AGN NEWS: Photograph of Robert Johnson Discovered.
Until just a few days ago they were only two known photos of Robert Johnson. But now it seems there may be a third, with the recent discovery of a photograph believed to be that of the legendary Bluesman.
Oct 1st, 2020: GRETSCH INTRODUCES G6120TFM BRIAN SETZER SIGNATURE NASHVILLE, HOLLOW BODY WITH BIGSBY
Gretsch® today announces the all-new G6120TFM Brian Setzer Signature Nashville® Hollow Body with Bigsby® and a stunning new color for the G6120T-HR Brian Setzer Signature Hot Rod Hollow Body with Bigsby®. By spearheading the rockabilly revival with the Stray Cats and jump-starting Big Band Swing with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Brian Setzer has created a remarkable and lasting legacy. His decorated career includes over 13 million records sold, three Grammy Awards and the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his work as a guitarist. Without a doubt, the longtime signature Gretsch artist is one of the most exciting musicians of our time. Gretsch is thrilled to be a part of Setzer’s pivotal rock and roll legacy with the G6120TFM Brian Setzer Signature Nashville® Hollow Body with Bigsby®, a truly rocking instrument that boasts as much swagger as the showman who inspired it. The single-cutaway hollow body features tiger flame maple arched top, back and sides with 1959 trestle bracing and oversized F-holes for improved sonic projection. The set maple neck has a 9.5”-12” compound radius ebony fingerboard with rolled edges for comfortable chording or speedy riffing across 22 medium frets and pearloid Neo-Classic™ thumbnail inlays. Dual TV Jones® Brian Setzer Signature Filter’Tron™ pickups deliver tight and punchy lows with a slightly hotter output that captures Brian’s iconic lively tone. Other performance-enhancing features include period-correct control locations with a three-position pickup toggle switch, three-position tone switch, master volume control with treble bleed circuit and individual bridge and neck pickup volume controls, Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with pinned rosewood base, Bigsby® B6C vibrato tailpiece, Delrin® nut and Gotoh® locking tuning machines. The G6120TFM in Orange Stain duly impresses with a period-correct gold pickguard shape, size and bracket, white body and neck binding, nickel hardware and G-arrow knobs. Now available in a brilliant all-new Magenta Sparkle finish with nickel hardware, the G6120T-HR Brian Setzer Signature Hot Rod Hollow Body with Bigsby® features a single-cutaway hollow body with an arched maple top, '59 trestle bracing and oversized F-holes for improved sonic snap and projection. The maple neck features a 9.5"-12” compound radius rosewood fingerboard with rolled edges for comfortable chording or speedy riffing across 22 medium frets and pearloid Neo-Classic™ thumbnail inlays. Dual TV Jones® Brian Setzer Signature Filter’Tron™ humbucking pickups are also featured here, but with bare-bones Hot Rod controls including only a three-position pickup toggle switch and master volume control with treble bleed circuit. The pinned Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with rosewood base, Bigsby® B6C vibrato tailpiece, Delrin® nut and Gotoh® locking tuners ensure bullet-proof performance night after night. For more information, visit www.gretschguitars.com.
AGN NEWS: Charlie Daniels has died at age 83
Charlie Daniels has died. He was 83 years old. Charlie Daniels was born Oct. 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina and kicked off his career playing bluegrass before moving to Nashville in 1967. He already had a reputation as a songwriter having co-written a song for Elvis titled, "It Hurts Me," in 1964. As an in-demand session player Charlie played guitar and bass on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline, and worked with Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and many others. In 1979, he won a Grammy for his biggest hit: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which featured his incredible Bluegrass fiddle skills and in 1980, the band appeared in the film Urban Cowboy. Charlie Daniels was very outspoken politically over the years, had close ties to the NRA, and as recently as 3 days ago was posting thoughts on a section of his website entitled "Soap Box." Charlies Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016 For more, click the INFO button, NOW
AGN News: July 2nd: The Dixie Chicks change their name to "The Chicks"
In the midst of America's struggles with racial injustice and inequality, comes the news that Texas trio, the Dixie Chicks have changed their name to simply, The Chicks. The name change comes in conjunction with the release of a new song, "March March," ,with its lyrics and video referencing public protests involving racial justice, police brutality, gun violence, climate change and LGBTQ rights. In the video, the names of dozens of Black victims of police brutality and those who died in apparently racially motivated confrontations, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner and Amadou Diallo. The Chicks made no public statement regarding the name change but it does come hot on the heels of another country group, Lady Antebellum, changing its name simply to Lady A. , and they did issue a statement via social media saying that the country's recent attempts to reckon with racial justice issues had made the band members' eyes open wide to inequality. For more, click the INFO button, NOW
AGN News: Luna Guitars introduce "Woodland Bamboo Dreadnought" acoustic, made of 100% renewable BAMBOO
This latest addition to the Luna Bamboo Series of exotic instruments offers a laser-etched leaf design around the sound hole and smooth ripples along the natural bamboo body. Made from 100% renewable bamboo the new Woodland Bamboo Dreadnought is a quality-built acoustic with bamboo top, sides and back, a classic square-shoulder design, and satin natural finish. The Woodland Bamboo Dreadnought adds signature touches with pearl Moon Phase inlays on the fretboard , a delicately designed rosette, chrome hardware and sealed die-cast tuners on the matching headstock. All for just $259. click the INFO button for more.
Update: Thursday, Nov 26, 2020: Happy thanksgiving: Renowned Bass Players Showcase Culinary Creativity in ‘Bass Clef Chefs’ Cookbook
LOS ANGELES, CA — Professional bass players are coming together to showcase a different side of their creativity in the new Bass Clef Chefs cookbook. Available in print and digital download, Bass Clef Chefs features the favorite recipes of bass players from around the world who are “cooking on and off the stage.” As touring musicians, these players know the comfort of preparing a favorite dish or whipping up a rejuvenating treat after the show. They also know the power of collaboration in support of a good cause. Fond memories with friends and family helped inspire the pages of Bass Clef Chefs, and all proceeds from sales will benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Bass Clef Chefs began with a group of friends who were stuck inside and trading recipes during the COVID-19 lockdown. These friends are not only bass players, but also love to cook. After some drinks and conversation, they came up with the seemingly "bad idea" of putting together a cookbook. The initial concept evolved into an excellent idea of reaching out to several friends they've collectively made over 50 years in the music industry. The recipes in Bass Clef Chefs span breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and everything in between, from appetizers, soups and salads, to sauces and salsas, and desserts and cocktails. Dietary preferences are also taken into account, with keto recipes submitted by Bubby Lewis, bassist for Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Some contributors even put a musical spin on their dishes, like “And Justice For Blackened Shrimp” from Dan Kenny of death metal bands Suicide Silence and Animosity, and “Baked Fleetwood Mac and Cheese” by J.D. Pinkus of Butthole Surfers and the Melvins. Adding their professional touch are culinary graduates Julie Slick, bassist for EchoTest and Adrian Belew Power Trio, and Rob Van der Loo, metal bassist for Mayan and Epica. Julie offers her spin on homey favorites, like Buttermilk Drop Biscuits, Springtime Risotto, and Zucchini Feta Fritters, while Rob shares his special training in Indonesian food with Sambal Goreng Tahu and Chicken Satay. “Some recipes have been passed down through generations, some are adaptations of our favorite classics, and some are results of being way too hungry late at night and going for it with what was available in the house at that time. But, one thing is consistent in all these recipes — LOVE,” said Loren Hill, Artist Relations Director for Darkglass Electronics. Hill compiled the project along with the help of editor Karla Mendelson. Love is a common thread not only in music and cooking, but in caring for someone with an incurable disease. While collaborating, the contributors of Bass Clef Chefs discovered another commonality—many have lost a close family member to Alzheimer's disease or dementia. The players resolved that all proceeds from Bass Clef Chefs would benefit the Alzheimer's Association. The book is dedicated to patients and families with the message: “Stay strong. Stay hopeful. And keep rockin’.” The contributors of Bass Clef Chefs invite readers to clear off the counter top, put on an apron, grab a bowl and measuring cup, and get cooking—and don’t forget to rock ‘n roll! Bass Clef Chefs is available worldwide through Amazon’s self-publishing service, in digital download ($19.95) or print ($34.95) Happy Thanksgiving
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Joe Bonamassa & Frank Stallone Signs a Frank Stallone Guitar Tigress For the The Midnight Mission
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UPDATE: Wednesday Nov 25, 2020: Gibson partners with Reverb to launch the Gibson Demo Shop, offering a direct source for Gibson prototypes, demo guitars, pre-played artist models . .mp4
NASHVILLE, TN: Gibson the iconic American instrument brand has partnered with Reverb--the largest online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling new and used musical instruments--to launch the Gibson Demo Shop. The Gibson Demo Shop on Reverb offers a direct source for one-of-a-kind Gibson prototypes, demo guitars, pre-played artist models and Gibson mods, at an exceptional value. The Gibson Demo Shop is live on Reverb now with an exclusive run of 40 guitars, Here. Featuring one-of-a-kind guitars, the Gibson Demo Shop brings unique guitars to the online marketplace for fans. All Gibson Demo Shop guitars are certified through the Gibson Repair and Restoration team’s 35-point inspection process and will receive a certificate of verification. Additionally, all Gibson Demo Shop guitars will be covered by a two-year warranty centered on playability. Fans can check back every week for updates and “follow” the Gibson Demo Shop on Reverb to get instant notifications on the next run of guitars: “We are excited to launch the Gibson Demo Shop in partnership on Reverb, as they’re the established online marketplace for guitars and beyond,” says Cesar Gueikian of Gibson. “We are making unique prototypes, demo and modified guitars, and over time guitars played by our artists that fans love will be available on the Gibson Demo Shop.” “Gibson is giving players an incredible opportunity to own some truly unique guitars--many that weren’t previously available for purchase--and I couldn’t be more excited that Reverb’s global community of music makers will have access to this gear,” adds Jim Tuerk of Reverb. After more than a century, Gibson artists, players and fans continue to experience the #1 guitar brand rejuvenated. Gibson is played by the best and brightest artists, across generations and genres and has emerged as the most relevant, most played, and most loved guitar brand around the world. 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 Systems. 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 About Reverb: Reverb is the largest online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling new, used, and vintage musical instruments. Since launching in 2013, Reverb has grown into a vibrant community of buyers and sellers all over the world. By focusing on inspiring content, price transparency, musician-focused, eCommerce tools, a music-savvy customer service team, and more, Reverb has created an online destination where the global music community can connect over the perfect piece of music gear. A portion of each sale on Reverb goes to Reverb Gives, which provides youth music programs all over the world with the instruments they need to make music. Reverb is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Etsy (NASDAQ: ETSY.) Click the INFO button for more.
Bruce Forman: "There will never be another you"
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Update: Nov 24, 2020: Clapton auctions '54 Strat & luxury 156ft Yacht..
From Gotta Have Rock And Roll: "Eric Clapton’s historic owned and stage played “Slowhand” 1954 sunburst Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. This magnificent guitar, heavily used by Clapton both on and off-stage would be the ultimate star in any guitar collection. Clapton acquired this rare non-tremelo 1954 Stratocaster in 1978 -79 and for the next five years it became his main stage slide guitar which he also used in the recording studio The letters “TG” on the neck-butt are the initials of Tadeo Gomez, a Fender employee who was responsible for shaping the neck, the digits 9-54 indicate the month and the year (September, 1954) the neck was completed. The guitar is a ‘non-tremolo’ model. The story of Clapton and his guitars is a true love story, spanning the career of one of the rock and roll’s most treasured guitarists, filled with fascinating details that has intrigued his fans for years. His deep connection to the Stratocaster, which began early in his career, continued with this this ‘non-tremelo’ model 1954 sunburst Stratocaster that he used both on stage and in the studio for slide work circa 1979-1985. It appears that Clapton first used it on stage circa 1979-1980 to play his opening numbers “Tulsa Time” and “Early in the Morning” in the set list for his 1979 tour. Clapton needed a guitar set-up for slide playing for both of these songs, and for both the guitar was tuned in open G, one of his favorite tunings for playing slide. With serial number 7431, next date and initials T-G-54 in pencil, sunburst finish, maple neck with skunk stripe routing, twenty-one fret fingerboard with dot inlay, three pickups, three rotary controls, five-way selector switch, tailpiece with adjustable saddles and white pickguard; and a tweed rectangular hard-shell case with red plush lining and Lee Dickson’s handwritten adhesive paper label “ ’54 S/Burst Fender Strat #7431; case containing strap. This truly incredible guitar comes with impeccable provenance, including a signed typescript letter from Lee Dickson, Clapton’s guitar technician from 1979 to the present day in which he describes in detail his fond memories for this guitar – stating it that Clapton used it exclusively for slide, that is was the only non-tremelo that Clapton had and that Clapton particularly liked it because of the year 1954 – the year of the Strat. He remembers the tours Clapton used it on and that it always traveled with Clapton’s other beloved guitars “Brownie” and “Blackie”. The guitar is also accompanied by an Eric Clapton signed Certificate from the Christie’s auction, “A Selection of Eric Clapton’s Guitars” held on June 24, 1999 which was Clapton’s first historic benefit auction to support The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a cause very close to his heart. With the corresponding Christie’s lot card for lot 103 and original auction catalog the guitar also comes with a Gotta Have Rock & Roll™ Certificate of Authenticity. Also included in this lot is an Eric Clapton beautifully signed "Slowhand" gold album and cassette award." Also, Clapton is unloading his luxury yacht, offering it up for auction at a sale of Hollywood memorabilia. The 47.5 meter long (156 foot) Va Bene yacht, he bought in 2005 and refurbished extensively three years later, is expected to fetch $7 million-$10 million at the Nov. 28 sale in Los Angeles, auction house GWS Auctions.
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Kristian Daley: "Testing out my new Fender Tele"
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Update: Monday Nov 23, 2020: Guitar Center declares bankruptcy
Guitar Center is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the latest company to go bankrupt during the pandemic that has decimated America's retail sector. he company said in its bankruptcy filing that it received up to $165 million in new equity investments and lenders agreed to reduce the company's debt by nearly $800 million.
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Does Guitar Color Affect Tone!
We're here to discuss one of the most asked questions that we get here at the store and online: how does the color of a guitar change the tone? While some (Cooper) might say NO, some (Billy Corgan) might say YES, and others (Chris) might say MAYBE, we are discussing all the factors that might be correlated to finish affecting tone. Between these two Stratocasters of different finishes, do you hear a difference? Tell us all your thoughts on if color and tone are related!