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Backstage-Blog Classics - Jaco Pastorius - The tragic story of a bass genius

Backstage-Blog Classics - Jaco Pastorius - The tragic story of a bass genius

July 01, 2019

Jaco was a true super star in his time. His playing had a profound influence on virtually every bass player that has come after him. Tragically, Jaco’s life also had a merciless side to it. There’s a very few artists in popular culture, who rose to fame as meteorically and shone as brightly, only to face such a brutally tragic fate.

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Backstage-Blog Classics - Matamp, Green, Orange and Stoner Rock

Backstage-Blog Classics - Matamp, Green, Orange and Stoner Rock

June 28, 2019

After a long and stressful wait the next batch of amplifiers arrived in the USA, and Joel Wheeler went ballistic. The new amps were completely different to what had been agreed. Further investigation made it obvious that the factory had used a hodgepodge of parts from a number of suppliers.

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Backstage-Blog Classics - A near-mythical fame of a Dumble Overdrive Special

Backstage-Blog Classics - A near-mythical fame of a Dumble Overdrive Special

June 13, 2019

Who was the man behind all this? Who had the cheek to demand complete secrecy, an advance of 10,000 Finnish Markkas, and who would still expect his clients to wait patiently for up to five years?

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Backstage-Blog Classics - Albert Järvinen - a Twin surprise

Backstage-Blog Classics - Albert Järvinen - a Twin surprise

June 12, 2019

When I heard the news that I might get to service a couple of the late Albert Järvinen's amplifiers, I was so excited I almost fainted. Did these amps sound special? Has the late guitar legend left some of his special mojo in these combos? I was about to find out!

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Showtime! A Day in the Life of a Guitar Tech

Showtime! A Day in the Life of a Guitar Tech

August 09, 2018

"Showtime! A Day in the Life of a Guitar Tech" is a series of articles that serve as a useful guide for every musician and technician who is planning to go on a tour. You can read about the everyday life of a touring band, experience behind the scenes action through the eyes of a guitar tech and get insight for the events of a show day from dawn ’til dusk.

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Backstage-Blog Classics - My Day As A Rock Star

Backstage-Blog Classics - My Day As A Rock Star

June 18, 2018

Are you wondering how to leave a lasting impression of yourself at a venue? Well, I'll tell you. Get comfortable and come with me to an unforgettable tour opening gig at the Tavastia venue of Helsinki.

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Custom Boards' guide to summer festivals

Custom Boards' guide to summer festivals

June 18, 2018

For a guitar technician, a festival is probably the most demanding place to work, ever. In mainland Europe typical changeover times at festivals are typically only 15 minutes. This means you have a quarter of an hour to perform all the tasks you’d spend many hours doing at a club gig.

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A detailed look at Jimi Hendrix' pedals and signal chain

A detailed look at Jimi Hendrix' pedals and signal chain

April 23, 2018

For decades the equipment of the most-influential guitarist of all time has been something of a Holy Grail. What did Jimi Hendrix use to achieve his legendary sounds? Speculation and myths abound, which is why I took the bull by the horns to lay this all to rest.

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Randy Rhoads - his life, music and equipment

Randy Rhoads - his life, music and equipment

April 06, 2018

On a foggy April morning in 1982 a phone rang in Ireland. The caller was Jet Records' boss David Arden, and his case was very important. He was on the lookout for somebody to replace guitarist Randy Rhoads, who had died only a week before.

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The Kemper Profiler on the road

The Kemper Profiler on the road

April 03, 2018

Players from Nightwish, Amorphis, Kreator, Apocalyptica, Lost Society, Sunrise Avenue, 69 Eyes, The Rasmus and Haloo Helsinki have all found out that Kemper really delivers the authentic amplifier sounds for live use.

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