1. Thermal And A Quarter Release New Album

    November 12, 2012 by admin

    Acclaimed rock group THERMAL AND A QUARTER from Bangalore, India features guitarist BRUCE LEE MANI, bassist PRAKASH K N, and drummer RAJEEV RAJAGOPAL. With a sound that’s been described as Phish-meets-Steely Dan via Mahavishnu Orchestra, the stellar musicianship, hard-hitting lyrics, and fluid improvised style make every gig a unique experience. The group has already toured many countries around the world and just released its fifth album, 3 Wheels 9 Lives, a captivating 3-CD set that is sure to be a fan favorite and will help TAAQ to succeed in its goal for world domination! The album has already received high praise from Rolling Stone India with this excellent review:

    Thermal and a Quarter Put Their Wheels In Motion


    Visit TAAQ’s official website for more info, tour dates, music, videos, and a link to hear snippets from the new album:



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    Check out some live videos and music from Thermal And A Quarter on the group’s YouTube channel:



    Bruce plays our Super Alloy 52 .010-.046 electric set and Phosphor Bronze .011-.052 acoustic set.

  2. La Bella Introduces Olinto Electric Bass

    November 5, 2012 by admin

    La Bella Strings, America’s oldest continuously family-owned and operated string manufacturer, has teamed up with trusted friend and master luthier Mas Hino to create a line of handcrafted vintage-style basses. For decades, La Bella Strings have graced the basses of the finest musicians in modern recording history. After years of working with world-famous luthiers in developing cutting-edge strings, La Bella feels the natural next step is to introduce a bass that equally embodies the vintage tone that put La Bella on the map.

    Named after our company’s founder, each Olinto bass is individually handcrafted by master bass and guitar builder, Mas Hino. Based out of a New York City’s Lower East Side, Hino shapes each body by hand, working with only the finest cuts of wood. Bringing years of experience and knowledge to the table, Hino is able to make La Bella’s vision into a reality—a vintage-style bass equally as handcrafted as its vintage-style strings.

    It has been documented that players like James Jamerson, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Bob Babbit, and Pino Paladino all relied on La Bella Flat Wound strings to achieve a legendary tone. Over the years, there have been certain basses that together with our strings, created a fusion of sound quite like no other. Today, La Bella makes both the strings and now the basses to create that perfect sonic marriage.

    La Bella debuted the Olinto at Bass Player Live 2012 and it was a big hit! Now we are eager to share our handmade vintage-style basses with the rest of the world! Our handmade Olinto bass is available to purchase directly through our website! Check out the detailed specs and choose from Sunburst, Olympic White, Black and Natural finish. Order yours now!



    More info and detailed specs are available here:



  3. Classical Guitarist Roberto Fabbri Releases New Album

    November 2, 2012 by admin

    Roberto Fabbri is recognized internationally as one of the leading contemporary classical guitarists, well known for his work as a performer, composer, author and educator. Roberto just released a new album called “Nei tuoi occhi,” which is his first for Sony Classical. Roberto also has over 30 publications for guitar that are available in 5 languages and distributed worldwide. He regularly gives concerts and master classes, and performs at guitar festivals around the world, including “Festival Internacional Andrés Segovia” in Madrid and his “International Guitar Festival City of Fiuggi.”

    Learn more about Roberto Fabbri, listen to samples of tracks of the album, and check out his performance schedule on his website:


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