Saturday, March 29, 2008

Hendrix World - What a Wonderful World

Originally uploaded by Doctor Noe
To start at the beginning, you must see this excellent painting by my friend Peaceswirl, a lovely folk artist in Bayou Country:

That'll take you to these two entries on today's blog!

Now you'll want to go to my latest addition to my Flickr page here for more of the story (or just keep scrolling to the next entry where I recount it):
Jimi-Pink Strat-GW-Sept.85.jpg

Now that I've done all that, might as well put it all up on my blog (

This is the first of two Big-ass Hendrix Special Issues that I edited as the editor of Guitar World. You can actually find the entire issue, page-by-page, here: First the cover -
Then, my Editor's Note to the issue:
and finally, every single glorious page of the issue:
... until you come to page 54, with the axology of Jimi's PINK STRAT and its provenance that started the whole voyage:

Hold the presses! I did locate the issue in question - it was Sept. '85, the Hendrix tribute, and the photo spread on the pink Strat is right here on page 54:

The discussion of two V's Jimi was associated with can be found here (basically the left-hand and the right-hand parts of this magazine spread):

GW Sept. 85 Axology Flying V P. 54

GW Sept. 85 Axology Flying V P. 55

How do ya like that, flickr people.

God Bless,

Noe the G
Founding Editor of Guitar World

Jimi's Pink Strat, a convoluted provenance involving Moving Sidewalks, 13th Floor Elevators, ZZ Tops and some mild chicanery of the thieving kind.

It all started with an innocent footnote to that lovely painting of Jimi on peaceswirl's Flickr page. It was there that I said,

"Paul, thanks for the story that fills in some blanks on that pink Strat (and of course thanks PeaceSwirl for another cool painting - you should put it up on

I actually published a black-and-white old publicity photo of Jimi with the Sidewalks in an issue of Guitar WORLD. Don't remember if it was the Unpublished Hendrix special issue, the Hendrix Lives special issue, or the one with Billy on the cover where John Peden and I did a really cool photo odyssey of all Billy's axes -- I'll have to dig that up. But I do have it somewhere.

So this is the story Paul Macrae told about the Pink Strat:

It's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame now, but it's had a number of adventures. Legend has it that this guitar was a gift from Jimi to Billy Gibbons back in 1970. Before Z Z Top BG played in a band named The Moving Sidewalks and they opened for Hendrix on his last tour.

Obviously this guitar was one of Gibbons' prized possessions, but at some point it was stolen. In 1976 ZZ Top took a break from touring and recording. It was when they returned to the public eye in 1979 that they first showed their long beards.

During their time in seclusion they found it easy to move anonymously in public because of the beards. One night Gibbons was hanging out in a local bar here in my neighborhood watching the weekly blues jam when he noticed Jimi's Pink guitar being played up on the stage.

So when the group had finished their set Gibbons approached the guitar player, not as himself, but as Joe nobody with a long beard, and made an offer on the guitar. Of course he didn't mention that the guitar once belonged to Jimi Hendrix either.

$150 dollars later he walked out with Jimi's pink guitar in tow.

Guitar World recently celebrated its 300th issue with this look back at all 300 covers:

Hold the presses! I did locate the issue in question - it was Sept. '85, the Hendrix tribute, and the photo spread on the pink Strat is right here:

Jimi-Pink Strat-GW-Sept.85.jpg
Originally uploaded by Doctor Noe

and now on my Flickr page here: GW-Sept.85-Hendrix.jpg

How do ya like that, flickr people.

Now you'll want to go to my latest addition to my Flickr page here for more of the story:
Jimi-Pink Strat-GW-Sept.85.jpg

Now that I've done all that, might as well put it all up on my blog (

All best,

Noe the G
Founding Editor of Guitar World

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

60-second Oscar commercial ...

... which I'll insert here just before I give you the lowdown on the Fullerton Museum Fender Telecaster exhibit featuring my "Telly Talk" footage of Roy Buchanan. That will be my next post, but for now, here's something I came across on a lovely site called It's the entire 2008 Oscar telecast in 60 seconds. Here goes ...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Roy Buchanan at the Lone Star Cafe, NYC 1982

Photo © by John Peden

John shot this at the gig Roy did after we taped him for the Guitar Galaxy video "Roy Buchanan Telly Talk" (, but the guitar he's playing is actually a Telecaster from John's collection, since "Nancy" was back at the shack for the photo session.

And, stay tuned for this …
Richard Smith, author of "Fender - the sound heard around the world" now works for the Fullerton Museum Center 301 N. Pomona Ave, Fullerton Ca. 92832 (714) 738-6545. He always has an exhibit on Fender but for 2008 there will be a new exhibit on the Telecaster. The gala opening of the exhibit, entitled “Solid Design: Leo Fender’s Telecaster” is scheduled for March 22, 2008 7-10 p.m., and the exhibit will run through Fall, 2010 (

From the exhibit catalog: “In early 1949 Leo Fender started seriously designing a standard guitar model for his Fine Line of Fender Electric Instruments. At first the guitar was called the Esquire, then the Broadcaster and finally the Telecaster. Sixty years later it is one of the most popular guitars in the world, an instrument built for working men and women musicians who defined the blues, country and pop styles.

“’Solid Design: Leo Fender’s Telecaster’ will showcase this instrument, the first commercially successful solidbody electric guitar, an instrument that changed music history. Numerous examples from the early years will be on display. There will also be a noticeable celebrity component in the images and presentation, including Telecasters once owned by stars. The exhibit points to players such as George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Roy Buchanan, James Burton, Don Rich and Mike Bloomfield. These musicians—Tele players all—created some of the most potent music imaginable.”

Among the Roy B. artifacts will be his guitar called “Nancy,” which we immortalized in a special Collector’s Choice centerfold of Guitar World magazine. In a spotlight area of the exhibit will be some of the Roy Buchanan “Telly Talk” footage and there will be copies of the DVD in the bookstore gift shop. Guitar Galaxy is planning a special “Director’s Cut” documentary edition of the DVD, which will have more photos like the one at left and photographic details (not footage, ’cause that’s all he wrote) about Nancy and the photo spread we shot for Guitar World on that occasion, as well as personal testimony from some Tele players such as Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson, Seymour Duncan and others who were touched by or intimate with Roy.

Keep on rockin’,

Noë the G

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Roy Buchanan "Nancy"-Collectors Choice November 82

This was Roy's guitar. It will be on exhibit starting this weekend, at the Fender Museum in Fullerton, CA. Here’s the details:

Opening Gala at the Fullerton Museum

Saturday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Join the Fullerton Museum Center in celebrating the opening of TWO exhibits, including a NEW exhibit in the Leo Fender Gallery! Take this special opportunity to view “Solid Design: Leo Fender’s Telecaster” and “The Delta Blues Project.” It will be an evening celebrating music, art, and everything in between! $20 Admission/Free for members. Food/Entertainment by Kid Ramos. Call (714) 738-6545 for more details.

The photo is by John Peden for the Collector's Choice photo session for the magazine centerfold.

But as an added treat while we had Roy and his ax in the studio, I interviewed him and we rolled videotape. Twenty-five years later, the results of that videotape can be seen on a commercially available DVD known as "Roy Buchanan Telly Talk."

Roy Buchanan Telly Talk!

Some more details about our setup for videotaping Roy. In the video he is playing the Telecaster that he is most identified with, called "Nancy". This Tele is well known to Roy freaks. The other thing is we had him playing through a 4X10 Fender Bassman amp, model 5F6-A considered by many that know to be the BEST guitar amp ever made by any company. It can be glimpsed in a few of the shots. We also used a 1961 brown Fender outboard spring reverb unit model 6G-15. We employed two good Nakamichi microphones, one for vocal and the other on the amp. Roy definitely liked the tone of this rig (who wouldn't ?) This set up along with the relaxed vibe of the shoot and Noë the G’s knowledgeable questions contributed to a very short but successful video.

... and there's more info on it on my blog here:

… and here:

Monday, March 10, 2008

Sully the Impaler's byline shoutouts

byline shoutouts
Originally uploaded by sully the impaler
Thanks, Sully, for being a fan of Noe the G. and finding that issue November 1986.

Do you have the issue with this centerfold?

Roy Buchanan "Nancy"-Collectors Choice June 82?

Roy Buchanan "Nancy"-Collectors Choice November 82?

The November 1982 centerfold. I have a copy but I'm looking for an original issue ... I edited the text and wrote/did the interview and accompanying article.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Dylan with my guitar

The ax was made for me by Grover Jackson. It is a Charvel Jackson Strat with Dimarzio pickups, gold hardware and a Floyde Rose. The company he rode to glory in the '80s and '90s has recently been conglomerated into the benign despot of the guitar world, Fender Instruments. Which is a good thing for all concerned.

Noe the G
aka Doctor Noe

My CharvelJackson Serial Number 4507

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