Much Respect for LP – A number of stars in the guitar universe are lining up to pay tribute to
Les Paul at his regular Monday night Iridium gig in NYC: Zakk Wylde, Vernon Reid, John Jorgenson,
Jeff Baxter, Stanley Jordan and Martin Taylor. How High the Moon, indeed.
Convenient Battery Compartments – Cheers to the growing number of effects
manufacturers using easy-access battery compartments. There’s no reason we should be using
screwdrivers to change batteries in 2010.
John Mayer Loses It – After using the “N-word” in a Playboy interview (among other
gratuitously controversial statements), Mayer broke down on stage at a Nashville concert
saying, “I just want to play my guitar.” Funny, that’s all we want you to do, too.
Ticketmaster/Live Nation Merger – The Justice Department has finally approved the
merger of the ticket selling/artist management and concert promotion behemoths. It’s too
early to tell if this new beast of a vertically-aligned entertainment juggernaut, called Live
Nation Entertainment, is a good thing for both artists and music fans.
Abbey Road Studio on Thin Ice – EMI denied rampant rumors that they were putting
Abbey Road Studio for sale, but admitted they were looking for financial help. On February 23,
the British government granted protected status as a historical building. Still nervous from the
seemingly close call, we’re crossing our fingers that we’ve heard the last of the rumors.
WEBWHISPERS A sampling of what we’ve heard on premierguitar.com in the past month
“…Its about time the guitar
public were made aware
of the fact that not all rack
gear was poorly made or
“I know this will freak some people out but lowering the
single coil pickups on a Strat will help your tone immensely
and give you more sustain. Less magnetic pull lets the strings
vibrate freely. Just turn up the amp or a boost pedal to get
more volume. Try it, you’ll like it.”
“i like pie.
roger fritz makes
– rodrigo, on “Roger Fritz:
Helping Resurrect the Classic
Kay Guitar Line,” March 2010
– Home, on “Back in the Rack: The Return
of Lee Jackson’s GP-1000,” March 2010
– Epidrake, on “The Art of Pickup
Adjustment,” March 2010
“There is NO such thing as the perfect guitar sound.
Matter of fact the perfect guitar sound doesnt exist
on its own. A sound or tone is only perfect with in the
context of a song that creates the perfect mood that
you as the listener can identify with. You may even fall
in love with that moment, and when you play guitar
with that tone you are associating the two. but over
time as you grow and more tones comes your way
your create YOU. A truly gifted guitar player knows
different tones they know when and how to use them
to evoke emotion from you (and sell records).”
“Picked one of these little beau-
ties up yesterday. Plugged it
into my Mac and was jamming in
about 10 minutes. Like having a
gig 24/7. Awesome.”
– Allan Verrey, on “Boss eBand JS- 8
Review,” March 2010
“nice!. i got a harmony rocket,
a kay archtop electric and a
cool silvertone parlor guitar!”
– Kmac, on “The Psychology of Tone, February 2010
– Charlie Shea, on “Funky, Cheap Electrics:
Formerly Low End Kitsch... Now Cool
Collectibles,” March 2010
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