Episode 2 - James Santiago
James Santiago is often referred to as the 'Tone Guru' or 'Tone Scientist', and for good reason. James is the man behind the development of the Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in and OX Amp Top Box for Universal Audio. Over the years he has also worked for Voodoo Lab and Line 6 and had his own column in Guitar Player Magazine. And, oh yeah, he's also a great guitar player and a collector of vintage guitars and pedals.
Artur Menezes - Blues Chord Substitutions
Winner of the Gibson/Albert King Award for Best Guitarist by The Blues Foundation 2018, Artur Menezes takes you through the technique of chord substitutions. A native of Brazil, Artur moved to LA a while back and is now carving out a career as one of the big up and coming young Blues guitar players on the world scene.
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Norman Harris and Kirk Fletcher talk guitars, life on the road, blues and jam in this episode of 'AGN PROS'
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Dweezil Zappa unveils Eddie Van Halen's famous 'Rasta' guitar
A while back, Dweezil Zappa dropped by the AGN studio with Eddie Van Halen's famous 'Rasta' guitar. Mark Agnesi and self-confessed Eddie Van Halen freak, Michael Lemmo are on hand to check it out and plug in a piece of Rock history.
AGN Pros: Eric Steckel
Eric Steckel's career spans over 20 of his 29 years. Discovered by British Blues legend John Mayall as a kid, Eric spent much of his younger days touring Europe and the USA and has literally grown up on the road with a guitar in his hands.. Eric calls his style of playing BLUES METAL and that's a great description.....a blend of heavy, intense speed, original, soulful lines and bends all served up with a feel and groove second to none. Eric plays his own signature model Knaggs guitar through a Mezza Barba and the whole package just rocks beyond belief.
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Kirk Fletcher & Josh Smith
Back before Covid, Blues guitar legend, Josh Smith interviewed Blues guitar legend, Kirk Fletcher on his new album, songs he's recently recorded for other artists, life in Switzerland and recent experiences on the road.
Jimmy Vivino talks and jams with Bob Margolin from the Muddy Waters Band.
AGN Pros: Jimmy Vivino & Bob Margolin are old friends and love to get together whenever they can, hit the road and play the Blues. Jimmy is the longtime MD for the Conan O'Brien Show and Bob played with Muddy Waters back in the 70's,...you can see Bob in action with Muddy in The Band's movie, The Last Waltz doing a great version of 'Mannish Boy'.
AGN Pros: Guy King; To Know You Is To Love You
Another great solo performance from the one and only Guy King
AGN Pros: Guy King; I Am Who I Am, And It Is What It Is
A great Guy King original from the great Guy King
Episode 8: Duane Betts & the '56 Hardtail Strat
To celebrate Dickey Bett's 76th birthday, here's an interview from a while back with Dickey's son Duane Betts. Duane came by the studio with his father's old '56 hardtail Strat. Of course both Dickie Betts and Duane Allman were famous for playing Gibson Les Pauls and sometimes SG's, but both had Strats in the quiver at some stage in their careers.
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AGN Pros: Guy King : Kind hearted Woman Blues
The great contemporary Blues artist Guy King came by and played a great version of the Robert Johnson classic, Kind Hearted Woman Blues.
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AGN Pros: Soul Miners Union
Soul Miners Union is an original Roots and Blues band paying homage to American songwriting, rhythms, and tones. Hailing from the mountains and valleys of Pennsylvania, the united experience of Ben Brandt on guitar and Kevin Koa on guitar/bass. The boys came by the AGN studios whilst in LA working on their album which is being produced by the one and only Josh Smith.
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AGN Pros: Michael Reno Harrell; 'Me And You'
Incredible storyteller, singer/songwriter , Michael Reno Harrell comes by the AGN studios to perform one of his original tunes, 'Me And You'.
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Fender Custom Shop 1960 Telecaster Reissue | Freaky Rob at Norman's Rare Guitars
Rob Gueringer aka Freaky Rob is back with another demo! Rob is playing our Fender Custom Shop 1960 Telecaster Reissue here at #NormansRareGuitars!
Wildwood Guitars • Fender Custom Shop Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child Signature Stratocaster • SN: VC0566
We can talk until we're blue in the face about the plethora of reasons why Jimi Hendrix was the greatest player to ever strap on a Strat. No one has ever matched his blend of virtuosic instrumental prowess, intense emotional expression, Picasso-level attention to the colors and hues in his music, and masterful songwriting, but what really puts him head and shoulders above the rest of every other six-string slinger is his universal appeal. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, loves Jimi Hendrix. Case in point: Ian Mackaye and Stevie Ray Vaughan could not be more different as people or guitarists. Mackaye was the singer and guitarist in legendary post-hardcore band Fugazi (a group about as far removed from the psychedelic rock of the seventies as humanly possible) while SRV was perhaps the greatest master of electric blues since Hendrix himself. Despite their immense musical, philosophical, geographic, and stylistic differences, both listed Hendrix as their favorite guitarist of all time by a wide margin. So, it doesn't matter if you're a punk in a leather jacket laden with safety pins, a metalhead in a Motorhead shirt, a jazz cat with an expensive hat, a classic rocker with a closet full of vintage concert tees, or a regular 'ol non-musician who listens to whatever's on the radio: chances are, if someone asks you who your favorite guitarist is, Hendrix is going to be one of the first names out of your mouth. If you ever ask someone this question and they DON'T drop Jimi's name, report them to the authorities immediately, because they are not to be trusted, and are probably a lizard person or alien in disguise. Facetiousness aside, Hendrix's music seems to resonate with every single human being on a molecular level, and it is hard to quantify how or why. His singular style of guitar playing has a way of forcibly grabbing you by the heart and making you feel all sorts of emotions that don't really have names, and that's the sort of voodoo that defies complete explanation. The reason that no one can replicate his guitar style is simple: more so than any amp or guitar, the contents of his spirit were the key to his magic Spanish castle of sound.
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Matt's Guitar Shop | Dylan Leblanc
Dylan Leblanc @dylanleblanc_official and his band stopped by Matt's Guitar showroom before Covid-19 and after trying out a few legendary guitars, they played their song "Easy Way Out"
AGN NEWS: Charlie Daniels has died at age 83
Charlie Daniels has died. He was 83 years old. Charlie Daniels was born Oct. 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina and kicked off his career playing bluegrass before moving to Nashville in 1967. He already had a reputation as a songwriter having co-written a song for Elvis titled, "It Hurts Me," in 1964. As an in-demand session player Charlie played guitar and bass on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline, and worked with Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and many others. In 1979, he won a Grammy for his biggest hit: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which featured his incredible Bluegrass fiddle skills and in 1980, the band appeared in the film Urban Cowboy. Charlie Daniels was very outspoken politically over the years, had close ties to the NRA, and as recently as 3 days ago was posting thoughts on a section of his website entitled "Soap Box." Charlies Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016 For more, click the INFO button, NOW
Tim Pierce: My Fantasy PRS? Its REAL. They BUILT It.
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Alamo Music Center | Are You Using The Wrong Strings? | Acoustic Guitar String Comparison
Chris McKee is here for a much-requested shootout, running down a handful of great options for acoustic strings. Listen closely to hear the tonal nuances that separate 80/20 and Phosphor Bronze, discuss the effect of heavier or lighter gauge on tension and volume, and ponder the difference in tone and vibration of roundwound or flatwound strings. There are a ton of options when it comes to acoustic guitar strings, and we're here to help you figure out what is best for you. Let us know in the comments what you use and what kind of strings you want to see in the electric guitar strings video!
Wildwood Guitars • Fender Custom Shop Wildwood 10 1951 Nocaster • SN: R99240
In 1951, Leo Fender changed the world of music forever by introducing the first-ever mass-produced solidbody electric guitar. Leo was going to call it the Broadcaster, but the threat of a lawsuit from Gretsch (who produced a drum set called the Broadkaster) forced him to abandon that plan. Ever the resourceful (and frugal) businessman, Leo simply snipped the word “Broadcaster” off the headstock decal and shipped his nameless guitars out. Since the guitars had no model name, musicians dubbed them “Nocasters.” Because of their incredible rarity, original Nocasters have become some of the most desirable vintage pieces out there. So, we decided to team up with our friends at the Fender Custom Shop and issue a Wildwood 10 version that marries the vibe of the originals with modern ergonomics. The Wildwood-exclusive 10″ radius and 6105 frets are a perfect pairing with the chunky Nocaster U-shaped neck profile, and the Custom Shop hand-wound Twisted Tele pickups deliver spectacular sounds. We’re sure you’ll find a Nocaster here that will grab you by your heart strings, so we invite you to browse away–just make sure your keyboard drool shield is in place!
AGN News: July 5th, 2020: LED ZEPPELIN ORIGINAL ART SELLS AT CHRISTIE'S FOR $325,000!
One of the smallest, yet most iconic original album cover artwork was just sold at Christie's for $325,000, the highest price ever received at auction for such a work! Measuring only 7”x 7”, the hand-stippled original artwork created for the cover of Led Zeppelin’s debut album in 1969 by artist George Hardie, captured the image of the famous 1937 Hindenberg disaster. Previous high prices for Rock And Roll related artwork include $1.85 million dollars for the movie poster, entitled The Scream, created by artist Gerald Scarfe for Pink Floyd's, The Wall and $900,000 for the set of seven photographs which make up the entire Abbey Road album cover photo-shoot. But according to Christie’s this is “the most expensive piece of original album cover art ever sold.” For more, click the INFO button, NOW
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Alamo Music Center | Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce Demo & Review | Our Favorite Taylor 12-String
Chris McKee is back to showcase one of our favorite new guitars from Taylor, the 652ce. This Builder's Edition 12-Fret 12-String packs some incredible aesthetic appointments, from its Wild Honey Burst, soft satin finish, spruce/flamed maple combination, armrest bevel, chamfered binding, and compound carve cutaway-- all of the luxury we've come to expect from Andy Powers' Builders Edition guitars. It also brings some very welcome improvements to the common pitfalls of the 12-String; the V-Class bracing helps with the intonation and sustain, the shorter scale length and lower bridge placement helps with warmer tonality, and the bass-first string order helps you pack a punch with your down strums. Add a set of beautiful Gotoh 510 Tuners, and you've got a whole list of reasons why the 562ce is our favorite Taylor 12-String yet.
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Guitar of the Day: Gibson Les Paul Classic Cherryburst | Norman's Rare Guitars
Stay safe, be kind and hope you’re all well! Enjoy this new episode of #GuitarOfTheDay: Lemmo playing a Gibson Les Paul Classic Cherryburst finish here at #NormansRareGuitars! For any questions you may have or price inquiries about this #Gibson #LesPaul #ElectricGuitar please give us a call at 818-344-8300. So what do you guys think of this #GibsonLesPaul?
AGN News: July 2nd: The Dixie Chicks change their name to "The Chicks"
In the midst of America's struggles with racial injustice and inequality, comes the news that Texas trio, the Dixie Chicks have changed their name to simply, The Chicks. The name change comes in conjunction with the release of a new song, "March March," ,with its lyrics and video referencing public protests involving racial justice, police brutality, gun violence, climate change and LGBTQ rights. In the video, the names of dozens of Black victims of police brutality and those who died in apparently racially motivated confrontations, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner and Amadou Diallo. The Chicks made no public statement regarding the name change but it does come hot on the heels of another country group, Lady Antebellum, changing its name simply to Lady A. , and they did issue a statement via social media saying that the country's recent attempts to reckon with racial justice issues had made the band members' eyes open wide to inequality. For more, click the INFO button, NOW