Fab's Music Café: Fab's back with a great interview with Scott Sharrard
SCOTT SHARRARD IS BEST KNOWN as lead guitarist and bandleader for the late Gregg Allman. But his personal artistic journey – which includes singing, songwriting, producing and arranging – began long before he first teamed up with the rock icon. It’s a mission that resumes with “Saving Grace,” Sharrard’s fifth album -- and his first since Allman’s death. “Gregg had a pure passion and heart,” Sharrard says of his friend, “especially when it came to being a musician. That authenticity and dedication is a daily inspiration, and I will always carry that with me onstage and in the studio.” “Saving Grace,” with the blues at its core, bears a distinctly southern spirit, seamlessly assimilating the sounds of American roots music that Sharrard has long embraced. Sessions took place in Memphis and at the historic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Half the album employs the Hi Rhythm Section, the other The Swampers of Muscle Shoals. “These guys are legends and heroes of ours who have played on so many life-changing records,” Sharrard says. “This record was steeped in the best the South has to offer. We cut the rhythm section and lead vocals all live on the floor, direct to tape. Old school. We let the songs and the band speak. We also had some of the best barbecue and soul food you could ever imagine, and a lot of laughs and good times with our heroes. How can you lose?” ‘All those cats schooled me…’ Sharrard’s travels to the heart of the American South began in the Upper Midwest. He was born in Michigan on December 28, 1976 – the day his hero Freddie King died – and spent his formative years in Milwaukee, where he was a club fixture long before he could legally take a drink. “Milwaukee at that time was an oasis for a whole group of musical masters,” Sharrard recalls. “Mel Rhyne, Buddy Miles, Hubert Sumlin, Luther Allison, Clyde Stubblefield… They were our local bar bands! All those cats schooled me in different ways, backstage, on gigs and at jams.” Sharrard was 15 when his father took him to a Brewtown blues joint called the Up and Under Pub. There he sat in with singer/guitarist (and local one-named legend) Stokes, who would become his mentor. Another was powerhouse “Chitlin’ Circuit” singer and guitarist Willie Higgins. Sharrard soon graduated to occasional dates in Chicago, with tutelage coming via jams alongside two fabled Muddy Waters sidemen, drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and pianist Pinetop Perkins. Big Apple, not Big Easy Then came a chance 1996 move to New York City. The 20-year-old Sharrard, eager to bolt Milwaukee, had his mind on New Orleans. But his friend Sean Dixon, with whom he had a band called The Chesterfields, had found a rent-controlled apartment in the East Village. “That settled it,” Sharrard remembers with a laugh. “I became a New York City resident for the first time. My next-door neighbor was Allen Ginsberg, who was already one of my literary heroes at that time. I used to eat at Mee’s Chinese restaurant sitting across from Allen. It was our corner restaurant with a cheap dinner special. He’d always order the ginger fish and write! … It was like a dream, really. All those giant buildings spreading into infinity. It was so overwhelming.” Sharrard had been in the Big Apple but a year when he met iconic Atlantic Records executive Ahmet Ertegun, who mentored The Chesterfields and gave the young guitar-slinger some sage advice. “Ahmet told me that you must do it all – and well – if you want to survive as a musician,” Sharrard remembers. “He told me to get it all together: writing, singing, producing, playing, arranging. He convinced me to work twice as hard because around 2000 he saw the end of the music business as we knew it. He felt no one was around to support artists like back in the heyday of the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies.” The Chesterfields cut three albums and toured nationally before Sharrard began to chart his own course. A series of releases followed, including “Dawnbreaker” (2005), “Analog/Monolog” (2008) and “Ante Up” (2009). Ertegun wasn’t the only legend with Sharrard on his radar back then: The young guitarist also forged a relationship with Levon Helm – performing with The Band drummer about a dozen times, including his final gig just before his death in April of 2012. Sharrard remains close with Helm’s daughter, Amy, and a host of other artists on the Woodstock scene. Preparation meets opportunity It was through Amy’s then-husband, multi-instrumentalist Jay Collins – already a member of Allman’s band – that Sharrard embarked on the collaboration of a lifetime. In the fall of 2008, Sharrard began a nearly decade-long run with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. “I grew up on the music of the Allman Brothers,” says Sharrard. “I consider first hearing them to be the ‘Big Bang’ moment for me as a pre-teen. I’ve always been chasing what I like to call ‘Real Rock and Roll,’ a blend of blues, jazz, soul, country and folk – with the central goal being to create an original sound of your own. In that respect, working with Gregg just solidified everything I’ve believed since I was a kid.” Sharrard joined the Gregg Allman Band as a touring guitarist and later became Musical Director. The fruitful partnership ended with the 69-year-old Allman’s death on May 27, 2017. But not before Allman covered Sharrard’s “Love Like Kerosene” on 2015’s “Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA,” and again on Allman’s eighth and final solo album, the posthumous, GRAMMY-nominated “Southern Blood” (Rounder Records, 2017). Another “Southern Blood” track, the unforgettable farewell “My Only True Friend” – co-written by Sharrard and Allman – earned a GRAMMY nomination for Americana Song of the Year. Sharrard’s deep respect for Allman factored heavily into the 2018 release date for “Saving Grace.” Tracking was completed in December of 2016. But Sharrard – knowing Allman’s health was failing and that “Southern Blood” would be his last hurrah – chose to delay its unveiling. He’s now begun a new chapter with an album he consciously wanted to summarize the last 20 years of his work – and one that showcases the totality of his artistry: as guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and bandleader. In short, he says, it’s rock n’ roll rooted in everything else. “I basically have a rock ’n’ roll band,” Sharrard explains. “When I was growing up, I loved bands like Little Feat, Led Zeppelin and the Allmans. They would explore so many styles and experiment. That’s something I have always tried to embrace, and that’s how I want to present my music today. This is what I tried to do with Gregg. Now I’m continuing that as a solo artist.”
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Fabrizio Grossi’s Soul Garage Experience is nothing else than the well renowned bassist/producer solo band with his debut single release of ‘Right Down Below’. Fab says of the song ‘ It’s about keeping on pushing to uplift oneself out of dire straits, and the fight against social and income disparity, homelessness & discrimination, especially in a city like Los Angeles where I live. This can be felt all across the world and we must work with each other for change.’ The single is taken from the forthcoming “Counterfeited Blues!” album which provides the soundscape for the explosive live performances of Soul Garage Experience. Fab is well known for working with top level musicians of the community and fronts the band on lead vocals and bass - the album features the stellar Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, American Idol finalist Diimond Meekes on vocals/hammond organ and a string of surprise guests. 24 year old fellow LA based rising star Derek Day provides the incendiary guitar playing on the debut single - he infuses his music with the power of Rock N’ Roll, as he engages with and captures the audience theatrically. Touring all over the US and in parts of Europe, Derek has opened for and performed with luminaries in Steve Vai, Moby, and Slash and as such has the credentials to boot. Just like for his other award winning band Supersonic Blues Machine, fronted by Kris Barras with Kenny Aronoff, Billy F. Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales and other sublime talents, the thrilling live shows of the band are heavily jam based, so to embrace the golden era of live Blues Rock & Soul: the 60’s and the 70’s! On stage, the ensemble easily moves between new crafted tunes and all time classics spanning time in Hendrix, Cream, Allman Bros, Stevie Wonder but they are a far cry from your regular covers band! Their sound can be easily associated with contemporary Rock-Blues and Neo- Soul artists such as Vintage Trouble, Gary Clark Jr, The Black Keys, Fantastic Negrito & thanks to the musicians’ own backgrounds, history and their endless love for Cream, Hendrix and Curtis Mayfield alike, the resulting music experience offered by the band is an infectious groove laden combination of old and new school, with a music prowess & ownership that turns heads and instigates curiosity. Fab is excited to bring his music to all, to excite, thrill, enlighten and raise awareness of how we can all come together in the most difficult and not only the best of times. PART OF SOUL GARAGE EXPERIENCE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO: HTTPS://GUITARS4VETS.ORG (MUSIC THERAPY FOR VETS AFFECTED BY PTSD) HTTPS://UPWARDBOUNDHOUSE.ORG (HOMELESS FAMILIES SUPPORT NETWORK) PR : Sounds Of Pisces Music inc. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org MANAGEMENT : Music Manager: Jeff Buttermark FM Music Management Mobile (732)-984-2593 email@example.com www.FMMusicManagement.com
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Fab's Music Café: Fab interviews Blues guitar legend, Josh Smith
In this episode, Fab interviews Blues guitar legend, Josh Smith. Blues rock guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter and producer, Josh Smith, is hailed the world over as a master guitarist with raw talent and power to spare. Blending his signature mix of blues, rock and jazz into dynamic original songs, Smith is known for his incendiary live performances, whether at the Grammy Awards or the Kennedy Center Honors with Mick Jagger, Raphael Saadiq and others. Born in 1979, Josh started playing guitar at age six. Praised as a blues prodigy by the time he was 12 years old, he began playing at professional blues jams in South Florida, sitting in with such greats as Jimmy Thackery, Tinsley Ellis, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Double Trouble, Joanna Connor and Kim Simmonds, among others. Jimmy Thackery said of the 14-year-old, “Josh is three heartbreaks away from being a true blues guitar genius.” That insight from Jimmy Thackery proved true as Josh began releasing CDs at age 14. His first national tour with his power trio, Josh Smith and the Frost, featured Josh as bandleader, vocalist as well as guitarist. The legendary producer Jim Gaines (Santana, SRV, Luther Allison, Steve Miller, Jimmy Thackery) produced Josh’s third CD, Too Damn Cold and Woman. By 1998, he had completed four national tours with his band. Josh was then asked to support the great B.B. King on a number of shows. Opening for B.B. King was just the beginning for this in-demand artist and lead guitarist for artists such as Taylor Hicks, Ricky Fante (Virgin Records), Raphael Saadiq, actress Taryn Manning, Universal Music Group hip-hop artists Benny Cassette and Tara Ellis, and more. He has the distinction of inducting Neil Diamond into the Kennedy Center Honors with Raphael Saadiq’s band and honoring Solomon Burke at the Grammys with Mick Jagger. Within a year of moving to L.A. in 2002, Josh was retained by Virgin recording artist Ricky Fante and performed nationally and internationally with Ricky for the next two years. In 2006, Josh recorded his fifth CD, Deep Roots and continued to play with a variety of artists such as actress Taryn Manning, Universal Music hip-hop artists Benny Cassette and Tara Ellis, to name a few. In 2007, Josh was hired by 2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks to be his lead guitarist. They completed two national tours before Josh was hired as lead guitarist by Grammy Award winner Raphael Saadiq. Josh continues to tour with Saadiq. In 2009, Josh released his 6th studio CD, Inception and in 2010 he was signed to Crosscut Records based in Germany. Crosscut re-released Josh’s breakout album, Deep Roots as I’m Gonna Be Ready. In 2013, Josh’s CD Don’t Give Up On Me was also released in Germany, followed by Over Your Head in 2014. In 2016, Josh’s jazz album, Still was released to critical acclaim as was Burn To Grow in 2018. Along with touring the world, recording and performing with renowned artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, Kirk Fletcher and others, Smith is also a producer and owns Flat V Studios in Los Angeles. He has produced artists Reese Wynans (Joe Bonamassa), Artur Menezes (winner of the Eric Clapton 2019 Crossroads Festival) Seth Rosenbloom, Jamey Arent and many more. Josh’s latest and 11th album, Live At The Spud, was released January 8, 2020 on Flat V Music, and features Smith and his power trio recorded live over two nights at the legendary Baked Potato in Los Angeles. The new album features Smith on guitar and vocals, Gary Novak on drums and Trevor Carlton on bass. The goal was to present an unedited look at a normal night at the Baked Potato. Compelling, improvisational and explosive. Josh is currently touring worldwide in support of the live album. Josh lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
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Fab's Music Café | Scott Page, The Interview
Join Scott Page, saxophone/guitarist for the iconic bands Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Toto, is also a technologist and business guru, currently mastermind of Think:EXP on the journey that strives to revolutionize the entertainment industry by bridging the gap between the human spirit and technological innovation. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. He is currently CEO of Think:EXP, a Los Angeles-based media company focused on live immersive entertainment. Scott has worked on and led a number of ventures, including Walt Tucker Productions, an audio video post production company that produced projects for The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Scorpions and others. He co-founded 7th Level, Inc., a CD-ROM game and educational software company where he co-produced Tuneland, an interactive musical cartoon (starring Howie Mandel and featuring David Gilmour), the Monty Python interactive series, and was integral to the development of QD7, an interactive multimedia joint venture with Quincy Jones and David Salzman that resulted from Jones' partnering with the company. Page co-founded New Media Broadcasting Company, a social media and collaborative communications enterprise and co-founded and served as CEO of Direct2Care, an online healthcare presence management company. Before his most recent venture with Think:EXP, Scott had co-founded GetYourOPI, an online presence management company and served as CEO of Ignited Network, "a start up music accelerator based in Los Angeles." As an artist, his continued work as a recording and as a session musician continues to draw interest from Pink Floyd fans and other music fans alike.
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Fab's Music Café: Ryan McGarvey, The Interview
Ryan McGarvey is a star on the rise. In just the past few years his accolades have included being selected by Eric Clapton from over 4,000+ artists worldwide to perform at his 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, to the Guitar Player Magazine’s Annual Readers Choice Award for “Best New Talent” in 2013. 2014 proved to be another epic year for McGarvey as he voted the winner of “Best Guitarist” in the European Blues Awards. Ryan is constantly on tour internationally, and records whenever time permits. His incendiary, yet dynamic guitar playing leaves crowds around the world marveling, and wanting more. With strong songs, award winning vocals, fierce guitar playing, an unstoppable work ethic, and an undying love for the blues flavored hard rock he pours from his soul, Ryan has been compared to the best in the business. Ryan McGarvey, though already a seasoned professional, has a bright future ahead of him that has only just begun. Catch him when you can! 2017 Best Solo/Acoustic (European Blues Awards) 2016 Best Guitarist (European Blues Awards) 2016 Best Vocalist (Albuquerque The Magazine) 2016 Best Local Musician (The Weekly Alibi) 2014 Best Guitarist (European Blues Awards) 2013 Best New Talent (Guitar Player Magazine) 2012 Best Musician (Albuquerque The Magazine) 2012 Best Blues (Local I.Q. Magazine) 2011 Best Vocalist (Albuquerque The Magazine) 2010 Ernie Ball Play Crossroads Winner (Eric Clapton’s Crossroads) 2010 Best Musician (Albuquerque The Magazine) 2010 Blues Act Of The Year (The Weekly Alibi) 2009 Blues Act Of The Year ( The Weekly Alibi) 2009 Best Guitarist (The Weekly Alibi) 2008 Best Musician (Albuquerque The Magazine) 2008 Blues Act Of The Year (The Weekly Alibi) 2007 Blues Act Of The Year (The Weekly Alibi) 2007 NM Music Award Winner (Blues Song Of The Year) 2006 Guitarmaggeddon Champion Of NM (Guitar Center)
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John Hahn - "Fuel Injection"..... from Guitar Virtuoso John Hahn's latest album, “Undiscovered World”. click the INFO button for more details
Undiscovered World Release: 28 November 2020 Instrumental Guitar Virtuoso John Hahn Releases “Undiscovered World” Featuring “Headbanger” Drummer Carl Canedy of The Rods, and Canedy. Fantastic guitar centric album with so much emotion and virtuosity. A stunning record, more like a work of art. Not too over the top but technically amazing, not too cliched but able to draw real emotion from the humble electric guitar. The arrangement of guitar melodies and riffs will tingle and tickle the ears all the while blowing your mind. John Hahn is excited to announce the completion and release of his new John Hahn instrumental release, “Undiscovered World” Featuring Carl Canedy on drums. "Another impressive Cd from John Hahn. Progressive hard rock/metal melodic instrumentals with just the right amount of shred. Fans of earlier Dream Theater should appreciate the complexity of some of the tracks. A must for fans of guitar instrumentals." ~David T. Chastain – Guitarist, GM Leviathan Records Early influences - John started developing his ear at an early age as his influences evolved drawing inspiration from “old school” guitar greats like, Ritchie Blackmore, Neil Schon, Michael Schenker and Steve Morse, and innovators like Eddie Van Halen, next wave players like George Lynch, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani who were blazing up the scene at the time. In later years, heavy influences included the likes of Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, Greg Howe, John Petrucci, etc. "Hey John, I bought the album on itunes, and I have to tell you that it’s absolutely amazing! The astounding technique, great song craft, and outstanding production make this album a joy and inspiration to listen to from front to back! Congratulations John Hahn!" ~Paul Lidel – Guitarist, Dirty Looks, Dangerous Toys, 99 Crimes Live Playing Experience - John gained very valuable performing experience touring the US and Canada where the band headlined packed venues as well as supporting such national acts as Ted Nugent, Foghat, Night Ranger and Winger, playing an average of 4 nights per week for 8 years…THAT’S OVER 1600 SHOWS! In his own words… “Over these many years through my musical journey - playing, touring (estimated over 1600 shows), writing and recording, I have had the pleasure of meeting and making friends with so many people and have shared a lifetime of incredible memories! Guitar is my passion, and this new release is a snapshot of where I am at this point in time as a player and writer. It is my hope that as my style evolves, current friends and fans will enjoy the material as well as introducing a new audience to my music. I feel as though I have captured my best writing and playing in this release. Please spread the word…for many, my music is still an “Undiscovered World”.” Into the Spotlight - While John Hahn had the club scene abuzz with his guitar wizardry, it was Shrapnel Records head Mike Varney who catapulted John to the national spotlight when he was featured in Mike’s Spotlight column in Guitar Player Magazine. Additional notable national press would include John being featured in a “Guitar School Magazine” article where he was named as one of the “Next generation of guitar heroes”, “the Vai’s and Satriani’s of tomorrow”. John Hahn “Out of the Shadows” - John’s instrumental debut release "Out of the Shadows" on Leviathan Records in the US, Zero Records (Japan), Killerwatt(Europe) shot him into the limelight gaining much international praise and recognition in such publications as Guitar World, Guitar School, Rip, Guitar Player and Guitar for the Practicing Musician. John Hahn “Darkness Falls” - Energized to create another instrumental CD, John then turned back to his studio, composing musical pieces complete with solid foundation songs laden with his signature guitar work of melody, technique, emotion, dynamics, feel, flash and fury! “John and I have been friends for a long time, I played drums on his first album and he played guitars on my “Headbanger” album. I’ve always loved his playing, but I also loved his writing. On this album (Undiscovered World) his playing has improved greatly which is hard to believe because he had very little room to improve. The song writing is just fantastic on this release. I love every cut, and it was an honor to contribute to this album.” ~Carl Canedy – Drummer, Producer, The Rods, Canedy Canedy “Headbanger” - John's next musical endeavor again had him cross paths with The Rods drummer Carl Canedy who approached him to play guitars on Carl's solo project "Headbanger". On this release you can hear John's signature style throughout this very powerful offering. John covered all rhythm and lead guitars, bass on one track and on two occasions traded guitar solos with Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Chris Caffery!! In addition to Carl, John had the privilege of sharing sonic space with amazing vocalists including Mark Tornillo (Accept), Joe Comeau (Annihilator, Liege Lord and Overkill) and none other than the greatest metal voice of all time, Ronnie James Dio (vocal tracks pulled from previously recorded version of The Code)! "A pleasant musical journey that does not tire even for a minute… His influences by guitarists like R.Blackmore, N.Schon, S.Morse, E.Van Halen, J.Satriani, S.Vai & J.Tafolla appear within his compositions. I choose tracks “Fuel Injection”, “Heaven’s Fury”, “Thrill Of The Chase” & “Close To The Edge”. Check this release… worth it!" ~ Harry Norumaniac - ALBUM REVIEWZ
Update: Dec 4th, 2020: Epiphone: Inspired By Gibson Unveils new ES and Acoustic Collections Designed from Original Gibson Blueprints
NASHVILLE, TN: The leading innovator in designing affordable professional instruments, Epiphone is proud to premiere Epiphone’s Inspired by Gibson™ collection which offers fans classic Gibson acoustic and electric guitars at an accessible price. Designed from the original Gibson blueprints, Epiphone’s Inspired by Gibson Collection has unveiled the new Original ES and Acoustic Collections, now available worldwide. “The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Collection consists of some of the most iconic guitar designs ever created,” says Krista Gilley, Brand Director of Epiphone. “Playing off our Gibson counterpart, we are providing players a high-quality, notable guitar at an accessible price. This robust collection, now consists of these legendary acoustic and ES models, including guitars ideal for every player, at every stage.” Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Original ES-335, Figured ES-335, and ES-339: Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Original ES photos: Here. All spec sheets: Here. The full-size Epiphone Inspired by Gibson ES-335--one of the most versatile guitars in the world--is favored by icons of rock, blues, and jazz. From its inaugural appearance in 1958, the sweet and soulful semi-hollow ES-335 has been invigorating players all over the world for six decades. For guitar players who want the classic sound of an ES-335 at an accessible price, it is simply one of the best deals today. The ES-335--is available in Cherry and Vintage Sunburst, as well as a ES-335 Figured version with a top and back layer veneer of flamed maple in a stunning Raspberry Tea Burst and Blueberry Burst. Each ES-335 is crafted with a layered maple top, back, and sides coupled with a solid maple tone block to create the amazing sustain, warmth, and resonant tone that players crave in a semi-hollow instrument. Epiphone's Alnico Classic PRO™ Humbuckers deliver a wide range of vintage sounds while the rounded C neck profile is extremely comfortable and easy to play, and the headstock features the 60s style Kalamazoo shape. the tone and look of an ES-335, but in a slightly smaller, lighter instrument. The hand-rolled C-shaped mahogany neck reminds players where it all started. A pair of Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO™ humbuckers showcase the versatile Gibson ES™ tone that players have craved for over 60 years. Tuning stability and precise intonation are provided by the Graph Tech® NuBone® nut, Grover® Rotomatic® tuners, and Epiphone's exclusive LockTone™ bridge and tailpiece, which also add more sustain to your tone. The ES-339 impressive gloss finishes are offered in the most popular and requested colors including Cherry, Pelham Blue, Vintage Sunburst, and Natural. Epiphone Original Acoustics have been at the forefront of the folk, country and rock 'n’ roll revolutions.The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Acoustic Collection are created directly from the original blueprints for Gibson’s most popular acoustics and in the most desired finishes across the world. The J-45, known as The Workhorse, is Gibson’s most famous and popular acoustic guitar. The choice of legendary musicians since it was first introduced in 1942, Epiphone’s Inspired by Gibson J-45 and the J-45 EC Cutaway have everything players want. The Epiphone J-45 features all solid wood construction, a comfortable rounded C neck profile, 20 medium jumbo frets, and the 60s style Kalamazoo headstock shape all in a gorgeous Aged Vintage Sunburst finish. The Fishman® Sonicore under-saddle pickup and Sonitone preamp make this Workhorse stage-ready out of the box. The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J-45 EC Cutaway gives players improved access to the upper frets while retaining all of the features that make the J-45 special to begin with, including the Sloped Shoulder body with a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides, a comfortable rounded C neck profile, Fishman® Sonicore under-saddle pickup and Fishman Presys II preamp with volume and tone controls, all in a beautiful Aged Vintage Sunburst finish. The Hummingbird™ is one of Gibson’s most instantly recognizable and remarkable acoustic guitars ever built. The new Epiphone Inspired by Gibson™ Hummingbird and the rarely offered, iconic Hummingbird 12-String guitars take flight with solid woods, vintage appointments, and a Fishman® Sonicore under-saddle pickup and Sonitone preamp. Outfitted with gold Epiphone Deluxe tuners, top and back multi-ply binding, Kalamazoo style headstock, and a bone nut and saddle, it's available in Aged Antique Natural Gloss and Aged Heritage Cherry Sunburst Gloss finishes. The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird™ 12-String Acoustic produces a clear, bright tone with a beautifully balanced sonic range and comes equipped with a unique Hummingbird pickguard. The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird 12-String has a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, dovetail neck joint, bone nut and saddle, Fishman® Sonitone pickup system, and an Aged Vintage gloss finish. The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson™ J-200™ is a stunning homage to the King of the Flat-Tops - the world-famous Gibson™ SJ-200. Since its introduction in 1937, the J-200 has been the choice of "singing cowboys" like Tex Ritter and Gene Autry, as well as folk, rock and country royalty, including Emmylou Harris, Elvis, Jimmy Page, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, The Edge, and more. Featuring a Super Jumbo non-cutaway solid figured maple body, solid Sitka spruce top, and two-piece maple neck with a mahogany center strip, the Epiphone J-200 is built with all solid woods for outstanding tone. The visual elements have always been a big part of the J-200's appeal, and the Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J-200 includes a Moustache™ bridge with curved block inlays, Crown headstock inlay and Graduated Crown mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays, and a J-200 style pickguard with two-color graphics. The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J-200 is available in Aged Antique Natural Gloss and Aged Vintage Sunburst Gloss color finishes. Epiphone’s Inspired by Gibson Collection features new and classic electric and acoustics including the Les Paul, SG, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird and the ES-335, ES-339, as well as, the J-45, Hummingbird, and J-200. The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson instruments offer fans classic Gibson models and colors, built from the original guitar blueprints, at an accessible price. For all things Epiphone, visit: www.epiphone.com. About Epiphone: For over 140 years, Epiphone has been a leading innovator in instrument design with models like the Casino, the Texan, and Masterbilt Century Archtop Collection. Epiphone began as the "House of Stathopoulo" family business in Sparta in the 1870s and rose to fame during the jazz age in Manhattan before joining Gibson brands in 1957. Today, Epiphone continues to make history from its headquarters in Nashville, TN. Epiphones have powered classic recordings by Les Paul, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones along with today's top artists like Peter Frampton, Gary Clark Jr., Tommy Thayer of KISS, and Lzzy Hale. Epiphone offers innovation, history, and a lifetime guarantee. Whether you are learning your first song in your bedroom, or rocking an arena, Epiphone has always been there, for everyone, for every generation, for every stage. For more information, visit: Epiphone.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. for more, click the INFO button
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Holiday Gift Guide 6 Great Electric Guitars Under $600
It's that time of year! So many lucky people will be giving or receiving guitars for their holiday gifts this year, and we would love to contribute some great options at a great price! Here are our choices for 6 quality electric guitars under $600-- we feature some great guitars from Gretsch, Epiphone, Fender, Squier, and Ibanez; something for every style, whether you're into blues, rock, country, pop, jazz, metal, or any combination, there's a guitar here for you (or a loved one)! Take a look at our choices, listen to some clean playing demos on each, and let us know what you would pick! If you have another recommendation for a great guitar under $600, let us know in the comments!
UPDATE: DEC 3RD, 2020: Dean Guitars Amps Up Attack with Cadi Select 3 Pickup Classic Black
TAMPA, FL — Dean Guitars amps up its Select Series with the introduction of the Cadi Select 3 Pickup Classic Black. Featuring the addition of a third Seymour Duncan pickup in the middle position, the Cadi Select 3 is built for excellent attack and tone, offering all the appointments of a beloved classic model at an affordable price point that won’t break the bank. A guitar that focuses on excellent tone should also focus on playability, and that’s exactly what Dean delivers with the Cadi Select 3. It all starts with high-quality materials and thoughtful design, including Dean’s Cadillac-style, all-mahogany body with a classic flat top. The iconic cutaway provides easy access to the 3-piece mahogany neck, supported by the highly resonant set-thru neck construction and reliably sturdy dual-action truss rod. To top it off, 5-ply W/B/W/B/W body and headstock binding, along with single-ply neck binding, add an extra splash of class, while black hardware pushes the edge. Like other Select Series models, the Cadi Select 3 offers a satin neck for ease of playing and endurance. The V-shaped neck has a 22 jumbo fret ebony fingerboard with pearloid block inlays and a 12” radius. The Cadi Select 3 measures in at 24 3/4-inch scale length with a standard 1 11/16-inch nut width. The Tune-O-Matic bridge on Dean’s exclusive, high-mass Cadi hardtail provides for easy intonation and sustain. Grover tuners on the eye-catching, V-shaped headstock assist with precise and consistent tuning. The included D'Addario EXL120 nickel wound strings provide a super light gauge set with maximum flexibility and biting tone. When it’s time to rock, players have all the control they need with the Cadi Select 3’s Seymour Duncan pickups, all black with sandblasted pole pieces. The SH-5 Custom at the bridge delivers bigger, beefier P.A.F. (Patent Applied For) tone for searing leads and huge chords. The pure attack is ideally complemented by matching APH-1 Custom pickups in the middle and neck positions. These pickups provide endless tones for any style, from clean to aggressive rock and everything in between. Audio taper pots activated with the 5-way rotary knob provide for smooth roll without destroying tone. Speed black volume and tone knobs round out the controls. The legendary Cadi Select 3 Pickup Classic Black is designed for professional musicians who love classic guitars without the vintage price tag. Dean packages up the high-end appointments at an affordable MSRP $1429/street $949. Learn more and get a closer look at www.deanguitars.com. About Dean Guitars Led by CEO Evan Rubinson, Dean Guitars is a musician-run enterprise, having worked with some of the biggest names in the industry on the biggest stages and in the best studios all over the world. Since 1977, Dean Guitars has catered to musicians in all genres, at all skill levels, and has the most recognizable headstock profile in the industry. www.deanguitars.com
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Guitar of the Day 2011 Fender Telecaster Cabronita Norman's Rare Guitars
Featuring: Norm's New Tune: "The Year That Never Was" Engineer: Josh Smith Vocals: Norman Harris Guitars: Joe Bonamassa, Grant Geissman, Michael Lemmo, Nick Dias Drums: Lemar Carter Bass: Travis Carlton Harmonica: Stan Behrens Percussion: Lenny Castro Background Vocals: Brandon Soriano, Nick Dias, Grant Geissman, Norman Harris, Bobby Mandal, King Cotton If you'd like to buy the entire tune, its available at the links below. A portion of the money raised will go to the Midnight Mission to help the homeless.
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The Boss & JHS Angry Driver A Match Made in Tone Heaven
Boss and JHS are two consistent pedal manufacturers with wide ranges of tonal colors. The "Angry Driver" collaboration combines two classics, the Boss Blues Driver and the JHS Angry Charlie, to achieve a wide spectrum of overdrive and distortion tones. With its mode knob, you can utilize each of these pedals individually, in series, or in parallel. Its dual-concentric knobs allow you to shape the level, tone, and drive of both pedals individually. Take a listen to some basic examples of these tones in our demo, and see why Cooper lovingly says this pedal is like a bag of explosively flavorful artisan kettle chips.
Update: Dec 2nd, 2020: Slash “Victoria” Les Paul Standard Goldtop Joins the Gibson "Slash Collection"
NASHVILLE, TN: The Gibson Slash Collection crosses three decades of partnership between Gibson and Slash, and in a history-making move for the brand, is the first evergreen artist collection made by Gibson. Slash and Gibson worked in close collaboration and the collection features multiple acoustic and electric guitars. The Slash Collection represents the influential Gibson guitars Slash has used throughout his career, inspiring multiple generations of players around the world. Today, December 1 marks the release of the new Gibson Slash “Victoria” Les Paul Standard Goldtop; available worldwide. The Gibson Slash Collection Gibson “Victoria” Les Paul Standard in Goldtop finish features a maple top, a solid mahogany body, a dark back finish and Slash’s personal touches including a C-shaped neck profile, uncovered Gibson Custom BurstBucker Alnico 2 pickups, color coordinated hardware appointments, hand-wired electronics with Orange Drop® capacitors and a vintage style brown hardshell case. Exclusive to the Slash Collection are Slash’s “Skully” signature drawing on the back of the headstock, Slash’s signature on the truss rod cover, a blank truss rod cover in the case, Slash’s new Ernie Ball® strings, and four Slash Jim Dunlop Tortex® picks. The new Goldtop joins the previously announced four Les Paul Standard electric guitars and two J-45 Standard acoustic guitars. Each Slash Collection Les Paul Standard features a AAA maple top, a solid mahogany body and Slash’s personal touches including a C-shaped neck profile, Gibson Custom BurstBucker™ Alnico 2 pickups, color coordinated hardware appointments, hand-wired electronics with Orange Drop® capacitors and a vintage style brown hardshell case. Exclusive to the Slash Collection are Slash’s “Skully” signature drawing on the back of the headstock, Slash’s signature on the truss rod cover, a blank truss rod cover in the case, Slash’s new Ernie Ball® strings , and four Slash Jim Dunlop Tortex® picks. The Slash Collection Les Paul Standard is available in November Burst, Appetite Burst, Vermillion Burst and Anaconda Burst. Each Slash Collection Gibson J-45 Standard features a blend of traditional appointments and modern features including a custom Slash rounded C-shaped neck profile, a fatter and more modern 16'' fingerboard radius and a versatile LR Baggs TM VTC pickup for natural acoustic sound. Exclusive to the Slash Collection are Slash’s “Skully” signature drawing on the back of the headstock, Slash’s signature on the truss rod cover with a blank truss rod cover in the case and four Slash Jim Dunlop Tortex® picks. The Slash Collection J-45 Standard is available in November Burst and Vermillion Burst. "Developing my new Collection with the new team at Gibson has been really exciting,” says Slash. “The quality and attention to detail is next level, and these guitars truly reflect what I play live and in the studio. I think guitarists will be inspired by what we've put together.” “Developing Slash’s Collection with him has been an amazing experience” says Cesar Gueikian of Gibson. “The fact that Slash is intimately involved in this journey makes it special and a true representation of him and his sound. I am excited to formally announce the addition of the Victoria Goldtop to the Collection and I am looking forward to reading fan and media theories about why we chose to call it Victoria. Plus, stay tuned for more to come in the future with Slash.” Headquartered in the heart of downtown Nashville, the iconic, American-made instrument brand, Gibson has been creating, inspiring, and contributing to the ‘share of sound’ for 126 years. Across all of Gibson’s brands and collections, the story continues to be told with iconic and emerging artists that inspire the now and nurture the next generation of Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer fans. For more information on Slash, visit: SLASHONLINE.COM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | SPOTIFY | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE For all things Gibson, visit: GIBSON.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | GIBSON TV About Slash: Slash--the iconic, GRAMMY-winning , American rock guitarist , songwriter and film producer --has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies , garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . Slash landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie, Myles Kennedy and more. Shortly after, he formed his current band Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators--which features Myles Kennedy (lead vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass/vocals) and Frank Sidoris (rhythm guitar)--who’ve been touring worldwide and making music for over five years. The group released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart debuting at #4 as the top rock album and spawned Slash’s first-ever #1 solo radio hits “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” Slash released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the soundtrack to the first theatrical film co-produced with SLASHfiction, his film/TV production company specializing in the horror genre. The band’s second album, World On Fire debuted to global praise and the album’s title track, “World On Fire” ascended to #1 at U.S. Rock Radio. In 2016, Guns N’ Roses re-united and Slash joined Axl Rose and Duff McKagan for the ongoing “Not In This Lifetime Tour” which Billboard now ranks as the third highest grossing tour of all time. Slash and his band’s most recent release is their critically-acclaimed third album Living The Dream (2018) which Rolling Stone declared “ a biting blues filigree at the end of a riff, weeping solos full of long notes and boogie-woogie riffs” and the Los Angeles Times added is full of “unexpected funk, boogie, blues and garage rock influences.” Fueled by the Top 5 song “Driving Rain,” and the single “Mind Your Manners” as well as, the best critical praise of their career, Living The Dream debuted with 10, Top 10 chart placements worldwide and by the end of their world tour in 2019, the group had achieved seven consecutive, Top 10 Hit singles at radio. About Gibson: Gibson, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TN, with a premiere acoustic facility in Bozeman, MT, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships, and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger, and the Gibson Pro Audio Division, KRK Music. Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation, and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands. Learn more at Gibson.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Gibson TV, and Instagram.
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1964 Fender Vibroverb, used on David Bowie’s "Let’s Dance", up for sale
Nashville vintage guitar store, Rumble Seat Music has acquired the 1964 Fender Vibroverb guitar amp that Vaughan owned and played on David Bowie’s 1983 album, Let’s Dance. Rumble Seat posted photos of the amp, which is accompanied by a poster promoting Double Trouble, a handwritten note, photos and other documentation on Instagram. For more, click the INFO button...(or just call, Rumble Seat Music in Nashville)
Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Wildwood 10 1955 Telecaster by Greg Fessler SN R100828.mp4
THE GUITAR IN THIS VIDEO HAS SOLD! Sonic Evaluation From Greg Koch......Greg Fessler has done it again! This Wildwood 10 '55 Tele is a truly magnificent beast. It has the same snappy response time you'd expect from a Masterbuitl Tele, but it sounds uncommonly huge and sonorous. In the bridge position, the midrange is quite rich with overtones, and so are the trebles, but the lows are nice and tight. In other words, it's the perfect sound for chunking away on chords! Bright, sizzling lead lines also have more depth than normal. The neck pickup is also a delight. It has fat, round lows to go with broad, vocal midrange and lively, open highs. Expressive lead lines and fat rhythm tones for days! This fearsome Fessler would make an excellent addition to the quiver of any player seeking a beefy-sounding Tele! Site: https://wildwoodguitars.com/product-c... Facebook: http://on.fb.me/11aLDN5 Amp: The Greg Koch Signature Combo from Koch Amps Serial Number: R100828 Brand Fender Custom Shop Model Masterbuilt Dealer Select Wildwood "10" '55 Telecaster Finish Color Faded Shoreline Gold Aging Heavy Relic Finish Type Nitrocellulose Lacquer Master Builder Greg Fessler Weight 7.13 lbs. Body Wood Ash Neck Wood Quarter Sawn Maple Neck Shape '54 U Neck Dimensions .890 1st - .960 12th Fingerboard Maple Fingerboard Radius Exclusive Wildwood Custom 10" Radius Inlays Black Dots Scale Length 25.5" Width at Nut 1.650" Nut Material Bone Frets 21 6105 Narrow-Tall Pickups Josefina Handwound Twisted Tele wound to Wildwood Specification Controls Volume, Tone, 3-Position Switch Hardware Chrome/Nickel Tuners Vintage Style with Nickel Buttons Pickguard 1-Ply White Case Limited Edition Hardshell Case with Embroidered Custom Shop Logo
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Return of the Dragon: Oz Noy Brings Live Fire to Sweetwater Studios with Snapdragon
November 20, 2020, Fort Wayne, IN – Oz Noy has created a singular discography of virtuoso instrumental recordings that has won him accolades throughout the guitar community for his deft sense of touch and fearless genre-bending compositions. Always looking for the best way to capture the unique alchemy of his live performances in the studio ultimately led Noy to Sweetwater Studios where he laid down the tracks that ultimately became his Booga Looga Loo album. Eager to recreate the energy of these sessions, the guitarist/composer returned to Sweetwater to record his latest collection, Snapdragon. Out now on Abstract Logix, the album continues Noy’s signature explorations through jazz, blues, and rock with an all-star cast of rhythm sections that were captured live in the studio during a series of Sweetwater Studios Master Class sessions The right room One of Noy’s ongoing challenges has been capturing the improvisational ensemble feel of his live performances in his studio recordings. Eschewing the typical practice of recording in separate rooms with headphones, he prefers a setup that allows him to feed off the energy of his fellow musicians. Not only does this allow him to tap into the creativity of the group, but it gives him total control of the guitar. “If you record guitar and you aren’t in the room with the amp to feel the air moving, it’s very difficult to play,” he explained. “You can’t feel that interaction between the guitar and the amplifier in headphones and it makes things really hard.” When Noy first visited Sweetwater Studios in 2017, he immediately knew that it would work for his methods. The large live room of Sweetwater Studios’ Studio A and its flexible isolation booths gave him the ability to play together in the room with his ensemble while having total quality control of the sound in the room and on record. “The guys at Sweetwater totally understood what I was going for and they had all the right equipment to make my ideal setup work,” he said. “It was such a simple process, all we had to do was plug in and play!” A different class In an added twist to the live sessions, Noy also scheduled them during Sweetwater Studios’ ongoing Recording Master Classes, which allowed both fans of his music and budding engineers to sit in on the tracking and learn the art of recording under real working conditions. Sweetwater Studios Producer/Engineer Bobby Dellarocco remarked that the addition of the built-in audience gave another angle to the performances that helped the album take shape. “With Oz’s style it’s always a performance whether there is an audience or not,” he said. “Doing it this way though, you’re really ensuring that you capture that kind of energy on a track, and it gives the attendees something really special while they are experiencing how a real session comes together.” Part of what made each session was special was that Noy brought different rhythm sections each time he came to record. The players, which included drummers Dennis Chambers, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl, bass players Will Lee, James Genus, and John Patitucci, allowed him to capture different shades and feels of his signature style across the selection of tracks and give each its own sonic identity. “It gave a lot of variety from session to session,” said Dellarocco. “It was really cool to hear the differences, and at the same time once we put it all together it’s all immediately identifiable as Oz.” “I look at all of my records as jazz records in a way, because in the end it’s all about getting different players in the room and just seeing what happens,” said Noy. “When you can get comfortable in an environment like this, it’s effortless to get takes and get some really good music happening.” To hear Snapdragon and for more information about Oz Noy, please visit: http://www.oznoy.com/ For more information about Sweetwater Studios, please visit: http://www.sweetwaterstudios.com/ About Sweetwater Studios Sweetwater Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sweetwater Sound, Inc., the largest online music instrument retailer in the country. With three world-class studios designed by Russ Berger and access to a greater diversity of musical equipment and professional audio gear than any other recording studio in the world, Sweetwater Studios is able to accommodate just about any recording, mixing or mastering project, no matter how simple or complex. Sweetwater Studios also has an exceptional staff of producers, engineers, session musicians and studio technicians to ensure that any artist will get personalized, first-class treatment from start to finish. click the INFO button for more....