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July 6, 2009

Name that guitar

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — madscntst @ 8:32 am

“He’s got one of the best guitar collections, very eclectic.”
– Keith Richards, on Johnny Depp’s collection, 2007

Johnny has always shown so much passion for music that it wouldn’t be surprising for him to have a vast guitar collection.  When a video clip surfaced last month of Johnny receiving a vintage guitar for his birthday, on the set of The Rum Diary, I thought to myself, “Okay, so how big does this make his collection NOW?”  So I got the bright idea to start a new section of Johnny Depp RocksJohnny’s Guitars.  I figured I would go through all the photos I’ve accumulated of Johnny seen with a guitar in some fashion, and sort them out according to make and model.  Easy, right?

It started out that way– I was able to find quite a few examples of Johnny playing his trusty Fender Telecaster, which articles have told us is a 1956 model.  And we’ve seen him as Captain Jack Sparrow, posing with the gorgeous Gibson Master Museum Collection Pirates of the Caribbean guitar, valued at around $100K.  But as I went through the various stage performances that we know of – and there aren’t even that many – not to mention photoshoots, movies (including Platoon, Cry-Baby, and Chocolat), and even interviews where a guitar has been strategically placed in the background, I realized that he’s got a good number of distinct guitars (and basses).  And those are only the ones he has been seen with publicly!   A few of these guitars may be props or borrowed guitars, but there is no way to know for sure.  Knowing Johnny and how much he loves music, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were all his, but at the very least, they’ve all been guitars that he has used.  I wouldn’t even presume to guess how large his collection really is, but Johnny’s Guitars at least attempts to organize the ones we know about.

Now, guitar expert, I’m not!  I own a little no-name student-sized acoustic guitar, that my parents bought for me when I was about 12.  I took about 8 months of guitar lessons at the time, and another few months’ worth of group lessons when I was in college.  I could pick notes if I really struggled, but basically I’m best at strumming along with Kumbaya. I’ve never played an electric guitar in my life.  I know that Bruce Springsteen plays a Fender Esquire with an extra pickup, but only because people have told me so.  Thank goodness for Google and Wikipedia!  And thanks also to some friends who have been able to help ID some of these guitars.  Since the quality of some of the photos and screen captures is not that great, in some cases I may never be able to say more than “green electric guitar.”  But it’s still an item to include in this impressive collection!

So, if anyone out there in cyberspace happens to stumble on this post and can help with any information about any of the guitars shown on my Johnny’s Guitars page, please do not hesitate to let me know!  You can e-mail me at info@johnnydepprocks.com or post to this blog.  I hope to hear from you!

Cathy

P.S.- Links above have been updated with the new johnnydepprocks.com domain.

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April 18, 2009

(No Depp Content) – I pulled into Nazareth…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — madscntst @ 10:45 pm

Actually, I pulled in… or rather, I flew in, to Austin, TX, a couple of weeks ago.  I was there for a Bruce Springsteen concert (#97; yes, I’m a lifelong fan) and to enjoy a nice weekend with a friend.  I’d only been to Austin once before, in 2002, for SXSW.  That trip had been a wonderful (but exhausting!) blur of waking up at noon, Waterloo Records in-stores, day parties and barbecues, and memorable showcases all night long, not to mention the excellent food and drink.  As I’m not getting any younger, this would be a considerably more relaxed trip, other than, of course, the concert that I was there for.  Still, there was no reason not to still take advantage of the fine city’s offerings: a trip to Waterloo, some more shopping, and some excellent food and drink.  But it wouldn’t be a proper trip to Austin without hearing some good Austin music, and so my friend and I went to catch an acoustic gig by Johnny’s former P bandmate, Bill Carter.

Carter was playing with another area songwriter/musician named Stephen Doster.  I wasn’t familiar with Doster but later learned that he has worked with Nanci Griffith and put out at least one album.  Due to having taken our time with a delicious steak dinner and a longer-than-expected drive to the venue, and the gig ending earlier than we thought, we only got to hear them play for half an hour.  But it was well worth the trip!  Besides a couple of songs I didn’t recognize, they played Carter’s Cocktail Waitress (At The Poodle Dog Lounge), The Band’s The Weight, The Beatles’ Two Of Us, and The Rolling Stones’ Honky Tonk Women.  What a treat to hear such first class guitar work and wonderfully blended vocals in such an informal, relaxed setting, while sipping on some delicious locally-brewed pale ale.  A perfect, if short, evening.

My friend brought up a tip from us as they were packing up their gear, and shook their hands and had some nice words with them. I was in one of my silly shy modes and chose to hang back.  But she said they were both gracious and lovely, and very appreciative that we came to hear them.

A night later, Bruce Springsteen put on a typically amazing performance:  3 hours of non-stop passion and energy.  It was probably the best I’d seen Bruce in the last several years, and definitely reaffirmed my fanhood.  Even so, I can’t help but think back to the night before, listening to two guys with acoustic guitars with no huge backing band, no fancy lights or stage effects, and no huge crowds, but just playing music because they love to play music.   Two completely different experiences, but then again, maybe not.  When it comes down to it, it’s the music that matters.

Cathy

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