David Gilmour: The Black Stratocaster

Quick question, do you know what the longest lasting album on the Billboard Top 200 is? What if I told you that this album has spent a total of 917 (as of November of 2015) weeks on the chart? Can you guess? The closest competitor is Bob Marley and the Wailers for the Legend greatest […]

Rory Gallagher: Off the Handle

To quote the song I took the title of this post from, “I fly off the handle, a little too quick, some say, I’m an angry man.” Those words couldn’t have been farther from Rory Gallagher, an incredible blues guitarist and singer from Ireland. Fellow guitarists Brian May, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, the Edge, Joe Bonamassa, Slash […]

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Number One

August 27th, 1990 was one of the saddest days of my life. Beyond the losses I’ve felt from friends and family whom have passed, the biggest impact a celebrity death has EVER had on me was when SRV passed away 36 days from his 36th birthday. I choked back tears when I heard the news from […]

Trademarks: The Headstock Wars

In business, when an idea takes off, invariably others will follow the money and get involved and sometimes, it gets ugly. No business ever predicted what would happen with rock and roll in the 1950s except maybe the record companies and radio stations who had been manufacturing artists for years. When Elvis released Heartbreak Hotel […]

Keith Richards: Micawber

You know, when I think of Keith Richards, it’s kind of like this surrealistic stereotype of 60s rockers, well, 60s rockers who survived. Keith looks ancient, seriously, but he’s just 73 years old. Are you kidding me? 73?! No way, that ain’t right. I have to say, I like affecting a Keith Richards’ mumble, this […]

Peter Frampton: The Phenix

Nope, not a typo, that’s the name of the triple pickup, black, 1954 Les Paul Custom that graces the cover of eponymously named Frampton Comes Alive. The Phenix, like its’ namesake, went through fire only to be born again. An amazing story spanning more than 30 years but should take less than 10 minutes to tell. […]

Yngwie J. Malmsteen: The Duck

I’ll be honest, when I first heard Yngwie (pronounced ING-vay) I thought someone was playing a rock guitar album too fast (I had a similar reaction to Paul Gilbert as well). Seriously, it seemed physically impossible to have such speed and fluidity. I listened to that first album by Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck in the […]

Eddie Van Halen: Frankenstrat

It was 1978, Jimmy Carter was president, Elvis had been dead a year and “Help us Obi-Wan, you are our only hope” was echoing in our ears. Guitarists in the US were struggling to find an identity in the wash of punk, weak 70s rock, Led Zeppelin, and new wave all mixed together. Bands like the Clash, […]

Jimi Hendrix: The Woodstock Strat

It was August of ’69, about a month after the US put three men into a tiny little can and shot them to the moon. The war in Vietnam was raging, Johnson was president and a little music festival called Woodstock happened over the course of 4 days, August 15th-18th, in Bethel, NY. I was […]