Archive for September, 2009

Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars now at Amazon

Paul Reed Smith (PRS) guitars are now available at Amazon.com. Amazon has being carrying a line of guitars for awhile now, but for the most part the guitars they stocked were low-end models. With the addition of the PRS guitars they are obviously trying to attract a more serious guitarist.  They don’t see to carrying the higher end models but the SE line. But, these guitars have received good reviews and seem to be good value for the price ($500 -$700 range)

PRS are beautiful guitars, although like anything, not everyone cares for them. However, Mark Tremonti, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks can all be wrong.

Check out the PRS page at Amazon by clicking here.

Guitarist TV

There is now a channel for guitarists: Guitarist TV. If you are a guitarist, you’ll love it. You can watch online, on TV or on your i-phone or other mobile device.

Guitarist TV was founded by professional South African guitarist Mike de Jager and originally launched as an online video channel in 2006 by guitar legend Joe Satriani.

GDBTV co-founder and COO David Wray took a personal interest in Guitarist TV and launched the channel in it’s present format .

How to get Guitarist TV on your Television Set.

Country Network Website
United Kingdom Something TV www.Something.info
Canada IP Qube TV www.IPQube.com
USA SuncasTV www.SuncasTV.com

How to get Guitarist TV on your mobile or cell phone:  http://www.yamgo.mobi/guitarist/channel

Here’s a sample video (Albert Lee – recorded on June 26, 2009):

United Breaks Guitars Song 2

United Breaks Guitars Song 2 video has been released by Dave Carroll and the Sons of Maxwell.

Of course, this is a follow-up to the original United Breaks Guitars music video. You should probably watch the first video first in order to get the context. While not as hilarious as the original video, in my opinion, it still works. They went all out on this one. A huge production, relatively speaking.

Bill Wyman, the former bass player for the Rolling Stones has slammed simulation video games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band. He feels that it is leading to more and more people not getting involved with real instruments.

As reported on the NME blog , the criticism comes today (September 8 ) – the eve of the release of ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’ computer game, which allows players to play along with the Liverpool legends’ back catalogue through their consoles.

“It encourages kids not to learn, that’s the trouble,” Wyman told BBC News. “It makes less and less people dedicated to really get down and learn an instrument. I think it’s a pity so I’m not really keen on that kind of stuff.”

You can read the full article here.

As many of you may know, the great guitar inventor and guitarist Les Paul passed away on August 12th at the age of 94. Considered to be the “inventor of the electric guitar”, Les Paul kept up an active performing career until his last days.

“He was one of the most stellar human beings I’ve ever known,” Slash posted on Twitter , referring to Paul as his “friend and mentor.” Progressive guitarist Joe Satriani released a statement that reads, “Les Paul set a standard for musicianship and innovation that remains unsurpassed. He was the original guitar hero, and the kindest of souls.”

You can read more at Rolling Stone.

Here’s a book that you might want to check out if you are interested in finding out more about Les Paul.

The Early Years of the Les Paul Legacy 1915-1963

Journey through the career of musical giant, milestone guitarist, and recording innovator Les Paul, and marvel at the world of cutting-edge guitar design! This book, along with its companion book The Modern Era of the Les Paul Legacy 1968-2007 (Fall 2008) emerged out of author Robb Lawrence’s years of research, interviews, extensive vintage archives (including original Les Paul/Mary Ford articles, press photos, music and recordings), and gorgeous original photography. It’s all here: the factory pictures, the designers, the electronics; the first experimtela “Log” and “Clunker” guitars, stories of the various Goldtops, the humbucking pickup evolution, and over 80 pages dedicated to the heralded ’50s “Sunburst” Standard. Exclusive interviews with Les Paul, as well as Michael Bloomfield and Jeff Beck. A beautiful and insightful book on a legendary inventor, musician and his partnership with Gibson to make the world’s most-cherished electric guitar.

About the Author
Prominent guitar expert, player and photojournalist Robb Lawrence wrote the original byline for Guitar Magazine’s popular ‘Rarebird’ column on vintage guitars. He began his association with Les Paul in 1972 and has been his West Coast concert tech for many memorable shows. Their association has included work on The Wizard of Waukesha, a 1978 film about Les Paul and the recent 2001 Grammys tribute film.

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