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Eastman Guitars collaborated with guitarist Ray Benson on his signature Thinline T486-RB. The T486-RB is a double cutaway featuring deluxe laminate top, back and sides, with ivoroid binding throughout the body, neck and headstock. The guitar is a 24" scale length between the 1" bone nut and nickel Gotoh tunomatic bridge. Handwound Lollar pickups include an El Rayo at the neck with a Low Wound Imperial at the bridge. D'Addario strings and hardshell case included.

Read more: Eastman Guitars Thinline T486-RB Ray Benson >>>

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Recording King’s new line of guitars feature torrefied Adirondack spruce tops, which undergo a specialized heating process in which the wood is heated at a low temperature in an oxygen-free environment. The end result is a lightweight, extra resonant top that produces similar tone to a vintage instrument. The RP1-16C is a 12-fret single 0 cutaway with a dreadnought scale.The RP1-16C works well for fingerstyle players thanks to the cutaway and 1-3/4” nut, delivering even, vintage-style tone everywhere on the fretboard. Inclues lifetime warranty.

Read more: Recording King Torrefied Top RP1-16C Guitars >>>

Supplier Scene

Hal Leonard's ScorePlay program has proven a popular method of allowing band students to preview and engage in brand new music pubications. has been very successfully employing with its ScorePlay promotional tool on YouTube. ScorePlay lets band directors and students – and anyone visiting YouTube – view complete conductor scores while listening to professionally recorded demo recordings that coordinate with the score on screen. The page turns sync with the music automatically, and visitors can see and hear the entire piece of music.

Read more: Band Directors, Students Flock to Hal Leonard ScorePlay YouTube Videos >>>

Supplier Scene

Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis announced the addition of international violin sensation Lindsey Stirling to the Yamaha Strings Artist Roster. She currently plays a Yamaha SV-250 Silent Violin Pro. Combining a dazzling display of music and movement into a genre-bending artistic package, Stirling’s career has skyrocketed in a short period of time to include sold out tours, chart-topping hits and more than 720 million views of her videos on YouTube.

Read more: Yamaha Welcomes Violinist Lindsey Stirling to Artist Roster >>>

Supplier Scene

Arriba Cases continues their “Bag Tag” promotion through the end of this year, offering retailers an opportunity to build customer relations by giving away bonus luggage tags with case purchases. Through the end of 2014, the company is offering free, professional luggage tags with any case purchase. When you help protect your client’s equipment with an Arriba soft case, they also receive the bonus of a customizable luggage tag. 

Read more: Arriba Cases “Bag Tag” Promotion Offers Customers Free, Professional Luggage Tags >>>

People

Carl Harris has been appointed as Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA)’s customer support manager, leading the company’s commitment to serve the needs of its customers as effectively as possible.

Harris, who brings over 15 years of customer service experience to his new position, said he plans to boost Yamaha’s renowned support for those who use the company’s instruments, other music products, technology and services.

Read more: Yamaha Corporation of America Names Harris Customer Support Manager >>>

People

It is with mixed emotions that St Louis Music announces that Jim Eaton, the Vice President of Knilling and Orchestral Sales for over 6 years, has decided to retire effective Oct 1, 2014. He will remain with St Louis Music in an advisory role after his retirement. Jim is a product of public school music education, coming up through the great instrumental music program of the Normandy School District in St. Louis County. He began his career as a professional cellist in the Tulsa Philharmonic while attending the University of Tulsa.  He returned to his hometown and continued his career as an orchestral educator, maintained a large studio of private cello students and was regularly heard as a performing cellist. 

Read more: SLM's Jim Eaton Retires >>>

People

D’Addario has announced that Richard LaBonté has accepted the position of chief commercial officer, and Shabbir Ahmed has joined the company as chief financial & administrative officer.  Both are newly-created positions. 

As CCO, Richard LaBonté will be responsible for the commercial strategy and development of the organization, relating to marketing, sales, product development, artist relations and customer service to drive business growth and market share. LaBonté will report directly to Jim D’Addario, CEO.

Read more: LaBonté and Ahmed Join D’Addario Senior Leadership Team >>>

People

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has announced that Beats Electronics (Beats) president, Luke Wood, has joined Fender’s Board of Directors. Under Wood’s leadership, Beats, which is owned by Apple, has grown into a global household name and one of the most successful and recognizable consumer electronics companies in the world. Wood was also instrumental in facilitating the company’s recent acquisition by Apple Inc. Today he lends his more than 20 years of experience to Fender’s board. Wood will join Fender’s most recent additions to the company’s Board of Directors, U2’s Bono and The Edge, who were both appointed in May of this year.

Read more: Fender Welcomes Beats' Wood to Board of Directors >>>

Upfront

Dana B. Goods is expanding its offerings of quality micro pedals and full sized pedals to its dealers and is now the USA Exclusive Distributor of XVIVE Audio. 

●Designed by renowned USA design team

●Small package – all metal housing

●Original Tone

XVIVE has relied on the engineering talent of several U.S. engineers who have decades of professional experience and are the names behind a number of today's top-selling effects. "The USA Design Team mission was simple - to design a product that delivered premium tone and a price second to none," says Nancy Lee, CEO of XVIVE. The team is headed by Howard Davis, who was responsible for many of the Electro-Harmonix designs.  He is joined by Darius Mostowfi, who has 18 years of DSP and analog design experience, and Ray Heasman, who has 15 years of experience designing high-end audio systems.

Read more: XVIVE Audio Now Distribued Exclusively by Dana B. Goods in the U.S. >>>

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