Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal’s 10th full length album Little Brother is Watching is on the way and the erstwhile Guns N’ Roses guitarist gave Guitar World a glimpse inside his world. Aside from addressing the writing and recording processes and his current gear, Thal revealed his state of mind:

(Charity) is everything. Over the last few years, I’ve begun to figure out what matters and have started making a lot of decisions. I would rather play for 10 little kids and put a smile on their faces instead of playing for 100,000 people. The world might not agree, but that’s me and that’s how I’m going to live.

Read more and check out video of a very Bumblefoot solo from his album’s title track at GW.

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An incredible performance from the masterful Bill Frisell.

The Paul Reed Smith factory in Stevensville, Maryland is now offering public tours. From a press release, via Guitar Noize:

(V)isitors will get a firsthand look at PRS Guitars’ processes, instruments, and amplifiers from raw wood or blank chassis form to finished guitar or amplifier. The guided tour, which lasts approximately 90 minutes, takes scheduled visitors through the electric guitar manufacturing line, amplifier department, and acoustic shop.

Read more and see pics of PRS guitars in various states of completion at Guitar Noize.

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Vincent Grant Gill

      Vincent Grant Gill

Vince Gill is a stellar vocalist and guitarist and has the gear to match. He was pimping the Rivera R-100 Duo Twelve in this ad from Guitar Shop, February 1995. That year saw the release of two compilations, The Essential Vince Gill on RCA/Nashville and Souvenirs on MCA/Nashville.

The famed 1954 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” formerly owned and played by the man himself sold at auction for $335,500 this week to Indianapolis Colts football franchise owner Jim Irsay. Irsay’s “guitar curator” Christopher McKinney placed the bid and came away with the iconic instrument. Speaking to the New York Times, McKinney summed the guitar up as follows, via Michael Molenda’s blog at Guitar Player:

We know the importance of the guitar historically. This guitar was used by Les in recordings, in television. It was his main guitar for innovations. It shows his thinking and progress as an inventor. A lot of the things that were done to this guitar went on to become industry standard.

Read much more, including the tale of the guitar’s controversial legacy, at Guitar Player.

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Troy Dean Van Leeuwen

Troy Dean Van Leeuwen

Troy Van Leeuwen has quietly amassed a substantial discography over the past couple decades. Aside from his high profile gigs with A Perfect Circle (whose Mer de Noms is inset here) and Queens of the Stone Age, Van Leeuwen has also worked with the likes of Failure, UNKLE, and Eagles of Death Metal. This Yamaha ad was scanned from Guitar Player, April 2001.

Guitarist Sam Andrew, founding member of Big Brother & the Holding Company, has died at 73. According to the band’s Facebook page, via Billboard:

Yesterday, ten weeks after his heart attack and the open-heart surgery that followed it, Sam lost his gallant fight to hold onto the life he lived so well. He lived his life in music and art and a loving marriage. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Read more at Billboard.
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