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LR Baggs Presents: Interview with Jean Larrivee

Larrivee makes beautiful guitars that sound great. I still love mine after all these years, and I’m so glad my local dealer convinced me to A/B test the model I eventually bought against a comparable Taylor (heck, he even lost money on the deal as the Taylor I was looking at was more expensive!). I just wish LR Baggs had been working with Larrivee at the time on pickup systems. I still like the aftermarket option I had installed in my D-02, but I think the Baggs system would have worked much better for me in the long run.

If you’re not familiar with Larrivee already, here’s your chance. And if you’re looking to buy a quality higher-end acoustic (or even a high-end one—they have models at nearly every price/quality-point), do yourself a favor and test drive a Larrivee at your local dealer.

Devin Townsend takes us on an interesting tour of the Framus/Warwick factory in Markneukirchen, Germany in typical Hevy Devy style

A Guitar Lesson with Eureka Machines’ Chris Catalyst - “Zero Hero”

Coheed & Cambria Rig Rundown

Premier Guitar’s Rebecca Dirks catches up with Claudio Sanchez’s guitar tech and Travis Stever for a run-through of the guitars, amps, and effects Coheed & Cambria are using on tour.

Oh, and Gibson Explorer. Coolest. Guitar. Ever.

Maybe I Shouldn’t Be Saying That

Premier Guitar Rig Rundown with Scott Ian

The lovely Rebecca Dirks of Premier Guitar catches up with Anthrax guitarist and founder Scott Ian to get a run-through of his rig and the stable of guitars he’s currently playing through in concert. But I’m sorry, how many guitars can he have to have lost track of one for over 20 years?!

Enjoy!

Hell’s Half Acre

Hear master guitar builder and Hamer co-founder Jol Dantzig talk about the inspiration and history behind his latest custom build, Hell’s Half Acre. Visit Dantzig’s blog to learn more about what is shaping up to be an amazing-looking guitar.

100 Guitar Riffs In One Take

100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N’ Roll)

via Guitar Noize:

Alex Chadwick plays 100 famous guitar riffs in one take giving you a chronological history of rock n’ roll. I’ve got to say this is very impressive to do this all in one take!!

The list of riffs includes everything from surf music to grunge, Chet Atkins to Metallica, and just about everything in between, all played by one guy in one take on one Fender Strat. Pretty cool stuff.

Enjoy!

Doctor Who and shred guitar: two great tastes that taste great together.

Attention: I Officially Give Up The Guitar

Rhett Butler performs Joe Satriani’s “Always With Me, Always With You”

Joe Satriani himself recently posted this video of guitarist Rhett Butler on his Facebook page performing an arrangement of “Always With Me, Always With You” on two—yes two!—guitars. At the same time. Seriously. I can’t even play that song on one guitar. To quote Satch:

this one is a bit insane…

Frankly, I think Butler is just showing off. And what kind of name is Rhett Butler anyways?!

Frankly, I don’t give a damn.1

  1. It’s called humor and sarcasm, kids. And it’s from a movie (based on a book). Go look it up. And get off my lawn.

It Pushed All The Right Buttons For Me

Jol Dantzig on CPTV’s All Things Connecticut

Connecticut PBS affiliate CPTV visited the workshop of luthier and Hamer co-founder Jol Dantzig to discuss guitar building on the station’s “Spotlight on the Arts” segment of All Things Connecticut. Hear Dantzig talk about what got him into guitars and how he is bringing new life to old electrical components.

Enjoy!

The Notes Go Right Into Your Heart

Paul Gilbert runs through his rig for Premier Guitar

Premier Guitar runs through Billy Sheehan’s bass rig

It’s time for another rig rundown with Premier Guitar. This time, in lieu of having their techs go through their rigs, Mr. Big shred-meisters Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan discuss their guitars, amps and effects themselves, all the while displaying how genuinely nice and down-to-earth they both are. No rockstar egos here, boys and girls. The only question I have is … where’s Rebecca?!

Enjoy!