Nashville’s Vinyl Boom

Nashville is currently experiencing its largest growth period since I moved here about 15 years ago. One of the areas in which Nashville is growing quietly is in vinyl record production. Local business United Record Pressing is the largest vinyl producer in the U.S. and next year will increase capacity to 60,000 records per day. The Guardian recently wrote an article about … [Read more...]

Fender Planning Direct Sales

Dan Ferrisi, writing for the Music & Sound Retailer: The Music & Sound Retailer has been made aware of major news from Fender Musical Instruments Corp., the iconic brand located in Scottsdale AZ. The Retailer has learned that, although no specific timetable has been established, the company is preparing plans to sell its “Fender” brand products direct. This … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Buying and Selling on Craigslist

I've sold dozens and dozens of items on Craigslist, from small items like electronics to larger items like couches, and, of course, quite a few guitars, pedals, and amps. Dealing with people on Craigslist can be a little stressful, and I've amassed a few tips that I employ to make doing Craigslist deals a little easier. 1) Meet in public whenever possible - This is probably … [Read more...]

CONTEST: Win a Copy of The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated History of the Guitar that Changed Rock

Update: Congratulations to Peter M. for winning this contest! Thanks to all who entered. A few weeks ago, I reviewed a book titled The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated History of the Guitar that Changed Rock. The book includes a generous helping of artist profiles, Les Paul history, and great pictures, and I enjoyed it. The publisher, Voyageur Press, has kindly offered to … [Read more...]

Vintage Guitars

I think we are in an age where some of the finest, most consistent guitars are being made both in factories and by individual makers. For this reason, while I've thought vintage guitars were intriguing, I've never really bought into the hype that they are worth, in some cases, 100 times more than a new guitar of "equal" specs. The truth is, though, I had never played any … [Read more...]