Join Gbase at Dallas International Guitar Festival

The Gbase team is gearing up for the 2015 Dallas International Guitar Festival.  Join us May 29th – 31st for one of the best shows in the country! Event organizers claim that the show is both the biggest and oldest guitar show in the world.  The 38th annual six-string extravaganza brings musicians, fans, celebrities and collectors together to buy, sell and trade new and vintage guitars and equipment. Besides more than 140,000 square feet of display space,      the event also features four indoor and outdoor stages.  Dozens of local and regional bands are scheduled to play. Make sure you stop by the Gbase booth for some great giveaways and prizes!  We’ll see you there! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.guitarshow.com .  Read More →

Portraits of the World’s Most Storied Rock Guitars

Portraits of the World’s Most Storied Rock Guitars

*This post was originally published by www.boingboing.net Most of the guitarists, bassists, and mandolin players in photographer Jay Blakesberg’s just released gem of a new book, Guitars That Jam: Portraits of the World’s Most Storied Rock Guitars, are members of bands that use rock, bluegrass, the blues, and R&B as launch pads for improvisational jams. But one artist stands apart from this group – Willie Nelson – who posed for Blakesberg in 2014 at the Lockin’ Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia with his famously beat-up classical guitar. Nelson calls his 1969 Martin N-20 “Trigger,” after the horse ridden by matinee idol Roy Rogers, but with all due respect to the red-headed stranger, Willie doesn’t quite get the metaphor right. Comparing his guitar, as well as... [Read more]

How Eddie Van Halen Hacks a Guitar

How Eddie Van Halen Hacks a Guitar

*This story was originally published in Popular Mechanics I’ve always been a tinkerer. It comes from my dad. Growing up, we lived in a house in Pasadena that had no driveway. You used an alley that ran through the middle of the block, behind all the houses, to get to your backyard or the garage. Well, the neighbor behind us had a U-Haul trailer up on car jacks and loaded with cinder block. One night my dad came home from a gig at three in the morning. He had a little heat going, he’d had a few drinks, so he says, “This thing is blocking me from getting in again.” So he got out of the car and tried to move it. As soon as he lifted the trailer, the jack fell over, and it chopped his finger off. This was a problem. Besides the obvious reasons, he played clarinet and... [Read more]

PRS Shows Mathematics of Rock Guitar Has Many Applications

PRS Shows Mathematics of Rock Guitar Has Many Applications

*This story was originally published by Forbes.com Paul Reed Smith was not content with just perfecting guitars used by rock & roll stars like Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro, John McLaughlin, and many others. After spending two decades building the instruments and improving on their design (through his Maryland-based PRS Guitars)—Smith is now focused on the waveforms, meaning the shapes of the signals, that guitars produce. He’s developing a mathematically-based way of extracting undetected data from those waveforms , as well as unseen data from digital images. Experts from the U.S. Navy and Johns Hopkins like what they see and have formed partnerships with him, to try and apply his algorithms in both the defense and medical industries. Those in the rock music tech sector need... [Read more]

George Harrison’s ’63 Maton Sells for $480K

George Harrison’s ’63 Maton Sells for $480K

*This post was originally published by Rolling Stone on May 17, 2015 (FILES): This May 11, 2015 file photo shows musician George Harrison’s Mastersound Electric Guitar on display during a press preview at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. The guitar played by Harrison in the Beatles’ early days, previously on display in a British museum, goes on auction in New York on May 15, 2015, valued at $400,000 to $600,000. The electric guitar is the two-day auction’s star item, amid hundreds of possessions once owned by rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest stars, which auctioneers hope will rake in millions. AFP PHOTO / Files / JEWEL SAMAD George Harrison‘s Maton Mastersound guitar, used during the Beatles’ live performances in the summer of 1963, sold for... [Read more]

Vigier Promotes Smoke-Free World

Vigier Promotes Smoke-Free World

VIGIER GUITARS’ VISION OF A SMOKE-FREE WORLD Vigier is proud to introduce its first foray into the world of “Tobacco Bursts” with the Anti-Tobacco Matte finish. A matte finish featuring an understated two tone burst, the name comes from our vision of a smoke-free world. Vigier says they couldn’t name any product of theirs after such a harmful and dangerous product. So they took the opposite approach. This new finish will be displayed at Winter NAMM 2015 on an Excess Original 5-String. Vigier is best known as the pioneer of carbon fiber technology in guitar design. For more info on Vigier Guitars: http://www.vigierguitars.com/    Read More →

Weapon Of Choice

Weapon Of Choice

Stratocaster (via npr) Quick: Name an American product that’s had a worldwide impact, is more popular than ever, yet still looks the same as it did when it was introduced more than a half-century ago? Here’s a hint: It might be the only musical instrument whose fame rivals that of the people who’ve played it. (read on at NPR)    Read More →

Meet Michael Rudes of Vintage Guitar Gallery

Meet Michael Rudes of Vintage Guitar Gallery

  Meet Michael Rudes, owner of Vintage Guitar Gallery of Long Island. Let’s find out more about Michael, his interests in music and gear, and his impressive New York-based shop. How and when did you get started in the guitar business? I started thinking about opening a business in 2012 and by 2013 opened my first store at 1016 Grand Boulevard in Deer Park. After having a successful first year in business I started talking with Chris Briggs from Briggs Music in Huntington about a possible partnership between our two shops. In July of 2014 I began moving my inventory over to a specially designed climate controlled space within Briggs Music located at 764B Park Avenue in Huntington, New York. Are you a guitar player or a collector yourself? I am both a player and a collector.... [Read more]

Michael Staertow: Rockin’ with a Jukebox Hero

Michael Staertow: Rockin’ with a Jukebox Hero

Meet Michael Staertow, guitarist with former Foreigner frontman, Lou Gramm. The Rochester, New York-based guitarist tells us about his influences as a player and his choices in gear. He also fills us in on how he landed this amazing gig and what it’s like backing up one of the greatest voices in rock. What inspired you to start playing guitar and who were you main influences? Growing up, my Uncle Tony played guitar at family get-togethers, and I was always drawn in to how passionate he became when he got into that “zone” as he sang and played through his repertoire. My maternal grandmother was a really big Elvis fan, and she always encouraged me to take up guitar to be able to sing and play like Elvis. But it wasn’t until eighth grade that I had to take either guitar or piano... [Read more]

Seymour Duncan Unveils NYC Bass Pickups

Seymour Duncan Unveils NYC Bass Pickups

Press Release Santa Barbara, CA (July 10, 2014) — Like the soapbar pickups found in some of the world’s finest handcrafted basses, the NYC uses the same dual coil J-type pickup design with a double row of exposed Alnico pole pieces. The four conductor cable allows for three wiring modes which provide a wide variety of tonal options: Wire the pickup in parallel mode for a slightly thickened, hum-canceling single coil sound. Wire it in series mode for high output with maximum punch and fullness. Or wire it in single coil mode for true vintage Jazz Bass sound. The Alnico 2 rod pole pieces provide a punchy and focused tone with a natural and smooth upper midrange. Compared to an active soapbar, the tone is warmer and more organic. The NYC design provides a more even volume with... [Read more]