Archive for December, 2008

Ibanez Tube King Guitar Effects Pedal

When it comes to genuine tube distortion in a stomp box, the Ibanez Tube King TK999HT is “King”. Featuring an actual 12AX7 tube, 3 band EQ and Drive controls along with presence switch, the Tube King generates a wide variety of tones, including thick, singing distortion and outrageous heavy metal distortion.

With its unique VOID function, the TK999HT eliminates noise and helps to create sharp rhythmic expression with heavy distortion. The Tube King is housed in a unique shaped die-cast case with the tube showing through the transparent window, and can make a transistor amp sound like a tube amp.

For more information on Ibanez guitar effects pedals, visit, or call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944.

Vinny Valentino Guitar Clinic


Jazz guitarist and Yamaha guitar clinician Vinny Valentino presented a well attended seminar on Wednesday evening December 10, at Andy’s Music.  Both professional and amatuer guitarist were in attendance, as well as young students with their teachers and parents.

Vinny performed many jazz favorites, and answered questions during his performance. He performed on various Yamaha guitars during the presentation, starting with the FGX720SC, which is a solid top dreadnought acoustic electric guitar with the System 55 preamp. He  also played the APX700, CPX900, and the LLX6 from the handcrafted series.

All in attendance where impressed with Vinny’s playing, as well as his ability to communicate with his audience. If you’re ever presented with the chance to hear Vinny Valentino play, don’t miss it. You’ll be well rewarded – we were!

Additional information about Yamaha guitars is available at, or call Andy’s Music, 251-633-8944.


Recording artist and Yamaha guitar clinician Vinny Valentino will present a free guitar workshop at Andy’s Music, 1412 Hillcrest Road at 7:00 p.m., December 10. Admission is free, but tickets are required and advance reservations are recommended since seating is based on space availability. Call 251-633-8944 for details.

Vinny is a native Virginian and has been playing guitar since age six. He is the newest member of the Jazz and Fusion super group Vital Information.

Vinny earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at Howard University. He began his musical studies at Northern Virginia Community College and continued them at George Mason University before concentrating on jazz at Howard. In 1988, he released his first solo recording entitled Vinny Valentino, and now has five recordings to his credit.

His international debut recording, The Distance Between Two Lines, shot straight up the charts to #2 and stayed on the national charts for more than 14 weeks – an unprecedented achievement for a first international release. Paul Anthony of Jazz Unlimited called it “one of the top five albums of 1993.”

Based in New York City, Vinny tours extensively, playing concerts, festivals, and club engagements around the world. Currently in addition to performing with his own bands, Vinny is performing with Bill Evans as well as Steve Smith and Vital Information.

This workshop is presented in association with Yamaha Guitars. For more information about Vinny, visit and