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  • Alvarez Masterworks MDR70ESB Review
    by Nick Millevoi on October 18, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Mid-priced acoustic guitars are a tricky proposition. The maker has the unenviable task of building a guitar that’s affordable but upmarket enough in sound and playability to justify spending what’s still a considerable chunk of change. That design directive generally means compromise at every turn. So, when I received the Alvarez Masterworks MDR70ESB, I thought a lot about what concessions Alvarez might have made. But sitting there in the case, everything about this guitar’s looks belie its $999 street price. From its 12-fret neck, cool vintage sunburst, all-solid spruce and rosewood construction, slotted headstock, and hip 12th-fret inlay, the Alvarez sets up big expectations.Big Guitar, Big LooksThe MDR70ESB is a formidable guitar with a big dreadnought body—15 7/8″ across its lower bout and 5 7/8″ deep—that feels sturdy but comfortable. The MDR70ESB features a solid AAA North American Sitka spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides. Alvarez’s signature bridge looks like a wide, upside down “W,” which I dig—it’s distinctive without being too clever. A two-ring abalone and ABS rosette dress up the top, and, along with the high-gloss poly top, they give the guitar just enough visual pop. Just inside the soundhole are controls for an LR Baggs Element active system.The MDR70ESB’s mahogany neck features an Indian Laurel fretboard devoid of ornamentation except the 12th fret inlay, where the neck meets the body, which is a sharp touch. I can’t help but get excited by the look of a slotted headstock. And paired with Alvarez’s inlaid logo and open gear tuners, this one is exceptionally attractive and classy.All About That BassPlucking the Alvarez, the guitar’s resounding bass is immediately noticeable but not overbearing. It has a dry, balanced sound that offers plenty of note separation. Fingerpicking and arpeggiated picking are a pleasure, and any kind of percussive playing feels alive with so much plucky attack on tap. At times, that dryness is less of an asset, and some midrange and high frequencies can sound muted relative to the robust bass—a not-uncommon byproduct of 12-fret design. At times, this means the MDR70ESB sounds a little more akin to a small-bodied guitar with a lot of bass response. Fingerpicking players may love this tone profile (as well as the fingerstyle-friendly 1 3/4″ nut width). Fans of big, D-28-style stumming tones may find it less attractive. Either way, the Alvarez’s tone makeup is a very cool alternative to classic 14-fret dreadnought tones.I can’t help but get excited by the look of a slotted headstock. And paired with Alvarez’s inlaid logo and open gear tuners, this one is exceptionally attractive and classy.” Moving around the neck, notes ring evenly and the action is smooth and pliable. Open position playing is comfortable and that even response makes for easy transitions up the neck, where a slinky feel makes for easy bending. There’s plenty of room to navigate the entire fretboard with precision. While doing so, I found the satin-finished neck to feel a little anonymous, but that’s a matter of preference and it certainly felt comfortable if not distinctive.The VerdictThe MDR70ESB is a classy but understated instrument that represents a genuine alternative to classic, 14-fret dreadnought tone profiles. It shines in unexpected ways. And rather than providing lush pianistic arpeggios and rich, sustaining chords associated with 14-fret dreads, it’s a dry, percussive guitar that delivers a lot of bass response and provides even, precise, and strong fundamental tones. It’s also an easy-to-play instrument that is comfortable to hold. And thanks to discreetly situated onboard electronics, it’s ready to gig—making the $999 street price feel a lot more like a value than a mid-price compromise.

  • Jack White Releases “Taking Me Back”
    by PRESS RELEASE on October 18, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Jack White is back with his first new solo music in nearly four years. The incendiary” Taking Me Back ” (Third Man Records) is available digitally worldwide now. The single, produced by White at Third Man Studios in Nashville, features the 12x GRAMMY®Award-winning artist on all vocals and instruments. Additionally, the hard rocking”Taking Me Back” arrives paired with a genuinely gentler version aptly titled “Taking MeBack (Gently).” Both versions are joined by new visuals, premiering today at White’s official YouTube channel.Jack White – Taking Me Back (Call of Duty: Vanguard Lyric Video)Lyric video for Jack White’s new single “Taking Me Back”. Listen to “Taking Me Back”: https://ffm.to/takingmebackFollow Jack White:Facebook: https://JackWhit…”Taking Me Back” can also be heard in the just-unveiled video game trailer for Activision’s upcoming Call of Duty®: Vanguard, along with footage from the game in the newly premiered lyric video for the song. Developed by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty®: Vanguard delivers World War II like never before as players will rise on every front when the game launches worldwide on November 5. The title is the newest release from the blockbuster Call of Duty® franchise that’s sold over 400 million copies around the world.Jack White – Taking Me Back (Gently) [Visualizer]Visualizer for Jack White’s new song “Taking Me Back (Gently)”Listen to “Taking Me Back” & “Taking Me Back (Gently)”: https://ffm.to/takingmebackDirected by …Jack White is a 12-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and 36-time nominee. All three of his acclaimed solo albums – 2012’s RIAA gold certified solo debut, BLUNDERBUSS, 2014’s LAZARETTO, and 2018’s BOARDING HOUSE REACH – debuted at #1 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 along with a variety of other charts. Among his myriad international honors, White’s long run of career GRAMMY® awards and nominations saw BLUNDERBUSS earning five nods over two years, including “Album of the Year,” “Best Rock Album,” “Best Rock Song” (for “Freedom At 21”), “Best Rock Performance,”and “Best Music Video” (the latter two honoring the single, “I’m Shakin”). LAZARETTO proved equally popular with GRAMMY® voters, scoring a nomination as “Best Alternative Music Album,” while its title track received the 2015 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Rock Performance” as well an additional nod as “Best Rock Song.” Praised by NME as “wild, mysterious and unlike anything else around…a full, lush sounding thing packed with personality and life,” BOARDING HOUSE REACH proved among White’s most unique works, topping a variety of charts in the US and Canada while drawing applause around the world. “The spirit of freaky free-play is thrilling and refreshing, a worthy end unto itself,” wrote Rolling Stone. “Like nearly all of White’s work, it manages to feel fresh, original, and still deeply rooted in history.” In 2020, White released The White Stripes Greatest Hits (Third Man Records/Legacy) and, more recently, unveiledjackwhiteartanddesign.com , as well as opened the doors to Third Man Records London– the third Third Man Records location and first internationally.CONNECT WITH JACK WHITE:JACKWHITEIII.COM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBETHIRDMANRECORDS.COM

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  • The Changing Digital Landscape of Classical Guitar
    by Simon Powis on August 30, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    If there is one constant in life, it is change. In the past 18 months with the appearance of Covid 19 we have seen an inflection point in the classical guitar world that may have altered how our musical ecosystem functions. Our world has gone digital, much more than ever before. In this episode we […]

  • CGC 105 : Sor Study in Bminor – Singing and Playing the Melody
    by Simon Powis on January 31, 2021 at 5:11 am

    This famous study by Fernando Sor gives us the the challenge of separating melody from harmony and bass while all being bundled up into continuous eighth notes. One of the most powerful techniques you can use to clarify the melodic part is to isolate the melody, play it separately and even sing the melody too. […]

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  • Lexi Jayde performed at Chop Suey on October 15, 2021
    by Kirk Stauffer on October 18, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Lexi Jayde performed at Chop Suey in Seattle, WA on October 15, 2021 The post Lexi Jayde performed at Chop Suey on October 15, 2021 first appeared on Guitar Girl Magazine. The post Lexi Jayde performed at Chop Suey on October 15, 2021 appeared first on Guitar Girl Magazine.

  • Louise Aubrie Releases Dazzling ‘Antonio’
    by Randy Radic on October 17, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Indie-rock/pop singer-songwriter Louise Aubrie just released her fifth studio album, Antonio, via Carrot Bone Records, recorded in London and mixed and mastered in Los Angeles by Ken Sluiter and Dave Collins, respectively. Louise explains, “The title is inspired by a line from the Jacques Brel song ‘La Chanson De Jacky:’ ‘Même si on m’appelle Antonio’ The post Louise Aubrie Releases Dazzling ‘Antonio’ first appeared on Guitar Girl Magazine. The post Louise Aubrie Releases Dazzling ‘Antonio’ appeared first on Guitar Girl Magazine.

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  • Podcast 340: Rudy Pensa on the Chinery Blue Guitar Collection
    by Jason Verlinde on October 12, 2021 at 7:47 pm

     Famed guitar dealer Rudy Pensa (Rudy’s Music!) joins us on this week’s Fretboard Journal Podcast to talk about one of the world’s most noteworthy guitar collections ever assembled, Scott Chinery’s Blue Guitar Collection. In the mid-1990s, inspired by the blue Centura Deluxe he ordered from Jimmy D’Aquisto, Chinery commissioned twenty-plus archtop guitar makers to The post Podcast 340: Rudy Pensa on the Chinery Blue Guitar Collection appeared first on Fretboard Journal.

  • Video Premiere: Jordan Tice – “Cats and Kitties”
    by FJ Staff on October 5, 2021 at 5:07 am

    Jordan Tice (Hawktail, Haas Kowert Tice, Andrew Marlin) is, quite simply, one of our favorite acoustic guitarists performing today. Though we love hearing him break down the boundaries of bluegrass in ensembles, it’s his solo work that truly floors us. On his 2020 album Motivational Speakeasy, he somehow channeled the spirits of Mississippi John Hurt, John Hartford The post Video Premiere: Jordan Tice – “Cats and Kitties” appeared first on Fretboard Journal.

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  • Gibson Transition year of 1964
    by newallgood on September 12, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Around the middle of  1964  major changes occurred. The info below is very useful for dating a Gibson guitar in cases where serial numbers were repeated or unclear. 1. Neck width at the Nut was reduced from 1 11/16 inches to 1 9/16 inches (you will see cases of 1 10/16 inches during this transition … Continue reading Gibson Transition year of 1964 The post Gibson Transition year of 1964 appeared first on All Good Guitars.

  • Fender Bass break down 1951 to 1969
    by newallgood on February 25, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    1951  The Precision bass was the first production run solid body bass released by Fender in late 1951.  The bass was equipped with a one piece maple fretted neck and one single coil pickup. The production color was Blonde. There are two bridge saddles, and the strings are loaded through  back of the body. The … Continue reading Fender Bass break down 1951 to 1969 The post Fender Bass break down 1951 to 1969 appeared first on All Good Guitars.