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 […]

George Lynch: ESP M1 Tiger

Despite having monikers such as ‘Mr. Scary’ or ‘Furious George’ and a band named the ‘Lynch Mob’, George Lynch is a statesman for metal and hard rock guitar while being a pretty nice guy. His current and past bands include Dokken, xCiter, Lynch Mob, Souls of We, KXM and a multitude of projects that pit […]

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 […]

Jerry Cantrell: Blue Dress

I am a huge fan of Alice in Chains, from the opening of Facelift they had me. Think Jerry McGuire and Zellweger saying “You had me at hello” except it was more like “Take another Hit and Bury Your Brother.” You cannot imagine the smile on my face when I first heard Layne Staley call that […]

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. […]