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Gui­tarist was sad­dened to hear for­mer Motör­head gui­tarist Ed­ward Allen Clarke, more fa­mously known as ‘Fast Ed­die’, passed away on 10 Jan­uary in hos­pi­tal aged 67 af­ter con­tract­ing pneu­mo­nia. Along­side late drum­mer Phil ‘An­i­mal’ Tay­lor and front­man Lemmy, he was gui­tarist for the best-known line-up of the band, record­ing their first four al­bums – in­clud­ing the 1979 clas­sic Overkill and the fol­low­ing year’s Ace Of Spades – be­fore he was re­placed by for­mer Thin Lizzy man Brian Robert­son af­ter his de­par­ture in 1982. Clarke was the last sur­viv­ing mem­ber of the clas­sic Motör­head trio – Tay­lor died from liver fail­ure in Novem­ber 2015 and Lemmy suc­cumbed to can­cer the fol­low­ing month.

In a re­cent in­ter­view, Eric Clap­ton has re­vealed that he’s los­ing his hear­ing. “The only thing I’m con­cerned with now is be­ing in my 70s and be­ing pro­fi­cient,” he ad­mit­ted to BBC2 while pro­mot­ing new doc­u­men­tary

Eric Clap­ton: Life In 12 Bars. “I mean, I’m go­ing deaf, I’ve got tin­ni­tus, my hands just about work,” he said. But he con­firmed he still plans to play live: “I’m hop­ing peo­ple will come along and see me just be­cause, or maybe more than be­cause, I’m a cu­rios­ity. I know that’s part of it,” he added, “It’s amaz­ing to my­self that I’m still here.” The 72-year-old leg­end is yet to elab­o­rate on the ex­act na­ture of his hear­ing is­sues.

Like its par­ent com­pany Gib­son, Epi­phone didn’t at­tend the NAMM show but it’s still got a n ew sig­na­ture model to an­nounce – the Ana­conda Burst Slash Les Paul Stan­dard will please those who couldn’t stump for the re­cent Gib­son ver­sions. There’s two ver­sions, Stan­dard Plus Top Pro Premium ($1,199) limited to 100 gui­tars signed by Slash on the back of the head­stock. Electrics on all mod­els (non-signed $899) are un­cov­ered Sey­mour Dun­can Slash Al­nico II Pro hum­buck­ers and Sprague Or­ange Drop ca­pac­i­tors.

As Al­ter Bridge and Slash col­lab­o­ra­tor Myles Kennedy heads out on a solo acous­tic UK tour in March sup­port­ing his

Year Of The Tiger de­but (out 9 March), he’s leav­ing most of the in­stru­ments he used for record­ing at home. “I don’t want to take out any of my vin­tage acous­tics,” he tells us. “Ob­vi­ously the road wouldn’t be kind to them. With that said, I’m look­ing at per­form­ing with a Gib­son South­ern Jumbo, a Mar­tin 000-EC, a PRS An­gelus and a Tay­lor 614. I’m go­ing to need a few gui­tars since I’m us­ing var­i­ous al­tered tun­ings. As far as res­onators go, the Na­tional NRP sounds great, so that’ll be my tour­ing go-to.”

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