Heading back to Market Hall, the 2016 Dallas International Guitar Festival is going to be incredible! Live performances are scheduled during this mind-blowing 3-day extravaganza! To be held April 29, 30 and May 1, artists include Robben Ford, Tele master Redd Volkaert, Ruthie Foster, Rick Vito, and Eric Gales. You can check out the full list HERE. With dozens of live performances and the best in new and vintage gear, it seems as though 3 days is barely enough. Show hours are Friday 12pm-7pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-6pm. We’re teaming up with our pals TV Jones for this spectacular event. Be sure to stop by for product demonstrations, Free 8-point Pit-Stop, and FREE vibrato installations–check out this FLYER for more details!
This is always one of the best events of the year, see you Friday—don’t miss out!
We’ve all experienced that sinking feeling in our bellies when we hear about a musicians gear being stolen. Far too many of us have personal stories along the same lines and rarely does the story end happily. Jimmy Page recently experienced one of the rare happy endings–albeit he had to wait 46 years! Page’s 1960 Black Beauty–which was equipped with a B7 vibrato–was stolen from an airport while on tour in April of 1970. Not many details have been released yet, but it is rumored that Page was reunited with the guitar back in early 2016 with the help of legendary collector and gent Perry Margouleff. While there too many photos of the instrument available, a few are shown below along with film of Led Zeppelin performing at the Royal Albert Hall. Not only does Page demonstrate his mastery of Bigsby, he does while paying homage to another hero in the Bigsby world: Mr. Eddie Cochran! Enjoy!
We’re gearing up for one of the BIGGEST events of the year—Musikmesse! To be held at the sprawling messe grounds in Frankfurt Germany April 7-10, no leaf is being left unturned. Pairing with our pals from TV Jones, this is sure to be a banner year. Make plans to stop by and check out our booth on the ground floor of Hall 11, booth B84! Full line of products as well as the opportunity get get up close and personal to check things out. We can’t wait to make the trek across the ocean and hope to see YOU soon!
Scores written, a style of guitar playing named for him, generations influenced, and songs included in the seemingly universal lexicon of American pop songs that everyone knows. These are, of course, just select generalizations of a few of the gifts that Merle Travis contributed during his long and illustrious career. If you’re a regular visitor to our site or simply enjoy learning about musical history, you may also be aware of how important Travis was to Paul Bigsby. Without Travis, it is plausible that Paul Bigsby would not have created his True Vibrato–but before that, he may not have even started building instruments! A shared love of motorcycles brought them together and we are all reaping the benefits of this relationship. Seemingly both Travis and Bigsby had a ‘can-do’ attitude which may have been part of the powerful bond that helping create not only the first ‘vibrato that worked’ but arguably the first solidbody electric guitar. MUCH more information is available in Andy Babiuk’s book The Story of Paul Bigsby Father of the Modern Electric Solidbody Guitar
Travis was a native of Muhlenberg Country Kentucky, and the folks at Kentucky Educational Television (KET) created a documentary of him for their series Kentucky Muse. A bit of background on the series from their website details that ‘Kentucky Muse celebrates the world of creativity found within the Bluegrass state. It offers thoughtful and provocative documentaries on artists, issues, events, and places that reflect Kentuckians’ diverse and exciting means of expression while offering a fresh perspective on contemporary artistic life.’ Without a doubt, the story of Merle Travis certainly deserves to have the documentary series examine his life. A multi-faceted gent whose interest spanned many areas and whose gifts seemed boundless. Grab your favorite snacks, sit back, relax and enjoy this fascinating look at one of the greats—Merle Travis: Guitar Man
Be sure to look for the little Bigsby/Travis guitar silhouette when names are introduced on the bottom of the screen–we’d recognize that shape anywhere!
Learn more about Kentucky Muse on KET HERE.
Every year at just about this time, the magnetic force of music draws folks from around the world into a single location in southern California. The result? 100,000+ excited fans pack the Anaheim Convention Center! For four glorious days each January, The NAMM Show comes to town and visitors and guests from around the world check out new products and spend time up close and personal with the best in the business. Its true that the almost certainty of sunny skies doesn’t hurt much, but it really is all about the music! Perhaps the largest, most intense, and fun event of its kind anywhere on earth–nothing compares to NAMM! 2016 was no exception and previous attendance records were shattered! According to NAMM, the 2016 registration and attendance topped 101,000+ showcasing 6,000 brands! Sincere gratitude and thanks to those that stopped by to visit and check out our full product line. Seeing folks getting up close and being able to compare our different vibrato models in person is what makes this show so incredible from our perspective. While our booth is the epicenter of Bigsby tailpieces at the show, it certainly wasn’t the only place they could be found. All around the show, our vibratos were featured not only on the most well-known and established brands including Fender (loving the new B50’d Jazzmasters!), Gibson, Gretsch, and D’Angelico, but new companies and boutique builders including Veritas, James Trussart, Collings, and Saul Koll. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Dobrato–be sure to check it out HERE! Check out the photos below for a small taste of this great event; and you can check out NAMM’s gallery HERE! We always love the opportunity to see what luthiers are doing with our tailpieces, but this event was over the top! Be sure to stay tuned to our social media pages for many more photos and video!