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September 27, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee
Two dozen federal agents outfitted with side arms and bulletproof vests strode past a display of electric guitars signed by Joan Jett and Slash of Guns 'N' Roses and quickly seized control of the cavernous guitar factory. Some workers were caught sanding guitar bodies. Others held newly painted guitars between their bellies and cloth-covered wax wheels, gently swaying and pushing as they buffed the instrument in some kind of tuneless dance. Turn off your machines and go home, they were ordered.
February 2, 2011 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Want to feel like a rock star? You don’t need an agent. Just check into the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego and check out a $2,000 electric guitar. On the heels of Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, which began the “ Check In. Rock Out ” program more than a year ago, the San Diego link in the music-themed chain is letting guests use handmade, high-end Gibson guitars for free. Among the models are Les Paul Studios, SG Standards and SG Specials, said Blake Smith, global music marketing manager for Hard Rock International.
May 14, 2003 | From Reuters
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.
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 | From Associated Press
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 | From the Associated Press
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 | Greg Johnson
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.
October 29, 2008 | Randy Lewis; Margaret Wappler; August Brown
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals "Cardinology" Lost Highway . 1/2 Ryan Adams' prodigious songwriting gift has yielded an ever-growing body of work that's better viewed as a series of snapshots of his thoughts and feelings at a given moment than as definitive pronouncements on life as he sees it. On "Cardinology," under his contract for the taste-making Lost Highway label, Adams and his band explore the many faces of loss -- loss of love, of...
May 23, 1985 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
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.
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