Johnny Marr Broke His Hand

Pretty much the worst thing for a guitar player, especially when on tour. Marr is currently touring to support his debut solo album “The Messenger” but fell and broke his hand while gong for a run in London last week. Marr hopes this won’t slow him down and stated, “The plan is to do the Leeds Brudenell shows on March 24 and 25 and then the dates I have in South America as long as I can play the guitar when the plaster comes off. Usually that would be after six weeks but I’m hoping it will be OK, it’s a bit up in the air at this point. I may have to start drinking heavily.” Marr is a tough guy. Full story at


Another Top Ten Guitarists List

Yeah, yeah, we’ve all seen a million top ten guitarist lists. Yes, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, etc., etc. But this top ten list by Adam Jones of Tool is a bit different. And I like it because it includes two of my favorites (who I’m lucky enough to have seen several times each)–Buzz Osborne of The Melvins and Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers. You can see the full list at Guitar World.


The Ten Most Expensive Guitars Ever Sold

The Telegraph recently put together this list of the ten most expensive guitars ever sold. Pretty cool, but they are definitely missing Bob Dylan’s guitar, which sold for $965,000 back in December. But check it out and see how many you recognize. The Hendrix guitar shown below was used at Woodstock and sold to Paul Allen for $2 million back in 1998. I don’t recall seeing it at the EMP. Maybe they keep it hidden away?


D’Addario EXL110 Nickel Wound, Regular Light, 10-46

These are the strings I’m using now. Both my Blacktop Tele and my Robert Cray Strat came with 9s but those just feel too light for me, so I went with 10s. I picked these cause people seem to like them and the three pack was pretty cheap, too–$12 on Amazon. I also like the colored ends (gimmick, I know, but kind of cool and easy to identify when you are stringing your guitar). Apparently the D’Addario EXL110 Nickel Wound, Regular Light, 10-46s are D’Addario’s best selling strings. Next I want to try the EXL140 Nickel Wound, Light Top/Heavy Bottom, 10-52s, which should have a slightly beefier tone.

What strings do you use?