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Pro Shop: Finding The Right Guitar & More (Part 2) PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 July 2008 23:28
phillores.jpgBy Phil Keaggy - GJD Contributor

Hi Readers and Friends,

Last time, I talked about some key points in looking for the right acoustic guitar to suit your needs. For electric guitars, I'd say much of the same thing regarding playability and pricing. In terms of the pickup system, the pickup system will most likely be more conventional-mostly 1 to 3 pickups. Some guitars today are made with a combination of magnetic pickups and piezo (bridge pickup) for an acoustic sound. My Parker Fly has this combination. It gives me many options for both live performance and in the studio.

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Pro Shop: The Art of Layering PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 20:42
carlv.pngBy Carl Verheyen - GJD Contributor
As I travel all over the world with my band or as a solo performer, I am constantly given CDs from my fans and fellow aspiring guitarists. Because of modern home studio technology, the CD has become a business card for many musicians. It seems everyone has a CD; I get at least 2 or 3 a night on the road, and quite a few in the mail at home. And I try to listen to as many as I can while traveling.

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Pro Shop: Finding The Right Guitar PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 June 2008 09:28
phillores.jpgBy Phil Keaggy - GJD Contributor
Hi Readers and Friends,

This is my first of hopefully many columns I wish to contribute to GJD.com. I am excited to share some of my experiences and insight as a guitar player of over 40 years. I appreciate the invitation to do so. For a lot of these topics I will take two approaches. First, giving advice to folks that are new in the world of guitar. Second, I will talk about my own personal experiences.
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XOX Sells Out Special "First 100 Limited Edition" Guitar PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 May 2008 03:50
Image By Jim Basara - GJD Contributor
Breaking into the guitar manufacturing industry is about as difficult as breaking into the automobile industry. The public has generally locked in on a few brands and all of the hundreds of other builders fight over the buyers who are willing to look at other brands and try to produce guitars that persuade Fender and Gibson players to try something new. It's a daunting business proposition which is why there are so many builders who fail to penetrate the market in a meaningful way.

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Industry Insider: The Rejection of Big Music PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 April 2008 14:36
Image By John McGlasson - GJD Contributor
Has the public gotten smarter? That's worthy of vigorous debate, but it seems the American public have largely turned against "Big" everything; Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Finance, Big TV News, the list goes on and on, but more recently, and it seems almost simultaneously, Big Music and Big Politics.

Only a few months ago, candidates who were seen as inevitable for their parties' nominations were practically lamenting having to go through the formalities of the election process, so what happened? Were they inevitable because the people loved them and were supporting them on a grass-roots level? Or was it because Big TV News told them so every night? And who told Big TV news they were inevitable but the candidates themselves, and the political machines behind them.

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Live Review: Sonny Landreth at The Barns at Wolftrap, Vienna Virginia PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 April 2008 21:08
Image By Jim Basara - GJD Contributor
There's always something extra special about seeing guitar players that have developed completely unique playing styles and do things on a guitar that are very different from any other player. That's a big part of why I always look forward to seeing Sonny Landreth. We caught up with Sonny on day 1 of a two-day stop in Virginia at a terrific venue called the Barns at Wolf Trap. "The Barns" is part of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and is actually made out of two adjacent 18th century barns. It's a small venue with great acoustics and an excellent house sound system.
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Live Review: Ace Frehley at the House of Blues, Hollywood, 3.25.08 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 April 2008 18:35
Image By Ronny North - GJD Contributor
I was really psyched when I heard that Ace Frehley was doing a tour this year. My connection to Ace began at the age of fourteen when I received KISS's Destroyer record for Christmas. That spring my father took my brother and I to see our first concert in 1977. It was KISS on their Love Gun tour at the peak of their fame. After seeing the band live in action, Ace became my first guitar hero and KISS became my favorite band. I decided to start playing guitar, and I wanted to play like I Ace in the worst way. He is really the reason I play guitar today.

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Industry Insider: The Cobain Backlash PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 10:10
Image By John McGlasson - GJD Contributor
If you’re under 25, you’ve probably never known a Cobain-free world. At 41, thankfully I can remember the days before Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain became the “voice for his generation.”

So from my perspective, I can look around and see how the world contrasts before and after a music phenomena that took place during my adult years after I was unclouded by youthful willingness to be marketed to, and see the affects of it on society, on our youth, and on the world of guitar.
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A Fan's Notes: Eric Clapton: Inspired and On Fire PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 March 2008 05:13
Image By Chip Lovitt - GJD Contributor
It was a cold winter night in NYC, but Eric Clapton was positively on fire the when I caught him in concert with Steve Winwood. The occasion was one of three highly anticipated shows he gave at Madison Square Garden this past February. Inspired by the presence of the British rock veteran and his longtime musical friend, Steve Winwood, Clapton delivered an electrifying show and some of the most powerful and passionate guitarwork I've ever heard him play. And I've seen him nearly a dozen times over the past 35 years, and that includes the 2005 Cream reunion show.
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Industry Insider: The Problem with Soundscan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 February 2008 16:39
Image By John McGlasson - GJD Contributor
For those who don't know what Soundscan is, it's actually owned by Nielsen, the company that does the TV ratings.

Soundscan began innocently enough; the industry needed a reliable means of tracking retail store scans of music to make sure everyone was properly credited, and as a way to accurately track sales regionally. Since labels are notorious for inflating their sales figures, Soundscan offered a way for everyone in the industry to see everyone else's numbers and try to keep everyone else (more) honest.

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    A five week long, cross-country tour featuring some of the best known and most respected figures in rock and blues has been set to celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix. Presented by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. “Al” Hendrix, Jimi’s father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix together with musical instrument giant Gibson Guitar, this year’s Experience Hendrix Tour represents a dramatic expansion beyond last year’s seven sold out performances.

    Featured artists who will be performing music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix include blues giant Buddy Guy, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson, Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos as well as Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
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    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and Italian distributor M.Casale Bauer proudly announce the grand opening of the Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy. It is the third such international exclusive Fender guitar destination, joining the elite Fender Custom Shop Lounge (Düsseldorf, Germany) and Fender Showcase Tokyo (Japan).

    The Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy is in Bologna, Italy, and is housed in a building by California-born Italian designer Gretchen Alexander. The showroom is located near the offices of M. Casale Bauer, Fender’s Italian distributor since 1962, and was created to provide Fender dealers, their special guests and artists with a comfortable place to find, try and buy some of the most beautiful guitars in today’s market. The showcase features an impressive array of high-end guitars crafted by the master builders of the Fender Custom Shop and provides artists and dealers (and their VIP clients) with access to some of the most unique high-end Fender instruments ever made available in one place. The showroom houses an unparalleled selection of Fender Custom Shop instruments, as well as Bauer’s personal collection, one of the largest and most valuable in the world.
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  • 03:41 - 23.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Los Angeles, CA – World-renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will  release Center Stage, a live concert DVD on October 14th via Favored Nations Acoustic.  
     
    The full-length concert DVD follows the recent release of the Center Stage  double CD, both having been recorded live for the PBS television series “Sierra Center Stage.” Filmed in eye-catching high definition, every element of modern technology was used in production, creating a stunning package, both aurally
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    Montreal, Canada- September 16th, 2008: Renowned guitarist Daryl Stuermer will be giving Godin Performance Clinics in and around Quebec and Eastern Ontario from September 29th to October 3rd 2008.

    Having performed in studio and toured the world with both Phil Collins and supergroup Genesis for years, Daryl is a player who is on top of his game and has the chops to prove it. Performing as the Daryl Stuermer Duo, he will be accompanied by keyboardist Konstantin Efimov during the clinics and will also be giving attendees his perspective on playing live, recording, technique, and his gear, by fielding a Q&A session after each performance.
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    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 2, 2008) -- Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Groove Tubes LLC. Among other assets, FMIC purchased the Groove Tubes brand. Groove Tubes company founder Aspen Pittman will continue in a consulting role.
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