YGD Custom Shop | Steady Holiday Custom Revstar

Steady Holiday is the solo project of Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress Dre Babinski. She discovered Revstar guitars when performing at a Yamaha showcase at SXSW in 2019, and the series has been her mainstay ever since. “I’ve played around on several different Yamaha models, but quickly landed on the Revstar,” she recalls. “I love the elegance… Continue reading YGD Custom Shop | Steady Holiday Custom Revstar

Breakthroughs | The Rough & Tumble

Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler wrote and performed together for several years before it just made sense to form The Rough & Tumble in 2011. But it wasn’t until one warm evening in April a few years later as they left most of their worldly possessions behind and stepped into a rickety 16’ camper that… Continue reading Breakthroughs | The Rough & Tumble

Trading Licks: Phrasing on the Downbeat of Two

In this month’s “Trading Licks” session we’ll be playing over a really cool E Mixolydian progression. We’ll be targeting the characteristic note and starting each two-bar phrase on the downbeat of two. We’ll be using the E Minor Pentatonic Scale and the E Blues Scale for our melodic device, and I’ve intentionally started each of… Continue reading Trading Licks: Phrasing on the Downbeat of Two

YGD Custom Shop | Bobby Dall Custom BB Basses

With big flake sparkle finishes in orange and silver, these custom BB basses look and sound spectacular under the stage lights with Bobby Dall of Poison. Bobby has played BB basses since 1989, when the band was recording the Flesh & Blood album at Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, Canada with producer Bruce Fairbairn. “I wanted a… Continue reading YGD Custom Shop | Bobby Dall Custom BB Basses

Trading Licks – Phrasing On The Upbeats

Download the Line 6 Helix patch Download audio backing tracks Join us as we dive into the Trading Licks series with Robbie Calvo. Trading Licks are a series of video jam sessions optimized to teach you improvisational concepts to expand your musical horizons and keep you moving forward as a musician. These monthly episodes feature… Continue reading Trading Licks – Phrasing On The Upbeats

Yamaha Guitars Pride 2022

In celebration of Pride this year, we’ve put together a collective playlist highlighting songs and artists from the LGBTQ+ community, as well as some allies. Chosen by Yamaha Guitars employees from different roles and locations around the world, these tracks each hold a special meaning for us and we’ve included a few below. Enjoy!  Harry… Continue reading Yamaha Guitars Pride 2022

The Revstar Story

PART I: NEVER STANDING STILL The Revstar story begins in a converted pickle factory in England. Located a short walk from The Oval cricket ground in leafy South-West London, the building is home to forpeople–a bold creative agency enlisted by Yamaha to collaborate on the design and marketing of a new range of electric guitars.… Continue reading The Revstar Story

THR History: Ten Years of the Original Desktop Amplifier

Part I: From Concept to Desktop THR® product development began with what seemed like a specifically Japanese problem. With generally smaller living spaces and significantly higher population density than in the West, it could be difficult for Japanese guitarists to practice without disturbing their neighbors. “We always had a hard time playing guitar with great… Continue reading THR History: Ten Years of the Original Desktop Amplifier

YGD Custom Shop | Fred Kosak’s Custom FG Guitar

Andrew Enns, a Senior Acoustic Guitar Builder at the Yamaha Guitar Development custom shop in Calabasas, California, recently built a one-of-a-kind FG acoustic guitar for Fred Kosak of Stillhouse Junkies.  Learn more about Fred and the guitar. I love that it retains some of the classic Yamaha design features while breaking new ground as a… Continue reading YGD Custom Shop | Fred Kosak’s Custom FG Guitar

YGD Custom Acoustic Guitars with Yamaha Acoustic Guitar builder Andrew Enns

Yamaha Guitar Development is a custom shop in Calabasas, California, where luthiers build acoustic, electric, and bass guitars for Yamaha artists.  The shop is also a research & development facility, contributing to production guitars that are available to customers around the world.  In this interview, Master Acoustic Guitar Designer and Luthier Andrew Enns talks about… Continue reading YGD Custom Acoustic Guitars with Yamaha Acoustic Guitar builder Andrew Enns