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June 24, 1990 | Associated Press
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.
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NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
BUSINESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
July 22, 1990 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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