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Stadiumred Announces Partnership with Gibson Brands

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  • Upfront
• June 24, 2013

Stadiumred, a music and entertainment company based in New York, has entered into a promotional partnership with the newly named Gibson Brands. Beginning on June 15, 2013, instruments from Gibson Brands will be on display and available to artists at both the New York City Stadiumred Studios Facility and an installation of a “Gibson Music Room” at the Stadiumred Estate in The Hamptons for the summer 2013 event series.

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Ludwig-Musser Continues to Support Elkhart Jazz Festival

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  • Supplier Scene
• June 24, 2013

The 26th Annual Elkhart Jazz Festival runs for three days, beginning on June 21st in downtown Elkhart, Indiana.  Over 100 top jazz musicians from around the country will be performing, including Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, guitarist John Pizzarelli, clarinetist Dave Bennett and Ludwig’s percussionist Jim Catalano, an Elkhart local.

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New York GC Workers Vote to Unionize

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  • Upfront
• June 24, 2013

The 57 workers at Guitar Center’s Manhattan retail store recently voted to form a union.

The national Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) orchestrated the win, which marks the first in a series of anticipated similar union votes around New York City and potentially the rest of the country.

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Hayden Amps Hit the Road with Everclear

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  • Supplier Scene
• June 24, 2013

American rock band Everclear, who had hits in the 90's with songs like "Santa Monica", "Everything to Everyone", and "Wonderful", is headlining the 2013 Summerland Tour and frontman Art Alexakis is playing Hayden Amps.

Alexakis is employing a Hayden Classic Lead 80W head and 412 cab to get his signature west-coast alternative guitar sound, which anchored the band's eight albums including Sparkle and Fade (1995) and So Much for the Afterglow (1997), and earned Everclear both a Grammy nomination and Billboard Music award in 1998.

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Gibson Officially Switches to ‘Gibson Brands’ Name

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  • People
• June 19, 2013

Recent acquisitions in the pro audio realm have broadened Gibson’s range of product offerings considerably and, to reflect this, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become Gibson Brands.

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The Fred & Dinah Gretsch 130th Anniversary Tour

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  • People
• June 19, 2013

2013 marks Gretsch’s 130th anniversary, and the company is going all-out to celebrate this historic milestone. Special promotional events in cities across the US and Canada will showcase Gretsch guitars and drums, with concert performances by top Gretsch artists.

A special element of these events will be The Fred & Dinah Gretsch 130th Anniversary Tour. Representing the fourth generation of the Gretsch Family, Fred will be on hand to personally greet Gretsch fans, sign autographs, and relate the fascinating history of the business that was founded by his great-grandfather, Friedrich Gretsch, in 1883.

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Samson To Transfer Zoom Distribution

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  • People
• June 19, 2013

Samson Technologies will turn over the U.S. distribution of all Zoom products to the newly developed Zoom North America on December 31, 2013.

Zoom Corporation, based in Japan, manufacturers handheld and desktop recorders, along with guitar effects processors. Samson and Zoom’s 20-year distribution relationship will end on good terms.

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S&P Lowers GC’s Credit Rating

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  • People
• June 19, 2013
According to Reuters, Standard & Poor’s cut its debt rating on Bain Capital-owned Guitar Center Holdings Inc. late last month, from ‘B-‘ to ‘CCC+’ due to “weak operating trends.”

“Although we anticipate the company (will) obtain the amendment to its financial covenants, we believe its capital structure is unsustainable in the long term and the company is dependent upon favorable business, financial, and economic conditions to meet its financial commitments,” S&P credit analyst Mariola Borysiak said in a recent note to clients.

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LPD to Distribute JHS Guitar Brands in the USA

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  • People
• June 19, 2013

John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. has announced its cooperation with LPD Music to distribute Fret-King® and Vintage® guitars in the US market.

Fret-King and Vintage now join the  LPD stable of more than 100 leading MI and Pro Audio brands. US guitar players will now be able to purchase Vintage ReIssued and ICON electrics, Vintage acoustics, and the successful line of Fret-King Black Label guitars and basses.

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Sennheiser Announces Changes to Executive Management Board

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  • People
• June 18, 2013

WEDEMARK, Germany — For several years now, two of the co-shareholders of the Sennheiser family business, Daniel and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser have proved themselves within the Executive Management Board by taking on certain responsibilities for the successful running of the entire group. As a consequence, the Shareholders of the Sennheiser Group have unanimously decided to promote Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser to the positions of CEO's responsible for Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co KG, as of July 1st 2013.

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Morley Thompson

Morley Thompson

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  • Trade Regrets
• June 12, 2013
​Morley Thompson passed away on March 7 at the age of 86. Thompson’s financial background was a key element in the expansion of the Baldwin Piano Company during the 1980s.  He created a credit company and finance programs under the Baldwin name to branch off from the company’s core technology and invest on a larger […] Read More...
Robert Benedetto inlays the fingerboard of his 45th Anniversary guitar.

Benedetto Guitars Celebrates 45 Years

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  • Upfront
• April 1, 2013
Founded in 1968 by American luthier Robert Benedetto, Benedetto Guitars, Inc.of Savannah, Georgia is celebrating 2013 as their 45th Anniversary. The small but internationally renowned company builds some of the world’s most collectable and expensive instruments while still focusing their production on the needs of professional and aspiring jazz guitarists. Benedetto " guitars have been […] Read More...

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