’59 Fender Bassman – Fender Amps Sound Sweet

April 22, 2009 at 5:47 am (Fender, Great Gear) (, , , , )

Found a nice quick video of a sweet sounding ’59 Fender Bassman… thought I’d share!

Did I mention I love Fender Amps? 🙂

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The Leslie G37 Guitar Amp from Hammond

April 6, 2009 at 5:31 am (Awesome Artists, Great Gear, Guitar Stuff, Music) (, , , )

I’ve always loved the organ… one of the oldest instruments in modern music that is so crucial and instrumental (pun intended), but so often overlooked and unnoticed. One of its most unique characteristics, however, doesn’t come from the instrument itself. It comes from how it’s sound is reproduced: an amplifier known as a Leslie, created by Don Leslie in the ’40s… yeah, the 1940s.

What makes this amp unique is its rotating speakers… yeah, speakers that spin. The rotation simulates a vibrato effect (which is actually a Doppler effect) and gives it a very unique sound. Guitar players really dug the sound and started hooking up their guitars to these cabs.

Up till now, hooking up your guitar to a Leslie has been difficult and clunky, but Hammond, the owner of the Leslie brand, has created the Leslie G37, a Vibratone amp created specifically for guitar players, and it sounds amazing. Check out the two vids below and tell me what you think.

The Guitar player in the vids is Grammy-winning writer Jim Peterik. You may know a few of his songs like, Eye of the Tiger from Survivor and Vehicle from Ides of March. I’ve included a couple of his those vids below, too.

Jim Peterik on the The Leslie G37 Guitar Amp (1 of 2)

Jim Peterik on the The Leslie G37 Guitar Amp (2 of 2)

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Vehicle by Ides of March

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Prince Live on Jay Leno Throwing Down on a Fender Stratocaster

April 4, 2009 at 6:38 am (Awesome Artists, Fender, Guitar Stuff, Music) (, , )

While I’m not Prince’s biggest fan, I sure do admire his current marketing efforts for his latest offerings. And I was surprised to see him on Leno playing… a Fender Stratocaster. That’s right, no purple monster… just a Fender Strat. Check out the video. Be sure to hit the HQ button.

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John Mayer Rippin a Fender Strat

April 4, 2009 at 5:54 am (Awesome Artists, Fender, Music) (, , )

I’m an absolute huge fan of John Mayer for a number of reasons. Sure, many of his songs are pop melodies designed to sell records. But for every song that’s meant to sell he’s got a handful that’s meant to move. I love it that he performs without any thought of how his performance is perceived… he plays just to play. At least that’s how it appears… maybe it’s all show business, but being a musician, I can pretty much guarantee it’s not.

Here’s John Mayer playing Belief, a really cool song off Continuum. This is from Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007. Love the solo – you can literally feel it.

Here’s another video of Belief with an interview. Pretty cool.

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Sweet Vintage Fender Amp: ’64 Fender Princeton Reverb

April 4, 2009 at 4:56 am (Fender, Great Gear, Guitar Stuff) (, , , , , )

So I’m kind of a vintage guitar lover… I’m no expert, that’s for sure, but there’s something cool about seeing and hearing old guitars. I came across this video of a ’64 SG thru a ’64 Fender Princeton Reverb and wow… what a tone. Needless to say, I was impressed. I’m a Strat lover, but that SG sounds great! Cheers!

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My Source for Fender Guitars Makes Upgrades

April 1, 2009 at 3:40 am (Personal Stuff)

So, I was parusing the web today when i visited the online store where I get all my Fender Gear including strings and such. They upgraded their Fender page a bit and hopefully, it’s a sign of things to come. These folks are great people and really, really knowledgable. Check ’em out:

http://www.playground-music.biz/c-119-fender-showcase.aspx

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