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Boutique Goes Primetime – It’s been “Spot the Boutique Amp Month” on network TV.
We’ve seen Fuchs, Kasha and 65Amps, among others, holding down backlines, and we love it.
American Idol Loses Its Pop – America favored rock vocalists over the Mariah/
Whitney wannabes in Season 8. And did you see Queen, Kiss and Santana rock the finale?
Maybe this show hasn’t jumped the shark yet.
Guitar Aficionado – After losing Guitar One and 20th Century Guitar, we’re happy
to see a new mag out there; we look forward to the day we can afford that lifestyle.
B.B. King & John Mayall Tour – This would’ve been an “ON” for sure,
but it’s only four dates and they’re all in the UK, so we’re a little bitter.
Guitar Magazines That Don’t Reference Spinal Tap in Every Issue – Whew!
That was close.
Guitar Affair – Gear rental services have been available for pros for years. Now Guitar Affair
brings that to the masses. It’s new, so we’re a little skeptical about selection and wait time.
Ozzy vs. Iommi – Ozzy sues Tommy Iommi for a stake in the Black Sabbath trademark.
Three decades after Ozzy left the band, we can only ask, “Why now?”
WEBWHISPERS A sampling of what we’ve heard on
premierguitar.com in the past month
Skeptical of “reissues”? Why did people stop making them? Easy. Making
short term cost improvements and the typical kinds of model “upgrades”
dictated by a competitive marketplace. The same reason Les Pauls
were made with pancake bodies and poly finishes. So I’d say rather the
opposite: the sheep were the ones lured to what was peddled as the
latest and greatest iron at that point in time. Even the Beatles went all
transistor, didn’t they? Sputniks and all that mod stuff! That was like the
cool thing: “Solid State.” Since then we reflected on our musical history
and discovered that, hey, whoa, we really liked those old records for a
reason. Not everyone, mind you, but some. It’s a conscious decision and
a conscious goal that has nothing to do with wool bearing mammals, and
it’s not everybody’s bag. So if it’s not your bag, that’s cool. But no one is
“amending” the past. To the contrary, we’re recreating it as true to original as possible. We do this because we HAVE learned the lessons of the
past. You’ve got it all backwards, man.
Rick is the
Whether you like him
or not, you have to
appreciate that he uses
the boxes that have his
name on them.
– Thomas Brader, “Rick Nielsen:
His Checkered Past” (June ’09)
– John, “RIFFS: Satriani’s
– trippin, in response to a reissue skeptic on,
“ 45 Degrees of Tone: The JTM 45 Roundup,” (May ‘09)
A 4. 5?? Are you kidding me? This is a 5.0 if anything is.
– troy, “Louis Electric KR- 12 Amp Head & Cab Review” (June ’09)
It is an amazingly un-ergonomic exercise in styling over
function, I mean, they ‘fixed’ the wrong wing of the V, and
that circuit-board string path on the headstock is pretty
laughable. You can’t hang it up in a normal hanger, and as
much as they’ve cut away you still can’t get to the top fret
or two. Even more odd that this cult of mystery could have
formed over it... just goes to show the psyche of collectors. (if it’s rare it must be good!) I’ve got sixty cooler gtrs
designed I can’t get anybody to look at, and this mutant
has a secret army. Still, it’s nicer than the Firebird.
– kerry kruger “Gallery: Gibson Moderne
Through the Ages” (June ’09 Web Exclusive)
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