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  • 1967-68 Messenger hollow body fretless electric bass with aluminum neck

    Guitar Blog
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:17 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Previously on Guitarz we've taken an all-too brief look at a vintage 1960s Musicraft Inc. Messenger guitar (as famously played by Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad) and the more recent Eastwood reissue (which is itself a discontinued model... for the time being). I've not previously seen a bass model of the Messenger, but this is what we have here now being offered for sale on eBay with a starting bid of US $1,500. The bass is a hollowbody and features an aluminium neck. Intriguingly the neck is fretless (obviously with markers in this instance). The seller does not…
  • Raven short scale violin shaped bass made in Japan with scroll headstock.

    Guitar Blog
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com:This is a tough one for me.I really want this bass, and the seller is quite literally only a few streets away from where I am as I type this. But I currently own 3 basses ( a Westone Thunder, an Ibanez Roadster, and a Vantage V900B - 2 of which i should be selling ) and I really do not play bass. I can play but I only play for demo purposes and I never gig as a bassist ( all drummers heave a collective sigh of relief ).This Matsumoku made Raven violin bass is, according to the seller, in near mint condition. The pictures seem support his claim, and everything about…
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    29 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
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  • How to Share Your Passion Online

    Will Kriski
    wkriski
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    How to Share Your Passion Online Starting a food recipe blog and related YouTube/Facebook/Instagram channels has been an amazing experience. I think we all naturally want to share our knowledge and experience with others, even if it’s not a food blog (I started a guitar lesson site years ago as well). It’s been over 2 years and I thought I would try to help you get started with your own food site. But how do we get started? There are many ways but with the ups and down of many social media sites (remember MySpace?) it’s best to have your own website that you control. The…
  • The 7 Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $500

    Guitarsite News
    Alexander
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:26 am
    We bring you our updated roundup of the Best Acoustic Electric guitars under $500, featuring practical workhorse guitars that make every single penny count.read more
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  • 1967-68 Messenger hollow body fretless electric bass with aluminum neck

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:17 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Previously on Guitarz we've taken an all-too brief look at a vintage 1960s Musicraft Inc. Messenger guitar (as famously played by Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad) and the more recent Eastwood reissue (which is itself a discontinued model... for the time being). I've not previously seen a bass model of the Messenger, but this is what we have here now being offered for sale on eBay with a starting bid of US $1,500. The bass is a hollowbody and features an aluminium neck. Intriguingly the neck is fretless (obviously with markers in this instance). The seller does not…
  • Raven short scale violin shaped bass made in Japan with scroll headstock.

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com:This is a tough one for me.I really want this bass, and the seller is quite literally only a few streets away from where I am as I type this. But I currently own 3 basses ( a Westone Thunder, an Ibanez Roadster, and a Vantage V900B - 2 of which i should be selling ) and I really do not play bass. I can play but I only play for demo purposes and I never gig as a bassist ( all drummers heave a collective sigh of relief ).This Matsumoku made Raven violin bass is, according to the seller, in near mint condition. The pictures seem support his claim, and everything about…
  • G&L Interceptor fretless bass from 1984

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: These days I feel more at home playing bass than guitar, and thus find myself more drawn to basses when perusing the racks in guitar shops, browsing the web, etc. I'm especially drawn to fretless basses; my first ever bass was a fretless (a Westone Thunder I-A) and I've owned several others over the years, most recently I've been playing a Hohner B2A fretless conversion. But I'm always looking out for that special ONE, so regularly check the eBay listings. Recently this 30-year old G&L Interceptor fretless bass caught my eye. It's not a model that I've been aware of…
  • 1985 Tokai Paisley Telecaster copy

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com:I almost bought a 1980s MIJ Fender paisley Telecaster once. It was in a pawn shop in the early 1990s for $400 Canadian. It was a time before anyone could easily find out that the MIJ Fenders of that era were so incredible, and the price reflected that. I knew, but I was a student and had no money and all my credit was used up. I still regret it though. I think that was when I really started to covet the paisley Telecasters, with that missed opportunity.What I did not know was that Tokai had done a copy of the paisley Telecaster. This 1985 Paisley Telecaster clearly…
  • Rare Carved Shiraki Acoustic made in Japan 1981

    24 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com:I'd never heard of Shiraki Guitars. They were apparently part of the Matsumoku fold in the early 1980s, so you know that it is likely a quality instrument. It also seems that they did some level of collaboration with Alvarez as well.Though it's really not my taste with the intricate carving and lack of a sound hole ( I wonder if projection through the carved area is any good ), I'd gamble that this cedar top dreadnought from 1981 plays and sounds quite nice. Note the neck joint. Is it glued in, bolted on the inside, or a different kind of joint?I'm reminded of Blueberry…
 
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    Six String Soul

  • Exclusive Interview: Weber Speakers

    Dan Kern
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Weber Speakers, now known as “Ted Weber’s Famous Loudspeakers” and arguably the modern era’s most influential guitar speaker manufacturer, is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the legacy started by late founder and vintage speaker connoisseur, Ted Weber. Ted’s son, TA Weber, has done a remarkable job continuing the company’s mission to provide the best possible tone and […] The post Exclusive Interview: Weber Speakers appeared first on Six String Soul.
  • Breaking Down the Differences of Martin Dreadnought Guitars

    Dan Kern
    18 May 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Dry. Deep. Bassy. Strong. Those are just a few words that describe these D-shaped “muscle” guitars that Martin bravely brought to the market many years ago (when smaller, more well-balanced acoustic guitars were favored). The guitars are aptly named after World War I era battleships, “Dreadnoughts” (source). They are big, loud and ready to take on […] The post Breaking Down the Differences of Martin Dreadnought Guitars appeared first on Six String Soul.
  • MIDI Madness: Interview with Molten Voltage

    Dan Kern
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    As the boutique guitar pedal scene expands, we begin to see inventive builders push the limits beyond the typical overdrive, fuzz, distortion, modulation and time-based effects that have been put out over and over again. It even opens up for other types of pedals to be created…such as pedals that don’t actually make sounds themselves, […] The post MIDI Madness: Interview with Molten Voltage appeared first on Six String Soul.
  • Weird, Unique Guitar Pedals to Inspire Ambient Creativity

    Dan Kern
    2 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    For ambient guitarists, the endless search for new tonal inspiration can be a long and (sometimes) empty road. Months, if not years, go by where sonic discovery is stuck in a rut. Browsing the same online guitar stores and message boards brings no solution. A multitude of reverbs, delays and loopers with slightly different functions […] The post Weird, Unique Guitar Pedals to Inspire Ambient Creativity appeared first on Six String Soul.
  • Which is The Most Popular Electric Guitar?

    Dan Kern
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Ever since the electric guitar was invented in 1931, guitar makers have refined and recreated this glorious instrument as it launched rock and roll into quite possibly the most influential musical style the world has ever seen in such a short span of time. The electric guitar is at the heart of so many modern music styles […] The post Which is The Most Popular Electric Guitar? appeared first on Six String Soul.
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    Modern Guitar Magazine

  • Jimi Hendrix

    Doc Edwards
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    Rolling Stone Magazine’s perennial selection as the greatest guitarist who ever lived certainly isn’t everyone’s favorite… but he is mine. And, in case you are wondering, that list is voted on by dozens of guitar greats of all ages and from all genres. Creating only three studio albums before his untimely death in September, 1970, […]
  • Joe Satriani

    Dwain Berlin
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    Joe Satriani took the rock world by storm with his 1987 breakthrough instrumental album, “Surfing With The Alien”. An earlier effort, “Not Of This Earth”, was pretty good but wasn’t promoted and nearly bankrupted Satch. Having taken up the guitar upon learning of the death of Jimi Hendrix, Satch was good enough – before his […]
  • Jerry Garcia

    Doc Edwards
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    It seems somewhat strange to me how the Grateful Dead achieved fame and longevity and amassed one of the most dedicated fan base (the Deadheads) in the history of music despite having only one real hit – 1987’s “Touch of Grey” – and receiving very little radio play, especially on the AM band where musical […]
  • Carlos Santana

    Doc Edwards
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    We could all learn something from our fathers. My father and my mother are my all-time heroes and, although they weren’t able to teach me anything about guitars, they taught me a lot about life. Carlos Santana’s father passed along something to his son for which all of us Santana fans should be grateful: phrasing. […]
  • Rory Gallagher

    Doc Edwards
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    As the story goes, when asked how it felt to be the world’s greatest guitarist, Jimi Hendrix replied: “I don’t know; you should ask Rory Gallagher.” However, there is no evidence Hendrix ever said such a thing. It has been reported that he said the same about Phil Keaggy as well as Greek bouzouki player, […]
 
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    Guitar Noize

  • Carl Martin Andy Timmons Signature Compressor/Limiter

    admin
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Carl Martin have announced a collaboration with Andy Timmons to create a signature Compressor/Limiter pedal. “Andy Timmons suggested to Carl to create a Compressor/Limiter with two presets, so that he had a preset for more subtle rhythm parts, and a preset with more hard compression and sustain for other parts as solos without having to take up real-estate on the board for two Compressor/Limiters. The result is a two-preset option for Compression Rate and Level. In order to save knobs and to be as user-friendly as possible, the Threshold and Response settings are fixed for both presets,…
  • Share Riffs & Ideas With Tabd for iPhone

    admin
    22 Aug 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Tabd is a new mobile app coming to the iPhone next month that provides guitarists with an easy way to TAB riffs and ideas, include a short audio recording (which you can crop) and then share with other musicians. This is a great tool if you want to collaborate on a track for instance with another guitar player or bass player where you can add comments and discuss the TAB idea. Tabd’s core feature set includes an intuitive tablature editor to create simple and effective tabs. “We took a no-frills approach because we wanted an interface that all players would feel comfortable with,” says…
  • PRS Add 2 New Models: SE Custom 22 & SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow

    admin
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    PRS have yet again extended their affordable SE series of guitars with the new SE Custom 22 and SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow which looks very tantalising. I’ve always been a fan of the kind of tones and feel you get from semi-hollow guitars and I have to say this guitar has looks far beyond the price tag, I’ve seen PRS SE Custom 24’s listed new on ebay in the US for $450, the 30th anniversary model was about $200 more so I would expect the semi-hollow somewhere toward the higher of the two prices. “The PRS SE Custom 22 adds a more vintage tone and feel to the traditional…
  • Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa MXR FET Driver

    admin
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    MXR have announced a limited edition version of the Joe Bonamassa FET Driver available in Pelham Blue and only 300 will be produced and it will be an exclusive to the Joe Bonamassa online store, http://shop.jbonamassa.com/products/joe-bonamassa-mxr-fet-driver-pelham-blue-special-edition. Joe Bonamassa uses this pedal to thicken up his lead tone with musical, amp-like distortion and sustain. “This pedal glued the loose ends of my rig together,” Joe says. “It’s very focused and very fat, and it cuts through without being too bright. That’s a hard sound to…
  • Gumtree’s Ultimate Guide To Buying A Guitar

    admin
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
    I was recently asked if I wanted to contribute toward a post on Gumtree’s site to help people who are considering buying a guitar on Gumtree. The article is called The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Guitar and includes advice from myself, Aussie Custom Guitar Pick specialists Grover Allman and Guitardownunder.com. As you can probably guess this article appears on the Australian Gumtree site but it is relevant to anyone looking to purchase a new or used instrument. The post Gumtree’s Ultimate Guide To Buying A Guitar appeared first on Guitar Noize.
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  • Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent Signature

    Alexander
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    Ernie Ball Music Man introduces the St. Vincent Signature, co-designed by Grammy-award winning guitarist Annie Clark.read more
  • Carl Martin Andy Timmons Signature Compressor/Limiter

    Alexander
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Carl Martin unveils the Andy Timmons Signature Compressor/Limiter, combining two compressors in one pedal.read more
  • The 7 Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $500

    Alexander
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:26 am
    We bring you our updated roundup of the Best Acoustic Electric guitars under $500, featuring practical workhorse guitars that make every single penny count.read more
  • The 7 Best Cheap Acoustic Guitars Under $200

    Jason
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Whether you're looking for a student guitar, or simply a low-cost alternative to your main instrument, you'll find exactly what you need here in the $100 to $200 price range from the most dependable acoustic guitar companies.read more
  • Vintage V7HTBB 7-String Guitar

    Alexander
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Vintage introduces the V7HTBB, an affordable double cutaway 7-string guitar with lightweight poplar body. read more
 
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  • Healthy Eating

    wkriski
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    If you’ve watched my guitar channel for years you might have noticed that I recently lost a bunch of weight and lowered my cholesterol and blood pressure. So now I have a healthy eating website with lots of tasty recipes you might want to check out if you sit a lot like me! The post Healthy Eating appeared first on Will Kriski.
  • How to Share Your Passion Online

    wkriski
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    How to Share Your Passion Online Starting a food recipe blog and related YouTube/Facebook/Instagram channels has been an amazing experience. I think we all naturally want to share our knowledge and experience with others, even if it’s not a food blog (I started a guitar lesson site years ago as well). It’s been over 2 years and I thought I would try to help you get started with your own food site. But how do we get started? There are many ways but with the ups and down of many social media sites (remember MySpace?) it’s best to have your own website that you control. The…
  • Witchcraft – ii V Turnaround Lick/Transcription

    wkriski
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    You can get the tab on the tablature page if you’ve subscribed to my newsletter (right sidebar of screen). The post Witchcraft – ii V Turnaround Lick/Transcription appeared first on Will Kriski.
  • Thinking in Phrases – Jazz Blues Using Guitar and Sax Etudes

    wkriski
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    I’m a big fan of imitation when it comes to learning how to improvise in the bebop style. This may seem counterintuitive but we learn to speak the same way, by imitating our parents. I’ve given a lot of thought to how we improvise and what would be most effective way to learn the skill. After years of practicing a lot of ineffective things I finally started imitating jazz professionals such as Robert Conti and Greg Fishman (sax player). I learned a variety of solos and etudes as well as licks. I was having a blast and really sounding like a jazz musician! One part that took some…
  • Using Jazz Guitar Etudes and Hip Licks Together – Detailed Explanation

    wkriski
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:36 am
    You can pick up Jazz Guitar Etudes and Hip Licks for Guitar by Greg Fishman/Mike Allemana. The post Using Jazz Guitar Etudes and Hip Licks Together – Detailed Explanation appeared first on Will Kriski.
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  • Bass of the Week: Joe Goldsmith Fretless Singlecut Bass

    Kevin Johnson
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    We’re featuring another incredible bass made by an amateur builder this week. Bassist Joe Goldsmith sent us some pictures of a stunning singlecut bass he built to suit his style. The eighteen-year-old, who mainly plays double bass, decided to make something that would make him feel more at home on an electric. “As a double...
  • Charles Berthoud: Resurrection

    Kevin Johnson
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Charles Berthoud builds a beautiful soundscape in this solo piccolo bass piece entitled “Resurrection.” The bassist makes the most of two-handed tapping and harmonics to create a shiny, ethereal song. “Resurrection” is the second track from his new album Charles Berthoud: The New Age of Solo Bass, which also includes three completely solo tunes, five...
  • Three Rainbow 1979 Live Sets Available in One Package

    News Team
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    When Rainbow hit the road in 1979, the band looked different. Singer Ronnie James Dio had exited and Graham Bonnet had taken over vocals for the Ritchie Blackmore-led band. Guitarist Blackmore’s Deep Purple bandmate, bassist Roger Glover, had also newly joined the fold as both bassist and producer, and the reformed group recorded a commercially...
  • Weekly Top 10: Gizmotron Revived, Danny Hauser Interview, Dealing with Fretboard Dead Spots, Plus the Top Bass Videos, New Gear and More

    Corey Brown
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Looking over our newest 10 list, I’d say this was quite the week. Don’t you agree? Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. BassTheWorld: 29 Bassists in 1 Video The internet is a wonderful thing. Gregor Fris from BasstheWorld.com put together this epic bass jam with 29 bassists from all over the...
  • Ibanez Expands SR Fanned Fret Line With New Finish

    Kevin Johnson
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    After getting into the multi-scale bass market earlier this year, Ibanez is expanding their SR Fanned Fret bass line with a new finish. Available in five- and six-string versions, the bass will come in a Walnut Flat finish as well as its original black stain. The SRFF805 five-string and 806 six-string models are built with...
 
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  • sooooo... my guitar tech

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:31 pm
    I've been going to the same guy for a few years. He generally does good work. He did, one time, break a piece of hardware off of a bridge and made me pay for the replacement.... but besides that, he does pretty good work. And he's pretty cost effective. One of my Strat builds had something funky going on with the middle and neck pickups. I had bought a preloaded pickguard from guitar fetish(never again... pure crap). but I ended up replacing the pickups with Dragonfire single sized... sooooo... my guitar tech
  • Mary Halvorson to release her first solo guitar album later this week...

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:31 pm
    http://firehouse12records.com/album/meltframe 2 tracks can be heard above. You should listen to them because she's fucking brilliant.
  • National Football League (NFL) 2015-2016 thread

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Someone had to start one. Pre-season is nearly over, and the regular season is on the way. My Seahawks have been stinking it up so far in pre-season, but I guess arguably working out the kinks is what pre-season is for. Nonetheless, I hope they get it together before the first game of regular season. I thought our trades and etc. seemed pretty good. So I remain hopeful. How are your teams doing? Let's talk some football!
  • Kickstarter math.

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    A blog article that goes through some numbers, in case anyone is interested. http://mariancall.com/kickstarter-math-is-weird/
  • Man cave/studio/practice space is happening

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Got some stock I inherited from my Mom that's done really well. Wife wants a pool, I want a building. We live comfortably without the dividends, house is paid for, no debt. You only live once right? So we're gonna enjoy retirement. I'm building a 16'x30' out back. I'm thinking 8' walls with a 10' vaulted ceiling. Gonna do it so it could be made into a grandma suite if we ever sell(unlikely but you never know). Full bath and walk in closet will take about 8'x16', so my music space will be... Man cave/studio/practice space is happening
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    TrueFire's Guitar Blog

  • Open Call Auditions for the World’s Best Guitar Teachers

    Zach
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We are looking for the world’s best guitar teachers who possess that extra-special ability to communicate musical concepts and techniques to students in an engaging, highly accessible and effective manner. If your students can’t wait for their next lesson — you could be TrueFire’s Next Top Guitar Instructor! The Top 5 TrueFire’s Next Top Guitar… The post Open Call Auditions for the World’s Best Guitar Teachers appeared first on TrueFire's Guitar Blog.
  • Help Get Orville Gibson on a U.S. Stamp: Sign the Petition!

    Zach
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    August 19, 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of Orville’s death. He changed the world of music when the United States Patent Office granted him Patent No. 598,245 on February 1, 1898. His patent transformed fretted stringed instruments “known as mandolins, guitars, mandolas, and lutes; and it specifically relates to the construction of the body, neck… The post Help Get Orville Gibson on a U.S. Stamp: Sign the Petition! appeared first on TrueFire's Guitar Blog.
  • How To Be A Jerk Guitar Player In 10 Easy Steps

    Zach
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    by Anthony Stauffer The guitar community has lots of great people but it also has jerks. In this video I’ll show you how to be a guitar jerk with 10 easy steps. This is, of course, sarcasm. Don’t take it too seriously and remember that I’m talking to myself first. The full list of 10… The post How To Be A Jerk Guitar Player In 10 Easy Steps appeared first on TrueFire's Guitar Blog.
  • According to Science, Guitar Players’ Brains are Especially Intuitive

    Zach
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    Playing the guitar requires hand-eye coordination, creativity, memory, intuition, improvisation, and countless other functions of the brain. Anyone who has ever tried learning the guitar knows just how difficult it can be, and even professional players struggle sometimes. It seems that common bond goes beyond the frustrations of playing, however. In fact, according to a… The post According to Science, Guitar Players’ Brains are Especially Intuitive appeared first on TrueFire's Guitar Blog.
  • Modern 2-5-1 Jazz Guitar Lesson: #4 Enharmonic Substitution

    Zach
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    In this lesson we will be applying enharmonic substitution chord structures over a 2-5-1 progression. An enharmonic substitution is a chord that can be substituted for another chord in order to sound an available tension. For example, Instead of playing C major 7 you can play an E minor 7 (while the bassist is still… The post Modern 2-5-1 Jazz Guitar Lesson: #4 Enharmonic Substitution appeared first on TrueFire's Guitar Blog.
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    Guitar International Magazine

  • The Brotherhood of the Guitar- Lyric Dubee Talks Revolution Rock

    Guitar International Magazine
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:21 am
    By: Rick Landers Lyric Dupree – photo credit: Robert M. Knight The Brotherhood of the Guitar sponsors a select group of very talented young musicians, to help mentor them and support their budding careers. The Brotherhood has received solid support from both Ernie Ball Inc. and Guitar Center over the years, as it reaches around the globe in search of a new generation of guitar talent. Brian Ball, president, Ernie Ball, Inc., has been working with legendary rock photographer, Robert M. Knight, for a few years to discover and seek out new talent. And for both Brian and Robert,…
  • Ace Von Johnson of Faster Pussycat – We’re a Dirty, Grimey, Rock ’n Roll Band!

    Guitar International Magazine
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto Ace Von Johnson – photo credit: Jenny Brezinski Faster Pussycat have been the Kings of Hollywood’s gritty underground rock ‘n roll circus for over 30 years. Their songs are sexually charged glam rock, laced with enough innuendos and double entendres to make your head spin, and put a smile on your face. With titles like “Where There’s a Whip, There’s a Way,” “Slip of the Tongue,” and “The Power & the Glory Hole”, how can they not be King’s of Hollywood? Formed in 1986 by lead singer, Taime Downe, the band embraces their title…
  • Alice Cooper Ghouls Wild on Fox & Friends Summer Concert Series

    Guitar International Magazine
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:34 pm
    By: Robert Cavuoto Alice Cooper Alice Cooper brought New York City to a standstill on the morning of August 14th when he and his band performed on Fox & Friends All American Summer Concert Series. Throngs of fans packed the Fox & Friends pavilion and lined the sidewalk surrounding the stage on 48th Street, just to get a glimpse of the “Shock Rocker”, who put on a six song mini-concert which included; “I’m Eighteen,” “Under My Wheels,” “Schools Out,” “Elected,” “Poison,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Alice did not disappoint fans who were standing in line…
  • Neil Young Ponomusic Company to Offer Free Upgrades – The Pono Promise

    Guitar International Magazine
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Press Release Source: Warner Bros Records, Inc. PonoMusic the High-Resolution music company founded by Neil Young, presents a revolutionary breakthrough to music sales. The PonoPromise: Any album purchased from Ponomusic.com, regardless of its resolution, will be upgraded FREE if a Higher Resolution version becomes available. PonoMusic is the first and only music store offering this feature. PonoMusic, the world’s only Hi-Res Music ecosystem with a Hi-Res music store and portable Hi-Res player, has become the fastest growing High-Resolution music store since its introduction in…
  • Renowned Musician and Storyteller John McCutcheon Announces Two MD/DC Tour Dates 2015

    Guitar International Magazine
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Press Release Source: Hello Wendy PR John McCutcheon Wisconsin-bred, Georgia-based John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers.  He truly is folk music’s Renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. Johnny Cash referred to him as “The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve…
 
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    LeftyFretz.com - The Left Handed Guitar Player's Resource

  • Happy National Left Handed Day 2015

    Neal
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Happy National Left Handed Day!  Every year on August 13th we southpaws get our very own designated day to celebrate our dexterity.  Left Handed Day is also meant to help raise awareness of the troubles that us southpaw people experience with living in a right-hand centric world. So the idea is that we have an excuse to get drunk and have a whinge at how easy righties have it? Well, not quite. National Left Handed Day – August 13th 2015 Special events are usually set up around the world, such as designated ‘left handed zones’ where righties are encouraged to use their…
  • Save 20% off Lefty Overwater Basses This August

    Neal
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Southpaw bassists will be interested to learn that our friends over at Overwater Basses are running a fantastic promotion, exclusive to left handed players! To celebrate International Left Handed Day, Overwater are offering a discount of 20% on all custom left handed orders. This generous deal is only available until the end of August – don’t miss out! In case you were wondering, all Overwater basses are available left handed (usually at no additional charge). Why not visit the link below and see if anything grabs your eye? For more information: Overwater Bass Website
  • 17 Completely Bonkers Guitar Designs

    Neal
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    Think you’ve seen it all when it comes to weird guitar designs? Well, you haven’t! Check out these 17 crazy monstrosities – you won’t believe number 15 isn’t Photoshopped! 1. The Destroyer Part guitar, part mandolin, and what’s the antennae for? A freaking theremin, that’s what! As if that wasn’t enough, the Destroyer comes complete with in-built effects, tuner and glow-in-the-dark capabilities thanks to its multitude of LED lights. Mark Dalzell is the creator of this quirky beast – plenty more photos on his Flickr page. 2. Tennessee 15-String Bass…
  • Martin : Left Handed Guitars

    Neal
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    Martin Guitars are a USA guitar brand established in 1883 by Christian Frederick Martin.  Although Martin are mostly known for their highly regarded steel-string acoustic guitars, they have also produced several models of electric guitars and basses over the years. But what about left handed models I hear you ask?  Even though I’m well aware of Martin’s southpaw friendly business model, I decided to ask them…just in case. Here is the response I received in return: “As a lefty player myself I’m happy to tell you we are currently building lefty versions of all of our…
  • Left Handed Travel Guitars and Basses

    Neal
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    Travel guitars are ideal for when you’re on the road, or even just for when you need something handy in the office for a quick lunchtime jam session.  There are plenty of great left handed travel guitar options, and I’ve compiled a quick list of some of the best models currently available. As you’d expect from a guitar likely to be thrown around a lot, none of these models are desperately expensive, and so should be accessible to most.  Designs range from models which are simply smaller in size, to clever guitars that save space through folding necks or other similarly…
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  • Kurt Cobain Amp Settings and Infographic: Chorus and Distortion Edition

    Bobby Kittleberger
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Personally, I’m a bigger fan of Kurt Cobain’s writing than his music. His published hand-written journal is fascinating in my humble opinion. I’d rather read that than listen to Nevermind. Then again, Cobain is one of rock’s most iconic guitar players and a major piece of the Seattle Grunge puzzle. The uniqueness of his guitar playing has long been a subject of discussion and intrigue. We’ll build on that … Read More...
  • 7 Best Tremolo Pedals for the Guitar: 2015 Edition

    Bobby Kittleberger
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In the world of guitar effects, the best tremolo pedals are crowned by both objective evidence and subjective, community consensus. I will provide both in this list. As the buyer you don’t just want to know stats about your prospective pedal, you want to be certain that it has already proved to be a reliable, even an excellent product. You want recommendations and real-world experience that coincides with great specs.… Read More...
  • Book Review of Memorize the Guitar Fretboard by John C. Boukis

    Bobby Kittleberger
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:19 pm
    This is the official Guitar Chalk review of John C. Boukis’s book, Memorize the Guitar Fretboard. Boukis has designed this book for aspiring guitarists who might be less comfortable or completely new to the basic tenants of music theory that allow us to recognize and utilize notes based on fretboard location. You can purchase Boukis’s book via Amazon in hard-copy format. The information disseminated in his book helps the … Read More...
  • 15 Cheap Violins for Sale on Amazon: 2015 Edition

    Bobby Kittleberger
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A guitar-focused site is a strange place to find cheap violins. I get that. But the guitar and violin are somewhat related (both stringed) and not completely antithetical to one another. Skillet, A Perfect Circle and a number of other notable “guitar bands” have (or have had) a violinist in their lineup. Plus, the fiddle just sounds amazing; a lovely instrument. And if you’re looking to buy a violin, you’re … Read More...
  • The 20-Part Total Guitar Intervals Guide: 2015 Edition

    Bobby Kittleberger
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    If I might be so blunt, guitar is easy Because in its own unique way, the guitar offers us a lot of versatility in a simple format - the fretboard - which can be navigated in small, incremental pieces called intervals. So those who understand intervals - even in the most basic sense - will have a distinct command and control of their guitar. They will know what … Read More...
 
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  • Using Pentatonic Skeletons to Make Modes Musical

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Modes can be tough. We spend hours practicing them in hopes they help get us those more sophisticated colors for our improvisations and compositions. I have, however, found a problem that a lot of students who come to me face: when they go to solo, it sounds just like how they had practiced. It sounds like they're just running up and down scales. Matt had written a great blog post before called How to Create Melodic Guitar Solos, where he shows how to build scales from triads, as opposed to the popular 3NPS positions and CAGED positions. In this blog, I wanted to add to this idea by showing…
  • How to Write a Great Guitar Riff

    20 Aug 2015 | 12:32 am
    I’ve been studying great guitar riffs lately and while it may seem that all the great guitar riffs have already been written, there may a scientific approach you can use to heighten your chances of going down in rock history. Don’t worry, this won’t be one of those highly-subjective who’s the greatest guitarist posts; that’s what the YouTube comments section is for… Instead we’re going to look at the common denominators of great guitar riffs, and see how we can use them to come up with our own. For reference purposes only I’ll be using Radio…
  • How to Get Better: The 4 Levels of Awareness

    13 Aug 2015 | 12:53 am
    Bass players are a pretty good source for the deep intellectual and spiritual side of music as you'll know if you've ever read Victor Wooten's 'The Music Lesson'. This short post features an Anthony Wellington video from one of his workshops where he goes deep into the process of learning, and becoming a great musician--a level that few ever reach; he doesn’t overtly say it but this could also be titled: How Things Become Second Nature. He breaks down the learning process into four levels of awareness as follows: Level 1: Unconscious Not Knowing This is where you don’t even know…
  • How to Create Melodic Guitar Solos

    6 Aug 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Traditional methods of learning scales such as the (crappy) CAGED System and the 3NPS System don’t really lead to melodic guitar solos. This is mainly due to the rote, drill-type way in which they’re learned—endlessly, and often mindlessly running up and down scale patterns then fighting with your fingers to do the exact opposite: play something melodic. I had a great teacher at Music College called Mike Goodman, who wasn’t into flash, technical guitar playing, but could play these beautiful melodic lines at the drop of a hat. He developed this by learning scales in…
  • Why You Should Learn Tapping on Guitar

    26 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    As every guitarist knows, tapping was done to death in the 80s and early 90s and for the rest of the decade and into the early 2000s became a downright cringeworthy, no-go area except if you were doing something musically interesting with it a la Steve Vai, or you had the kind of tapping licks that never go out of fashion a la Eddie Van Halen. Over the last few years it has made something of a comeback with guitarists using it to complement their lead playing in a musical way, rather than some, ‘uh-oh here comes the big tapping lick’, spinal tap type moment. I don’t know if…
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  • DigiTech Whammy DT Review

    Aaron Matthies
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:29 pm
    As a guitar teacher I regularly introduce my students to different effects and pedals. Out of all the pedals and effects available for guitarists, there are always two pedals that receive the best reactions from students: the wah and the Whammy. The first time a student plays the wah or Whammy, it suddenly opens up their playing to new ideas and inspiration. If you haven’t played with a Whammy before, read through this review and get yourself one. I consider it to be one of the essential effects every guitarist should have (others include a wah and looper pedal). DigiTech Whammy DT…
  • TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Pedal Review

    Aaron Matthies
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    The Viscous Vibe by TC Electronics was created to reproduce the original Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe. The Shin-Ei (as shown below) was created in the late 60s with the intention of reproducing the sound of a Leslie speaker. While the Uni-Vibe didn’t achieve that goal, it still created an inspiring effect. Jimi Hendrix (listen to Machine Gun), Robin Trower (listen to Bridge of Sighs) and David Gilmour (listen to Breathe) all used the Uni-Vibe and it has been an inspiring effect for guitarists ever since. The Viscous Vibe claims to be a 1:1 reproduction of the Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe. I’ve never…
  • Comparing Line 6’s Multi-Effects Pedals

    Aaron Matthies
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    I’ve reviewed quite a few Line 6 products as many of my students buy them (as well as myself). In this brief guide I will go through the main multi-effects product ranges Line 6 currently offer and give you a quick overview on each one. You will then be able to decide which product range to read more on and whether a product is right for you or not. Of course you should compare Line 6’s products to other brands and options. The purpose of this guide is to explain the main differences between the many different pedals Line 6 offer and give you a starting point when looking for a…
  • Digitech Drop Review

    Aaron Matthies
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:12 pm
    The Digitech Drop is a much needed pedal for a large number of guitarists. This review of the Drop will look at what it does, how well it does it and whether it’s the right pedal for you or not. I’ll talk about how to use the Drop in creative ways and give examples of what type of guitarists the Drop would suit. Digitech Drop Features The Digitech Drop is a polyphonic pitch shifter that can drop your guitar’s tuning from 1 semi-tone (eg: E down to Eb) all the way to a full octave. It’s a simple feature and while there have been many polyphonic pitch shifters over the…
  • Tom Morello Guitar Gear Rig: Audioslave

    Aaron Matthies
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:35 am
    This guide will look at Tom Morello’s guitar rig during his Audioslave years. His rig slightly changed during Audioslave compared to his Rage Against the Machine rig so check this guide out if you want to see what he used during RATM. Tom Morello’s Guitars during Audioslave As explained in the RATM rig guide, Tom isn’t too big on high quality guitars. Many of the guitars he used throughout his career were purchased really cheap and didn’t have the best hardware. This is an important point as many people get overly focused on getting the best possible guitar hardware…
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    Guitar Domination

  • How to play Oasis – Half the World Away (with chords and video)

    Danny
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    This is a great song right from my childhood. Many people hold this song closely because they are either big Oasis fans and/or they loved British 90`s comedy The Royle Family. Personally, I loved both. This is a pretty stunning sounding guitar song that is a great workout for your open chord changes. How to play Oasis – Half the World Away with chords and video There are a lot of chord changes as well as a change of rhythm so do take your time and watch your tempo. Don`t play it too fast. It`s best to watch the video first to get the idea behind the rhythm, timing and other subtleties…
  • 14 Scientifically Proven Ways to Learn and master the guitar faster and quicker than ever

    Danny
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:19 am
    Photo by Oren Jack Turner Learning guitar can be tough. It takes years to master and plenty of time to get good. That`s why we all need to make the most out of our practice time and use absolutely every advantage that we can. It`s rarely discussed in the music world, but there are plenty of scientifically proven ways to learn and master the guitar faster and quicker than ever. 14 Scientifically Proven Ways to learn the guitar faster Check out these 14 methods that science has shown improve learning and apply them on a daily basis. You will learn faster and more efficiently for it –…
  • New Strumming course announcement – “Strumming With Soul” official release date

    Danny
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    “Strumming With Soul: Strum the guitar the proper way – with technique, passion and power…” …will be available to purchase on: Friday 21st August I`ll be writing a blog post on that day about all relevant purchase links. Just head to Eliteguitarist.net to order the e-Course. Elite Guitarist is the new sister site to this very site and is where all future courses, and paid exclusive content will be located. The very first weekend the course will on sale as an introductory offer of just $17.99. This is a huge offer with over 50% off what the final price will be. After…
  • The Minor Pentatonic Scale – The Essential Pattern For Guitar

    Danny
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Photo by ultomatt For this week`s blog post, we are looking at lead guitar, and more specifically the minor pentatonic scale. Everyone including acoustic guitarists will benefit from learning the minor pentatonic scale – it`s so useful. Did you know there are 5 common shapes for playing this scale? Well, we are not learning them all in this lesson. I actually think unless you are a very advanced guitarist and can play lead guitar seamlessly and in your sleep it`s actually mostly a waste of time to learn all these 5 shapes. Yes, it`s controversial I know. I often get new students coming…
  • The best guitar picks for beginners (and for most other guitarists out there)

    Danny
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    I cover pick choice and pick technique in detail in my course Rockstar 101 – Essential Guitar Skills For Beginners but today I`m going to give you some specific advice about choosing the best guitar pick. A few hours ago I finished a lesson with a student who has been playing for roughly 9 months and is making great progress. We had a very productive lesson, and it`s a lesson I often enjoy teaching as it`s one those lessons where a small change makes a BIG improvement for the student. It is the lesson where I go though which I deem are the best guitar picks – especially for…
 
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  • Setting Up Your Amp To Use With Drive Pedals

    Rick Richbourg
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    a great video Q.E.D. on how the same drive pedal can sound radically different in front of amps with differing tonal characteristics! Definitely  worth watching (and listening)! (players please feel free to leave your comments below for the students of all ages who may follow-on!) The post Setting Up Your Amp To Use With Drive Pedals appeared first on Guitar Lessons Orlando.
  • 10 Commandments of Jam – Derek Trucks

    Rick Richbourg
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    Hopefully some of my students will find this useful. Spot on advice from a well seasoned player. 1. Just listen. Make sure that when you’re on stage with others, you are paying attention to what’s going on and not getting self-involved in your own world. 2. Respect everyone else’s musical … Continue reading The post 10 Commandments of Jam – Derek Trucks appeared first on Guitar Lessons Orlando.
  • Ann & Nancy Wilson – Stairway To Heaven

    Rick Richbourg
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Great cover of  one of Led Zeppelin’s most famous songs! Not only are the choral and orchestral charts fantastic; but, seeing the reaction to the performance by the members of Zeppelin is priceless! The post Ann & Nancy Wilson – Stairway To Heaven appeared first on Guitar Lessons Orlando.
  • Bonamassa – Marshall Pin Stripe demos

    Rick Richbourg
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    For my students (past and present) who are on the “Tone Quest” – here is a video of guitarist Joe Bonamassa demoing several low watt Marshall Amps:     [facebook=https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153145507094659 raw=true width=466] The post Bonamassa – Marshall Pin Stripe demos appeared first on Guitar Lessons Orlando.
  • Wedding Music for Guitar?

    Rick Richbourg
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    As some of my students transition from pupil to music professional, and start working in their own musical world, – they occasionally ask which songs should they ‘have’ in their wedding repertoire if they are asked to perform for a wedding. While some pieces may be requested by the Bride, … Continue reading The post Wedding Music for Guitar? appeared first on Guitar Lessons Orlando.
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  • Read my honest review of Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic Guitar

    Acoustic Guitars
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    Why this review was written? I’ve been learning guitar playing since high school, but I’m not really on the pro-level yet. I decided to buy my very own guitar 8 months ago, and I’m writing this review just to share my thoughts on how I feel about this guitar, and what other people may like and not like about it. Like I said, I’m no pro in playing guitars, but that was why I decided to learn more and finally buy my own guitar. My best friend, a lead guitarist/bassist/drummer in a few bands helped me choose. Being the woman that I am who prioritizes looks above all things, it was love…
  • Famous Guitar and musician clubs that could be joined in US

    Acoustic Guitars
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Music heals and could gather people together for a greater purpose. When more people gather for a specific purpose, more things are achieved. If you are a passionate guitar strummer looking for a venue to help you enhance your strumming skills, or if you’re just looking for more people to share your overflowing thoughts, and ideas for guitar and music, here are famous organizations around US that you may check out and join. Why join an organization? A person may have various reasons for joining an organization, most people join organizations for apprenticeship or to meet more people in…
  • Distinguishing different kinds of Acoustic Guitars

    Acoustic Guitars
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:32 am
    Acoustic guitars are really popular in the music industry. The general term “acoustic guitar” refers to a bigger umbrella that envelopes various and more specific types based on body structure and purpose. A knowledgeable person on guitars would be wise to choose the best fit for a guitar buyer’s purpose and body built. The main things to consider in buying a guitar is musical genre and comfort in handling. What are the different types of acoustic guitars and how are they different from each other? Guitar body parts To better distinguish guitars, it is best to know its body parts. Each…
  • Fool-proof guide to finding the best guitar

    Acoustic Guitars
    9 Aug 2015 | 1:19 am
    Short introduction of acoustic guitars Acoustic guitars are one of the most popular musical instruments. Although “acoustic” is a kind of guitar, “acoustic guitars” could be further divided into more specific classifications. There’s always the perfect guitar for all types of skill level, body built, and purpose. What’s the best acoustic guitar in the world? What’s the best one for you? Distinguish between classical and acoustic guitar An acoustic guitar is a guitar that creates sounds by merely transmitting vibration from the strings to air. Unlike electric guitars, acoustic…
  • Acoustic guitar on stage

    Acoustic Guitars
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:24 pm
    There are so many different types of acoustic guitars available today: 6-String, 12-string, nylon string hollow-body, semi-hollow-body, some with pickups some without, and each one will have its own characteristics. Watch this guy playing semi-hollow body nylon telecaster thin line Acoustic Electric Guitar Whenever a band’s stage volume is robust I prefer to use the electronic pickup inside the guitar first. Using the guitar’s internal pickup rather than a microphone helps with separation by minimizing the amount of bleed from stage sounds like percussion, guitar amplifiers, and…
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    The Guitar Spot NY

  • D’Addario EXP110 (10-46)

    theguitarspotny
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    This set of strings in the D’Addario EXP110 set.  These strings are amazing and sound great on any electric guitar!  They will only cost you around $9.00 depending on where you go to purchase them. In the D’Addario EXP series many string gauge ranges are available.  These strings are the regular light gauge which range from 10-46.  This is the standard string gauge for most electric guitars. These strings are coated in nickel plated steel.  Because of this, these strings will give you a brighter sound and D’Addario claims that they will last 4 times longer due to this!
  • Line 6 Spider IV 75

    theguitarspotny
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:36 pm
    This amplifier is the Line 6 Spider IV 75.  This Line 6 amplifier is amazing and you can purchase it new for only around $269.99. The Line 6 Spider IV series is a great amplifier!  They range from combo amplifiers all the way to a head/cabinet combination.  The wattage ranges from as little as 6 watts all the way up to 150 watts!  This leads to being able to find an amplifier for almost any guitarist!  I would recommend the 75 watt version because it is right in the middle of the Spider IV range. This amplifier has a single 12 inch speaker.  This amplifier type is most commonly known as…
  • Gibson Les Paul Future Tribute

    theguitarspotny
    8 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    This guitar is the Gibson Les Paul Future Tribute model.  This guitar is a real Gibson that costs $699.00 to 899.00.  This model even comes with a Gibson gigbag so that you can travel with it safely!  Even though this guitar is on the lower end of the Gibson range, it does not disappoint. Gibson made two models of this guitar, one with the Gibson Min-ETune system and one without.  I would recommend getting the guitar without the Min-ETune system because even thought the concept of a self tuning guitar is good, but in my experiences it doesn’t always tune properly causing the guitar to…
  • Epiphone EJ-200SCE

    theguitarspotny
    7 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    This guitar is the Epiphone EJ-200SCE model.  This guitar sounds amazing and retails for a cost of only $399.00. This guitar is acoustic-electric.  It comes with a pickup already in the guitar which would make this great for gigging with.  You can simply just plug the guitar into your favorite acoustic guitar amplifier!  The pickup that this guitar comes with is the Epiphone eSonic2.  This pickup does a great job of capturing the true acoustic tone that this guitar provides! The Epiphone EJ-200SCE is modeled after it’s big brother, the Gibson EJ-200.  If you want to sound like so…
  • Martin & Co. 000-28EC

    theguitarspotny
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    This Guitar is the Martin & Co. 000-28EC model.  This guitar is Eric Clapton’s signature acoustic guitar!  This guitar sounds great but due to a price point of $3,749.00 to $3,999.00 it is more aimed toward the market of guitar collecting. This signature model guitar was based upon what Eric Clapton actually used when he performed at his MTV Unplugged performance.  This guitar also will assist you in finding Eric Clapton’s signature tone while playing because it has a Sitka Spruce top and East Indian Rosewood back and sides.  It also has an ebony fretboard, which will…
 
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