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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'Nuff said.

Great ad from a bygone age when even the most critical metalhead would say Metallica were still on point. This full page ad from the … And Justice for All era has no text—and needs none. Scanned from Guitar World, June 1989.

Hot on the heels of Rolling Stone‘s perplexing and muddled “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Guitar World has issued a saner listing of greats. Their article, “30 on 30: The Greatest Guitarists Picked by the Greatest Guitarists” gets it better. Leave it to a guitar publication to please a bitchy guitarist, I suppose.

The 30 panelists make some predictable choices: Eddie Van Halen cites Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani cites Jimi Hendrix, etc. And then there are some interesting surprises, such as Steve Vai’s take on Brian May:

He’s probably one of the top identifiable guitar players, even more so than Beck, Page and Clapton.His contribution to orchestrated guitars is unprecedented. There was nothing like it before him. To me, it was like when Edward Van Halen came along and reshaped the sound of electric guitar. That’s what I heard in Brian May’s playing.

And Mick Mars’ praise of Alvin Lee:

Alvin brought a real explosive side to the blues. Some people said they couldn’t handle it, but I thought he was great.

Alex Skolnick raves about Jimmy Herring, as did Doug Morrison right here on Pointy. Time to really dig into him.

Read the entire set of 30 at GW.

Right here.

Guitar World‘s “Ed’s Shed” column features troubleshooting and maintenance advice from longtime repairman Ed Mitchell. Ed’s current column is filled with horror stories, observations of bizarre customer behavior from his days in Glasgow, Scotland. For example, take the case of the guitarist with a unique concept of locking tuners:

Fed up that his guitar was going out of tune, a novice player comes up with a genius idea. He gets the guitar in tune, then coats each machinehead with Superglue. If it can’t move, it can’t go out of tune, right? Then he broke a string. Er …

Or, the self-fashioned luthier with an uncommon understanding of wiring:

I take a look inside the control cavity and all the wires and capacitors are indeed connected in the right places … with Plasticine modelling clay and sticky tape. There’s not a drop of solder in sight.

Read more tales and see visual evidence (including the glued tuner) in Ed’s Shed at GW.

Right here.

That’s not an astronomical term, it’s a stomp box. Eventide, famous for its harmonizers, is now shipping the Space pedal, a unit which will produce reverbs, delays, tremolos and more. According to a Guitar World article, the device contains presets designed by Vernon Reid and Jonsi Birgisson of Sigur Ros and many others.

Read more and see Space right here.


Deathless Horsie

Here’s what appears to be the first ad for Vai’s Bad Horsie Wah Pedal from Morley. The text reads:

Built to Steve’s demanding specifications (and we mean demanding – the guy just about drove us nuts) …

Heh. From Guitar World, April 2000.

Sparkly

Here’s Neil “Spyder” Giraldo touting GMP Guitars, a specialty guitar company that’s been around for 20 years. Their current roster of users includes a guy called Ashes and Jack Frost from Seven Witches. Well, whaddaya know? From Guitar World, April 2000.