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THE GUITARS - LES CLAYPOOL
Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool (born September 29, 1963 in Richmond, California, U.S.) is a musician, best known for his work with the band Primus and bass work. Claypool's mastery of the electric bass has brought him into the spotlight with his funky, creative playing style. The music of Primus is difficult to define, and while usually considered by critics to be funk metal or alternative metal, Primus has been called everything from "thrash-funk meets Don Knotts, Jr." to "alternative rock" to "the Freak Brothers set to music."

Les Claypool himself once described their music as "psychedelic polka."Claypool mixes finger-tapping, flamenco-like strumming, and a Larry Graham-like slap technique, and Geddy Lee influences to develop his own unique style and has earned respect as one of rock's premier bass talents, becoming an influence for younger bassists in recent years. He is a multi-instrumentalist, novelist, music producer, actor, and film director. Claypool has also self produced and engineered his solo releases from his own studio "Rancho Relaxo." 2006 saw the release of a full-length feature film Electric Apricot written and directed by Claypool as well as a debut novel South of the Pumphouse."

For more information on Les Claypool, go to lesclaypool.com.


Guitar: Gibson Thunderbird / Gold Leaf Pen

EXHIBIT PRIOR TO GALA
The Les Claypool guitar will be publicly displayed at Starstruck Boutique & Art Gallery in downtown Petaluma from late January until the Gala (February 28, 2009). Starstruck Boutique & Art Gallery is located at 46 Kentucky St. in Petaluma, CA. For more information about this exhibit, please call Starstruck Boutique & Art Gallery at (707) 766-6199.

This guitar will be auctioned on the evening of February 28, 2009 at the Phoenix Guitar Gala & Carnaval.

The auction will take place in the Phoenix and will be broadcast worldwide via the Internet while accepting bids from around the world.

ONLINE BIDDER REGISTRATION
Click here to register to bid online for the Guitar Gala on 2/28/09.



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