NEXT APPEARANCE...

 


"Platinum All-Stars" ft. Bumblefoot, Carmine Appice, Rudy Sarzo, Geoff Downes, Gene Cornish, Phil Naro

OCT 19, 2016
The Rockpile
Toronto, Canada

OCT 22, 2016
Arcada Theatre
St. Charles, IL

 


OCT 27, 2016
Art Of Anarchy debut concert at
The Gramercy Theatre
New York, NY
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NOV 3, 2016
Bumblefoot concert at
Trillians
Newcastle, UK
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NOV 4, 2016
Bumblefoot concert at
Ace of Clubs Featherstone
West Yorkshire, UK
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NOV 6, 2016
Bumblefoot concert at
Diamond Live Lounge
Doncaster, UK
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NOV 11, 2016
Bumblefoot concert w/ Point Of View at
3rd H.O.G. Bahrain Rally / 16th H.O.G. MENA Rally
Bahrain International Circuit - the Formula One Grand Prix Circuit
Sakhir, Bahrain
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NOV 12, 2016
Guitar workshop at
Red Bull Malja
Muharraq, Bahrain

 


JAN 16-20, 2017
Guitarist w/ "The Stowaways" All-Star Band at
SHIPROCKED music cruise
Departs from Miami FL

 


FEB 18, 2017
Performing at
Burapa Bike Week
Pattaya, Thailand

 


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4 - THE SWISS CHEESE GUITAR


I started working at age 12 painting album covers on the backs of dungaree jackets for $20 each (most people asked for Iron Maiden's first album or Killers) Ibanez just came out with the Roadstar series of guitars, which were Stratocaster copies with a better vibrato bar on 'em. When I was 14 I saved up enough money to get one selling at the store I took lessons at - the wood was cracked, it was last year's model, it was $180. It was a 1983 Ibanez Roadstar RS135BK (bought it July 3rd, 1984) First thing I did when I brought it home was pry the paint off it and sand it down to the wood.

(pic taken Feb 16th, 1985)

This is another guitar that went through alot of changes. Put a humbucker by the bridge. At one point I hung old skeleton keys all over the guitar - made the guitar too heavy. I left it as is for a while. Put a Floyd vibrato and a locking nut on it eventually. I wanted to make the guitar look like someone took a big bite out of the body. My dad had a bunch of drill bits - I drilled away the wood where ya rest your picking arm, and in the end it looked like shit. So I kept on drilling and eventually it looked like Swiss cheese. I went to an auto paint store with a slice of Swiss cheese and told them I need to match that color. They hooked me up and I painted it yellow. In the early 90s, DiMarzio re-wired the guitar for me, with a Chopper pickup by the neck and a Tone Zone by the bridge. They put in a single volume knob and a 5-way toggle switch - 1) bridge pickup, 2) bridge pickup as a single-coil, 3) both pickups, 4) both pickups out of phase, 5) neck pickup.

This was my main guitar until I hooked up with Vigier in '97. When Vigier built the "Bumblefoot" guitar, I laid the cheese guitar to permanent rest.


(pic taken Feb '97)

 

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