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Famous Fender Stratocaster Players

Player Stratocaster Cherry Glazerr

Randy Bachman: The Guess Who, Bachman–Turner Overdrive (BTO)
Jeff Beck: Yardbirds
Adrian Belew: King Crimson,Talking Heads, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, and Nine Inch Nails.
Ritchie Blackmore: Deep Purple and Rainbow; The Blackmore Strat
Tommy Bolin:  Zephyr, James Gang and Deep Purple.
Bill Carson: credited by Fender as “the man for whom the Stratocaster was designed.”
Daniel Ceasar: Chance the Rapper
Eric Clapton:
Ry Cooder:
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Fender Player Jaguar®

Model #: 0146303513

Sleek and stylish and with a voice that’s a modern twist on our classic sound, the Player Jaguar has a uniquely slinky playing feel. It encourages you to play differently, to reach for new chords and melodic twists and to explore new sounds and tonalities. Decked out with spotlight-ready chrome accents, it has the authentic sound, features and feel that’s inspired countless artists to write new songs and create new genres of music.

Features
  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • Player Series humbucking bridge pickup and one single-coil Jaguar neck pickup
  • Slide switch to coil-split humbucking bridge pickup
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5″-radius fingerboard
NEW PICKUPS

Designed for authentic Fender tone—with a bit of an edge—our Player Series pickups keep a foot in the past while looking to the future.

AGUAR TREMOLO BRIDGE

The tremolo bridge can be used to create pitch effects ranging from subtle to radical, letting you add a cool personal touch to your music.

COIL-SPLIT SWITCH

The slide switch selects the outside coil of the humbucking bridge pickup, unlocking classic single-coil tone.

22 FRETS

Adding another fret lets you bend the highest D up to an E, giving you access to four octaves of musical possibilities.

MORE TRADITIONAL BODY RADII

The Player Jaguar body is hand-shaped to original specifications.

“F”-STAMPED NECK PLATE

Each Player Jaguar includes an “F”-stamped neck plate, leaving no doubt as to the instrument’s pedigree.

American Professional Telecaster®

Deceptively Simple Design

Fender is guided by one clear, simple directive: make life better for musicians. While the original Telecaster certainly did that (and then some), we weren’t content to rest on our laurels. Our team of mad scientists examined every component in near-microscopic detail. If we were able to improve it with a new design or modern materials we did; if it didn’t need improvement, we left it alone. When the wood chips and solder fumes settled, what was left was the American Professional Telecaster—everything you need to play your best.

Features
  • Two Tim Shaw-designed V-Mod single-coil Telecaster pickups
  • New Telecaster bridge with compensated brass barrel saddles for better intonation
  • New modern “Deep C”-shaped neck profile
  • Bone nut; 22 narrow-tall frets for easier bending
  • Treble bleed circuit maintains highs when reducing volume
  • Includes Elite Molded hardshell case

Marlon Williams Discusses the

American Professional Telecaster®

  • Highlights
  • Specs
  • Support
  • V-Mod Pickups
    V-Mod Pickups

    V-Mod Telecaster pickups are engineered with a proprietary blend of alnico magnet types. Each pickup is voiced specifically for its position, creating high-output tone with vintage warmth and the crisp, clear sound that made Fender a legend.

    New “Deep C” Neck Profile
    New “Deep C” Neck Profile

    Designed for comfort and speed, the new American Professional “Deep C” neck profile sports more substantial shoulders. The increased mass and altered geometry creates a more natural feel that’s perfect for chord and single-note playing alike.

    Narrow-Tall Frets
    Narrow-Tall Frets

    Narrow-tall frets are taller and narrower than their medium jumbo cousins, making them especially effective for bending notes and playing chords up the neck with perfect intonation.

    New Bridge
    New Bridge

    The new Telecaster bridge sports three compensated brass barrel saddles for accurate intonation and vintage-informed tone. Combining vintage style with modern feel and performance, the redesigned “ashtray” cover stays out of your way, even when palm-muting.

    Treble-Bleed Circuit
    Treble-Bleed Circuit

    The treble-bleed circuit maintains the high end when turning down the volume knob to reduce gain, letting your tone shine through, no matter where the instrument’s volume is set.

    Bone Nut
    Bone Nut

    An original-era Fender design element, a bone nut contributes to superior tone and performance. Many players consider bone nuts to be more “organic” sounding.

    Body
    • Body Material
      Ash
    • Body Finish
      Gloss Polyurethane
    • Body Shape
      Telecaster®
    Neck
    • Neck Material
      Maple
    • Neck Finish
      Gloss Urethane Front, Satin Urethane Back
    • Neck Shape
      Modern “Deep C”
    • Scale Length
      25.5″ (648 mm)
    • Fingerboard Material
      Maple
    • Fingerboard Radius
      9.5″ (241 mm)
    • Number of Frets
      22
    • Fret Size
      Narrow Tall
    • Nut Material
      Bone
    • Nut Width
      1.685″ (42.8 mm)
    • Position Inlays
      Black Dots
    • Truss Rod
      Bi-Flex™
    • Truss Rod Nut
      1/8″ American Series
    Electronics
    • Bridge Pickup
      V-Mod Single-Coil Telecaster®
    • Neck Pickup
      V-Mod Single-Coil Telecaster®
    • Controls
      Master Volume with Treble-Bleed, Master Tone
    • Switching
      3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
    • Configuration
      SS
    Hardware
    • Bridge
      3-Saddle, Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Compensated Brass Saddles, 6 screw mounting with removable modern “Ashtray” Bridge Cover
    • Hardware Finish
      Nickel/Chrome
    • Tuning Machines
      Fender® Standard Cast/Sealed Staggered
    • Pickguard
      1-Ply Black
    • Control Knobs
      Knurled Flat-Top
    • Switch Tip
      Black
    • Neck Plate
      4-Bolt
    Miscellaneous
    • Strings
      Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
    Accessories
    • Case/Gig Bag
      Elite Molded Case
    • Included Accessories
      Elite Molded Case

American Professional Telecaster®

Deceptively Simple Design

Fender is guided by one clear, simple directive: make life better for musicians. While the original Telecaster certainly did that (and then some), we weren’t content to rest on our laurels. Our team of mad scientists examined every component in near-microscopic detail. If we were able to improve it with a new design or modern materials we did; if it didn’t need improvement, we left it alone. When the wood chips and solder fumes settled, what was left was the American Professional Telecaster—everything you need to play your best.

Features
  • Two Tim Shaw-designed V-Mod single-coil Telecaster pickups
  • New Telecaster bridge with compensated brass barrel saddles for better intonation
  • New modern “Deep C”-shaped neck profile
  • Bone nut; 22 narrow-tall frets for easier bending
  • Treble bleed circuit maintains highs when reducing volume
  • Includes Elite Molded hardshell case
  • V-Mod Pickups
    V-Mod Pickups

    V-Mod Telecaster pickups are engineered with a proprietary blend of alnico magnet types. Each pickup is voiced specifically for its position, creating high-output tone with vintage warmth and the crisp, clear sound that made Fender a legend.

    New “Deep C” Neck Profile
    New “Deep C” Neck Profile

    Designed for comfort and speed, the new American Professional “Deep C” neck profile sports more substantial shoulders. The increased mass and altered geometry creates a more natural feel that’s perfect for chord and single-note playing alike.

    Narrow-Tall Frets
    Narrow-Tall Frets

    Narrow-tall frets are taller and narrower than their medium jumbo cousins, making them especially effective for bending notes and playing chords up the neck with perfect intonation.

    New Bridge
    New Bridge

    The new Telecaster bridge sports three compensated brass barrel saddles for accurate intonation and vintage-informed tone. Combining vintage style with modern feel and performance, the redesigned “ashtray” cover stays out of your way, even when palm-muting.

    Treble-Bleed Circuit
    Treble-Bleed Circuit

    The treble-bleed circuit maintains the high end when turning down the volume knob to reduce gain, letting your tone shine through, no matter where the instrument’s volume is set.

    Bone Nut
    Bone Nut

    An original-era Fender design element, a bone nut contributes to superior tone and performance. Many players consider bone nuts to be more “organic” sounding.

    • Body Material
      Ash
    • Body Finish
      Gloss Polyurethane
    • Body Shape
      Telecaster®
    Neck
    • Neck Material
      Maple
    • Neck Finish
      Gloss Urethane Front, Satin Urethane Back
    • Neck Shape
      Modern “Deep C”
    • Scale Length
      25.5″ (648 mm)
    • Fingerboard Material
      Maple
    • Fingerboard Radius
      9.5″ (241 mm)
    • Number of Frets
      22
    • Fret Size
      Narrow Tall
    • Nut Material
      Bone
    • Nut Width
      1.685″ (42.8 mm)
    • Position Inlays
      Black Dots
    • Truss Rod
      Bi-Flex™
    • Truss Rod Nut
      1/8″ American Series
    Electronics
    • Bridge Pickup
      V-Mod Single-Coil Telecaster®
    • Neck Pickup
      V-Mod Single-Coil Telecaster®
    • Controls
      Master Volume with Treble-Bleed, Master Tone
    • Switching
      3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
    • Configuration
      SS
    Hardware
    • Bridge
      3-Saddle, Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Compensated Brass Saddles, 6 screw mounting with removable modern “Ashtray” Bridge Cover
    • Hardware Finish
      Nickel/Chrome
    • Tuning Machines
      Fender® Standard Cast/Sealed Staggered
    • Pickguard
      1-Ply Black
    • Control Knobs
      Knurled Flat-Top
    • Switch Tip
      Black
    • Neck Plate
      4-Bolt
    Miscellaneous
    • Strings
      Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
    Accessories
    • Case/Gig Bag
      Elite Molded Case
    • Neck
      • Neck Material
        Maple
      • Neck Finish
        Gloss Urethane Front, Satin Urethane Back
      • Neck Shape
        Modern “Deep C”
      • Scale Length
        25.5″ (648 mm)
      • Fingerboard Material
        Maple
      • Fingerboard Radius
        9.5″ (241 mm)
      • Number of Frets
        22
      • Fret Size
        Narrow Tall
      • Nut Material
        Bone
      • Nut Width
        1.685″ (42.8 mm)
      • Position Inlays
        Black Dots
      • Truss Rod
        Bi-Flex™
      • Truss Rod Nut
        1/8″ American Series

        Elite Molded Case

        • Body Material
          Ash
        • Body Finish
          Gloss Polyurethane
        • Body Shape
          Telecaster®
      Electronics
      • Bridge Pickup
        V-Mod Single-Coil Telecaster®
      • Neck Pickup
        V-Mod Single-Coil Telecaster®
      • Controls
        Master Volume with Treble-Bleed, Master Tone
      • Switching
        3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
      • Configuration
        SS
        Included Accessories
      Hardware
      • Bridge
        3-Saddle, Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Compensated Brass Saddles, 6 screw mounting with removable modern “Ashtray” Bridge Cover
      • Hardware Finish
        Nickel/Chrome
      • Tuning Machines
        Fender® Standard Cast/Sealed Staggered
      • Pickguard
        1-Ply Black
      • Control Knobs
        Knurled Flat-Top
      • Switch Tip
        Black
      • Neck Plate
        4-Bolt
      Miscellaneous
      • Strings
        Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
      Accessories
      • Case/Gig Bag
        Elite Molded Case
      • Included Accessories
        Elite Molded Cas

Player Telecaster®

Real Deal Sound

Bold, innovative and rugged, the Player Telecaster is pure Fender, through and through. The feel, the style and, most importantly, the sound—they’re all there, waiting for you to make them whisper or wail for your music. Versatile enough to handle almost anything you can create and durable enough to survive any gig, this workhorse is a trusty sidekick for your musical vision.

Features
  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • Two Player Series single-coil Telecaster pickups
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5″-radius fingerboard
  • String-through-body bridge with bent-steel saddles
PLAYER SERIES PICKUPS

Designed for authentic Fender tone—with a bit of an edge—the Player Series pickups keep a foot in the past while looking to the future.

BENT-STEEL BRIDGE SADDLES
BENT-STEEL BRIDGE SADDLES

This string-through-body Telecaster bridge features bent-steel saddles to add a bit of zing to your tone.

“Modern C” NECK PROFILE
“Modern C” NECK PROFILE

This neck is designed for comfort and performance, with a “Modern C”-shaped profile and a smooth back finish—ideal for almost any playing style.

22-FRETS
22-FRETS

Adding another fret lets you bend the highest D up to an E, giving you access to four octaves of musical possibilities.

MORE TRADITIONAL BODY RADII
MORE TRADITIONAL BODY RADII

The Player Telecaster body is hand-shaped to original specifications.

“F”-STAMPED NECK PLATE
“F”-STAMPED NECK PLATE

Each Player Telecaster includes an “F”-stamped neck plate, leaving no doubt as to the instrument’s pedigree.

Body
  • Body Material
    Alder
  • Body Finish
    Gloss Polyester
  • Body Shape
    Telecaster®
Neck
  • Neck Material
    Maple
  • Neck Finish
    Satin Urethane Finish on Back, Gloss Urethane Finish on Front
  • Neck Shape
    Modern “C”
  • Scale Length
    25.5″ (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Material
    Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius
    9.5″ (241 mm)
  • Number of Frets
    22
  • Fret Size
    Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Material
    Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width
    1.650″ (42 mm)
  • Position Inlays
    Black Dots
  • Truss Rod
    Standard
  • Truss Rod Nut
    3/16″ Hex Adjustment
Electronics
  • Bridge Pickup
    Player Series Alnico 5 Tele Single-Coil
  • Neck Pickup
    Player Series Alnico 5 Tele Single-Coil
  • Controls
    Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Switching
    3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Configuration
    SS
Hardware
  • Bridge
    6-Saddle String-Through-Body Tele® with Bent Steel Saddles
  • Hardware Finish
    Nickel/Chrome
  • Tuning Machines
    Standard Cast/Sealed
  • Pickguard
    3-Ply Parchment
  • Control Knobs
    Knurled Flat-Top
  • Switch Tip
    Barrel Style
  • Neck Plate
    4-Bolt “F” Stamped

 

Squire Deluxe Stratocaster®

 

FEATURES
  • Maple neck with “C”-shaped profile and satin finish
  • 22-fret maple fingerboard
  • Three Duncan Designed™ SC-101 single-coil pickups with five-way switching
  • Parchment pickguard and aged white control knobs
  • Two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with block saddles
BODY
  • Body Material
    Basswood
  • Body Shape
    Stratocaster®
  • Body Finish
    Polyurethane
NECK
  • Neck Material
    Maple
  • Neck Finish
    Polyurethane
  • Neck Shape
    “C” Shape
  • Scale Length
    25.5″ (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Material
    Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius
    9.5″ (241 mm)
  • Number of Frets
    22
  • Fret Size
    Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Material
    Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width
    1.650″ (42 mm)
  • Position Inlays
    Black Dots
  • Truss Rod
    Standard
ELECTRONICS
  • Bridge Pickup
    Duncan Designed™ SC-101B Single-Coil
  • Middle Pickup
    Duncan Designed™ SC-101 Single-Coil
  • Neck Pickup
    Duncan Designed™ SC-101N Single-Coil
  • Controls
    Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
  • Switching
    5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Configuration
    SSS
HARDWARE
  • Bridge
    2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Block Saddles
  • Hardware Finish
    Chrome
  • Tuning Machines
    Standard Die-Cast
  • Pickguard
    3-Ply Parchment
  • Control Knobs
    Aged White Plastic
  • Switch Tip
    Aged White
  • Neck Plate
    4-Bolt Engraved
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Strings
    Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
  • Other Features
    Aged White Plastic Parts, Traditional Strat®; Headstock Shape, Satin Finished Maple Neck, Three Duncan Designed™; Single-Coil Pickups, 3-Ply Parchment Pickguard, Black Dot Position Inlays, Gold Logo
  • Legal Notice
    Product Prices, Features, Specifications and Availability Are Subject To Change Without Notice

Player Series Stratocaster®

Model #: 0144502500

Player Series pickups are crisp and articulate, a modern tweak of our classic sound.

This Stratocaster features a two-point tremolo bridge for smooth, superior tremolo action.

Breaking with tradition, it has a dedicated tone control for the bridge pickup, giving you more control over your sound in pickup positions one and two.

Adding another fret extends the range, while the “Modern C”-shaped neck profile is comfortable for almost any playing style.

The Player Stratocaster model’s sleek curves are hand-shaped to original specifications.

Each Player Stratocaster includes an “F”-stamped neck plate, leaving no doubt as to the instrument’s pedigree.

Features
  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • Three Player Series single-coil Stratocaster pickups
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5″-radius fingerboard
  • 2-point tremolo bridge with bent-steel saddles

Environmental Responsibility (Phase One)

Taking care of the environment is a responsibility that we have started to feel accountable for. You might be surprised to discover that while we all need to make lifestyle changes, saving the planet doesn’t have to mean giving up the things you love. An Ecological Footprint is an indicator of human pressure on nature. It is figured by calculating the area required to produce the resources people consume, the area occupied by infrastructure, and the area of forest required for sequestering CO2 not absorbed by the ocean. NOVA Music Center has started it’s journey to reduce its ecological footprint! Continue reading

How to Take Care of Your Ukulele

The Ukulele is a beginner-friendly musical instruments but you better make sure that you keep your Uke clean and in good condition, otherwise its sound quality might decline (not to mention its appearance). Here are a few pointers:
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If you’re tired of offering the same old boring presents, try gifting someone a Ukulele!

Everybody I know has had at least one experience throughout their life where they didn’t know what to buy for a friend or a relative, and ended up buying a very random, uninteresting present, such as a picture frame, a scarf or a decorative candle. Well, I can’t think of a more unique and useful present than a Ukulele! The Uke is the ultimate gift: fun, useful, great for people of all ages, and cheap! It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of a present for your 5-year-old nephew or your 80-year-old uncle, the Uke can be enjoyed by everyone! It’s also useful for many stages of our lives: it enhances both kids’ concentration as well as academic results, it can help shy teenagers get comfortable with public performances, it offers a new opportunity to learn a musical instrument to those who had tried for years but never really succeeded, and it also promotes social interaction and cognitive stimulation for retired seniors. The Ukulele is also great for relaxation, brainstorming sessions and it also helps to kill time while we are waiting for someone. And to top it all, the Uke is also a cheap gift and requires very little maintenance! Continue reading

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act is the advanced reiteration of the No Child Left Behind or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; it’s a landmark piece of legislation and the first law of federal education that gives structure to a lot of access to learning arts and music for every student. The education of arts and music is included as a well-rounded education in the law, are the original level and transformation in federal education policy. This means that there is a great access to resources and funds to maintain strengthen and develop the education of music in public schools.

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How I’m teaching my son to play the ukulele

I’ve always wanted to learn a musical instrument and when I found out about the Ukulele I was beyond excited, because not only did it seem a somewhat easy instrument for me to pick up, but it also seemed a great fit for my 6-year-old son! It had the cool look of a guitar, only way smaller and less intimidating, and I also felt that if we began learning to play the Uke together it would be an amazing way for us to connect deeper with each other. Continue reading

Effect Pedals

I love effect pedals! If you haven’t had an opportunity to play with a stomp box a it is time to head to a music shop. They are fun. What they do is alter the sound produced by your electric guitar. Actually, it is not limited to the electric guitar; pedals can alter the sound of any instrument. Stomp your foot and change the sound of any instrument as long as it’s sound is converted into an electric signal either through a pickup or a microphone. In other words, you got to get the sound into one of those fun little boxes somehow. Continue reading

Choosing the Right Method Book for a Piano Student (Introduction)

By Minette

For a new piano teacher, the numerous piano method books available today can be overwhelming. New teachers often choose a piano method based on a fellow teacher’s recommendation or use the books they learned about.  And for a new teacher, this may be the best option.  A teacher should be confident and not distracted by the material. Continue reading

How to Tune Your Guitar Quick and Easy

Tune it or die! You can find this message two guitar players written on T-shirts, mugs and bumper stickers. As a guitar player bangs and bends their strings, it will eventually go out of tune. Sometimes you go out at home, in practice or on stage. Every guitar player has been there. So turn on that handy electric tuner, clip it to your guitar, tune it and tune often. Your band mates and your audience will love you for it. Continue reading

Choosing the Right Method Book for a Piano Student (Russian School)

Used by many music schools and piano teachers in Russia, this rigid and systematic method takes about 9 to 11 years to master. A technical proficiency exam takes place after the fifth year. It is one of the tried and tested pedagogical methods that are still being actively used by many classical piano teachers today. What characterizes this technique the most are its emphasis on technical virtuosity, strong note reading skills, cantabile playing, and performance individuality. Teachers have also praised this method for the emphasis on using the arm movement and relaxed wrists to avoid overstraining the fingers even when playing highly challenging pieces. Continue reading

New Opportunities for Music Students in 2016

by Tiffany Herleikson,

Budget pressures and a growing focus on testing reading and math have crowded the arts out of many schools. The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is a big win for a well-rounded education for our children and music and the arts in our schools. The inclusion of music and arts in the bill signed by the President last December shows that Congress believes music is part of a “well-rounded” education. And it is. Continue reading

7 Reasons to Take a Ukulele to College

“Are you really taking that?” When you’re packing for college, sometimes a little ruthlessness is needed. If there are clothes in your closet that haven’t seen the light of day for 6 months or more, what makes you think you’re suddenly going to start wearing them when you get there? Also, do you really need two games consoles? It’s a sad fact of life that Continue reading

Common Bach Mouthpieces

 

7C
Depth Medium
Diameter 16.20mm
Medium wide, lowered toward the outside. Medium sharp inside. Well rounded edge with a perfect grip.
Probably the most widely used model in the world. Its brilliant tone is preferred by school musicians and by artists

5C
Medium
16.25mm
Medium wide, well rounded toward the inside and outside, fairly flat.
For players with a strong embouchure who do not like a sharp edge. The tone is lively and rich.

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About Rosin

Why do I need rosin?
Because rosin is sticky. When you apply rosin to the hairs of your bow and draw the bow across the strings of your violin (or viola, cello or bass) the rosin grips the string and tugs at it. The bow keeps moving and the string snaps back to its original position and is caught again by the rosin on the hair and the cycle is repeated. This happens very, very quickly. In the case of your A-string 440 times per second. If a bow’s hair has never been rosined it will not grip and the hair just slides over the string and you hear nothing. Continue reading

Notes on the Trumpet Mouthpiece

What to buy, what to buy. First problem, everyone is different physically, and this has a lot to do with picking the mouth piece that will help you get the sound you want. So, professional trumpet players often have a lot of mouthpieces. Some change mouthpieces every song. Some use the mouthpiece that came with the trumpet. What you are looking for is a mouthpiece that has a great sound, great projection, great range, great flexibility, and a rim that feels just right. Continue reading

According to Dr. Nina Kraus

According to Dr. Nina Kraus’s work with the Harmony Project, students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also attend college as well.

Kraus N., Slater J., Thompson E.C., Hornickel J., Strait D.L., Nicol T. & White-Schwoch T. (2014), “Auditory learning through active engagement with sound: Biological impact   NAMM Foundation

A Practical Guide for Recruitment and Retention

 

Tips for Success brought to you by the Music Achievement Council will help answer a range of questions, from how to prepare an instrument replacement plan for how to expand the learning power of music. These tips are complemented by short videos and will enhance the user’s experience.

A Practical Guide for Recruitment and Retention brought to you by the Music Achievement Council is the most complete manual on recruiting and retention of beginning instrumental music, compiled from the ideas and practices of music teachers, music dealers and the music ducts industry.   NAMM Foundation

Available at NOVA Music Center

D.C. Fly-In 2016

Each spring, NAMM members gather in Washington, D.C. To “stand up for music education” and to serve as advocates for the right of every child to learn and grow with music. With the passage of the federal education law –Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – NAMM members, artists and other industry influencers will meet with their Congressional Representatives to thank them for passing ESSA, and to reinforce the importance of music being designated as significant to a well-rounded education. As ESSA guides state and local education policy, NAMM members have the opportunity to learn from representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and other national leaders on how ESSA will influence state and local education policies over time. NAMM Flyin



Coated Strings?

Coated strings are more expensive but last longer.

I lived near the beach for a while.  With the salt air I couldn’t keep strings on my guitar until I put on coated strings.  Some people have sweaty hand or the body chemistry is a bit different and they go through strings faster than they want to. Coated strings may help.

Marty Friedman (Shrapnel Records)

If you’re a guitar player, and a lot of times guitar players think that they have to be able to play everything that exists. They have to know how to play everything. They think that they have to know how to play like this guy. They have to know how to play like this guy. They have to learn all of these different things, and that’s totally not true. All you have to do is be able to play your own music really, really, really, really well. Like for example, I could never, ever play like Jeff Beck. If I practiced every day for years, I could never, ever play like that, or Eddie Van Halen, or anybody. I could never, ever do it.

Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats)

Sometimes a young player will become blinded by the technique aspect and it will distract them from the bigger picture, which is of course you’re meant to write music and play music with other people, and play music to other people.

Nuno Bettencourt

I think the main thing is, for any guitar player, don’t just be a guitar player. Don’t be obsessed with guitar only. Be obsessed with the guitar, but also be obsessed with music and rhythm playing. You know, solos are just a small portion of the song. You will make your own history and be yourself amongst how you can play in a song. That will separate you from everybody else.

Phil Collen (Def Leppard)

I always say two things are very important to guitar players – you’ve got to be listening to the rest of the band, and the song is king. Everything else pales in comparison. You’ve got to make the singer sound great. And then the rhythm and melody follows. Be mindful of the song.  (City Pages)

Zakk Wylde

Whatever it is you love, do it… you have to have passion for what you do. (Guitar Messenger)

Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)

“But I think if I can give any advice, it’s to really work hard on the craft of songwriting because it is the foundation of our business. Without a good song, we can all be the best musicians, but if you haven’t got a good song to play, no one is going to come see you play, no one is going to buy your records, and you have no career. It’s a very important part of what builds a person’s style, a band’s voice, and a particular instrumentalist’s voice. That’s the best advice I can give. If you’re not good at songwriting, find a good songwriter to learn from. And even if you are a good songwriter already, write with as many different people as you can because you learn something new every time you sit down with a new guy.” (Vintage Guitar)

John Mayer

“I can’t stress enough how important it is to write bad songs. There’s a lot of people who don’t want to finish songs because they don’t think they’re any good. Well, they’re not good enough. Write it! I want you to write me the worst songs you could possibly write me because you won’t write bad songs. You’re thinking they’re bad so you don’t have to finish it. That’s what I really think it is. Well it’s all right. Well, how do you know? It’s not done!”

Kirk Hammett from Metallica

When you’re first starting out, there’s always the temptation to hide behind distortion because it lets you get away with murder. But, when it comes to rhythm work, you’ve gotta back off that gain control a bit, especially if you’re playing with another guitarist. Actually, over the years, James and I have found that besides giving our tone more definition and cut, backing off the gain makes us play our riffs better because we can’t get away with being sloppy. (Guitar World)

Jack White

They need to quit playing video games, throw away their Auto-Tune program and cut three strings off their guitar. (NME)

Slash

I do know how to take a basic scale and change the notes around to suit my needs. I also know how to play major, minor and pentatonic scales all the way up the neck, but that’s about as complicated as I get.  (Guitar World)

Charles Darwin

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.

Aldous Huxley

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Albert Einstein

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.

Maya Angelou

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

Victor Hugo

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent

Friedrich Nietzsche

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

Bob Marley

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

John Denver

Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit.  No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.

Gustav Mahler

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.

Famous Trumpet Players and the Mouthpieces They Use

Many people find out what mouthpiece their favorite player use run out and get one for themselves. Everybody is different physically and so this almost always ends in disappointment. But it is still fun to see what they use.

Louis Armstrong: 7C Leblanc France and others Selmer, Schilke, Giardinelli, Bach
Eric Aubier: Bach 1 1/2C
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S. Talkovich Electric Guitars Tele-SOLD

S. Talkovich Electric Guitars Tele S. Talkovich Electric Guitars Tele S. Talkovich Electric Guitars Tele S. Talkovich Electric Guitars TeleAs This guitar was reviewed by G.E. Smith, Stephen Talkovich’s attention to detail is wonderful.  Stephen Talkovich used laser engraving process on the design. Great tone.  It is characteristically tele sounding and articulate. The Rockwood neck helps to create sustain and note definition.  The action is fast and smooth. We are told that this guitar has been played by famous players and collectorsand that this was the only model produced. Some nicks, dings, and marks in the finish. You will see some crazing in certain areas of the nitro. Everything works great and as intended. The cavity is fully shielded.  This instrument is of pro quality.  Call 703-335-5001 for more information.

McCurdy Moderna-SOLD

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Instruments currently built in New York City, NY. Luthier Ric McCurdy has been producing custom guitars since 1983. Originally based in Santa Barbara, CA, he moved to New York City in 1991 where he studied archtop guitar building with Bob Benedetto.

Since then, he has been concentrating on fine archtop and electric guitars for musicians. McCurdy has built and repaired guitars for several artists including John Abercrombie, Sheryl Bailey, Joe Beck, Paul Bollenbeck, Joe Cocker, Kenny Loggins, Jimmy Vivano, Jack Wilkins, and Jimmy Wyble.

J Triggs Tele-SOLD

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Tele shaped solid body electric guitar with a bolt on neck. This guitar weighs approximately 6 Ibs. 4 oz The swamp ash body was hand manufactured in the USA.

Typical 25 1/2″ scale with a 1 5/8″ bone nut on the neck.  The pickups (also manufactured in the US) are Seymour Duncan Broadcaster Pickups. The color is a custom spindrift color. It’s a flip-flop color that changes from a deep blue to a deep purple.  Jin Triggs has a world class reputation in the guitar industry for creating one of a kind art instruments. He worked for Gibson Guitars for sis years. During his tenure there he signed over 700 labels on archtop guitars as the head of the archtop guitar department.

Since 1992 Jim has built custom made archtops for Mundell Lowe. Pat Martina, Alan Jackson, Steve Miller, Ranger Doug Green, Marty Stuart and many others. Jim has also had a guitar in the Smithsonian Institute as part of Scott Chinery’s Blue Guitar Collection. Jim has worked in the past on a contract basis with these other notable companies: Cort Guitars, Martin Guitars, Washbum Guitars, TKL Inc. and Grover Trophy Inc.

Gibson J-200 Elite Custom-SOLD

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Gibson Les Paul Supreme-SOLD

Gibson Les Paul Supreme Gibson Les Paul Supreme Gibson Les Paul SupremeLes Paul Supreme wine red electric guitar with original hardcase. Guitar has a mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, gold plate finish, Tune-o-matic bridge, gold speed knobs, Grover tuners and two Alnico magnet humbuckers.

Fender Tom Delonge Stratocaster w/ Mods-SOLD

Fender Modded Tom Delonge Stratocaster Fender Modded Tom Delonge Stratocaster Fender Modded Tom Delonge Stratocaster This guitar began as a Tom DeLonge (Blink 182) with a single bridge pickup (Seymour Duncan Invader).

It now has Seymour Duncans in neck (SH59 single coil size humbucker), middle (JB/Jeflf Beck single coil size hutnbucker ) and a full size Pearly Gates in the bridge. The wiring was upgraded with TFN Technologies’ “ULTIMOD”. The “ULTIMOD” for stratocaster wiring harness is loaded with features that allow for single coil or humbuckers in the customary three positions to be put in various order and combinations of series and parallel configurations… which translates to a great variety of tonal textures. The middle tone knob is replaced with a selector that moves the signal into three different patterns, and when combined with the five way selector, it yields 15 combinations of pickups is series or parallel.  S/N MZ1161814

Ron DeMarino USA Handmade Custom Strat-SOLD

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This baby features an alder body for an extremely balanced tone! The neck is maple/maple with a super thin C profile! The 10″ radius coupled with the ‘fretless wonder1 frets enable low action and choke-free bending! The high mass brass bridge adds sustain and resonance! All of this gorgeous tone is grabbed by the EMG single coil active pickups.  DeMarino was known for his incredible inlay work and this fingerboard and headstock have exquisite inlays! There are some cheesy stickers loosly attached to the guitar.  We believe they could fairly easy removed.

Carvin DC150 Electric Guitar: SOLD

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Instruments currently produced in Escondido, CA since 1969. Previous production was located in Covina, CA from 1949 to 1969. Carvin instruments are sold through direct catalog sales, as well as through five factory stores in CA: Covina, Hollywood, Sacramento, San Diego, and Santa Ana.

In 1946, Lowell Kiesel founded Kiesel Electronics in Los Angeles, California. Three years later, the Kiesel family settled in Covina, California, and began the original catalog business of manufacturing and distributing lap steel guitars, small tube amps, and pickups. The Carvin trademark was derived from Kiesel´s two oldest sons, Carson and Gavin. Guitars were originally offered in kit form, or by parts since 1949; Carvin began building complete guitars in 1956. By 1978, the glued set-neck design replaced the bolt-on necks. The majority of the current guitar and bass models currently feature a neck-through design.

Carvin has always been a mail-order-only company, and offers players a wide range of options on the individual models. Even though they can´t be tried out before they´re bought, Carvin offers a ten-day money-back guarantee. Because Carvin sells factory direct, these guitars are not stocked in music stores. It is suggested that a current copy of their catalog be requested (free of charge) to find out more about the company´s current models and pricing. Carvin also used to have a factory store in Sherman Oaks.

Carvin offers a full range of guitar and bass replacement parts in their full line catalog. The Carvin company also offers mixing boards, power amplifiers, power mixers, P.A. speakers, monitor speakers, guitar combo amps/heads/cabinets, and bass amps/cabinets. Lowell Kiesel passed away on December 28, 2009.


Breedlove Calendar VI Revival OMM C/A Acoustic Guitar-SOLD

Breeedlove Calendon VIBreeedlove Calendon VIBreeedlove Calendon VIThis is from the Breedlove custom shop and the G’A means cutaway and that its an artist guitar.

This revival OMM is the Alex DeGrassi model.  Its an dm body style with a soft cutaway-featuring a Sitka spruce top finished in sunburst with Honduran Mahogany back and sides.

Beautiful abalone top purfling and sound hole rosette with black body binding. Width at the nut is 1&3/4. Scale length is 25&1 2. Just a joy to play! A wonderful low profile neck with action that makes the guitar play like butter. Intonation is very consistent all of me way up the finger board. The guitar is up there with other high end acoustic guitars with a very resonant and complex sound, great depth, very harmonically rich and lots of sustain. Balance across the strings is perfect and as mentioned, the playability is fabulous. It can be used in standard tuning but also in alternate tunings. Continue reading

Soloway Swan-SOLD

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The 27-inch scale length is probably the most important design element to the Soloway Swan guitars, and the elongated neck that results from longer scale length is the inspiration for the model name “The Swan”. The scale length (the distance from the nut to the bridge) is a critical characteristic of the design of any guitar.

The shorter 24 inch scale length that is typical of Gibson guitars make string easier to bend and contribute to the rich tone. The longer 25 inch scale length of Fender guitars help provide the twang and snap that has made them so useful for country players and the bite that has made them a staple of R&B. When PRS first rose to prominence, one of the characteristics that set them apart was a then unique 25 inch-scale length that emphasized mid-range tones and provided a compromise between the traditional Gibson and Fender formulae.

The 27-inch scale length of the Swan produces a remarkable level of clarity, presence, and articulation that most guitarists have never experienced. When playing a Swan, the notes just seem to jump off the instrument. The Swan Long Neck guitars are not baritones. While they can be very effective in lowered tunings, they are designed to be played at standard pitch.

Even with the longer scale length, the Swan was designed to be a very player friendly guitar. A very thin neck profile, a flat fingerboard radius and extra-large frets make the Swan extremely easy to play, so easy in fact that most people don’t even notice the extra length. Difficult chords and intervals are still easy to reach, even at the bottom of the neck.

The 7-string models get an even greater benefit from the longer scale length. Most 7-string guitars present a choice between two compromises. Either the added string is too loose, producing a muddy tone and poor articulation, or the string has to be too heavy which makes it both much louder than the other six strings and causes intonation issues at the bottom of the neck. The longer scale length of the Swan LN eliminates this compromise and allows the use of a string that produces a balanced tension and volume with the other 6 strings while also providing tonal clarity and proper intonation.

Taylor-SOLD

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Instruments currently built in El Cajon, CA since 1987 and in Tecate, Mexico since the mid-1990s. Distributed in North America by Taylor Guitars of El Cajon, CA and in Europe by Fender Musical Instrument Corporation (FMIC) located in Scottsdale, AZ. Previously produced in Lemon Grove, CA between 1974 through 1987.

Founding partners Bob Taylor, Steve Schemmer, and Kurt Listug were all working at the American Dream guitar repair shop in Lemon Grove, California, in the early 1970s. In 1974, the trio bought the shop and converted it into a guitar building factory. The company went through early growing pains throughout the late 1970s, but slowly and surely the guitars began catching on. In 1983, Listug and Taylor bought out Schemmer’s share of the company, and re-incorporated. Fueled by sales of models such as the Grand Concert in 1984, the company expanded into new facilities in Santee, California (near El Cajon) in 1987. In 1989, Taylor bought their first CNC machine. In 2007, Taylor reorganized their guitar line to distinguish their acoustic, acoustic/electric, and electric lines from one another. All cutaway electric models remain in the number series, while acoustic models were renamed and organized according to their body shape. Taylor also has a complete custom shop open. In 2008, Fender began distributing Taylor Guitars in Europe.

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Victor Baker Solid Body Guitar-SOLD

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Victor Baker Guitars

In the late 1990’s Vic started his journey into guitar making in Philadelphia. Vic really broke out in 2001 when he was commissioned for 8 guitars. This led to a buildup of recognition and an extremely busy building period that lasted until 2008. At this point after assembling well over 200 instruments, Vic’s guitars were in the hands of players around the world. These busy guitar shop years were a juggling act between building guitars and staying in the playing game as much as possible.

In late 2008, Vic was sidelined by a reoccuring injury to his elbow (caused by the grindwork of sanding and shaping the guitars) and was forced to take it easy. He had to limit 2008’s output but as of late 2009 he is healed up and back in commission. Right now Victor is thoroughly enjoying a full schedule of building, gigging, composing, recording and playing with his group. In January 2010 he took the plunge and relocated to NYC, and set up a new workshop in Brooklyn.

Victor Baker Guitar: Bop-SOLD

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Victor Baker Guitars

In the late 1990’s Vic started his journey into guitar making in Philadelphia. Vic really broke out in 2001 when he was commissioned for 8 guitars. This led to a buildup of recognition and an extremely busy building period that lasted until 2008. At this point after assembling well over 200 instruments, Vic’s guitars were in the hands of players around the world. These busy guitar shop years were a juggling act between building guitars and staying in the playing game as much as possible.

In late 2008, Vic was sidelined by a reoccuring injury to his elbow (caused by the grindwork of sanding and shaping the guitars) and was forced to take it easy. He had to limit 2008’s output but as of late 2009 he is healed up and back in commission. Right now Victor is thoroughly enjoying a full schedule of building, gigging, composing, recording and playing with his group. In January 2010 he took the plunge and relocated to NYC, and set up a new workshop in Brooklyn.

Warrior Guitar: Dran Michael Isabella-SOLD

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Warrior Anointed Hand Made Instruments

Instruments currently built in Rossville, GA. Distributed by Warrior. Warrior has been producing guitars since 1995.

Warrior Anointed Hand Made Instruments currently offers high quality custom-built bass models that feature bolt-on and neck-through designs, exotic woods, and an innovative “through-body stringing” that corrects the floppy feeling of the low B-string. Warrior has a full design team to create the guitars. They also do not produce a standard line of guitars. Most models have several options available and many customers do not order their guitars with only standard features.

Highiine Envirocaster-SOLD

Highline HighlineHighline Electric Guitars is a one man operation based at the foot of the Rocky Mountains just outside of Denver, Colorado.  From the maker, Chris Monck:

“What you can expect is a darn good guitar that was handmade from start to finish. Each guitar I build takes well over 150 hours to build. No CNC machines were used to carve this guitar and the finish was applied by hand. I even wind my own pickups. Only the finest quality components are used and each instrument is carefully assembled by me and tested to work as it should.  If you want a reasonably priced guitar with personality, mojo and a little piece of the maker’s soul, you’ve found it.”

Here are the specs for the Highiine Envirocaster #19:
Body: Ash harvested from a sustainable source.
Neck: Flamed Maple with a flamed Maple fretboard, both harvested from a sustainable source.
Thickness at the 1st fret: .860″ and .900″ at the 12th fret.
Scale: 25.5″
Fretboard radius: 12″
Truss rod: Dual action.
Tuners: WD Music Products, Inc.® diecast tuners.
Nut: Hand slotted vintage bone. 41mm wide with a 34mm string spread.
Strings: .009.-042
Fret wire: 24 medium frets. Width: .092″ Height: .048″ Leveled and dressed with rounded edges
Tone: Leans toward a vintage Strat-like tone. Not as loud as some modern Strats tend to be, however, it
does have a rich, full-bodied tone .
Pickups: Custom wound Highline single coils.
Controls: One volume knobs, two tone knobs and a 5-way switch.
Bridge: Fender import hardtail bridge (PN 0058274000) with strings passing through the body. 52.25mm
string spread.
Action: Very low with not a hint of string buzz.
Finish: Red wash with a high gloss water-based, environmentally friendly lacquer topcoat.
Weight: 8.6 Ibs.

 

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Guitar Makers

Guitar Manufacturers

Barbara Guitars

The company was founded in 2001. “I have been playing, customizing and building guitars since I was seven years old. After a brief career at a local guitar icon – I started the company to build guitars on my own that the big guys wouldn’t build. I named the company as a tribute to my Mother who was my first music teacher and who had recently passed away.” Alan R. Kenyon Luthier/Owner

Bertoncini

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Gibson ES-125 1950s-SOLD

Gibson ES 125 Gibson ES 125First available in 1941, the ES-125 was brought out as a successor to the ES-100. The ES-125 featured a single P-90 pickup, laminated body to mitigate feedback issues, and a wide profile for maximum acoustic playability. The original pickup had had 6 Alnico slug pole pieces. In 1950 the P90 transitioned to 6 adjustable poles between two Alnico 5 bar magnets. In the 1970s, all ES-125 models were discontinued and this well-liked electric guitar left the lineup to take a seat in Gibson guitar history.

Most players think it’s a great choice for jazz, blues and rockabilly. Among the more notable fans of the ES-125 are Sheryl Crow, George Thorogood, Wes Montgomery, and Izzy Stradlin. The guitar was well-loved due to its bright tone and playability, as well as the option of playing electrically or acoustically. It produces a welcoming tone that was preserved throughout its production history. Though Gibson ceased production in the 1970s the guitar still remains popular on the collector’s circuit.

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