The older I get, the more I realize that experiencing the guitar at an early age should be an opportunity that everyone shares. I believe that if every person in
The older I get, the more I realize that experiencing the guitar at an early age should be an opportunity that everyone shares. I believe that if every person in this world enjoyed the guitar like we do, the world as we know it would be a much different place. I can remember the experience of trying to form my first band and my first experience interacting with other players. I can also recall sneaking over to the local bad boy’s house – the kid that the whole town referred to simply as “long hair” – to drink Mountain Dew, smoke cigarettes and play guitar! That intrinsically satisfying, youthful excitement generated when learning a new lick, conquering a new scale or simply copping that first groove with a band has become a lifelong addiction.
I can still vividly recall performing at my first junior high talent show and blowing up the school’s Shure Vocal Master PA during my Kiss tribute band’s performance; playing my first club at age 17 and literally having to leave right after the basketball game to get to the club in enough time for the sound check; my very first week-long tour opening for Head East; and recording my first original song and meeting my wife of 22 years while she was working as a waitress at a club where I played near Creighton University. Hang on, there is a moral to this story.
These days, as I settle into a gigging life comprised primarily of acoustic shows, I still feel the youthful excitement of that very first junior high talent show – perhaps illustrating that as we get older we tend to judge time by counting the memories, not by counting the years. I will never play Carnegie Hall or have a private dressing room at Wembley Stadium, but in my twisted mind I am a star, simply because I had the power to dream it, the courage to live it, and now, I have the responsibility to pass it on. I am sure many of you feel the same. Pass it on – give an eight-year-old kid an impromptu guitar lesson at the local music store or coordinate a local fund raising event to purchase guitars for schools. Play a benefit gig for a local retirement home, donate an hour set to the American Cancer Society or play Christmas carols at your local hospital and feel the power of music lift a spirit.
Look at it as another way to “do it yourself,” as this issue of Premier Guitar is proud to celebrate with our inspirational articles of personal tone and chops enrichment – never forget to include yourself as a shareable resource.
If you can dream it, you can live it. Life is short, play more guitar.
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Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters are designed to offer a fat midrange and a smooth top end.
Billy Corgan was looking for something for heavier Smashing Pumpkins songs, so Joe Naylor designed the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One pickup. Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters have a fat midrange and a smooth top end. This pickup combines the drive and sustain of a humbucker with the percussive attack and string clarity of a P90. Get beefy P90 tone plus amp-pummeling output with the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One.
Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level with rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows, and poles under the plain strings offer fatter heights. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile.
Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Z-One Pickup Demo
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Designed for utmost comfort and performance, the Vertigo Ultra Bass is Mono’s answer to those who seek the ultimate gigging experience.
Complete with a range of game-changing design features, such as the patent-pending attachable FREERIDE Wheel System, premium water-resistant and reflective materials, shockproof shell structure and improved ergonomic features, the Vertigo Ultra Bass takes gear protection to the next level.
The Vertigo Ultra Bass features:
- Patent-pending FREERIDE Wheel System that allows for wheels to be attached on the case in no time, giving you the option to travel with it seamlessly
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- Improved ergonomics and functionality including added back support and load-lifting detachable shoulder straps with side release buckles
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Mojotone will manufacture and market over 60 of their speaker cabinets and amp kits as “Licensed by Fender.”
This partnership marks Fender's recognition of Mojotone’s dedication to its craft, quality of products, and dependability of knowledge. Beginning November 29th and ranging from $327 - $1,016.
Amplifiers were among the first products to wear the official Fender seal. A qualified electronics technician by trade, Leo Fender developed his iconic amplifiers during the mid-1940s putting innovation at the forefront. To this day, Leo’s influence and innovative spirit can still be heard in today’s amps, as that same iconic, clean Fender tone continues to color new music around the world. As a result, the process for completing the exclusive licensing deal required Fender to carefully audit Mojotone’s amplifier kits, wiring diagrams, electronics, hardware, construction methods, and more to ensure this innovation carried on through the partnership. Mojotone’s many years of intense research, quality production, and favorable reputation solidified the deal.
Mojotone has always been determined to provide its customer base with the most sought-after parts with their insider industry-knowledge. They have spent the last 25 years helping musicians recreate what they deem to be the most famous and easily-recognized tones and aesthetics in the music industry. When purchasing Mojotone products, like Fender products, customers can be assured of unmatched quality and craftsmanship.
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