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Belmont University Opens GIG Exhibit

Belmont University, Nashville, today held the official opening of its Gallery of Iconic Guitars (GIG), an exhibit resulting from a gift to the school from the estate of Steven Kern Shaw, grandson of composer Jerome Kern and an instrument collector and philanthropist. It includes nearly 500 instruments and an endowment worth approximately $10.5 million. Among ... ...

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Recording Acoustic Guitars

Recording a solo fingerstyle-guitar performance, a singer/songwriter with acoustic accompaniment, or an acoustic rhythm track in a band is very different from recording an electric guitar (a topic we tackled in the December ’15 issue), employing different microphones, placement, and technique. If you’ve had an inkling to try your hand at recording acoustic guitars, here ... ...

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Prince

A musical revolutionary, his emergence was jarring, even for the most youthful and open-minded. Supremely talented on several instruments, guitar was an early and obvious love. Plus, guitarists recall the impact Prince had on them. ...

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Guitarist/Band Leader Jay Geils Passes

John Warren Geils, Jr., known professionally as J. Geils and Jay Geils, was found dead April 11 at his home in Groton, Massachusetts. He was 71 and officials believe he died of natural causes. After learning to play jazz on the trumpet, he switched to playing guitar in high school and by the mid 1960s ... ...

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Blues Guitarist/Singer Lonnie Brooks Passes

Blues guitarist/singer Lonnie Brooks died April 1 in Chicago. He was 83. Born Lee Baker, Jr., he was one of 12 children in the family and left school after the seventh grade to work in sugar cane and cotton fields near their home in Dubuisson, Louisiana. He learned about music from his grandfather, who played banjo, and in the ... ...

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LsL Instruments’ Soledad

Based out of Santa Clarita, California, LsL Instruments was founded by Lance and Lisa Lerman in 2008 after many years in the furniture-manufacturing business as well as guitar building. Today, the crew at LsL utilizes a mix of CNC machining and handwork to produce a variety of electric guitars and basses, as well as most ... ...

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