Posts Tagged ‘Guitar’

Backstage @ Jones Beach 2017This 8×12 metal wall hanging is now on sale over on my Etsy store!

I shot this photo while backstage at Jones Beach in 2017. The swooping/cascading arrangement of all the guitar cases with a mix of vibrant color made me stop for a second. Now, I think it makes for a pretty nice accent hanging for a music studio, man cave, or whatever room might need a little more color.

This 8″x12″ metal wall hanging is an ultra-vibrant, HD Gloss, ChromaLuxe print that uses dye sublimation. Instead of printing the image directly onto the metal surface, which may scratch easily, the image is infused into the specially coated piece of metal to provide permanent protection and durability. Not only do ChromaLuxe photo panels pop with vibrant color and crisp detail, but they have an extremely durable scratch resistant surface that is waterproof and can be cleaned easily with a damp cloth.

I work with Lakeside Photoworks to deliver a quality product since I want my photos to last as long as they possibly can. According to Lakeside, two independent, highly respected research and testing laboratories conducted environmental life tests on ChromaLuxe Photo Panels and clearly concluded that ChromaLuxe HD Metal Prints are the longest lasting photo medium in the current market. The first laboratory’s testing replicated the effects of incandescent lighting along with indirect natural sunlight against the likelihood of noticeable fading over time. The laboratory compared ChromaLuxe with the top three long-lasting (archival) photo papers. Test results showed that ChromaLuxe lasts twice as long as the highest-quality photo paper and four times longer than the third best photo paper. The second independent laboratory replicated the effects of fluorescent lighting in a windowless office environment, in an effort to measure the likelihood of noticeable fading. ChromaLuxe outlasted its next closest competitor in quality by a factor of 1.7 times the life of their photo paper. It is the high definition, vibrant colors coupled with superior fade, moisture, stain, & scratch resistant properties which make ChromaLuxe an excellent choice for my photos and for your home decor applications.

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Jake Shimabukuro will tour the United States in 2011 and 2012.

Jake Shimabukuro will tour the United States in 2011/2012, and with 15 dates in California we’d make jokes about him getting his sun in, but the man’s from Hawaii so we think he’s got us beat.

For the curious, Jake’s ukelele talents went viral when his cover of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube. Watch it here:

Check out Jake Shimabukuro’s complete US tour dates below, and visit us on Thrillcall to buy tickets.

30 Nov. 2011 – College of the Sequoias Theater – Visalia, CA
02 Dec. 2011- Van Duzer Theatre – Arcata, CA
03 Dec. 2011 – Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
04 Dec. 2011- CSA Event Center – West Sacramento, CA
08 Dec. 2011 – Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Kahului, HI
09 Dec. 2011 – Honolulu Mar.athon Concert/Luau – Honolulu, Hawaii
10 Dec. 2011 – Kahala Mall –…

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Anyone remember the feds raiding the Gibson Guitar factories in Memphis and Nashville this past August? Well, they did, and between those raids and other raids in 2009; the feds have seized over $1 million worth of rosewood, ebony, and finished guitars from Gibson. These hardwoods are prized for their tonal properties and strength and are used for Gibson’s fretboards on their guitars. Gibson’s factories have remained open, but have done so under great difficulty due to the fact that the feds took most of the company’s raw materials.

The U.S. Justice Department has declined to comment on the case but have provided information regarding the Lacey Act, which is aimed at curbing illegal trafficking in wildlife, fish and plant products, and illegally obtained lumber. A letter issued by the Justice and Interior department officials stated the following:

“By prohibiting trafficking in wood illegally harvested overseas, the Lacey Act prohibits companies from undercutting law-abiding U.S. wood products companies … by trading in artificially inexpensive raw materials that have been illegally harvested from foreign forests.”

Gibson’s CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, states that Gibson Guitar uses a small fraction of the world’s tropical hardwoods, compared to that used for furniture and flooring, and because it uses so little it can use it sustainably. He also explained how his company has been a leader in this area with its line of SmartWood instruments, using wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. He went on to state:

“The issue here is not illegal logging or some conservation abuse … The laws that are being identified by the Department of Justice have to do with protectionism by the country of origin, keeping work in that country and therefore not allowing something that isn’t that value-added to be exported.”

Gibson has filed suit in federal court in Nashville to recover all of their seized materials, but that suit has been stayed while the investigation continues. In the meantime, Juszkiewicz has been working on changing the law. He says,

“I believe in the intent of the law … but I do believe that the way it’s currently written allows what’s happening to me to happen to other companies, and that’s wrong.”

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Juszkiewicz to join him in the speaker’s box to watch President Barack Obama‘s address on jobs to joint session of Congress on September 8.

Oh, and in case you were wondering… Luckily for musicians, a letter from the government in response to members of Congress on the Gibson case stated that those who unknowingly possess an instrument containing wood that was taken illegally “do not have criminal exposure.”

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