Thursday, July 26, 2012

gifting for Guitar players

the first thing you have to remember when gifting
a guitarist is that people who play the guitar are
almost always creative and artistic.

they also have this tendency to break things.

that's why this coffee mug is so perfect!

time is very important to guitar players.
most of them anyway. they're always "coming
in on the one" and wondering how long til their
next solo or "when's this stupid "gig" over?"...

so you can never go wrong giving them a timepiece,
especially when it's as groovy and super-cute
as this little ticker-tocker!

and it's a funny thing, but even if they've just
started learning how to play, a surprising number
guitar players already believe they are Rock Stars.

...which makes these sunglasses a real no-brainer!

and we all know, the history of Rock Stars makes
it perfectly clear that only lead singers get
to drop their pants.

... so you can kill two birds with one stone
by gifting them with this gorgeous belt buckle!

sweet. but what if your special friend isn't a rock star?
what if they play an acoustic guitar, you ask...
no problem. we've got your back.

acoustic players tend to be less outgoing than their
electric cousins... not so "showy".  so you might
want to think about a nice book, or maybe an electric
trimming device for nose hairs.

but if you want something more "musical",
then check this out!

it might look like just another non-electric guitar
to you, but this lapel pin is actually a scale model
of Martin D-45.
you may think "so what", but to
an acoustic guitar player it's a pretty big deal.

it's also much more affordable than the
Martin D-18
lapel pin, which will set you back about twenty grand US.

and for that kind of money, you could buy
more than a hundred of these! 

who ever said going to the toilet couldn't be cool?
it comes in super-hygienic white acoustic
or rootsy natural...

don't worry - there's also an electric version
for those "rock stars"!

hope these suggestions help you make that special day
for your special guitar player really special.

back soon with more groovy gift ideas
for the musical people in your life!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

selling Russians guitars

Russians are special and unique, so it's not surprising
that Russian musicians, their music and their guitars
are special and unique too.

Ipso facto ergo, it follows that there must be
special and unique ways to sell them guitars...

hey, be careful with that axe, Elena!

Even great artists make mistakes...

... and when those mistakes involve an album cover,
         those mistakes live on forever.

here are a few, along with some snippets
from the minutes of the meetings where
they were presented.

i think after this one we should look
at taking some time off, Tori...

it's going to break you into a whole new market, Rocky.

sorry, i still don't get it. explain to me again
why we're hiding the sweater puppies?

oh, Todd. Todd, Todd, Todd...

i'm not sure about volume 2, Cllint.
let's see how this one does.

there's no upside here, Joe.

just tell me Johnny... how many a day?

why, Marcel? why?

fine, whatever you want, Sweet Daddy.
but no cowboy hat until you put the desk down.

we're going with Hillbilly pride on this one, Roy.

i don't think this will help shift any units, Yoko.
that's all i'm saying

Sunday, July 22, 2012

the gifting of Music

there was a time, not so long, when musicians
were not really welcome in polite society.

many people, including the parents of teen-age
girls and boys, thought musicians were all bums!

lazy,unemployed neer-do-wells, given to eating
or drinking anything they could lay their hands on...
and trying to lay anyone those hands could reach!

like many stereotypes, this one
actually had some
basis in fact... but the times they were a'changing!

today, more and more people understand
that musicians are actually less of a threat
to our social fabric than say, lawyers or
priests or investment counselors.

as we stand on the brink of our planetary twenty-teens,
more and more people in towns and cities everywhere
are not ashamed to say "hey, man- some of my best
friends are musicians!

but as the idea that musicians truly are demi-productive
members of society ascends, new challenges arise.

for example, if you're not a player, gifting a musician
on their "special day" can seem like a challenge.

gone are the days when a case of Kraft dinner,
a carton of smokes or some oral sex could get you through...

fortunately, as modern music has increasingly become
the intellectual
private property of trans-national corporations,
the pursuant possibilities for enhancing revenues have received
some long overdue attention.

North American entrepreneurs and Chinese industrial leaders
are making their own beautiful music together.
now, there's almost too many nichey gifts to choose from!

in The Gifting of Music, we want to expose you to some
of the many great gifting opportunities for the musicians
in your life.

so grab a VISA card and click me now to find
a groovy gift for...  My Friend, the Guitar Player!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

oh, THAT Johnny Cash photograph

it's an amazing image. even in a world flooded with photographs,
this one puts you right into that moment,
with a man who lived what he was singing.

Photographer Jim Marshall recalls the origins of what
he believed was “probably the most ripped off photograph
in the history of the world

read all about it at:

The Day Johnny Cash Flipped Off Jim Marshall

Among the many, many places this image has
appeared is this advertisement that Mr. Cash
ran in a music trade publication:

the text reads:

     American Recordings
     and Johnny Cash
     would like to
     acknowledge the
     Nashville music establishment
     and country radio for
     your support.


Russian guitars

Russians are not like us.

They make a boat, it's the size of a housing project
and it's got 8 jet engines on it.

They make a crematorium, they market
it in a very special way.

Their helicopters are beyond funky.

and Russian women?


it stands to reason that when some Russians decided
to make electric guitars, those guitars would not be
like the others.


cool? or what?

i would love to start a band where everybody played
Russian guitars and bass and drums. run them out
thru some 1960s public school PA gear.
do some Ramones covers.
maybe some Buzzcocks.
some Demics.

and originals too.
perhaps for a female lead singer.
from Omsk or maybe Yakutsk.
cool? or what?

these rule the cool before you even plug them in.
add sound, and the sky's the limit.

i mean c'mon. even their electric mandolins are hot.


take a chance. click some links...

Soviet-era USSR Aelita-2 guitar by Rostov

Soviet-era Armenian electric mandolin

and if you really want to get lost somewhere new...


You & your professional gear

There were no warning labels when I was growing up.
Every day was a dance with death- we played near
electrical outlets, rode teeter-totters, slept in bunk
beds and read naughty magazines.

Now we live in a world of warnings, most of which
seemed to be geared to less-than-gifted six year olds,
so they don't forget that coffee is traditionally served hot
and making toast in the tub
is a bad idea.

Imagine my pleasure then, when I found
Guitar Squid's
"If Gear Came with Warning Labels" set.

Useful warning labels... what a concept!

Guitar Squid's "If Gear Came with Warning Labels" set: