Morris County guitar enthusiasts have made a better tuning for next week, when the Gibson Guitar Bus commences a two-day promotional tour that will stop at Parsippany, Randolph and Boonton.
The custom cruiser, decorated with images of Gibson guitars, will begin next week at Troy Hills Plaza in Parsippany, where it will park near Pathmark between 2 and 4 p.m. and open to visitors to board and admire the luxurious interiors and unique music-themed decorations.
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The Parsippany stop is just the beginning of the Showplace Studios’ full-day promotional event in Victory Gardens that will pass through Randolph, eventually reaching the Randolph Center for the Performing Arts.
Joni Forte, Montville resident of Showplace Musical Productions, said the bus is coming to support Gibson’s artist, Lou Pallo, who was once at the center of “Thank-you, Les”, a tribute album recorded. music and production at the studio and released in 2012. Pallo, who has performed with music legend Les Paul for nearly 40 years, has recruited famous artists in the Who’s Who music industry to perform on the album, singing shared a duet with Keith Richards and played with the likes of Steve Miller, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Slash and Eddie Brigati Jr. by Young Rascals.
Showplace Studios is also running a contest to win free tickets for private dinners and public screening. The grand prize of the competition is a limited edition, numbered, limited edition Gibson Les Paul guitarist by Lou Pallo, presented on Paul’s 99th birthday.
To enter the Showplace contest, visit the Facebook page “Thank-You, Les”. Entries will be accepted until midnight Sunday. Winners will be selected at random at the screening.
I’m a tree-hugger and so are the people of Taylor Guitars. The staff were taking the sounds of chainsaws and chippers when trees were being cut and turned them into music.
Scott Paul is Taylor Guitars’ Natural Resource Sustainability Manager and he looks for wood responsibly.
“So we have a lot of plants to choose from,” said Paul. “That’s the fantasy of an urban wood enthusiast.”
What they found was their standard wood.
“Taylor Guitars looked through the forests and found a number of species grown across Southern California, which made it possible for them to make guitars from urban wood,” Paul said.
A few of them are delicate tonewood and one of them is Shamel Ash.
Only trees at the end of their life cycle are cut and treated by their partner.
“West Coast Arborist, they are farming companies for about 300 self-governing cities,” Paul said. “They proved to be the perfect partner for us.”
By repurposing the tree, the carbon is stored in the wood.
“We are doing something that has never been done before and that is to produce a specialized line of guitars made from city trees,” said Paul.
By using urban wood and not depleting natural resources, Taylor Guitars shows it can be done.
“We want to do this because it’s sustainable. We’re working on building 10,000 pieces of the first version, the 324CE with Shamel Ash. The quality of these pianos has met Taylor Guitar standards.”
So for Taylor Guitars, the urban guitar is a perfect storm.