Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cordoba C9 SP/MH

We hope you enjoy this short sound clip of the Cordoba C9 SP/MH played and written by Amilcar Dohrn-Melendez.

The C9 is a full-sized all solid nylon-string guitar, with a solid European spruce (or Canadian cedar) top and solid Mahogany back and sides. In this video, it is tuned to E A D E B E.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Opening your first Gretsch USA Custom - Mike Johnston

Learn more about the USA Custom - click here: Gretsch artist and renown educator Mike Johnston shared his experience of opening up his first USA Custom Kit.

Check out the drums in action and watch as Mike goes through process of opening his new kit, setting them up and experiencing "That Great Gretsch Sound".

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Voyage-Air: Instructions on opening & closing your guitar

The unique and quality guitar that goes where ever you go with ease and safety. It is the Voyage-Air Guitar in acoustic and electric models.

Friday, May 18, 2012

End of the Year Concerts for Our PTA Band Programs

The end of year concerts for our PTA band programs at Arroyo Seco & Emma Smith schools coming up this Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00pm.

The Rosin Doctors Play The Bay Area

Here's a note from Erik Hoffman, one of our teachers at our Benicia Store about his band, The Rosin Doctors and where they are playing next:

Hi All,

My band, the Rosin Doctors are playing:
The Wednesday Berkeley Contra on May 16, and
The Monterey Contra on Saturday, May 19
and I'll be calling:
The Santa Rosa dance on Friday, May 18

Also, there's a jam session from 6:30 to 7:30, prior to the Berkeley Contra.

The Rosin Doctors are:
Dan Engle, fiddle, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, more
Topher Gayle, mandolin, guitar, percussion
Erik Hoffman, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, percussion, more


Wednesday Berkeley Jam & Contra - May 16
Held at the Christ Church Berkeley
2138 Cedar St., Bekkeley, CA

Jam: 6:30 to 7:30 (free)
Dance: 8:00 to 10:30
If needed, an intro to the dance around 7:30
A Bay Area Country Dance Society dance
Cost: $7 members, $9 non-members, $5 student & low budget
Calling will be Charlie Fenton for more details

Santa Rosa Contra - Friday, May 18
Held at the Monroe Hall
1400 West College Ave., Santa Rosa, CA

Dance 8:00 to 11:00
Intro 7:30
Cost: $10 members, $12 non-members, $7 under 25 or college student with ID, $2 children 6 to 17
A North Bay Country Dance Society dance for more details

Monterey Contra - Saturday, May 19
Held at the Monterey YMCA
600 Camino El Estero, Monterey CA

Dance 7:30 to 10:30
Intro 7:00
Cost $8 for sponsors, $10 general, $5 full-time students
A Monterey Country Dance Community dance for more details


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

MXR Bass Envelope Filter

For more information on this and other MXR Bass Innovations electronics, please visit: MXR BASS ENVELOPE FILTER The Bass Envelope Filter delivers classic, analog, envelope filter sounds in an easy-to-use and compact pedal designed specifically for bass.

Separate Dry and Effect controls let you dial in the perfect mix of effected and direct signals, so you can bring the funk without losing the low end. Its wide range of filter tones can be shaped with the Decay and Q controls, and a simple twist of the Sensitivity knob can tailor the pedal for your attack—as well as adjust for passive or active basses.

The Bass Envelope Filter's power supply circuitry is designed to withstand over-voltage or polarity mishaps, and its true-bypass switching preserves your tone in bypass mode.

It's all packaged in a durable, lightweight, Phase 90-size aluminum housing for the ultimate in portability and pedalboard space-saving dimensions. Power: Dunlop ECB003 AC Adapter or Single 9 volt battery SIGNAL CHAIN FOR DEMO '71 Fender Jazz Bass + Aguilar DB751 Amp + 2 Aguilar 12" cabinets Recorded using Heil PR Microphones Special thanks to Evidence Audio Cables for supplying the cables used in this video.

For more information please visit:

Saturday, May 12, 2012

New Webisode 2: Jake Shimabukuro Tour Update

Jake's second webisode from the road. See you all at a show soon.

May 16 Mesa Theater and Club - Grand Junction, CO

May 17 Stargazers Theatre - Colorado Springs, CO

May 18 5th Annual Denver Ukefest - Denver, CO

Jun 1 Spoleto Festival USA - Charleston, SC

Jun 2 Spoleto Festival USA - Charleston, SC

Jun 5 Governors School for the Arts @ MTSU - Murfreesboro, TN

Jun 7 The Arts Center - Carrboro, NC

Jun 13 Havana - New Hope, PA

Jun 16 Evans Amphitheater of Cain Park - Cleveland, OH

Jun 27 Woodlands Park Zoo Amphitheater - Seattle, WA

Jun 28 Britt Festivals - Jacksonville, OR

Jun 29 Oregon Zoo - Portland, OR

Jul 1 Ravinia Festival - Highlands Park, IL

Jul 12 Waikiki Aquarium - Honolulu, HI

Friday, May 11, 2012

Blues To Benefit The Bothwell - Friday June 1st - Bankhead Theatre - Don't Miss It!

Videos to support the Harry Bridges Project's lesson plans. To learn more about our education project go to


Friday, June 1st at 8:00pm

A special night of Blues to Benefit the Bothwell begins with folk and blues icon Barbara Dane sharing more than half a century of music, from the classics of Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey to her own acoustic comments on life, accompanied on piano by the great Tammy Hall. Then, bringing us straight into the future of the blues, west coast innovators Big Cat & the Hipnotics, featuring Allen Vega on guitar, take us on a romp through their exciting electric world of rhythm and blues. Proceeds from the performance benefit the
Bothwell Arts Center and Downtown Art Studios, whose mission is to support the cultural arts by providing inexpensive rental space for performances, productions, rehearsals, classes in visual arts, dance, music and more, as well as exhibitions, music parties and arts fundraisers.
Buy tickets online or call 925.373.6800.
$20 Advance Admission, $25 at the Door


Legendary Blues and Folk SingerBarbara Dane's remarkable blues, jazz and folk music career spans more than 60 years. Her first concert was in 1947, sharing a folk stage with Pete Seeger. By 1959, she sang hot jazz on TV with Louis Armstrong and toured with Jack Teagarden. For a year she sang blues with Willie Dixon and Memphis Slim as her back-up, and once took over Muddy Waters' band for a week when he became ill. In 1971 she sang before tens of thousands on the Washington Mall in protest of the Vietnam War. She recorded mainstream jazz with Earl "Fatha" Hines, blues with Lightnin' Hopkins, and traditional jazz with her own band.

"Dane's always been a role model and a hero of mine, musically and politically." -Bonnie Raitt

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Guitar String Corrosion Test - Time Lapse Photography

We wanted to see how our strings would tarnish or corrode in comparison to un-coated guitar strings. So we took a set of Cleartone strings and a set of un-coated Everly strings and submerged them both in water while taking a still photo every 60 seconds with a GoPro camera. After a couple days in the water corrosion was noticeable on the Cleartone strings but nothing near the amount of corrosion that was found ion the un-coated set of guitar strings. We also did this experiment live at the 2012 NAMM show and the results were very similar.

Cleartone strings protect against sweat and corrosion and they're designed to last 3 to 5 times longer than an un-coated set of guitar strings. Yes, they're a little more expensive than un-coated strings but if you would rather pick up your guitar and play it rather than change the strings, buy Cleartone!

At ABC Music Store and Academy, we stock Cleartone strings.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Lanikai Tuna Uke @ NAMM 2012!

Lanikai Big Kahuna Drew Lewis introduces the new Tuna Uke equipped ukuleles that achieve a 90% improvement on intonation at the 2012 NAMM Show