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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. 

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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One man’s trash is indeed another’s treasure: The city of Detroit has an estimated 70,000 abandoned buildings, a spectrum of ruin that one man has used as a resource. Luthier Mark Wallace has begun crafting custom guitars from wood reclaimed from the city’s wasteland. From CBS News:

Decades ago the wood for the city’s buildings came from old growth forests where trees grew slowly. Wallace says the lumber has tight grain patterns and provides great resonance and sound. Each guitar is meticulously hand-crafted and is as unique as a fingerprint.

Read more and see a few of Wallace’s instruments at CBS.

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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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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.

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