Friday, 13 May 2016

Ulisses Miyazawa: acoustic - Spanish Fly

VAN HALEN Spanish Fly (Ulisses D. Miyazawa)

VAN HALEN Spanish Fly (Ulisses D. Miyazawa)

News: The First Les Paul ’Burst Comes to Carter Vintage Guitars

The First ’Burst comes to Carter Vintage Guitars

May 13, 2016, Nashville TN... Carter Vintage Guitars has acquired the earliest example of Gibson’s iconic cherry sunburst Les Paul guitar, the model made famous by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman and numerous other influential rock guitarists. 
The Les Paul Model, as it was originally called, had been introduced in 1952 with a gold finish on the top, but in 1958 Gibson began experimenting with cherry-stain finishes. After several trial runs, two guitars were shipped on May 28, 1958, to Gibson’s parent company, Chicago Musical Instrument, for approval. In Gibson’s daily shipping ledger, they were described as “LP Spec. Finish.” They featured the yellow-to-red “sunburst” that became the standard finish on the model. 

One of the guitars in the shipping entry, serial number 8 3096, has been known to Les Paul aficionados for more than a decade and is currently owned by Slash, former guitarist for the group Guns N’ Roses. The guitar that now resides at Carter Vintage is serial number 8 3087. It went to the O.K. Houck music store in Memphis, where the father of the current owner bought it in 1958 as a Christmas present for his son.
“The original owner, who still lives in Memphis, sent us photos with the serial number, 8 3087,” said Walter Carter, proprietor of Carter Vintage and former historian for Gibson Guitar Corp. “I had found an entry twenty years ago in Gibson’s shipping ledgers that I thought might be the first ’burst, and the serial number rang a bell. The owner also had snapshots of himself at age 14, taken just months after he bought it. It’s the kind of discovery that vintage guitar collectors dream about.”
This “first ’burst” has a three-piece maple top, which is different from the two-piece top that subsequent sunburst Les Pauls sported—an indication that it was intended to be a “goldtop” and was pulled off the production line for the experimental finish.

Gibson made an estimated 1,500 cherry sunburst Les Paul Standards before changing the body shape and finish color in 1961. The cherry sunburst Les Paul is one of the most highly sought vintage guitar models and has been the subject of several books. 
Carter Vintage Guitars was established in Nashville in 2013 by Walter and Christie Carter and is an internationally known dealer of vintage fretted instruments.

Oz Noy: Flashback - Who Gives a Funk - Live in the Studio 2016

Oz Noy (guitar); Will Lee, (Bass); Roscoe Beck (Bass); Rocky Bryant (Drums); Steve Wolf (drums); Chris Layton (drums); Jerry Z (organ); Danny Sadownick (Percussion). Guests: Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, Dweezil Zappa, John Medeski, Randy Brecker, Chris Potter, Fred Wesley

Internationally acclaimed New York guitarist and composer Oz Noy follows his provocative two-volume exploration and reinvention of his blues roots (Twisted Blues) with Who Gives a Funk, due out April 15th – a examination of classic funk and R&B grooves, spiked with his uniquely unhinged improvisational instincts. “Simple, funky music – but soulful,” is how Noy describes it, while acknowledging that simple is not synonymous with easy: The discipline and clarity these classic structures demand put even the finest musicians to the test, and Noy and his all-star cohorts deliver a remarkable program that uncovers intriguing new pathways through timeless forms.
Inspired by the funk-blues nexus of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s music of artists like Freddie King, James Brown, Albert Collins, Who Gives a Funk mixes concise, compelling original compositions with reimaginings of vintage standards by Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Sam Cook, Charles Mingus, and even Thelonious Monk – mostly tracked live in the studio for maximum grit and spark. A core group of New York’s finest is augmented by an impressive array of guest appearances, including performances by John Medeski, Dweezil Zappa, funk pioneer Fred Wesley, Chris Potter, Robben Ford, Randy Brecker, Joe Bonamasa, members of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble, and Living Color vocalist Corey Glover.
Through it all, Noy’s guitar is the connecting thread. Whether steering the band with incisive, stark rhythm work or soaring over the grooves with impeccable single-note leads that recall the graceful, nuanced inflection of a fine soul vocalist, Noy brilliantly walks a musical tightrope spanning the best of the past and the future. Surprising, danceable, and accessible, Who Gives a Funk is a powerfully heartfelt new statement from one of contemporary guitar’s great improvisational stylists.

Track 1 Come on
Track 2 Flashback
Track 3 Better get it in your soul
Track 4 I got you (I feel good)
Track 5 A chance is gonna come
Track 6 Ice man
Track 7 Zig Zag
Track 8 Dam, this groove
Track 9 Little wing
Track 10 Five spot blues

Who Gives A Funk
Release Date: April, 2016
Label: Abstract Logix
Produced by: Oz Noy

Oz Noy: Flashback (Who Gives a Funk) Live in the Studio 2016

Josh Kay: Dark Matter - instrumental progressive rock from Portland

Born out of a passion for intricate music centered around guitar playing, my work is an expression of my own thoughts and emotions. This music is heavily influenced by technically demanding guitar styles but also by many other factors. I hope that the listener can enjoy the pieces and hear the "words"

Dark Matter by Josh Kay

1. Five Voices To The Sky 05:33
2. The Marrow of Flight 06:16
3. Adrift 03:17
4. Sphere of Influence 04:55
5. The Last Monolith 06:58
6. Quintessential Isolation 09:32

News: Limited to Only Ten Pieces PRS Debuts the May Guitar of the Month

Limited to Only Ten Pieces PRS Debuts the May Guitar of the Month

Guitar Manufacturer announces the Private Stock May Guitar of the Month: The 509

(STEVENSVILLE, MD) May 13, 2016 – In the spirit of Private Stock’s ever forward-thinking designs, PRS introduces the May 2016’s Guitar of the Month: the 509. The 509 starts with a 5 single coil platform – with the outside two coils grouped as humbuckers. With its longer scale length (25.25”), middle single coil pickup, and two mini-toggle coil-tap switches, the 509 is perfect for single coil players who want the added tonal versatility of humbucking and humbucking and single coil sounds in one guitar. Additional premium Private Stock specifications include a Private Stock grade curly maple top with African ribbon mahogany back, curly maple neck with kingwood fingerboard, headstock veneer, and truss rod cover, mother of pearl purfling, side dots, and inlays, and the Private Stock Gen III Tremolo. The May 509 models will be finished in Imperial Purple Smoked Burst. Only ten of these instruments will be made for May 2016, commemorating Private Stock’s 20th Anniversary.

“With this exclusive wood choice, hand-signed headstock, versatile pickup design, and select appointments, our Private Stock team has created a model that is both extremely playable and highly collectable,” stated PRS Director of Private Stock, Paul Miles.

The 509 boasts five single coil pickups – arranged in dual-coil humbucking pairs at neck and bridge with a lone single coil in the middle position – offering nine distinct tones via a five-way pickup selector switch a two mini-toggle coil-tap switches (akin to the company’s 408 switching configuration).

Five Pickups, Nine Sounds
5-Way Blade P1, Mini-Toggle Up: Treble Pickup Humbucking
5-Way Blade P1, Mini-Toggle Down: Treble Pickup Single Coil
5-Way Blade P2, Mini-Toggle Up: Treble Pickup Humbucking + Middle Pickup
5-Way Blade P2, Mini-Toggle Down: Treble Pickup Single Coil + Middle Pickup
5-Way Blade P3: Middle Pickup
5-Way Blade P4, Mini-Toggle Up: Middle Pickup + Bass Pickup Humbucking
5-Way Blade P4, Mini-Toggle Down: Middle Pickup + Bass Pickup Single Coil
5-Way Blade P5, Mini-Toggle Up: Bass Pickup Humbucking
5-Way Blade P5, Mini-Toggle Down: Bass Pickup Single Coil

The original Guitars of the Month were cased between December 1994 and March 1996. They provided the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and led directly to the creation of the Private Stock program, with the first “official” Private Stock instrument casing on April 19, 1996.

To see photos, video and a full description of this very special guitar, please visit:

About PRS Guitars:

Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, John McLaughlin, John Mayer, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Blake Shelton, Mark Tremonti, Zach Myers and Eric Bass of Shinedown, Ricky Skaggs, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.

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Tosin Abasi: Original Reflux Demo

John Mehoves

We wrote ‪#‎TheIllusionofDemocracy‬ as a protest record. It was meant to shed light on the "invisible government" and its effects on society among other things. In fact ‪#‎animalsasleaders‬ is a reference to the animalistic nature of human beings and therefore those in charge. This rare self-titled ‪#‎RefluxEP‬was the genesis of that effort. All the best!
Original Reflux Demo w/ Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders. Steve Clifford of Circa Survive on tracks 2 and 4. And both original vocalists Ash Avildsen and John Mehoves.

Taka Minamino: War in Heaven 5th Movement - Shredding from Japan!

The song, 5th Movement, is from his latest album "War in Heaven".
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Taka Minamino - War in Heaven 5th Movement

Stel Andre: Outstanding guitar solo! Video Lesson coming soon!

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Outstanding guitar solo! Stel Andre - Video Lesson coming soon!

Norman Brown: Throwback Thursday From the MI Vault 2/17/1988 - funky fusion

Musicians Institute, in Hollywood, California, offers a comprehensive, hands-on education in contemporary music performance, recording, guitar making and music business. If you're serious about your music, your education, and your career, take a look around the site to see what MI has to offer, then contact us for more information about how we can help you reach your goals.

Norman Brown Throwback Thursday From the MI Vault 2/17/1988

Jason Sadites: work working on his 6th studio album with IndieGoGo campaign

Jason Sadites Newsletter 2016

• Jason has been very hard at work working on his 6th studio album. The target release date for the new project is summer of 2016 and will feature, once again, world renowned drummer Marco Minnemann drumming on all tracks. All material is written and most final tracks are recorded and the project is just about ready to go to mix. If you would like to support the project, Jason has an IndieGoGo campaign on the go where you can receive some great perks for your support. You can check out the campaign here!

• Jason has also been busy with his weekly Quick Lick video that he does in partnership with the guys from the Amps and Axes podcast, his good friends Jeff Bober and Mick Marcellino. You can see these videos on Jason's YouTube channel here.

• Jason also has a brand new website with a new webstore where you can easily purchase any of his past projects and tablature packages. You can check it out here.


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Chantel McGregor: Tour Starts Today UK - tour dates!

I'm so excited to start the tour tonight! It would be lovely to see you at a show!!!

Tour Dates

Fri 13.5.16 - St Helens, Citadel - Buy Tickets
Sun 22.5.16 - Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema - Buy Tickets
Fri 27.5.16 - Surrey, Sutton, Boom Boom - Buy Tickets

Sat 4.6.16 - Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre - Buy Tickets
Fri 17.6.16 - York, Fibbers - Buy Tickets
Sat 18.6.16 - Goole, The Junction - Buy Tickets
Fri 24.6.16 - Manchester, Band On The Wall - Buy Tickets
Wed 29.6.16 - Bilston, Robin 2 - Buy Tickets

Thur 4.8.16 - Gloucester, Guildhall - Buy Tickets
Fri 5.8.16 - Billericay, New Crawdaddy - Buy Tickets
Sat 6.8.16 - London, 100 Club - Buy Tickets

Fri 2.9.16 - Ruislip, The Tropic - Buy Tickets
Thur 8.9.16 - Bury St Edmunds, The Apex - Buy Tickets
Fri 9.9.16 - Brighton, Komedia - Buy Tickets
Fri 16.9.16 - Sheffield, Greystones - Buy Tickets
Fri 23.9.16 - Louth, Riverhead Theatre - Buy Tickets
Sat 24.9.16 - Halifax, Playhouse - Buy Tickets
Thur 29.9.16 - Edinburgh, Caves - Buy Tickets
Fri 30.9.16 - Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy - Buy Tickets

Fri 14.10.16 - Darlington, Forum Music Centre - Buy Tickets
Fri 21.10.16 - Blackburn, King George's Hall - Buy Tickets

European Tour

Thur 8.12.16 - Bristol, Tunnels - Buy Tickets
Fri 9.12.16 - Bideford, Devon Hall - Buy Tickets
Mon 12.12.16 - Morecambe, Platform - Buy Tickets
Wed 14.12.16 - Leeds, Brudenell - Buy Tickets
Thur 15.12.16 - Derby, Flowerpot - Buy Tickets
Fri 16.12.16 - Doncaster, Leopard - Buy Tickets