Monthly Archives: August 2012

Top Ten Historical Basses of Legendary Players

10. Gene Simmons’ Axe Bass   As if their pyrotechnics and shock-rock make-up weren’t enough, Gene Simmons’ flair for the fantastic even made its way to his instruments.  In the late 70’s, there was no bigger band in the world than KISS, and Gene Simmons wanted the most rock-n-roll bass guitar ever. He hired guitar […]






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Empire Guitars Presents: Duke Robillard and Paul Kolesnikow play “I’m Confessin’ That I Love You”

  Watch these two fantastic guitarist play a Les Paul inspired arrangement of this wonderful jazz standard  






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Guitars of the New Wave Era

  Remember MTV? Before the latest generation of iPods, iPhones and MP3 Players… MTV was “it”.  A 24-hour concert in our living rooms that arrived in 1981 and rocketed entire genres of music to the top of the charts. Like “New Wave”.  But  New Wave wasn’t really “New” when it arrived in the U.S.  It […]






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The Gibson Firebird: Still Flying High

  Classic cars and vintage guitars: two great things that go even better together.  From Leo Fender’s use of car colors to differentiate his finish options for his guitars to the Beach Boys singing about tooling around in their “Little Deuce Coupe” between surfing sessions, fast cars and loud guitars have an eternal connection.  In […]






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A Page for the Books

  How do you begin to describe Jimmy Page?   Rock royalty.   Self-taught guitar prodigy. Founder of the English rock band Led Zepplin. A Yardbird.  Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. The fact is, no single description does Page justice. His multi-faceted personal and musical persona merits endless commentary and accolades. Likewise, the long […]






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