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Guitar Tech: Repairing a Broken Headstock PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 June 2007 17:55
Image By Jim Basara
After my recent article on "How to Pack a Guitar for Shipping," I received a new wave of questions about repairing broken headstocks. It's one of the most common questions I receive. Broken headstocks are not common, but they are very dramatic. There's nothing more emotional than opening up the box on your new guitar, dripping with anticipation of your beautiful new baby, only to find a chunk of wood hanging off the end of the neck by guitar strings. I don't write many tutorial articles, because there's such great information available on the web. But when I went to look for a good reference article to pass on to the folks asking the questions, I couldn't find anything I was happy with regarding gluing up a headstock. So, I'll take my best shot.

I still remember my first broken headstock. I was 16 years old and I had saved all my money from my lifeguard and buss-boy jobs to buy a Dean 'Z' (explorer-style body). We were playing a gig at a local high school and some dope ran across the stage, tripped over my cord, and pulled my new guitar off its stand, breaking off one of the wings of the headstock. I was shattered.

Adventures in Guitar with Ronny North: My Adventures with Guitar Pedals PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 May 2007 18:01
ImageBy Ronny North
I thought I'd talk about guitar pedals in this column. I'm a major fan of any kind of cool pedal that gets a unique sound. That being said I'm always on the look out for guitar pedals whenever I'm out doing clinics at guitar shows or better yet at swap meets and pawnshops when we're on the road.

Since I'm always recording my own stuff in my studio or doing sessions for others I like to have as many options as possible when I'm tracking. Whenever I do a session I bring a ton of pedals with me and more often than not there's always a time when the producer wants something to sound way out there in some way. I've always been able to make it happen with either one or two of my pedals hooked up. 
Industry Insider: Is it Over? Has Guitar Gone as Far as it Can? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 03:49
ImageBy John McGlasson
I find myself asking that question a lot lately. It's partially because I haven't heard anything really "new" for a long time. I get a lot of cds in the mail from great guitarists from around the world, and while I get a lot of listening enjoyment from some of them, the truth is, they almost all fall into one of these categories of influence;

Eric Johnson

In that order.

I don't think there's much question that Vai is the most imitated among the super-technicians in the Global Guitar World, and that may just be my perception, because in my opinion, Vai is so technically perfect and his style so identifiable that even the slightest bend, slide, or other Vai trademark shines through immediately in another's playing.
Guitar Tech Review: Gigliotti Joe Bonamassa Signature Model PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 May 2007 04:20
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Like everyone, sometimes I don't take my own advice when it comes to buying guitars. Way back, in one of my first "How to Purchase a Guitar" articles, I advised you to always play a guitar at least twice, over multiple days, before plunking down your cash. But sometimes you just need to be impulsive to "scratch an itch". And sometimes, those turn out to be some of your favorite purchases.

I'm a huge Joe Bonamassa fan and have been for many years. If he's playing anywhere in the DC/Virginia/Maryland area, I'm usually there. Last year, I caught him at a venue in Virginia, and, as usual, it was an amazing show. I've seen Joe so many times that I know his guitar inventory fairly well (at least by sight). On this occasion he was sporting a new Tele. I couldn't tell what it was, but it was clearly not a Fender. I remember being amazed at how bright the body reflected the stage lights. I even wondered if it might be metal of some type, but I dismissed that thought because of the unbelievable tone that he was getting out of it.
A Fan's Notes: Metheny and Mehldau: A Dynamite Duo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 05:37
ImageBy Chip Lovitt
When I like a musician, I REALLY like a musician. Once I get hooked on a guitar player or singer-songwriter, it's like an addiction. I'll buy every CD they record, search out the obscure and rare recordings, and if they're playing within a 50- to 75-mile radius of my house, you can bet I've bought a ticket to the show.

Pat Metheny is one of those musicians I just can't get enough of. I've been a Metheny fan since I first heard him play with vibraphonist Gary Burton in 1975 when Pat was just 21. When I heard his first "solo" record, Bright Size Life, featuring Jaco Pastorius on bass, in 1975, I knew I'd found a new favorite. I didn't know that much about jazz guitar, but I sure knew what I liked.

And when the first Pat Metheny Group LP came out in 1978, it was all over. From the opening notes of "Phase Dance," which would serve as Pat's live opener for a decade, the LP marked a new sonic territory for guitar, one I would return to over and over. While Pat's previous ECM albums were somewhat spare, the first Pat Metheny Group LP had a soaring orchestral feel, thanks in large part to the compositional skills and keyboard talents of Lyle Mays.
Industry Insider: Rock & Roll...Hall of Lame? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 May 2007 06:59
ImageBy John McGlasson
What the hell's going on within the voting ranks of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

We've all heard the recent Van Halen stories; we were primed for the reunion tour with David Lee Roth, but without Michael Anthony, and with Wolfie Van Halen on bass, and the question of would they or wouldn't they be at their Hall of Fame induction?

Dave was ready for the tour, a possible album, the induction performance, but then things got weird...Ed checked into rehab (if you've seen the YouTube videos of his performance of "Jump" at a Kenny Chesney show and his Winter 2007 NAMM appearance you'll see why) and then the suits at the Hall of Fame, combined with the corporate TV hacks who were involved in the broadcast of the ceremony, decided that David Lee Roth, performing his own songs, at his own induction ceremony, wouldn't bring the TV ratings they were looking for.
Industry Insider: You Did What?!?! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 April 2007 20:11
ImageBy John McGlasson
"You did what?" was a close friend's response when I told him I wasn't going to be releasing the new album for a certain world-renowned guitar God.* The plan was in the works for months. The album is done, we were ready to go. But at the last minute, I hesitated and thought about what I was doing, why I was doing it, and how unfair it was to our other artists.

First of all, the only way a label as small as mine was able to attract a guy of his stature was to offer a deal that was lopsided in the artist's favor. I didn't have a problem with that, because, like a lot of things we do in this biz, I had to ask myself; if I don't make a penny from a promo effort, was it worth the publicity and visibility in the long run? For example, we're doing commercial radio promo for Backyard Tire Fire right now, knowing we're not likely to get big airplay for the current album, but by the time we release next one, we'll have gotten to the people who'll play it. So while it wasn't likely that we'd ever profit from the release of this guy's album, I did think I'd be able to break even on it, and get a huge boost for the label, and all of our artists, in the process.

Guitar Tech: 5 Tips for Packing a Guitar for Shipment PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 April 2007 03:50
Image By Jim Basara
I am always receiving a number of questions about buying guitars on eBay and about the number of eBay postings for guitars with broken headstocks. It kills me when I see a beautiful instrument decapitated. A certain number of breaks are inevitable, but too many are caused by people who either don't know any better, or who just don't take the care to pack an instrument properly.
Whammy Bar: John Mayer PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:35
ImageAs a music fan of ever-so-discriminating taste, I'm supposed to hate John Mayer. His poofy locks are supposed to prompt me to reach for a machete. His inability to turn down any media appearance ("and now, live from G4's First Annual Internet Avatar Awards, John Mayer!") is supposed to tempt me to pull an Elvis on my TV set. His so-gentle lyrical platitudes - especially in "Daughters," in which he warbles about gals who are "just like a maze/where all of the walls all continually change" (nice syntax, fella) - are supposed to make me wish upon him a life of stale bread and regularly scheduled cock-punchings.

And yet, I find myself kinda digging the guy, for the sole reason that he is legit on the ol' gee-tar.

No, seriously. I mean this. Hear me out.
A Fan's Notes: The Allman Brothers: Still Peakin' at the Beacon PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 April 2007 20:52
ImageBy Chip Lovitt
The Allman Brothers Band returned to New York City for their annual spring residence at the Beacon Theater.

Springtime in New York is an Allman Brothers tradition. The classic ABB album, Live at the Fillmore East, was recorded in New York in March 1971, and the band has played a multi-night stand at the Upper West Side theater each spring since 1989. They've played somewhere around 200 shows at that venue since then.
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  • 02:41 - 01.10.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    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.
  • 01:53 - 26.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    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.
  • 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
    and visually. 
  • 00:09 - 19.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    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.
  • 09:29 - 03.06.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    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.