The David Bowie Memorial Playlist

I don’t have a pre-written memorial for Bowie. I don’t have any personal stories that would be interesting to anyone else. But one of the greatest musicians/songwriters/artists/performers of the last hundred years just died and the best thing I can think of is sharing a handful of the iconic moments from his career (in roughly… Continue reading The David Bowie Memorial Playlist

GE & Jay Complain About Innovation and Bad Gear Reviews

Everyone is away from the office so distraction levels are running high. Time for another email exchange that is waaaay too long. Jay: I was thinking of what amazing things we can expect from all our favorite guitar companies in 2016. Here’s the list I’ve got so far. Gibson: Selling the same guitars as 2015 but… Continue reading GE & Jay Complain About Innovation and Bad Gear Reviews

Our Christmas Wishlist – 2015 Edition

It’s the end of yet another year, and credit cards continue to be maxed out all over the country as guitarists everywhere hope for a new pedal or amp or whatever it may be. Here at Daft Paragon global headquarters, we’re less concerned about what is under our trees. We want to look out for… Continue reading Our Christmas Wishlist – 2015 Edition

A Short Farewell to Scott Weiland

Since you’re on the internet, you’re most certainly aware Scott Weiland died yesterday. Like too many musicians, he was younger than he should’ve been. And as we could’ve guessed, drugs is at least somehow connected (reports are coming out about cocaine being found, albeit small amounts). Scott had been in and out of relationships with… Continue reading A Short Farewell to Scott Weiland

2016 Gibson Line – High Performance vs… Low Performance?

Almost two years ago, we talked about how Gibson was going pretty high tech with their new models. I’m not sure if people rejected this change (probably), it made the lineup too confusing (probably) or it made it too difficult to keep making the same guitar they’ve made for 70 years at crazy high margins (bingo!),… Continue reading 2016 Gibson Line – High Performance vs… Low Performance?

Review: Modern Sound Amplifiers “Vibrolush”

60 years from now, I don’t think any guitarists out there will be swooning over a 2015 Blackstar or Peavey amplifier the way we currently do over Fenders from 60 years ago. But it will be interesting to see if those future folks are paying top dollar for 2015 recreations of amps from 1965. By all accounts,… Continue reading Review: Modern Sound Amplifiers “Vibrolush”

What’s Coming From Fender’s Digital Products Team?

Almost a month ago, Fender somewhat quietly started a new venture. For the first time, they hired a Digital Products Officer. I’m not going to pretend I can predict his success or failure in a job he’s hardly started. Kaplan seems like a perfectly competent guy with a lot of experience, although I’ve said before… Continue reading What’s Coming From Fender’s Digital Products Team?

Around the Web: Finding Inspiration to Play

The folks at Jazz Advice just posted a list of ideas that will inspire you to play. We’ve talked about inspiration here, quite a bit. No really. So of course we have some quick thoughts on the topic. First off, it’s a perfectly fine list of ideas. I try not to fret much over list posts,… Continue reading Around the Web: Finding Inspiration to Play

Electric Guitar Body Wood – Does it Matter?

Acoustic guitar builders love wood. They can’t get enough of it. Not just the right species of wood, but the perfect tree or cut or assembly all make huge differences in the sound of the finished product. That’s why folks like Collings, whose wood stockpile is pictured above, will talk at great length about the wood… Continue reading Electric Guitar Body Wood – Does it Matter?

Guitar Center Accused of Violating Labor Laws

According to a federal complaint publicized in the Chicago Tribune, Guitar Center allegedly violated national labor guidelines in their flagship Chicago, New York and Las Vegas stores. The complaint states that Guitar Center discriminated against union employees by offering reduced benefits and failing to bargain in good faith with said employees. The retail chain has… Continue reading Guitar Center Accused of Violating Labor Laws