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Artist Spotlight: Patrick Higgins
Artist Spotlight: Patrick Higgins

A friend suggested he listen to “the Grateful Dead’s rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, he’s different, I think you’ll like what he does.” Yup. Loved his work ever since. Saw the Grateful Dead for the first time a year later along with David Perkins (whom he still performs with in Gettin' Weir'd and Last Fair Deal ) along with a considerable chunk of their senior year classmates.

Show Opener Contest
Show Opener Contest

PHRED instruments is excited to announce our Show Opener contest where you have a chance to win up to $300 toward a PHRED instruments guitar by guessing the first song played by a band during a live performance.

Artist Spotlight: Josh Maxey
Artist Spotlight: Josh Maxey

Josh Maxey is a musician and guitar teacher based in New York City. Josh’s music has been played all around the world on jazz radio and has received dozens of critical reviews. He counts his main influences as John Coltrane, Rodney Jones, Trey Anastasio and The Grateful Dead.

Using a HubBub Junction Box with an OBEL Equipped Guitar (Video)
Using a HubBub Junction Box with an OBEL Equipped Guitar (Video)

Credit for coming up with this idea is attributed to Jerry Garcia, and the term OBEL, or On Board Effects Loop is widely used to describe a guitar that has this optional feature. Guitars that have an OBEL also have the ability to bypass the effects loop, or not use it at all.

Ernesto vs DockStar: What are the Differences?
Ernesto vs DockStar: What are the Differences?

The Ernesto and DockStar are quite similar in many ways. Inspired by the amplified tone of Trey Anastasio's Languedoc guitars, they are not exactly Languedoc copy, or Languedoc replica guitars. Continue reading to learn more.

Artist Spotlight: Walt Berger
Artist Spotlight: Walt Berger

Walt Berger has performed onstage and toured with Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead), Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead), Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Kenny Brooks (Ratdog), Mark Karan (Ratdog), Scott Guberman (Phil Lesh n Friends), Mark Mercier (Max Creek) and many others.

Artist Spotlight: Harold "Hal" Henkel
Artist Spotlight: Harold "Hal" Henkel

Harold "Hal" Henkel is a Los Angeles based Composer, Producer and guitar Fanatic who has performed, recorded and opened shows for many of the biggest names in contemporary music, including Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, The Neville Brothers, Carlos Santana and many others.

Artist Spotlight: Craig Marshall
Artist Spotlight: Craig Marshall

Guitarist Craig Marshall is the last remaining original founding member of Cubensis, having started the band in 1987 after becoming dissatisfied with the Dead’s all-too-infrequent appearances in Southern California. Self-taught, he learned to play guitar by slowing down Grateful Dead records to half speed and studying Jerry Garcia’s unique style.

Artist Spotlight: The Stich Method
Artist Spotlight: The Stich Method

A BIG fan of improvisation, Ian from The Stich Method provides some of the best, and most understandable guitar lessons for improvising and conquering the guitar. On The Stich Method YouTube channel, you can find videos for beginners, intermediate and advanced guitar players.

Artist Spotlight: Petti Guitar Backing Tracks
Artist Spotlight: Petti Guitar Backing Tracks

Petti Backing Tracks for Guitar and other instruments allow you to practice your guitar playing over backing tracks in many styles and genres over different scales.  Backing tracks provide chord progressions and scales to follow along as well.