On October 30, 2020, a pallet of new Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst Guitars was stolen from a Sweetwater Music truck at the Flying J Travel Center in Whiteland, IN. The truck was en route to Fort Wayne, IN, the headquarters of Sweetwater Sound. “Somehow out of a truck full of guitars, this one pallet was singled out and stolen at a truck stop,” says Sweetwater Chief Supply Chain and Merchandising Officer Phil Rich. Totaling close to $95,000 in guitars, Rich believes that the perpetrator(s) knew exactly what to look for and when.
The Sunset Strip and Gibson Guitar have announced the addition of a new guitar to GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip, a public art project launched in August 2010 featuring more than twenty-five 10-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars strategically placed on the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Well-known Los Angeles street artists have collaborated for this one-of-a-kind piece. The guitar will be on display as part of Maximillian Gallery and prominent art blog Melrose and Fairfax’s collaborative exhibit “What Graffiti is to New York – Street Art is to Los Angeles.”
The exhibit features work from Alec Monopoly, Free Humanity, Smog City, Bankrupt Slut, DeeKay, Bod Bod, 2wenty, Snyder, Gregory Siff, KH no. 7, Smear, Desire Obtain Cherish, CYRCLE. & DD$, Leba, and Homo Riot – a dream team lineup of the best street artists in Los Angeles and the world. The vision of these artists offers a rare insider’s look into the very heart of what is happening on the streets today. What Graffiti is… presents original, cutting-edge artworks, exclusive never-before-seen action photos from Melrose and Fairfax, unique sticker packs and Limited Edition Maximillian Gallery at Sunset Marquis embossed prints.
The collaborative Street Art Guitar was created by all of the participating artists and will be on display at the gallery during the exhibit, now through June 30, 2011. The guitar will then become a part of Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip and will be auctioned for charity this fall. A video of the construction of the guitar can be seen at This Link.
Maximillian Gallery is Located in the Sunset Marquis Hotel, 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood CA 90069. Phone 310-881-6025. Gallery Hours are 1 – 8 PM Tuesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays) and by appointment.
Pinkburst Guitars & Amps Collection (Photos by John Peden, Click Image to Enlarge)
The Worleygig is proud to announce a Pink Thing that is not only awesomely pink but also benefits a very worthwhile cause. The Pinkburst Project, sponsored by Guitarist Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister, is a collection of one-of-a-kind, custom made guitars from a variety of leading instrument manufacturers including Gibson, Fender, Paul Reed Smith, Epiphone, Gretsch and Martin. There is also a matching collection of pink custom amps from Marshall, Fender, Vox, Mesa, Orange, Hartke and Diamond. All guitars and amplifiers will be offered for sale at an auction to be held on Sunday, May 1, 2011 during the Skinner Fine Musical Instruments Auction in Boston, Massachusetts. View the full collection of individual guitars at This Link.
These stunningly beautiful guitars and amps have been built for sale at auction to create awareness of The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation. Proceeds from sales will raise much-needed funds for research, education and support for those affected by Uveitis and other inflammatory eye diseases. Uveitis is the third leading cause of preventable blindness in the USA, and the leading cause of blindness of American girls.
Jay Jay’s daughter, Samantha was diagnosed with Uveitis at age six during a routine eye exam at school. Samantha’s sight has been preserved through a cocktail of topical and systemic medications that her physician, Dr. Stephen Foster and his associated doctors at MERSI (Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution) in Cambridge, Massachusetts have carefully administered. Dr. Foster and his Foundation will benefit from the monetary proceeds of this auction.
Prior to the auction, a benefit concert, “The Pinkburst Project: An Evening with Twisted Sister and Friends benefiting the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation” will take place on Friday, April 29 at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. Tickets are $45 with, an American Express presale on Wednesday, January 26, and sale to the public starting on Friday, January 28 via Ticketmaster.com, Charge by Phone 800-745-3000, and (for no service charge) at the Best Buy Theater box office located at 1515 Broadway at W. 44th Street.
A full and finely detailed Press Release can be viewed at This Link.
Here’s wishing great success to Jay Jay with the Pinkburst Project!
Joan Jett with the new Gibson Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker
(Personal aside: I was introduced to Joan Jett once in the upstairs bar / VIP lounge at NYC’s Webster Hall. It was during a press event and Joan was playing a set while also promoting a crappy band on her label (Blackheart Records, yeah I didn’t know she had a record label either) called The Eyeliners. This band sucked more you could even possibly imagine. But anyway, what I recall most about my “Hi, how’s it going” style introduction to Joan was that she was really tiny and pretty, and that she told me that what annoyed her most was always being introduced to people as “Joan Jett” and never just “Joan.” So, keep that in mind in case you ever find yourself in the position to be making introductions between “Joan” and anybody else.)
GIBSON GUITAR ANNOUNCES JOAN JETT SIGNATURE MELODY MAKER GUITAR
Legendary Rock and Roll Icon Joan Jett Makes History as First Female with a Gibson Electric Signature Model
Nashville, TN (June 12, 2008) – Gibson Guitar, the world’s premier musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology, has announced the launch of the Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker guitar, designed and produced in close cooperation with the rock legend herself. The model pays tribute to the iconic Melody Maker Jett played on hits like “I Love Rock N’ Roll,” and “Do You Wanna Touch Me” and, true to her trailblazer status, marks the first Gibson electric signature model designed in conjunction with a female artist. Continue reading Gibson Guitar Announces Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker Guitar