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 John McGuire Guitars &  VAULT Pickups are available through Music Machine Guitars Kennewick, WA (509) 582-3568. If you're a fan of the vintage Valley Arts era, it's time you knew about John's new guitars. Music Machine is the first dealer and the only Western USA dealer. Several models IN STOCK!
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Fender CS Deluxe Top Bound Purple Flame - Friday Strat # 348

 July 18, 2014
 Acoustat (USA based eBay Store) currently lists this NEW Fender Custom Shop, Custom Deluxe Top Bound Purple Strat.

The body is ash, topped with flame maple as well as a flame neck. No specs in this listing, so we're going off the pics. Also visible are the 2 point trem, pearly tuners and a contour heel. Case is the blonde kind with brown trim like the ones you get with an EJ Strat, but with Custom Shop emblem. CS stamp also on back of headstock.

These guys have inventory and good rating, they just seem lazy on the details. Also dumb not including a COA photo, so they need contacting for that along with neck & fret specs, pickup types and whatever else you need to know.

Otherwise, the purple flame and binding make for a striking Strat that sticks out from the crowd. Me likey!



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Johnny Winter Feb 23, 1944 - July 16, 2014, But ALWAYS Alive & Well!

Guitar Player August 1974 Cover

 1970 Copenhagen show

July 17, 2014
We just learned of Johnny Winter's passing in Switzerland, yesterday.

Johnny was a badass guitar player-- the original Texas rocker! At 70, he was currently touring the world; having just performed at a music fest in Zurich. An upcoming album titled either "Roots 2" or "Step Back" slated for release in September will feature an all star cast of guitar players.

The important thing is that Winter's contributions to Blues & Rock guitar are immense. I first heard of Johnny in the early 70's from Denver guitarist Mitch Chmara covering Johnny's version of "Rock Me Baby" from the Still Alive and Well album, which I promptly procured! My favorite JW album to date, although there are many great recordings.

Still Alive & Well album
(Opening track: Rock Me Baby)

Like many seminal guitar players of his generation, Johnny had trademark licks unique to him, and a crazy vibrato technique that I've seldom heard copied consistently. His slide playing was ferocious as well. In the 70's, guitar geeks would sometimes butt heads on whether Duane Allman or Johnny Winter was the better slide player. I always stood for Johnny, even though I was usually in the minority... Oh well. I still do, but it's just a matter of taste. Duane was a monster, and his passing was way too soon.

Above is an amazingly high quality video from a 1970 Copenhagen, Denmark television studio gig. It's raw and rough. Johnny pretty much plugged straight into the amp. And yes, that's a young, lanky Tommy Shannon on bass!

James Cotton, Johnny Winter & Muddy Waters
Only two days ago, while listening to Muddy Waters' "Hard Again" album, I was laughing with joy at Johnny shoutin' in the background (I'm cryin' right now). Johnny was a champion for the great Fathers of the Blues. He helped reintroduce people to Muddy; producing a few of Muddy's later albums.

Our thoughts go out to Johnny's family- wife Susie and brother Edgar. Special acknowledgement also to manager/band member Paul Nelson who saved Johnny from some bad people a few years back.

Johnny lives on in his music-- Always Alive & Well!

Jimi Hendrix- bass, Johnny Winter- guitar
Few, if any guitar players can claim the honor of this rhythm section.

"I don't play a lot of fancy guitar. I don't want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks." John Lee Hooker

"I'm hungry, let's do this fucker!" Johnny Winter

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