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Taylor Guitars Road Show Rolls Out in March PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 February 2009 14:26
EL CAJON, Calif. - In response to requests from guitar players around the world, Taylor Guitars is poised to bring its award-winning Taylor Guitars Road Show to dealerships across the U.S. and abroad in 2009. 
 
Now in its third year, the Taylor Guitars Road Show is a guitar lover's dream: a fun, lively in-store gathering that brings enthusiasts together with Taylor clinicians and experts straight from the company's factory in El Cajon, California. At each Road Show, the Taylor Road Show team shares insights on the company's guitar making process, including an informative demonstration on how body shapes and woods affect tone. After the demonstration, players are invited to take part in the show's most popular feature, the "Petting Zoo": an opportunity to pick up and play a variety of different models, as well as rare and custom Build to Order models. Admission to each Road Show is free.
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Godin Unveils N-Tune Onboard Chromatic Tuner PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2009 15:23
Montreal based Godin Guitars recently unveiled a roomful of new models at this past Winter NAMM in Anaheim, including the Godin Performance Series which are now available with the optional add-on of the innovative N-Tune Onboard Chromatic Tuner. Godin’s Performance Series guitars to offer the optional N-Tune system are the SD, Exit 22, Freeway Classic, Redline HB, LG HB, and LG P90.

“Every once in a while a product comes along and you just ‘get it’”, says Godin Sales Manager, Mario Biferali.  “N-Tune is clever in design, simple to use, and works. It provides guitar players with a no-hassle solution to tuning. Our guitars, being made in North America, offer tons of value, and the N-Tune tuner adds to that—and customers can easily see that value and appreciate it. Godin has always been open to new ideas and concepts, so it was an easy decision for us to partner with N-Tune.”
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The Winter NAMM Awards: Best New Guitars - Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2009 15:36
By Jim Basara - GJD
The 2009 Winter NAMM show is over.  It was another great event and, considering the state of the economy, it was a very upbeat atmosphere.  It was clear that manufacturers are concerned about ’09, but that didn’t stop many manufacturers from developing some impressive new toys for us gear junkies.  As always, Guitar Jam Daily took a close look at this year’s new offerings to try to identify those products that represent the best new products for the year.  This year, there are four award categories:

1.  Best New 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 New Amps  – It seemed like there were many more new amps than usual this year.  These are our picks.

3.  Best New Accessories – These are accessories that we thought were particularly cool or useful.

4.  Futures  – This year, we found a couple of folks who have some innovative prototypes, looking for partners to take them to the next level.

In today’s article, I’m going to name some of the best guitars that I saw at the show.  As always, this is the hardest category to select.  There were some fantastic guitars at the show from all of the major manufacturers, as well as a large number of boutiques.  These picks are by no means an exhaustive list of the guitars that I liked, because there were dozens.  These picks are some of the new instruments that I found which were a) particularly well-designed or constructed, b) brought great value for the price point, or c) did a great job of addressing a particular segment of the guitar market.
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Fender Announces Road Worn Series Guitars PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 13:43
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Some things just get cooler with age.  It’s especially true of electric guitars and basses—they develop an unmistakable mojo over time that makes them look cooler and feel even more comfortable than when they were brand new.
 
Fender Road Worn Series guitars and basses come with a head start on history and bring the player the best of both worlds—a killer aged design aesthetic that conjures up the ghosts of past music lives, paired perfectly with the modern functionality, playability and high-quality that players know to expect from Fender.
 
Based on classic Fender instruments of the 1950s and ’60s, and production methods invented at the world-renowned Fender Custom Shop, Road Worn instruments reflect the mystic quality of life on the road.  The series consists of a ’50s Tele®, ’50s Strat®, ’60s Strat, ’50s Precision Bass® and ’60s Jazz Bass® guitars.
 
All models feature notably distressed nitrocellulose lacquer-finished bodies, as well as worn chrome hardware (nickel/chrome for basses), to create an aged appearance.  Additionally, while the guitars have been designed with period-correct specifications, several modern upgrades have been built into each model, including Tex Mex™ single-coil pickups, larger 6105 frets, and five-way pickup switches (Strat models).
 
The ’50s Tele features an ash body, maple neck, vintage-style tuning machines and three-saddle strings-thru-body bridge, one-ply white pickguard, and is available in Two-Color Sunburst and Blonde.  The ’50s Strat has an alder body, maple neck, vintage-style tuning machines and synchronized tremolo, one-ply pickguard, and is available in Two-Color Sunburst and Black.  The ’60s Strat features an alder body, maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, vintage-style tuning machines and synchronized tremolo, three-ply mint green pickguard, and is available in Three-Color Sunburst and Olympic White.
 
The ’50s Precision Bass has an alder body, maple neck, vintage-style reverse tuning machines and American Vintage bridge, gold anodized aluminum pickguard, and is available in Two-Color Sunburst and Fiesta Red.  The ’60s Jazz Bass features an alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, vintage-style reverse tuning machines and American Vintage bridge, four-ply brown shell pickguard, and is available in Three-Color Sunburst and Fiesta Red.
 
“There’s something magical about a broken-in or worn instrument,” said Justin Norvell, director of marketing, Fender electric guitars.  “Many of the musical icons we look up to for inspiration play road-hardened workhorse guitars, and there’s something very powerful and aspirational in that aesthetic.  The new Fender Road Worn series guitars and basses allow players to experience not only the look, vibe and tone of those instruments, but—perhaps most importantly—they have smooth worn-in necks providing the same comfortable feel as vintage instruments.”
 
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Godin's Winter NAMM 2009 Preview PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 December 2008 04:47
Montreal based Godin Guitars brings news from the North to Winter NAMM every January, and this year is no exception. With another huge unveiling of exciting new models, Godin will certainly have plenty on hand for visitors to feast their eyes and ears on in room 211A.

Godin Redline Series:
For the first time since their introduction 2 years ago at Winter NAMM with the award winning Redline 1, Godin will now officially unveil further models to be included in a new Redline series.  Along with the Redline 1, this metal-minded series will be comprised of 3 other shred-machines including the Redline 2, 3 and HB. The Redline 2 features a super fast 24-fret rock maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, silver leaf maple body and 2 active EMG humbuckers (neck: EMG-85 / bridge: EMG-81). The Redline 3 is also loaded with active EMG humbuckers and is available with a maple or rosewood 22-fret fingerboard and a Floyd Rose tremolo bridge. The Redline HB features a rock maple neck with 22-fret rosewood fingerboard and Godin design GHN-1 and GHB-1 humbuckers.  An array of head turning colors and Flame tops are also available for these models.
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Eddie Van Halen Launches the All-New EVH Wolfgang Guitar PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2008 03:59
LOS ANGELES -- Eddie Van Halen launches the all-new EVH® Wolfgang electric guitar, available worldwide beginning Jan. 2009. The EVH Wolfgang guitar represents Eddie’s 35 years of experimenting with guitars, over two years of intense research and development, and a full year of brutal road testing during the top-grossing Van Halen 2007-2008 tour.
 
It was during the massive 2007-2008 Van Halen tour that the all-new EVH Wolfgang guitar went through extensive live “road testing” performance trials. The tour kicked off in fall 2007, and Eddie punished early versions of the new Wolfgang each night; playing every updated prototype onstage under the full, unfiltered spotlight of his fans. The results are reflected in the EVH Wolfgang guitar; produced to Eddie’s exact specifications and with features identical to the Wolfgang guitars he records and performs with.
 
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Fender Announces University Dates for Spring Session PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 December 2008 23:41
CORONA, Calif. -- Fender University announces the highly-anticipated spring session of the program is set to take place March 4 – 8, 2009 in Corona, Calif.  Fender University is an exclusive music education program for guitar enthusiasts worldwide.  The program offers exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to Fender’s manufacturing headquarters and world-renowned Fender Custom Shop, in addition to a series of music workshops, hands-on educational experiences, performance opportunities and special guest appearances. 

Enrollment is limited to 25 guitar and bass scholars worldwide, and is open to players of all skill levels and musical styles.  Additionally, it offers an exciting and unique opportunity to share in the legacy of Fender through a hands-on, direct experience with Fender products and people.
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Ernie Ball Partners up with John Mayer on Band Competition PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 December 2008 03:14
COACHELLA, Calif. - In March of 2009 the Ernie Ball Company will take their niche for finding unsigned talent and jump on board one of the most anticipated cruises to set sail since The Mayflower. Mayercraft Carrier 2, hosted by Grammy Award winning artist John Mayer and produced by Atlanta-based Sixthman, will take passengers on a 5-day/4-night adventure cruise from Los Angeles, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Along the way guests will enjoy non-stop live music and theme nights that are all sure to live up to John Mayer's everlasting quest for a good time.

This year's Mayercraft Carrier has an added dose of excitement as Ernie Ball will once again play host to a world-renowned Battle Of The Bands competition. Unsigned bands as well as singer-songwriters from across the globe will have the opportunity to upload their best mp3s by logging onto http://www.playmayercraft.com/ and see if they have what it takes to join the likes of John Mayer, O.A.R., Guster and others on stage at one of 2009s most sought after musical events. Ernie Ball has engaged FameCast to power the submission site for "Play Mayercraft," using FameCast's proprietary contest management platform to collect and present each band's songs and rank them using a variety of metrics such as online fan voting and community engagement.
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Solid Cables Tie Up Carl Verheyen PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 02:29
Solid Cables has officially signed up Carl Verheyen as its latest endorsement.
 
During a period where other companies may become reserve and/or panic in response to overall economic indicators, Solid Cables is adamantly moving forward and conquering new ground. Hand crafting instrument cables using only the finest quality materials, Solid Cables products are built to last and outperform all others. They truly do live up to their name.  So much in fact, they offer a lifetime warranty on all of them.
 
“I am a cable fanatic and this is the very best, brightest, fullest and loudest one I’ve come across in all my travels…I was really blown away!” – Carl Verheyen
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Led Zeppelin Gives Alfred Exclusive Rights For Songs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 November 2008 00:44
LOS ANGELES, CA — November 3, 2008
Led Zeppelin has named Alfred Publishing exclusive licensing agent for both its physical and digital print rights for their legendary catalog of songs. The territory defined in the deal is worldwide, excluding Europe.
 
Ron Manus, Alfred’s Executive Vice President, commented “The single most exciting day in my life was going to London to meet with the gods of rock, Led Zeppelin.  To be in a room with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones was almost more then I could take, I couldn’t sleep for two days prior to the meeting, needless to say, I was freaking out!!!  The best part of the meeting was to find out that Led Zeppelin shared our passion and vision for helping people experience the joy of making music.  We are so honored here at Alfred to use our position and expertise as the world’s leading educational music publisher in concert with Led Zeppelin to help encourage more people to make music."
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Hartman Releases Tommy Bolin Fuzz Pedal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 October 2008 20:35
Whether taking the stage with Zephyr, The James Gang, and Deep Purple or recording alongside jazz greats Billy Cobham and Alphonse Mouzon, Tommy Bolin’s incendiary guitar playing broke stylistic and sonic boundaries.  To this day, his musical legacy continues to influence and inspire.

With the assistance and cooperation of the Bolin family and estate, Hartman has recreated Tommy’s legendary fuzz tone.  Beginning with an original model of Tommy’s go-to fuzz and refined against the original, isolated guitar tracks of Bolin master reels, the result is a 3-knob box of dynamite featuring a definitive palette of tones from deep within the Bolin zone.
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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).

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    Los Angeles, CA – World-renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will  release Center Stage, a live concert DVD on October 14th via Favored Nations Acoustic.  
     
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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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