June 24, 1990 |
Life imitated art at an auction Saturday when actor Gary Busey, who played Buddy Holly in a film biography, paid $242,000 for an acoustic guitar owned by the late rock 'n' roll pioneer. In addition to the 1945 Gibson guitar with a cover hand-tooled by Holly, the 118 lots in the sale included a Fender Stratocaster guitar that netted $110,000.
December 4, 2007 |
Robotics technology developed by German company Tronical Gmbh in partnership with Gibson Guitar Corp. enables Gibson's newest Les Paul model to tune itself in about two seconds. For users who purchase the add-on technology, the guitar recognizes pitch. Then its processor directs motors on its six tuning pegs to tighten or loosen the strings accordingly. The Gibson Les Paul guitar model with Blue Silverburst finish goes on sale globally Friday.
May 14, 2003 |
John Entwistle's prized pink guitar, "Frankenstein," sold for almost 10 times the expected price at auction, Sotheby's said Tuesday. The pink Fender Precision guitar had been expected to fetch up to $11,300 but sold for $100,400 as part of an auction of Entwistle's collection of 150 guitars, exotic fish, celebrity sketches and gold discs.
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February 14, 1997
Sheriff's investigators asked the public for help Thursday in a search for two men who stole a pair of guitars valued at $6,300 from a music shop. One of the men bolted from Shade Tree Stringed Instruments, at 28062 Forbes Road, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday with a Martin D-35 Anniversary guitar and a Taylor 810 guitar and jumped in a running minivan driven by his accomplice, authorities said.
January 19, 1990
Santa Ana's own Rickenbacker International Corp. today unveils a limited edition of a guitar designed to look exactly like the instrument played by Rickenbacker's most famous customer: John Lennon. The guitar will be unveiled in Anaheim at the National Assn. of Music Merchants trade show, which is not open to the public. Story in Business.
March 16, 2004 |
Guitarists from classical, jazz, country, rock, blues, flamenco and fusion styles will gather in Baltimore in June for "The First World Guitar Congress." The weeklong event will include concerts, recitals, classes, symposiums and exhibits by leading manufacturers of guitar equipment. About 50 musicians will participate, including electric guitar pioneer Les Paul, classical guitarist Sharon Isbin and jazz musician Pat Martino.
October 3, 2007 |
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- It's a familiar tune, a sad lament actually, about a product falling victim to counterfeiters. Lately, they've been picking on guitars. Last month, a Long Island music dealer was accused of selling $90,000 worth of knockoffs of classic Gibsons, a guitar known for its deep, melodic sound and used by virtually every country, rock and blues artist from Elvis Presley to Eric Clapton.
February 21, 1996 |
Mention Mac Yasuda's name to serious guitar players and chances are they'll recognize the Newport Beach resident as the guy who owns one of the world's premier guitar collections. The Japan native fell in love with the stringed instruments, and purchased his first collector guitar--a battered old Gibson--after moving to the United States in 1970. In recent years, he has collected hundreds of rare instruments, some of which cost $50,000 or more.
May 23, 1985 |
Fender guitars played an indispensable role in the birth of rock 'n' roll, even before Elvis Presley began shaking his hips in the mid-1950s. With its hard-edged sound--due to the then-radical solid body design--Fender's renowned Telecaster model essentially defined the modern rock 'n' roll guitar sound. At 75, Leo Fender is still active designing guitars at G&L Musical Products, the company he founded in 1980 with partner George Fullerton.
July 22, 1990 |
Fender Avenue runs for only a few blocks through a nondescript industrial neighborhood two miles and 45 years or so from Leo Fender's old radio repair shop. The city razed the shop a few years ago and replaced it with a parking garage. Some people--guitar players, mostly--thought it should have been made into a shrine. Leo Fender is somewhere around the place, this tan one-story building just off Fender Avenue. This is where he works now.