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The Man Who Sold Ibanez

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Last Friday Dr. J walked into a music store south of Indy and saw this Japan-era Roadstar II hanging there.  Oil finish neck.  Setup was great.  Cosmetically, it was in better shape than this pic I found on the net.  Long story short…it followed me home.  "Can I keep it?" he asked himself.  Now why would a music theory and...

A Labour of Love

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Some 30 years ago I was an impoverished teenager still studying at school.  My guitar collection at that time consisted of the Fender classical guitar my Mum had bought me, an Eko Ranger 6 steel string acoustic – again a present from Mum and now sadly missed when I see what they fetch secondhand, and a Columbus Strat copy.  Now...

How Bert Jansch Has Ruined My Life (Or The Day My Bass Guitar Almost Died)

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It was a cold morning in Camden Market, when I entered a local CD shop and browsed through the shelves and the CDs on the display. The year was 2003. I left my homeland Israel to live in London for some time, and to see what life would bring me.I had a cheap Epiphone acoustic guitar, which I took with...

Indie Appeal

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It may not make her popular among singer--er--entertainers, but Amy Lotsberg has her own take on what makes a true musician--female or otherwise.  To get to know her and her interesting way of thinking, read her stellar interview below.  Then, skip on over to her independent musicians blog Collected Sounds for some true indie appeal.Tell me about yourself.I grew up...

Inspiration

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I have a Great Uncle Jack, who back in his day was a fantastic piano player. As a musician one of his jobs was as a piano tuner, which he continued to do for a long time. He also owned a coffee shop, during the fifties and sixties in Greenwich Village, NY, where he performed. He also gigged all...

And The Moral of The Story Is...

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How come so many bands start out because school buddies get together, only to find out that they have different musical opinions and it hurts the friendship in the end? There has always been a difference between friendship and business, and let’s face it for better or worse a band is a business. So why can’t we be friends...