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A Fan's Notes: Sonny Landreth: Lettin' It Slide PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 April 2007 14:04
Image By Chip Lovitt
My Telecaster-toting buddy, Frank, made me an offer I could not refuse.

The offer consisted of a free ticket to see one of the best, and most original, slide guitar players on the planet, Sonny Landreth, and a free ride down to the show. It would be a two-hour drive from Connecticut to the Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY, on the eastern edge of Long Island, but I knew it would be worth it.
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Whammy Bar: Mix Tape Vol. 1 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 March 2007 03:10
ImageBy Larry Dobrow
When we celebrate double-reverse-super-awesome guitar players in this space, we tend to focus on a single guy and his body of work. This is all fine and good when the discussion turns to Richard Thompson or Jimmy Page, whose virtuosity can sustain a 700-word column. But most of the players out there? They inspire the occasional pumped fist and “you might like this, maybe, if you’re in the mood – MP3 attached” email, but little enthusiasm for a full-bore career/catalog appreciation.
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Adventures in Guitar with Ronny North: Being Signed, It's a Whole New World!!!! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 March 2007 05:04
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Well after signing my new record deal the real work begins. I’ve been going non-stop everyday since the deal went down between meetings with Mike from the record company and tons of phone calls back and forth to everyone involved.
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GT: Winter NAMM Awards - Best Products in a Supporting Role PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 March 2007 05:26
Image In the last issue, I discussed some of my favorite guitars at Winter NAMM. Today, I’m going to talk about some of the interesting guitar supporting products that I saw at the show. A product in a supporting role can be anything from effects, to picks, to pickups, as long as it is meant to make a guitar, or guitarist, sound better or play better. Here are my picks, in no particular order.
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Adventures in Guitar with Ronny North: "Look Mom, I Got a Record Deal (Finally!!)" PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 March 2007 16:57
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A few days after (surviving) Winter NAMM, I was booked to play at Shred Fest at the San Diego Sports Club in San Diego, Ca. Even though I was pretty toasted from NAMM I accepted the gig. My assistant Karen graciously offered to go with me to the show so I wouldn’t have to drive alone.
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Industry Insider: Digital Part 3: So When Does the Sale Happen? Oh, it Did. PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 March 2007 18:52
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Digital music distribution is so new that nobody knows where it’s going. Steve Jobs doesn’t know, the former copyright bandit turned legit, Napster, doesn’t know, and Real/Rhapsody’s profit-impaired subscription streaming service seems to offer even less insight.
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Whammy Bar: Van Halen vs. The Police PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 March 2007 07:25
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Editor’s note: Sir Whammy penned his column prior to the news last week that the 2007 Van Halen Tour was cancelled due to discord in the band. Guitar Jam Daily regrets that the column wasn’t posted prior to the announcement. However, we feel that it remains a great work by Mr. Dobrow. Although it may tease your imagination as to what “could have been” for Van Halen, it offers a prophetic vision of “what could be” for the Police.

We hope the grin stays on your face long after reading the column. Ours remains.

It is well documented that the founding members of both The Police and Van Halen do not particularly care for one another. Neither has functioned as an actual band for around 23 years, thus putting into doubt whether any musical chemistry remains. And by all accounts, both groups are hitting the road once anew for a single reason: an ocean of dollars so vast and deep that each participant can procure anything from pimped-out electro-lutes (Sting) to his two front teeth (Eddie Van Halen).

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Industry Insider: What Does it Mean to Be A Pro? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 February 2007 19:45
Image By John McGlasson
I think for most people, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the words “professional musician” is money, and for most, that equates with success, but in my line of work, I know a lot of professional musicians who make little or no money after the expense of being a pro is weighed against the bottom line. The cost of gear, travel, and basic living expenses make it nearly impossible for most to ever profit in this biz, much less base their futures on it, but this never stops them.
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Whammy Bar: Prince PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 12:42
Image By Larry Dobrow
Like my pal/personal guitar Yoda Nick Friese, I couldn’t pull myself away from the couch during Prince’s Super Bowl halftime show. Unlike Nick, however, my attentiveness had nothing to do with Prince’s Telecaster pyrotechnics. Rather, I’d consumed so much bean dip during the pregame show and first half that I found myself chemically fused to the cushions.
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Guitar Tech: Winter NAMM Awards - Best Guitars PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 February 2007 12:40
Image By Jim Basara
Question: If you were blindfolded and placed in front of a bar, how would you know that you were at NAMM???

Answer: It would be 10am and the bar would be featuring Sammy Hagar’s own Cabo Wabo tequila!

As Nick and Ken did a great job of describing the conference itself, I wanted to pass on some of the cool and not-so-cool items that I saw at the show. Since it’s Oscar season, let’s run our own award show. Here are the award categories:

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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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