Andertons Music recently had an opportunity to demo two Guild guitars from the Newark St. Collection – the Starfire IV and X-175 Manhattan, and both instruments received high marks.
“The Guild Starfire IV is a familiar design with a quirky character all of its own,” noted the reputed dealer. ”The jagged scratchplate, ‘Harp’ tailpiece and distinctive ‘anti-hum’ pickups all add up to a classy vintage looking guitar that work hard and sounds fantastic! With a full bright tone you’d expect from a semi hollow the Starfire IV is a guitar we’re happy to welcome back to production!”
Andertons called the X-175 Manhattan “breathtaking,” with special scrutiny going to some of the guitar’s vintage accoutrements.
“Vintage features like tall frets, harp tailpiece and wooden bridge are all present and correct and you can’t help but feel the history of the guitar when you play it, so bold and authoritative is the tone,” they wrote.
During a set at the Cherrytree House Live show at Magicopolis in Santa Monica, Calif., late last year, Matthew Koma welcomed a surprise special guest on stage.
Sting walked out as Koma began playing an acoustic version of Zedd’s “Clarity,” which Koma co-wrote. The former Police frontman, who also performed during the event, noted that he “loved this song” so he had to sing it.
After the duet, Koma told the excited crowd, “I told you I did magic!”
Watch the performance below and visit Koma’s official website for more information.
British singer/songwriter Dan Croll and his band recently stopped by Guitar Center in Hollywood to talk to host Nic Harcourt on his At: Guitar Center podcast.
The 23 year old’s full-length debut album is set to be released in March 2014, but Croll offered a taste of the material with an intimate performance of the songs “In/Out” and “Home.” The tracks really showcase Croll’s layered, diverse sound, with hints of Paul Simon and James Taylor shining through.
And for both offerings during the session in Guitar Center, don’t miss bassist John Stark rocking a vintage Guild bass.
Check out Croll in action below and visit his official website for more information.
Finnish metallers Amoral have a new album called Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows ready for Feb. 14 release, but fans of the band were able to preview the acoustic-driven track “If Not Here, When?” late last year.
Now, Amoral has another fresh track at the ready, with the hard-hitting “No Familiar Faces” coming out earlier this month.
While in Los Angeles recently, Scottish rock band Travis stopped by the Ernie Ball showroom to appear on their web series Set Me Up.
The show features artists and their instruments, and frontman Fran Healy took some time to tell a few stories and offer a few tips on how to play the song “Reminder,” which comes off Travis’ latest album Where You Stand.
Check out the clip below and visit Travis’ official website for more information.