Quantcast Ryan's Guitars: 2011

Friday, July 01, 2011

Site Currently Experiencing Some Issues

Sorry readers, but my first foray into Google Plus has totally erased all my blog images! Apparently there is no fix for this, so I am going to have to go back to my hard drive(s) and painstakingly spoon feed each photo back into each post by hand. Six years worth of photos. By hand. *&@%!!!!


This will take some time, but I am on it. And I have lots of latent posts to fill in here, as well. I've been quite busy with guitar things and have the stories, reviews and photos to prove it. Check back soon and thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Winter NAMM 2011

Finally, my dream came true... I got to attend a Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA!! Pinch me, please. :) I have always wanted to attend this show to see all the awesome new gear and, more importantly, some of my biggest heros... and I can say that the Winter NAMM show is even bigger and more impressive than I thought possible, on many levels. First off, the show takes place in the Anaheim Convention Center, a 1.5 million sq. ft. facility that was literally chock full of gear; and, just about every famous guitarist I could think of was there at some point, to boot. There were live performances at booths (I got to see Frank Gambale and Brian Bromberg play at the Carvin booth, and Steve Morse and Dave LaRue at Erine Ball's). There were also some great guitarists just walking the floor. For example, at one point we ran into Andy Timmons, Gary Hoey and Gretchen Menn!

Claudia and I were attending the show with Robbie Calvo in support of his new site, RobbieCalvoGuitar.com, that we are co-creating with him. While there we took advantage of the opportunity to meet and mingle with a number of Robbie's endorsement partners, as well as strike up some new friendships and alliances. It was three days of incredible fun and lots and lots of walking. If you plan to cover 1.5 million sq. ft. of floorspace in three days, you must be prepared to do a lot of walking. :)

I could write a small book on the experience, but I'll let the pictures do the talking. Check out the Flickr widget below of some of the great photos Claudia took of the experience. Can't wait to go back next year!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Video Instructional Site for Guitarists - Robbie Calvo Guitar

I am very excited to announce a new video instructional site for guitarists called Robbie Calvo Guitar (robbiecalvoguitar.com). If you're like me and you've seen just about every DVD and online lesson that's ever been made, then you'll know that the quality of these sites and courses are usually very poor and not well organized. RobbieCalvoGuitar.com is going to change all that. As I wrote in my first post on Robbie, he is a fantastic guitarist and superb teacher. Robbie has a way of making the most complex music theory information easily digestible and intelligible. Couple that with some of the richest, highest quality HD video ever produced for guitar lessons and you've got yourself something special.

At the moment the site has a Coming Soon video (shown above), blog and bio sections. I'll be contributing a lot to the blog on an on-going basis and Will Kelly of Vintage Guitar Magazine will be crafting some quality guitar articles and posts, as well. Apart from a huge section of video guitar lessons, the site will also feature regular video posts of Robbie interviewing tons of celebrity guitarists and other music industry gurus. This should end up being a really cool, one-stop place to get your guitar fix!

The final site is slated for release some time later this year, so go to the site and sign up for the mailing list to be notified when the final site goes live. It will be subscription-based and the fee will be announced some time before launch. Be sure to tell all your guitar playing friends!