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October 1, 2004


Those Jimmy Page signature Gibsons we covered back in the July issue have sold like hotcakes! Really expensive hotcakes. One was purchased by an anonymous buyer for an insane $55,000-more than double the already pretty darn steep retail price of $25,000. The first and second runs of the guitar-the first being 25 models signed by Page, and the second being 150 unsigned instruments-sold out as soon as they were offered to dealers. Who knew there were that many super-rich guitarists/Led Zeppelin fans?. . . Another smaller, slightly less pricey collectible will be available in October: KnuckleBonz's Randy Rhoads sculpture. For $99, you can get one of only 3,000 nine-inch sculptures of the legend-part of KnuckleBonz's Guitar Hero series. Rhoads will be portrayed holding his signature white Jackson offset-V. Check out guitarhero.net for more info. . . . Yamaha kicked off the summer on May 22 with the Yamaha Guitar Experience in Santa Monica. In conjunction with West LA Music, the day-long event featured live performances, autograph sessions, and drawings, with appearances by Chris Poland, Spineshank's Mike Sarkysian, Our Lady Peace's Steve Mazur, and Frank Gambale. . . .

Ted Nugent and Toby Keith showed their support for our troops by heading over to Afghanistan and Iraq for a couple of performances in June. Nugent asked members of the U.S. Armed Forces to sign his red, white, and blue Gibson J-200 Super Patriot acoustic-which was auctioned off by Sean Hannity on the Fox News channel, with proceeds going to a fund for families of troops serving overseas. . . .They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh has put together a fundraising compilation, Future Soundtrack for America, to be released on Barsuk records on August 10. All proceeds from the project will go to progressive organizations such as MoveOn.org, Music for America, and the Sierra Club, among others. David Byrne, REM, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fountains of Wayne, Tom Waits, Sleater-Kinney, and Elliott Smith are a few of the 22 artists who have contributed. Also included is a book, The Future Dictionary of America, published by McSweeney's Publishing, with nearly 200 contributing writers (Michael Chambon, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Franzen, and Kurt Vonnegut among them). For more details, click to barsuk.com.

—Emily Fasten  

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