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The Bogner Story is Basically an Analog Fairytale.

The Bogner Story is Basically an Analog Fairytale.

Posted by Robinson Earle on Sep 5th 2019

The Bogner story is basically an analog fairytale. Born the son of a Telefunken employee in theGerman town of Ulm where the EL84 was invented, Reinhold Bogner was destined to becomean amp builder. After falling in love with Rock & Roll, he bought a cheap electric guitar and setabout figuring out the rest. It was while cobbling together thi … read more
​Dennis Fano’s Rivolta Line Channels the Zeitgeist of Our Time

​Dennis Fano’s Rivolta Line Channels the Zeitgeist of Our Time

Posted by Robinson Earle on Aug 12th 2019

Dennis Fano’s Rivolta line channels the zeitgeist of our time with a price tag aimed at the starving artist type. This ever-expanding pantheon of elegant off-sets pays homage to the global diaspora of Rock & Roll. When Fender, Gibson, and Gretsch were still fresh, their European counterparts in countries like Italy were refining their own interpretation of the electric … read more
​There Are Many Ways To Vibrate A String

​There Are Many Ways To Vibrate A String

Posted by Robinson Earle on Aug 2nd 2019

There are many ways to vibrate a string. Some use their fingers, some use a pick. However,rather than taking it for granted and sticking with what you know, it’s useful to evaluate thetimbral differences and stylistic limitations of each available option.Classical guitarists use all the fingers of their picking hand. Generally, the thumb handles thebass, while the index, m … read more
​Martin, Taylor, and the Evolution of Acoustic Music

​Martin, Taylor, and the Evolution of Acoustic Music

Posted by Robinson Earle on Jul 25th 2019

Martin, Taylor, and the evolution of acoustic music. In the years following WWII, we were mostconcerned with what was new. Electric guitars and shiny cars became fixtures of the popularaesthetic. It wasn’t until the mid-50s and 60s that the folk revival drew our interest back to thetraditional tools of the musician’s trade. Grandpa’s old Martin Dreadnought, in pa … read more
The Allure of Pre-War Tone: A Journey from Nazareth, PA to Hillsborough NC

The Allure of Pre-War Tone: A Journey from Nazareth, PA to Hillsborough NC

Posted by Robinson Earle on Jul 17th 2019

Time and time again, it has become clear that in addition to natural sonic symmetry, sustain, volume, etc., players gravitate towards guitars that somehow embody their favorite recordings. After all, for most of us here in the 21st century, it was a CD, Tape, or Vinyl that spurred our love of music in the first place. One advantage to this method of introduction is that we … read more