PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Framus and Warwick area. In this segment, we get to see several Framus guitar models including, Renegade Custom (swamp ash body, bolt-on neck, maple neck, Seymour Duncan pickups), Diablo Custom (bolt-in ovangkol neck, swamp ash body, AAA flame maple top, tigerstripe ebony fingerboard and Seymour Duncan pickups), Panthera Custom (bolt-in ovangkol neck, mahogany body, arched AAA flamed maple top, Seymour Duncan pickups) and the AK 1974 (neck-through with a tigerstripe ebony fingerboard on a flamed maple neck, AAAA flamed maple top with f-hole, AAA flamed maple body, custom inlays, Seymour Duncan pickups and gold hardware). Also, we get to check out some Warwick basses including, the Stuart Zender Signature (neck-through design with an ovangkol neck, French flamed ash top, tigerstripe ebony fingerboard and MEC P/J, active pickups) P-Nut Signature (neck-through design with an ovangkol neck, three-piece body with walnut and purple heart, wenge fingerboard and MEC J/MM-Style Pickups with open pole pieces) and the Streamer Stage 1 (neck-through design with a flamed maple neck, AAA flamed maple body, wenge fingerboard, available as a 4- 5- or 6-string, Warwick tuners and gold hardware).



PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Framus and Warwick area. In this segment, we get to see several Framus guitar models including, Renegade Custom (swamp ash body, bolt-on neck, maple neck, Seymour Duncan pickups), Diablo Custom (bolt-in ovangkol neck, swamp ash body, AAA flame maple top, tigerstripe ebony fingerboard and Seymour Duncan pickups), Panthera Custom (bolt-in ovangkol neck, mahogany body, arched AAA flamed maple top, Seymour Duncan pickups) and the AK 1974 (neck-through with a tigerstripe ebony fingerboard on a flamed maple neck, AAAA flamed maple top with f-hole, AAA flamed maple body, custom inlays, Seymour Duncan pickups and gold hardware).

Also, we get to check out some Warwick basses including, the Stuart Zender Signature (neck-through design with an ovangkol neck, French flamed ash top, tigerstripe ebony fingerboard and MEC P/J, active pickups) P-Nut Signature (neck-through design with an ovangkol neck, three-piece body with walnut and purple heart, wenge fingerboard and MEC J/MM-Style Pickups with open pole pieces) and the Streamer Stage 1 (neck-through design with a flamed maple neck, AAA flamed maple body, wenge fingerboard, available as a 4- 5- or 6-string, Warwick tuners and gold hardware).

Almost six decades after forming the short-lived Rising Sons, the two legends reconvene to pay tribute to the classic blues duo of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee on the warm and rootsy Get on Board.

Deep into Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder’s Get on Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, percussionist Joachim Cooder lays out, letting the two elder musicians can take a pass through “Pawn Shop Blues.” To start, they loosely play around with the song’s intro on their acoustic guitars. “Yeah, nice,” remarks Mahal off-handedly in his distinctive rasp—present since he was a young man but, at 79, he’s aged into it—and Cooder lightly chuckles. They hit the turnaround and settle into a slow, loping tempo. It’s a casual and informal affair—some notes buzz, and it sounds like one of them is stomping his foot intermittently. Except for Cooder’s slide choruses, neither guitar plays a rhythm or lead role. They simply converse.

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The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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