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17 Days In Europe With Eastwood Guitars

To kick off the opening of our new Liverpool warehouse, I spend more than half of November in UK and Europe. We started in London, headed to Denmark Street to visit a couple of our dealers there – Macari’s Music and WUNJO Guitars – two of London’s finest guitar shops. Our 4-day road trip pushed on to visit existing and perspective dealers in London, Brighton, Southampton and in Thame – just east of Oxford – we visited new Eastwood Dealer VINTAGE and MODERN Guitars who were preparing for their grand opening.

Macari's Music in London, England

Macari's Music in London, England

Brighton, England

Brighton, England

We continued on to Birmingham then Manchester, which led us back to Liverpool. The next day I flew to Germany to visit our distributor – iMUSIC NETWORKS in the beautiful city of WURZBURG. Then it was off to Spain for a 2 day visit with EDEN ROC our distributor for Spain, Italy and Portugal. The trip started in the wonderful city of BILBAO in the north where I was treated to some fabulous traditional Basque food and a tour of the city.

Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg, Germany

Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao, Spain

The next day we drove to Madrid for the grand opening of the EASTWOOD Guitars Showroom, featuring a great night out with live bands and an interview with local TV station.

I will be writing more details about the showroom later, but in the meantime here are a couple of photos from the showroom. Eden Roc is a great group of hard working people and we are proud to have them as our distributor in that region!

Eastwood Guitars Showroom in Madrid, Spain

Eastwood Guitars Showroom in Madrid, Spain

Eastwood Guitars Showroom in Madrid, Spain

Eastwood Guitars Showroom in Madrid, Spain

With little sleep it was back to UK for the 2nd half of our UK tour. Before heading north I met with Will Seargent from Echo and the Bunnymen who was rehearsing for their upcoming tour. Pictured is his original VOX 12 string that was used on the 80’s hit song The Killing Moon. Will is using an EASTWOOD Classic 12 in the upcoming tour.

Will Seargent from Echo & The Bunnymen

Will Seargent from Echo & The Bunnymen

Next we headed up to Glasgow where we had a great pub visit with long time Eastwood players Tippi and Greg Kane (Hugh and Cry). We dropped in to CC Music the next morning for a tour of their recently expanded shop, the best in Glasgow!

Eastwood Guitar Player: Tippi

Eastwood Guitar Player: Tippi

CC Music in Glasgow, Scotland

CC Music in Glasgow, Scotland

We visited a few more cities and shops along the way including Edinburgh, then off to YORK for the annual NELSONICA event with Bill Nelson. This year Bill put together a live band for a Friday night show featuring some Be Bop Deluxe classics. Carl and I had dinner and a few pints with famous British music producer John Leckie. John shared some great stories ranging from the early days with Be Bop Deluxe to Stone Roses and Radiohead.

John Leckie (British Music Producer)

John Leckie (British Music Producer)

A few months earlier we sent a couple of BREADWINNER guitars over to Bill so that he could turn them into pieces of art. One came home with me to Canada; the other was auctioned off at Saturday nights Nelsonica.

Bill Nelson art guitars

Bill Nelson art guitars

All-in-all a great trip and was good to see the EASTWOOD and AIRLINE brands continuing to grow in popularity in UK and Europe. I look forward to my next trip!

Dealer Profile: Guitars & Amps (The Netherlands)

Guitars & Amps was founded by Matthijs Gaspar and René Rutten, both seasoned and passionate guitar players. Together we have a history of over 30 years in the music industry: 13 years in the musical instrument retail, wholesale and import business (Matthijs) and 18 years as performing artist (The Gathering), producer and record label owner (René). Thanks to this long experience we know the back and front of the industry, so we can provide you with detailed information and expert technical advice. We understand the needs, wants and problems of guitar players, also when it comes to live performances, tours, recordings etc. From one guitar player to another, we promise you quality, know-how, honest advice and value for money. Come and see for yourself: one handshake is worth a thousand words!

Guitars & Amps store (The Netherlands)

Guitars & Amps store (The Netherlands)

Whether you are an absolute beginner or a professional artist, you will find our shop packed with high-value musical instruments and accessories, carefully chosen from the worlds leading suppliers and manufacturers.

Of course we have the big names in store like Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, PRS, Ovation, Takamine and Taylor. We also stock guitars from quality brands like Larrivée, Furch, Jackson, Schecter, Framus, Duesenberg and the one and only Nik Huber. In addition, we keep an eye on new and interesting developments on our visits to international trade shows (Los Angeles, London, Frankfurt). There, for instance, we spotted up-and-coming brand Eastwood from Canada: professional quality guitars at a very affordable price. Another brand we took on board is Spear Guitars, who also absolutely amazed us with their great value for money.

We also stock the best in amplifiers, effects and audio solutions. You will find a great selection of Koch, Marshall, Vox, Bogner, Mesa Boogie, Brunetti, Orange, Hiwatt, Fender and Blackstar amps, to name a few, and cool effect pedals from brands like Dunlop, Vox, Ernie Ball, Fender, RMC, Fulltone, Voodoo Lab, Z-Vex, T-Rex, MI Audio, Visual Sound, Emma, Toadworks, Blackstar, Maxon, Lehle, Love Pedal, Menatone, Mad Professor etc. You’re welcome to take your time and test anything and everything in our separate test rooms. After all, nothing is more personal than tone.

Guitars & Amps
van Berchenstraat 3-B
6511 BA Nijmegen
the Netherlands
+31 (0)24-3604582

Dealer Profile: San Francisco Guitarworks (San Francisco, CA)

Thanks so much to the SF Bay Guardian, and to all of you awesome customers, for making SF Guitarworks’ “Best of the Bay” award possible!

San Francisco Guitarworks (San Francisco, CA)

San Francisco Guitarworks (San Francisco, CA)

My goal is to make your instrument into something that you truly enjoy. We all know how frustrating it is to have a guitar that won’t tune, won’t stay in tune, has high action, buzzes, makes noise or makes no noise. The list goes on. It is also frustrating to have your instrument repaired”, only to find that the improvement made was minor, and did not solve the problem. I see plenty of work from other shops, and although some is OK, most displays a general lack of care and/or skill. I promise that won’t be the case at SF Guitarworks.

San Francisco Guitarworks (San Francisco, CA)

San Francisco Guitarworks (San Francisco, CA)

I am here for you, the player. I want to fully understand the problem with your instrument. What is that characteristic that is getting in the way of your playing, and how do you think it should be? After we are both sure we understand each other, the instrument will be transformed – meeting or exceeding your expectations. I believe that it should be a joy to pick up your guitar, bass, banjo, or other stringed instrument and know that it will perform as you expect. I am here to help you achieve that goal. My work is backed by a satisfaction guarantee, which no customer has taken advantage of since I have been in business, and all work that I perform is covered by a lifetime warranty. I am a perfectionist, and although I can’t tell you what will happen at other shops, I can guarantee that it will be done right the first time at SF Guitarworks. Professional service, no attitude. If you are at odds with your instrument, even if it seems nit-picky, please give me a call or stop by and I will do my very best to help you.

Thanks so much,

Geoff Luttrell

San Francisco Guitar Works
323 Potrero Ave
San Francisco, CA 94103
www.sfguitarworks.com
(415) 865-5424
sfguitarworks@hotmail.com

Dealer Profile: Fat Tone Guitars (Northbrook, IL)

Fat Tone Guitars presents an intimate performance and Q & A session with popular blues artist Tom Holland and his brand new Eastwood P90 Special in TV Yellow finish.

Tom Holland, blues guitarist

Tom Holland, blues guitarist

Tom will perform some of his original compositions like “Worry and Wonder” and “Zeb’s Blues” as well as some tried and true blues standards. In addition to his performance, Tom will discuss his guitar and what he looks for in an instrument. He’ll also take questions from the audience so come prepared. This will be a listen and learn session.

All Fat Tone After-Hours events are free however we ask that attendees email us to confirm attendance as seating is limited. In appreciation for coming, all attendees will receive a $25 gift certificate good at Fat Tone Guitars.

About Tom Holland

Tom started playing professionally in Chicago at age 19, landing his first gig with L.V. Banks, in a beauty salon on Chicago’s south side. Tom worked with L.V. Banks on and off for four years. It was also during this time that Tom was introduced to Muddy Waters last guitarist, John Primer. Tom toured the United States and Canada for 2 years with John as a member of his band, the Real Deal Blues Band.

In late 1999 Tom was asked to join Chicago blues guitarist Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater’s band. Tom toured with Eddy Clearwater for three years as bandleader, and toured across the U.S., Canada, and made his first trip to Europe. It was during this time that his status as one of Chicago’s top sidemen was solidified, also freelancing with Carey Bell, Phil Guy, A.C. Reed, Atlanta vocalist Sandra Hall, and countless other Chicago bluesmen and women.

In November of 2003, Tom was approached by harp legend James Cotton, who was in need of a guitar player. Tom accepted and has been touring with James now for over a year. In July of 2004 Tom toured Japan for the first time with James Cotton, as well as Switzerland.

Tom also tours extensively with his own band The Shufflekings.

Fat Tone Guitars (Northbrook, IL)

Fat Tone Guitars (Northbrook, IL)

This is Fat Tone Guitars first after-hours showroom performance. Fat Tone after-hours events are designed to allow local artists to showcase and discuss their music as well as their tone AND their gear. All after-hours events will be held at Fat Tone’s showroom in Northbrook, IL and begin at 7pm. Events are free and light food and drink will be served.

Fat Tone Guitars
1857 Janke Dr.
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-272-5117
info@fattoneguitars.com

Fat Tone Guitars (Northbrook, IL)

Fat Tone Guitars (Northbrook, IL)

Dealer Profile: Sound Metak (Milano, Italy)

Sound Metak (Milano, Italy)

Sound Metak (Milano, Italy)

Xabier Iriondo opened SOUND METAK in October 2005. He sells vintage/collector instruments and musical objects like old lap steels (K&F, National, Gibson, Epiphone, Dobro), autoharps, monochords, boutique effects pedals (Cornish, Klon, Menatone, Effector13, etc), accessories, old gramophones and 78rpm records (early blues & jazz, tango’s, etc) and – Eastwood guitars!

www.soundmetak.com

Contact: Xabier Iriondo

Sound Metak
+39 0245493391
P.le Segrino, 1
20159 Milano
ITALY

Dealer Profile: Wade’s Guitar Shop (Milwaukee, WI)

Wade's Guitar Shop (Milwaukee, WI)

Wade's Guitar Shop (Milwaukee, WI)

Wade Starck opened Wade’s Guitar Shop across the street from their current location in June of 1989. For five years it grew inside of that little 500 sq. ft. shop, selling and repairing only guitars. At that time they sold mostly used and vintage guitars. In May of 1994, Wade bought the building they am currently in at 3490 N. Oakland Avenue, on Milwaukee’s East Side, just blocks from the shores of Lake Michigan. This building has given them the room to grow and expand their selection, but stay small enough to be personal. They still carry a lot of used and vintage gear, but are also proud dealers of C.F. Martin, Rickenbacker, Alvarez, National, Regal, and now Eastwood Guitars. They also carry lots of parts, accessories, and effects pedals.

Wade's Guitar Shop (Milwaukee, WI)

Wade's Guitar Shop (Milwaukee, WI)

In the shop are Wade, Alex Ballard, and Dan Hinz, and they all share in the responsibilities of sales, repairs, and ordering. They are all guitar geeks, so you can be sure that they are into what they do. They will soon be online @ wadesguitarshop.com

-Owner, Wade’s Guitar Shop

Contact: Wade Starck

Wade’s Guitar Shop
3490 N Oakland Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 961-0848

Cross Street: Near intersection of E Providence Ave and N Oakland Ave

Wade's Guitar Shop (Milwaukee, WI)

Wade's Guitar Shop (Milwaukee, WI)