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October 17, 2019
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I never know what to do with the fact that Jefferson Airplane became Jefferson Starship became Starship-purveyors of "We Built This City," a "barnacle made of synthesizers and cocaine," writes GQ, and an honored guest on worst-of lists everywhere. Also a song co-written by none other than Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin.

Of course, by 1985, all of Slick's best collaborators-the great Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Cassidy, Paul Kantner, Marty Balen, Spencer Dryden, et al.-had moved on, and it was that volatile collection of musical personalities that made psych rock classics like "Somebody to Love" and the slinky, druggy, Lewis Carroll-inspired bolero "White Rabbit" so essential.

Before she wrote "White Rabbit," Slick dropped acid and listened to Davis' jazz/folk/classical experiment "over and over for hours," she told The Wall Street Journal in 2016. "Sketches of Spain was drilled into my head and came squirting out in various ways as I wrote 'White Rabbit.'
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"When it comes to marriage or relationships, I'm a one-person person," says Carlos Santana, who married his drummer, Cindy Blackman, after proposing to her onstage at a gig in Illinois. "But when it comes to guitars," he adds, "I'm definitely not a one-guitar person."   
This was one of the earliest basses to be connected to Flea but there have been many since including those bearing his own name. This example is fitted with a Lane Poor pickup but other units and corresponding circuitry were also offered including Bartolini and the Basslines MM. The neck is one of the smoothest ever, thanks to the carbon content and the nut was made from this too.

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If you've ever needed more evidence that the majority of a guitar player's "sound" is in their fingers, you definitely should check out this video. In the video Joe is not with his usual Ibanez JS series guitar, Marshall amp and signature effects, but with a $100 Pignose Strat copy, a Peavey Backstage 30 practice amp and a Digitech RP200 multi-effect unit. Minus a few dive bombs and the "Satch Scream," the virtuoso provides a pretty much note-perfect rendition of his instrumental classic.    
John Mayer Talks Amp Modelers

Despite the controversy that surrounded its initial PRS Silver Sky announcement, Mayer's thoughts on gear tend to carry a significant amount of weight in the guitar community. So when the guitar great recently took to Instagram to share his thoughts on amp modelers - while jamming on some Spotify blues jam tracks - people took notice.
These hand-crafted guitars are based on the custom models Hammett has played on recent Metallica tours. They feature neck-thru-body construction and a three-piece extra-thin U-shaped maple neck with an ebony fingerboard and EMG KH Bone Breaker pickups. The Ouija Board graphic in gold, and custom star and moon inlays come standard. The ESP version includes a scalloped fretboard for frets 17-24, mother-of-pearl inlays and a Floyd Rose Original tremolo.
The most meticulous and gifted of craftsmen, Mark Knopfler is known to one and all as the genius guitarist, singer and writer whose new take on country, folk and British roots launched the meteoric rise of Dire Straits - and kept them at the top of the pile when music tastes changed. Knopfler's vision never faltered. He wasn't new wave and he was only briefly pub rock. His star was set much higher and his solo career since 1983 has given us gem after gem.

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