Jan 24 2011

fender factory tour – 1959

this film was made by Forrest White in 1959 and documents the original Fender factory in Fullerton, California. we all know that guitar production in highly automated at this point – but watching the stacks of drying wood and 2″ thick chunks being carefully cut on the band saws is just amazing. so glad people like this filmed the every day for us to see now…

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Jan 16 2011

namm music show

my childhood friend was in for the namm show in anaheim this past weekend. It’s a huge show of musical equipment manufacturer’s and representatives and dealers. the collection and juxtaposition of spinal tap-looking aged rock stars, horned instrument manufacturers, a floor of asian piano dealers, performers playing in real time throughout the convention center – make it a wild event to explore. some highlights included a reed company that makes flavored reeds, 100 or so people in line to get autographs by a bunch of heavy metal musicians I didn’t know – but who looked amazing and fitting the part. It was a surreal experience and the scale of attending an event which feels as large as disneyland becomes a musical blur after some time – but it was definitely memorable…

The NAMM Show
Annually held at Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802

Dec 5 2010

1987 shoreline gold stratocaster

i picked this up relatively cheap on ebay and installed a david gilmour emg setup, fixed the action, added a vintage bridge and gold anodized pickguard. the emg pickups get some amazing warm tones – a unique sound…

Dec 5 2010

1962 stratocaster

I bought this guitar with my bar-mitzvah money in 1983. it was the first year the 1957/62 reissues were made in fullerton. I had it repainted by a master luthier at wurlitzer in boston – the color is ‘heather mist’. I used to hang out there on newbury street and all the local big boston bands – the cars, til tuesday, j geils, aerosmith – would come in to buy their gear. I left the guitar there for a few months and everyone would play it. The neck is the reissue one and the body was swapped for a 1962 by the guitar tech as a nice bonus. I left it with a friend for about 20 years and just got it back last year. so glad it’s back…