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Monday, December 1, 2014

The Music Man Journey

The Music Man journey began in 1971, with a small company called Tri-Sonix, Inc. After a few hits and misses, founders Forrest White and Tom Walker invited their old friend Leo Fender to come aboard. Leo Fender's involvement was limited to a silent partnership, thanks to a 10-year non-compete contract that was part of the sale of Fender Guitars to CBS. Fender wasn't happy with the Name Tri-Sonix, and eventually the company was re-named Music Man, at his urging. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Supro Brings American Tube Tone to Guitar Hangar

Classic American Tube Tone

Supro Amps are a bit of a legend in the guitar world. Used by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Albert Lee and countless others, Supro amps helped lay down the foundations of blues and rock. But Supro's roots go way back, to a time before rock n roll even existed... All the way back to the birth of the electric guitar...

Finding Mick Ronson's Ziggy Stardust-Era "Topless" Les Paul Custom

Saying goodbye to an old friend...

In the spring of 2000 I was driving with Ian Hunter and we were having a conversation about Mick Ronson as we had done many, many times. Ian told me he still had several of Mick’s guitars stored at his house and I commented on what an inspiration Mick had been to me and that I would love to own one of his guitars. I said, “the guitar I would love to find is the stripped LP Custom that he played with Bowie.” Ian replied “ God only knows where that went, Mick probably gave it to some guy walking across the street. He didn’t care about gear, it was just a tool to him.”