NEXT APPEARANCE...


JULY 29, 2015
Performance in Cyprus
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AUG 1 - 8, 2015
Guest instructor at
Corfu Rock School
Corfu, Greece

AUG 9, 2015
Performance at
12 Festival Rapido Molino
Gorgomilos, Preveza, Greece
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AUG 10, 2015
Parga, Greece
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late-AUG/early-SEP 2015
India / Pakistan / Israel / France
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AUTOUR DE LA GUITARE
Guitar Festival (France)


OCT 9, 2015
Zénith - Caen
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OCT 10, 2015
Zénith - Rouen
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OCT 16, 2015
Le Liberté - Rennes
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OCT 17, 2015
Zénith - Nantes
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OCT 20, 2015
Le Summum - Grenoble
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OCT 21, 2015
Axone - Montbelliard
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OCT 22, 2015
Halle Tony Garnier - Lyon
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OCT 23, 2015
Zénith - Clermont-Ferrand
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OCT 24, 2015
Zenith - Dijon
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OCT 29, 2015
Palais 12 Heysel
Brussels, Belgium
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OCT 30, 2015
Kursaal - Dunkerque
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OCT 31, 2015
Zénith - Lille
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NOV 3, 2015
Zénith - Amiens
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NOV 4, 2015
Le Millesium - Epernay
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NOV 5, 2015
Zénith - Nancy
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NOV 6, 2015
Les Arčnes - Metz
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NOV 7, 2015
Zénith - Strasbourg
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NOV 10, 2015
Palais Nikaďa - Nice
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NOV 11, 2015
Zénith - Toulon
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NOV 12, 2015
Le Dôme - Marseille
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NOV 13, 2015
Zénith - Montpellier
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NOV 14, 2015
Zénith - Pau
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NOV 18, 2015
Zénith - Paris
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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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