Thursday, August 23, 2012

Angels & Devils

Any time you are in business for yourself and have a supplier that always comes through in a pinch, that's a great feeling. They make some mistakes in the course of 10+ years, but always own up to it and make it right. They genuinely care about your business no matter how big or small, and they let you know it in many ways.

We have such a supplier in The Music Link, based out of the bay area in Hayward, California, with an eastside location in Knoxville, Tennessee, they may be better known to you guys as the parent company for Johnson & AXL guitars. They now sport several top level marques like VHT Amplification, Recording King Guitars, The Loar, Lucida, Palatino, Coda , Guardian, and several more well known brands.

This week they stepped up with a generous discount for us on a great OOO solid top acoustic guitar for our friend Cody Piscitelli in Idaho, who is bravely recovering from a motorcycle crash that has left him without use of his legs. We know that not only is the guitar a great natural relaxer and stress reliever, but that it also sharpens up hand/eye coordination, memory, and other motor skills. Add to that the satisfaction of accomplishing learning to play but also the enjoyment others get from a successful player, and you get a can't miss rehab tool and friend for life.

Tonebender would like to thank The Music Link's Misha Guiffre for helping us out with this and our motorcycling buddy Big Mike Borger for his efforts in getting folks involved with Cody and his journey. Anyone wishing to donate to this gift for Cody can hit our Paypal at  tonebenderproducts AT  . Any proceeds exceeding the cost of this effort will go directly to Cody's family for help with the bills.

Always love it when the angels win.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Resobender "Top Shelf" Goldtop

Ah, gold.

Dreams are filled with it. Well, so are teeth...but I digress. This one is the first high-end production model of the new "Top Shelf" Resobender line. Lots of attention to detail, nice low action for pickers, but still enough room for the slide players.

The neck is a 7.25" radius F-spec maple on maple unit, painted gold on the back and entire headstock, frets are professionally leveled, crowned and polished, and the fretboard is finished in an aged clear poly finish that is practically bullet-proof. Vintage Kluson style Gotoh tuners, vintage button string trees and a bone nut complete the headstock end.

The gold paint finish on this beauty was done by Pat Wilkins in Van Nuys, California. Fret finishing by David Sprowl at Stringwalker Lutherie in Palmdale, CA.

The body is ash with a 12k ohm Fender Vintage Noiseless stacked humbucker neck pickup and a Schatten piezo pickup on the biscuit bridge for just the right amount of reso-cone clank. A 'chicken-headed' blend pot finds the perfect balance between the two for every playing application. The neck pickup is in line with a 250k CTS volume and tone pot setup including a .033 orange drop tone capacitor both topped with Remington shotgun shell knobs. Output jack is a USA Switchcraft unit held in by an Electrosocket jack cup for easy on-stage hookups.

The 9.5" National style spun aluminum resonator cone and 'colander' cover plate lend themselves to great acoustic tones that are loud enough to practice with the guitar 'unplugged'. All of this is protected by a sweet guardian SG size tweed hardshell case.

Contact us for more details and pics. This one is for sale, but will not last long.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

"Beans & biscuits in my cupboard..."

"...listening to Ray Wylie Hubbard..." -  Down The Road Tonight by Hayes Carll

Here's a little Ray for you, demo'ing the TB Resobender at McCabes last month. He's got one on order now. Pics to follow as soon as they can.