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

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?

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?

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

Wisconsin Pride: Monarch Pedalboards say Goodbye to Velcro

It’s really hard to get excited about pedalboards.  You’re paying $300+ for some plastic/wood with carpet on it.  Then you’re going to velcro your pedals to it, destroying the resale value of your effects in the process 1.  That velcro will lose its grab over time.  It will infuriate you when you remember how much… Continue reading Wisconsin Pride: Monarch Pedalboards say Goodbye to Velcro

New Gear – EHX Deluxe Big Muff Pi

While plenty of people have built clones of the Big Muff Pi with various bells and whistles, Electro-Harmonix keeps things pretty traditional.  That ends now. The Deluxe Pi looks and sounds pretty slick.  It gives you the sound you’re used to, but with a lot more options that can add character and make it a… Continue reading New Gear – EHX Deluxe Big Muff Pi

The World Needs a Cheech & Chong Guitar, According to Schecter

One of the common topics here at Daft Paragon is innovation, or lack thereof, in the guitar world. Here is another great example of the failures by the guitar companies to do anything genuinely interesting… I guess Cheech and Chong deserve a signature model now. Why? Well, that is what Schecter spends their entire press… Continue reading The World Needs a Cheech & Chong Guitar, According to Schecter