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D’Addario: Crafting the Sound of Music

D’Addario is a legendary name in the world of musical instruments, renowned for its high-quality strings and accessories. With roots stretching back to 17th-century Italy, this family-owned company has evolved into a global powerhouse, dedicated to empowering musicians of all levels.

From the iconic XL Nickel Wound electric guitar strings to the warm, expressive Phosphor Bronze acoustic strings, D’Addario offers a vast selection meticulously engineered for exceptional tone, durability, and playability. Their commitment to innovation has led to breakthroughs like the NY Steel core, ensuring greater strength and tuning stability.

D’Addario doesn’t just stop at strings. They offer a comprehensive range of accessories: tuners, capos, picks, cables, and even instrument care products. This dedication to the complete musician experience makes them a trusted partner.

Beyond product excellence, D’Addario champions sustainability with initiatives like their Players Circle recycling program and Promark’s reforestation efforts. They are passionate about reducing their environmental impact while promoting responsible practices.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your musical journey, D’Addario provides the tools you need to unleash your creativity. Their unwavering commitment to quality, innovation, and sustainability resonates with musicians worldwide, making them a true leader in the music industry.

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Ernie Ball Electric Guitar Strings

Ernie Ball is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium electric and acoustic guitar strings, bass strings, and guitar accessories. Our strings have been played on many of the best-selling albums of all time and are used by some of history’s greatest musicians including Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Slash, The Rolling Stones, Angus Young, Eagles, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Aerosmith, Metallica, and more. Discover which of your favorite artists play our strings by visiting our Artists page.

Contact: Tim Dove

Website: ernieball.com

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Gretsch: Crafting Instruments of Timeless Style and Sound

Since its Brooklyn beginnings in 1883, Gretsch has built a legacy of iconic instruments with bold designs and a sound that has shaped music history. Their hollow-body guitars, with models like the White Falcon and the various “6120” iterations, deliver a rich, resonant tone synonymous with rockabilly, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. Gretsch drums, particularly the coveted “Round Badge” sets, have provided the rhythmic backbone for jazz legends and countless classic recordings.

Gretsch’s roster of endorsed artists reads like a who’s who of music:

  • Chet Atkins: His Gretsch Country Gentleman set the standard for fingerstyle guitar.
  • George Harrison: Helped popularize Gretsch guitars during the Beatles era.
  • Brian Setzer: His signature Gretsch models define modern rockabilly.
  • Malcolm Young (AC/DC): Brought Gretsch’s punch to hard rock’s forefront.

Today, Gretsch continues to attract innovative artists across genres. From Bono (U2) and Billy Duffy (The Cult) to Tim Armstrong (Rancid), musicians find distinctive expression through Gretsch’s blend of vintage soul and contemporary edge. Gretsch instruments are more than just tools; they are vehicles for the passionate individuality that fuels great music.

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JHAudio

JH Audio, founded by sound engineer Jerry Harvey in 2007, is a high-end manufacturer of in-ear monitors (IEMs) known for their meticulous craftsmanship and exceptional sound quality.
JH Audio caters to both professional musicians and audiophiles. Their custom IEMs are created through a mold-making process that ensures a perfect fit for each user, resulting in superior noise isolation and personalized sound delivery. This technology is particularly attractive to musicians who perform live and require clear and consistent monitoring onstage.
The company boasts a long roster of renowned musicians who have used JH Audio IEMs on stage and in the studio. Some notable names include Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, and Bon Jovi. With a focus on innovation and a commitment to sonic excellence, JH Audio continues to be a leader in the world of high-fidelity in-ear monitors.

Contact: Thomas Reid

Website: jhaudio.com

Korg Speakers and Amplifiers

Korg has been a driving force in the music industry for over six decades.
Renowned for their innovative instruments, Korg caters to a wide range of musicians, from beginners to seasoned professionals. Their vast product lineup includes synthesizers and keyboards, digital pianos, DJ and production tools, drums and percussion, mixers, effects controllers, amplifiers and speakers, audio, and more!
A testament to Korg’s enduring influence is the roster of renowned musicians who have incorporated their instruments into their sound. Pioneering electronic artists like Jean-Michel Jarre and Daft Punk have utilized Korg’s synths to craft their signature soundscapes. Renowned keyboardists like Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) and Rick Wakeman (Yes) rely on Korg’s versatility and power. Even legendary pop artists like Stevie Wonder and Madonna have incorporated Korg instruments into their musical arsenal.
With a commitment to quality, innovation, and a diverse product range, Korg continues to be a trusted partner for musicians, shaping the sounds of generations.

Contact: Tom Cusumano

Website: korg.com

 

 

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PRS Guitars

PRS Guitars, established in 1985 by Paul Reed Smith, has carved a niche in the world of electric guitars. Renowned for their blend of classic aesthetics and innovative features, PRS instruments are prized by musicians for exceptional playability and tonal versatility.
Beyond their core electric guitar range, PRS offers a refined selection of acoustic guitars, basses, and amplifiers. Their acoustics, handcrafted with premium tonewoods, cater to fingerstyle and strumming players alike. The PRS bass range delivers punchy low-end for a variety of genres, while their amplifiers, meticulously designed, pair perfectly with their instruments to unlock a spectrum of sonic possibilities.
PRS boasts an impressive roster of musicians who rely on their instruments.
Rock and blues legends like Carlos Santana and Mark Tremonti have signature models that reflect their distinct styles. Virtuoso John McLaughlin utilizes PRS for his complex jazz fusion explorations, while John Mayer’s signature model caters to his smooth blues-rock sound. These are just a few examples – countless artists across rock, metal, country, and more trust PRS to deliver the sonic foundation for their music.
PRS doesn’t just build instruments – they cultivate a community of passionate musicians. Through artist partnerships, instructional resources, and a commitment to quality craftsmanship, PRS has solidified its place as a leading innovator in the music industry.

Contact: Winn Krozak

Website:prsguitars.com

 

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Roland Keyboards

For over 50 years, Roland has been a driving force in electronic music, forever etching its name in the sonic landscape. Their innovative instruments have empowered countless musicians, from pioneers of new genres to legendary acts.
Roland’s legacy began with keyboards and synthesizers. The JUNO series democratized synth sounds, while the iconic TB-303 bassline machine became a cornerstone of acid house. The JD-800 synthesizer, with its digital architecture, pushed boundaries, while classic synths like the Jupiter-8 graced the stages of giants like Rick Wakeman (Yes) and Jean-Michel Jarre.
Beyond keys, Roland revolutionized electronic percussion. The TR-808 drum machine, initially a commercial flop, found new life in hip-hop and pop, with its sounds defining countless hits by artists like Run-DMC and Marvin Gaye. The V-Drums series brought electronic drumming to the forefront, finding favor with renowned drummers like Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) and Keith Urban.
Roland’s reach extends beyond electronic music. Their BOSS brand is synonymous with guitar effects pedals, used by rock and blues icons like Jimi Hendrix and Slash. Stage pianos like the RD series have become the go-to for touring keyboardists, while innovative DJ controllers cater to the rise of electronic dance music.
Roland’s story is one of continuous exploration, with a dedication to empowering musicians to push creative boundaries. Their instruments are not just tools; they’re partners in sonic exploration, forever linked to the evolution of music itself.

Contact: Melanie Stevenson

Website: roland.com

 

Vic Firth Company

Vic Firth is a leading American manufacturer of drumsticks and mallets, established in 1932. They cater to all types of drummers, from beginners to seasoned professionals, with a large product catalog.
Vic Firth’s core products are drumsticks, crafted from high-quality hickory for durability and responsiveness. Their most popular line, the American Classic, includes the iconic 5B, favored for its versatility across musical styles. They also offer a wide selection of artist signature sticks, each designed in collaboration with a renowned drummer to meet their specific playing style.
Vic Firth doesn’t stop at drumsticks. They produce mallets for orchestral percussion instruments like marimbas and timpanis, ensuring well-rounded options for percussionists. They even have a growing apparel and lifestyle line for drum enthusiasts.
Vic Firth fosters strong relationships with prominent drummers who serve as endorsers. Some of the artists include Jojo Mayer, a renowned electronic drummer, and Ralph Hardimon, a legendary marching percussion instructor. By working with such a diverse group of musicians, Vic Firth stays at the forefront of drumming trends and innovation.

Contact: Kirsten Matt

Website:vicfirth.com

 

Zildjian Guitars

For drummers seeking the perfect sound, Zildjian cymbals are a coveted choice. Founded in 1623 by Avedis Zildjian, the company boasts a rich heritage of crafting high-quality cymbals. Their secret alloy, meticulously guarded for centuries, is the foundation of their distinct sound that resonates through genres.
Zildjian offers a vast cymbal selection, categorized into families. The bright and cutting A Series caters to drummers across various styles. The K Series, known for its warm, rich tones, is favored by jazz and fusion players. The modern S Series focuses on projection and power, ideal for rock and metal drummers.
Beyond their core series, Zildjian pushes boundaries with innovative cymbals. The FX Series caters to experimentalists, offering unique sound effects like the swirling tones of the Spiral Stacker cymbal.
A prestigious list of drummers have relied on Zildjian’s quality and versatility. Legends like Art Blakey and Elvin Jones helped shape the K Series’ legacy, while contemporary powerhouses like Danny Carey and John Bonham pushed the boundaries of the A Series. Zildjian continues to collaborate with prominent artists like Thomas Lang and Jojo Mayer, ensuring their cymbals remain at the forefront of modern drumming.

Contact: Kirsten Matt

Website: zildjian.com

 

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