Holdworth passed away on April 15th of this year at age 70 of a heart attack.
|Alan Holdsworth 1946-2017|
Though Allan Holdsworth played a number of different styles of music, he will always be best known as the foremost jazz fusion guitarist.
Frank Zappa once hailed him as “one of the most interesting guitar players on the planet”, while Robben Ford compared his guitar work to that of saxaphonist John Coltrane.
Indeed Holdsworth's style utilized complex chordal progressions and intense solos reminiscent of horn or saxophone lines.
|Young Allan Holdsworth|
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It was in the early 1980's when Holdsworth relocated to Southern California. Here he set up his own recording studio in San Diego and named it The Brewery.
|Frank Gambale and Allan Holdsworth|
Allan Holdworth had a distinctive knowledge of music, voicings, and chord structure. His use of finger-picked chords and of effects such as delay, chorus, and reverb make his music stand out. One would suspect that he had an education in guitar, music performance, and music theory, but Holdsworth was entirely self taught.
Through the years Allan Holdsworth was in demand by many different guitar manufacturers to demo and represent their instruments.
|Holdsworth playing a Gibson SG|
Early in his career his main instrument was a Gibson SG.
|Holdsworth playing his Stratocaster|
Later in that decade he switched to a customized Fender Stratocaster that used humbuckers instead of single coil pickups.
|Playing an Ibanez AH-10|
By 1984 Ibanez recruited him to work in conjunction with them to develop two sem-hollow body guitars that were known as the AH-10 and the AH-20.
|Holdsworth with his Steinberger Guitar|
|Holdsworth playing a Bill Delap guitar|
Following this he began playing headless guitars made by luthier Bill Delap.
|With his Carvin HH model|
More recently Allan Holdswoth struck up a deal with Carvin guitars to use their model H2 exclusively. Several other Carvin models sprung from the orginal headless Holdworth model. These included an extended range baritone model, the semi-hollow H2 and H1. By 1999 Carvin came out with the “HF2 Fatboy, which Holdsworth endorsed.
|Holdsworth with Synthaxe|
Aside from being an incredible and gifted guitarist, Allan Holdsworth was an afficianado of beer and cycling. His favourite beer was New English cask ale. He even took his fondness for the clear amber drink to the next step by inventing a product called The Fizzbuster; designed to put a better head on a glass of beer.
|Allan Holdsworth with his family|
His fans were in shock from his passing and put together a Go-Fund-Me page which paid for his funeral expenses.