Guitar Great Hangout: May 7

mikeuniverse2005_1Join guitar virtuosos Carl VerheyenGretchen MennNeil ZazaJon Finn,Rob BalducciMike Martin and Chris Green will talk all things guitar on a Live From Music City Google+ hangout at this page May 7, 2013 from 7pm-8:30pm CST. They’ll cover everything from songwriting, marketing and touring to developing a fan base. And probably some stuff about being a guitarist too! But this seems like a great opportunity to tap into the collective knowledge of a bunch of talented folks who do this stuff for a living, and have much to share about the non-musical aspects of being a serious musician.

Tweet @LFMCRadio to ask your questions and listen to some of music’s most prolific instrumentalists tell you how to beat the challenges of the music industry. Seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun! I’ll be checking it out. You should too!


SUMMER NAMM 2012: Dean Markley Carl Verheyen strings

If you’re a Stratocaster user, you’ve probably seen that video above by Carl Verheyen. It’s been passed around on forums for a few years, and it explains how to perfectly balance the string tension and spring tension of your Stratocaster so that when you float the bridge you can achieve specific intervals by bending the bar up, and so you can maintain better return to pitch and some rather nice vibrato sounds as well.

Now Carl has teamed up with Dean Markley to create what appears to be the ultimate set of Strat-friendly strings for players who prefer this type of setup. Check it out! He explains it even further in this new video:


Dean Markley and Carl Verheyen Tame the Strat

SANTA CLARA, CA – July 10, 2012 – Dean Markley today announces the release of the new Carl Verheyen Balanced Bridge Helix Electric strings. This partnership brings a unique string set intended to balance the six screw and two screw Strat-style bridges. The new string set features a unique blend of gauges and features the new Helix patent-pending hyper-elliptical windings.

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