Archive for May, 2006

BOSS BR600 Now Shipping

BOSS BR600The BOSS BR600 is the latest arrival in the BOSS recording studio series. The BR 600, is the most physically streamlined, feature-rich eight-track studio on the market. BOSS has a long, celebrated history as the world’s premier compact-effects manufacturer, but now the BOSS brand has become synonymous with portable digital recording as well.

The BR600 provides eight simultaneous playback tracks, but there’s more than meets the eye. Each of the eight tracks also contains eight V-Tracks (virtual tracks), which gives musicians quick access to 64 tracks of recorded material. They can record dozens of takes, and choose their favorites for mixdown.

Tracks can be manipulated with the powerful effects built into the BR 600. Derived from BOSS high-end recorders, these quality algorithms can give even the dullest tracks maximum impact — mistakes can be fixed, mixes can be mastered. Included in the effects suite: COSM guitar and bass amp models plus chorus, delay, reverb, and EQ for every channel. Pitch correction is provided as well.

The BR600 has a high-quality drum machine built in. Perfect backing tracks can be assembled from the nearly 300 drum/percussion patterns built in, or beats can be programmed from the velocity-sensitive pads. Rock, pop, blues, country, R&B, Latin, and more — kick-start a song from the many styles provided.

Wherever musicians go, the ultra-portable BR-600 is ready to record. It can operate on six AA batteries (or AC). Quality stereo microphones are built in for point-and-capture recording on the spot. Whether for recording band rehearsals, gigs, or capturing ambient sounds, the BR-600 is all musicians need to get the job done with no hassle.

The BR 600 records its CD-quality digital audio direct to the included Compact Flash card, the international standard for reliable, portable storage, and even comes with a custom carrying bag and XLR-to-1/4” mic adapter.


BOSS BR600 interactive demo, click here.

Yamaha AW1600 Rebate

Beginning June 1, Yamaha is offering a $100 mail-in rebate and a free YB01X carrying bag with the purchase of an AW1600. The purchase must be made between 6/106 and 7/31/06. For more information, click here.

Yamaha Guitars Celebrates 40 Years Of Music Making

ANAHEIM, Calif.—For 40 years, Yamaha Guitars has been a driving force in the music industry by pioneering manufacturing techniques and innovating revolutionary designs. Through innovations such as the APX acoustic/electrics, Drop 6 semi-baritone scale, the Silent Guitar, and RGXA2’s A.I.R. technology, Yamaha Guitars has been able to sustain 40 years of continuously growing success. From Woodstock to Live 8, Yamaha Guitars have been there to help define generation after generation of music.

“Yamaha Guitars have paralleled music trends since 1966,” says Tom Sumner, vice president and general manager, Yamaha Pro Audio & Combo Division. “Innovations that we created have helped shape the guitar industry as we know it.”

In 1966, Yamaha began producing the first FG series acoustic guitars at Yamaha’s custom shop in Hamamatsu, Japan. The legendary Yamaha FG line has been a staple in the music industry and has provided millions of musicians the inspiration to create music.

Yamaha GuitarThe 1970s saw the rise of Yamaha’s electric guitars, most notably the SG guitars made famous by artists like Carlos Santana. “Of all the excellent – and generally unheralded – guitars built by Yamaha over the years, none has achieved quite the legendary status as the Yamaha SG-2000,” wrote Vintage Guitar magazine.

Yamaha’s prominence in the bass world came in the 1980s with the birth of the celebrated BB Series basses with their stellar endorsers such as Michael Anthony, Nathan East, Billy Sheehan, and Tony Kanal.

Yamaha established an artist/R&D facility in 1990 in the heart of the music industry in Hollywood, California: Yamaha Guitar Development. YGD not only modified and customized artists’ guitars, but also created all-new models and prototypes that would later be produced for worldwide distribution. One particular YGD design that proved incredibly successful in the 90s through today is the Pacifica Series. The Pacifica brought to Yamaha artists like Michael Lee Firkins, Mike Stern, and Sheldon Reynolds.

The new millennium has already seen revolutionary technology found in the Silent Guitar and the RGXA2’s A.I.R. construction and original designs found in the AES Series.

In 2005, Hal Leonard published a comprehensive book entitled The History of Yamaha Guitars, by Mark Kasulen and Matt Blackett, which chronicles the company’s distinguished guitar-making traditions.

“This is definitely a momentous occasion, but it’s only the beginning,” said Bryan Savage, Yamaha Guitars marketing manager. “I’m excited to see where the next 40 years will take us.”

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Yamaha CP33 And CP300 Due To Arrive In June

The new Yamaha CP33 and CP300 Stage Pianos are on schedule to arrive in June. The CP33 replaces the P90, and the CP300 replaces the P250 digital piano.

The CP designation was first used by Yamaha in the U.S. back in the 70’s with the introduction of the CP30 combo piano and the CP70 Electric grand piano. Both models were very popular and some are still in use today.

For additional information on the new Yamaha CP33 and CP300 digital pianos, visit

Epiphone Guitars Now Available At Andy’s Music

Mobile, AL. – Gibson Epiphone guitars and amplifiers are now available from Andy’s Music Inc. The complete line of electric and acoustic guitars and basses, as well as banjos, mandolins, and Epiphone amplifiers is available.

Epiphone announced new models at the NAMM music merchants show in Anaheim, California. Seven new models were introduced during the convention and displayed at the Gibson Guitar booth. The new models include the ES175 jazz guitar, Firebird, Les Paul Standard Plain Top, Les Paul Special Bass, Masterbilt EF500RCCE solid wood acoustic guitar, MB100 banjo, and the PR4E acoustic/electric guitar pack.

For complete information on Gibson Epiphone guitars, call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944. For other guitar and bass products, visit

Yamaha Gig Maker Guitar Packs

The Yamaha Gig Maker guitar packs have been one of our best selling guitar packages of all time. Why? Quality and value. Yamaha has two Gig Maker packages: Gigmaker Deluxe, and Gigmaker Standard. Both kits include all the essentials, and provide an easy way for first-time players to get started at an affordable price.

Yamaha Gig MakerBoth Gig Maker packages include Yamaha Acoustic Guitars, which have a reputation for their excellent tone and easy playability. The GigMaker Standard includes a Spruce top model with Tortoise shell-style pick guard and headstock insignia. The GigMaker Deluxe includes a guitar with a solid Spruce top, figured back and sides, black pick guard and compensated bridge saddle. Both guitar packs include a protective gig bag, digital chromatic tuner, instructional DVD, guitar strap, strings, picks and limited lifetime warranty.

For detailed information about the Yamaha Gig Maker guitar packs, visit