One of my most highly read Celebrity Semiotic articles — “The Family Tragedy of American Chopper” — dealt with a father’s destruction of his sons on a reality television show. One of those misbegotten sons, Paul, Jr., is going back on television with his tormentor.
SuperGenius guitarist Slash — of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver fame — released a new album this week called, genuinely enough, “Slash” and it is the number one selling album on iTunes right now.
We recently reviewed the David Gilmour Signature GHS Boomers and I should have added this subtitle to that review: “The Blue Package for Stratocasters.” I knew there was a “Red” version of the Gilmour Boomers, but for some reason, I thought the Reds were for acoustic guitars. They are not. The Reds are for Les Paul electric guitars!
We all like to believe in our private moments that we are always right and never wrong, but sometimes, in those quiet times, we do some reflecting and we reconsider what was said before. Today is one of those moments when my private reflections must become a public recantation, and I appreciate your attention and kindness in the forthcoming rebuttal of two of my recent BolesBlues.com reviews.
One of my most expensive and cherished guitars is my 1957 Les Paul Custom Three Pickup VOS guitar in black. It looks great. It feels great. I don’t play it.
What is the best guitar for playing the electric Blues? A Fender Eric Clapton Custom Shop Stratocaster or a Gibson Les Paul Standard? I’m narrowing the Gibson vs. Fender debate to a couple of guitars since I have one of each in hand and I play The Blues on both. Better men than I have been broken trying to make this comparison fairly sing — so I will do my best to give you a competent, if not persnickety, breakdown of