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Guitar Affair Launches Unique New Service for Guitar Enthusiasts PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 May 2009 12:45

Dulles, Virginia (PRWeb) May 15, 2009 − Guitar Affair, an innovative online service that provides high-end guitars on a rental basis − shipped to wherever the customer happens to be − today announced general availability of its offering that has been in testing with select customers since January. 

The new Guitar Affair service targets guitar enthusiasts who frequently travel for business as well as those who wish to demo limited availability guitars prior to purchasing them.  Under the new program, customers can rent a variety of high-end and boutique guitars, and have them shipped to any location in the US; be it their residence, a hotel where they are residing for business, or a vacation location.  In addition to well known guitars like Gibson and Fender Custom Shop guitars, Guitar Affair has struck dealer relationships with small and boutique manufacturers whose guitars are seldom seen in stores.  For those who are trying a guitar prior to purchase, Guitar Affair rebates the rental fees when the customer elects to purchase a guitar.  The new service allows guitar enthusiasts to enjoy high-end instruments wherever they are, and to demo boutique instruments that would often have to be purchased without trying them.
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The Third Annual NY Amp Show Turns it Up This Weekend PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 May 2009 10:48
Now in it’s third year on the east coast, The NYAMP SHOW has established itself as the “Ultimate Destination” for instrument amplifier, enthusiasts and  guitarists worldwide. With over 45 private exhibit rooms, each manufacturer can  demo  product without volume limitations or restrictions, providing superior opportunities for comparison The public is invited, as well as retail store buyers, providing a perfect environment to compare guitar and bass related amps, effects, and  technology.
The AMP SHOW’S two seminars, “Tone Wizards” & “Pedal Pushers” are a free bonus to attendees, providing stimulating discussions/Q&A between amp and pedal manufacturers and the public.
Prizes from; Cicognani, Fuchs, GIG-FX, Solid Cables, Brookwood,, SIT strings,VOX, V-Picks, and more

Show hours are Sat May 9th  10:00AM to 6:00PM
Public admission $20. At the door
Parking is free

Third Annual New York Amp Show
Saturday May 9th
Embassy Suites Hotel
121 Centenial Ave, Piscataway, NJ. 08854

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www.ampshow.com

 
Guitar Icon Vinnie Moore Releases New Album in May PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 April 2009 14:50
HOLLYWOOD (April 14, 2009) –Almost a decade has passed as the much anticipated Vinnie Moore’s solo release is about to  invade the world – TO THE CORE releases May 26th on Mascot Records U.S.A.
 
Moore’s spent the last several years out on tour with British rock/metal band UFO. Once off tour, Moore spent time orchestrating his new album meticulously laying down the tracks to his newest guitar instrumental masterpiece.
 
Choosing a very retro-contemporary rock style mixed with many other styles and influences, Moore decided he would make it a good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll instrumental album. It’s just Vinnie Moore, his guitar, and his raw guitar talent – all the ingredients that make's this album a work of art.  
 
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Musikmesse Turns into "Security Mess" PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 April 2009 12:13
By Jim Basara - GJD
We continue to receive more information about what was apparently abysmal security at this month's Musikmesse in Frankfurt.  Musikmesse is Europe's premier musical merchandise expo, rivaled only by the two NAMM shows in the U.S.  Vendors, who bring merchandise to display at these expos that can be valued into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, rely on show security to protect their merchandise from theft and damage.  Music instrument dealers also rely on show security to ensure that only valid attendees are permitted to enter the event, so that their investment to attend the show can be maximized with quality and uninterrupted face time with the various manufacturers.

What is becoming clear is that security at this month's Musikmesse may have been significantly inadequate.  Guitar Jam Daily has received a variety of complaints about thefts both at the loading areas and from within the expo itself.  Some of the thefts are so brazen that it's difficult to imagine how such acts could have possibly occurred if there were any security present at all. 
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Fender Launches New Promo For Amps PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 April 2009 11:20
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.- Fender has announced the new “Soul of Tone” promotion, designed to highlight the attributes of Fender amplification while engaging consumers and drive traffic into retail stores.
 
The “Soul of Tone” campaign invites guitar and bass players to go to their local authorized Fender dealer, play through any Fender amplifier and receive a high-style “Soul of Tone” T-shirt. The Fender “Soul of Tone” promotion begins April 2, 2009 and runs through June 30, 2009 and includes all new Fender amplifiers for electric guitar and bass, as well as amplifiers for acoustic guitars.
 
To participate, musicians simply:
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PRS Guitars Receives MIPA Award for Best Acoustic Guitar PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 14:48
Paul Reed Smith Guitars’ new acoustic line of guitars received the Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA), known as the "Grammy" of the Musical Instrument/ProAudio industry, for “Best Acoustic Guitar.” Awards were presented at a special ceremony held during the Musikmesse / Prolight + Sound trade show on April 2 in Frankfurt, Germany, with more than 100 magazines from all over the world voting for the best products of 2008/2009.
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Taylor Intros New Loaded Pickguards PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 April 2009 14:01
FRANKFURT - For SolidBody Classic players looking to change the complete tonal characteristics and appearance of their guitar, Taylor Guitars has introduced new loaded pickguards for a solderless, no-tech-necessary, do-it-yourself experience. 
 
Available with a choice of Taylor High Definition (HD) or High Gain (HG) humbuckers, the loaded pickguards come in six different pickup combinations and in a variety of popular pickguard styles.  For players seeking versatile, articulate tones with lots of high fidelity and depth, Taylor's HD pickguard combinations come in two styles: 3 Single Coils or 1 Humbucker and 1 Single Coil.  For high gain players who prefer aggressive, fuller, heavier tones, the HG loaded pickguards are offered in four configurations:  2 Mini Humbuckers, 2 full-sized Humbuckers, Single Humbucker, or 2 Single Coils and 1 Humbucker.
 
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Jackson Announces the Jackson Bloodline Tour PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 02:48
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Jackson has announced the Jackson Bloodline Tour at local music stores throughout the United States featuring “Metal Master Classes” with Jackson’s own Chris Cannella.

Cannella is not only Jackson’s Product Manager and Artist Relations representative, but also a formidably-talented guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who wields his many Jackson guitar models in his North American metal band Autumn’s End.

Despite his intense and intimidating appearance, Cannella is a soft-spoken walking encyclopedia of metal in general and Jackson in particular.  Musicians and music fans are invited to join Chris as he demonstrates and explains his lightening-fast guitar techniques, not by using his own gear, but rather whatever’s in the store at the time.  Additionally, he’ll provide sound advice and overall guitar setup tips and tricks.
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AmpliTube Intros The Official FenderĀ® Software Amplifier and Effects Suite PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 March 2009 14:49
March 2009, Modena, Italy – IK Multimedia and Fender Musical Instruments Corporation are proud to announce that AmpliTube Fender is now shipping!

AmpliTube Fender is the only official Fender® amp and FX software suite, with a selection of 45 of the most sought-after classic and modern Fender® guitar and bass amps, cabinets, stompboxes and rack effects of all time (including must-have masterpieces like the ‘65 Twin Reverb®, ‘59 Bassman® LTD, ‘57 Deluxe™, ‘64 Vibroverb™ Custom, ‘65 Deluxe Reverb®, Vibratone, Super-Sonic™, Metalhead™, Fender® Blender™, Phaser, Fuzz-Wah and many others).

AmpliTube Fender is the result of two years of intense collaboration between the tone-gurus at Fender® and the software and audio experts at IK Multimedia. For the first time, the industry leaders in the real and virtual amplification market have teamed up to offer a totally new software experience of amps and effects, subjected to the same testing and tuning process of the hardware counterpart with the goal of offering the exact same sound quality and a level of realism never heard before in a software product.

The accuracy and wide variety of Fender tones achieved make AmpliTube Fender® the ideal choice for any guitar and bass player or producer seeking nothing less than the most accurate software amplification possible on their computer. Shane Nicholas, Fender®’s senior marketing manager for guitar amps said:

"An electric guitar is nothing without amp tone, and Fender amplifiers are the standard by which great tones are measured. The thrill of plugging into a great tube amp will never die, but the convenience of plugging right into your computer is really compelling, and that's not going away either. That's why we partnered up with IK Multimedia to offer recording enthusiasts a quality software suite that models the sound, feel, and look of the best Fender amps. This is the real-deal palette of iconic Fender tones that will inspire creativity and help you make great music."

Features:

· Stand-alone and plug-in software for all the most popular VST/AU/RTAS platforms

· 12 of the most influential guitar amps of all time with 12 original matching cabinets and more

· 6 signature classic stomp effects and 6 rack effects

· Incredible tone flexibility: mix and match amps, cabinets, mics and more

· Sound-certified and approved by Fender®

· 5 modules: digital tuner, stomp pedal board, amp head, cabinet plus mic, and rack effects

· 2 fully configurable rigs with up to 32 simultaneous effects

· Comes with SpeedTrainer™, IK’s media player and riff learning module, and Riffworks™ T4 recording software

· Can be expanded with any “Powered by AmpliTube” models using X-GEAR

· Can be controlled live with StompIO, StealthPedal™ or any other MIDI controller

· Hundreds of presets included, with more online in the AmpliTube Preset XChange area

· “Powered by AmpliTube” with exclusive DSM™ and new VRM™ technology

Pricing and Availability:

AmpliTube Fender® is already available through selected IK Multimedia dealers around the world and in the IK online store, in 2 versions:

·      AmpliTube Fender®: the official Fender® guitar and bass, amp and FX software with 45 gear selections consisting of 12 amps, 12 cabinets, 6 stompboxes, 9 mics and 6 rack FX. Also includes Riffworks™ T4 for guitar recording and AmpliTube X-GEAR for full expandability with any “Powered by AmpliTube” software and live control usage. MSRP $229.99.

·      AmpliTube Fender® Studio: the easiest way to plug your guitar into your computer and get the legendary Fender® tone. Includes StealthPlug USB audio cable interface and AmpliTube Fender® SE (15 pieces of select gear with 4 amps, 5 cabinets, 2 stompboxes, 2 mics, 2 rack FX), plus Riffworks™ T4 for guitar recording and AmpliTube X-GEAR for full expandability with any “Powered by AmpliTube” software. MSRP $139.99.


For further information online, please visit www.amplitube.com/fender or here
 
Allmans Documentary on Triumph and Tragedy PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 March 2009 15:16
The NY Theatrical premiere of the Allman Brothers Band documentary "Please Call Home: The Big House Years" is a benefit event for the Big House Foundation.
 
This full-length feature documentary chronicles three years from 1970 to 1973 when the Allman Brothers Band lived in the "Big House" in Macon, Georgia. This was a time that saw triumph and tragedy as the band went from playing for free concerts to selling out stadiums across the country, but also lost two of its brothers, seminal slide guitarist Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley. These were the years that the group became the road warriors who broke down color barriers as the first integrated rock band to come out of the South. It's the story of the rise to prominence of this great American institution who this year are celebrating their 40th Anniversary by once again taking the stage at New York's City famed Beacon Theatre for 15 sold-out shows this March.

Produced as a fundraiser for the Big House Foundation, Please Call Home was directed by long-time Allman Brothers Band Historian, Archivist and Tour Magician, Kirk West, who with his wife Kirsten, purchased the Big House in 1993 and lived in it for 15 years before moving out to begin the process of turning the house into a museum to honor the Southern rock legends, the Allman Brothers Band.

All proceeds from this screening will benefit the Big House Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established to create an Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House. Work is progressing at the Big House and the museum will be open by the end of 2009. Copies of the film will be available to purchase at the screening. Further information is available at www.pleasecallhomethemovie.com and www.thebighousemuseum.org.
 
This event is being hosted by Franzoso Contracting. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

 
Godin Supports Montreal Music Fest PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 February 2009 04:26
Montreal is famous for being a happening festival city and throughout the year it definitely lives up to its reputation. Godin Guitars is happy to be a proud sponsor of one such event, the Festival International Nuits D’Afriques de Montréal. This festival not only spices up this city’s summer nights for 11 days in July, but also brings world music lovers the “Syli D’Or de la Musique du Monde 2009” from February 24th to April 22nd, 2009.

Godin Guitars’ involvement includes the prize giveaways of three special guitars to the top three finalists of the festivals “Syli D’Or 2009” showcases. This world music “battle of the bands” culminates with the final Gala showcase, in which a panel of music industry judges picks the top three artists who will win Gold, Silver or Bronze awards. Godin’s Artist Relations representative, Fred DiSanto, will be on hand as a judge and to giveaway the three guitars including: the Godin 5th Avenue archtop acoustic, the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin P90 and the Godin Multiac ACS.
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