Well, actually it’s not the guitar itself that’s so expensive but who owned and played it before. Here.
Below, for example, is Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Stratocaster. Price: two million dollars, surpassed in value only by a Fender Stratocaster signed by the likes of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, etc., etc and going for two and three-quarter million.
From an article on Fender user 72 year old Dick Dale “…Born to a Lebanese father and a Polish mother, Dale’s early music shows a Middle Eastern influence. He is often credited as being one of the first electric guitarists to employ non-Western scales in his playing. Dale wanted his music to reflect the sounds he heard in his mind while surfing. While he is primarily known for introducing the use of guitar reverb that would give the guitar a “wet” sound, which has since become a staple of surf music, it was Dale’s tremolo picking that was his trademark…”
Professional celebrity Kim Kardashian (or whatever it is) in serious guitar FAIL.
“James ‘Tappy’ Wright, a former road manager, has come forward with an extraordinary claim about rock’s most gifted guitarist. At first it sounds absurd. But as the 65-year-old granddad lays out his tale while pouring a very un-rock’n’roll cup of tea, you begin to realise that there could be something to it.Hendrix, according to Wright, did not die accidentally in the early hours of September 18, 1970, from choking on his own vomit after a drugs overdose. Instead he was murdered by a ruthless gang who burst into the London hotel room of his girlfriend, Monika Dannemann, and forced sleeping pills and wine down his throat until he drowned. A horrific end, if true. But there’s more.Wright says he knows the killers’ leader, in fact worked for him. It was the man whom Hendrix should have been able to trust above all others: his own manager, Mike Jeffery. Is that possible?” Read article here in London Times.
Update: Doctor who administered to the dying (or dead) Hendrix says murder was inf fact a possibility.
Rolling Stone online has a column on the Ventures’ Bob Bogle, one of the two original founders of the group (Don Wilson being the other). The column includes about a dozen full length Venture hits, featureing some of Bogle’s lead guitar work. There’s more here at the Ventures’ website.
All right, looks like a guitar breakthrough of sorts: recreating Chewbacca’s guttural growl (or whatever that beastly sound is) from Star Wars. I’m thinking this could be a big request at bar mitzvahs and Superbowl parties.
Doin’ Chewbacca on a Fender Strat
When you’re talking about an instrumental group, like The Ventures, the term lead guitar has real significance. The late Ventures drummer, Mel Taylor, described it this way (paraphrasing): The Venture sound is rhythm–bass, rhythm guitar and drums– overlayed with a lead guitar melody, usually all the way through (at least one exception to this is the drum work in, for example, Caravan, which performs its own lead element). Which brings me to the main lead guitarists of the Ventures: Nokie Edwards and Gerry McGee. Listen to their different styles in the above-mentioned Caravan. I have to admit I prefer McGee’s version. Though the versions are about ten years apart (MecGee from the 90’s; Nokie from the 80’s; both in Japan by the way ) these two guitarists still use the same respective interpretations. I don’t know, I just find McGee’s version sharper, tangier; Nokie’s heads toward the country-western.
It’s amazing the amount of publicity you get when you’ve been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Ventures have been performing for about fifty years now, and they’ve never been as famous as now.
On the Fox News Channel (Fox & Friends)
Some sites of interest:
Nokie Edwards (long time lead guitar for the group)
Gerry McGee (long time lead guitar for the group, alternating with Nokie)
*One of the two original founders, Bob Bogle, was evidently too sick to attend; Gerry McGee was also unable to attend (yeah, these guys are pretty old now; Bogle still records with them but doesn’t do any touring; McGee still records and tours).
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