Altar Stands
Guitar Lifestyle
by Josh
1y ago
David Galvañ recently reached out to let me know about his Kickstarter project to fund his Altar guitar, bass, and amp stand. It looks like the project was funded in the last few days, but there are still a few days to back the project. The combo stand starts at €48. Unfortunately, for those of us in the US, the shipping costs are a little prohibitive at €35, but David is looking for a distribution partner in the US to help lower those costs. Since David and his company are based in Spain, shipping costs are lower to many European countries and starts at €15. As far as the stand goes, I think ..read more
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Eric Johnson and the Electromagnets
Guitar Lifestyle
by Josh
2y ago
In his article Magnetic: Eric Johnson meets the boys from Abilene, Michael Corcoran provides an enlightening glimpse into the early days of Eric Johnson’s musical career, specifically when he gets involved with the group the Electromagnets in the early-to-mid ’70s. While the EJ connection is most relevant to us guitarists, it was interesting to read more about Bill Maddox, who I only knew as one of the drummers Johnson regularly worked with. However, it appears that he was a fairly important figure in the Austin music scene and, apparently, in Dell Computers as an early employee. I think the ..read more
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Paul Reed Smith’s First Guitar with Bird Inlays
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by Josh
2y ago
PRS posted a video earlier this year as part of their From the Archives series discussing the first guitar Paul made with the now iconic bird inlays. It’s interesting that the guitar was originally made for Peter Frampton in 1976 when Paul was just 20 years old. Watch the video below ..read more
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The Derek Trucks Interview by Rick Beato
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by Josh
2y ago
I enjoyed this recent interview that Rick Beato did with Derek Trucks: I think Trucks is one of the most inventive and interesting guitar players of his generation, and it seems like he’s a nice guy as well. I like that he seems to have no pretense about his playing, even though he’s one of the best. In other Derek Trucks-related news, the Tedeschi Trucks Band are in the midst releasing four new albums this year, known collectively as I Am the Moon. So far, they have released three episodes: Episode I Episode II Episode III ..read more
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Carter Vintage Guitars Purchased by The North American Guitar
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by Josh
2y ago
Last week Carter Vintage Guitars announced that they were purchased by The North American Guitar. Carter Vintage Guitars will become part of The North American Guitar and together they will pursue a shared mission to bring the world’s finest guitars and instruments to players, collectors, and enthusiasts worldwide. CVG co-founders Walter and Christie Carter will remain at the helm of the vintage instrument operations from their iconic location in Music City, Tennessee. This is somewhat disappointing to me because Carter Vintage is a local store to me and I think it’s important that independe ..read more
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Visiting the Gibson Garage
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by Josh
3y ago
I wanted to follow up my post from last month when the Gibson Garage opened. I finally had the opportunity to visit the store this past weekend, and I really enjoyed it. The Gibson Garage is a retail store containing the full range of Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer product lines.    I was curious about the Custom Shop experience, and spent some time discussing the process with one of the salespeople. You can customize the entire guitar if you want, including picking your own top from a literal wall of options. If you want to go that route, they pull down a wall containing the wood top ..read more
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Steve Vai on Daniel Donato’s The Lost Highway Podcast
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by Josh
3y ago
Speaking of podcasts, I’ve been digging through Daniel Donato’s The Lost Highway podcast archives, and I really enjoyed Steve Vai’s appearance on the podcast. Like Vai, Daniel is a deep guy and this is a deep discussion that goes way beyond guitar playing. Also, if you’re not familiar with Donato’s playing, he calls his music “Cosmic Country,” which I think is a great way to explain what he’s doing. He’s mixing classic country and Grateful Dead to create his own brand of modern jam band/country music. His most recent album is called A Young Man’s Country and was produced by none other than Ro ..read more
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Julian Lage on No Guitar Is Safe Podcast
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by Josh
3y ago
I really enjoyed Julian Lage’s recent appearance on Jude Gold’s No Guitar Is Safe podcast to promote his recent album Squint. Lage always seems so thoughtful and sincere about his work and his guitar playing. And, he really seems like such a nice guy. If you enjoy excellent guitar playing, definitely check out Squint ..read more
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Wee Stand
Guitar Lifestyle
by Josh
3y ago
The Wee Stand is an interesting new portable music stand by Noisy Clan that launched today on Kickstarter. I’ve had a review unit of the stand for a couple of weeks and what I like about it is that it can go from a table-top stand to a full standing height stand depending on your needs at the moment. I also like how small it gets; it’s small enough to pack in your gig bag or backpack. But, even with its small storage size it can accommodate just about any sheet music or music books you may have. It’s easier to explain how it works in a video, and the company has provided one: Here is th ..read more
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Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Deluxe
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by Josh
3y ago
Today, Seymour Duncan are releasing the Vapor Trail Deluxe, which as its name implies is a deluxe version of their Vapor Trail delay pedal. I haven’t played the original Vapor Trail pedal yet, but the reviews are generally pretty positive. This new version looks like a great upgrade to the pedal, and I’m interested in checking it out, as I’ve never found a delay pedal that I’ve held onto for very long and this one looks like it has some great features. Here’s a video from Seymour Duncan introducing the pedal: Here is their press release for the pedal: SANTA BARBARA, June 17, 2021 – Seymour D ..read more
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