Archive for December, 2016



Chris Robinson and Neal Casal talked about their guitars before the sold-out show at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom. And as both guitar slingers explain, they get to stretch out more in the Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood than in any of their previous projects.

When the Chris Robinson Brotherhood headed into the studio to begin recording their new album, Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, no one knew just what to expect. These would be the band’s first recordings with new drummer Tony Leone (Ollabelle, Levon Helm), their first since the departure of founding bassist Mark “Muddy” Dutton, and their first time producing themselves. But as anybody who’s been following the CRB can attest, this is a band that thrives on the unexpected.

Chris Robinson’s main guitar is a custom Vox Virage in deep cherry finish that features a trio of Vox’s proprietary P-90-style pickups. The guitar is nicknamed “Peace Pipe” because of the beautiful inlay done by concert-poster wizard Alan Forbes. His main ride is strung up with Curt Mangan strings (.0105–.048).

His 60 watt amp gives Chris the clean sound he likes for the rhythm work it feeds through a divided 13 4 x 12 cab with celestion greenback speakers.

Chris Robinson runs into his Boss TU3 Tuner, from there a Vox double deca delay, MXR Phase 99, Lovepedal Eternity Drive Barefoot FX Model H Drive, MXR Carbon Copy Delay.


Neal Casal’s No. 1 is a 2014 Scott Walker Santa Cruz Model featuring a maple top, mahogany back, rosewood neck, ebony fretboard, and Lollar High Wind Imperial pickups.


Neal’s second guitar a standard Fender Telecaster with a Parsons/Green B Bender


His amps Neal Casal runs a dual amp set up divided by a 13 FTR 100 which has two channels with a prefered channel with a Fender style side while the other sounds like a Marshall Super Bass, Both amps feed through a 1971 Marshall 4×12 can with celestion Greenback speakers.


The other amp head is a Booya 100 watt head.


Neals array of pedals has been set up by Jordan Rigg at JRigg Pedals, which inclues a Road Rage Looper with several pedals from Bearfoot FX, Caitlinbread, Earthquake Devices and Strymon with cables from Kid Candelrio



Tash Sultana

Melbourne’s Tash Sultana and her incredible talent as a busker on the streets of Melbourne

Bringing fans into her home studio with a series of self-made live recordings was the first step, broadening her audience from whoever happened to be stopped in the street by her ridiculously varied skillset, to people across the globe.  Tash found the time to start up her own label and release her debut EP.

Now, with her name on every festival bill you’d care to mention, and her management Lemon Tree Music Management joining to take her to the U.S., it’s only going to get bigger for Tash in 2017.

Beyond all else, it’s Tash’s sheer breadth of talent and incredible showmanship that’s allowed her to make her mark this year. In a live setting especially, Singulary Tash blows the majority of other acts off the stage – and does it all solo. Her voice is outrageously versatile, dulcet one moment, sharp and rapid-fire the next – and her toolbox of instruments is similarly crammed. Shifting effortlessly from one to the next, Tash can elevate a short burst of pan-flute beat boxing to become just as enthralling as her searing guitar solos, all delivered with an unwavering joy.

Eric Clapton’s guitars for sale

Posted: December 1, 2016 in Guitars
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A collection of 29 guitars owned and used by Eric Clapton are up for sale.

Nashville’s Gruhn Guitars in Tennessee are offering a variety of vintage and modern guitars, including a 1941 Martin 000-45 Clapton purchased from Gruhn in 2005, up for $150,000. A two-tone sunburst finish 2014 Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster, one of his main guitars in 2014, is also available for $42,500.

There are also two pre-World War Two Martin acoustic guitars, Custom Shop/Masterbuilt Fender Stratocasters, Gretsch, Roland, and Gibson electric solidbody and hollowbody guitars, vintage and modern D’Angelico guitars and an Epiphone Les Paul autographed by Les Paul.

Gruhn Guitars CEO George Gruhn tells: “Eric Clapton first visited my shop in 1970 when Derek & the Dominos performed on The Johnny Cash Show. He assembled his famous ‘Blackie’ Stratocaster using components from the four Stratocasters he bought from me and parts he purchased from Sho-Bud Guitars around the corner from my shop the same day.

“Over the years, Eric and I have remained in touch, made a good number of instrument deals, and he has frequently visited Gruhn Guitars when he passes through Nashville. It is very meaningful to have a friend like Eric Clapton who shares my love of guitars and uses the instrument to such great effect.

“Everyone at Gruhn Guitars feels incredibly honored to represent him in offering a group of very fine instruments from his collection.”

For more information, visit the Gruhn Guitars website.