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The CEO of guitar icon Fender says the company was looking into an abyss when the coronavirus hit — but now the company expects record 2020 sales

Este Haim of the eponymous LA band Haim checks out an American Professional II bass. Fender The coronavirus pandemic and national lockdowns spurred a much-needed revival of the guitar business. Fender had been on track to post robust 2020 sales, but in March it had to idle its factories in the US and Mexico. Unexpectedly, demand for guitars skyrocketed, and now CEO Andy Mooney figures this year could set a record for sales. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fender CEO And...
Tags: Music, Mexico, La, US, Trends, Nike, Guitars, Haim, Fender, Mooney, Andy Mooney, Tech Insider, Stratocaster, Matthew DeBord, Este Haim, Leo Fender

Adam Jones from Tool's gorgeous short film announcing his custom guitar

Tool's Adam Jones directed and composed the music for "The Witness," a short film announcing his 1979 Les Paul Custom guitar. Accompanying Jones on the gorgeous, expansive score are Tool bandmates Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor. Along with being a guitar virtuoso (duh), Jones is a hyper-talented visual artist, film director, and veteran special effects designer. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Music, News, Guitars, Jones, Adam Jones, Danny Carey, Les Paul Custom, Justin Chancellor Along

Something Strange Came Out Of The Skies

Please excuse this post for being not particularly guitar-related. Having said that, there are quite a few guitars, basses and mandocellos (!) used on the album. I'll go over all that in more detail in a follow-up post.I am delighted to be taking pre-orders for the brand new Spurious Transients album, our very first to be released as a vinyl LP (and on Sky Blue coloured vinyl too!)..."Something Strange Came Out Of The Skies" is a documentary soundtrack concept album using genuine eyewitness test...
Tags: Guitars, News item, Product news, New album release, Welsh Triangle UFO, Gavin Lloyd Wilson

Eddie Van Halen once filed a patent for a "musical instrument support" with some awesome artwork

The late guitar god Eddie Van Halen was a man of many talents, most of which involved rock n' roll. In addition to all of his great finger-tapping guitar solos, Eddie also filed a patent in 1985 for a unique "musical instrument support." — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Patents, Eddie, Guitars, Guitar, Musical instruments, Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, Running With The Devil

Check out this cool Japanese guitar from the 80s with a built-in cassette player

A friend shared this Reverb link to a vintage 1984 Casio EG-5 from Japan, an electric guitar with a built-in speaker and built-in cassette player. The tape deck could be used to record loops of your own playing, or with pre-recorded accompaniment — and you could control the speed/pitch of the playback, too.… Read the rest
Tags: Post, Japan, News, Instruments, Guitars, Musical instruments, Casio, Cassettes, Cassette Tapes, Exotic Instruments, Cassette Players, Weird 80s Electronics

We live in a Golden Age of acoustic and electric guitars — here are the latest models I've tested, from Taylor, Gibson, and Epiphone

Two great new guitars from Taylor. Matthew DeBord/Insider I recently tested new electric and acoustic guitars from Gibson, Taylor, and Epiphone.The Gibson story has taken a fascinating turn: after declaring bankruptcy in 2018, the iconic company has revamped its lineup and is now offering guitars at a wider variety of price points.Gibson-owned Epiphone has introduced two new versions of the Texan acoustic, a guitar made famous by Paul McCartney, who wrote "Yesterday" on the instrument in th...
Tags: Asia, Usa, Review, California, Montana, US, Trends, Features, Paul Mccartney, Nashville, Noel Gallagher, Guitars, Taylor, Oasis, Kurt Cobain, Marshall

Guitars reportedly cool again

Despite reports of their death in the Washington Post back in 2017, it appears that guitars are, in fact, still alive — and indeed, might even be cool once more. As The New York Times reports, in the aptly titled "Guitars are back, baby!" A half-year into a pandemic that has threatened to sink entire industries, people are turning to the guitar as a quarantine companion and psychological salve, spurring a surge in sales for some of the most storied companies (Fender, Gibson, Martin, Taylor) t...
Tags: Post, News, Washington Post, Los Angeles, Economics, Economy, New York Times, Guitars, Guitar, Buddy Holly, Alex Williams, Mooney, Guitarists, Andy Mooney, Fender Guitars, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

The guitar-making hub of the world is a small Mexican town where handmade instruments can cost more than $5,500

Abel García López is one of the many artisan guitar makers in the small town of Paracho, Mexico. Pablo Ramos for Business Insider Today The small Mexican town of Paracho is one of the biggest artisan guitar hubs in the world. Guitar-makers, or lauderos, in Paracho can spend months or even years working on handmade instruments that cost upwards of $5,500 apiece. The town recently attracted attention when a guitar designed by a Paracho native appeared in the Pixar film "Coco." View more epis...
Tags: Video, News, Mexico, International, Trends, Mexico City, Brazil, Instruments, Pixar, Guitars, Lopez, Hilda, Lopez He, Business Insider Today, Paracho, Abel García López

Elvis Costello - Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

I've been a fan of Elvis Costello since My Aim Is True fell into my life in 1977. I was still in high school and my older brother thought I would like it because of the nerdy guy with glasses on the album cover. How right he was. Over the next few years I listened to everything he put out. However, by the time Get Happy!! came out with 20 songs in 1980, I hit my saturation point for a few years. I regrettably put EC aside for more than ten years and then came back with a vengeance picking up...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Neil Young, Paul Mccartney, Elvis Costello, EC, Joni Mitchell, Guitars, Burt Bacharach, Macca, COSTELLO, Brodsky, Wikipedia Amazon, Bob Dylan Paul McCartney Johny Cash

THIS is how you do a mid-song guitar switch

The late great Stevie Ray knew how to get it done. Watch the master swap guitars onstage like it ain't no big deal. screengrab SRV Bootlegs/YouTube (The Awesomer)
Tags: Post, Video, News, Guitars, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stevie Ray, Guitar Switch, Switcheroo, We're Not Worthy

Man builds guitars using wood from a lynching tree

Freeman Vines is a luthier in Fountain, North Carolina. For half a century, he's crafted beautiful guitars from wood taken from a tree used to lynch Black people. Vines deeply moving work is the subject of a new photography book, Hanging Tree Guitars, with tintype images by Timothy Duffy and essays by Zoe Van Buren and Lonnie Holle. Duffy is the co-founder of North Carolina's Music Maker Relief Foundation, "founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the mu...
Tags: Art, Photography, Video, Music, News, Race, Racism, North Carolina, Guitars, Freeman, Timothy Duffy, Lynchings, Freeman Vines, Fountain North Carolina, Zoe Van Buren, Lonnie Holle Duffy

More Rock Opera Reviews

Over the last couple of months, I've posted several new rock opera reviews over at These include: Crack The Sky - Machine (2010)The best rock band you've never heard of with one of their best albums ever. CTS combines the best elements of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Cheap Trick. And they're still recording and touring after 40 years. Green Day - American Idiot (2004)One of the rare rock operas that actually accelerated a band's career. It's a great album ...
Tags: Berlin, David Bowie, Shakespeare, Lou Reed, Guitars, Bay Area, Gene, Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, Reed, PAUL, CTS, Dennis DeYoung, Music / DVDs, Bob Ezrin, Beatles Pink Floyd

The Best Guitars for Beginners, According to Our Readers

Holy shit: A lot of you really like the guitar. There were so. many. passionate and helpful responses to our call for the best guitar for beginners. I didn’t bargain for a master class in purchasing your first axe, but that’s exactly what I got, and I implore anyone exploring guitar to go check out all the wonderful…Read more...
Tags: Music, Lifehacks, Guitars

Would you pay $30,000 for one of these ugly-ass Game of Thrones guitars?

I don't need any more stringed-instruments; I have my main electric guitar; a backup electric; another electric that's strictly for sentimental decor and only occasional strumming; an acoustic-electric; an electric bass; an upright dulcimer; a lap-steel guitar; and a mandolin. But I definitely want more instruments (specifically a high-end Dreadnought acoustic and/or one of several hollow bodies I've been eyeing). So whenever I see a music sale coming up, I take a look, just in case. Which is...
Tags: Post, Game Of Thrones, Guitars, Rich People, Guitar, Sherriff, Starks, Weiss, Daenerys, Electric Guitar, Fender Guitars, Daenarys, Rich People Toys, Thrones Fender Custom Shop, Lannister Jaguar, Grey Wolf Telecaster

Astounding acoustic guitar cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole lotta love"

To paraphrase one YouTube commenter, innovative acoustic guitar maestro Luca Stricagnoli is the only guy permitted to play a Zeppelin song at Guitar Center. Don't miss his manipulation of the tuning pegs during the song.
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Musicians, Guitars, Don, Zeppelin, Guitarists, Luca Stricagnoli, baby I'm not fooling

Let It Be Revisited

It's hard to believe that the Beatles final album, Let It Be, was released 50 years ago. The album came out on May 8 and the documentary of the same name was released a week later in theaters in the US and two weeks later in the UK.  The story of the album is well known: Paul McCartney, at this point the de facto band leader, wanted to create a "back to basics" album, originally known as Get Back. Instead of the psychedelic studio production wizardry of Sergeant Pepper's, or the tension-...
Tags: UK, Film, US, Paul Mccartney, Guitars, Peter Jackson, Mccartney, Lennon, Phil Spector, Don, Spector, Glyn Johns, Music / DVDs, Michael Lindsay Hogg, Twickenham studios Film, Lindsay Hogg

50 Years Later: Let It Be

It's hard to believe that the Beatles final album, Let It Be, was released 50 years ago. The album came out on May 8 and the documentary of the same name was released a week later in theaters in the US and two weeks later in the UK.  The story of the album is well known: Paul McCartney, at this point the de facto band leader, wanted to create a "back to basics" album, originally known as Get Back. Instead of the psychedelic studio production wizardry of Sergeant Pepper's, or the tension-...
Tags: UK, Film, US, Paul Mccartney, Guitars, Peter Jackson, Mccartney, Lennon, Phil Spector, Don, Spector, Glyn Johns, Music / DVDs, Michael Lindsay Hogg, Twickenham studios Film, Lindsay Hogg

Learn Guitar with Laura Marling

The folk singer-songwriter demystifies her various tuning techniques, taking followers step-by-step through some of her most popular songs.
Tags: News, Folk Music, Guitars, Laura Marling, Laura, Marling, Quarantine (Life and Culture

More Covid Pedalbored (sic) futzing

Decided to put my most oft used pedals all on the Metro 16 for use with the Boogie as I’m more using the JC-22 for jazzing. I also had the RV-6 sitting idle so wanted to give it a home. How long will it last in this configuration? Who can tell.
Tags: Uncategorized, Guitars, Boogie, Metro 16

How to Use the Interactive Tab in the All Access Pass

One of the most helpful pieces of technology in the All Access Pass is the Soundslice Interactive Tabs. When the All Access Pass debuted back in 2014 I knew I had to get this technology working on the site as it can really help you when trying to learn different licks and solos. In the All Access Pass there are over 200 Soundslice Interactive Tabs to help your blues and slide playing. You can gain immediate access to all of these when you become a member. Learn more about Membership T...
Tags: Guitars, Latest News

Underground Radio Remastered

Given the shelter-at-home quarantine we've all been faced with, I finally got around to remastering my rock opera Underground Radio. Mastering is distinct from mixing and is a separate phase of production during which a talented audio engineer listens to your album and makes adjustments to the overall sound, as opposed to the individual instruments or vocal tracks. It turns out that at least some of the mastering process can be automated through the use of artificial intelligence. So I used...
Tags: Pandora, Guitars, Amazon Google, Music / DVDs, My Gigs, Spotify Amazon Google

Enjoy the pandemic by building an electric guitar at home

I have always wanted to do this. My good friend Dan Olson shares this video he made while building his Warmoth Telecaster.
Tags: Video, Music, News, Diy, Guitars, Make Your Own, Dan Olson

Fiverr and the Quest for Perfect Tab Files

If you don't understand the headline, this post is not for you. But for guitar and bass players who might not be able to figure out a song by ear, a tab file is a musical notation that makes learning songs easy. Tablature is a very old music system which shows where your fingers should be positioned to play a fretted instrument. Though not perfect, tab notation is much easier than reading traditional musical notation with clef bars, treble bars and all those squiggly lines. In the 1980s, ta...
Tags: Wikipedia, Gear, Guitars, Wall Street Journal, Redbone, Robert Cray, Lolly, Lessons & Instruction, Arobas Music, Shama Lama Ding Dong, Pat Vega, GproTab

Summertime chords

| Am7          | Bm7b5     E7         | Am7             | Em7  A7 | | Dm7          | F7                       | Bm7b5           | E7 […]
Tags: Uncategorized, Guitars

All Of Me

| C                       |                           |  E7                 |                         |    All of me     […]
Tags: Jazz, Guitars, Improvisation, Jazz Guitar, Music Theory

Limerick-Off Monday – Rhyme Word: BACK or ABACK at the end of any one line (Submission Deadline: March 14, 2020)

It’s Limerick-Off time, once again. And that means I write a limerick, and you write your own, using the same rhyme word. Then you post your limerick(s) as a comment to this post and, if you’re a Facebook user, on Facebook too. I hope you’ll join me in writing limericks using BACK or ABACK at the end of any one line. (Homonyms or homophones are fine.) The best submission will be crowned Limerick-Off Award Winner. (Here’s last week’s Limerick-Off Award Winner.) Additionally, you may write themed...
Tags: Facebook, Tools, Humor, Contests, Donald Trump, Guitars, Limerick, Battle Of The Sexes, Trump, Donald, Election 2020, Writing Prompts, Limericks, Facebook Limerick, Car & Driving Humor, Behavior & Personality

Crack The Sky - The Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of

  Every couple of years I run into some breathtakingly fantastic band that no one has ever heard of. Often, by the time I find them, they have delved so deep into obscurity that they soon break up. (I'm looking at you BrainPool. And Thunder. And The Hellacopters.) I hope this doesn't happen to my latest discovery, Crack The Sky. This is a band that has been ahead of its time for so long that you sort of give up and think they'll never be famous. But in fact, they are big stars. Well,...
Tags: California, Michigan, Guitars, Baltimore, Frank Zappa, Baltimore City, CTS, Music / DVDs, Wikipedia Amazon, John Rick, Supertramp Foreigner Yes Boston Kansas Styx Rush, Derek Sutton, Ian Faith, Baltimore Guitarvibe

Guitar Pro Files Added to All Access

I’ve recently updated all the Podcast and Course solos that you learn to contain the Guitar Pro file associated with that lesson. These are .gp files and are compatible with Guitar Pro 7 and Tux Guitar which is a free program that will read these files. Also the layout that contains all the materials for each lesson has been updated to make it much easier for you to access them. Now below each lesson you will see the Soundslice Tab, PDF Tab, Guitar Pro, and Backing Track buttons for each of thes...
Tags: Guitars, Latest News

Classical guitarist built a microtonal guitar from LEGO and it sounds beautiful

Most Western music is based on a twelve-tone octave with the smallest interval being a half step (or half tone, or "semitone") up or down. Microtonal music contains intervals smaller than a semitone. (Imagine playing notes between the keys on a traditional piano.) You can hear microtonal music compositions in the work of modernist and experimental composers, from Charles Ives and Claude Debussy to Wendy Carlos and Aphex Twin. Tolgahan Coğulu is a Turkish musician known for designing an adjus...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Diy, Makers, Lego, Musicians, Guitars, Claude Debussy, Charles Ives, Wendy Carlos

Bedroom practice setup

Fender Japan 57 Smart Size and Marshal DSL 1-C
Tags: Japan, Uncategorized, Guitars