I was honored to be included in Guitar Player Magazine’s ULTIMATE HIGH-END ACOUSTIC ROUNDUP in the August 2013 Issue. It was a thrill to receive an Editors Pick among such an illustrious group of guitar makers. To check out the article in Guitar Player click here and go to page 4!
Acoustic Fury Records recently released AN ACOUSTIC TRIBUTE TO THE RAMONES, SHEENA IS A FOLK ROCKER!?. Cheryl Doll did an great job with her version of the classic Beat on the Brat. The guitar work is performed by Michael Molenda using a Brock Acoustics Dreadnought. You can also hear Michael and Cheryl on the track Strength to Endure with their band Ol’ Cheeky Bastards. There is a lot of excellent acoustic music on this CD. You can purchase a copy by visiting www.acousticfury.com
The process of building a custom guitar is very involved and personal – for both artist and luthier. Many times the product of this collaboration is not only a great instrument, but also a great friendship. Such was the case with my collaboration with Ronnie Montrose. Throughout my friendship with Ronnie I never saw a hint of “Rock Star Ego” or pretense. Ronnie was the most down to earth, sincere, genuine person you could ever know. With the heart of an artist and the mind of an engineer, Ronnie lived his life with a passion few of us will ever feel.
Ronnie Montrose was an incredibly gifted musician, a gourmet cook, an avid fisherman, a loving husband and father, and a great friend. I miss him dearly.
Guitar Player Magazine Editor in Chief Michael Molenda reviewed a Brock Acoustics Dreadnought model for the January issue. Mr. Molenda also chose the Brock Dreadnought as the Editors’ Pick for the issue. Check out the review HERE.
I recently completed a six string banjo commissioned by guitarist Ronnie Montrose . Ronnie (who can play anything with strings on it) couldn’t find an “off the shelf” banjo with the particular specs he wanted, so he asked if I could build one for him. I built this banjo with a 1 ⅞” wide neck at the nut, and with the neck profile Ronnie prefers. I used presentation grade curly maple for the neck and built the resonator with a veneer of incredible quilted maple.
Ronnie Montrose was recently at Polarity Post Production Sound Studio in San Francisco CA where he used his Brock Acoustics Small Jumbo to record songs for his upcoming, “Ronnie Montrose Live at the Uptown!” DVD. Many of you know Ronnie as the legendary rock guitarist with his Platinum selling groups Montrose and Gamma, but what you may not know is that he is an accomplished and dedicated acoustic musician as well. I’ll post more info about his new DVD as it nears it’s release date!