Seymour Duncan recently announced that Max Gutnik has joined the company as CRO. Gutnik has worked as a key player for Apogee, DigiDesign, Avid, and Line 6 and will be overseeing sales, marketing, and new products at Seymour Duncan. CEO Cathy Carter Duncan says, "Max has the knowledge, skills, energy and enthusiasm to deliver results. He has played critical roles in product development, sales and marketing during large growth periods of several music companies. Best of all, he loves to play guitar."

Read more: New Hires at Seymour Duncan

Trade Regrets

Vern Schafer, founder of Colton Pianos and president of Schafer Piano Movers, passed away on December 8.

As a teenager, Schafer joined the family business, Schafer Piano Movers, and developed an interest in the piano retail business. Soon after opening Colton Pianos, in the southern California town of Colton, Vern was able to expand, opening other locations. In the process, he wanted to train his employees to be able to run and manage the stores, so that he could continue to run the moving company. As a result Vern became a mentor to many successful piano retailers who went on to own and operate their own stores including Dennis James of the Piano Warehouse in San Diego and Bobby Shaw of Desert Pianos in Palm Springs.  In 2011, Vern was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Piano Travelers.  

Read more: Trade Regrets: Vern Schafer

Supplier Scene

Rolling Stone and D’Addario held the Next Young Gun Contest to choose the final Young Gun; guitarists everywhere were asked to submit a video of themselves playing their own original songs, licks, riffs, or solos. D’Addario and Rolling Stone chose eight finalists and opened online voting, in addition to the votes of a distinguished panel of musicians. The winter, Marcus Machado, was announced December 9th, and the grand prize includes a profile and coverage on, a trip to Los Angeles to record at some of the country’s top studios (including Swing House and TRS West), a gig at an LA club, and a one year supply of D’Addario strings.

Read more: Rolling Stone and D’Addario Announce Next Young Gun Contest Winner

Supplier Scene

In an effort to welcome a new generation of players, Rolling Stone partnered with D'Addario to identify up-and-comers with the potential to become the next class of guitar legends.

The list, curated by Rolling Stone’s top editors, features 30 notable players, introducing one new artist each week. The artists highlighted were profiled and interviewed, and viewers are able to experience their inspiring perfomances via video and audio clips.

Read more: Rolling Stone & D'Addario Announce 30 Best Young Guitarists of 2014

Dealer's Choice Awards

The 2014 Dealers’ Choice Awards again brought together hundreds of enthusiastic music products dealers to nominate the lines that made this year a success.  This winning slate of instrument, sound, lighting and other categories, was provided by over 800 votes from dealers eager to promote their best-performing favorites.

Yamaha again returns as the “Product of the Year” category winner with its much-loved Disklavier Piano, a clear favorite among voting dealers in 2014. Many familiar companies are again represented this year, as dealers made their voice clear about the lines that rocked the year, and rang the register.

Read more: 22nd Annual Dealers’ Choice Awards

Don Johnson Awards

2014 Don Johnson Music Industry Service Award Winners

The copy on the Don Johnson Music Industry Service Award trophy reads, “In Recognition and Appreciation for Your Outstanding Advocacy and Support for Music Education at the Community and National Level.” As such, it’s no surprise whatsoever that this year’s honorees are the D’Addarios – Jim and John, Jr.

Read more: John D’Addario Jr. and Jim D’Addario

Dealer's Choice Awards

As the Dealers’ Choice Awards enter their third decade, we see amongst the 2013 winners some familiar faces, some newcomers, and the return of champions from years past.

While 2012 seemed to possibly be ushering in a new era, as Yamaha’s AvantGrand was the top vote-getter in the “Product of the Year” category after first ending the previous winner’s ten-year streak, 2013 sees that previous instrument reclaim the distinction. 

Read more: 21st Annual Dealers’ Choice Awards

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