PETER FRAMPTON’S LES PAUL Returned After 32 Years
What a GREAT story. If you have ever lost a guitar or had one stolen, this story is for you.
Peter Frampton’s Les Paul returned after 32 years. Who can even believe this! Peter Frampton’s 1954 black Les Paul Custom which was given to him by a fan named Mark Mariana at a Humble Pie gig back in 1970, and made famous during his solo days, has been returned by two of his fans who tracked it down after some serious investigating. It went missing and was presumed lost after a 1980 cargo plane crash. See the story here:
After seeing this story a little bit of hope has been rekindled within me. It was 1985, and although it wasn’t anything as cool as a 1954 Les Paul
Heres a really cool article written by a great friend of mine. BOB MYTKOWICZ is a fine musician with whom I have had the pleasure of playing in a few different bands. Hes an accomplished guitarist, vocalist, bassist, keyboard player and drummer. Hes also valued by many as a Beatles Authority. I believe his trips to Liverpool and London happen at least twice yearly these days. Heres an article that Bob did for Guitar Player Magazine and he has also given permission for me to reprint it here for those who want to be in the know about these guitars that played such a huge part in the history of the instrument. Many thanks, Bob! – Jack
FAB GEAR – THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE BEATLES by Bob Mytkowicz
I can still see Ed Sullivan standing there saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles!” That’s how seventy three million other people and I were introduced to the Beatles. Although I was quite young, the Beatles left an indelible impression on me. John Lennon stood on the right. In his straddle stance, he bounced slightly to the rhythm and strummed a small black guitar. George Harrison in the center, almost hidden behind a large double cutaway guitar, concentrated on his playing. Paul McCartney on the left, the most animated, played a violin-shaped guitar. The drummer, Ringo Starr, perched on a riser behind, broke into an occasional grin.
It is safe to assume that most people see this picture when they envision the Beatles. Press and photo coverage escalated when world fame struck the Beatles in 1964, and most photos show them playing the same instruments. The Fab Four did use this same gear for most of their touring years, but they possessed and used much more. As the Beatles’ studio experience grew, they often tried one of their ever-growing collection of instruments. Of course they also used other equipment on stage as well. Continue reading FAB GEAR – THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE BEATLES by Bob Mytkowicz
THE GUITAR COLLECTION: George Harrison iPad App To Be Released February 23!
This is pretty cool. An insider’s look at these guitars which were such a huge part of rock history from George Harrison’s private collection. There are photos, 360° imaging, plus audio and video. George talks about some of these great instruments and how they came to be part of his collection. There is a history of each
H P NEWQUIST is a gifted writer and guitarist whose works have made there way across the planet more times than anyone can even begin to guess at. He has received numerous awards and citations for his works. A former Editor in Chief at Guitar Magazine, HP Newquist is the man responsible for The National GUITAR Museum and serves as the Executive Director. He has also written many guitar books including Legends of Rock Guitar which he co-wrote with author and guitarist Pete Prown as well as articles for Billboard, Guitar Shop, and Guitar Player Magazine.
He has conducted interviews with many of the “greats” in the guitar world. He is also responsible for The Way They Play books, which teach “guitarists how to play and sound like their favorite artists“. His co-writer on the series is RichMaloof, author, guitarist, and editor. Newquist’s works are truly a pleasure to read! Many thanks HP for all of your contributions to this fine instrument which we all treasure.
LES PAUL – The Legend Behind The Legend -1995 Interview By H P Newquist
Les Paul is the only man whose entire name is completely synonymous with electric guitar. Born Lester Polfus in 1915, Les Paul first made a name for himself in the middle of the century as a lightly swinging jazz musician backing artists like Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, and later had a hugely successful duo with wife Mary Ford. But beyond his talents as a musician, Les was a dyed-in-the-wool experimenter who sought ways to get more sounds — and better sounds — from his guitar and from the studio. Continue reading LES PAUL – The Legend Behind The Legend -1995 Interview By H P Newquist
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT…how the guitar bug bit me BIG TIME
Yeah guitars….. Theres not too many things on the planet that are as cool as these guys. Im going to rattle on a little bit here about my introduction to guitars and the effect that they have had on me. Im goin way back. I suspect that theres a few of you out there that will understand the following and may remember similar times.
As a 5 year old kid, I had already kind of figured out just how special this instrument would be to me. The lure of it dangled right out there in front of me, was almost intoxicating, and seemed as if it was there just for me. I was destined to discover the magic which the guitar was and is, so readily available to share with me, as I got closer to it. I think most young kids, if put into the same room as a guitar, cant help but be drawn to it, almost as if there was some type of magnetic attraction. There really is a strong desire to want to get their hands on it. Ive witnessed this more times than I can count.
I remember the excitement of the first guitar that I actually touched… It wasnt an expensive guitar by any means. It belonged to one of my uncles who was living with us at the time. He would always warn me when he was getting ready to leave the house. Whatever you do, dont touch my guitar. I knew it wasnt locked up, but so readily accessible and inviting. The guitar lay on its back, without a case, underneath his bed, calling me, to come, just a little bit closer… the forbidden fruit. Continue reading A LITTLE BIT ABOUT…how the guitar bug bit me BIG TIME
THAT’S RIGHT – GETTIN’ JACKED UP ABOUT…WELCOME TO JACKABOUTGUITARS
What is Jackaboutguitars? Well, Im Jack, and this is just my fun little site about guitars. Guitars have always been one of the huge it things in my life. That’s what we’re gettin jacked up about. Just recently I decided that I wanted to have some real fun, so I decided to create this site about guitars as a place for guitar lovers to check in once in a while, relax a moment, take a few deep breaths, and hopefully go away with something from here that might help chill & tune up their souls.
Now that youre here, whether on purpose or simply by accident, dont let it be said that you dont know jackaboutguitars.
You might realistically say that the site is more of an informational type of site that is guitar related…stuff kind of about guitars or jack about guitars. You might even say that it doesn’t even focus on guitars but yet it does. Very confusing.