November – the November issues of leading UK guitar magazines both feature Zemaitis guitars:
‘Guitar & Bass’ reviewed the Zemaitis Greco GZ501 Diamond – scored 87%
‘Guitarist’ reviewed AC Zemaitis MF501-BL Metal Front (4 stars) and Greco GZV-500MF Metal Front Vee (3.5 stars). They also had a reprint from the Z Gazette written by Tony about the Metal Front… and a Zemaitis Pearl Front featuring in their calendar (May).
September – Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards donates his Zemaitis Pearl Front to charity The Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation.
September – Guitarist magazine (UK) has details on the return of Zemaitis to the UK “Metal Heart”.
August – Guitarist magazine’s ‘Uppers Downers’ column has an upper saying “ZAMAZING new Japanese-made Zemaitis guitars are clearly in vogue for the classic rock glitterati if Guitarist’s recent visit to the Download festival is anything to go by – guitarists from Black Stone Cherry, Buckcherry, Whitesnake, The Answer and Def Leppard were playing them.”
July – Hobbs Farm Music Festival 2008 is using a Zemaitis acoustic image on it’s flyer and website.
July – New George Harrison CD “Let it Roll” has a booklet with a great photo of George’s Zemaitis Metal Front.
June – BBC TV showed a special on Jackie Stewart which included a clip of George Harrison playing one of his (many) Zemaitis acoustic guitars on Faster.
June 2009 – Classic Rock (UK magazine) has James Hetfield (Metallica) on the front cover with his Zemaitis Metal Front Vee.
May – Great clip on YouTube of Ronnie Wood backstage with his guitars during the Licks Tour 2003. Shows two of his original Zemaitis guitars.
May – Kenji Suzuki is on tour with Simply Red and is using his Zemaitis Pearl Front.See http://kenjisuzukijam.com
January – The February issue of UK magazine Guitarist has a feature ’50 Guitars to play before you die’ – nice to see it includes a Zemaitis Metal Front. The caption is ‘Don’t you wish you were rock ‘n; roll enough?’.
Guitarist magazine also includes an article on the HUB’s exhibition on British luthiery including Tony McPhee’s Metal Front #1 (see December below)