Friday, September 10, 2004

INSTRUMENTATIONOBIT: Ernie Ball, guitar string seller to the stars, has died. The 74 year-old built a company with annual sales of USD40 million out a guitar shop, mainly thanks to the success of his Slinkys, lightweight strings perfect for rock and roll. Everyone from BB King to the Stones, through to Metallica, used the strings, allowing Ball to build up a business that produced instruments and other accessories. He died in San Luis Obispo, California on Thursday, after a long illness.

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