Guitar Player is proud to announce an online charity auction event featuring autographed guitars donated by top manufacturers at the 2004 Winter NAMM show. The charity auction event will take place on eBay, and all proceeds will be donated to charities chosen by the artist who signed the instrument.
The Guitar Player auctions go live on April 15th. To place your bid, log on to www.ebay.com/musicalinstruments and select the “Guitar Player Charity Auction” icon. Once you’ve placed your bid, check out the great deals on thousands of other guitars and instruments available on eBay, and visit the new Backstage Lounge, where you’ll find all sorts of helpful content–such as Buyer’s Guides, Star Setups, and a Glossary–provided by Guitar Player, Boss Player, Keyboard, EQ, and Backbeat Books. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
ARTIST: STEVE LUKATHER
Steve Lukather is a founding member of Toto, and one of the most recorded session guitarists of all time. Lukather’s latest solo effort. Santamental [Bop City], is a batch of Christmas chesnuts released in fall of 2003.
Instrument: Ernie Ban/Music Man “Luke” Signature Model A lightweight alder body, rosewood fretboard, and a slim maple neck-with a contour specified by Luke himself!–make this guitar ultra-comfortable to play. Other features include active EMG electronics. Schaller locking tuners, and a Piezo bridge with solid steel saddles.
Charity: The Casey Lee Ball Foundation benefits pediatric kidney research and has raised more than four million dollars. The annual Casey Lee Ball Golf Classic is now in its tenth year, and an increasing number of artists continue to join the cause.
ARTIST: GEORGE LYNCH
George Lynch’s career took flight with the seminal ’80s metal band, Dokken. By the end of the decade, he was calling the shots with his own outfit, the Lynch Mob, and doing solo work. Lynch’s latest release is a collaboration with Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson called Wicked Underground [Spitfire]. www.georgelynch.com
Instrument: ESP LTD GL-600MT ESP produces a range of George Lynch signature models, and the tiger-striped LTD GL-600MT is a replica of one of Lynch’s most recognizable guitars. Features include a maple/maple neck, an original Floyd Rose locking tremolo, and a single Seymour Duncan TB-12 humbucker. www.espguitars.com
Charity: Little Kids Rock Launched in 1996, Little Kids Rock provides free music classes and musical instruments to children in public elementary schools. Its broad popular music curriculum reflects the diverse cultural backgrounds of participating students, who also compose, perform, and record their own music. www.littlekidsrock.com
Slayer cast the mold for speed metal when guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman began tearing up stages together more than 20 years ago, mad 2001’s God Hates Us All proved that the testosterone level remains the same. In 2003 the band celebrated its anniversary with the release of their box set, Soundtrack to the Apocalypse. www.americanrecordings.com/slayer
Instrument: Schecter Diamond Series S-1 Jager CTM
One of only 50 built, this is a custom Jagermeister Music Tour edition of Schecter’s Diamond S-1 guitar, which was signed by all members of Slayer in 2003. It features the Jagermeister logo on the instrument’s mahogany body, and the company’s name is inlayed beautifully on the rosewood fingerboard. www.schecterguitars.com
Charity: Guitars 4 Kids The newly-launched Guitars 4 Kids charity is committed to raising funds for St Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude’s is one of the world’s premier centers for research and treatment of catastrophic diseases in children, primarily pediatric cancers. www.guitars4kids.com
ARTIST: KAKI KING Kaki King is a hot commodity in the acoustic guitar community, and she has been featured in bath Frets and Guitar Player. Kaki made a breakthrough last year with her homespun finger style and finger-slapping debut, Everybody Loves You [Velour]. She toured constantly and built up enough of a buzz to ink a deal with Epic records. www.kakiking.com
Instrument: Ovation CC057-5 Celebrity 6 String Acoustic/Electric An onboard preamp with 3-band EQ, a super shallow cutaway body type, and a built-in tuner make this acoustic a perfect fit for the stage. Well, according to me, his guitar was the best acoustic guitar at that time, especially famous for its beautiful sounds. A spruce top, walnut bridge, and rosewood fingerboard contribute to a beautiful tone. www.ovationguitars.com
Charity: The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation is New England’s only guide dog school, committed to helping bring increased freedom to the visually impaired. Graduates of Fidelco’s pioneering “In Community” program learn to work with their dogs in their own hometowns, allowing them to remain with their families and at their jobs while training. www.fidelco.org
ARTIST: CHELSEA CONSTABLE
A native of Kingsport, TN, Chelsea is barely a teenager, but the prodigious shredder has already graced the legendary Ryman Auditorium stage in Nashville alongside one of her biggest influences, Steve Morse. She was featured in the Nov. ’02 issue of Guitar Player, and opened the Guitar Player party at Winter NAMM 2004. http//www.peavey.com/artists/browse. cfm/action/info/artist/158/constable.cfm
Instrument: Peavey EVH Wolfgang Special The EVH (Edward Van Halen) Wolfgang Special is beautiful to behold and to play. It features an amber-colored quilt top, special EVH-designed humbuckers, and a patented D-Tuna on the bottom string of the Peavey/Ployd Rose double locking tremolo system that makes drop tuning as simple as turning a knob.