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Gear Profile: PRS Guitars – Paul Reed Smith Interview

Guitar innovator, master luthier, celebrity and entrepreneur, Paul Reed Smith is owner and creator of PRS Guitars. Smith made his first guitar while he was a student at St. Mary’s College in Maryland, and continued to build guitars after college. After he would complete one, he would bring it to concerts and convince the musicians to try it out and give him feedback.

 

PRS Guitar Factory

 

Smith eventually encountered Carlos Santana. The end result of this meeting was that Santana ended up trying… Read More

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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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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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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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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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A Fond Look at The 1966 Gibson Catalogue


1966 was as special a year in American history as it was for Gibson guitars. It’s the birth year of a wide range of celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Rob Zombie and John Cusack, The Sound of Music won an Oscar for best picture and classic rock ‘n’ roll was really starting to evolve and take shape—Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, the Rolling StonesAftermath and the Read More

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