Jimmy Page: Number One

I was talking with a couple friends of mine the other day about riff Gods. In specific, I mentioned Jimmy Page as the top riffster, at which I paused, and then partially recanted as Keith Richards came to mind. They’re both quite able at writing the hook and hits but it was Page I aligned […]

Randy Rhoads: Jackson Rhoads

“All aboard, ha, ha, ha” Dun-nah…. Dun-nah, dun-nah, dun-nah “Ai, ai, ai”. That refrain, called out by John Michael Osbourne, also known as Ozzy, was my first exposure to the diminutive Randy Rhoads way back in the summer of 1981. I remember exactly where I was, in my friend Howie’s house, listening on a little, […]

Gibson: In Depth

There’s David, then there’s Goliath. Gibson is a bit of a Goliath. The absolute monstrosity that is Gibson reaches back through the advent of American pop culture, 2 world wars (and several regional), prohibition and McCarthyism. Fueling every genre of music, from folk to djent and everything in between, Gibson, along with Fender, were, hell, […]

Angus Young: 1968 Gibson SG

It was five days until my eighth birthday when AC/DC released their first album. I still lived in Maine, my parents hadn’t yet divorced and the USA was preparing the bicentennial with the tall ships in Boston in just 2 months. I remember gas was 20 cents a gallon and there weren’t any video games […]

Joan Jett: the Melody Maker

Joan Jett is a rock and roll baddass. She’s raw, unadulterated, kick you in the teeth, pull your shirt over your head and pound you into oblivion rock and roll any way you slice her. But they call her a punk, the Godmother of Punk actually but simultaneously, she’s the Queen of Rock and Roll. […]

Chet Atkins: Gretsch

A lot of people, sadly, have no knowledge of Mister Guitar. Let’s just sum up quickly as this man’s contributions would take tens of thousands of words to do even remotely right. As creator of the “Nashville Sound”, he won 15 grammys, was the Country Music Award’s Instrumentalist of the Year 11 times. Inducted to […]

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 […]

Peter Frampton: The Phenix

Nope, not a typo, that’s the name of┬áthe 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. […]