Warren De Martini
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Warren De Martini (April 10, 1963) is an American glam rock/metal guitarist, best known as a member of the group Ratt.
"I was at Frank Zappa’s studio and his guitar was sitting there on a guitar stand. I said ‘Can I try it out?’ and he said ‘Yeah,’ and I played it and I was astounded how good it played. I was like, ‘What? What is this? Where did it come from?’ and he told me about their shop. At that time it was by the Capitol Records building in Hollywood. I called them up and said ‘Do you still have the specs on the guitar you built for Frank Zappa?’ He said yes and I just ordered one right there. That was the beginning of many collaborations. (...) The Koa necks were all more or less based on that neck they made for Frank. I have several of them, and the Koa was one of those lot, yeah." (http://iheartguitarblog.com/2010/05/interview-ratts-warren-demartini.html)
"I used to visit the house from time to time and got to know him a bit. And there was a conductor in New York who was putting together a tribute to his music called Zappa's Universe. And Frank asked me to perform a couple of songs in that. He was only participating as an arranger, so he was at the rehearsals, but he didn’t actually attend the shows. I’ve never received a Grammy, but if I did, I seriously doubt the feeling would exceed the feeling of getting a call from Frank Zappa. [Laughs]" (http://www.examiner.com/heavy-metal-in-national/exclusive-interview-ratt-guitarist-warren-demartini-speaks-on-band-s-latest-musical-infestation)
He also collaborated with Dweezil Zappa. Along with Dweezil Zappa, Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC, Brian May and Eddie Van Halen De Martini will work on an upcoming tribute album to Zappa, "What The Hell Was I Thinking?" (http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/top-guitarists-on-dweezil-zappa-album/)
- Wikipedia article about De Martini
- MENN, Don, ed. (1992), "Warren De Martini—Ratt Guitarist Turns Zappa Stylist", Zappa! Guitar Player Presents., San Francisco, CA: Miller Freeman, p. 14, ISSN 1063-4533