Hey Kid's! Get Off My Lawn, Seat!

A lot has been written lately about the demise of the electric guitar. There have been national
news stories written about it. It’s a constant source of discussion at least in my circles. The
problem seems to be based on a waning interest in the instrument by our younger generations.
I have to admit there are a number of factors that I find interesting and contributing.

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Life Decisions, Mud Fights and What I Learned From A Bee Keeper

For the last five years, I have been a twenty-five percent partner in the Bad Cat Amplifier Company. Through a confluence of events which led to financial difficulties in my partners secondary (to Bad Cat) business , I was asked to invest and acquire more shares in Bad Cat. Of course I was happy to do so. However, Needless to say, the negotiations did not go well. In fact, they were disastrous and ultimately led me resigning my position within the company and stepping away from the business. 

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Anaheim We Have A Problem!

NAMM comes around on the calendar every twelve months; although these days twelve months feel like about four. Didn’t we just get back?!  I’m not a fan of hard and fast deadlines; lazy people tend to be like that. It does help to know we have to finish something by a certain date. Every year we come home from NAMM frazzled and we tell ourselves that we are going to get an early start and prepare for the next year well in advance.

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My Garage Sale Find

One weekend morning a while back I found myself driving out of my neighborhood on a donut run when I spotted a very tempting fluorescent red sign which read “Estate Sale.”

Like any great delusional appreciator of fine vintage gear I had heard tales of people coming across some well-preserved, priceless instrument at these sales and immediately had thoughts of picking up some gem for less than the cost of an Indonesian Stratocaster.

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Tone Is In The Hands

We have all heard it said, and in some cases have seen it. Tone is in the hands. I’ll illustrate, a few years ago at the NAMM show, we were fortunate enough to have Will McFarland stop by our booth. Will is an extraordinary session player with Bonnie Raitt and many others. Will grabbed a Telecaster and the original prototype of our Siamese drive, plugged it straight into a Classic Deluxe 112 combo and proceeded to make some of the most beautiful guitar sounds I have ever heard. I remember him saying to me, “I could take this pedal, this amp and play any gig,” high praise from a player of this caliber.

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