Mike Overly's 12 Tone Music News

The Latest Guitar and Bass News from around the World Wide Web . . .
 June 18, 2020
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Before electronic amplification, instrument makers and musicians had to find newer and better ways to make themselves heard among ensembles and orchestras and above the din of crowds.

Many of the acoustic instruments we're familiar with today---guitars, cellos, violas, etc.---are the result of hundreds of years of experimentation into solving just that problem.

These hollow wooden resonance chambers amplify the sound of the strings, but that sound must escape, hence the circular sound hole under the strings of an acoustic guitar and the f-holes on either side of a violin.

I've often wondered about this particular shape and assumed it was simply an affected holdover from the Renaissance.

While it's true f-holes date from the Renaissance, they are much more than ornamental; their design-whether arrived at by accident or by conscious intent-has had remarkable staying power for very good reason.
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Both Supro and Pigtronix were previously owned by Long Island, NY-based Absara Audio. Supro had previously collaborated with D'Angelico as a guitar/amp pairing in marketing efforts, while Supro's recently-released Blues King 10 amp features a Pigtronix Fat Drive mode. The acquisition of Supro and Pigtronix by D'Angelico creates a trifecta.
Traditionalists will not be disappointed with the 4003. It sounds like a Rickenbacker if you leave the tone controls flat, with a scratchy, percussive start to each note, followed by that thin, clear, glassy, transparent bloom that we all know. Roll the top end off and select the front pickup and it becomes much warmer and James Jamerson-like, however, play up in the higher register, and the clank goes away without you needing to dial it out.

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Written by GRAMMY-Nominated Music Educator Mike Overly. Guitar Fretboard Facts is a collection of 38 powerful guitar lessons designed to illustrate and connect the thoughts and ideas presented in Guitar EncycloMedia. What is presented in this book would take years and years and hundreds if not thousands of dollars of guitar lessons to obtain. And unless your teacher is Mike Overly you may not even get this information. - Chris Bereznay, Music Gear Review
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Luckily for Beatles fans, and for guitar fans in general, in 1974 Harrison filmed a music video that is overflowing with cameo appearances by some of his most iconic Beatles-era guitars. Note that this was shot a full 10 years after the height of Beatlemania. Check it out. 

Never heard of James Jamerson? You probably have, even if you don't know his actual name. A true session giant, Jamerson has played on over 30 number one records, laid down stone cold grooves for the biggest artists Motown, soul and funk could throw at him, and has influenced scores of bass players from all genres of music.
Some very cool instruments tied to Kurt Cobain and Prince have gone up for auction recently, and now we can add to that list Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone. The cream-colored bass, which Ramone used onstage between 1979 and 1982, sports a red pickguard with clear caulking around the periphery, adhesive remnants to the neck plate and plenty of stage wear, including paint loss and chipping to the body.
When it comes to session guitarists, Steve Lukather is at the top of the list. Wikipedia claims he has recorded tracks on more than 1,500 albums! Though he's known best for his work with Toto, Lukather has played on countless hit records for artists that include Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Peter Frampton, Joni Mitchell, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, and the list goes on and on... 

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