Saturday, June 26, 2004
One thing the Ventures did back in the 60s that was really cool, and gave a lot of guitar players their start, was their "Play Guitar With The Ventures" albums, where they walked you through learning classics like "Walk Don't Run" and "Pipeline". They've been reissued as a complete set on CD, although the guitar transcriptions that came with the albums aren't in the packaging (there are a couple of Ventures tab books available). If you or your kid are picking up the guitar, run, don't walk (ha!) to pick up the CDs to get them started.
Eric Clapton raised an awful lot of money for his pet charity by selling off a good chunk of his guitar collection. "Blackie", a Franken-Strat (i.e. a Stratocaster cobbled together out of parts of other perfectly good Strats) raised almost $1M. Frankly, I never liked his tone with Blackie. It always seemed too wimpy. On the other hand, his Gibson ES-335, which dated back to the Yardbirds and which had several star turns during Cream ("Badge", the farewell concert) raised about $850K, and that guitar has awesome tone. Funny enough, the new owners of these guitars is Guitar Center, Inc. I suppose that they will arrange for them to be seen by players, but I doubt they will be played again.