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The Ultimate Guide to the Fab Four's Sound

Posted by Gbase Team on Nov 18, 2015 10:13:50 AM

Beatles fans rejoice! Andy Babiuk, the pre-eminient expert on equipment used by The Beatles, is releasing a new book about the Fab Four.

Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio is the most detailed account of the band and the equipment they used, on-stage and in the studio. The landmark book documents how the Beatles achieved their sound in an easy-to-read narrative, fully illustrated with many previously unseen photographs, a cache of rare memorabilia, and a unique collection of specially photographed instruments used by the Beatles.

Gbase sat down with the author, musician, producer, founding member of the Chesterfield Kings and boutique guitar shop owner to talk about the book, the Beatles and his own band.

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Topics: Featured, Gear News, Meet the Dealer

10 Questions with GrinningElk Music Company

Posted by Gbase Team on Oct 12, 2015 9:26:14 AM

We put Ray Maudlin, one half of the dynamic duo at GrinningElk Music Company, in the hot seat for the inaugural edition of 10 Questions. Maudlin and his business partner, Lee Jackson, started GrinningElk almost a decade ago.  Although they take their instruments very seriously, it's clear they're also having a lot of fun.  They carry some truly exceptional pieces and write some of the most entertaining descriptions on all of

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Topics: Featured, Meet the Dealer

Signed Grateful Dead Guitar Brings in More Than $500,000 for Charity

Posted by Gbase Team on Jul 20, 2015 1:07:13 PM

An electric guitar played on stage by the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir sold for $526,000 during the band's incredible Fare Thee Well concert in Chicago. The commemorative D'Angelico six-string, which Weir played during the band's June 28th show in Santa Clara, California, was signed by all four Dead members, along with Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti. 

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A Tribute to Les Paul

Posted by Gbase Team on Jul 20, 2015 1:06:08 PM

Les Paul, the man who lent his name to what has become the definitive rock' n 'roll guitar, would have turned 100 this year.  Nicknamed the Wizard of Waukesha, the musician and inventor changed music forever when he introduced the solid-body electric guitar.

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Long Lost Lennon Guitar to Hit Auction Block

Posted by Gbase Team on Jul 20, 2015 1:05:13 PM

Come November John Lennon's 1962 jumbo J-160E Gibson acoustic guitar could have a new owner. Julien's Auctions announced the famous guitar will be auctioned off this November in California.

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Tony Iommi Searching for Next Guitar Star

Posted by Gbase Team on Jul 20, 2015 1:04:25 PM

Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath's legendary axeman, is joining the cast of Guitar Star, a new U.K. talent competition. The guitarist will act as a mentor to the show's contestants along with Lee Ritenour and Rodrigo y Gabriela. The winner of the nine-week competition, which premieres June 9th on the Sky Arts Channel, will play on the main stage at the Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Suffolk from July 16 - 19. Iommi says he's looking for a guitarist "who plays from the soul" as opposed "to somebody learning every single note and getting everything perfect." Check out this clip to hear more of what Iommi thinks makes a great guitarist.
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