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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Ukelele Time: Taimane Gardner – Young Ukelele Star

March 22, 2009 at 4:18 am (Awesome Artists, Cool and Strange Guitars, Music) (, )

So, call this blog anything you want, but at at least I’m eclectic. I stumbled across this amazing young artist who is popularizing a unique instrument, the Ukelele. This girl’s from Hawaii and is already traveling around the Pacific and West Coast of the US.

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Joe Satriani’s SatchZone

March 22, 2009 at 3:54 am (Awesome Artists) (, )

Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani’s SatchZone are video lessons (some in HD) by the master himself. Thanks to The Practice Room for giving out an awesome promo code for a great discount on your first lesson. Be sure to visit The Practice Room before you sign up!

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The Irish Girl by Adrian Legg

March 22, 2009 at 2:58 am (Awesome Artists, Music) (, , )

Amazing video of an amazing guitar player, Adrian Legg, playing The Irish Girl live. Like I said, he’s a phenomenal player and an inspirational writer. He chooses chords unexpectedly yet fittingly and structures his music in an understandable way, even to the casual listener. If you like music or guitar, you’ll love this vid!

You can find out more about Adrian Legg at http://www.adrianlegg.com/

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