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.

 

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Ahh, what one could buy with $14 million: dozens of perfectly respectable houses, 35 top-of-the-line Ferraris, 14 million scratcher cards, bringing traffic at the convenience store to a halt, or … the ten most expensive guitars ever sold, according to The Telegraph. The UK publication recently profiled ten axes that took astronomical prices at auction, including a Washburn Hawk formerly owned by Bob Marley:

This instrument is classified as a national asset by the Jamaican government and is one of the only seven guitars owned by the reggae icon.

Predictably, half of the high dollar guitars are Eric Clapton related.

Look at them all at The Guardian.

Right here.

Straight outta Pflugerville.

Straight outta Pflugerville.

Kendrick has been putting out amplifiers since 1989. Check out this blurb from their site:

With customers like Santana, Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Moore, John Fogerty, Keith Richards, Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers), Billy Gibbons, and Larry (down the block); our clientele includes anyone that demands the best.

Have a look at more right here.

Texas guitarist Terry Oubre is a little more difficult to track down. He seems to have been involved with The Grass Roots among others and checks out as a super tasty player.

Ad pulled from Guitar World, September 1993.

Guitarist and songwriter J.J. Cale, perhaps most famous for penning the Eric Clapton hits “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” has died at age 74. From the LA Times:

The singer-songwriter’s official website confirmed Cale passed away at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla after suffering a heart attack Friday night.

Read more at the LA Times.

Right here.

In the past few days we’ve lost Dick Clark, Levon Helm, Men at Work’s Greg Ham, and now influential British guitarist Bert Weedon. Though perhaps known more anecdotally in America, Weedon was a giant figure in the U.K. From BBC News:

As a solo guitarist, he had many hits, including Guitar Boogie Shuffle, Apache and Nashville Boogie. In 1976 he became the first solo guitar player to top the Official Top 40 album charts with 22 Golden Guitar Greats.

Weedon’s Play in a Day instruction book was also significant in the development of a generation of guitarists. In a sidebar of the BBC article, Guitar Techniques Magazine Editor Neville Marten sums up:

Bert may be best remembered as a teacher. With ‘students’ that number Eric Clapton, Brian May, Sting, Pete Townshend, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and countless others, Weedon could well be described as the most genuinely influential guitarist of all time.

Read more at BBC.

Right here.

Time for another list. The editors at Guitar Player have published “The 40 Most Influential Rock Guitar Solos.” Seem impossible? Probably, but they describe the selection process in some detail and, to their credit, don’t try to rank the leads:

The solos are organized chronologically—including those that fall within the same year—because we thought it would be instructive to see how they relate to each other historically. Additionally, we included a graphic timeline of “influenced by” and “influenced” for each artist and solo to more generally illustrate the concept of succession.

There are obvious entries (Clapton/Cream “Crossroads,” Van Halen “Eruption”), head-scratchers (Lynch/Dokken “The Hunter,” Wylde/Ozzy “No More Tears”—fine solos, just kind of weird choices) and some surprises, such as Robert Fripp’s break in “21st Century Schizoid Man,” about which they note:

Fripp’s serpentine solo on this alarmingly virtuosic track combines a supersaturated sustained tone with atypical intervallic movement, non-bluesy bends and trills, and note choices and phrasing that had more in common with Coltrane than Clapton.

Petty nitpick: Though it could be an iTunes problem (there are download links to every song), the cover of Santana Festival appears with the description of “Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile)” though that track appears on Amigos.

Take a look at all 40 over at GP.

Right here.

Phone spokesman and guitarist of some note Eric Clapton is reviving his Crossroads Guitar Festival series this June in Chicago. For a mere $100 (plus service fee, natch) you can see famed axe-people such as … Sheryl Crow and John Mayer. Ok, Jeff Beck, James Burton and host of others will be there as well. No word if Joey Tafolla will be added to the bill yet.

Check out the entire lineup.

Right here.