Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive!

"Peter Frampton has been reunited with the Gibson electric guitar he played on 'Frampton Comes Alive,' three decades after it was presumed destroyed in a plane crash. ... Mr. Frampton said he was given the guitar by a man named Mark Mariana in 1970. Mr. Frampton had been playing with his band Humble Pie at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, and he borrowed the guitar from Mr. Mariana for a show because his own instrument kept feeding back when he soloed. He fell in love with it. Made of Honduran mahogany, it was light in his hands, and the neck was thin, the fretting action light, suiting his small hands. 'I used it for both sets and my feet didn’t touch the ground,' he recalled. saying he thought, 'This is the best guitar I have ever played.' After the show he tried to buy the instrument, but Mr. Mariana insisted on giving it to him. It became his favorite guitar. ... Perhaps most important, it was the guitar he played on the 1976 solo album 'Frampton Comes Alive!' one of the best-selling live albums ever and the recording that established him as one of the great rock guitarists of the 1970s" (James C. McKinley Jr., "Peter Frampton Reunited with 'Best Guitar' after 31 Years,' New York Times, 1/3/12).

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