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Shop Spotlight: Sam Ash Music – New York

Sam Ash

 

President of One of America’s Coolest Guitar Emporiums
Sammy Ash, President/COO of Sam Ash Music talks with GuitarShopTV at the famous Sam Ash Guitar, Amp & Technology store (formerly Manny’s Music) located on West 48th Street on New York City’s “Music Row.”

 

Sam Ash Music was founded in 1924, and is the largest family-owned and operated musical instrument retailer in the USA, with dozens of… Read More

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Great Venues: The Legendary Sun Studio in Memphis

Guitar Shop TV sits behind the board with engineer Matt Ross-Spang at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, “the most famous recording studio in the world,” where Elvis Presley was discovered and the first rock and roll hit single, “Rocket 88” was recorded in 1951. Ross-Spang talks about the history of Sun and why it’s so special.

 

Sun Stuidos

Sun Studio was opened in 1950 by the legendary producer and rock pioneer Sam Philips. It… Read More

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Shop Spotlight: Gruhn’s Guitars – Nashville

To call George Gruhn a mere guitar expert would be to understate the depth and breadth of his vast knowledge. He is a true guitar intellectual, and a walking encyclopedia of detailed information about the history, physics, and the taxonomy of electric and acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos, and related instruments.

 

George Gruhn

Educated in Biology, Zoology, and English Literature at Vanderbilt and The Read More

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Exclusive Interview: Jaxx Guitar Great Rodeney Jones

Rodney Jones has had a long and eclectic career as a guitarist, but it’s always been rooted in the soul and funk that he loves. He spent three years touring with Dizzy Gillespie before becoming the guitarist for the house band for the TV show Showtime at the Apollo. He also played guitar for James Brown’s legendary sax player Maceo Parker’s super-tight funk band.

 

 

Jones began playing at age six, and joined his first band at age fourteen, having… Read More

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NYC Venues: The Beacon Theater – Legendary Site for Music Lovers


 

The Beacon Theater is a gorgeous, fully restored landmark Art Deco theater that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. A quick walk from the subway station at West 72nd Street, the Beacon has been a favorite New York City stop for top acts since the Roaring Twenties.

 

 

The theater was designed by Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager in 1929 as a forum for vaudeville acts, musical productions, drama, opera, and movies and the original sound-system from… Read More

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Great Venues: BB King Blues Club – Memphis

B.B. Kings

 

Guitar Shop TV travels to Memphis Tennessee for some great soul food and hot blues by the smokin’ house band at the original B.B. King’s Blues Club on fabled Beale Street. Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King was born Riley B. King, and got his start in Memphis in 1948, where he worked as a singer and DJ at… Read More

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