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Mesa Boogie Triple Crown - 2017 January NAMM show was drawing closer as I anticipated the arrival of the new Mesa Boogie Triple Crown amplifier that we were going to be using as a booth demo amp for my b3 line of guitars. This new series of Mesa amps boasted the highest gain structure ever of any prior Mesa, MIDI …

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Memoirs of a Fender Master Builder - 1993 was a pivotal year in my life. I was about to get married, and I had been working as an apprentice to Senior Master Builder Roger Giffin at the Gibson West Custom Shop. Gibson was going through some restructuring which was soon going to change to my latitude. Little did I realize the magnitude …

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Music Marketing

Newsletter Band E-newsletters - An excellent way to grow your fan base Most bands rely on social media to get the word out about their music, shows, tours and merchandise. What many bands don’t know is that sending out an e-newsletter on a regular basis is a great way to increase the number of fans you have, introduce your …

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MUSE NOMINATED FOR BEST ROCK ALBUM GRAMMY AWARD -   LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 7, 2015 – Muse was nominated for a Grammy Award today for the 58th Grammy Awards. The band received a nod in the Best Rock Album Category for their heralded seventh album Drones, which was released on June 8, 2015 by Warner Bros. Records. The album debuted at Number One in 21 …


Business Sense

Crowdfunding and the taxes that go along with it - So you’re an up and coming band that wants to create an album/EP and lack the funds to do so. Or you have a 4 song EP deal with your label and they say if you want to make it a full 12-12 song album you have to come up with the rest of the …

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COPYRIGHT LAW PRIMER - Pt. 6 – Conclusion Over the course of several issues, Music Insider Magazine’s “Copyright Law Primer” has given a brief overview of “fair use,” an often-misunderstood defense to copyright infringement that involves a case-by-case consideration of the following factors: FACTOR 1 – The Purpose & Character of the Use: Using a copyrighted work in a …



Bobaflex “Eloquent Demons” - BOBAFLEX is making quite the reputation for themselves as one of the hardest touring bands in the country, playing 154 shows in 2016. The band has built their reputation for high-energy live shows through their relentless touring. The McCoy brothers, front men Shaun and Marty —both on guitar/vocals — formed the band back in 1998 …

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Shadowqueen - Melbourne, Australia’s ‘Shadowqueen,’ and their latest single, “Waiting On You.” by Brian McKinny Australian female-fronted rock trio SHADOWQUEEN, consisting of Robbi Zana (Lead Vocals, Bass, Keys), Si Hopman (Guitar) and Alex Deegan (Drums)  have been building a solid following around their home town of Melbourne, Australia opening for bands the likes of The Butterfly Effect, …

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