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Fender Introduces Eric Clapton Signature Amp Series

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 6, 2011 at 8:57 AM

In a historic collaboration, Fender introduces its first artist signature amplifiers—EC Series amps bearing the name of legendary guitarist Eric Clapton. Built to the exacting specifications of Clapton himself, the three amps—the EC Twinolux, EC Tremolux, and EC Vibro-Champ—are fascinating variations on their original '50s-era ancestors (the '57 Twin, '57 Deluxe, and '57 Champ, respectively), and are our answer to his call for special models with distinctive features.

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Handmade in the United States, all three amp models feature '50s—era output tube bias tremolo (which produces a more throbbing pulse than later Fender tremolo circuits) and a switchable power attenuator (reduces speaker output), in addition to other premium features. In a historic career now in its sixth decade, Eric Clapton has long been known as one of the world's foremost exponents of classic Fender tweed amp tone, and the three new amps bearing his imprint present the pinnacle of personally inspired amp tone for stage and studio alike. Each is a must for Clapton fans and guitarists who want the ultimate in tweed tube amp performance.

The 2x12" EC Twinolux, 1x12" EC Tremolux, and 1x8" EC Vibro-Champ are single-channel amps with high-gain and low-gain inputs, hand-wired all-tube circuitry on eyelet boards with premium components, custom transformers, and premium tubes and speakers. The EC Tremolux has fixed bias for increased headroom and an internal speaker disconnect that allows use of an external 8-ohm speaker enclosure. The EC Vibro-Champ has an internal speaker disconnect that allows use of an external 4-ohm speaker enclosure, and a footswitch jack for an optional tremolo footswitch.

All three EC Series amps have a cosmetic treatment that elegantly befits an artist of Clapton’s stature. Each is ruggedly built with a finger-joined solid pine enclosure, and each authentically evokes Fender's original 1950s golden era with lacquered tweed covering, vintage-style brown/gold grille cloth and a leather strap handle. And in the most outwardly visible personal touch, each amp bears an "EC Series" badge at front lower right and Clapton's signature on the control panel. Each amp also includes a deluxe fitted cover. For more information, please visit

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British Folk Guitar Legend Bert Jansch Dies at 67

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 5, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Bert JanschBert Jansch, one of the British folk scene's most influential guitarists, passed away this morning (10/5) after losing his two-year battle with lung cancer. He was 67.

The Glasgow, Scotland, native Jansch first attracted the ears of guitarists with his innovative guitar technique on his 1965 self-titled debut album, which has since been cited by guitarists from Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Neil Young to Paul Simon, Johnny Marr, and Nick Drake as a major influence. In 1967, Jansch took his experimental and innovative treatments of folk music a step further when he formed the acoustic supergroup Pentangle with John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson, and Terry Cox.

After Pentangle split, in 1973, Jansch again pursued his solo career, achieving a prolific output of 23 studio albums plus seven live albums and several compilations, singles, and EPs.

Jansch most often played fingerstyle acoustic guitar, but what made listeners (and fellow guitarists) take note was his use of extended and altered chords in a folk context. He also had a penchant for changing time signatures (prog-folk?), sometimes just on a whim. While these are somewhat commonplace today, in 1965, it tipped the guitar world on its ear.


Cherry Lane Print Releases Beginning Blues Book/DVD

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 4, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Beginning Blues Guitar book/DVDCherry Lane Print has released the book/DVD version of Beginning Blues Guitar: Rhythm and Solos, written and taught by blues veteran Al Ek. More than just a bunch of licks and the standard 12-bar format, Ek introduces beginning blues students to the often-overlooked aspect of "groove." You'll learn six different rhythm parts—shuffle, rock 'n' roll, mojo groove, slow blues, boogaloo groove, and backwards shuffle—each with its own solo and instruction on how the solo and its licks can work over different grooves and in different keys.

On the DVD, Ek shows all the parts at tempo and then breaks them down note by note for ease of learning. The DVD also includes jam tracks for each of the six styles presented.

To order the item, visit your local music dealer or click here.


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