The TRUTH About Session Money
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Tim Pierce: Oct 17th, 2020: WEIRD (and VERY Cool) Soprano Guitar, Churango.
Here are two acoustic instruments that are very unique AND useful. The Soprano guitar is one octave above normal, while the Contra guitar is one octave below normal. Click the INFO button to take the 14 day free trial in the Masterclass. Over 1500 videos and over 120 hours of lessons and content! Thanks so much for all your support Tim
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You NEED to HEAR These 9 DREAM Guitars From 1958 to 2020
Robert Baker joins Tim for a quick listening tour of some dream guitars, both Vintage and Modern. From Robert’s 1958 Fender Esquire, to my brand new Floyd Rose Strat, Tim & Robert listen, play and talk about the surprising reasons that some guitars become our favorites.
AGN News: StageIt Event with Guitarist Neil Giraldo this Saturday 20th June at 4pm PST. (Supporting The Alzheimer's Association )
Guitarist Neil Giraldo will be playing a benefit concert on Stageit for The Alzheimer's Association, this Saturday 20th June at 4pm PDT. Neil is a prolific guitarist, producer, arranger, and film composer with over four decades experience. A songwriter with a back catalog of more than 100 songs and more than 45 million records sold, and he's worked with some of the greatest artists in the music industry, including Pat Benatar, Rick Derringer, John Waite, Kenny Loggins, Steve Forbert, The Del Lords, and Beth Hart. His work has produced many Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning hits, and he holds the distinction of being the first guitar player ever to appear on MTV. Today, Neil continues to expand his creative portfolio. In addition to writing new songs for stage and screen, he is developing screenplays for feature films, touring, and giving back to the community working with musicians young and old. For more information on stage it and to get tickets for the Neil Giraldo benefit concert click the info button now.
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AGN News: June 21st is "Make Music Day"
AGN News: June 21st is "Make Music Day"....For most of us, June 21st this year is Father’s Day, but it’s also the date for this year's lesser known, Make Music Day. Make Music Day was first launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, when the country’s Ministry of Culture conceived an idea for a day where free, live music would be everywhere throughout the country and now nearly 40 years later, it's not only a national holiday in France, but it's celebrated in more than 120 countries around the world. Make Music Day is presented in the U.S. by the NAMM Foundation and is quote, “open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician – young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion – pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.” June 21, the summer solstice, was chosen as the date for the event, and last year, more than 1,000 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations to make the occasion. To find out about Make Music events in your city and how to get involved, click the INFO button and check out makemusicday.org.
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"
And.....there will never be anyone else who's plays it quite so sweetly.....!!
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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Guitar of the Day: 2004 Gibson Custom Shop Firebird I Cardinal Red
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Kristian Daley: "Testing out my new Fender Tele"
Kristian Daley: "Testing out my new Fender Tele"
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!
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Guitar of the Day 1965 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst
Guitar of the Day: Nothing better than an old Strat.....today it's a 1965 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster
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Fender Exotic Acoustasonic Stratocaster Cocobolo (follow up)
"We told you it'd happen! We're back with a follow up to our Fender Ziricote Exotic Acoustasonic Stratocaster video, this time with Cocobolo! A beautiful tone wood both sonically and aesthetically, these Cocobolo Acoustasonic boast all of the versatility you've come to expect from Fender's hybrid line, with 10 unique and blend-able voicings, with the upgrade of a hardshell case. We're talkin' bout cocobolo, forest management, Better Call Saul and more. Check out our video to see what sounds this limited guitar can make, and let us know if you prefer the Ziricote or Cocobolo versions!
The TRUTH-What it REALLY MEANS to be a PRO Musician.
"Here’s a new YouTube video where I discuss all the ways that being a guitar player is both fun, AND hard work, at the same time. The fun part of this video? I play one of my favorite Funk songs from the 70s —Billy Preston’s Outa Space." click the INFO button for Tim's Masterclass
Update: Friday, Nov 20, 2020: PRS ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION POWDER BLUE SE PARLOR ACOUSTICS
PRS Guitars today announced a Limited Edition SE parlor acoustic in Powder Blue just in time for the 2020 holiday season. This Limited Edition maintains all the original appointments of the PRS SE P20E with the addition of a striking blue solid-mahogany top paired with its natural mahogany back and sides. Fewer than 1,000 of these guitars will be available worldwide. PRS Guitars has long been known for its solid-body electric instruments, but PRS proudly announced its first-ever Parlor acoustic guitars this past May. The PRS P20 and P20E are parlor-sized acoustics with big presence. Featuring PRS hybrid “X”/Classical bracing, which allows the top to freely vibrate, the SE parlors project with bold, even tone. These guitars boast all-mahogany construction, and have an organic, warm voice. Their smaller size makes playing for hours effortless and comfortable. “The SE parlor acoustics have been received very well by players at all levels, and from their inception, we thought this would be a good platform to have a bit of fun with color,” said Jack Higginbotham, PRS COO. “From Davy Knowles to PRS Pulse Artist Sophia Gripari to thousands of players at home, these guitars offer a new and unique tool for writing, home-recording, and getting lost in playing for hours without ending up with a sore strumming shoulder.” High-quality features include a solid mahogany top, ebony fretboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, as well as PRS trademark bird inlays and headstock design. PRS SE Parlor acoustics come with a high-quality gig bag and are strung with 12-53 strings. The Limited Edition PRS SE P20E Powder Blue also comes standard with a Fishman GT1 pickups system. Plug in, and this system delivers dynamic, organic tone. Whether writing, recording, or performing, the SE P20E is sure to impress. Parlor-sized acoustics can be miscategorized because of their size, but, this electronics system features an undersaddle pickup and soundhole mounted preamp with easy-to-access volume and tone controls, which transforms what some may consider a “couch-only guitar” into a workhorse stage instrument. click the INFO button for more.