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September 14, 2017
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When I first began researching the career of British recording icon Joe Meek back in 2000, I knew that he was reputedly a great innovator, but I had no concept of the scope of his achievements.

It was only after a year of acquiring, and poring over, huge quantities of written and recorded material, interviewing people who either worked with Meek or were knowledgeable about him, and listening to well over a thousand recordings from throughout his career, that a relatively complete picture began to emerge.

Meek wasn't just a curious footnote in the annals of British recording history. He was a giant whose approach to recording and recording technology was years, and in some cases decades, ahead of his time, and his influence has been felt throughout the entire British recording community.

Nowadays, many of Meek's once-radical innovations have been so thoroughly assimilated that we take them for granted, if we notice them at all - but they provoked a fierce backlash from the majority of his contemporaries at the time they were introduced.
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The world is becoming a more and more eco-friendly place, and that consciousness has certainly found its way into the musical instrument industry. This is especially the case with Fender's new, limited edition Front Row Legend Esquire line. Made in Fender's Custom Shop by Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov, these special Telecasters are built to order using 100-year-old Alaskan yellow cedar from the Hollywood Bowl's original bench boards. 
Before Fender introduced Jazz Bass production model with stack knob configuration in 1960, prototype model was built in 1959 with Jazzmaster like pickups and three knob configuration. Few prototype models were made, possibly 3~7 or so, and this one could possibly be the only existing prototype model in 21st century!

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Within months of moving to London in autumn of 1966, Jimi Hendrix found himself a band, recorded a single, got himself a longterm girlfriend, and proceeded to take the UK by storm. His gigs were essential viewing by rock's then-royalty--the Who, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Cream, all made sure they caught the American wonder. By the end of the year his first single "Hey Joe" landed him on British television and in the Top 10.   
"The pick is kind of a crutch," says Joe, who likes to use hybrid picking, a combination of pick and fingers. "Sometimes I find it really valuable, especially at home when you're woodshedding, to use no pick at all and see what kind of expressive guitar playing you can come up with with just your hands. Get out your guitar and give it a try.
Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage PRO Bass

The Thunderbird Vintage PRO Bass is an incredibly accurate reproduction of the classic electric bass first introduced in 1963 that has since powered dozens of hits by The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, and more. Featuring new ProBucker Bass Humbuckers and a vintage-styled '60s Tune-o-matic bridge and Claw tailpiece, the Thunderbird Vintage PRO is available in Alpine White, Ebony, and Tobacco Sunburst. This bass is made to rock!
"You may start out not having access to a lot of academic information. But I think if you are really serious and you want to get to another level, you have to admit there's a lot of things you don't know," he says. "There were things I needed to get together in my playing. I figured early on there was only so much I could learn on my own. So, I sought out musicians who could show me things, who were better than me. Because you can't get better playing with people who are always telling you you're the best player. I've had the good fortune to learn a lot just from watching them, hanging out, talking with them and asking questions." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_k7iwHjmE0 

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