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

Born in West Virginiamarker and raised in Detroitmarker, Sampedro moved to Californiamarker as soon as he was old enough to drive. Having spent the next few years playing in different bands, Sampedro joined Crazy Horse in 1975 to record Zuma, after being introduced to the band by Billy Talbot in November 1974, exactly two years after the passing of original Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten.

With the addition of Sampedro, Crazy Horse developed a new, more rigid sound (as opposed to the more free-form approach of the Whitten era), which enabled Neil Young to evolve his skill as a lead guitarist.

Lately, he has been working on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with bandleader Kevin Eubanks running the MIDI board for the music production.


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 An interview with Neil Young in which he discusses his and Crazy Horse's equipment choices. ).


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).


  • An interview with Frank Sampedro during Greendale tour in Australia:
  • Another interview from 1996:

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