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I have this update
January 15th 2008
Ferrara has sadly and so very unexpectedly passed way. He died in his
sleep at his home after suffering a fatal heart attack. Bobby was far
more than a fast guitarist and inspirational composer, he was a loving
husband to his wife Angel,
and a clean living young
man with such a kind and generous
personally to all he met. Bobby had so many plans panning out for 2008,
personal and professional, what a loss .. he will be greatly missed. Rest
In Peace, Bobby, and our thoughts are with your family
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been privileged to work with Bobby Ferrara and was honored to make guitars
for him. He was an enormous talent with the kindest personality and hell
be missed." ~ GM Reszel
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Born: July 22nd
Ferrara, born Robert Patrick Ferrara now living in Palm Springs, CA, originally
hailed from Queens Village, New York . He is self taught and (among other
things) a world class, ultra fast shred guitarist. He has been described
by the world's top guitar shredders as ..
melting metal with burning speed ~ chaotic melodic maniac ~ jaw-dropping
~ faster than the flight of the bumble bee at double speed, then faster
~ a metal burner and the quotes go on. Bobby is all these, with much more,
his playing is the cleanest I have ever heard at such high speeds and
looses absolutely nothing, his shredding contains far more melody than
his worldly counterparts,
but he is more than this too. His composing is fresh,
as his playing,
his haunting guitar work cries in his rock ballads, using as much compassionate
control and projection in his slow work as he does in his high speed shredding.
Bobby Ferrara is a true guitar virtuoso.
Signature Bobby Ferrara Guitar Model by Grem USA
Signature Bobby Ferrara Pick Ups by Krozka-Sharpe
Bobby Ferrara Strings by Curt Mangan
Signature Bobby Ferrara Effects Pedal by Ollman Effect Pedals Germany
Bobby Ferrara has taken
some time-out to give me
a very interesting and generous interview.
Palm Springs, C.A.
October 26th 2006
Hi there Bobby, thanks for taking time for this interview, you have an
amazing gift .. do you come from a musical family, were your parents or
grand parents musical at all?
Hi Beverley, no my family wasn't musical, but my parents were very supportive,
plus it kept me out of trouble and right under there nose! :)
BT: So when did you first get interested in music?
was playing drums at 5years old, guitar shortly after that. As I drove
my parents insane with the beating drums, so my drums disappeared one
day and there was a little plastic guitar left on my bed in replace ..
that was it for me .. once I started playing the guitar it was all over.
BT: That was a lucky replacement.. LOL How old were you when you started
with your little plastic guitar?
BOBBY: I was
6 years old when started playing guitar
BT: and were you ever in any school bands?
I was very quiet and shy.. God how things change!
BT: So what was your first band?
BOBBY: I was
7 , playing in my friend's basement, we never had a name, because we would
only have about 10 minutes of playing time, until my friend's mother would
come down the basement and throw us all out.. lol
BT: LOL, I think
good old Mums have a lot to put up with , when they have young budding
musical offspring!! But lovely, happy days. At some point your beloved
plastic guitar would have to be replaced, what was your first proper guitar?
BOBBY: My first
decent electric guitar was a Carlo Robelli Les Paul copy :)
BT: Steve Hackett gets quite a mean tune out of his CR Les Paul copy..
So what music did you listen to in your younger days?
BOBBY: The two
big ones were, KISS and Van Halen
BT: Were they your roll models?
BOBBY: Ya ..
It started with Kiss, Ace Frehley was it for me, then when Eddie Van Halen
hit the scene... I jumped ship...
BT: You nearly got me bursting into song then !! Great bands, great musicians.
What music and who do you enjoy now a days?
BOBBY: I listen
to a lot of European rock bands, Jorn, anything from Goran Edman, Michael
BT: Ya, Scandinavia and Germany have produced some great heavy rock musicians.
How many hours did you use to practice?
BOBBY: Back then,
only 2 to 3 hours every day after school, as I got older it was 4 to 5
hours everyday .. I practice clean, no distortion at all.
BT: Interesting .. What about your Gear.. your musical gear?
I'm working with some great company's now, Grem Guitars USA, builds some
of the best guitars on the planet, for the first time I love my guitars!
I have my own signature pickups built by Krozka Sharpe Guitar Pickups
of the UK, just a wonderful company . I have to give a big thanks to John
Suhr Amplifiers, John is working on one of my main Marshalls , as busy
as he is, he made time for me.
Ollmann effects of German, Goudie, Dytone, Kasha, all the best of the
BT: and strings ...
what strings do you use?
I play Curt Mangan strings exclusively, I use light 9s.
BT: Have you a CD in the offing?
yes, we have started working on a CD.. I will shoot a few clips over to
you to hear:)
BT: I will look forward to that, but really looking forward to the finished
CD.., Who are the musicians accompanying you on your new CD..
BOBBY: One of
the musician's I'm currently working with is Vivien Lalu, Vivien is with
out a doubt one of the best keyboardists, producer, songwriter, I have
worked with! and Morty Black from TNT will be playing bass on some of
the tracks. I will be listing more about it on my website soon.
BT: Wow .. they are great guys .. Is there anything in particular that
inspires your composing?
everything around me plays a part in my composing, people, events, everyday
things, it all goes into what I write
BT: I have read you are becoming very popular in Japan and the Far East.
Have you plans to go over to Japan?
would love to, no plans as of now, but if I have the chance in the future,
that would be something that would interest me very much. Never can get
Well I am sure Japan and the Far East won't be too far away in your future
.. What are your plans for your musical career?
Well, I just got married, to a wonderful, beautiful woman, we have two
homes in Palm Springs, and just bought a home in Austin, Texas .. we're
also looking to start a "family" soon :)
I'm working on the new CD.., that will be finished in Austin, I'm playing
a show in the UK in April for Krozka Sharpe Guitars, It will be at "The
London Guitar Show" in UK in 2007.
I'm booked solid for both Namms... I couldn't ask for more
BT: Congratulations on your marriage. Coming to
the UK .. exciting .. I and many others over here will have the opportunity
to seeing you perform live next year. Will really look forward
Lastly .. your guitar playing is so ultra clean, even at such extremely
high speeds, and looses nothing, without giving too many secrets away
have you any tips for other guitarists?
No secrets at all, it
takes drive and a passion , I think too many kids today don't have good
role models to look up to. Picking up a guitar for 5 minutes and chatting
on the computer won't do the trick... if you put the time in , your rewards
That was great .. Thanks Bobby for taking time for this interview, sharing
your thoughts and giving us a little insight. We wish you only good luck
and success in your career's future and a very happy family life too.
Also looking forward to seeing you next year when you visit us in the
Thank you Beverley
.. see ya next year friend.
you go .. no short cuts to perfection..
Bobby Ferrara is sure proof that practice does make perfect.
fans can visit Bobby next year at
London Guitar Show
plans to reveal our new guitar, the Scarab, at next year's London Guitar
Show in April are under way.
"The 'Scarab' will be one seriously cool, rock and metal showpiece.
The only man good enough to demonstrate the guitar is Bobby Ferrara. Those
new to Bobby will be in for a treat; the US guitarist is one of the fastest
rock players on the planet - not only that, but he has more melodies than
Satch and Vai as Blood Brothers!!!"
TO THIS OUTSTANDING ~ GUITAR
ROBERT PATRICK FERRARA
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