SPRING 2012- The Maingard Sound
Do you have a “desert island” music collection, the music that would make the cut if you were stranded forever with just 50 songs? We do, and among the 50 would be 10 featuring Earl Klugh. His playing is astounding: melodic and soulful, smooth as glass -- with pristine, fluent execution. I guess that is why he plays a Maingard. If you play that well, you want every flawless nuance to be heard.
Memo: Hint, hint . . . I sure would love a gift I will actually use . . .
Although we are VERY green as a company, (as some of you know judging by the packing in our boxes) we are advocates to "raze the re-gifting rut." We figure ~ who needs more bath oil and another mug warmer? So this year, we are on a mission to help you become "re-gift free," as both the giver and the receiver.
Here are "wish-list" fav's, you might want to add to your own list.
Loudbox Mini Acoustic Instrument Amplifier
This amp is robust, it's versatile, it's light and it's tough. Our guitars sound amazing through this box. The word "mini" is a bit misleading, because although it is small and light, it packs a serious punch sonically. The Loudbox Mini is tight and clean at 60Watts. There are two channels featuring Fishman’s legendary preamp and tone control designs, plus digital reverb and chorus for the instrument channel and reverb for the microphone channel. It also has an MP3 input and balanced XLR D.I. output – great for jamming along or capturing your performances.
Open mic night is every night in Nashville. This amp is perfect for those situations as well. It can cover a small room by itself easily, with great broad EQ-ing abilities for room compensation. And because it is light, you won't be breaking a sweat going from your car to the stage.
It retails for 299.00 normally, but if you call, we will give a "brother-in-law" Holiday price.
LR Baggs PreAmp Venue Pedal
What do my $300.00 Factory Takamine and my $7500.00 Bashkin have in common? The ability to sound great in any situtation-with this Baggs Premp Pedal, that is. It is specifically designed for acoustic instruments.
The Bashkin? A dream. I set the 5 band EQ with tunable low-mid and high-mid bands to stay transparent, letting my Bashkin guitar do all the work. Still, the mute/chromatic tuner with the BIG digital readout gets a workout, along with the boost feature, which allows my light fingerpicking songs to automatically match the louder stuff. The phase inverter keeps me free from nasty ground loops as well but I have to say, on a majority of the gigs I do, I find myself loving the Garrett Null notch filter for those frequencies the sound man just cant seem to subtly adjust when it comes to feedback. I find it, notch it on the pedal and give him all the credit.
When it comes to the Takamine, the 3 in one Venue Pedal does some magic heavy lifting. That same EQ, transparent for the Bashkin, but fully customizable to the Tak, rounds out the factory pick-up in a way that makes people consistently ask about the "upgrade," and the "pedals" I'm using. In short, it makes my Tak sound simply above its pay grade, warm and full.
This PreAmp D.I. is more versatile and better sounding than any one I have ever used over the past 25 years of playing out. It is also a work horse in the studio, and we've used it with a variety of instruments. It makes everything sound great.
In short, consider this a tuxedo for an every day player and protector of the higher end instruments you play. It can make anything sound legitimately great, and it doesn't get in the way of those guitars that don't need anything.
$299.00 every day, but if your brother calls and asks for a break, we'll give him one, just for the Holidays, as long as he promises NOT to get you soap-on-a-rope ever again.
Colorado Case Covers
These premium case covers are designed to provide an R8 insulation and complete protection from the weather. They're made from 1000 denier Dupont Cordura and come with a lifetime warranty.
This is one sure way to keep your guitar protected, no matter what the situation. It features a large pleated pocket and a Cordura handle flap for a complete seal. These covers are made in silver with black piping, and MADE IN THE USA.
They come in various sizes for regular TKL or Cedar Creek style cases OR, the jumbo size fits J-200 cases or Hiscox cases as well. And we have a special style for Calton flight cases.
Regular retail runs $159.95 to $169.95, but if you call, we'll not only make sure the fit is right for your guitar, but we'll give you a Holiday price.
And if you want to ultimate in protection for your guitar, without all the associated weight of older traditional construction materials, check out our
Karura Flight Cases:
These very light cases are "baggage-handler" worthy with their carbon fiber construction. I've seen my Bashkin take a tumble getting on the load belt on American, and still it t came out the other side with no issues whatsoever. The design on this case is remarkable. The way the guitar sits in the cushions is nothing short of genius providing the most snug fit I've seen to date. As if that were not enough, the weight - or lack thereof, is an incredible perk. With other flight cases walking from the terminal to the rental car is tough, draining the wrist the fingers because of heft. The Karura is about 6 pounds, light enough to actually use the over shoulder strap, a bonus when you have to carry more than one thing.
The standard finish is a color infused gelcoat which comes in clear (showing carbon fiber underneath), black and white. The standard finish is a molded and polished finish so it may show some composite "print-through".
And every Karura flight case is hand-styled with a beautifully custom fit interior of crushed velvet. The standard velvet color is raspberry red. Other colors of velvet are also available as are other fabrics, please contact us to inquire about custom options or to see what we have on hand in stock. An optional “Allure” finish provides a beautifully smooth and lustrous surface that adds a touch of to the elegance to the case. The allure finish is produced by eliminating all visible composite material patterns and applying a high quality 2-pak coating.
The prices on this case, depending on the size and options, range from $1299.00 to $1669.00, but again, they are discounted for the Holidays. Call for the price and corresponding discount for your guitar.
So that's our strategy for "razing the re-gift rut", although if you have a 1950's Archtop Vega somewhere around the house, I know I'd be willing to leave the RRR and come pick it up!
Have a great Holiday and remember, cold can be rough on your guitar, drying out the top wood and sometimes raising your action. Keep your guitars indoors and don't leave them in the car while you go for the post-gig pancake! If you have to, get that Colorado Case Cover.
DAMP BAD. DAMPENING GOOD.
Summer in Tennessee . . .
Right about now, we wish the shop were located in Nome Alaska; and although we have moved, we only went as far as Nashville.
Guitar Gallery has relocated to the heart of Music City. We miss Emmy Lou, the cow who begged carrots every afternoon at the old place; but we are loving our new location just a few miles from Music row.
GUITAR GALLERY AND AURALEX
From the moment we played the first note in the new showroom we were in love. Reverberant hardwood floors make for some amazing natural reflection, so much so that we called up Auralex for some help in taming the "liveness." A few acoustic panels later, we have the perfect blend of "live" and "contained." In fact; we loved the acoustic sound dampening solutions Auralex provided us with so much that we became a dealer ourselves.
The easy to install sonic panels are light, customizable and incredibly effective in creating a quiet "true" sonic space. Although these panels are commonplace here in the Nashville recording studios, we didn't know they would be so effective in our setting, or so affordable. They're outstanding for creating that perfect listening space for our hand-made guitars.
GUITARS 4 TROOPS
Some responses from Troops who have received instruments through Guitar Gallery's charity, Guitars 4 Troops:
" . . . I want you both to know how much music can mean to us. I would also like to thank anyone who does donate to us troops out here I hope that you can let everyone know how much the music means to us sometimes its all we have . . ."
"I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for want you guys are doing for us troops. It give us the strength . . . Your support is greatly appreciated and know that you are part of keeping our morale, sanity, hope and spirits alive . . ."
" . . . he has played it everyday since he got it, usually after mission he will get together with a couple of guys that brought guitars, and it helps them cope with the day in day out battle stress that is brought on by being in a combat zone."
Two-hundred and thirty-four guitars later, we are still seeing what the simple gift of music is doing for our troops.
Thank you to all who have helped us support our Troops. We've been blown away by the many people who have donated funds, instruments, accessories, and their talent for fund raising, to Guitars 4 Troops. We had no idea the call for guitars would be so enormous. In addition to donations, Guitar Gallery has funded many of these instruments on its own. As of today, we have more requests than we can tangibly fill; so although we will continue to send out instruments, we are pausing on new requests. For more information on this charity, and how you can help bring some relief to our troops, click here.
Stay cool and remember to keep an eye on the humidity in the room where you store your instrument. The best range for keeping your guitar healthy and happy is 40% to 60%.
You. Us. Beautiful music. Thanks for making that possible in 2010, and here is to even better moments in 2011.
In your inbox today is the very infrequent, informative info you have asked for from us.
(So we are clear, our policy on email addresses is no one gets anything from us about you -- ever.)
What’s making us prattle on at cocktail parties in Nashville:
We have just become an official Franklin Dealer. Not familiar with this amazing builder?
Read more here …
Franklin guitars are the work of master Luthier Nick Kukich, who has more than 35 years of building experience behind him. His guitars are a unique blend of contemporary and traditional sound, (we know . . . hard to imagine . . . but go on our site and listen to the sound samples of his Brazilian that we in stock and listed).
At the shop here, we love his clean lines and understated elegance. Resonant, great feel to the player; he creates an instrument that is applicable in any number of musical situations. If you love both sides of the tone coin, Nick builds a guitar you will love.
In addition to the Brazilian we have in stock, we are receiving a Koa Jumbo from him shortly. Watch for that video and sound samples.
And as you know, we believe in giving back. (We call it depositing in the Bank of Good. We have given 10% of our revenue to charity for years now.)
Robin Weber, the Owner of Guitar Gallery, started a not-for-profit organization that supplies our military with something to offset the stress and boredom they face day in, day out. Guitars 4 Troops caught the attention of ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, and more than a few donors this month. Read more here . . .
As featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, Army Sgt. Bob Persch had always wanted to learn how to play guitar. When he was was deployed to Afghanistan, he couldn't find a guitar to play. His desire to play and help others, led Robin Weber at Guitar Gallery in White House, Tenn., to begin donating a guitar a week to U.S. troops in Iraq or Afghanistan . . . click here for that interview http://www.npr.org/2011/01/06/132699312/Guitars-Donated-To-U-S-Troops-In-Afghanistan#
In short, as these Troops receive guitars, instructional materials, etc., those of you who have purchased from us are being honored. It is through your patronage that they receive these instruments and materials. We thank you for that, and they do as well.
For more info on how you can contribute in any number of ways to Guitars 4 Troops, click here . . . http://www.guitargal.com/guitars4troops.html