We would like to extend a special "thank you" to Joe Carducci of Gretch Guitars, and Mosrite Records recording artist Elaine Frizzell for your invitation as guest artists at the NAMM Show.

NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) was great this year!  We got to meet, see, and share conversation with such notables as Michael Tobias and Michael Padulla, Laurence Juber, Johnny Lang and our host, Joe Carducci of Gretch Guitars.  We even ran into an old friend or two. 
We had a blast at Deke Dickerson's Guitar Geek Festival!  Jack was thrilled to share the stage with R. C. Allen and play one of his 50 original guitars that he brought to display (see picture of Jack in the white hat).   R. C. Allen is a guitar luthier who was building his own unique instruments when Leo Fender and Lowell Kiesel of Carvin were also just starting out. His early instruments are influenced by Bigsby, Mosrite, Rickenbacker, and Fender, and they incorporate concepts that were happening in and around Los Angeles in the Late 40's and early 50's.  Allen made aproximately 50 guitars in his early period, mostly for country and western performers such as Eddie Dean and Merle Travis.  Today, Allen makes archtop electrics on a custom-order basis.

We heard a great 3-piece group from Chicago called the Modern Sounds who absolutely brought the house down!  Junior Brown was there, as well as Brian Lonbeck (Bakersfield sound and the fastest fingers around), Skip Pitts ("Theme from Shaft"), The Trashmen ("Surfin' Bird"), and Davie Allan ("King of Fuzz Guitar").