In celebration of Game of Thrones’ long-anticipated final season, Fender Custom Shop has teamed up with HBO to create three unique masterbuilt guitars, each representative of the houses made famous by the hit series. The trio, dubbed the Game of Thrones Sigil Collection, includes the Game of Thrones House Stark Telecaster; the Game of Thrones House Lannister Jaguar; and the Game of Thrones House Targaryen Stratocaster. We invited Game of Thrones Creator and Guitar Center Hollywood regular D.B. Weiss and his Sigil collection to our Vintage Room just days before the finale air date to learn the backstory on the collaboration, DB’s connection to playing guitars during his off-time on set, and an unexpected twist you can anticipate in the final episode.Read More
This is it, the night you've been dreaming about since you first picked up your guitar, sat on that keyboard bench or held drum sticks in your hands. It's your first live gig. It's a big moment in every musician's life. Your first show should be fun and hopefully something you do many more times. You've been rehearsing for months, maybe even years. We've compiled a list of accessories you should bring along to ensure your first gig is smooth, fun and stress free.Read More
After walking away from the 61st Grammy Awards the winner of both Best R&B Album and R&B Performance, H.E.R.’s smooth, laid-back, R&B/pop transcended to the forefront of popular culture. That night, her electrifying performance of “Hard Place,” included the debut of a see-thru Fender Custom Shop Acrylic Stratocaster made just for the show, noted as one of the most memorable showcases of the evening.Read More
In the 1950s, it was rare to open up a magazine and find a woman playing one of rock and roll’s most coveted instruments. Thanks to pioneering guitarists like Mary Kaye, often referred to as the “First Lady of Rock and Roll,” more women than ever are playing guitar, with artists like Nita Strauss and St. Vincent unveiling their signature models in recent years.Read More
Two years ago, London-based musicians Annie Wagstaff & Hannah Koppenberg joined forces to create their first Instagram video - looping synthesizers, piano & guitar through Ableton and sharing out to the world. Now performing under the artist name HANNIE, they’ve amassed a following of over 300,000 fans – and there’s no end in sight for the duo’s curiosity and creativity.
We met up with HANNIE during our recent visit to London for a behind-the-scenes look at their ever-evolving home studio set-up, a discussion about the role of social media in their success, and how they’ve utilized their online presence to grow their collection of gear.Read More
In 2016, we asked multi-Grammy-Award-winning country artist Vince Gill to choose 5 new guitarists to join him on stage for one night only at The Mint in Los Angeles, each competing for the chance to record their own original music with Vince in the studio, as well as open for him at one of his shows. After choosing Claudio Tristano as the winner for the evening, he shocked the audience by also inviting all 5 finalists to join him as opening acts for a future show. After a few years of touring with legendary rock group The Eagles, Vince Gill returned to Nashville for a special evening at 3rd & Lindsley with all five finalists, each joining Vince and his band for 20-minute sets of Vince classics and original music. We caught up with Vince, Arielle, Claudio, Justus West, Stephan Hogan and Tony Pierce backstage before the show to see what they've been up to since we last brought them together.Read More
While there were tons of new-and-exciting goodies for your signal chain unveiled by some of your favorite brands at NAMM 2019, here are a few of our favorites that you’re sure to love on your pedalboard.Read More
Fender Guitars has launched an amazing new American-made guitar that plays like an electric, but sounds like an acoustic. In fact, it can sound like any steel-string acoustic guitar you can imagine. With the form factor of Leo Fender’s first guitars, the Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster is going to surprise you.Read More
From the beginning, Fender has had a tradition of leading the way in American guitar manufacturing. From the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar to today's famed Custom Shop instruments, they've been at the forefront of both innovation and quality. The new American Performer series brings all that together, creating a line of fine, Made in USA electrics at a price that boggles the mind.Read More
Starting their journey as three college kids in Boston, A R I Z O N A have come quite the distance since their days of playing the east coast’s rock club scene. Now, the band’s genre-bending ‘electronic-hybrid’ sound has opened the doors for touring new music, as well as headlining festivals across the country.
We caught up with Nate, David, Zach and their touring crew just before they opened for Panic! At The Disco at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where we chatted about their current gear lineup, how it has evolved throughout the years, and why techs are the true superheroes of any successful touring band.Read More
Launched in June, 2018, Fender's Player Series seriously ups the game on affordable, North American-built electric guitars and basses. With newly redesigned pickups, developed specifically for the Player Series, each instrument features a contemporary neck profile and fingerboard radius for easy bending and comfortable playing, whether you choose the maple or pau ferro versions. With resonant alder bodies and a variety of finishes and pickup configurations in both right- and left-handed models, Player Series guitars and basses carry all the classic vibe and sound you expect from Fender. You'll also find some modern twists and features, with models ranging from the Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster, and Jaguar electric guitar to a Precision, Jazz or Jaguar bass guitar.Read More
Known for her witty and personal lyrics about life in the modern world, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett revamps her perspective with new album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’. We caught up with Courtney at her sold-out show at Pico Union Project in LA to chat about recording the album, playing new songs for the first time live, and why friends often make the best bandmates.Read More