z Gear Stories episode 22

Hey everybody, it’s Gear Stories time again!  Like always, if you don’t want to get it, let me know and you won’t anymore  But you really should check it out first!


A few quick announcements before we begin….


12 months with no payments and no interest is back!  If you have a Sweetwater card, this is the time to use it!  If you don’t have one, here’s the link to get one, and THEN call me!




Also, if you don’t know about it, you should!  That’s the Three Easy Payments plan.  This option has us take a third of the payment for your purchase from your card at the time it ships, and a third thirty days later, and the last third thirty days after that.  There is a ten dollar fee to do it, and a few restriction which are boring to write about, so call me if you’re interested!


I’m changing it up this time around, and instead of focusing on two products, I am going to try to provide you with some incredibly useful information for those who are Christmas shopping for a musician…  Then I will tell you about a one of a kind event that is happening that has people coming from all over the country (And beyond!) to visit Sweetwater in just a couple short weeks!


So here we go!




If you’re getting this newsletter, you  either ARE a musician, or you know one that you will be shopping for for Christmas.  It can be mind boggling, so I hope this will head you in the right direction, and then if you need to refine your search, CALL ME!  I will help you find JUST the RIGHT THING!


(If you are the musician that you WANT people to shop for, pass this e-mail along to your loved ones and tell them to ask for me!  Also, you could give them a good hint!)



First of all, if you’re shopping for a guitar player (Or an aspiring guitar player):


For the beginner, any of these will make them smile and jump start them to rock-stardom!




To stuff the stocking of the avid guitar collector…


For the acoustic guy… http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/099-0507-000/

For the electric guy… http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/099-0506-000/

For the vintage Gibson guy… http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/VintageKit/


If the guitar player in your life is wanting to move up from his starter guitar, into something that will really change their life, then call me.  I’ll help… and together, we will blow their mind!


And finally, for the millionaire guitar aficionados out there to which money is no object…


For the solid body electric guitar guy…  http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Dragon2010AL/


For the hollow body electric guy… http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SetzerTrib/


For the acoustic guy… http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/045SLtd/


And because I can’t leave you guys out, for the Lefty… http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/G6120-59LTVLH/




Now, on to Bass players:


For your beginner… http://www.sweetwater.com/store/search.php?s=squire+bronco&go=Search


And this.. http://www.sweetwater.com/c583–Bass_Guitar_Packages


For your classy Jazz guy who fancies a fretless… http://www.sweetwater.com/c989–Fretless_Basses


For your heavy rockers… http://www.sweetwater.com/c582–5-String_Bass_Guitars


For your REALLY heavy rockers!  http://www.sweetwater.com/c954–6_string_Bass_Guitars


And for your high end bass collector… http://www.sweetwater.com/c638–Bass_Guitar_Collector_and__039_s_Corner




And lest we forget keyboard payers:


If you know someone who loves to create music and has a GREAT imagination, but needs a little help creating all the parts around the melody, there are arranger keyboards that contain styles and patterns and drum beats and bass lines and parts that can all be arranged together to make your simple song into a symphonic masterpiece!




For the Piano student who would like to have a digital keyboard, but with a piano feel, a volume control, a headphone jack for silent playing,  and in a package that is light enough that it can be put into an upstairs apartment, we have Digital Pianos!




For the higher end keyboard player in your life, whether they are in a band, or playing at Church, or studio session players, or just want to create masterpieces, here are a variety of categories of Professional keyboards..




And then for the music producer on the go that wants to plug a controller into a laptop and make beautiful music (or Phat Beatz!)




And if they already have their board, but they need some things to add onto it, check these out!







Then there are the drummers in your life!


If they want a new kit, from beginner to pro, we’ve got them…  http://www.sweetwater.com/c1016–Acoustic_Drum_Kits


How about a new snare or cymbals to stuff that stocking, albeit a very funny shaped, stretchy stocking…







For the considerate drummer, who wants to be able to play in the apartment complex and not bother the neighbors, there are electronic kits!  (These are also EXTREMELY versatile in the variety of sounds that can be achieved with the higher end kits!)




And an added accessory for ALL family and friends of drummers..







Now, for those of you out there who want to buy for your favorite studio kat!  (You can recognize these people by the sunken eyes, unflappable enthusiasm, and shocking pallor of their studio tan!)


If you want to help your loved one get started in recording, they will need several things…  but luckily, we have some bundles!






And of course, we can go High End!  http://www.sweetwater.com/c554–Pro_Tools_HD_Core_Systems

and WAY high end!… http://www.sweetwater.com/c549–Digidesign_ICON–Pro_Tools_Control_Surfaces/high2low





Of course, ANY studio kat would love a new mic!  And I LOVE to talk about mics and use different mics for different things.


Here are a few of my favorite large diaphragm condenser mics (most commonly used to record vocals), from low budget to high…


For the beginner… http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/C01/





For those getting a little more serious about this recording thing… http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PG42/





For those moving up to pro level…  http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/CV12/





Now, you’re working with the REAL PROS!…  http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MA201FET/





My favorite thousand dollar mics!   http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MA200/




And if you’re working with these, you are in the BIG LEAGUES!  http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/U87SetZ/




Top of the heap!








And my favorite!


http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Bottle  and of course, you will want all the capsules with it!  http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BottleCapKit



There are SO many things you could get for your favorite studio kat, that to list them all would take too many pages!  Speakers, Control surfaces, mixers, headphones, mic preamps, digital clocking devices, cables, and the list goes on!   It’s easy to find something that these guys need!   So call me!  I have been a professional Studio Kat for almost twenty years, and I have WAY too many ideas about how to put a smile on your studio Kat’s face!


Of course, you can just look on Sweetwater’s home page to see a myriad of cool deals on incredibly popular items… http://www.sweetwater.com/  And here’s our “gift buyer’s guide!  http://www.sweetwater.com/giftguide/



I hope this has been helpful as a brief overview sending you in the right direction…   I want you to know that I am here for you as a resource, and have many years experience, to help you get just the right thing…   So CALL ME!









You guitar players know that the name Paul Reed Smith is legendary in the world of guitars.  He makes some of the finest guitars in the world.  I have met Paul several times, and is a tall, thin, wiry  guy who is LOADED with enthusiasm, and has a very gracious personality.


He also has a passion for… of all things, tone wood!  He goes all over the world collecting bits of wood that have unique tonal properties.  Over the years, his collection has become enormous, and amazingly varied!  They call it his “Private Stock” and it has been reserved for the most special custom guitars he builds.  A few weeks ago, Paul sent some members of his staff to Sweetwater with a small truck load of samples of the Private Stock collection, and in a meeting with all of us sales guys, they discussed the various pieces of wood and their origins and tonal properties.


THEN, they started passing them around.


Tone wood makes a unique sound when it’s in it’s raw state and you thump on it with your hand…  As the pieces of wood started spreading around the crowd of about 150 of us, it started sounding like a bunch of chimps in a marimba factory!


It was fascinating the way the tone of each chunk of wood was like a fingerprint!  Each one ever so subtly different from the others.  I can see how the right combination of wood could make a guitar absolutely SING as it resonated as one!


So the REALLY exciting news is that on the 18th and 19th of this month, Paul himself is coming here and bringing the majority of his Private Stock wood for those of you who are seriously interested to see and feel, and best of all HEAR!  You can speak to Paul about what specific pieces of wood would combine together to make the results that you most desire.


Along with Paul, you can design your own personal custom Paul Reed Smith guitar, which will be ONE OF A KIND, and totally suited to you, from body shape and finish, to pickups, neck shape, and of course, the wood!


He will be working on both electric and acoustic guitars.


This kind of event has never happened before, and there are people coming from all over to participate.


Of course, these are not going to be five hundred dollar guitars… or even thousand dollar guitars,… or even two thousand dollar guitars.  A custom Paul Reed Smith guitar will probably start in the range of around nine or ten thousand dollars, but of course, as each guitar is unique, each price will be unique too, based on the specs you require.


If you are SERIOUS about your guitars, you should call me and get registered!


So I hope you all have a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!  Spend some time with the people that mean the most to you, and enjoy yourself!


Last year, I took January off from Gear stories… I might make that an annual ritual, so I’ll talk to you again in February!


I look forward to being of service.


Jon Gillespie, Sweetwater Sales Engineer


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