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Epiphone Wilshire
The EPIPHONE WILSHIRE is a solid body electric guitar made by Epiphone from 1959 to 1970. It was positioned between the higher specification Crestwood and the lower specification Coronet . The Wilshire was reissued in two versions, the Wilshire II and Wilshire III, from 1982 to 1985. It was reissued again starting in 2009 and remains in the Epiphone catalog. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Reception * 3 Notable players * 4 References HISTORYThe Wilshire was introduced in 1959 as a symmetrical, double-cut, solid body guitar with a square-edged body and two P-90 pickups. For the 1963 model year, the guitar was substantially changed to an asymmetrical shape with rounded edges and two alnico mini-humbucker pickups. It remained largely in this configuration for the remainder of its production run. The Wilshire was reissued from 1982 to 1985 as the Wilshire II and Wilshire III. The Wilshire II had two mini-humbucker pickups and the Wilshire III had three. Epiphone once again reissued the Wilshire beginning in 2009. Several models were introduced: the limited edition Pro, '66 Worn (with or without "tremotone" (tremolo)) and '62 USA. In 2011, Epiphone released the Frank Iero
Frank Iero
signature Wilshire "Phant-o-Matic". RECEPTIONDoug Robertson of Premier Guitar praised the Wilshire, saying it was "perfect for old-school garage rock." He also stated that it "is the epitome of functional design
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Epiphone
EPIPHONE is an American musical instrument manufacturer founded by Anastasios Stathopoulos, currently based in Nashville, Tennessee . In 1957 Epiphone, Inc., of New York City was purchased by CMI (Chicago Musical Instrument Co.; this is the same company that bought Gibson in 1944) and given the name Epiphone, Inc. of Kalamazoo, Michigan . CMI took great measures to keep Gibson and Epiphone separate in different buildings each with its own management team. Epiphone was Gibson's main rival in the archtop market prior to its acquisition in 1957. Their professional archtops, including the Emperor, Deluxe, Broadway and Triumph, rivaled those of Gibson. Aside from guitars, Epiphone also made double basses , banjos , and other string instruments . However, the company's weakness in the aftermath of World War II allowed Gibson's parent, CMI, to absorb it. The name "Epiphone" is a combination of proprietor Epaminondas Stathopoulos' (Επαμεινώνδας Σταθόπουλος) nickname "Epi" and "phone" (from Greek _phon-_ (φωνή), "voice")
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Mahogany
MAHOGANY is a kind of wood —the straight-grained , reddish-brown timber of three tropical hardwood species of the genus _ Swietenia
Swietenia
_, indigenous to the Americas
Americas
, part of the pantropical chinaberry family , Meliaceae. The three species are: * Honduran or big-leaf mahogany (_ Swietenia
Swietenia
macrophylla _), with a range from Mexico to southern Amazonia in Brazil
Brazil
, the most widespread species of mahogany and the only true mahogany species commercially grown today. Illegal logging of _S. macrophylla_, and its highly destructive environmental effects, led to the species' placement in 2003 on Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
Species
(CITES), the first time that a high-volume, high-value tree was listed on Appendix II. * West Indian or Cuban mahogany (_ Swietenia
Swietenia
mahagoni _), native to southern Florida and the Caribbean
Caribbean
, formerly dominant in the mahogany trade, but not in widespread commercial use since World War II. * _ Swietenia
Swietenia
humilis _, a small and often twisted mahogany tree limited to seasonally dry forests in Pacific Central America that is of limited commercial utility. Some botanists believe that _S. humilis_ is a mere variant of _S. macrophylla_
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Rosewood
ROSEWOOD refers to any of a number of richly hued timbers , often brownish with darker veining but found in many different hues. CONTENTS * 1 True rosewoods * 2 Other * 3 Uses * 4 Genuine rosewood product characteristics * 5 See also * 6 References TRUE ROSEWOODS _ Chess pieces in Dalbergia latifolia _ rosewood All genuine rosewoods belong to the genus _ Dalbergia _. The preeminent rosewood appreciated in the Western world is the wood of _ Dalbergia nigra _ which is now a CITES -listed endangered species on Appendix 1, which means no commercial sales for wood that is cut after 1992. It is best known as Brazilian Rosewood, but also as Bahia rosewood. This wood has a strong sweet smell, which persists for many years, explaining the name rosewood. Another classic rosewood comes from _ Dalbergia latifolia _ known as (East) Indian rosewood or sonokeling (Indonesia). It is native to India and is also grown in plantations elsewhere in Pakistan(chiniot) . Madagascar rosewood (_ Dalbergia maritima _), known as _bois de rose_, is highly prized for its red color. It is overexploited in the wild, despite a 2010 moratorium on trade and illegal logging , which continue on a large scale. Throughout southeast Asia _ Dalbergia oliveri _ is harvested for use in woodworking. It has a very fragrant and dense grain near the core, however the outer sapwood is soft and porous
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Electric Guitar
An ELECTRIC GUITAR is a fretted stringed instrument with a neck and body that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. The vibration occurs when a guitarist strums , plucks or fingerpicks the strings. It is sensed by a pickup , most commonly by a magnetic pickup that uses the principle of direct electromagnetic induction . The signal generated by an electric guitar is too weak to drive a loudspeaker , so it is plugged into a guitar amplifier before being sent to a loudspeaker, which makes a sound loud enough to hear. The output of an electric guitar is an electric signal, and the signal can easily be altered by electronic circuits to add "color" to the sound or change the sound. Often the signal is modified using effects such as reverb and distortion and "overdrive" , with the growling sound of the latter being a key element of the sound of the electric guitar as it is used in blues and rock music . Invented in 1931, the amplified electric guitar was adopted by jazz guitarists , who sought to be able to do single-note guitar solos in large big band ensembles. Early proponents of the electric guitar on record included Les Paul , Lonnie Johnson , Sister Rosetta Tharpe , T-Bone Walker , and Charlie Christian
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Epiphone Crestwood
The EPIPHONE CRESTWOOD was a solidbody electric guitar launched in 1958 and discontinued in 1970. After Epiphone discontinued the Crestwood, a number of re-issues and replicas has been available from different companies. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Notable users * 3 References * 4 External links HISTORYThe Crestwood was launched in 1958 by Epiphone. The guitar was a double cutaway solidbody construction in mahogany with dual New Yorker pickups, three-on-a-side headstock and a pickguard with the Epiphone logo. In late 1959 the guitar was renamed the Crestwood Custom and the body's edges were rounded off and the pickguard got a different design. In 1961 the dot markers were replaced with oval markers and the pickguard lost its Epiphone logo. By 1963 the body got a slightly longer upper horn, a six on-a-side headstock and the gold plating were replaced with nickel plating. Epiphone also launched the Crestwood DeLuxe which can easily be described as a three pickup version of the Crestwood Custom, it also featured an ebony fretboard with block inlays. The Crestwood DeLuxe was discontinued in 1969 and the Crestwood Custom the year after
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Epiphone Coronet
The EPIPHONE CORONET is an entry level guitar previously manufactured by Epiphone . The guitar has been manufactured a number of times since its first production on the 1950s. It is not currently being manufactured. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Notable users * 3 Notes * 4 References HISTORYThe Coronet was first manufactured by Epiphone under the Gibson brand in 1959. It was priced at approximately $120, and was seen as a reliable entry level guitar. Originally the Coronet came with a single Epiphone New York pickup in the treble position. In 1959 Epiphone began shipping new Coronets with a P-90 pickup and began offering the Coronet with its signature cherry red finish. Some Coronets manufactured in 1964 were made under the Dwight brand. Dwight was a house brand used by Epiphone for Sonny Shields Music in East Saint Louis ( Illinois
Illinois
), which was owned by Charles “Dwight” Shields. These Dwight-brand Coronets featured a "D" on the pickguard and the "Dwight" logo on the peghead . In the 1970s, production of the Coronet came to a halt when Epiphone left its facilities in Kalamazoo, Michigan , to move overseas. 90's Epiphone Coronet with OBL pickups There was a short run of Coronets in the late 1990s, which were made in Korea
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Frank Iero
FRANK ANTHONY IERO, JR. (born October 31, 1981) is an American musician who was the rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist of the rock band My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
and post-hardcore band Leathermouth . He has a solo punk rock project titled FRANK IERO AND THE PATIENCE. He released an album under the previous moniker FRNKIERO ANDTHE CELLABRATION titled Stomachaches that was released on August 26, 2014. The first single off the album, called "Weighted", premiered on BBC Radio One on July 8, 2014. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Music career * 2.1 Early bands and Pency Prep (1998–2002) * 2.2 My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
(2002–2013) * 2.3 LeATHERMØUTH, solo and side projects (2007–present) * 3 Equipment * 4 Personal life and political views * 5 Discography * 6 References * 7 External links EARLY LIFEHe was born in Belleville, New Jersey . As a child, he suffered numerous bouts of bronchitis and ear infections, which meant he spent a lot of his childhood in the hospital. Frank is also lactose intolerant and has other various food allergies. He attended a Catholic school as a child
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Wayne Kramer (guitarist)
WAYNE KRAMER (born April 30, 1948) is an American guitarist , singer , songwriter , producer and film and television composer . Kramer came to prominence as a teenager in 1967 as a co-founder of the Detroit rock group MC5 (Motor City 5), a group known for their powerful live performances and radical left-wing political stance. MC5 broke up amid personality conflicts, drug abuse, and personal problems, which, for Kramer, led to several fallow years, as he battled drug addiction before returning to an active recording and performing schedule in the 1990s. Rolling Stone ranked him number ninety-two on their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time". CONTENTS* 1 Career * 1.1 With MC5 * 1.2 Post MC5 * 1.3 Recent events * 2 Selected discography * 2.1 With the MC5 * 2.2 Solo albums * 3 Composer * 4 Influence * 5 References * 6 External links CAREERWITH MC5 MC5 often played at Detroit's famous Grande Ballroom
Grande Ballroom
and was managed by John Sinclair , a radical left-wing writer and co-founder of the White Panther Party
White Panther Party
, until 1970 when Jon Landau took over creative management of the group. After MC5's demise, Kramer spent several years involved in illicit activities due to his ongoing struggle with drug addiction
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Jimi Hendrix
JAMES MARSHALL "JIMI" HENDRIX (born JOHNNY ALLEN HENDRIX; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music". Born in Seattle
Seattle
, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division
101st Airborne Division
; he was granted an honorable discharge the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee , and began playing gigs on the Chitlin\' Circuit , earning a place in the Isley Brothers ' backing band and later with Little Richard , with whom he continued to work through mid-1965. He then played with Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after being discovered by Linda Keith , who in turn interested bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals in becoming his first manager
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Bruce Springsteen
BRUCE FREDERICK JOSEPH SPRINGSTEEN (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, known for his work with the E Street Band . Nicknamed "The Boss", he is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana
Americana
, working class , sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice, and his lengthy and energetic stage performances—with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade running at up to four hours in length. Springsteen's recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, _ Born to Run
Born to Run
_ (1975) and _ Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
_ (1984) find pleasures in the struggles of daily American life. He has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and more than 64 million records in the United States, making him one of the world\'s best-selling artists of all time . He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards , two Golden Globes , and an Academy Award
Academy Award
as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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Pete Townshend
PETER DENNIS BLANDFORD TOWNSHEND (born 19 May 1945) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist, backing vocalist, and main songwriter for the rock band The Who
The Who
. His career with the Who spans over 50 years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. Townshend is the main songwriter for The Who, having written well over 100 songs for the band's 11 studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia , plus popular rock radio staples such as Who\'s Next , and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations such as Odds instead, he wanted to become a journalist. Upon passing the eleven-plus exam,Townshend was enrolled at Acton County Grammar School . At Acton County, he was frequently bullied because he had a large nose, an experience that profoundly affected him. His grandmother Emma purchased his first guitar for Christmas in 1956, an inexpensive Spanish model. Though his father taught him a couple of chords, Townshend was largely self-taught on the instrument and never learned to read music. Townshend and school friend John Entwistle formed a short-lived trad jazz group, the Confederates, featuring Townshend on banjo and Entwistle on horns
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Johnny Winter
JOHN DAWSON WINTER III (February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014), known as JOHNNY WINTER, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award -winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters
. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues
Blues
Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time ". CONTENTS * 1 Early career * 2 Signing with Columbia Records * 3 Unofficial albums * 4 Johnny Winter And
Johnny Winter And
* 5 Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters
sessions * 6 Lawsuit against DC Comics * 7 Later career and death * 8 Recognition * 9 Guitars and picking style * 10 Discography * 10.1 Studio albums * 10.2 Live albums * 10.3 Compilation albums * 10.4 As producer and guitarist * 10.5 Documentary film * 11 References EARLY CAREER Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter
was born in Beaumont, Texas , on February 23, 1944. Winter and younger brother Edgar (born 1946) were nurtured at an early age by their parents in musical pursuits
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Jeff Tweedy
JEFFREY SCOT TWEEDY (born August 25, 1967) is an American songwriter , musician, and record producer best known as the singer and guitarist of the band Wilco . Tweedy, originally from Belleville, Illinois , started his music career in high school in his band The Plebes with Jay Farrar , which subsequently after several years formed into the alternative country band Uncle Tupelo . After Uncle Tupelo's fourth studio album, the band broke up in 1994 due to conflict between Tweedy and Farrar, prompting Tweedy to form Wilco, with Farrar forming the band Son Volt . Wilco's first album A.M. , released in 1995, received mixed reviews from critics, though Wilco later found critical and commercial success on their later albums, most notably with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born , the latter of which received a Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2005. Across Tweedy's career he has released fifteen studio albums, including four with Uncle Tupelo , ten with Wilco , and one with his son Spencer , along with numerous collaborations with other musicians, most notably Mermaid Avenue with Billy Bragg
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Nick McCarthy
NICHOLAS JOHN "NICK" MCCARTHY (born 13 December 1974) is a German-English musician. He was the guitarist, backing/lead vocalist, and keyboardist of the Glasgow -based band Franz Ferdinand , and is a member of the band Box Codax . CONTENTS * 1 Early years * 2 Franz Ferdinand * 3 Box Codax * 4 Personal life * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY YEARS Nick McCarthy grew up in Vagen near Munich , Bavaria , Germany. He was trained classically as a pianist and double bassist at the Munich Conservatory . Whilst residing in Germany, McCarthy was a member of a band called Kamerakino. He also played double bass , cello and Arabic lute in a band called Embryo , whose music is described as a 'fusion of jazz, rock and ethnic world music.' After extensively touring internationally with Embryo, McCarthy decided it was time for somewhere new, returned to the UK and, on a friend's suggestion, moved to Glasgow . There, McCarthy broke into Glasgow's underground cultural scene as a member of the jazz band Scatter, shortly after he met Alex Kapranos , now of Franz Ferdinand fame. FRANZ FERDINAND Main article: Franz Ferdinand (band) McCarthy met vocalist and co-guitarist Alex Kapranos at a party. Although he was classically trained on the piano and double bass, he initially tried to play drums
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Pete Doherty
PETER DOHERTY (born 12 March 1979) is an English musician, songwriter, actor, poet, writer, and artist. He is best known for being co-frontman of the Libertines , which he formed with Carl Barât in 1997. His other musical projects are indie band Babyshambles
Babyshambles
and Peter Doherty and the Puta Madres. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 2.1 The Libertines * 2.2 Collaborations * 2.3 Babyshambles
Babyshambles
* 2.4 Solo work and guerrilla gigs * 2.5 Painting and writing * 2.6 Modelling * 2.7 Acting * 3 Influences * 4 Drug abuse and legal problems * 5 Family and personal life * 6 Musical equipment * 6.1 Guitars * 6.2 Amplifiers * 7 Discography * 8 Filmography * 9 Bibliography * 10 Awards and honours * 11 References * 12 External links EARLY LIFEDoherty was born in Hexham
Hexham
, Northumberland, to a military family. His father, Peter John Doherty, was a major in the Royal Signals , while his mother, Jacqueline Michels, was a lance-corporal in Queen Alexandra\'s Royal Army Nursing Corps . His paternal grandfather was an Irish immigrant from Cheekpoint in County Waterford ; his maternal grandfather was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Fr