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Gear Profile: Specimen Products & The Chicago School of Guitar Making – Part 1

Specimen Products is a unique custom guitar and amp shop located on Chicago’s West Side. Specimen founder Ian Schneller shows Guitar Shop TV a guitar he calls “the Marmite ‘caster,” made of two-by-fours and masonite. The guitar has a “subcutaneous” P-90 pickup set underneath the pick guard with just the pole pieces sticking up. According to Schneller, this gives the neck pickup a much warmer sound than the traditional Tele neck pickup has. He also talks about why he took a blow torch to all the chrome on the guitar.

 

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Guitar Shop TV Episode 2: Rudy’s Music – New York

Episode Two: Guitar Shop TV heads to Rock N Roll Vintage Guitars in Chicago to check out some amazing classic axes including a 1964 Epiphone Riviera, talks to Rudy Pensa of Rudy Pensa Music in New York about his “new girlfriend,” a 1959 blond ash Fender Stratocaster, and answers a viewer question all the way from Hong Kong!

 

 

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Guitar of the Month: 1968 ES-355 Gold Sparkle

All that Glitters…

Guitar Shop TV’s “Guitar of the Month” is this magnificent 1968 Gibson ES-355 Gold Sparkle double cutaway, recently featured by The Chicago Music Exchange, which is located at 3316 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. The CME website described this amazing guitar as follows: “Perhaps inspired by the radical spirit of the times as much as by the then-traditional, elegant looks of the Les Paul Goldtop, this 1968 ES-355 was ordered as a… Read More

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Great Venues: Double Door – Chicago

Located in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park area, Double Door is one of the best places in town to see great live rock music in a comfortable, subterranean setting. It is the smaller, more intimate sister club to the Chicago’s legendary rock venue Metro, and offers an impressive range of performers ranging from mainstay rock acts to hip-hop, Latin, new-country, and electronic.

The club has a killer sound system and a layout similar to a rehearsal studio, making it ideal for bands and audiences… Read More

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Great Venues: Rosa’s Lounge – Chicago

Rosas Chicago

 

According to its website “Rosa’s Lounge operates in the hallowed tradition of Chicago blues lounges, family owned and operated by an Italian immigrant who came to Chicago in 1978 after meeting Junior Wells in Milan. Tony Mangiullo found the true spirit of the blues at legendary South Side lounges like Theresa’s, and he opened Rosa’s (1984) as a tribute to those cradles of blues tradition, and named it after his mother, Rosa, who had followed him here to help.”

 
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Gear Profile: The Making Of Dan Donegan’s Guitar “Maya”

Dan Donegan of the modern heavy metal band Disturbed discusses the creation of his Washburn signature guitar “Maya.” Fascinating footage from inside the Washburn Custom and Production Shop in Chicago includes interviews with not only Donegan, but also the shop’s luthiers and artists.

 

Disturbed is one of the highest-grossing bands of the last ten years, having sold over 11 million albums since forming in Chicago in 1996. The band deliberately avoided guitar solos until its third album, Ten Thousand Fists, which showcased Donegan’s tapping, sweep… Read More

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