Apr 252018
 

Detroit, April 23, 2018— Wallace Detroit Guitars (WDG), manufacturer of guitars created out of the wood of former Detroit landmarks, is collaborating with Chevrolet to release a limited-edition line of guitars celebrating the Chevy Trucks Centennial. The first run of guitars will be handcrafted out of maple sourced from General Motors’ own Fort Wayne, Indiana, truck plant.

Formed in nearby Flint, Michigan, in 1908 and headquartered today in Detroit, General Motors and Chevrolet® have played a pivotal role in the development of the Motor City and its storied automobile history.

“Chevrolet is a foundational element in the story of Detroit,” said Mark Wallace, founder of Wallace Detroit Guitars. “As a company that honors the history of Detroit in every instrument we make, we couldn’t miss this opportunity to celebrate a century of Chevrolet trucks. The gorgeous maple used in these limited-run instruments is sourced from the Chevy plant itself, adding a piece of GM’s history as well as providing a sonic landscape that is unlike any other instrument.”

“The Chevy Trucks Centennial is a huge milestone for the Chevrolet brand, and we know it is equally important for our customers,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks advertising and marketing director. “We are so excited to partner with Detroit-based Wallace Detroit Guitars to offer one more way for our customers to celebrate this accomplishment with us.”

Anniversary-Worthy Construction
The reclaimed long grain maple has been refined into the company’s Wallacaster body shape, with an oil-finished neck, rosewood fingerboard, a pickguard in Chevrolet’s Centennial Blue, and finished with a clear high-gloss lacquer. The guitar’s pickups have been handcrafted to resemble the iconic Heritage bowtie emblem, which was designed specifically to celebrate the Chevy Trucks Centennial.

Customers have their choice of maple from the Fort Wayne Chevy plant, or maple from the floorboards of the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarter building — both featuring historical significance.

Celebrating 100 Years
Last November, during the 51st annual Country Music Awards (CMAs), Wallace Detroit Guitars presented a custom-model electric guitar to Chevrolet® in honor of the 100th anniversary of the brand’s iconic truck. Several artists performing and attending the CMAs signed the guitar which was displayed in the Chevrolet® red carpet area during the awards show and was later auctioned off for charity.

Availability
The Chevy line of Wallace Detroit Guitars will be carried at the General Motors store in Detroit’s Renaissance Center, on GM’s website and its catalog. The instruments are also available directly from WDG’s website, wallacedetroitguitars.com.

For more information on Wallace Detroit Guitars, visit wallacedetroitguitars.com.

About Wallace Detroit Guitars
Founded by Mark Wallace in 2014, Wallace Detroit Guitars breathes new life into reclaimed wood from Detroit buildings by shaping it into some of finest American guitars on the market. Their instruments acknowledge not only Detroit’s architectural history, but also its proud tradition of both great craftsmanship and great music. With superior construction, premium components, and a great story, each guitar delivers a truly timeless playing experience.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Wallace Detroit Guitars Collaborates with Chevrolet to Create Handmade Guitars in Celebration of the Chevy Trucks Centennial
Source: Guitar Player

Apr 252018
 

What, exactly, is a headphone album? Well, the definition changes depending on who you are.

For audiophiles, a headphone album is a work that is so exquisitely recorded that it demands you listen to each beautifully recorded note under a sonic microscope. Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue fits that bill.

For others, a great headphone album is one that makes an intimate album more intimate (such as Bob Dylan’s original mono recordings), or a loud album louder (Rage Against the Machine’s debut album).

We’re an unsubtle and hyperactive bunch at Guitar World, so our favorite headphone albums are those that have a lot of activity in the stereo field. As dumb as it sounds, we love it every time a guitar solo takes a shortcut through our skulls as it zooms from one ear to the other.

If you don’t know what we’re talking about or you’ve never experienced any of these great albums under the influence of some high-end ear buds, we suggest you go home, put on your best set of ‘phones, turn out the lights, turn up the volume and prepare to have your mind blown sky high.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland (1968)

If you haven’t taken LSD, the good news is you don’t have to. Save your brain cells and listen to this masterpiece under a good set of headphones to get the complete psychedelic picture. On Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix and his brilliant engineer, Eddie Kramer, create a wonderful, three-dimensional sonic world and invite you to step in. This album is not necessarily stoned, but it certainly is beautiful.

Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK. DING DONG! BRRRRRRRANG!!!! WIIRRRRRRRRLLLLLLYYYYYY WHIRL…HA HA HA HA! I mean, what else can you say about the Citizen Kane of headphone albums?

The Edgar Winter Group, They Only Come Out At Night (1972)

This is a little on the obscure side, but it ranks right up there with Dark Side as an essential Seventies listening experience. The star of the show is the extended version of the hit instrumental “Frankenstein,” but almost every song on the album is a sonic thrill ride.

Santana, Caravanserai (1972)

This album was originally mixed and released in both stereo and quadrophonic. Designed to be an all-encompassing, complex and exotic listening experience, the percussion surrounds you while the soaring guitars lift you to the heavens. This is the best-recorded album of Carlos Santana’s career, and probably his best album overall.

Dukes of the Stratosphear, Psonic Psunspot (1987)

The Dukes of the Stratosphear was a pseudonym used by the British rock band XTC in the mid-to-late Eighties, and their Psonic Psunspot album was a brilliant homage to the Sixties psychedelic pop of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Zombies. While the project was a bit of a joke, the songs are brilliant and, due to advancements in recording technology, the sound of the album eclipses anything actually recorded in London in 1967.

The Cure, Disintegration (1989)

They say that guitarist Robert Smith was using hallucinogenic drugs throughout the course of this beautifully textured album. Like Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, the sound of the album reflects his trippy state of mind. Listening to Disintegration under headphones is like stepping into someone else’s dream—and a rather dark one, at that.

Radiohead, Kid A (2000)

In the late Nineties, Radiohead wanted to shake up their music. Their solution was to work as a collective—one that would make interesting “sounds”—rather than with each person in band playing a prescribed role. The result was an album that sounded unlike anything else before or since. This philosophy extended to the album’s sumptuous mix, which can only truly be truly appreciated with a pair of speakers right next to your ears.

Tool, Lateralus (2001)

In 2005, four years after its original release, Tool’s Lateralus was released as a limited-edition two-picture-disc vinyl LP in a holographic gatefold package. It took them a while to do it, but they were finally able to create a package that adequately reflected the multi-dimensional music offered inside.

Dream Theater, A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011)

While everything sounds “good” these days, it’s hard to find albums that sound “great.” Everything is engineered so loud and compressed that most modern recorded music lacks the kind of space and depth that allows for a true headphone experience. Dream Theater probably doesn’t really give a damn about what is happening in popular music, which is why this album sounds as good as it does.

The Beatles, Abbey Road (1969)

Every collection has to have some Beatles, and this is by far their best and most modern-sounding album. Enjoy.

Brad Tolinski is the editor-in-chief at Guitar World.

Dream Theater, A Dramatic Turn of Events
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Essential Listening: 10 Stellar Headphone Albums
Source: Guitar World