Monthly Archives: December 2012

Guitarist Mike Scaccia Passes


Mike Scaccia, the guitarist for Ministry and Rigor Mortis, died December 22 while onstage with Rigor Mortis at a club in Ft. Worth, Texas. He was 47. Scaccia reportedly asked the club to turn the strobe lights off before he collapsed from an apparent seizure. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Scaccia was a […]

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Angels of Persepolis
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Iranian-born Mehran has mastered flamenco guitar and here uses his skills on a concept album about events in his home country. The music is a mix of jazz, new age, and Iranian. The songs include dazzling solos and a mix of instruments, along with ambient sounds, (more…)

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Lee Dorman, Bassist for Iron Butterfly, Passes


Lee Dorman, bassist for Iron Butterfly, died December 21 at his home. He was 70 and had suffered heart problems. Dorman joined the proto-heavy psychedelic band for its second album, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, the title track of which has long stood as its trademark song. 

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Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

Spread the Love
Stony Plain Records
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Starting like a number of instrumental albums Ronnie Earl has produced over the past 15 years, this one opens with a mid-tempo (Albert Collinspenned) track, then slows for some blues and a cool cover (“Chitlins Con Carne” by Kenny Burrell). But then, (more…)

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The Music of Eddie South
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African-American jazzman Eddie South was known as the Dark Angel of the Violin. His moody compositions and hot solos were influenced strongly by Eastern European Gypsies, with whom he studied. And it was thus little surprise that Django Reinhardt sought him out to play together (more…)

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Embie Concepts Offers Melita-Style Replacement Bridge


The Embie-Matic adjustable bridge is a Melita-style replacement made of high-strength aluminum, with flat pan-head screws. The company offers three base options to choose from, allowing custom applications. Learn more at embieconcepts.com. (more…)

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John McLaughlin

The Promise

By 1996, when this album was originally released, the English guitar virtuoso had already been a member of Tony Williams’ groundbreaking Lifetime and Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew band, further melded jazz with rock as founder of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and then acoustic jazz with (more…)

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GITC Auctions Instruments

GITC auctions instruments.

Guitars in the Classroom, a non-profit organization that trains and equips educators to sing, play guitar, teach, and lead their students in song, is auctioning a Kohala Kanikapila-style concert ukulele and a Fender Classic Vibe Telecaster as part of its “Stars, ­Icons and Legends of The Surfing World” program. The Surf Uke has autographs of […]

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Ravi Shankar Passes

Ravi Shankar passes

Sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, who became a musical icon for a generation of musicians and their followers in the ’60s, died December 11 at a hospital in San Diego. Shankar had been suffering upper-respiratory and heart issues and had recently undergone heart-valve replacement surgery. He (more…)

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Fargen Intros Lennon/Imagine Amps, Effects

Fargen Lennon sig amp

Fargen Amplification’s limited-edition John Lennon Imagine amplifier is built with custom components throughout and finished in gloss-white lacquer with elements of Lennon’s artwork. They use proprietary components, a design that dampens cabinet vibration, a special, acoustically transparent grillecltoh, and Fargen’s Decade Switch, which allows the player to (more…)

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