This is one of Zach Lefebvre’s guitars, the Tree of Life. A stunning instrument.
I’ve decided that I need to learn a bit more about Canadian luthiers. And TreeHouse Guitars is certainly one to consider if you are looking for something that is truly Canadian and truly unique.
Zach is delivering only a few custom orders each year so the waiting list could be long, possibly two or three years. He does have a couple of guitars available on his website.
The artistic elements he puts into his guitars is extraordinary. The Cooper Dust guitar, which is currently available, has delightful touches like this maple leaf inset into the headstock.
From his website:
TreeHouse guitars have an ever-growing reputation as instruments with wonderful tone and masterly construction. Every guitar is built with meticulous attention to detail and a focus on craftsmanship and superior sound. TreeHouse Guitars are designed to respond to the needs and the goals of the player. Further making each instrument truly unique and outstanding, Treehouse guitars are embellished with astonishing custom pyrographic wood burnings whose artistry and design add a rich and distinctive element. The resulting guitars are exceptional, singular instruments fulfilling to both the ear and eye — a pleasure to play, to hear, and to see.
Check out his guitar gallery here.
Pete Thorn is one of my guitar heroes. I started following him on his YouTube Channel primarily because of his pedal demos. Pete is an awesome player and he can make pretty much anything sound great through his fingers.
I’ve been following NAMM 2017 from a distance. Lots of interesting announcements for guitarists this year. Pete was there and he posted a video on his experience at the show. A way of seeing NAMM 2017 without actually being there to see NAMM 2017. If you see what I mean.
Lots of announcements coming from NAMM 2017.
I had posted about my renewed interest in looking at pedalboard modellers like the recently announced Headrush as well as existing modellers like the Line 6 Helix.
Helix Native is a software plugin that is powered by Line 6’s HX modelling engine which means that the patches you create in the studio can go directly to the physical Helix pedalboard and back again.
Helix Native will be released in the spring for around $400 USD.
Studio to stage presets would open up some interesting workflows for a guitarist.
It is similar to the one pictured above although the guitar is described this way:
This special CL Jazz features some of the most beautiful and richly figured mahogany we have ever used on a guitar. Created for the 2017 NAMM show this CL Jazz illustrates the pinnacle of materials and craftsmanship available in a Collings electric archtop.
When it comes time for me to focus on just jazz, which I intend to do in a few years time, this would be my choice of guitar.
Without a doubt, Collings makes an incredible guitar. And this one really shines.
There it is. My race number for the 2017 Tour of Sufferlandria. And what a tour of pain and suffering that will be.
60 is a good number. I hope to turn 60 soon after the Tour of Sufferlandria ends.
If I survive the tour.
I caught this little tidbit on Fender’s future plans from a recent Forbes article:
Most ambitious, perhaps, is Fender’s plan to launch a subscription-based guitar learning system in late spring which will include 500 hours of theory and guitar practice content for any device, priced at $19.99 per month. Says Mooney: “When we looked at the overall market, what’s interesting is the lessons side of the business is roughly double the size of the sale of new instrument business. You couple that with the fact that 90% of guitarists abandon the instrument in the first few months, if not the first year at the latest. We felt there was a commercial opportunity to develop the brand in the digital learning space because clearly the trends in learning are heading towards digital, as are many other parts of life.”
Mooney? Oh, yes. I remember now. Fender hired Andy Mooney as CEO back in 2015.
He had spent 20 years with Nike where he ultimately rose to the senior ranks as chief marketing officer and head of Nike’s global apparel organization. In 2000, he was made chairman of Disney Consumer Products. He left Disney in 2011 and had a bit of a mixed experience with Quiksilver. Well, to put it in clearer language, he was fired from Quiksilver. Something about the stock falling from $9 to $2 under his leadership.
And now, he is the CEO of Fender. I think the Edge sits on the board of the company as well. Fender is privately owned so it is a bit hard to peer into the corporate side of the business.
I love my Fender guitars. I hope Mooney takes good care of the company. He has about 50 Fender guitars so he must like the brand.
I have had the frameset for a while now. The 30th Anniversary Master was built in 2013. I am now getting it built out in time for my 60th year on the planet. Really looking forward to getting this one out for a ride. More details on the build to come.
For now, this is how it started out. A few pieces of steel.
I love the tones that Troy over at Guitar For His Glory gets out of his Kemper rig. He fronts it with a big pedalboard and goes out from the Kemper to the PA.
For most of the playing that I do, I would love to be able to open up an amp without overwhelming the room. I currently run a small, 5-watt Swart amp for these dates and I still find it difficult to really open up that amp without becoming too loud. A modeller would go a long way to getting a full sound without overpowering a stage or a hall.
The Kemper is the most expensive unit of the ones I have been looking at. The Fractal AX8 looks interesting to me and it seems more like an amp and effects rig for live work — perhaps an all in one unit which could reduce the amount of gear I currently move around.
The Line 6 Helix came out a bit buggy with the Black Screen of Death and freezing issues. I’ve never been a fan of the Line 6 units from the past but the Line 6 Helix seems to be a big step up from their older products.
It was way back in 2008 when I did my first quick and dirty demo on Eleven. I still have that recording.
I am looking forward to hearing more about the Headrush. Availability is in the next few months.
This video gives a bit of a glimpse into the pedal itself.