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Frank Sampedro

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Frank Sampedro

Frank "Poncho" Sampedro (born February 25, 1949) is an American guitarist and member of the rock band Crazy Horse, known mainly for its longtime collaboration with singer-songwriter Neil Young.

Born in a mining camp in Welch, West Virginia and raised in Detroit, Sampedro played in local Detroit bands until he left home at sixteen for California. Sampedro spent the next few years playing in different bands, and joined Crazy Horse in 1975 to record Zuma. He was introduced to the band by Billy Talbot in November 1974, exactly two years after the death of original Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten.

With the addition of Sampedro on rhythm guitar, Crazy Horse developed a new, bashing, rigid, rock sound (as opposed to the more free-form approach of the Whitten era) that served as a seminal influence in the development of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno under bandleader Kevin Eubanks, running the ensemble's MIDI board. Sampedro retired from the program after eighteen and a half years. In 2010, he moved to Hawaii where he studied to get a degree to teach Natural Farming. Sampedro's favorite thing to do these days is work on his garden. Raising veggies and fruit (including bananas, mangoes, pineapples and papayas).


Sampedro usually uses the Gibson Les Paul and the Gibson ES-335, with a heavy set of strings (0.055" to 0.012" with a wound G string[1] ).


As a member of Crazy Horse:

As a member of Neil Young & Crazy Horse:

Contributions to other Neil Young albums:

Contributions to records by other artists:

  • Glimmer, Kevin Salem's second solo album from 1996 (guitar);
  • Harlem, a Shawn Amos album released in 2000 (guitar).


  1. ^ An interview with Neil Young in which he discusses his and Crazy Horse's equipment choices.
  • An interview with Frank Sampedro during Greendale tour in Australia:
  • Another interview from 1996:
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