both necks of his Ovation. This is absolutely bewitching stuff.

Learn more about this innovator at his own site.

Right here.

Well, this is shocking: Chris Cornell is dead at 52. A solo artist in his own right, Cornell was, of course, known as vocalist and guitarist for Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave. Here’s an excerpt from a statement Cornell’s representative gave CNN:

His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.

Read the full article right here.

Sharing a post from the Pointy-related Echoflower blog, an entire measure of Zappa music.

This is classic Zappa, full of chromatic twists and turns, arpeggio inversions battling each other in parallel harmony and other madness that defies clear categorization.

Play along with (one measure of) “I Come From Nowhere.”

Right here.

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Pointy guitars. Get it?

Is this the most useful thing you’ll see on the web today? Probably. Guitar World is sharing a helpful tutorial called “Eight Steps to Becoming a Legendary Hair Metal Guitarist.” They focus on techniques (tapping, pinch harmonics) and stagecraft (jumps and gestures), as well as, perhaps the most essential element, gear. What else would we highlight here besides headstocks?

Some say Eighties headstocks were used to scare off stalkers in the crowd. Others say they were meant to remind the lead singer to sleep with one eye open. Regardless of the actual reason, you’ll need to use razor-sharp headstocks that are strong enough to cut through flesh.

Get your hairspray and get over to GW. 

Right here.

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