#1 music magazine in Japan. Full name of this monthly guitar player magazine is Young Mates Music Player. The magazine started as 8-page tabloid newspaper titled Young Mates Music in May 1968.

1983 April

Vol. 14 No. 4 Issue 206


The Guitar: Frank Zappa
pp 265-269

TAN Mitsugu:

The article shows eleven guitars in FZ's house. The photos were taken by Joel Serber, but the author of the Japanese text is unknown.

Apparently, Serber and the unknown author didn't notice that they also took up two of Dweezil's guitars: a Stratocaster with a lot of stickers on it (p. 268, center) and "Star Guitar" (p. 269, left), which was a special present from Eddie Van Halen. (You can read the full story on the guitar here.)

Among FZ's guitars featured here, I think the black fretless Stratocaster (p. 268, right) is the rarest. Is it the one that FZ mentioned during the 1982-04-20 rehearsal? (See:



1990 December

Vol. 22 No. 12 Issue 298


The Pioneers Of Rock #34 Frank Zappa:
-- History, Discography, Sound, Family
    By Kato Masato, pp 279-281, 284-285, 288-290, 292
-- Frank Zappa Interview
    By Andy Gill, pp 282-283, 286-287

Frank Zappa interview was originally printed as "Frank's Wild Years", Q, December 1989. Translated by Kato Masato.


1995 January

Vol. 27 No. 1 Issue 347


Frank Zappa Interview
By Steven Rosen, pp 60-65

Zappa Guitar Special
By Keishi Kawakami, pp 184-189

Masters Of Rock #29 Frank Zappa:
-- Background, pp 283-285
-- Dweezil Zappa interview by Steven Rosen, pp 286-287
-- Mike Keneally interview by Yoshika Horita, pp 288-289
-- The Works, pp 290-291
-- Shut Up'n Play My Guitar, pp 292-293:
------ Black Page #2
------ Zoot Allures

TAN Mitsugu:

Last September, I came to realize that it is the summer 1979 interview that was included in Rosen's CD "Frank Zappa – The Classic Interviews". 

You can see the more detailed discussions in affz



2008 May

Vol. 40 No. 5 Issue 508


Tribute to Fank Zappa: Zappa Plays Zappa
-- Dweezil Zappa & Steve Vai Talk Session
    By Kato Masato, pp 22-27
-- Mike Keneally Interview
    By Kato Masato, pp 28-29

TAN Mitsugu:

These interviews are original, done by Kato Masato for the Player magazine. ZPZ did their Japanese tour in January 2008, and MK did his solo gig in Japan next month .

Note. One regular column in Player is titled "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama" (p 75).