12/20/2012 1:42 PM
Okay, I'm not a huge fan of "Christmas music" generally, but when I do
listen to it I particularly enjoy the classics, such as Tchaikovsky's The Nutcraker Suite
especially fingerstyle virtuoso Tim Sparks' amazing solo guitar (more
accurately, a "Chema" Requinto made by Enrique Enriquez) version
recorded in 1992.
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12/19/2012 11:44 AM
What do you do when your lifeblood amps are getting raves from major stars for their ability to cop that Big-D tone, but you just can’t bring them in at a price that appeals to the pockets of the greater mass of working players? Simplify, reconfigure, consolidate! And voila, Fuchs’s new Casino Series—four U.S.-made amps designed to snuggle up in the lower end of the boutique range, while still delivering two footswitchable channels and the Dumble-esque overdrive tones that are Fuchs’s bread and butter.
The Four Aces Combo( $1,495 street) and Full House-50 head ($1,795 street) complete a lineup aimed at a range of power requirements. All four are built using the same single circuit board in the same aluminum chassis, and therefore have more in common than not. As a result, these two boast the same controls and features, differing only in their output tubes and variously sized transformers.
The preamp is derived from Fuchs’s flagship, the Overdrive Supreme, and offers a versatile range...
12/17/2012 4:30 PM
Back in early 2011, I had the opportunity to participate in the $100
Guitar Project, initiated by Nick Didkovsky and Chuck O'Meara. As they
"On Oct 20, 2010, Nick Didkovsky and Chuck O'Meara
(that's us) bought a $100 electric guitar from Elderly Instruments. We
did not know what it sounded like or if it even worked, but we were
charmed by its no-name vibe and single bridge pickup that looks like an
Soon, dozens of guitarists had signed on to spend a
week with the instrument, composing and recording a piece of music using
it (see the list of 65 guitarists below).
12/3/2012 9:27 AM
Here's a fresh batch of CDs worthy of your consideration:
Elliott Sharp’s Terraplane
Sky Road Songs
Heading a powerful and tightly knit ensemble that includes the late
Hubert Sumlin (on one track) and poet/vocalist Eric Mingus, Sharp rips,
roars, stomps, and soars on the seventh Terraplane disc, brilliantly
warping traditional blues via visceral grooves, smoking horns, erudite
lyrics, and a jigger of downtown jazz smarts. [Featured Track:
“Dangerous Lands”] Enja.