Monthly Archives: June 2009

Eastwood Airline 59 Guitar

One of my favorite guitars is the Eastwood Airline 2P guitar.  These retro-styled Airline guitars have great tone, great looks and lots of players are discovering that there are better and greater medium priced guitars on the market than simply Fender and Gibson.

Recently, Eastwood put out a limited edition Airline guitar called the Airline ’59 Custom guitar.  This guitar features the same cool styling as the standard Eastwood Airline but includes vintage voiced single coil pickups, a rubber binding stripe, custom white headstock, a custom case and an Airline guitar strap.

Also, for a limited time, you can WIN a free Eastwood Airline ’59 Custom guitar by visiting the Eastwood site and entering their contest.  When entering, don’t forget to reference Fat Tone Guitars in the “Dealer” box.

Eastwood Airline '59 Custom Guitar

Eastwood Airline '59 Custom Guitar

Vintage Butterscotch Blonde

What could be better than a slab of swamp ash bolted to a long piece of maple?  Seriously, in what other industry is it so difficult to improve upon the original design than electric guitars?

Leo Fender got so much more right when he came out with the Fender Broadcaster in 1949 than he could have ever dreamed.  It’s not so much the assembly line process of making guitars, but the tonal qualities and pure simplistic perfection that came about by screwing that maple neck onto that slab swamp ash body.

Here’s one contemporary builders foray into recreating the masterpiece.

Nash T-52 in Butterscotch Blonde

Nash T-52 in Butterscotch Blonde

and its bigger brother the bass

Nash PB-52 in Butterscotch Blonde

Nash PB-52 in Butterscotch Blonde

And for something completely different, this Fano Satellite guitar takes the timeless design to new creative heights.

Fano Alt De Facto Satellite in Butterscotch Blonde

Fano Alt De Facto Satellite in Butterscotch Blonde

What sets these guitars apart from lots of others you might come across is the builders–Nash Guitars for the T and PB, and Fano for the Satellite–makes these guitars by hand and have complete creative control and oversite on their build.  They also use top of the line components and Lollar and Fralin pickups to nail that vintage sound.

You should check them out.

Effect Pedal Sound Clips

What’s that overdrive pedal sound like?  They all sound alike, correct?

Wrong.

As a resource to you, our fair customer, Fat Tone Guitars will be slowly but surely recording and posting demo files of all of our effect pedals.  We’ll record a clean, bypassed sound, and then crank it up and record the pedal in all it’s overdriven, or wet delayed (or what have you) glory.

When you visit our website and view a pedal, just choose the “Product Demos” tab and enjoy.  We’ll be adding more and more as the days go on.

ToneCandy Sweet Drive Overdrive Pedal

ToneCandy Sweet Drive Overdrive Pedal

ToneCandy Sweet Drive Overdrive Pedal

rock star parking



rock star parking

Originally uploaded by zeelje

More fun and games from I Was A King. This is Anne Lise, second guitarist and vocalist at our shop.

I Love Rock n Roll (and jazz and blues, etc.)

I really do.  It’s the music of electric guitars and basses and drums.  Loud and raunchy like Neil Young and Crazy Horse.  I also like loud and dreamy like Teenage Fanclub or the Norwegian band that I was recently turned on to, I Was A King.

I was a King stopped by Fat Tone Guitars recently and picked up up a very cool Fano Alt De Facto JM6 in Shell Pink.

I Was A King with Fano Guitar

I Was A King with Fano Guitar

They are great live and have an ethereal sound–dreamy vocals with a wall of guitars.  Check them out here.

What Sounds Good

Being in the guitar store business, I spend a lot of time listening to music and guitars, and a lot of time listening to people playing guitars.  I also spend a lot of time talking to customers.  More importantly, I spend a lot of time LISTENING to customers.  What is striking me as ironic is that a lot of customers are spending less time listening and more time “researching”.

There are tons of guitar effect pedals out there and it seems that there are more and more each week.  I’m going to go on record right now and say that there are almost no “bad” effect pedals.  What sounds good to you, the player, is subjective and never wrong.  What gets me is that people seem to be spending too much time on the web reading about pedals ad nauseum.  I think that time should be spent listening to the sounds.  Even better, get out a record and listen to it.  Even better than that-go to a concert and listen to that!

We had a customer in the shop this week who was in the market for a chorus pedal.  He brought his guitar with him to the shop and proceeded to play about 6 chorus pedals over the course of about 30 minutes.  When he was done, he packed up his stuff, turned to me and said “I’ve got to do more reading”.

Huh?  This is a guitar shop not a bookshop.

MJM Effects, out of Canada is becoming one of my favorite boutique pedal companies.  Great lineup of pedals–from fuzz to distortion to vibe.  Here’s one of my favorites…the MJM China Fuzz.

MJM China Fuzz Pedal

MJM China Fuzz Pedal

Catch Short Punks in Love at the next After-Hours at Fat Tone on Saturday June 27th at 8pm.