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Artist Interview: John 5 on The Jamcast - Session 3 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 June 2009 11:24
In Part 3 of our Artist Interview on the Jamcast, GJD's Ken Volpe speaks with guitar master John 5. John talks about when he first started playing guitar and how he overcame the challenge of having small hands. John also talks about his approach to improvising and solos.

Enjoy this session with John 5!

Artist Interview: Greg Koch on The Jamcast - Session 3 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 May 2009 11:46
In Session 3 of our Artist Interview with Greg Koch, Ken Volpe and Greg discuss the current state of the music industry and how Greg developed as a guitarist and who were his musical influences.

Enjoy Session 3 on The Jamcast with Greg Koch!

Artist Interview: Frank Marino on The Jamcast - Session 3 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 May 2009 11:16
In Session 3 of our Artist Interview, GJD's Ken Volpe sits down with guitar legend Frank Marino. They discuss what music Frank listens to these days. After that they get into a deep discussion about spirituality and philosophy.

Enjoy Session 3 with Frank Marino!

Pro Shop: Recording The Soundtrack For Star Trek PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:13
By Carl Verheyen - GJD Contributor
Over the last 10 years I’ve put all my energy into my solo career and tried to step back from the day to day grind of studio work. But I still keep a hand in it, especially the high quality projects that come in now and again that you just can’t turn down. One of the biggest “culture shocks” in this dual career existence occurs when I fly home from some faraway land and the next morning find myself on a major studio sound stage with a 105 piece orchestra and some difficult music in front of me. I go from the elation of playing my own music in front of a live audience for weeks on end, with the confidence and road-honed chops of a well-oiled machine (my band), straight into the frying pan of sight reading a motion picture score with some of the best musicians in the world.... and a whole lot of them!

Never mind the jet lag, your adrenalin takes over when you find yourself in the hot seat. I think the challenge is rethinking your role as a musician. A band leader and solo artist on a concert tour must constantly make decisions based on his or her own artistic integrity, such as set list choices and the ebb and flow of “the show.” I work very hard at being the best improviser I can be, and make sure each show is a unique event when the band plays live. But none of these skills come into play when working with an orchestra on a movie date.
Behind The Scenes with Jeorge Tripps - PART 2 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 May 2009 13:14
In Part 2 of Behind the Scenes, GJD's own Clif Taylor spends some QT with Pedal master Jeorge Tripps. They discuss his visit to the Hendrix Museum and a bunch of the trade secrets behind a few of the original great pedals that Hendrix made famous.

Enjoy this Session!

Amp Insider: Amp Logic PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 08:41
by John Tomaszewicz, President, JT Sound Inc.
With so much discussion and emphasis on guitar amp components, I thought I would add some perspective having been a professional Components Engineer for much of my Engineering career. I have often thought that universities should have a course on Components Engineering to focus on component specification and selection. An important part of my job function was to find out what components would fail in the field or in production, and then find a solution. Quite often, I found that even the most gifted engineers would fall prey to relying on a component to perform to an unspecified parameter. The most common problem was not a bad component but things such as the component manufacturer improving their process and consequently enhancing their yield. This resulted in the device no longer functioning in the product the way the designer intended.

INTERCONNECT RELIABILITY PROBLEMS: Mechanical switches are often the weakest link due to contact wear and increasing contact resistance. Gold contacts must be mated with gold contacts or they provide an inferior junction to a less costly tin plated to tin plated junction.  Simply stated, similar metals provide a better junction than dissimilar metals. Common use of jacks as a switching mechanism in effects loops has shown to be problematic.  Primarily because of oxidation on the contact coupled with a reduction of contact force due to metal fatigue.

CAPACITORS: Ever see a capacitor specification for frequency response?   Probably not.  Most engineers know that electrolytic capacitors exhibit objectionable distortion and frequency roll-off.  Even capacitors that are often thought of as good quality can have serious deviation from an ideal capacitor frequency response within the audio band. Is this roll-off acceptable and desired?  This would be an example of relying on an unspecified parameter.

ECONOMIC SHIFTS: Common guitar amp tubes almost became extinct during the late 80’s. Amplifier manufacturers had to shift to less favorable tubes to maintain production.  We need to keep an eye on supply through these extremely tough economic times.  A good contingency plan would be wise. Don’t get caught producing a product that relies on some unspecified magic.  e.g.  What if your unique transformer manufacturer goes away? Shocking as this may seem, I have been through this type of issue many times and often the only solution is a costly and painful lifetime buy.  As simple as these issues may seem, the exorbitant cost of ignoring them can be overwhelming.
CD review: Carl Verheyen Band - Trading 8s PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 April 2009 10:22
By Ken Volpe - GJD

Every once in a while an artist has an opportunity and a privilege to work with many of his peers on a project.  Such is the case on the latest release from the Carl Verheyen Band, Trading 8s.  One could only imagine the joy and creative fun that Carl must have had in making this CD.  Actually in the linear notes Carl states, “I sincerely hope you enjoy this music as much as we did making it.” 

I’ve gotten to know Carl over the past couple of years through his audio interviews and columns with  I have always been blessed by his music and who he is as a human being.  So when Carl told me that he was working on a new project I was really excited about the news.

The CD starts out with a track named, Highway 27. This features Carl and Joe Bonamassa playing intricate melody lines and trading runs with the utmost fury.  Both of these guys possess sweet liquid guitar tones.  The song kind of reminded me of a Jeff Beck meets Steve Morse type thing.  It’s kind of funny because Steve Morse happens to appear on this project as well, playing on a tune entitled, On Our Way.  This track can best be described as a beautiful bluesy ballad with some rich musical textures. I really dug the Steve Morse signature modal pattern runs.

Another tune that caught my ear is a Carl’s version of the old Beatles song TaxMan. The arrangement and production are exceptional on this one.  There is an interesting contrast of styles between Carl and Fusion master Scott Henderson.  This track contains some of my favorite intense guitar ripping from Carl.  A little further along is the cut, New Year’s Day.  This one has a great groove with tasteful ideas from Mr. Verheyen and Blues tone wizard Robben Ford.  There is some serious tone flying out of the speakers from both of these guys. Ford fans will really love this one because it has some hints from his old school playing.  Also on the CD is a track named, Country Girl.  This song contains great vocals by Carl and a really tight rhythm section. The infamous Albert Lee injects his tone and fast country-style runs in a way that only he could do. 

There are a few other tunes on Trading 8s that do not feature any of the guest artists. So, Carl and his band including, Dave Marotta on bass, and Walfredo Reyes Jr. on drums are really showcased.  Actually, from a compositional standpoint and for overall production value these tunes were my favorites, especially Eastern Steppes. 

Trading 8s is a wonderful CD that will appeal to many different guitar fans. Carl’s ability to craft songs and adapt his playing with these many artists is most astounding. Do yourself a favor...if you love great guitar playing go buy this CD.

Artist Interview: Guthrie Govan on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 14:48
In Session 1 of our Artist Interview, GJD's Ken Volpe spends some time with guitar master Guthrie Govan. Ken and Guthrie discuss how instrumental guitarists survive in today's music scene. Guthrie also talks a bit about about his love for improvisational music.

Enjoy Session 1 with Guthrie Govan!

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. 
Video Review Part 2: The 3 Monkeys Orangutan Amplifier PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 01:11
Today we are featuring Part 2 of our video of The 3 Monkeys Orangutan Amplifier. It is a great sounding amp that is extremely versatile without a lot of complex controls. It features a quad of 6V6 power tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes. It also has a six position voicing switch and built in reverb. Sit back and enjoy this new GJD feature with our own Phil Miller crankin' up the Orangutan.

Enjoy Phil's Review of The 3 Monkeys Orangutan Amplifier!

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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.