Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dallas Amp & Custom Guitar Show


May 31 – June 1, at the Embassy Suites Love Field, 3880 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX. For more info, contact Loni Specter (818) 992-0745, loni@ampshow.com, ampshow.com. (more…)

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The Autumn Defense


Wilco’s bassist John Stirratt and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone steal some time from their day jobs and step out with their appropriately titled fifth long-player under the Autumn Defense moniker. Fifth captures ’70s AM-drenched, hook-laden tunes in the vein of pop masters like the Beatles, (more…)

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Dog Days Vintage Unveils Ukulele/Mandolin Straps


Dog Days Vintage Guitar Straps’ handmade ukulele/mandolin straps are hand-made in California with thick vintage and vintage-style designer fabrics that cover both sides of the strap. They extend between 30″ and 52″, measure 1.5″ , have wide-cut leather end tabs, all-metal hardware, and include a (more…)

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Eastwood Offers Ellis Signature MandoTenor


Eastwood Guitars and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis are offering the Warren Ellis Signature MandoTenor, an electric doubleneck that fuses  the company’s Ellis Tenor guitar with its four-string Mandocaster. It has a carved alder body with a 14”-scale mandolin and a 23”-scale tenor and uses a (more…)

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Paul Nelson

Main Man to the Blues Man

Paul Nelson is not only Johnny Winter’s second guitarist, but the blues icon’s musical director, producer, songwriter, and – many say – life saver. Fans who have recently seen Winter will attest to Nelson’s guitar prowess and ability to complement Winter. The resulting fireworks provide some of (more…)

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Bruce and Butter


It would be an understatement to say that REO Speedwagon bassist Bruce Hall and his 1965 Fender Jazz Bass, dubbed “Butter,” have been through a lot. Born and raised in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Hall, who has been with the band for more than 30 years, acquired this mainstay when he was 16. In an ironic twist, […]

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DiPinto Intros TV and Melody Mach Guitars


DiPinto Guitars’ TV and Melody Mach guitars have solid mahogany bodies, bolt-on maple necks with rosewood fretboards, DiPinto’s P-1000 stacked-coil pickup in the bridge position. The pickup is two vintage, dog-eared style coils stacked atop each (more…)

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E-H Offers Deluxe Big Muff, Nano Bass Big Muff


The Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Big Muff is a re-imagined version of the company’s Big Muff Pi, adding a footswitchable Mids section to tailor midrange response. Its Frequency knob allows varying the center frequency of the EQ while the Level control sets the amount of boost (more…)

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Jetpack Soundtrack

Maryland’s Lionize has concocted an appealing blend of Deep Purple-style heavy rock, reggae, and sci-fi imagery. With a musical vision that began on 2005’s Danger My Dear and reaching a creative peak on 2011’s Superczar and the Vulture, Lionize is a tenacious, hard-working band with moxie and (more…)

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Gene Ludwig – Pat Martino Trio

Young Guns

With four solo albums under his belt, Pat Martino was considered one of the ’60s most exciting new jazz guitar voices. As the decade ended, the 23-year-old was a third of an organ trio led by 30-year-old B-3 virtuoso Gene Ludwig. Tapes (more…)

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