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March 21, 2019
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These are some interesting stories about the Nazis and jazz, including one about a very bad jazz propaganda band created by Goebbels himself.

But we need not mention these at all, or even leave the shores of jazz's birthplace to find examples of extreme reactions to jazz by authoritarian figures who hated and feared it for exactly the same reasons as the Nazis.

Chief among such American enemies of jazz was raging anti-Semite Henry Ford, who feared that jazz was, you guessed it, a Jewish plot to infect the country with racially inferior "musical slush."
Ford used white country music and square dancing in public schools as weapons of warfare against jazz in the 1920s, thereby displacing blackface minstrelsy as the dominant form of paranoid response to black music in middle America.

Another crusader, Harry Anslinger, commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics between 1930 and 1962, more or less invented the war on drugs with his reefer madness war on jazz. He said it sounded like "the jungles in the dead of night" and could "lure white women."
Anslinger relentlessly persecuted Billie Holiday and went after Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong.

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Forrest White  ran the factory from the time he started at Fender in 1954 until his departure in 1967 following CBS's takeover of the company. It became evident after I pushed the record button on my cassette machine that Forrest's years at Fender had been a magical time in his life, and that he had forthright views on the value of his own contributions to the company as well as those of his colleagues.     

This Ibanez's Artcore AGB260 short-scale bass is part of the Vibrante subset of the line and as such comes in Sea Foam Green with a pearloid pickguard. Its sapele body and laurel fretboard are also bound. It has a Gibraltar III bass bridge with a Quik Change III tailpiece. Its pickups are a pair of Classic Elite Bass Pickups which are controlled with a three-way selector switch as well as volume and tone knobs.   

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Shortly before Stevie Ray Vaughan's tragic death in August 1990, he and his big brother, Jimmie Vaughan, recorded Family Style, their first (and only) album together. Although the video is mostly an opportunity for Jimmie and SRV to discuss their Texas upbringing and their influences, we also get to see them grab their Strats at various points. The Vaughan boys are also joined by the album's producer, Nile Rodgers, who describes the duo as "pretty particular when it comes to their guitar sound and what they want to hear.  
Fretboard Treatment

Sticky fretboards-we've all been there: trying to bend notes and sticking halfway through the bend, sliding up to a note only to chatter on the fretboard as you move around. From the repair side there are some precautions we can take to keep the fretboard and the strings slick and fast. As a player there are a number of traditional and non-traditional things you can try.

The original Orange Terror Bass amp built its own fanbase at a time when portable amp heads with built-in valve distortion were few and far between. When the amp was withdrawn, there was much gnashing of teeth! The customer is always right, of course, and due to widespread demand, the Terror Bass amp has been redesigned for 2018 - with more grind and tonal color aimed at players for whom Class D amplification doesn't cut the mustard.
Known as the "King of the Surf Guitar", Dick Dale invented the genre with his fierce, never-before-seen style and was often imitated but never duplicated by artists around the world. The son of a Lebanese father and Polish mother, he was fascinated with the stringed instruments of both cultures. When he moved to Southern California with his family in 1954, Dale immersed himself in the burgeoning surf culture at the time. Sadly, Dale passed away March 16, 2019 at the age of 81. 

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