January 20, 2006

Letter of the Month!

Having just received my December ’05 GP prior to leaving on a NYC biz trip, I hastily stuffed it in my computer bag to pass the time on the plane. In the air, I read the Les Paul tribute/interview and discovered that he plays at a little jazz club off Broadway on Monday nights. I land at LaGuardia, pull out the laptop, and order will-call tix online. Three hours later, I’m quaffing a dirty martini about 20 feet from the stage waiting for the Don Corleone of the electric guitar to do his thing. Ain’t life great? The man put on one hell of a show. His backup band is superb, and his stories are hilarious. About half way through his gig, he announces that, on occasion, some pretty good guitarists want to come in and jam with him. Tonight, it’s Billy Gibbons. You gotta be kiddin’ me! After it’s over, I get a chance to meet both of them, shake their hands (did I catch some of their mojo?), and talk to them like they were old friends. And to think I would have missed all of this had I elected to work on my PowerPoint presentation instead.
Steve Allbriton
Palm Harbor, FL

Fry Your Freak Flag?

I wish for you to cancel my subscription to Guitar Player. I am sick of seeing freaks and tatoos. I think I am on the wrong planet for these people. What ever happened to clean clothes, haircuts, and neat-looking musicians? It appears you have to look like a freak to be accepted by recording companies these days. What happened? I am sick of it!
Clarence McClain
Tucson, AZ

Freedom Of Choice

In the December ’05 issue, Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill said, “The only thing I can’t use is a Les Paul. Those things—I don’t understand why anyone plays them.” I feel Les Pauls are like women. I’ve played many of them through my life, but it wasn’t until I found the perfect one for me that I fell in love. Now I’ve been married for 14 years to one, and five years to the other. I think I know which one I would choose if I had to.
Chris Kalafus
Milford, CT

Rhoads Rage

Rather than debate the questionable merits of yet another Randy Rhoads retrospective, at least give credit where credit is due. Given Randy’s passion for the classical guitar, I’m sure he would have wanted aspiring noodlers to know that the intro to “Diary of a Madman” (example 4 in Jude Gold’s lesson) is essentially Leo Brouwer’s “Etude VI” from his Estudios Sencillos. Now put that pick down and play it the right way!
Loren Paul Deck
Los Angeles, CA

The Now Told Story

It was a great honor to have our Ibanez—The Untold Story book reviewed by Art Thompson [December ’05]. Not something that I ever expected to see when I first started selling guitars at Zapf’s Music Store back in...Well, it was a long time ago. Just one small note: Jim Donahue and Michael Wright should be fully credited as co-authors, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Pat Graham, the book’s designer, whose layout and photos made our words work.
Paul Specht
Communications Director
Ibanez Guitars and Electronics, Hoshino USA

Hottie Alert

I was just looking through the Accessory File in the November 2005 issue of GP, and I saw the review of those Hottie toaster amps. I thought to myself, “Man, they are too cool! I should get one!” Then I thought of my (non-guitarist) cousin who is an avid collector of old toasters, and told him about them, assuming he would think they were cool, as well. WRONG! He was a bit choked up. I think he is secretly a member of that subversive organization, the T.L.A. (Toaster Liberation Army). So I’m just warning you guys—be careful what you print! But me, I’m taking my Les Paul with me next time I go to visit him, just in case he bought a Hottie by accident.
Mike Pearson
Port Alberni, B.C., Canada


We inadvertently misfired in our attempt to focus some fun and attention on the strap industry with our “Skin Trade” pictorial on p. 48 of the December ’05 issue. We meant to convey that the recent appearance of the Moody Leather print ads seemed to trigger a print-advertising trend. We did not wish to imply that the company started the concept of sexy strap images, or that any manufacturer was copying another’s designs. We also neglected to credit the DiMarzio image, and although the strap pictorial was referring to the “now,” it must be noted that Larry DiMarzio used sexy images in his ’80s advertising. Furthermore, Jodi Head’s image and distinctive skin art has adorned her own strap tags for years, and she was instrumental (along with Planet Waves and Fender) in inspiring Guitar Player to start reviewing accessories as seriously as guitars, amps, and effects.

In January ’05 Distortion Pedal Roundup we mistakenly referred to the Line 6 Uber Metal Distortion as the DigiTechDF-7 Distortion Factory.

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