In the 70's he had become a product of Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck and was already beginning to reach for the outer limits of his guitar playing. Though guitar gunslingers was led by Edward Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, George was never in their shadow, as the years would prove. One of the most popular guitarists to emerge from '80s-era heavy metal with an arsenal of snazzy-looking guitars and speedy solos, George helped propel Dokken toward the top of the charts for a spell and later, launched a solo career.
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Johnny "J. Frog" Garcia is the very talented artist, designer who conceived and created the original George Lynch Skull N' Bones Guitars. Everyone knows about the Japanese copies of the original guitars that rode to fame on the coat tails of the J. Frog designed guitar. The guitar was a product of endless hours of drawing and discussion, mind numbing tedious attention to detail and design and 100's of lines of cocaine. The body was sculpted out of a Warmouth alder wood strat body, routed for one humbucker in the bridge position and a standard strat tremolo. The top portion of the skull, and the finger bones are cherry wood additions, jigged onto the existing strat shape. The bone shapes are the actual original surfaces of the wood with the outlining areas carved out. Frog painted the guitar using an antiqued white color to make the bone shapes appear to be in an early state of decay. John really puts himself into his work, literally. John pulled one of his own teeth and fitted it into the mouth of the guitar, then cut off a lock of his own hair and glued it to the skull.
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PROFILE / BIOGRAPHY
Although born in Spokane, WA, on September 28, 1954, George Lynch was raised in Sacramento, CA, where he took up the guitar as a teenager. Influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Leslie West, Jeff Beck, and Allan Holdsworth, he played the L.A. club circuit throughout the '70s, including gigs with such forgotten acts as Sergeant Rocks, Xciter, and the Boyz. It was as a member of the latter band that George met drummer Mick Brown and singer Don Dokken, which led to the formation of Dokken by the early '80s. With a sound akin to a more melodic Van Halen (and their lyrics ofttimes dealing with the subject of heartbreak), Dokken issued their debut recording, Breaking the Chains, in 1982, first through the European label Carerre before Elektra signed the group and reissued the album in the U.S. Although Ratt bassist Juan Croucier played on the album, newcomer Jeff Pilson became a permanent member soon after. Two back-to-back gold certified albums followed, 1984's Tooth and Nail and 1985's Under Lock and Key, as Dokken became one of hard rock's most promising young bands. It was also during this time that George began receiving recognition for his six-string skills. With Randy Rhoads deceased and Eddie Van Halen focusing more on songwriting than shredding, guitar slingers were looking for a new hero by the mid-'80s, and George fit the bill as he received countless accolades and appearances at the top of polls in guitar magazines. He also became known for his interesting-looking instruments, especially one carved into the shape of a mangled skeleton (a long and fruitful relationship with the ESP guitar company also began around this time). Much of Dokken's success is credited to George Lynch's guitarmanship and songwriting. He recorded five highly successful albums from 1983 to 1988 which helped to propel him as one of the most influential guitarists in modern music. Another distinction that separates him from others of this genre is that his guitar playing earned Dokken a Grammy nomination in 1989 for Best Rock Instrumental. Even Van Halen had yet to receive any nomination at this time. But with major breakthrough success beckoning, Dokken seemed to come apart at the seams. It was no secret that Lynch and Dokken never saw eye to eye, and their shaky relationship only worsened during the tour in support of 1987's platinum hit, Back for the Attack (an album which included the Lynch guitar showcase "Mr. Scary"). Even a slot on 1988's much-hyped Monsters of Rock U.S. tour (which also included Van Halen, the Scorpions, Metallica, etc.) couldn't save the sinking Dokken ship, as the group announced their split shortly after the tour's completion. After an obligatory live album, Beast From the East, was issued, George opted to form a new outfit, the Lynch Mob, instead of what many fans hoped for a guitar-shredding solo album. Joining Lynch in the new outfit was singer Oni Logan, bassist Anthony Esposito, and former Dokken drummer Jones, they released their debut album, Wicked Sensation, in 1990. While the album performed respectfully on the charts, the group's sound was almost a carbon copy of Dokken's and failed to break the group commercially. Throughout the early '90s, George issued another release under the Lynch Mob name (1992's self-titled sophomore effort) and as a solo artist (1993's Sacred Groove), the latter of which Lynch originally planned on inviting such singers as Phil Anselmo and Chris Cornell to guest on, but wound up settling on Matthew and Gunnar Nelson(!), among others. With both Lynch and Dokken's separate careers not what they once were, the singer and the guitarist settled their differences at the behest of their record company, as the Lynch-Dokken-Brown-Pilson lineup of Dokken reunited in 1994. An "unplugged" album/home video followed a year later, One Live Night, but old habits were hard to break, as Dokken and Lynch butted heads once again trying to settle on a musical direction on such subsequent lackluster studio albums as 1995's Dysfunctional and 1997's Shadowlife. Both albums failed to return Dokken back to the top of the charts, as George left the group once more shortly thereafter. Veteran guitarist Reb Beach (formerly in Winger and Alice Cooper) stepped into Mr. Scary's shoes for the album "Erase The Slate". The late '90s/early 21st century saw him alternate between issuing albums with the Lynch Mob (with varying members) and as a solo artist resulting in such further titles as 1999's Smoke This, 2001's Will Play for Food, 2002's holiday recording The Lynch That Stole Riffness, and 2003's Wicked Underground, the latter of which saw Lynch reunite with ex-Dokken bassist Pilson. In addition to releasing albums and touring, George has been known to perform at guitar clinics and instrument expos (especially NAMM), he has developed his own signature guitar series with ESP, and, as evidenced on an episode of VH1's Where Are They Now? program, has become an avid body builder.
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