Peter Banks: Original Guitarist of the Band Yes. Dead At 65

This seems to be the week we loose yet another of the greatest musicians of the 70s and 80s 

Peter Banks, original Yes guitarist, dead at 65 – USA TODAY

Rolling Peter Banks, original Yes guitarist, dead at 65 USA TODAY Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks died this past Thursday in his London home. The musician’s website listed his cause of death as heart failure, saying he was found after failin …

Tribute to Peter Banks -The Prog Collective – Social Circles (Faet. Annie Haslam, Peter Banks

This is Peter Banks (15 July, 1947 — 8 March, 2013) was an English guitarist. He was the original guitarist of the progressive rock band Yes. We are very saddened to learn that a great guitarists, Peter Banks, passed away. RIP Peter . This is a trib…


Hopefully our next post will be about the  World’s Finest Guitars and not another Obit

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Alvin Lee Is Going Home: ‘Ten Years After’ Guitarist Dies

Heard this very sad news today , We lost one of the World’s great guitarist this week . Alvin Lee

We will all miss you Alvin. Heaven must have needed a great lead guitarist in the Big Band in the Sky

Pictured is Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee playing his signature Gibson ES-335

Alvin Jammin' on his ES-335


.Alvin Lee Is Going Home: ‘Ten Years After’ Guitarist Dies – NPR (blog)

NPR (blog)Alvin Lee Is Going Home: ‘Ten Years After’ Guitarist DiesNPR (blog)The performance, an intense nod to vintage blues and ’50s rock and roll, featured the lightning-fast fretwork of Ten Years After frontman Alvin Lee. ‘The solo on the movie s …



With the exception of the Les Paul Standard, there are few other guitars in the Gibson catalog that can match the ES335 for sheer star power. From Chuck Berry’s numerous performances to Alvin Lee’s incendiary performance at Woodstock to Police’s 2008 tour in NYC, the ES335 has been the instrument of choice for any players seeking gorgeous, round, mellow tones, tempered with the edge and sustain of a full-blooded solid body electric like the Les Paul.

Gibson Es-335 Guitar Satin Cherry – Perfect | Guitar Wolf


This, then, was a new kind of guitar and Gibson made it first. The semi-hollowbody. This is the guitar that Chuck Berry played all his hits on. Alvin Lee was another proponent of the ES335. And you may have heard of that chap Eric Clapton?

The State of the World’s Ebony and Other Wood Supplies



 Please take a few moments to watch this very important video

Taylor Guitars co-founder Bob Taylor talks about the world’s dwindling supply of ebony, the realities of ebony sourcing in Cameroon, and Taylor’s efforts to preserve a sustainable supply for the entire musical instrument community. With the co-purchase of Crelicam, an ebony mill in Cameroon in 2011, Taylor began to develop a fresh framework for sustainable sourcing, one that blends socially responsible forestry with job training that will help Cameroonian communities support themselves and improve their living standards.

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Source: Taylor Guitars


Hello, and welcome to this addition of World’s Finest Guitars. We have a good one for you today . We’re going to feature the incredible work of Luthier Jay Lichty  of Lichty Guitars. and Ukuleles.  However, instead of looking at Jay’s guitars, we thought it would be fun to take a gander at some of Jay’s wonderful ukuleles.  For those who may be yelling  “UKULELES!” “WHO CARES ABOUT UKULELES?”   let me assure you that you will enjoy learning and looking at Jay’s fine craftsmanship.

Due to a resurgence of popularity of the neglected little instrument you’ve been hearing the good old uke for quite a while now on many of today’s recordings. Case in point, is Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo?ole’s Platinum selling hit “Over the Rainbow.”  Or how about Train’s mega hit “Hey Soul Sister“ The ukelele was the prominent instrument on that track.

Lichty- Flame Koa Tenor Ukulele

 First a little history.

The ukulele originated in the 19th century as an Hawaiian interpretation of the cavaquinho or braguinha and the rajao, small guitar-like instruments taken to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants.[3] It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century, and from there spread internationally.The tone and volume of the instrument varies with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.Traditional tuning for the soprano ukulele was D6-tuning: A4 D4 F#4 B4, but standard tuning for concert and tenor ukuleles the C6-tuning instead: G4 C4 E4 A4. A good way to remember this is with the phrase “Goats Can Eat Anything”. The G string is tuned an octave higher than might be expected. This is known as reentrant tuning. Some prefer “Low G” tuning on the tenor, with the G in sequence an octave lower. The baritone is usually tuned to D3 G3 B3 E4, which is the same as the highest four strings of the standard 6-string guitar.

(Source: Wikipedia)

So let’s get into the great stuff.  Below is a video that shows off Jay’s work and his shop.

Let’s Visit Jay at His Shop

“Jay has been a musician all his life and a home builder for the better part of his professional career. When the economic downturn impacted the home construction industry and work became scarce.  Jay decided to try his hand at building a ukulele in his new-found free time, just for fun mind you.  One carefully handcrafted ukulele led to another. Within months of building that first instrument Jay had the good fortune of taking a guitar-building workshop with renowned custom guitar builder, Wayne Henderson.


 “I’m proud to say I taught Jay to build his first guitar. His guitars show great craftsmanship and sound really good.” – Wayne Henderson, master luthier, mentor and all around great guy.

There has been no looking back since that first guitar. As Jay strives to build the best handmade acoustic guitars and handmade ukuleles around.”

(Source: Lichty Guitars & Ukueles )



What amazes me is, that when I was a kid all the ukuleles I ever saw were nothing special.  In those days many ukuleles were just a basic small cheaply made bland sound box with 4 strings that Tiny Tim used to sing his mega hit “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” plus a lot of Hawaiian songs had a ukeleles in them. I never paid much attention to them.  Until now.

Let’s take a look at some of Jay’s work




Hand Painted

Wow, unbelievable workmanship. All the same attention to detail as his finest handcrafted guitars. The grains in the wood are really outstanding and the rosettes are exotic. How about the hand painted one?  Definitely not the bland box of past uke generations.

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