Wildwood Guitars • Gibson Custom Shop Lee Roy Parnell 1959 Les Paul Standard • SN: LRP9031
Lee Roy's signature model is a sight to behold. It features a custom finish dubbed "Abilene Burst" (an homage to his hometown), and it highlights the beautiful grain on the figured maple top. Two underwound '57 classic pickups produce sweet vintage PAF sounds that will inspire you to play for hours and hours. Speaking of sweet sounds, Lee Roy asked Gibson Custom to do something a little different for his signature model: would they put a bit of extra wood in the pickup cavities to give it a bit of extra vintage-style woodiness? They said yes, and it paid incredible dividends. Because of the extra wood, the pickups capture more of the guitar's acoustic character, the guitar feels more responsive, and it has glorious woody midrange that will take you back in time to 1959. The Lee Roy Parnell 1959 Les Paul doesn't skimp on the ergonomic side of things, either. It has a contoured cutaway to allow for maximum access to the upper frets and beyond, which is a godsend for slide players. As fun as it is to take slide solos up past the 22nd fret, you won't want to because the neck is so comfortable. It's a custom '59 profile that Leroy worked with the Custom Shop to create, and it has a lovely chunky feel that makes you want to cancel all your appointments for the day and adventure across the fretboard. We're proud to showcase such an inspiring signature model from our friends at Gibson Custom. We invite you to take one for a spin and experience the sound of Abilene. Once you do, we're sure the Lee Roy Parnell 1959 Les Paul Standard will help you make joyous noise for a long time.
Fender Custom Shop Wildwood 10 1955 Stratocaster • SN: R103398
Fender first introduced the Stratocaster in 1954, but they didn't really hit their stride until 1955 when they locked in the perfect formula for optimum sonic horsepower and good looks. The Wildwood 10 1955 Stratocasters pay homage to these legendary original Strats by replicating crucial details like the one-ply pickguard, dot inlays, resonant ash bodies, and maple necks. Many have also been lovingly relic'd by the masterful Custom Shop team, so they have oodles of vintage vibe. Nevertheless, they feel every bit as good as any modern guitar thanks to their Wildwood-exclusive 10" radius and 6105 frets. We invite you to experience the new-age comfort and fifties mojo of the Wildwood 10 1955 Stratocaster. Once you do, we're sure you'll fall head over heels in love.
Wildwood Guitars • Fender Custom Shop Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child Signature Stratocaster • SN: VC0566
We can talk until we're blue in the face about the plethora of reasons why Jimi Hendrix was the greatest player to ever strap on a Strat. No one has ever matched his blend of virtuosic instrumental prowess, intense emotional expression, Picasso-level attention to the colors and hues in his music, and masterful songwriting, but what really puts him head and shoulders above the rest of every other six-string slinger is his universal appeal. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, loves Jimi Hendrix. Case in point: Ian Mackaye and Stevie Ray Vaughan could not be more different as people or guitarists. Mackaye was the singer and guitarist in legendary post-hardcore band Fugazi (a group about as far removed from the psychedelic rock of the seventies as humanly possible) while SRV was perhaps the greatest master of electric blues since Hendrix himself. Despite their immense musical, philosophical, geographic, and stylistic differences, both listed Hendrix as their favorite guitarist of all time by a wide margin. So, it doesn't matter if you're a punk in a leather jacket laden with safety pins, a metalhead in a Motorhead shirt, a jazz cat with an expensive hat, a classic rocker with a closet full of vintage concert tees, or a regular 'ol non-musician who listens to whatever's on the radio: chances are, if someone asks you who your favorite guitarist is, Hendrix is going to be one of the first names out of your mouth. If you ever ask someone this question and they DON'T drop Jimi's name, report them to the authorities immediately, because they are not to be trusted, and are probably a lizard person or alien in disguise. Facetiousness aside, Hendrix's music seems to resonate with every single human being on a molecular level, and it is hard to quantify how or why. His singular style of guitar playing has a way of forcibly grabbing you by the heart and making you feel all sorts of emotions that don't really have names, and that's the sort of voodoo that defies complete explanation. The reason that no one can replicate his guitar style is simple: more so than any amp or guitar, the contents of his spirit were the key to his magic Spanish castle of sound.
Wildwood Guitars • Fender Custom Shop Wildwood 10 1951 Nocaster • SN: R99240
In 1951, Leo Fender changed the world of music forever by introducing the first-ever mass-produced solidbody electric guitar. Leo was going to call it the Broadcaster, but the threat of a lawsuit from Gretsch (who produced a drum set called the Broadkaster) forced him to abandon that plan. Ever the resourceful (and frugal) businessman, Leo simply snipped the word “Broadcaster” off the headstock decal and shipped his nameless guitars out. Since the guitars had no model name, musicians dubbed them “Nocasters.” Because of their incredible rarity, original Nocasters have become some of the most desirable vintage pieces out there. So, we decided to team up with our friends at the Fender Custom Shop and issue a Wildwood 10 version that marries the vibe of the originals with modern ergonomics. The Wildwood-exclusive 10″ radius and 6105 frets are a perfect pairing with the chunky Nocaster U-shaped neck profile, and the Custom Shop hand-wound Twisted Tele pickups deliver spectacular sounds. We’re sure you’ll find a Nocaster here that will grab you by your heart strings, so we invite you to browse away–just make sure your keyboard drool shield is in place!
Wildwood Guitars • Fender Custom Shop Wildwood 10 1955 Telecaster SN • R99697
By 1955, things were hopping at Fender, and the Telecaster was hottest new electric guitar in all the land. Rock and roll, rockabilly, and country music were all taking off, and the Fender Telecaster was at the epicenter of it all. Our Wildwood 10 1955 Telecasters are an homage to the Telecasters that rolled off the line and into the hands of thousands of guitar players during the mid-1950s. They feature resonant ash bodies, period-correct neck shapes, hand-wound Custom Shop electronics, and maple necks. But they also feature our dealer-exclusive 10" radius and narrow-tall 6105 frets for comfortable modern handfeel. So, you get the best of both worlds: all the fabulous fifties Fender tone you can handle AND modern playability. Please keep drooling to a minimum as you browse our many Wildwood 10 1955 Telecasters. We have lots of colors, neck profiles, and relic'd finishes, so we're sure you'll find something to make you salivate!
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Guitar of the Day 1948 Martin D-28 Norman's Rare Guitars
Happy #FlatTopFriday!!! Stay safe, be kind and hope you’re all well! Enjoy this new episode of #GuitarOfTheDay: Lemmo playing an Original 1948 Martin D-28 here at #NormansRareGuitars! For any questions you may have or price inquiries about this #MartinGuitar #D28 #AcousticGuitar please give us a call at 818-344-8300.
News: Oct 22, 2020: Black American Music Association (BAM) And Georgia Entertainment Caucus (GEC) Announce the Formation of The Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame
Today the Black American Music Association (BAM) and the Georgia Entertainment Caucus (GEC) announced the formation of the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame (WOF). The momentous event featured remarks from BAM Founders, Michael T Mauldin and Demmette Guidry, and GEC Founders Georgia State Representative Erica Thomas and Catherine Brewton. Also in attendance, was renowned artist, D.L. Warfield, who is creating the official WOF emblem that will be embedded in the sidewalk representing each inductee. The emblem is being created in collaboration with sculptor and historian Ed Dwight. Located in the historic downtown Atlanta area, the WOF will reside on the sidewalks of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Northside Drive, 1 AMB Drive, NW, Atlanta, GA 30313. The event was hosted by the Mercedes Benz Stadium. GEC Logo GEC Logo BAM Logo BAM Logo Also in attendance were musician, songwriter, record and film producer, Dallas Austin, R&B Singer, songwriter, producer, Sean Garrett, Entertainment Executive & Head of Artist & Talent Relations at Spotify, Chaka Zulu, Georgia House of Representatives members Rep. Miriam Paris, Rep. Park Cannon, Whip William Boddie, Director, Mayor's Office of Film & Entertainment at City of Atlanta, Phillana Williams and Atlanta City Council member, Antonio Brown, who presented the BAM and GEC team with a proclamation from the City Council. Known as the "Capital of the South," Atlanta has long been the mecca of Black music and entertainment and the WOF will be a key addition to showcase the industry's greatest contributors. With both a national and international appeal, the WOF will honor the iconic individuals and organizations that have impacted Black culture and community alongside those who continue to lead us into the future. Groundbreaking for the WOF is slated for late December, weather permitting, with an official inaugural celebration scheduled for January 2021 over M.L.K., Jr. weekend. "As a proud Black man in America, who has been a part of the professional entertainment community for 45 years, I'm elated to have the opportunity to help usher into Atlanta, Georgia, this historic and innovative international Walk of Fame," shared Mauldin. "Represented as the "Eternal Crown Jewel of Black Culture," there could be no better location in the world than M.L.K., Jr. Drive to profile the heritage, legacy and future of our global Black music and entertainment culture." "Black American Music, as an art form, is the driver of Black culture, which drives popular culture worldwide. So, it is fitting that we honor those who are the 'bedrock' of culture," stated Guidry. The Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame will be a permanent monument to achievement in Black excellence. We are designing the Walk of Fame in hopes that it will become a popular tourist destination, illuminating our rich cultural heritage." "I am ecstatic to be a founding member of the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame. This initiative makes me so proud, with everything going on in the world African Americans need some positivity and hope and the Walk of Fame will bring just that," shared Georgia State Representative, District 39, Erica Thomas. "This symbolic gesture proves that we as a community have come a long way and although we have many miles to go this effort shows an overall sense of respect for the individuals of color that helped pave the way for our entertainment professionals." "I'm extremely proud to be a part of this initiative to create the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame," commented Catherine Brewton. "Not only does Georgia have deep roots in black music and entertainment, but Atlanta continues to be the center of black excellence. This walk of fame will symbolize, memorialize, and celebrate many of our black creatives and entertainers who have made significant impacts both here and around the world." About Black American Music Association (BAM) Founded in 2017, BAM a 501(c)(6) membership professional trade organization, dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting the legacy and the future of AUTHENTIC Black American Music as an indigenous art form. Black American Music is a major piece of the foundation of the African American experience. BAM provides music industry professionals, creators, scholars and music industry stakeholders with opportunities to transform global cultural relevance into community relevance that will empower future generations through professional training, education, preservation, financial literacy and advocacy. About Georgia Entertainment Caucus (GEC) The GEC is an Atlanta-based organization that focuses on bridging the gap between the Georgia Political Sector and the Entertainment industry. GEC was founded by Georgia State Representative, Erica Thomas, and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) executive, Catherine Brewton. for more, click the INFO button.
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Guitar of the Day Late 1960's Fender Coronado II Wildwood I .
It’s #WackyWednesday!!! Stay safe, be kind and hope you’re all well! Enjoy this new episode of #GuitarOfTheDay: Lemmo playing an Original Late 1960’s Fender Coronado II Wildwood I here at #NormansRareGuitars! For any questions you may have or price inquiries about this #Fender #Coronado #Wildwood #ElectricGuitar please give us a call at 818-344-8300.
AGN News: Oct 21st, 2020; GIBSON: LAUNCHES WORLDWIDE ‘GIBSON VIRTUAL GUITAR TECH SERVICE
Gibson the iconic, American-made, leading instrument brand is proud to launch a FREE, virtual and fully interactive guitar tune-up service, the Gibson Virtual Guitar Tech Service. A global experience, the service matches players worldwide with Gibson’s team of professional techs in real-time to cover basic tune-ups for guitar, bass, electric and acoustic players in any genre or style. The Gibson Virtual Guitar Tech Service in available in multiple languages, including Spanish, French, German and English, reaching across time zones in Europe and the USA with more territories to be added. For more information on the Gibson Virtual Guitar Tech Service, visit: https://www.gibson.com/Support/Virtual-Guitar-Tech. Gibson Virtual Guitar Tech Service is personalized for any player who wants to self-service their instrument. Unlike online instructional videos, you will not be alone; the Gibson Virtual Guitar Tech Service provides you with real-time, interactive, video assistance from an experienced Gibson technician to help guide the process. With Gibson’s FREE online one-on-one video conference calls, the Gibson Virtual Guitar Tech Service will assist with your Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer or Steinberger electric or acoustic guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, or electric bass. The Gibson Virtual Guitar Tech experience two-step process is entirely FREE: Step # 1: Go to Gibson.com and schedule a FREE 30-minute one-on-one consultation call with a VGT. On this video conference call, you’ll discuss the instrument type, condition, any issues you’re currently experiencing and what type of services are needed. The VGT will ask questions about your playing and style, as well as, your experience and comfort level with working on your own instrument. The VGT will give you a list of the basic tools and supplies needed to successfully perform the tune-up tasks. Step #2: Upon completing Step #1, schedule a FREE 60-minute one-on-one Basic Guitar Tune Up Service with a VGT. This appointment is confirmed after your initial consultation call in order to give you time to order the recommended supplies and tools. The VGT will guide you--via real-time video--step-by-step through the process of servicing your instrument. click the INFO button for more.
Josh Smith's Guitars: Josh Williams ES-335
.....Josh Smith loves his Josh Williams ES-335. It's a classic with a twist, P90 in the front and Humbucker in the back....!!
AGN NEWS: OCT 20th; Black American Music Association (BAM) and Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative align to combat voter suppression
AGN NEWS: OCT 20th;The Black American Music Association (BAM), has announced a partnership with the Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative. The effort is specifically focused on protecting the vote in 14 swing states and 54 counties with high African American and Latino populations. BAM and the Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative have aligned with several entertainment industry groups, community organizations, activists and former election commissioners. Together the coalition is focusing on three main initiatives – recruiting GenZ to help staff the polls; educating people on their legal rights so they can make sure their votes are counted and how to address voter suppression and intimidation. To accomplish this, they are recruiting and training poll workers; providing unique information from professional election administrators and providing information and tools to fight voter suppression tactics and intimidation. The first initiative, which is already underway, includes partnerships with the Georgia Youth Poll Workers Project and Poll Heros. Both of these organizations were started and are run by college students interested in recruiting fellow members of GenZ to be paid poll workers. BAM was created to Preserve, Protect, and Promote the Legacy and Future of authentic Black American Music as a global art form. In its mission to support and advocate for its membership and the music community as a whole, BAM understands the impact that government policies and elected officials have on these groups. BAM also understands the power of voting and embraces the importance of every American citizen being able to exercise their Constitutional right to vote, which is why they've partnered with Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative. BAM co-founder Demmette Guidry says, "In the past four months we've seen the power of the youth when they stand up and make themselves heard. This is the next step in harnessing the power of the streets in conjunction with the industry and artist community to not only make change on the national level, but also on the state and local levels. Something we are committed to pursuing over the next several years. Through working in coalition with our artists, industry executives and election officials we can transform our cultural relevance into community relevance empowering future generations." Ion Sancho of Voting Rights Are Civil Rights, who oversaw the 2000 Bush vs. Gore Recount for the Florida Supreme Court states, "The 2020 election provides America with her greatest opportunity to remedy the poisonous legacy of slavery and it's spawn, institutional racism, since the end of the Civil War. Today we are all video witnesses to the injustices we have kept hidden from ourselves, lest we question the myth of American Exceptionalism we use to cloak our history. Slavery flawed our Founders, but their wisdom gave us a government that we can change, at the ballot box, to make, in their words, "a more perfect union". Today, our efforts, allied with the greatest artists and talent we possess, act in concert to ensure all Americans can vote, fulfilling the real greatness of America - one nation, with liberty and justice for all. In addition to BAM and Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative, the coalition includes BMAC, The Kevin Lyman Group and The Publicists Forum. A leading voice in the music industry, BAM is focused on several other key Social Justice and Community focused initiatives in addition to its anti-voter suppression work. The organization will break ground on the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame in Atlanta, GA this fall, and has established partnerships with other non-profit organizations including, The Otis Redding Foundation, Hope For Harvest, NXG Leaders, and Power2Inspire Foundation. To learn more about the BAM and Voting Rights Are Civil Rights anti-voter suppression campaign, visit www.votingrightsarecivilrights.com. About Black American Music Association Founded in 2017, the Black American Music Association (BAM) is a professional trade organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting the legacy and the future of authentic Black American Music as an indigenous art form. Black American Music is a major piece of the foundation of the African American experience. BAM provides music industry professionals, creators, scholars and music industry stakeholders with opportunities to transform global cultural relevance into community relevance that will empower future generations through professional training, education, preservation, financial literacy and advocacy. About Voting Rights Are Civil Rights VotingRightsAreCivilRights is an initiative to combat voter suppression in the 2020 election. Every national election millions of votes are not counted due to technicalities in registration, filling out ballots or vote counting mistakes. The initiative includes professionals from the entertainment and professional election administrators and activists. www.votingrightsarecivilrights.com Also visit: www.blackama.org Instagram: @blackamaorg; Facebook: blackamaorg; Twitter: @blackamaorg
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Joe Bonamassa solos in Josh Smith's studio.
Joe Bonamassa came by Josh Smith's studio 'Flat Five Studio' to record lead guitar for Norman's new song that will be featured in his upcoming Netflix documentary. Check out Bonamassa's new guitar 'Gate Crasher' purchased from George Kooymans of Golden Earring. As Joe says, 'You can never have too many guitars Norm...'
Fender releases their highly anticipated recreation of George Harrison’s iconic “Rocky” Stratocaster
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. —Fender have just released their highly anticipated recreation of George Harrison’s iconic “Rocky” Stratocaster initially previewed at Winter NAMM 2020. With only 100 being made available worldwide, its debut sparked major conversation that only further emphasizes its ultimate, limited-edition status. The “Rocky” Stratocaster is considered to be one of music’s most celebrated guitars, known for several iconic appearances including the live performance of “All You Need Is Love” on Our World, the very first global satellite TV program. Harrison’s spontaneous psychedelic paint job continues to serve as a special homage to the late ‘60s and to Harrison’s artistry. Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller worked hand in hand with the Harrison estate to personally examine the original version himself in order to create this identical replica. Everything about the original was measured in exacting detail—body, neck (with a rare asymmetrical C-shaped profile), pickups, wiring and everything else—right down to Harrison’s famous DIY paint job. Even the “Grimwoods” decal remains in place on the back of the headstock. With these features and more, it’s a meticulously-crafted Fender Custom Shop tribute to a truly magical guitar, played and loved by one of rock’s greatest guitarists.The Fender Custom Shop Limited Artist series celebrates the storied guitars of legendary musicians by building recreations of their instruments in exacting detail. Based on close examination of the original guitars, every nuance is noted and incorporated into the build. Reverse-engineering the model, vintage, wood, hardware, electronics, finish and player customizations are all vital to the process. Most importantly, the player’s wear patterns are recorded: every nick, scratch, gouge and bump are vital to the authenticity of the recreation–they are mapped and documented with precision.The Fender Custom Shop is proud to include the Rocky Stratocaster in the Dream Factory Series, a collection of short documentaries that showcase the journey of custom-built guitars created at the Fender Custom Shop. Watch the “Dream Factory” episode on this model here.For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.
Jack Barksdale: "Hello In There", John Prine Cover
'I watched "Picture Show," the tribute to John Prine. It was beautiful. It was sad. It reminded me of "Hello In There" one of my favorite John Prine songs.'
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Guitar of the Day: 1954 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail & Joe Bonamassa
This is the stuff of Vintage Dreams.........Joe Bonamassa puts a 1954 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail thru it's paces at Norman's Rare Guitars.
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Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Michael Lemmo Eddie Van Halen Tribute.mp4
Official Music Video - Michael Lemmo "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" Tribute to late Eddie Van Halen. Off the first upcoming solo record. Produced by Paul Brown. Video by Jen Angkahan http://www.instagram.com/manalophoto http://www.instagram.com/michaellemmo