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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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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Jacob Petersen and RedPlate Amps

March 22, 2009 at 3:33 am (Guitar Stuff, Music) (, , , , , )

Cool vids of Jacob Petersen showcasing RedPlate Amps. RedPlate are boutique amps but not an overwhelming boutique price tag, like Dumble. Current prices (at the time of writing) start at around $1500. But watch this video. Jacob Petersen is really, really good.

I found these vids at this blog post – Strat-O-Blogger goes into a bit more detail about the gear that’s being used.

http://stratoblogster.blogspot.com/2009/03/redplate-amps-size-of-fight-in-dog.html

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Big Music Retailers and Their Nefarious Ways

March 20, 2009 at 5:09 am (Guitar Stuff, Personal Stuff) (, )

http://theguitarist.wordpress.com/2006/08/18/why-i-dislik-guitar-center/

While I was reading in the blogosphere this past week, i came across this interesting article. This particular blogger had enough with the nefarious ways of the big music gear retailers online. Obviously he’s named one in particular, but there are others that can be just as frustrating.

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I don’t have a problem with large companies or corporate America. I have a problem when those companies sacrafice service for efficiency to try to save a buck. Just like HP and Dell having customer service centers outside of the US, these companies shove you through the press to get your order and forget you once you’re on the other side, other than to let you know about a new promotion.

Now I know what you’re saying… “I had a great experience!” I’m not saying tey’re horrible all the time. They have their moments and glimmers of hope, but mostly because of outstanding individuals who’d be that way no matter where they worked.

All I’m saying is that there are alternatives out there for buying guitars, strings, gear, etc. online. I found these guys and they really try hard to take care of you. A lot of their more expensive stuff has free shipping and they just really try to make it easy when buying stuff. So, I try to let folks know – there are alternatives!

Anyway, check out his post and leave a comment about what you think about the giant retailers.

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Spring Clean Those Fender Guitars

March 19, 2009 at 6:48 am (Fender, Guitar Stuff) (, , )

Found this handy blog post about Spring Cleaning for your guitars. Is it Spring yet? Anyway, just wanted to share it with everyone. Some of it’s pretty basic knowledge, but it kinda kicked me in the butt to get to cleaning my gear… sometimes I fall behind.

http://abclearnguitar.blogspot.com/2009/03/guitar-spring-cleaning.html

For all the Fender fanboys, you may wanna check this out: http://www.playground-music.biz/p-1020-fender-electric-survival-pack-maint-kit.aspx

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