Friday, April 8, 2011

On the Gig with Planet Waves Capos

Richard Bennett (Mark Knopfler, Nashville Session Ace)

"I use a Planet Waves NS capo all the time, in the studio and live. It's simple, works great and above all it's reasonably discreet. I've never understood all these folks using those big, hunky, clamp things with the french curve sticking out at the top. It's like they take great pride in parading their ability to use a capo".

Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aimee Mann, Studio)

"I love the NS capos, I use them on my electric and acoustic guitars. They have a low, almost invisible profile that I really appreciate. I use the NS Trio for my mandola, it's just the right size!"

Jason Roller (Nashville Session)

"These capos are great, the best I've used. They are sturdy, reliable and don't take drastic re-tuning after putting them on or moving them around the neck. Job well done!"

Brad Rice (Courtyard Hounds, Keith Urban, Ryan Adams)

"I'm in tune and don't fret out with Planet Waves capos"

Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart's Fabulous Superlatives)

"I love the NS capo. It's the finest available".

Elizabeth Cook

"D'Addario strings and Planet Waves Dual-Action capos: Taking question marks off Elizabeth Cook gigs since 2007!"

Brian Nutter (Keith Urban)

"I have completely converted to all things D'Addario/Planet Waves. They simply make the best stuff and have the best people!"

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Strap Panache

The job seems simple - hold up your guitar in playing position and don't break. But there's more to straps than that. Straps now add a bit of flash and flair to your onstage style.

Back in the day, a thin, braided cord was used. It tied on to the headstock and end pin an dug into your shoulder all night. I bought a 1946 L-7 years ago that had the original strap with it and I tried it out. Not a pleasant experience.

In the '50's it was thin leather with a wider shoulder pad and in the '60s, fabric straps ruled. I remember the popular brand was called "Ace". After that, all manner of leather and poly straps came into the market.

Planet Waves has a wide selection of straps, from the basic black polypro to a wide, padded suede model for the plush set. We offer many variations on leather straps, from metal studs, vents, stoned leather and several artist straps from The Beatles, Joe Satriani, Kiss, Motley Crue, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who and Ozzy Osbourne.

The Beatles Strap Collection

Planet waves has also introduced innovations that make using a strap even handier.

Planet Lock Strap

The Planet Lock system is a built-in strap lock that works on most every strap button, and the Acoustic Quick Release allows you to use the time-rested headstock method and the ability to take your guitar on or off in a hurry. Very nice for those of you acoustic pickers with cowboy hats!

Acoustic Quick Release