Rich Johnson Gives Gbase a Sneak Peek of 2015 NY Guitar Expo

Rich Johnson Gives Gbase a Sneak Peek of 2015 NY Guitar Expo

Spring is one of our favorite times of year…and not just because it’s the end of freezing winter temps. It’s also time for The New York Guitar Show and Expo! Now in its 4th year, NYGS has become one of the preeminent shows in the Northeast, showcasing more than 60 vendors and 10,000 square feet of guitars. We recently had the opportunity to talk to our friend, Rich Johnson, who founded the show. This is what he had to say about this year’s event.   Q: The 4th Annual New York Guitar Show and Expo is quickly approaching. What can audiences expect this year? A: First, thanks for the interview opportunity and thanks to Gbase for being our Bronze level sponsor again, now four years running. People can expect a few new surprises and the same high quality show in the same great... [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]

Bob Dylan Lyrics Set Auction Record

Bob Dylan Lyrics Set Auction Record

Bob Dylan’s handwritten draft for “Like a Rolling Stone” was recently sold at auction by Sotheby’s for a record-setting $2 million. This topped the previous record set in 2010 when John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “A Day in the Life” sold for $1.2 million. Dylan’s lyrics were written on stationery from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington. According to Sotheby’s, the lyrics were put up for auction by a man identified only as a fan from California “who met his hero in a non-rock context and bought [the lyrics] directly from Dylan.” Lyrics to another Dylan classic, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” sold for $485,000, according to Reuters, at Sotheby’s first dedicated music history sale in more than a decade.    Read More →

Korg Has a New Vibe!

Korg Has a New Vibe!

Korg recently announced the launch of a modernized classic… the Nu-Vibe — an updated take on the vintage classic. You know the one… This contemporary classic was designed with the help of the original engineer who created the beloved Japanese made modulation-type effect unit that made a blazing debut at the Woodstock festival. The inimitable sound of this distinctive modulation effect has captivated numerous guitarists and audiences. Because only a very small number of the original units exist, and the circuit itself was not accurately understood and its components were difficult to obtain, it was rare for anyone today to have the opportunity to try out the unit that produced these famous sounds. These factors elevated the original to a semi-divine status. Over the years, numerous... [Read more]

Early George Harrison Guitar To Be Auctioned

Early George Harrison Guitar To Be Auctioned

Early George Harrison Guitar To Be Auctioned  A black-and-white 1962 Rickenbacker 425 guitar played by George Harrison on British television before the Beatles’ US invasion is headed to the auction block. The instrument is estimated to bring between $400,000 and $600,000 and will be sold by Julien’s Auctions on May 16-17 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Harrison played the guitar during the Beatles’ 1963 appearances on British TV shows “Ready Steady Go!” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars” prior to the group’s US performances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in February 1964, launching Beatlemania and the British Invasion of rock bands. The instrument was originally purchased in Mount Vernon, Illinois in 1963. Harrison later painted the guitar white and black to match... [Read more]

First 3 Led Zeppelin Albums Newly Remastered

First 3 Led Zeppelin Albums Newly Remastered

First Three Led Zeppelin Albums Newly Remastered By Jimmy Page, Each With An Additional Disc Of Previously Unreleased Companion Audio Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including Limited Edition Super Deluxe Boxed Set, Available June 3 John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came together in 1968 as Led Zeppelin. Over the next decade, the band would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, selling more than 300 million albums worldwide. Their songs are some of the most celebrated in rock ‘n’ roll history that, to this day, resonate with fans young and old around the globe. Still, no matter how many times you may have listened to their music, you’ve never heard Led Zeppelin like this before. With the June 3 release... [Read more]