Certain guitars come to mind...
Back in the late-70's to mid-80's, I used to go to 48th st in NYC sometimes and buy or trade for guitars. Back then prices for older Fender and Gibson guitars weren't crazy yet. I bought a 1957 LP Junior from 'We Buy Guitars'. What made the guitar interesting is...
Hondo made a whole range of guitars. Some were better and some were worse. The better ones were MIJ and can be decent players with a good setup and better pickups. Mainly nostalgia value these days, though.
In the late 70's as a kid, the rehearsal studio my band played at had two Marshall JMP 50-watt half stacks which, for me, were "the sound". That tone and the JCM 800 50-watt tone are two of my all time favorites.
Hard to beat a black face Fender, though.
On the solid state side of things, the...
Sometimes when a member of a famous band dies, they can replace that person and keep going, but Eddie *was* Van Halen. Major loss and a pretty young age to go (unless of course you've lived the rock n roll dream).
RIP to a true guitar legend.
Think I'll go listen to some VH1.
I remember this song from my early childhood because it was on the radio a lot and I had older siblings. However, listening to it now, it really occurs to me what a masterful piece of songwriting it is. Haunting. I just looked at her Wikipedia article and apparently that whole album was excellent.
James Gang Live. One of my all time favorites. Excellent use of an Echoplex and massive tone. I figured the divebomb type stuff was done with bends since I have usually seen him on a Les Paul for anything from that era.