Tuesday 29 June 2004

The Knutsen Archives: an online repository of the unique and fascinating stringed instruments of Chris J Knutsen.

Monday 28 June 2004

New Limited Edition Music Man Instruments Offered in Envy Green
Gibson Creates Jimmy Page Signature Models: Gibson has created several new lines of signature models for Jimmy Page, starting with 25 signed replicas of the guitar great's "Number One", a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard. One model has already sold for the record price of $55,000!
New Metro Series Instruments from Sadowsky: New York luthier creates Sadowsky Tokyo Facility and new hand-crafted basses.

Saturday 26 June 2004

Chris IsaakMick Jones

Happy Birthday to guitar-slingers Chris Issak, who is 48 today, and to Mick Jones, formerly of The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite, who is 49.
For those of you with high speed connections, here's a great
wmv file of Dick Dale, king of surf guitar!

Friday 25 June 2004

Clapton's guitar smashes record
A treasured guitar owned by Eric Clapton, called Blackie, has fetched a record $959,500 (£526,000) at auction. The Fender Stratocaster was expected to reach $150,000 (£83,000), but a bidding war broke out at Christie's in New York on Thursday, pushing the price up.

Thursday 24 June 2004

Clapton bids farewell to 'Blackie': Eric Clapton is ready to part with his legendary 'Blackie' guitar, during a sale of his most treasured instruments. The classic Fender Stratocaster is going under the hammer at Christie's in New York and is expected to fetch between £55,000 and £83,000. Blackie was Clapton's favourite guitar, accompanying him on stage and in recording sessions throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Moore Blues From Ex-THIN LIZZY Guitarist, Gary
These Guitars Shook The World: article from Blogcritics.org
Jane's Addiction to split for good?
Velvet Revolver Explain Slash's Hat Trick
Former Bon Jovi bassist Alan John Such auctions off memorabilia
George Lynch unleashes new guitar instrumental album

Tuesday 22 June 2004

I watched The Who's movie "The Kids Are Alright" on DVD again this weekend. Which got me thinking about all those guitars that Pete Townshend used and abused, so I was pleased to find this pretty comprehensive section on the www.thewho.net website: Pete Townshend Guitar Equipment Overview

See also:
John Entwistle Bass Gear
Stars honour skiffle man Donegan: Bill Wyman, Van Morrison, Roger Daltrey, Mark Knopfler, Jools Holland and Billy Bragg were among the stars who paid tribute to "King of Skiffle" Lonnie Donegan at a Royal Albert Hall concert.

Monday 21 June 2004

Bob Dylan plays the hits at rain-drenched London festival: also, Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood plays with The Charlatans.
Macca rocks Russia: Paul McCartney plays his 3,000th gig in Saint Petersburg. I'm amazed he's been counting them all!
Stone Roses 'top British album': The Stone Roses' self-titled 1989 debut album has been voted the best British album of all time in a Sunday newspaper poll.
Former punk bassist opens restaurant: Just in case you were wondering what became of Greg Norton of Hüsker Dü.
Ramones Guitarist recovers in hospital
Elephants paint guitar at the Zoo: Sorry, but that headline was so surreal, I had to include it!
Steve Vai - win a guitar, jam with Steve
Wes Montgomery documentary planned
New Chet Atkins Studio Models from Gibson Montana: Designed to provide improved acoustic capabilities, Gibson Montana has created the Chet Atkins Studio with a full hollow body and soundhole in the back.

Wednesday 16 June 2004

Johnny RamoneRamones guitarist losing cancer fight: Johnny Ramone, 55, whose real name is John Cummings, was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago, and it has now spread throughout his body.
Rock and pop legends prepare a star-spangled 50th birthday for the ultimate electric guitar: 50th Anniversary of the Fender Strat, blah blah blah. (By the way, the article gets it wrong. The Strat mentioned as being owned be Dave Gilmour is NOT the first Strat ever made. It does have the serial number 0001, but nevertheless the dates on the neck and body show that it was made after production started and therefore is not the first Strat produced. It's impossible to say which was the very first).
Death of bassist Red Kelly: Thomas "Red" Kelly, a well-travelled jazz bassist who scored a direct hit on the funnybone of Washington state politics with a mock campaign for governor, is dead at 76. Kelly, who played with stars ranging from Frank Sinatra to Charlie "Yardbird" Parker and Billie Holiday and had stories about them all, died Wednesday, apparently of complications from cancer and other ailments.
First Metallica bassist speaks: interview with Ron McGovney.
Eric Clapton and Friends Auctioning Off Dozens of Guitars: more on this story, this time with a couple of decent pics of Blackie and the Crash 3 Graffitti Stratocaster.

Monday 14 June 2004

INXS reality check: INXS will take part in a reality TV show to find a new singer.
Van Halen setlist revealed
Deacon Blue guitarist dies at 47: Deacon Blue guitarist Graeme Kelling has died at the age of 47, following a four-year battle with cancer. The band had a string of hits in the late 80s and early 90s, including "Real Gone Kid" and "Fergus Sings The Blues".
The father of the electric guitar, Les Paul, turns 89: Living legend jazz performer, Les Paul, pioneer of the electric guitar celebrated his 89th birthday on Monday June 7th at the Iridium Jazz Club.

Thursday 10 June 2004

Van Halen Reunion Tour Offers Old, New, 'Wacky'
MC5 alive: Detroit '60s rebel rockers pull a 'Spinal Tap'.
Byrds bassist reflects humbly on influential career: A stroll down Memory Lane with Chrill Hillman.
John Paul Jones announces US tour: The former Led Zeppelin bassist will be performing across the States as a guest with The Mutual Admiration Society.
New Custom Graphics Series Guitars from Washburn: Yeah, lovely, if you want an image of a flaming skull on your guitar. Which I don't.
Fender Squashes Rumors About Possible Sale of Company: Ohhhhhh! I was looking forward to someone like Gibson coming in and buying them out... Can you imagine the confusion that would've caused? Anyway, here's a example of the rumours that were being reported.
Deep Purple guitarist schedules Iceland workshop: Steve Morse will host a guitar workshop on June 24th in Reykjavik, Iceland, at FIH, Raudagerdi 27. So, if you're in that neck of the woods, do drop in!

Tuesday 8 June 2004

Ace Frehley - Original Kiss guitarist quits the biz
Gibson Guitars launch new signature model: Gibson Guitar celebrates 40th anniversary of British Invasion with an array of John Lennon models.
Gibson fights to keep classic guitar its own: defiantly trying to protect the Les Paul design from copyists such as Tokai and PRS. See also: Gibson Guitars Sues Competitors Over 'Imitation' Models
Guitar George still knows all the chords: meet George Borowski, the man who was immortalised in the lyrics to Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing".
Jimmy Page to sign guitar amps for Rock Legends auction: the guitar world has gone auction mad!
Kurt Cobain to be commemorated by hometown
Crossroads Guitar Auction and Eric Clapton Guitars on the Christie's website. Also features guitars donated by Brian May, Steve Vai, Pat Metheney, Albert Lee, Mark Knopfler, Carlos Santana, Jimmie Vaughan, J. J. Cale, Jimmy Page, Robert Cray and others. Make sure that you browse the catalogue as there's lots to see (pun intended!) and a wealth of information on these guitars.

Monday 7 June 2004

Robert Quine has passed away. He was a very talented guitarist who played with Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Lou Reed, Lydia Lunch, etc. See also: Punk Rock Guitarist Robert Quine Found Dead


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