Monthly Archives: December 2012

Mike Auldridge, Noted Dobroist, Passes


Mike Auldridge, widely acknowledged as one of the premier resophonic guitar players of his era, died December 29 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 73. Auldridge was a founding member of the Seldom Scene, which fused bluegrass with other forms of pop music, and (more…)

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Kay Vintage Reissue Offers K775/K5970


Kay Vintage Reissue Guitar Company’s K775V Double Cutaway Electric is a reissue of the 1961 model. It has 15 1/4” body with a maple veneer, two Gold K pickups, Bigsby vibrato, adjustable set neck, nickel Grover tuning machines, Kay “Kelvinator” headstock chevron, rosewood fingerboard with sharkfin (more…)

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Dwight Twilley

Green Blimp
Big Oak Records

Dwight Twilley writes perfect power pop songs with hints of the Beatles and other ’60s rock bands. He also has a knack for writing lyrical hooks – try to sing his ’70s hit “I’m On Fire” then get it out of your head… Here, he (more…)

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Weber Speakers Moves to Bigger Space


Weber Speakers recently moved into a new building in its home town of Kokomo, Indiana. The building has 12,000 square feet dedicated to manufacturing, speakers, cabinets, and amps, and – for the first time – a place where customers can give a good listen to their product. “This is really the first time we’ve had […]

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T-Rex Upgrades Moller, Sweeper Effects


The T-Rex Effects Møller 2 analog overdrive has a more-durable Voice toggle switch and easier-to-read control knob graphics. The Sweeper 2 chorus gives bassists easier-to-read control graphics and an upgraded algorithm. Visit t-rex-effects.com. (more…)

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AER Updates Compact 60

AER C 60 copy

The Audio Electric Research (AER) Compact-60/3 has a cabinet made of 12-millimeter Finnish birch plywood and has slightly re-voiced overtones compared to earlier models. See more at musiquip.com. (more…)

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Jim Hall

CTI/Masterworks Jazz
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There’s never been a time when Jim Hall wasn’t at the top of his game. From his days as a member of the Jimmy Giuffre 3 and Chico Hamilton Quintet, collaborations with Bill Evans, and sideman stints with Ella Fitzgerald, Hampton Hawes, Art Farmer, and Sonny Rollins in the ’50s and ’60s to 50-plus years […]

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Gruhn Guitars Planning Move


Gruhn Guitars is preparing to move. In early 2013, the company will begin renovations on new space at 2120 8th Avenue South in Nashville, with plans to open in late spring. Until then, the store will remain open at 400 Broadway. “We are looking forward to (more…)

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Esparza Joins Premier Builders Guild


Premier Builders Guild (PBG) announced today that Art Esparza has joined the company and will work with Gene Baker and his team at its workshop in Arroyo Grande, California. He will focus on the USA Masterbuilt reissues PBG is producing for D’Angelico Guitars, the first of which (more…)

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Grant Dermody

Lay Down My Burden
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Harmonica whiz Dermody is the honcho on this tribute to the real roots of modern blues and popular music, and he employs a host of fine guitarists to help. Dermody is smart enough to make sure things work organically; no one crowds anyone else. The (more…)

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