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Behind The Scenes with Pedal Master John Landgraff PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 13:53
In Part 1 of Behind the Scenes, Ken Volpe sits down with pedal master John Landgraff. John talks about his early musical influences and how he got into guitar and electronics. John also talks about his flagship Overdrive pedal, his friends in the biz, and his Faith in Christ.

Enjoy this session of Behind The Scenes with John Landgraff!

Industry Insider: Album Production Series Part 3; Trials and Tribulations PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 March 2009 13:49
By John McGlasson - GJD
With the undertaking of any big project, regardless of discipline, there are going to be speed bumps, even roadblocks. I’ve had several in the last couple months. At this point, our former distributor owes me a fairly sizeable sum of money for sales that took place months, in some cases, years ago. I spent everything I had and then some to promote these artists, and with the well-documented decline of the overall music business, I’m finding myself at it’s mercy, and am having a hard time getting by, much less paying the studio thousands of dollars. Add in my personal legal issues and incurring fees, and you’d think I wouldn’t be able to continue; not the case. We all pull together, we persevere.

Thankfully, our producer, Tony, has been involved with the label almost from day one, he knows what we’re up against, and he knows the seeds I’ve planted all over the place are growing, even though we’re not seeing the fruit today. With the exception of Backyard Tire Fire’s most recent, yet-to-be-released album, Tony produced every title the band has released. BTF is on a major upward rise, their new album was produced by famed producer Steve Berlin, and will be released this summer by Hyena Records as was their previous release. I own or have rights to all titles up to the point they went to Hyena, so it stands to reason that the money is coming. Tony has known BTF longer than I have, and we share the belief in our hearts that a big payoff is coming, and soon. So Tony is willing to let me continue with my own production, and running a tab with him until the payoff comes. Without friends like Tony, there’s no question I’d be done for.
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."


· 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 or here
Video Review: The Collings 290 Electric Guitar PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2009 01:39
The Collings 290 Electric Guitar is featured today. It is an amazing instrument from one of America's leading high end guitar builders. The 290 features a solid Mahogany body, a Mahogany neck, and a Rosewood fretboard. It is wired with Jason Lollar P90 pickups. This model also comes standard with a Tone-Pro bridge and tailpiece. Sit back and enjoy this new GJD feature with our own Phil Miller jammin' on the Collings 290.

-Solid mahogany body
-High gloss lacquer finish
-Custom P90-style pickups by Jason Lollar
-Tone-Pro bridge and tailpiece
-Black or amber top hat volume/tone knobs
-22-fret unbound mahogany neck
-East Indian rosewood fingerboard
-24 7/8" Scale Length
-Grained ivoroid dot fingerboard inlays
-Unbound peghead with ebony veneer
-Mother-of-pearl Collings logo
-Sperzel vintage tuners with ivoroid buttons
-Deluxe hardshell case

Available Options:
Pearloid pickguard & truss rod cover
Pearloid pickguard & peghead veneer Finish Choices:
Tobacco Sunburst
TV Yellow
Jet Black
Black w/ White Grainfill
Pedal Insider: Junction Capacitance and The Miller Effect in The Fuzz Face PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 March 2009 13:16
PART II: Deathnium

By Theo Hartman - GJD Contributor

In the first part of this two-part article we looked at how the characteristics of individual transistors come into play when voicing a simple fuzz face circuit. The product of the transistor gains and the capacitances between the Base and Collector electrodes produces a high-frequency roll-off due to an electric phenomenon known as the Miller Effect.

In an effect that relies as heavily upon transistor choice as the fuzz face, the final result is not only a function of the transistor gains employed but also of the transistor junction-capacitances. The presence (or absence) of capacitance within the transistors influences the eq of the signal and warmth of the fuzz.
Artist Interview: Greg Koch on The Jamcast - Session 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 13:05
In Session 1 of our Artist Interview with Greg Koch, Ken Volpe and Greg discuss the upcoming 2nd annual Fender University. Greg talks about the different master classes, the players, and his role. He also talks about the new Bandmaster VM amp, the new Road Worn guitars, and more.

Enjoy Session One with Guitar Wizard Greg Koch!

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 and
This event is being hosted by Franzoso Contracting. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Win Signed Guitars from Paul Gilbert, George Lynch & Richie Kotzen PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 05:12
HOLLYWOOD, CA – Get a chance to win a Ibanez, ESP or Fender guitar each autographed by all three Guitar Greats of The Guitar Generation shows: Paul Gilbert, George Lynch & Richie Kotzen. All you have to do is attend one of three (3) shows at the either the House of Blues San Diego 2/25, Hollywood 2/28 or Anaheim 3/02 and make a copy of your ticket stub from attending. Then send in with your name, address, email & phone number by March 9th and you will be put in the drawing. The drawing will be held Friday, March 13, 2009. Fans only – no-one related, working for, or associated with any of the artists can enter. Must have valid ticket stub and can only enter once as the tickets are numbered.

Please email scanned copy to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or mail photo copy to VQPR, 9206 Franklin St., Chatsworth, CA  91311
Video Review: PRS Mira Electric Guitar PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:43
The Mira is a guitar for today’s players with a classic feel and tone but with the quality and stability you’ve come to expect from a PRS instrument. This model features a thinner, solid mahogany body, 24-fret neck, matching pickguard and trussrod cover, Mira pickups, three-way pickup selector and a mini toggle coil tap. This combination of features lends a new voice to the PRS lineup. Sit back and enjoy this new GuitarJamDaily feature with our own Phil Miller rockin' the PRS Mira.
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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  • 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.