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Top 10 Guitars | Fender Precision Bass & Hofner 500/1 Bass

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

This week, we’re featuring two iconic bass guitars: Fender’s renowned Precision Bass and Paul McCartney’s innovative Hofner 500/1 Bass, or Violin Bass.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Classic Guitars, flame tree pro

Top 10 Guitars | Gibson ES-335 & Gibson SG

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

We’ve got two more of Gibson’s iconic guitars in this week’s Top 10 Guitars blog: the ever popular ES-335, played by the likes of B.B. King and Eric Clapton; and the SG, a guitar which has become synonymous with rock’n’roll.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Classic Guitars, flame tree pro

Top 10 Guitars | Gretsch White Falcon & National Style O

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

This week we’re featuring two great guitars – both with distinctive styles: the flashy Gretsch White Falcon and the metallic National Style O.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Classic Guitars, flame tree pro

Top 10 Guitars | Martin D-45

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

The Martin dreadnought guitars are favoured by folk musicians for the full, expressive sound they produce, and the D-45 has truly earned its place amongst our list of Top 10 Guitars.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Classic Guitars, flame tree pro

Top 10 Guitars | Gibson Les Paul

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

This week’s starring guitar is the fantastic Gibson Les Paul, beloved by the likes of Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Classic Guitars, flame tree pro

Top 10 Guitars | Fender Stratocaster

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Next to make our list of the top 10 guitars is the iconic and hugely popular Fender Stratocaster, played by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Classic Guitars, flame tree pro

Top 10 Guitars | Fender Telecaster

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

The guitar is one of the most popular and emotive musical instruments of the last century – a powerful tool, many famous musicians have become legendary alongside their signature guitars. Here begins our look at 10 of the best classic guitar makes, starting with the Fender Telecaster.

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Topics: Flame Tree Music, Classic Guitars, flame tree pro

Scotty Moore | Rock’n’roll Innovator

Posted by Catherine Taylor
A little known legend died on 28 June 2016. Well, not as well known as he should have been, considering his place in the birth of rock guitar as we know and love it. We were honoured back in 2006 to have Scotty Moore (b. 1931) write the foreword to our labour of love, The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock – an apt beginning to a book that told the complex and many-faceted story of rock.

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Topics: rock icons, Rock and Roll History, rock guitar, Scotty Moore

David Jones to David Bowie | The Emergence of An Artist

Posted by Matt Knight

As is the case with pretty much all stars, before the beautiful butterfly came the unremarkable caterpillar. Bowie was born in Brixton, South London on 8 January 1947, and named David Robert Jones. His father was a promotions officer for the children’s charity Barnardo’s and his mother a cinema usherette. He had one sibling – half-brother Terry – who had, like much of the extended family, sadly suffered from severe mental problems.

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Topics: rock icons, David Bowie

Remembering Leonard Cohen: The Early Years

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

 

The sad news of the death of Leonard Cohen has prompted many to mourn the loss of the folk rock icon, whose most recent album – You Want it Darker – was produced by his son Adam and released just a few weeks ago. Covering such topics as politics, religion and love, his unusual and intelligent songs have always possessed a strangely addictive, dwelling aura, the words threaded with subtle power and wrapped in an unconventional singing voiceThe acclaimed Canadian songwriter's influence can be felt in the works of many other music stars, including the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Philip Glass, Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright and U2, and his most famous works – including Hallelujah (1984), Bird on the Wire (1969), Suzanne (1967) and So Long, Marianne (1967) – will no doubt continue to capture the imagination of their listeners. As tributes continue to pour in for the great poet and musician, we take a look back over the early life of this captivating figure, whose beautifully enigmatic songs betray his early days as a cult author and poet

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Topics: rock icons

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