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YOU WILL NEVER FEEL THE SAME ABOUT THE CELLO

We ran across these very talented guys and want to share them with you.  You won’t want to miss this.  Be sure to check some of their other videos while you’re there!

 

2Cellos

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EPIPHONE

Epiphone has a new model guitar out.   Go here to see it.  It looks a lot like a vintage Gibson parlor guitar.

The Summer has been great.  I’ve learned a lot of new stuff and I hope you have, too.  As Fall approaches, get ready for those fireside jam sessions and enjoy yourself!

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HERE’S MY LATEST TOOL OF THE TRADE

I love my latest toy!  I’ve wanted one of these for a long time.  First of all, I needed a banjo I could easily haul around for teaching.   Secondly, I wanted something I could keep at hand without the worry of exposing a much more expensive banjo to the daily bumps and grinds of constant practice and handling.  This Deering Goodtime  is the answer for me.  It not only plays like a much more expensive banjo, the sound is nothing less than incredible.  It has the brightness and bounciness you want, but is just a little more subdued than it’s heavier brothers.  I’m having a blast with it and it’s working out great for all my new banjo students.

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ESP GUITARS CELEBRATES 35 YEARS

ESP Guitars is celebrating 35 years with a new web site.  Check it out here.

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MY LATEST GUITAR

I’ve been very busy, but, I want to share my new guitar with you all.  I wanted a nice, economical electric guitar to use at the shop and in my studio for teaching.  I found one and am very pleased with it.  It handles great, sounds fantastic and it’s nice looking.  It’s an ESP H 51 and you can see it here.

I have the electric blue, but, it also comes in red.  I’m having a blast with it.  Next up will be a Deering banjo.  I’ll let you know when that one makes it home.

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IT’S NOT A HAPPY DAY FOR GIBSON GUITARS

We will have to wait and see what becomes of this.

Gibson factory raided

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IT’S ALL HOW YOU LOOK AT IT

I guess when you’re driving a round speaker, it doesn’t matter what shape the cabinet is really – but I’m just used to seeing big square / rectangular stacks and these triangles are a little different. JPH

I agree with JP, after 30 plus years in the business looking at the same square boxes, it is a little hard to get used to, but, if it plays, it plays.  Check out these 3rd Power Amplification Systems

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REFLECTING ON LES PAUL

This interview with Les Paul in 1992 is a treasure and should make every guitar player who walks into a music store humbled at the array of “toys” he provided us. He glided over his adversities with the same grace he played guitar and that is a gift to us all.

 

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CHECKING OUT SOME BANJOS AT WILDWOOD MUSIC

Yesterday, we took a short trip up to Coschocton, Ohio, to visit Wildwood Music.  I wanted to check out some Deering banjos since I have played them before and was impressed.  I was looking for something a little less expensive than my current banjo so I can use it for instruction at the shop.

We had a lot of fun browsing all the guitars, banjos and auto harps.   Don and Marty were very gracious and had some great stories from their trip to Elkins, West Virginia.  Missing Daybreak also has some good stories from their visit to  Elkins.  In fact, Something Blue was written there while the Cheat River was rising one night.  Check out WildwoodMusic

 

Rick playing deering smaller

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ROOT BEER ANYONE?

Once again, one of my top researchers, JP, has found an interesting guitar for us to ponder.  It makes me long for a frosty root beer and it is kind of pretty.  Check it out here

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