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The NAMM Awards: Best Guitars PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008 11:01
Image By Jim Basara - GJD
Another Winter NAMM show has come and gone. This year's show was bigger than ever, but the overall "wow" factor of the new products wasn't quite as great as the 2007 show. Once again, Nick gave you all a great feel for what it was like to attend the show, and I'm going to try to give you a feel for some of the more impressive products. There were lots of great candidates, but the award winners are those products that I really feel separated themselves from the competition.

In case you haven't read this series in the past, here are the award categories:

1. Best Guitars - Clearly the show covers a lot more than guitars, but we're focusing on what I thought were some of the best instruments of the show.

2. Best Products in a Supporting Role - These are some of the cool non-guitar products that I particularly liked.

3. Technology Awards - These are technological advances that I feel are innovative and have the potential to take the guitar industry in a new direction.

4. Best Innovations on an Existing Product or Design - These are new advancements or improvements to anything guitar related.

5. What Were They Thinking? - These are products that you have to wonder what the product manager or creator was thinking when they made the go-forward decision.
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Industry Insider: Diversify: Life Beyond the Strings PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 January 2008 06:51
ImageBy John McGlasson - GJD Contributor
As guitarists, we know how all consuming the instrument can be. One could spend a lifetime and never learn all there is to know about playing them, making them, about tone, wood, amps, strings, and all the boxes and gadgets we put in between these components, not to mention the art of recording, and the business of marketing their music to the people. But I meet way too many guitarists who can only play guitar, and know nothing about any other aspect of their craft.

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Whammy Bar: Richard Thompson PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 January 2008 19:18
ImageBy Larry Dobrow - GJD Contributor
When I was but a wee wailer of fingers uncalloused, I had an asshole guitar teacher named Neil. In between claims that he would "soon" enter the studio to record a fusion record with the drummer of The Cars, Neil talked up Richard Thompson. Oh boy, did he ever talk up Richard Thompson, everything from his "awesome dexterity" to his "awesome phrasing" to his "awesome tone." Neil wasn't too creative in his choice of adjectives.

As a result, before I heard anything from Thompson's Fairport Convention days or a single note of the seminal Shoot Out the Lights, I was conditioned to loathe the guy. At least he was easy to avoid outside my lessons. In North Jer-Z in the 1980s, you didn't often hear "When I Get to the Border" blaring from the pulled-down windows of late-model Camaros.
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Adventures in Guitar with Ronny North: Winter NAMM 2008 - Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 January 2008 03:58
Image Here we go again! It's time for another Winter NAMM in Anaheim! For me, it's hard to believe that a year has gone by, and hard to believe that this is my 12th Winter NAMM I've played. I remember my playing my first NAMM show in 1994 for Morin Amplifiers.

This year, I will be performing for Laney Amplifiers and Presonus Audio as well as a couple others. I will also be performing at a NAMM kick off show on Jan 16th for Minarik Guitars on the NAMM stage in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel at the Convention Center.

After all these years, my crew and I have the preparation down pat to get through these shows. Let me take you though some of what we go through to get me ready for the show:
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A Fan's Notes: Forever Young PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 January 2008 11:44
Image By Chip Lovitt - GJD Contributor
A few columns back, I wrote a piece about the troubadour tradition -the idea that the combination of a great songwriter, a good guitar, and a distinctive voice never loses its appeal. While I was writing about James Taylor in that column, I got another reminder of that phenomenon when Neil Young pulled into New York City for a six-night stand at somewhat-new venue, the United Palace Theater. Certainly Neil Young is a great example of a songwriter-guitarist who's been able to not only survive, but thrive after more than forty years of making music.
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Industry Insider: The Impending Digital Purge PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 07:19
Image By John McGlasson - GJD Contributor
Bandwidth is a strange thing, in that there's a finite amount of it. Mankind seems to be ignoring the very real issue of infinite information storage; servers cost money, use energy, and take up space. As information of all kinds becomes less useful, what is the obligation to store it forever? One's mind can be eased, or terrified, by the fact that the Google monster is currently bingeing upon all available information, while circling the Earth, photographing it, and storing your search information for future determination of what information is useful to society. And I have to assume that at some point, there'll be a purging of data that is determined, by man or machine, to be no longer useful, and no longer worth storing.
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Whammy Bar: Randy Rhoads PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 December 2007 22:02
Image By Larry Dobrow - GJD Contributor
As a wee bitty shredder of riffmanship raw, I used to wait by the mailbox - literally - for the monthly arrival of Guitar magazine. Back in the 1980s, there weren't many other places to go for tablature. Unless, that is, you had the dough to spring for Cherry Hill's $12.95 books of intermittently accurate Billy Idol transcriptions.

The mag did its best to cover a wide range of styles, often to its detriment; Crue-fixated tin-ears had no more interest in learning about Steve Lukather and his bountiful white-fro than they did in inhaling mountains of lima beans. The one mainstay in its pages that everybody seemed to adore, however, was Ozzy consort Randy Rhoads.
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Whammy Bar: Marc Ribot PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 December 2007 21:50
Image By Larry DuBrow
Marc Ribot kinda freaks me out, man.

From one song to the next, I never have any idea what I'm going to get from the guy. Afro-Cubano funk stylings? Rip-snortin' electric banjitar riffs? Postmodern atonal frippery? He has done it all, much to his credit. But forgive me if I turn down the volume whenever a uniquely Ribotian (if that's not a word, it should be) phrasing finds its way into an otherwise serviceable piece of music.

I find Ribot's jagged slashes of sound to be annoyingly,frustratingly off-kilter. In my mind, he consistently and unrepentantly commits the worst guitar sin of all: his playing stands apart from and/or above the song. You know it's a Marc Ribot fill/solo/interlude because it practically announces itself, as opposed to the more fluid, chameleonic ones favored by session men like, say, James Burton.
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Industry Insider: How Soon We Forget: Pete Willis and Steve Clark PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 November 2007 05:52
ImageBy John McGlasson - GJD Contributor
I was recently listening to Pandora free online radio as I do pretty much every day, and something hit me in the face, guilt. Because for the last 15 years or so I've been going around turning up my nose every time a Def Leppard song came along, since all I heard from them for years was the syrupy, sappy, pop-oriented crap they released on Pyromania and after.

But the song I heard was one I hadn't heard in possibly 23 years, "Wasted" from the album "On Through The Night."

I was instantly thrust back to my teenage room, and I could feel exactly the way I felt listening to this album, and also "High & Dry". I was a HUGE Def Leppard fan! Though I'd had that fact washed away by two solid years of Malmsteenitis (a condition suffered at some point by millions of guitarists over 30, though it's seen a new resurgance recently), and a series of bad releases by the band, I'd forgotten how heavily influenced I was early on by Def Leppard.
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