Bain Capital is still in the picture but Ares Management is reported to have taken control of Guitar Center.
Read the announcement here
(Note: a subscription to read the third party article may be required. I’ll try to locate and publish a link that is freely accessible. This link does have a free summary preview.)
The new 2014 model year lineup from Gibson is now available. There are a few changes that are sure to create controversy for the traditionalists out there.
Perhaps this is best illustrated by Gibson’s decision to forgo the “nibs” on the neck binding in favor of “undercut fret over binding”. This is one of the easiest ways to determine is a Les Paul was a fake. Most fakes do not have “Nibs” since there are so difficult to recreate. Chinese Les Paul counterfeiters everywhere rejoice.
Some are also questioning why Gibson is using a 120th Anniversary fret board inlay on every 2014 guitar. While some like it most don’t. Who celebrates a 120th anniversary anyway?
2014 Gibson 120th Anniversary Inlay
Read on for more changes …
Lou Reed, 71, passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, at his home in Southampton, N.Y., after battling liver disease.
Rest In Peace Lou!
JJ Cale is reported to have died of a heart attack on July 26, 2013. Songwriter and performer extraordinaire, Cale has penned many tunes in his time for a roster of bona fide legends as noted in this excerpt from his Wikipedia page:
“JJ Cale (also J.J. Cale), born John Weldon Cale on December 5, 1938, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter and musician. Cale is one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. Cale’s personal style has often been described as “laid back”.
His songs have been performed by a number of other musicians including “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton, “Cajun Moon” by Randy Crawford, “Clyde” and “Louisiana Women” by Waylon Jennings, “Magnolia” by Jai, “Bringing It Back” by Kansas, “Call Me the Breeze” and “I Got the Same Old Blues” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, “I’d Like to Love You, Baby” by Tom Petty, “Travelin’ Light” and “Ride Me High” by Widespread Panic, “Tijuana” by Harry Manx, “Sensitive Kind” by Carlos Santana, “Cajun Moon” again by Herbie Mann with Cissy Houston, and “Same Old Blues” by Captain Beefheart.”
1938-2013. Rest in Peace. (more…)
Indianapolis EMS is going to be sending a Social Worker out on 911 calls in an effort to reduce the number of “Frequent Flyers” that are abusing the system. One can read about it here. I am curious as to exactly what a Social Worker can do and whether or not a Social Worker would be appropriate in a 911 situation. Perhaps a Social Worker can explain programs that may exist that could offer assistance but will that really cut costs … or just shift them to someone else’s budget?
What are your thoughts?
See the announcement here
and of course the release notes are available as well.
The Tennessean is reporting that the Gibson Guitar Corporation is changing it’s name to Gibson Brands. Personally I think they should have chosen a name that pays better respect to the rich tradition that this music instrument icon has enjoyed for over 120 years. I would have thought that they would have opted for a shorter more elegant name.
“Gibson®” should have been the obvious choice as the logo to the left illustrates. Simple, elegant, and already well established in the music industry.
The companies bought up by Gibson could simply add something like “A Gibson® Company” somewhere around their logos to establish the connection between the various non-guitar related entities and the parent. Maybe I’m just an old fashioned traditionalist. That being said when tradition is part of your identity one shouldn’t go screwing with it now.
Curiously when I ran across this news article I quickly navigated over to the Gibson website and found no mention of the change as of the time of this posting.
I for one hope this is erroneous journalism by the Tennessean. If this proves to be accurate I sure hope we don’t start seeing “Gibson Brands” for the logo inlay on any headstock.
What are your thoughts? Comment below!
This week, May 19th through 25th, marks EMS Week in the United States.
EMS Week celebrates and honors the hundreds of thousands of EMS practitioners serving our communities across the nation.
One Mission, One Team
That makes three! George Jones, “The Possum”, has died. If anyone ever lived their songs it was “No Show Jones”. He is, and was, a country music icon.
One can read about it in the Washington Post article.