FLO Guitar Enthusiasts

Jeff Floro

Bio: 
Jeff Floro has been playing music since the age of four and a half years old. He started on accordion, and now also plays guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, drums, assorted percussion, and all sorts of keyboards.. Jeff has a degree in Music Performance: Studio Guitar, from the University of Southern California, and was the first graduate of the Studio Guitar Department. Jeff worked for many years as a studio musician and arranger, doing many recording sessions for music projects and commercial and industrial multi-media and video projects.
 
Jeff has also been an accomplished audio engineer, mixing music projects, feature films & TV, foley and dialogue recording and editing, and sound design. He composed music for two other LA Talk Radio Shows: Dancing With Ghosts and Nightvision Radio - which he also both produces.
 
The seed of the FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts started with Scott, while working at the same place with Jeff, found out Jeff played guitar and both started talking about guitars and gear. From that the FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts was born. Jeff brings to the table his extensive experience and knowledge, and, combined with his recording and sound design experience, and, his knowledge of numerous instruments, gives him a great perspective on gear and tone - not just for guitar - but for other instruments as well.
 
And now Jeff hosts All About Guitar, every Monday night, 8pm Pacific time, 11pm Eastern time, at LA Talk Radio on ch 1. The show further explores guitar in all of its forms, but even more. Besides talking about tone, technique and gear, Jeff explores other topics to help guitarists become better musicians in a world of constantly changing technologies, where he takes a good look at everything guitar, and sometimes not exactly guitar, but just as important, so we can be more successful as a musician in today's music scene!!

 

Make A Noise Organization    Boulder Creek Guitars

 

Guitars In The Classroom    Rock against Trafficking

 

The Peace Fund    Hip Hop Help

 

The Peace Fund

Show Description: 
The Flo Guitar Enthusiasts Radio Show will explore what it takes to attain great tone. We will talk to the manufacturers of amps, effects pedals, the luthiers, and the players, out there doing it every day, and try to find out what it takes to get great tone. With your hosts, Jeff "The FLO" Floro and Scott Sill, we will look at new gear, old gear, the people who make them, and the people who use them.

Show Archives

June 2015

06/15/2015

This week we talk to guitarist Craig Chaquico. Gaining international notoriety playing with the Jefferson Starship, Craig's virtuoso guitar work on such classics as "Sara" and "We Built This City" and his songwriting and playing on "Find Your Way Back," Craig has also become very successful as a solo artist and a session player. It's a night of great playing, great tone, and gear as we talk about his remarkable career and his playing! And, we might get a chance to find out what it was like for Craig to see Jimi Hendrix play live at the Cal Expo in Sacramento in 1970!

06/08/2015

Have you found yourself in a creative rut? Have you gotten "stuck" and feel you are not making any progress in your musical career? In March we had Les and Linda Wise talk about "The Deliberate Musician" an online curriculum designed to get you focused and on track with your music and career. Tonight Les and Linda return to go into more depth into this fantastic course with a case study! Joining us is Lance Allyn, a successful artist, session musician and educator. With Les and Linda, we go into Lance's career, the obstacles he faced, and how The Deliberate Musician helped him overcome them.

06/01/2015

Jim Stubblefield returns to the show he's got a lot to tell us! First, he has installed in his prized Maldonado guitar a new guitar amplification system, the Carlos-Juan Amplification system, which strives to get as close to the natural sound of the guitar as possible. I personally heard it this weekend and it really delivers. We will talk to Jim about it, his newly rebuilt pedalboard, to accomodate the system, and will be joined by guest guitarist Eric Hansen, who installed the system into his guitar. Eric is another amazing guitarist and is featured on Jim's upcoming new album. We will put the system to the test as we do a comparison of the pickups through the board compared to miking the guitar! Then we get into Jim's new album, which he is finishing up mixing with renowned engineerBo Astrup. Bo joins us also, in studio, and we will play some exclusive clips from the new album and talk about how it was recorded. Jim will give us details on guitars, amps, mics, effects and Bo will talk about mixing it and doing post effects on the tracks. It's an amazing show with gear, music, and we get to see the process of creating an album from conception to completion!

May 2015

05/25/2015

We welcome back Denny Tedesco to the show! Denny is the director and producer of the acclaimed film "The Wrecking Crew" the story behind the group of session musicians that were responsible for most of the hits made in the 1960's. When we last spoke to Denny, he had just finished editing the film and was getting funding to get all the music performances cleared and release it to the public. But, as Denny has said, it took a lot more to get his project to completion and release. We are proud to announce that "The Wrecking Crew" will be released on Bluray and DVD next month! We talk to Denny about he had to do to get the film finally released, and what he found when he continued editing bonus material for the release! And, we might just have some surprise guests joining Denny!

05/18/2015

Country music, a big part of our music history. It has influenced and been influenced other styles. You find its influence in rock, jazz, pop, and even classical music. Tonight we take a good look at country guitar playing: the licks, the tone, the different styles and techniques. Joining us in studio is Steve Trovato, a world class guitarist and master of many styles of music. Steve is a session musician specializing in electric, steel string acoustic, nylon string acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, and mandolin. I've been told by many renowned musicians: "If you want to talk country, talk to Steve!" Steve will be in studio and we will be talking country: the licks, the styles, the tone, and the gear!

05/11/2015

It's a special night for all you bassists! Scott and Jeff are visited by renowned session bassist and sideman Derrick "Dock" Murdock! You probably have seen and heard him time and time again on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." "Dock" was the bassist for Kevin Eubanks Tonight Show Band and has toured with Kevin. But Derrick's career is more than that! From his first big break touring with Sheena Easton, "Dock" has toured or recorded for such renowned artists as The Jazz Crusaders, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., Mandrill, Tom Scott, Jeff Lorber, Rolls Royce, The Dazz Band, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Cedric The Entertainer, Patti Austin, Bobby Caldwell, Aaron Neville, Angela Blofill, David Benoit, Hugh Masekela, Eric Marienthal, Bobby Lyle, Michael Bolton, The 5th Dimension, Chuck Berry, Peter Frampton, Huey Lewis, and many many more. Also stopping by is James Grover, guitar tech for Kevin Eubanks and former guest on the show. It's a night of bass, tone, gigging, session work and more!

05/04/2015

Artistry and craftsmanship spanning 3 generations of a very special family dedicated to making the best handcrafted guitars - that best describes Candelas guitars! Since the early 1920's Candelas Guitars has been making beautiful classical and flamenco guitars, besides Guitarrons, Vihuelas, Guitarra de Golpe, Huapanguera, Bajo Sextos, Requintos Romanticos, Requinto Jarochos, Jaranas, Tresillos - well, all sorts of exotic traditional Mariachi and Latin American instruments. Scott, Jeff and special guest Monique Caravello talk with Tomas Delgado, the grandson of Porfirio, and son of Candelario, and the person keeping the Candelas tradition of making quality handcrafted guitars happening still today!!

April 2015

04/27/2015

It's time to talk mods!! Scott and Jeff are joined by Don Butler, ofToneman, Inc. Don specializes in mods for pedals and amps. His customers include Robin Trower, John Fogerty, Elliot Easton, Daniel Lanois and Peter Stroud, to name a few. Don is also on the Editorial Board for "The Tonequest Report Magazine," specializing in vintage British made valve equipment as well as early Fender & Gibson amps, vintage and reissue Gibson, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, Epiphone & Fender Guitars. As a guitarist Don has played with Jimmy Vivino, Coco Montoya, Gordon Waller (of Peter & Gordon), and Spencer Davis. Don will talk about some of his classic mods for both pedals and amps.

04/20/2015

This last January we saw all sorts of guitars, amps and effects at NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants. But is the music instrument industry on the upswing, or is it feeling the ravages of our sagging economy? We talk to the man behind the world famous blog, Rock Guitar Daily, Tony Conley, on what he perceives the state of the guitar industry in 2015. We also will get a preview of a new book Tony is completing on the musicianship of Paul McCartney. And we will find out more about Tony's evaluation of Neil Young's PONO, a high end personal music player, and high resolution music in general.

04/13/2015

We continue with Part 2 of our study of "Women In Music" and we have some very amazing artists joining us! First is Ilona Europa, international star and host of "Accent On" on LA Talk Radio. She has a Master's degree in music, is a vocalist, producer, teacher, talent agent and also is working with new upcoming artists in developing their careers. Next is songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist Talia Paul. But Talia is much more than that! Talia is also an actress, working in feature film and television. Also Talia's songs have been featured in several motion pictures and television programs like "Dawson's Creek,' and "Love Happens." Last, but not least, is blues rock and slide player Cathy Lauer. Again, she is much more than that! Besides playing with "Lynette Skynyrd," (a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band featuring all women), she is a session musician, guitar and audio technician, recording engineer and owner of ToneZoneLA, a company that designs custom pedalboards, rack systems, and home studio wiring and set up! All of these women wear many hats and we talk to them about that, surviving in the industry, and the opportunities for women in music, not just here, but all around the world!

04/06/2015

The legacy of master Luthier John D'Angelico is back withD'Angelico guitars! Tonight we look at New York based company that has been known for their archtop jazz guitars, and, now have come out with several new innovative models. Joining us is jazz guitarist and Professor of Music at Long Beach State College Jimmy Hewitt. Hewitt is an endorser of D'Angelico Guitars and will be in-studio to show us some of these beautiful guitars! It's another night of jazz, tone, and guitars!! And we will be talking to Jimmy about his new endeavor soulguitarist.com!

March 2015

03/30/2015

Bassist and Pedal Board Design Clinician Ron Moreno and guitarist, composer, producer and session man Ricky Z. return to give us a preview of new upcoming effects pedals. We will be taking a look at the new pedal by Big Joe Stomp Box Companycalled the "Texas Screamer"! It's all about gear and tone!

03/23/2015

Jazz on the FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts! What is Jazz? Tonight we explore what Jazz is and how to play it. And we have some amazing jazz players to tell us all about it! Returning to the show isLes Wise, educator, author and veteran session musician and jazz guitarist. And joining him is legendary jazz guitarist and session musician Ron Eschete. It's a night of tone, technique, and some amazing guitar playing!!

03/16/2015

Have you ever reached a plateau in your playing and writing? Have you gotten "stuck" and feel you are not making any progress in your musical career? We might be able to help you!! Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to renowned musician, author, and educator Les Wise. Les has been a touring and recording musician for over 30 years and was one of the first guitar instructors at Musicians Institute in Hollywood California. He founded an international music school in Vienna, Austria with his wife Linda and he has written numerous jazz books for several instruments. Les has developed an online curriculum called the "Deliberate Musician" and Les helps you develop your mental skills training that are just as important as studying technique! We talk to Les about his various courses available online and what causes mental blocks and how we can overcome them!

03/09/2015

It's another great night of tone and technique as Scott and Jeff talk with Jeff Watson, best known as one of the founding members and guitarists for the group Night Ranger. But his guitar playing and song writing go far beyond that! Doing guitar work and appearing in the Oscar and Grammy nominated Disney film "Enchanted," Jeff also has composed for film (Vertical Frontier) and TV (Nash Bridges). He has done session work with numerous artists like Sammy Hagar, Deep Purple, Steve Morse, Styx, Boston, Richard Marx, John Mayer, and many, many more! We talk tone and gear with Jeff and we will find out about his legendary "8-finger" tapping technique!

03/02/2015

Scott and Jeff have the blues...in a big way! Tonight they talk to rock and blues guitarist Dennis Jones. Dennis is a recording artists whose music has been used in movie and television soundtracks. His knowledge of the blues is so renown that he was asked by the Blues Foundation to serve as a judge at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN, as well as to host its annual All Star Jam. We will be talking to Dennis about both electric and acoustic blues and how it is so integral to the music of today.

February 2015

02/23/2015

Scott and Jeff welcome Tom Wheeler to the show! Tom was Editor in Chief for Guitar Player Magazine and the founding Editorial Director of Bass Player Magazine. He is also an accomplished author, writing some "must have" tomes for guitar players: The Guitar Book: A Handbook for Electric and Acoustic Guitarists, American Guitars: An Illustrated History, The Stratocaster Chronicles, The Soul of Tone: Celebrating 60 Years of Fender Amps, and The Dream Factory: Fender Custom Shop. We will be talking to Tom about his latest works: The Fender Archives: A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information, and The Stratocaster Continues (an update to The Stratocaster Chronicles).

02/16/2015

You have great sounding acoustic guitar. But you need to amplify it for your live gigs. How to you capture that great tone live? Scott and Jeff explore one way to make your acoustic sound great live! We are proud to have Lloyd Baggs, of LR Baggs, maker of acoustic guitar pickups and microphones. Originally starting out as a guitar maker, Lloyd and his pickups have become one of the world standards for getting great tone live from your acoustic guitar! But there's more! The FLO had one of Lloyd's Anthem pickup systems installed on his Martin and we will put the pickup system to the test! We will conventionally mic the guitar and compare that sound with the pickup system! We also have another guitar recently installed with the Anthem, a Gibson J-45, and will be doing the test with that guitar also! Joining us, special guest guitar tech Monique Caravello, will be on hand to discuss how she installed these systems on the FLO's guitar. We take you from the beginning to the finished product!

02/09/2015

It's more stories from the road! Scott and Jeff talk with Jeff Ousley, actually coming off a world tour, guitar tech for Heart. Since the 1980's Jeff has worked with such musicians as Leon Russell, Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, The Replacements, George Michael, Pearl Jam, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, and Steve Miller. And he has been working with Heart for 20 plus years! It's a night of gear, guitars, and what it takes to maintain all of that night after night!

02/02/2015

We ran into Thomas Nordegg at NAMM and he showed us a new guitar he built for Steve Vai. Steve was so impressed with it he named it after "Thomas!" Thomas returns to the show to talk about what he did to this guitar. It does feature a new tremolo system and we have the designer of the "Linear Tremolo," Don Ramsay, in studio to talk about the design and how it works. Also Don told us he will bring some "surprise" gear for us to look at!!

January 2015

01/26/2015

The music instrument show, NAMM, has just finished and a lot of new and cool products are coming out! Scott and Jeff talk withMitch Gallagher, best know as the Editorial Director forSweetwater Music. But Mitch is also an accomplished guitar player, producer, writer for various guitar and keyboard publications. We talk with Mitch about his impressions of NAMM, what impressed him most, trends in the industry, and where it's all headed!

01/19/2015

Legendary session musician and guitar designer Buzz Feitenreturns to talk to Scott and Jeff about his Buzz Feiten line of guitars. Buzz spent a lot of time researching what makes a great playing guitar and we talk to him about his research and his conclusions. And we might get a preview of what he is debuting at NAMM this week!

01/12/2015

NAMM, the biggest music instrument convention, is right around the corner and Scott and Jeff take a inside peak of what to expect. Ron Moreno joins us and brings down some new pedals that will be debuting at NAMM. Joining him, in studio, will be session/touring guitarist Ricky Z. (Josh Groban, Jessica Simpson, Sheila E., Gary Wright, Rick Derringer, and many others.) Check out some new gear!

01/05/2015

We take another look at pedal steel guitar, with our guest, and Scott's dad, Gary Sill. Gary has been playing for over 40 years and is a dealer for Mullen Pedal Steels and Hilton volume pedals. We'll talk tone, technique, tunings and gear!

December 2014

12/29/2014

As early as 1969, as a reaction to the perceived excesses of mainstream rock, a new form of rock music developed. Punk rock embraced a stripped down instrumentation, short songs, with political, anti-establishment lyrics. And later in the 1970's another movement developed, embracing some of punk's attitude and dynamics with a techno-electronic twist. With groups like the Ramones, The Clash, The Jam, and later with The Buggles, Franz Ferdinand, these two forms of music are now part of our music history. How does guitar fit into the equation? That's what we will attempt to find out. Joining Scott and Jeff are some people that have played and experienced this movement of music. Pat DiPuccio, "The Pooch," has been playing for years in the Condors and, now, the Sloths, and is one of the founders of "Flipside" magazine, a major publication that documented the punk and new wave movement. Tony Fate, guitarist for the Blurays, Carnage Asada, The Black Widows, and Symbol Six, has been playing punk rock for years. Returning from last week, Prescott Niles, of The Knack, was there in the punk scene. And then there is Jean-Pierre Durand, presently in Incendio, but was very active in punk and new wave music. Together with all these experts, we will find out what punk rock and new wave is, what their differences are, and find out how guitars fit into it. We will discuss technique, gear, and the sound...and try to discover what is "punk" tone!

12/22/2014

With that opening guitar and bass riff and those in-your-face drums, "My Sharona" by the Knack was one of the most popular songs in 1979 and has become a classic rock song. We talk to one the people that made that song happen. Prescott Niles was the bass player for the group. His bass playing help define the sound of the Knack, and his reputation as a solid bassist is well deserved. Prescott talks to us about his early influences, seeing history being made at the Fillmore East, his technique, tone, and gear. We also learn about life after the Knack, playing for Missing Persons, his solo efforts and where he is going. Also joining us is special guest host Jean Pierre Durand, of the band Incendio. A truly fascinating show about a classic time and classic tone!

12/15/2014

It's another great show on gear! We talk to David Phillips, a guitar player and designer of pedalboards and effects racks for such artists as Michael Landau, Tim Pierce, Frank Marino, Scott Henderson, Mike Campbell, and many, many more. Joining him is renowned studio guitarist Tim Pierce (Crowded House, Christina Aguilera, Seal, Avril Lavigne, Tracy Chapman, Joe Cocker, Meatloaf, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Toy Matinee, Don Henley and many, many more!) We look at new trends in pedalboards and effects setups for both live and studio. Also joining us is Ron Moreno and special guest host Jim Stubblefield, of Incendio!! A show you won't want to miss!!

12/08/2014

Andrew York is one of today's best loved composers for classical guitar and performer of international stature. His compositions blend the styles of ancient eras with modern musical directions, creating a unique body of work. Though mainly playing classical guitar, Andrew is also adept and composes for steel string acoustic and electric guitar. Scott and Jeff talk to Andrew about his amazing career and, of course, his tone, technique, and the guitars he uses.

12/01/2014

As you know, our show is all about tone, and this week's we really deliver it! But tonight we are also going to experience something else that goes along with great tone - taste, and our guest delivers both! Scott and Jeff welcome back Steve Hunter, who has been one of the most in demand session players and touring guitarists ever, recording and touring with Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, and many others. And, Steve has had success also as a solo artist. We talk to Steve about his latest project, "Tone Poems Live," a live in-studio recording and video featuring Tony Levin on bass, Phil Aaberg on keyboards, and Alvino Bennett on drums and percussion. We will discuss the gear, Steve's tone, and the recording of this epic performance.

November 2014

11/24/2014

Yamaha has been making guitars for many years, and numerous artists have used been using Yamaha guitars to define their sound. Yamaha continues to raise the bar and produce great guitars at affordable prices. Scott and Jeff talk with Pat Campolattano, Master Builder/Designer for Yamaha Artist Services, andArmando Vega, Marketing Manager for Yamaha Guitars. We will talk about Yamaha's L-Series guitars: Superb craftsmanship and tone combining old-style craftmanship with modern techniques creating a guitar that sounds like one that has been broken in with years of playing. And, reasonably priced making it affordable to everyone! We explore some of the secrets of the Yamaha sound!

11/17/2014

cott and Jeff welcome Jim "Kimo" West to the show. Best known as the long-time guitarist for "Weird Al" Yankovic, Jim has also composed for film and TV. But Jim's real passion has been exploring and performing "slack key" guitar music. Kimo is a 2008 winner of the Hawaii Music Awards and two-time Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian "Grammy") nominee. He is also a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his efforts in keeping this important acoustic guitar tradition alive. We talk to Jim about slack key guitar, what it is, it's roots, and where it's going today. Jim also is avid user of Taylor guitars and helped developed their "Expression" system guitar pickup. We will also talk Taylor guitars and the story behind that pickup system.

11/10/2014

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk with David Arkenstone, one of the pioneers of New Age music, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and an accomplished guitarist. Nominated for 3 Grammy Awards, many have described David's music as the "soundtrack for the imagination," David has composed for film, TV, and video games (World of Warcraft) besides the all the albums he has done. We talk to David about his writing, arranging and scoring, his guitar playing and how he integrates it into his music, recording techniques, what gear he uses, and playing guitar with a full orchestra, performing his "David Arkenstone's Symphonic Adventure."

11/03/2014

Fuchs amplifiers have gotten quite a reputation as the go-to amp for a lot of artists: Joe Bonamassa, Pete Anderson, Gregg Allman, Al Di Meola, Jay Graydon, Paul Jackson, Jr. and many, many more. Scott and Jeff talk to Andy Fuchs about his amps and how he developed them. Also joining us is Fuchs amp user Buzzy Feiten. Buzzy is an in-demand session player and has developed his own guitars and a unique setup for keeping any guitar in tune. Also joining us is renowned guitar-tech Paul Marrs.

October 2014

10/27/2014

It is essential for the session musician to have great tone. As an artist, he must have his own sound that people can easily recognize. But as a session musician, he must be able to sound like whatever the producer wants, and, he must always sound great. A perfect example of this is tonight's guest, Snuffy Walden. Having played with such artists as Chaka Khan, Eric Burdon and Donna Summer, and, being featured on such television shows as "thirtysomething" and "West Wing," both as a composer and performer, Snuffy has a killer tone and also is a brilliant guitarist. Scott and Jeff talk to Snuffy about his sound, his guitars, his recording techniques, his must have album "Music by..." and more!

10/20/2014

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk with Joe Bochar. Joe has been a guitar player for over 25 years and a very good one at that! But Joe wasn't satisfied with what he was playing and started modifying his guitars and, ultimately, started making his own guitars. JB Guitars are known for their great tone and their amazing durability. And, now, Joe has started designing distortion pedals! We try out his Grape Fuzz and talk about his unique guitar designs.

10/13/2014

Those of you that use a lot of effects and pedals, don't you wish you could have one box that could do it all? Well, Fractal Audio might the closest thing to "one box that does it all." Scott and Jeff talk toMatt Picone, of Fractal Audio Systems. Fractal's Axe-FX II XL and their Axe-FX II Mark II are rack mounted units that virtually create all sorts of amps, cabinets, stompbox and studio effects. Used by such artists as Dweezil Zappa, Alex Lifeson, Steve Vai, and John Petrucci, Fractal is the box to have in your rig! We explore the capabilities of the Axe-FX and check out some of the other interesting products made by Fractal Audio!

10/06/2014

Scott and Jeff talk with guitarist Craig Bartock, a music veteran and long standing member of the band Heart. He also has done sessions for Blondie, Seal, Madonna and many more. And, he has scored music for such shows as Dexter, Burn Notice, to name a few! We talk to Craig about his sound, with Heart, and on his solo albums and session work. We will discuss his approach to multi-layered guitars, the myriads of effects on his recordings, and his arranging and songwriting.

September 2014

09/29/2014

Scott and Jeff welcome Chris Hern to the show! Chris is the Vice President of Product Development at Decibel Eleven - a innovative electronics company that makes all sorts of switchers, loop expanders, midi controllers, and even stompboxes!! Decibel Eleven has a lot of experience in electronics. Their engineers developed products for Alesis, Voodoo Labs, Gibson Audio Labs, Line 6, among others. If you are putting together a pedalboard system, these are the guys to check out for getting your pedals organized and patched to give you maximum flexibility! Also joining us is Ron Moreno, who designs and gives seminars on how to build pedalboards.

09/22/2014

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk with Elliot Easton. Elliot was the guitarist in the Cars and his tone helped define their sound. He is now performing in his new band The Empty Hearts. We talk to Elliot about his tone, his gear, his signature guitars, The Empty Hearts, and more!

09/15/2014

Scott and Jeff are joined tonight by Solo Dallas and Ron Moreno. Solo Dallas was the one who introduced Angus Young of AC/DC to the Schaffer-Vega Diversity System wireless system. This groundbreaking system was conceived by Ken Schaffer around 1975, and it was the first reliably and beautifully sounding wireless system for musicians. It became standard equipment for such groups as Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Blondie, Boston, ELO, Frank Zappa, and many, many more, even though the original models were quite expensive. Solo Dallas has recreated the original Diversity System, and has even made a foot pedal version of it. Angus Young has been using this replica now with AC/DC. We learn tonight of the breakthrough developments that Ken Schaffer did and what it took to bring the system up to date to today's technology. We dig deep into wireless technology!

09/08/2014

Scott and Jeff welcome renowned classical guitarist William Kanengiser to the show! Probably most famous as a founding member of the Grammy winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, William has also explored jazz, Caribbean and Near Eastern music with 4 solo releases. He is also a faculty member of the prestigious Classical Guitar Department at USC. Tonight we talk technique, tone, guitars, recording, and more!

09/01/2014

"The show must go on." What must one do to keep it going? Tonight Scott and Jeff talk tech...guitar tech...and how to maintain guitars and amps for the road. Joining us is Tim Miller, currently maintaining all the guitars for the Kenny Rogers tour. He has worked for Uncle Kracker, Kid Rock, Billy Cox, Keb Mo and many others. Also joining us is Steve David, who has maintain gear for several Hard Rock and Metal bands like Armored Saint, Lizzy Borden, DC4 and many more. Last, but not least, we are joined by the lovely Monique Caravello, who recently made a purple Marshall for John 5, and has teched for Slash, Peter Frampton, Jerry Cantrell, Danny Kortchmar, Jackson Browne and many more!

August 2014

08/25/2014

A very special show and a very important cause! We talk to Gary Miller, Creator and Founder of "Rock Against Trafficking" (R.A.T), an organization established to fight for the end of child slavery worldwide. Gary is producing an album called "Set Them Free," a compilation album of Grammy award winning stars and Rock legends performing the music of Sting and the Police. We will be talking to Gary about R.A.T., the making of the album, and his guitar playing! Also joining us is Andy Fraser, the bassist from the legendary band Free, and now pursuing a solo career and one of the many guest artists on "Set Them Free."

08/18/2014

It's another night of great tone, as Scott and Jeff talk to Cam Leighton of Oxygen Amps. Oxygen Amps is based in Vancouver and they make some really nice boutique amps. Able to get a Hi-Watt clean sound, Vox cream sound and a Marshall crunch, Oxygen amps can prove quite versatile in a guitarist's arsenal. Utilizing first rate components: transformers from Mercury Magnetics, Scumback speakers, and Sozo capacitors, Oxygen amps are quality through and through and they look great too! Also joining us is guitarist Brian Poulsen, who has worked with Cam and is an avid user of these amps. We will find out how Cam was able to get all that tone in a compact amp and what it takes to get that tone!

08/11/2014

In their search for great tone, Scott and Jeff talk with Gary Fried ofFried Guitars, an upcoming luthier and innovator of some really nice guitars. Hailling originally from Brooklyn, NY, Gary has been a guitar repair tech for over 10 years and now is based here in Glendale CA. Besides doing full service repairs Gary makes custom electric guitars and basses. We try out Gary's guitars and basses and explore some of the innovative features of these fine instruments!!!

08/04/2014

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Frank Falbo. You may remember him previously on our show with Dan Boul. He helped design the new series of distortion pedals 65 Amps are releasing: The Colour BoostThe Colour Face, and The Colour Bender. But there's much more to Frank - he designs guitars, both acoustic and electric. And he has designed a new style bridge that minimizes tension on the soundboard, virtually eliminating warping of the top of the guitar, which plagues many acoustic guitars. We will talk to him about this and other innovations found on his guitars.

July 2014

07/28/2014

It's all about gear tonight as Scott and Jeff talk with Andy Babiuk. Andy is the author of the books "Rolling Stones Gear: All the Stones' Instruments from Stage to Studio" and "Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio," besides the acclaimed "Story of Paul Bigsby: The Father of the Modern Electric Solid Body Guitar." Andy also owns a vintage guitar music shop called Andy's Fab Gear and is playing in the Empty Hearts with Elliot Easton, of the Cars, on lead guitar. We find out how the Stones and Beatles got their sound and more!

07/21/2014

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Bruce Kulick, an extraordinary guitarist who is probably most known for playing with KISS, from 1984 to 1996, but he has done a lot more than that! Bruce has played with Meatloaf, Billy Squier, among many others, and, for the last 13 years, has been the lead guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad. His solo album "BK3" was one of Classic Rock Magazine's Top 50 albums for 2010. We talk to Bruce about his tone and how he gets it. He is bringing into the studio his signature guitar made by Rock N' Roll Relics and we talk about the development of that amazing axe!!

07/14/2014

Scott and Jeff explore the Nashville music scene with very special guest Brent Mason. One of the most recorded guitarists in history, you have heard Brent on albums by Alan Jackson, David Gates, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond and many more. You have heard him on film soundtracks like "A Few Good Men," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "The Horse Whisperer," and many commercials and TV soundtracks too numerous to name here. We will be talking to Brent about his tone - his signature guitars, his amps, his effects. And, speaking of effects, we will also be having a very special guest,Brian Wampler, of Wampler Pedals, and he will talk to us about the development and creation of the Brent Mason Signature "Hot Wired" pedal that he made especially for Brent. It's a full night of tone and technique!!

07/07/2014

What is your dream guitar? For many it is a late 1950's Les Paul flame top with a honey or cherry burst finish. Scott and Jeff talk toDrew Berlin, a guitarist most famous for being one of the Burst Brothers, acclaimed appraisers, collectors and sellers of these "holy grail" instruments and other hard to get and sought after guitars. It's a night of Les Paul's, what is desirable, what is not.

June 2014

06/30/2014

Tonight Scott and Jeff welcome the return of extraordinary bassistMarco Mendoza. Currently touring with the Black Star Riders(former players of Thin Lizzy), Marco has been the in demand bassist playing for Whitesnake, Ted Nugent, The Dead Daisies, among others. We talk tone with Marco - his basses, his Hartke amps, how he gets his signature sound - and more!

06/23/2014

The demands on guitarists to duplicate their "studio" sounds can be quite demanding. But developments in effects pedals have made it easier to reproduce cool studio effects. But how do you put together the myriad of pedals on a pedalboard to give you the most efficient setup for your gigs? Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Ron Moreno, a pedalboard designer, who gives seminars on how to build a pedalboard. Joining Ron is Terry Bardoul, owner of StageTrix Products, a company that designs custom switchers and mounts for pedalboards, among other things. Also joining Ron is Josh Smith, guitar player and recording artist, who will be demonstrating the pedalboards we will be looking at.

06/16/2014

Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen, of the Winery Dogs, return to talk to us about their upcoming tour, "Dog Camp," new music, their gear and more!

06/09/2014

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Scott Lawing, creator and owner ofZexcoil pickups. Scott has created hum canceling pickups that don't lose that single coil sound. I have put them on the FLO-caster and they are super quiet, but still nice and bright! We will talk to Scott and find out how he gets quiet without loss of highs! Joining us also tonight, in studio, are guitarist Hal Henkel, another Zexcoil user, NiteBob, guitar maker and sound engineer, and Andy Fuchs, owner and designer of Fuchs Amps. It will truly be a night of tone!

06/02/2014

Is the music industry dying? Can a musician make a living at doing what he loves to do - creating music? Tonight Scott and Jeff gets some answers on this important topic! Joining us is renowned engineer/producer, educator, and author Bobby Owsinski. He talks to us about his new book "Music 4.0: A Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age." We will learn how the industry has changed and how you can get your music heard and make a living at it too!

May 2014

05/26/2014

Dan Boul of 65 Amps joins Scott and Jeff and introduces us to a new line of pedals he is putting out! He has three models coming out: The Colour Bender, The Colour Boost, and the Colour Face, each utilizing Germanium transistors and recreating, and more, three classic and rare pedals - The Tone Bender (Colour Bender), legendary in rock circles, the Dallas Rangemaster tone boost box (Colour Boost), another legend, and the germanium Fuzzface (Colour Face). Also joining us is the circuit designer,Frank Falbo, also a noted luthier (Falbo Guitars) and we demo the prototype of the Colour Bender. We talk germanium transistors, and why they are so desirable, and we hear what made these legendary pedals so good!

05/19/2014

To continue with our study of microphones, Scott and Jeff talk toDusty Wakeman and John Jennings of Mojave Microphones. Mojave makes various high quality microphones that are becoming the go-to mic for various producers and artists too many to mention here. Scott and Jeff explore these microphones and demo them live on the show!

05/12/2014

Shure microphones have defined the sound of music recordings, radio, TV, and film for generations. And they continue being an innovator of microphone technologies. Scott and Jeff talk to Jenn Liang-Chaboud, Senior Market Development Specialist for Shure, Inc. and Zak Rickard, Southern California Shure Representative and guitar player, as we talk about the "Shure" sound and their latest developments in microphone transducers.

05/05/2014

A busy night on the FLO Guitar-Enthusiasts Radio Show! Our featured guest is Marco Mendoza, an extraordinary bass player who has played with Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Ted Nugent, Neal Schon, and is now doing a solo tour and recording with The Black Star Riders. We will be talking to Marco, literally, right off the stage where he is doing a concert! We also will follow up on our Kemper amp show with special guest Jeffrey Marshall, a LA based sideman and session player (Tod Howarth, Rick Monroe, Jeff Kollman), teacher at Musician's Institute, and part of Bleeding Harp. Jeff is a Kemper user and he will be bringing his amp in and tell us his approach to amp profiling!

April 2014

04/28/2014

There are all sorts of effects pedals out there in the market. Some strive to recreate that "vintage" sound, some try to take you somewhere else. Tonight we look at a company that tries to do both and, as a consequence, become an important manufacturer of pedals for a lot of professional musicians. Used by the Police, Paul Simon, Los Lobos, Bootsy Collins, Tony Levin, and many more,Pigtronix is being seen on more and more pedal boards each day. Tonight Jeff and Scott talk to Dave Koltai, owner and founder of Pigtronix, and we discuss with him great tone, what the market is asking for, and how Pigtronix gets you there!

04/21/2014

You've heard about the many programs you can get for your computer, tablet, or phone that replicate your favorite or vintage amp and effects. But, tonight we look at a unique approach to getting the tone you want! Kemper has developed a "Profiling" amp that captures the characteristics of an amp and duplicates it! It is not just a software program, it is a full functioning amp with plenty of power to handle all of your live performance needs. When Kemper debuted this amp a few years ago at NAMM it was the talk of the show!! Scott and Jeff talk with John Huldt of Kemper about this amazing amp and how it works! And, we are bringing some amps in to profile, so we can really see how this amazing amp works!

04/14/2014

Tonight we are truly honored to have guitarist Jennifer Batten on the show tonight! 
Having gained worldwide recognition playing with Michael Jackson on his biggest world tours, there is much more to this accomplished musician! Having played with Jeff Beck, having a guitar residency for the Cirque du Soleil show "Zumanity" in Las Vegas, she also has developed a series of teaching videos on how to play guitar! Scott and Jeff talk to Jennifer about her unique guitar style, her tone, touring, and teaching music.

04/07/2014

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Tracii Guns, founding member of the group L.A. Guns, but also was a founding member of Guns N' Roses, as well as supergroups Brides of Destruction andContraband. How does he get his incredible sound? We talk tone and we talk gear with Tracii!

March 2014

03/31/2014

Matchless has been building amplifiers since 1989 and they have been the choice amp for many players ever since. Tonight, Scott and Jeff talk with Phil Jamison, Chief Operating Officer at Matchless Amplifiers, and find out why Matchless is the choice of such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Dweezil Zappa, Jimmy Vaughan, Brian May, Derek Trucks, Billy Gibbons, Bob Dylan, Walter Becker, Dave Matthews, Alex Lifeson, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Jackson Browne, Peter Frampton, Tim Pierce, Joe Walsh, Joe Perry, and many, many more!!

03/24/2014

How old were you when you started playing guitar? Tonight we have the youngest guest to be on our show, guitarist Nik Kai. Nick is 13 years old and started playing guitar at the age of 9! At the age of 10 he won the LA Music Awards "Rock Guitarist of the Year" for 2011. In 2012 he was nominated for the "Metal Hammer Golden God Awards" in the UK. He has been created quite a stir, attracting the attention of the management team for both Motorhead and Anthrax. Nik is endorsed by Gibson/Epiphone, Marshall , EMG, Coffin Cases, Boomphones, Dunlop and Monster Energy Music. Scott and Jeff talk to Nik about how he got into guitar, how he developed his amazing chops, his band "Kemical Kill" and what it is like to jam with some of the best of metal and hard rock! A must listen show for all those who have aspiring young guitar players in their families!

03/17/2014

When most people think of acoustic guitars, Martin is one of first name to come up. Martin guitars have become an icon in American music and Martin guitars have set the bar for quality guitars and amazing tone worldwide! Scott and Jeff talk to Dick Boak, the Director of the Museum and Archives, and "Special Projects." Dick's background is extensive, having been a design draftsman, builder of prototypes, so Dick is the perfect person to talk about Martin's amazing history of great tone!

03/10/2014

Some guitarists are well known for their amazing setups. And these complex systems need a lot of tender loving care to take the grind of the road. Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Thomas Nordegg, a legend in the industry, a person who has been a guitar tech for such people as Frank & Dweezil Zappa, Missing Persons, Duran Duran, Jimmy Page, Toto, Tears For Fears, The Pretenders and Steve Vai. We talk to Thomas about these amazing systems, what it takes to maintain them, how these artists get their tone, and other tales from the road!

03/03/2014

Tonight Scott and Jeff are joined by Thom Salisbury of Sennheiser
Sennheiser has been around since 1945 and they are one of the largest manufacturers of microphones, headphones, wireless systems, etc. Their MD-421 microphone was, and is, a go-to microphone for guitars and drums in many top recording studios for many years. Tonight we talk with Thom about what is new at Sennheiser for 2014 and find out what microphones he recommends for recording guitar.

February 2014

02/24/2014

Tonight Scott and Jeff delve into World Music, with multi-instrumentalist Kenji Ota. Kenji is a guitarist, but he is renown for playing sitar and Tempura. He has studied and toured with the late Ravi Shankar, and is a session musician here in Los Angeles. Kenji will be showing us the sitar, how it compares to playing guitar and he will show us how to play this beautiful instrument!

02/17/2014

What do you think when you hear Paul Reed Smith? What comes to my mind is great playing guitars, exotic woods, fast necks, great tone. But they are so much more! Besides making amazingelectric guitarsPRS makes some extraordinary acoustic guitars and monster amps. Scott and Jeff talk to Paul Reed Smith himself, about his legendary instruments and amps. And, in studio, we have Alex Grossi, guitar player for Quiet Riot, showing us his PRS guitar and demoing PRS' new hi-gain Archon amp!

02/10/2014

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to renowned bass player Phil Chen. Phil was the bass player on Jeff Beck's ground-breaking album "Blow by Blow." He also played on Rod Stewart's albums and toured with him. He also has worked with Pete Townshend, Brian May and Eddie Van Halen (Starfleet Project), Jackson Browne, Joan Armatrading, and the Eurythmics, to name a few. We talk about Phil's amazing tone, his session work and live work, his gear and his current work playing with Robbie Krieger.

02/03/2014

There are many factors involved to get great tone on a record. Of course your playing has a big part and also your instrument, amp, and effects have an important part. But, in the studio, the recording equipment and the engineer have a major influence to what you sound like. Tonight we have a unique opportunity in exploring tone! Our guest is Bruce Bouillet, acclaimed guitarist from Racer X,The Scream, and DC10. But Bruce is also an accomplished recording engineer/producer, and helped Motorhead win a Grammy in 2005 for their song Whiplash. Tonight Scott and Jeff go deep into creating great tone - both in front of and behind the console!
Check out Bruce's new album Order Of Control

January 2014

01/27/2014

NAMM 2014 has come and gone and tonight Scott and Jeff give us a recap of the show. What was new at the show? What direction are amp design, effects pedals, multi-effects systems, recording gear, and guitar construction and design-both acoustic and electric going? Our guest is Mitch GallagherSweetwater Editorial Director. Mitch was former technical editor of Keyboard magazine, and former editor-in-chief for EQ magazine. Mitch knows gear and is an accomplished composer and guitarist.

01/20/2014

NAMM 2014 is this week, and tonight we are going to get a preview of what Taylor Guitars is debuting at the show! We welcome back Aaron Dablow from Taylor Guitars to talk about their new guitar they are introducing at the show - the T5z!

01/13/2014

The NAMM Show is just a week away, and this year's show promises to bring us many new and exciting products! Tonight, we talk to some of the manufacturers about what they expect to see at NAMM and we get a sneak preview of what they are bringing to the show. Joining us tonight is Rick Skillman, North American OEM Sales Manager for Celestion UK, LTD., Charles Voss, owner and creator of Guitar Hummer guitar stands, and Dan Boul, owner of 65 Amps.

01/06/2014

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Jamie Stillman, and American pedal designer, musician and owner of Earthquake devices. We take a look at the broad range of pedals Jamie makes and the FLO will be demonstrating some of them live in studio during the show. Whether it's distortion, delay, reverb, modulation effects, or something different, Earthquake makes it and we find out the story behind the design of Earthquake effects!

December 2013

12/30/2013

Since 2008, LSL guitars have become the choice of such guitarists as Carl Verheyen, Johnny Moeller (Fabulous Thunderbirds), and Ray Parker Jr. Tonight we talk to the man behind the company, Lance Lerman, and learn how he got into the business, and how he makes some incredible guitars!! And who knows who might show up in studio?

12/23/2013

While Scott is on vacation, Jeff is joined by guitarist/guitar techMonique Caravello welcoming guitarist Rowan Robertson to the show!  Rowan, at 17 yrs. old, played with Ronnie James Dio and his guitar playing was showcased on Dio's "Lock Up The Wolves" album. He also has played with Violet's Demise, DC4 and VAST, besides doing a lot of session work.  We talk to Rowan about his distinctive tone and how he gets it - what gear he uses and how he has influenced heavy metal guitar playing.

12/16/2013

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Pat Quilter, of Quilter Labs. Pat designed guitar amps back in the day and was one of the first to make a solid state amp that had a great distorted sound. He moved into pro audio amplification with QSC and made high end power amps. But Pat couldn't keep away with his love for music and has designed some fantastic new amps for guitar players. Using class D technology, Pat has created amps that have plenty of power, but with minimum weight. Truly efficient, you have to experience these small amps having such a big sound! And experience we will! Pat will be bringing some of his amps for us to try live at the show!

12/09/2013

A very critical part of great tone, especially when recording, is the microphone you use. Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Wes Dooley, President of AEA Microphones. Wes has an amazing collection of ribbon microphones and his company is famous for his high quality ribbon mics. Wes will be bringing some of his mics, both old and new, and the FLO will be bringing a couple of guitars to test out these mics. And you can be the judge!

12/02/2013

Scott and Jeff explore one of the iconic instruments of Country Music - the pedal steel guitar. And they talk to one of the legendary steel players, Jay Dee Maness. Having played pedal steel for the Byrds seminal country album "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo," the list of artists Jay Dee has played for is extensive: Herb Alpert, Glen Campbell, the Carpenters, Carlene Carter, Neil Diamond, Phil Everly, Arlo Guthrie, Bette Midler, Gram Parsons, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Ringo Starr, Tanya Tucker, Dwight Yoakam are just a few. He also partnered up with former Byrd Chris Hillman in the Desert Rose Band. Truly a pioneer in tone! Scott and Jeff find out about how to get a great steel guitar sound, the guitars, the amps, and the techniques.

November 2013

11/25/2013

Tonight we explore a different pursuit of tone, and, perhaps, a more difficult one. We talk about those situations when you are called upon to "sound like" another guitarist. Whether you are in a tribute band, or in a session where the producer wants you to sound like so and so, it all comes down to tone. Scott and Jeff bring a roundtable of musicians who have been called upon to sound like a notable guitarist. Sean Colligan and Diego Russo are guitarist for the tribute band to AC/DC, Bonfire, and we talk to them about how they have recreated the sound of that iconic band. We haveJimmy Imperial, session guitarist who has played for Herb Alpert and we talk to him about recreating legendary sounds. We also have James Grover, presently the guitar tech for Kevin Eubanks, formerly of the Tonight Show, and also a session guitarist having worked with Steve Morse, James Vaughn, Jake E. Lee, to name a few, and he can give us some insight into legendary tone!

11/18/2013

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to legendary guitarist Richie Kotzen, presently the guitarist for the power trio The Winery Dogs, with Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy, and a solo artist in his own right. Having built his career playing with such diverse artists and groups as Mr. Big, Poison, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, and 20 solo records under his belt, Richie has broad range of experience for his 20 year career. One person who knows and has great tone is Richie, and we talk to him about it! Guitars, technique, gear-we discover how Richie gets his distinctive tone!

11/11/2013

Scott and Jeff get a blast from the past as they discuss Rock History with tonight's guests: Dan Boul and Tony Conley. Dan, owner and creator of the great 65 Amps, has been on our show and featured on some of our videos. Tony, another guitar player and tech (Having worked with artists as Iggy Pop, Bobby Womack, Michael Schenker, to name a few.) is the author of the guitar-centric blog "Rock Guitar Daily." Both Dan and Tony are bringing a new and exciting show to LA Talk Radio in December, called "Rock Ain't Near Dead Radio," which will take a look at the history of rock n' roll, where it's at today, and where it may be headed. We talk to Dan and Tony about rock history, and get a preview of their upcoming show!

11/04/2013

Tonight, Jeff and Scott get down! Get down low! Our guests areDavid Ellefson, bass player for Megadeth, and Frank Bello, the bass player for Anthrax. Both are known for their heavy driving sound and we talk to them about how they get it. Both David and Frank use Hartke Amps and cabinets, and we will talk about that, and the basses they use.

October 2013

10/28/2013

Most people know John 5 as an incredible shredder, having played with Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, and David Lee Roth, to mention a few. But John 5 is also a very versatile session guitarist, having toured with k.d. Lang, and done sessions for diverse artists such as Wilson Phillips, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Ricky Martin. And John, as a solo artists, continues to take his guitar playing to new places. Tonight we talk to John about his gear, his tone, his latest album, "God Told Me to," and discover the many facets of this incredible musician!

10/21/2013

Rocktron has been producing innovative products since 1983, and one of their most famous products was their "Hush" noise reduction system. Single ended, not needing an encoder and decoder, like Dolby and DBX, at the time, Rocktron provided a way for guitarists to keep the noise levels down using echoplexes and strings of stompboxes. But they did more than that. They have developed preamps, rack effects, controllers, amplification, stomp boxes, floor processors...the list goes on and on. Tonight we are joined by Chris Walters & Larry Hulsey of Rocktron, and, live in studio, Nick Perri, guitarist and owner of Perri Ink, a shop for custom guitars and apparel. Join us, as we learn about one of the major innovators for guitar electronics that keeps pushing us farther into the future!!

10/14/2013

Grant Geissman is probably most known for his brilliant guitar solo on Chuck Mangione's hit "Feels So Good," but he is much more than that! A renowned session guitarist, Grant has recorded for artists like Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, Paula Abdul, Ringo Starr, Keiko Matsui, Julio Iglesias, just to mention a few. He has worked on various film and TV projects like "Monk" (playing the Django Reinhardt-style acoustic guitar solo on the the theme), "Mad Men," "Because I Said So," "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "The Majestic," and "Anaconda." But he also co-wrote the main theme for "Two And A Half Men" ("Men, men, men, men, manly men!") and co-writes the underscore (with Dennis C. Brown) for the hit CBS-TV series! Tonight we talk to Grant, in studio, about his guitar playing, his writing, and his new album "Bop! Bang! Boom!", which gives one a good perspective of Grant's versatility and depth as a guitar player and composer!

10/07/2013

Scott and Jeff talk to Brian Campenella and Gale Estrada fromJensen Loudspeakers. Jensen speakers have played an important part in the history of electric guitar. Leo Fender used Jensen speakers in his amps, and Ampeg, Gibson, and many other major amplifier manufacturers used Jensen speakers as standard equipment in their amps. Jensen makes a variety of speaker types: ceramic, alnico, neodymium and are built tough and can take a lot of power. Brian and Gale are bringing down to the studio special custom wired speaker cabinets, that will allow one to switch between speakers, so we will get a first hand chance to hear the difference of these various types of speakers.

September 2013

09/30/2013

It is rare to get to meet and talk to one of your influences in music. Tonight's guest has been a big influence on the FLO's guitar playing! From being an engineer on Buffalo Springfield's landmark album "Again" and producing and playing on their final pivotal work "Last Time Around," Jim Messina, with Springfield member Richie Furay, went on to be one of the early creators of Country Rock, with their group Poco. Poco, with the Byrds (Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, Clarence White, Gram Parsons), The Flying Burrito Bros. (Chris Hillman), Neil Young, and, later, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, basically created a country based sound with lush harmonies and a rock edge. Poco also was one of the influences of the Eagles, with Randy Meisner in both groups. After leaving Poco, Jim took an unknown singer-songwriter by the name of Kenny Loggins, and created a duo that became a huge success and made Kenny a superstar. Scott and Jeff talk to Jim about his engineering and producing of the Springfield, Poco, and Loggins & Messina. We will talk about his sound, his guitars and amps he used and uses, and what the future holds for him!

09/23/2013

The boutique guitar industry is booming and there are a lot of great luthiers out there making amazing guitars. The bar is high and Scott and Jeff talk to Glenn Sweetwood, of Sweetwood Guitars, who is one of those luthiers that makes high quality guitars. Glenn takes special attention to the woods used for both appearance and resonance. Glenn sent us a prototype guitar, the Meteor, and we will play it live on the show while Glenn explains its features. Glenn will also explain his unique progressive asymmetrical necks.

09/16/2013

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Thomas V. Jones, founder of TV Jones Pickups. Having started working on Brian Setzer's Gretsch guitars in 1993, Thomas became interested in the Filter'Tron pickup that Gretsch was using, and decided to improve on it. This led to Thomas becoming an independent consultant to Gretsch and, in addition to pickup and guitar design, Thomas worked directly with many Gretsch artists to accurately translate their musical needs to the factory. But Thomas went further, improving on the Filter'Tron design and now makes a whole line of pickups that can serve any need. His pickups are found on a lot of modded guitars and are now standard equipment on all sorts of guitars besides Gretsch. We go into detail about the different types of pickups TV Jones offers and just what goes into pickup design. What factors are critical for great pickup tone?

09/09/2013

Effects. Whether they are stomp boxes or rackmount studio devices, we have all used them. And some of us like to use a lot of them! But then, what's the best way to chain our effects together? And how to we minimize signal loss and noise? Tonight we have the pleasure to talk to Bob Bradshaw. A legend in the industry, Bob has designed pedalboard and rack setups for some of the best: Eddie Van Halen, Steve Lukather, Lee Ritenour, Joe Perry, Steve Stevens, and Steve Vai, to name a few. Bob developed a system utilizing a rack mounted audio switcher and discrete loops for 100% bypassing. He also modded effects and developed the CAE/MXR line of pedals. Tonight we get into Bob's approach to rig design, CAE, his company, amp design, pedal design, and more!

09/02/2013

Jeff and Scott talk tech! We have brought together three prominent guitar techs in the industry to talk about what they do and what they face with guitars, both old and new. Joining our group is Monique Caravello, who was on our women in music show, and a luthier and guitar tech, doing work for such notable players as Slash, Peter Frampton, Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Mike Inez (Heart, Ozzy, Alice In Chains), Danny Kortchmar, to name a few. Also joining us is James Grover, guitarist and tech for Kevin Eubanks. James worked as a session guitarist, collaborating with keyboardist Chandler Tucker (Carlos Santana), Hank Linderman (America, Robert Lamm), Steve Morse (Kansas), Brian Arrowood (Travis Tritt), James Vaughn (Billy Squier), and Jake E. Lee (Ratt), to name a few. Our third guest is James Hood, owner of Buffalo Bros. Guitars in Carlsbad, CA and James Hood Guitar Repair. A brilliant guitarist and songwriter in his own right, he has a staff of great repair people and keeps very busy with guitar repair and restoration! And we have a fourth guest, John Goodwin, a guitar player, composer, engineer, producer, and guitar tech for David Mustaine, Earl Slick, Marco Mendoza and Doug Bossi. Tonight we talk about repairs and problems, concerning both old and new guitars. What do they think about the new guitars coming out, compared to the vintage classics? And what are the most common problems they face working on guitars?

August 2013

08/26/2013

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to world renowned bassist Billy Sheehan. Known for his incredible bass playing for David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Mr. Big, and, now, the Winery Dogs, Billy has developed a unique style and sound that has changed bass in rock and influenced a whole new group of bassists. We will talk to Billy about how he gets his sound and his bass technique.

08/19/2013

Today, we see a lot of women picking up the guitar, and really playing some amazing music! We have seen how much the music industry has changed, but how has it changed for women? We have brought together women to talk about this subject: guitarist and guitar tech Monique Caravello, multi-instrumentalist and producerLiza Carbe, actress-writer-producer-bassist Susan Olsen, and writer-producer-director-talk show host-Sheena Metal, to tell us how the music and media is evolving and what does the industry hold for women?

08/12/2013

Scott and Jeff talk tonight to Dan Boul, co-founder and president of65 Amps. A professional guitarist, graduate of Musician's Institute, and having gigged throughout Atlanta and London, Dan developed a line of amps that got that "big" amp sound at lower volumes on stage, and 65 Amps have become the go-to amp on concert tours and studio work worldwide. 65 Amps does not copy amp circuits but designs amps based on modern parts and modern working conditions. We are all familiar with the tried and true classic amp designs, tonight we learn there are still surprises for us in amp design and tone, and 65 Amps is pioneering the way!

08/05/2013

Tonight Jeff and Scott talk to legendary guitarist Steve Hunter, who has worked on some of the classic albums in rock history by such artists as Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper, Julian Lennon, and many more! We will talk with Steve about his signature tone, the guitars and amps he used and is using, and how he gets that signature sound that has made him in demand for sessions and touring. We also will be talking to him about his new album, called "The Manhattan Blues Project." Featuring guest artists Joe Satriani, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Marty Friedman, Tony Levin, Jason Becker, Tommy Hendriksen, and Karen Hunter, Steve has created a beautiful work truly showing some amazing facets of his guitar skills and showing us why he is the master of taste and tone!

July 2013

07/29/2013

Tonight we Scott and Jeff talk to studio guitarist Jason Sinay. Jason has worked with such legends as Neil Diamond, Jerry Lee Lewis, to name a few, and also plays with his own band, Ape. Jason is also a collector of some fine instruments and he will be bringing, in studio, some nice guitars and a great little blackface Princeton! It's all about tone tonight and Jason is going to show us how he does it!!

07/22/2013

Tonight Jeff and Scott talk to the Progressive Jazz Fusion groupOui'3, featuring Bill Wiseman on guitar, Lou Castro on bass, andJim Xavier on drums. Combining all sorts of styles and genres of music, Oui'3 has developed their own unique sound. We talk gear, guitars, (drums with Jim), and how they approach and get their sound!

07/15/2013

Tonight we take a look at a close relative of the guitar, the ukulele. The 'Ukulele (pronounced "oo-koo-le-le") was introduced by Portuguese immigrants who migrated to Hawai'i, in the late 1800's. Ever since then, this instrument has enjoyed popularity all over the world. Scott and Jeff talk to Joe Souza, owner and master luthier of the world renowned Kanile'a Ukuleles. Combining old style sound and quality with modern manufacturing techniques, we will talk to Joe about what makes a great ukulele - the woods, the bracing, and other details that make Kanile's Ukuleles a world standard in quality and tone.

07/08/2013

Tonight we talk to Frank Marino, the amazing guitarist from the band Mahogany Rush. Frank has always been known for his amazing tone, and tonight find out how he does it!

07/01/2013

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Andy Winston, Product Specialist forSamson Technologies. Andy will be telling us about Samson's new condenser microphones, wireless systems, and headphones.

June 2013

06/24/2013

Taylor guitars...if one thinks of great tone, a lot of players using Taylor guitars comes to mind. A relatively young company (1974), one thinks of Taylor as one of the great American guitars ever made! Innovators of design, and the use of exotic woods, Taylor has taken acoustic guitar to another level. Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Aaron Dablow, the North American Sales Manager of Taylor guitars, and really explore how and why Taylor guitars sound so great. From the choice of woods, new approaches and techniques to building the guitars, pickup design, and the beautiful craftmanship, we will try to discover what makes a Taylor a Taylor!

06/17/2013

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to the legendary Norman Harris, the owner of Norman's Rare Guitars. Besides having one of the most amazing guitar collections ever, Norman has been the "go to" guy of legendary guitarists for vintage guitars and amps. And he is all around great guy! We will ask Norm about what makes a great guitar, how to pick that "special" guitar for you, and what he thinks of all the new guitars coming out! And, there might be a special guest or two, you never know who can show up with Norm!

06/10/2013

Latin guitar and world fusion group Incendio visit Scott and Jeff tonight in the studio. With their soon to be released new album, "The Shape Of Dreams", these amazing musicians, Jim Stubblefield, Liza Carbe, and JP Durand, push the bar up a notch with an album that explores new sounds, new instruments, and new musical vocabulary. We talk to them about this new musical adventure, the evolution of their style and sound, and where they are headed in the future, besides how they get their tone and what new gear they are using!

06/03/2013

Tonight Jeff and Scott talk to Mike Piera, aka "Analog Man."Mike does mods and makes pedals used by many renowned artists, like Aerosmith, ZZ Top, David Gilmour, just to mention a few. Mike will be talking about what makes the vintage pedals so good, what he does to get that "sound" with his mods and pedals, the advantages of pedals vs. rack gear, and the whole signal chain-how it all affects your tone.

May 2013

05/27/2013

Scott and Jeff go back to school!! Tonight we talk to Nick Stoubis, Assistant Professor of Practice of Studio/Jazz Guitar and Popular Music, and Allen Hinds, graduate of the Berklee College of Music and Musician's Institute, and is a faculty member of Musician's Institute and new school Shepherd University. What kind of programs are out there for aspiring musicians and how has the major changes in technology and the music industry affected today's curriculums?

05/20/2013

Tonight we talk to Anthony Lucas, Senior Lab Tech forEminence Speakers. Eminence Speakers has been around almost as long as rock n' roll, and has been a significant part of it's sound! Jeff and Scott talk to Anthony and find out more about Eminence's expansive line of loudspeakers, discussing the development of Eric Johnson's signature alnico speaker, among many others!

05/13/2013

Tonight Scott and Jeff talk to Brian Wampler, owner of one of the most successful guitar effects pedals companies, and maker of some the most popular guitar effects pedals, Wampler pedals. Famous for his various distortion and overdrive pedals, Brian also makes some a whole line of chorus, delays, compressor, and reverb stompboxes. We delve deeper into Brian's concept of tone and how his pedals deliver it!

05/06/2013

Tonight we talk to extraordinary guitarist Jim Stubblefield, ofIncendio, about his sound, his technique, and his expanding of musical colors by incorporating electric guitar into his solo efforts and the upcoming Incendio album. We also play clips from his solo album "Inspiracion" and his just released single "Reaching for Infinity," which features an electric guitar solo!

April 2013

04/29/2013

One of the first, and biggest, manufacturers of guitar effects,Electro-Harmonix, is our guest for tonight! We talk to John Pisani, the Head of Engineering for Electro-Harmonix and also play some excerpts of an earlier interview with Founder, President, and the man who started it all, Mike Matthews!! What does go into making an amazing guitar pedal? Tonight we find out!

04/22/2013

The Wrecking Crew were a group of Studio Musicians in Los Angeles in the 1960's who played on the hits for the "Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, The Mamas & The Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers, and were Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. Jeff and Scott talk to night to Denny Tedesco, son of legendary studio guitarist, Tommy Tedesco, and director of the documentary film about this legendary group. Also, as a extra special bonus, we will have Don Randi joining us, one of the original members of the Wrecking Crew. Join us on this fascinating night delving into rock history!

04/15/2013

Tonight we talk to Rick Skillman of Celestion Speakers. Rick will tell us about the different models Celestion makes and how it affects your tone!

04/08/2013

Scott and Jeff talk to Lou Walker, a versatile guitar player and scholar, who is active in the classical guitar scene internationally and also plays guitar in several big bands. Lou will discuss transcriptions - adaptations of various music to play on classical and electric guitar - who does them and where you can go to get them. He will also discuss how he gets his tone, both classical and electric, the challenges in playing guitar in a big band, and will demonstrate live in studio, both on classical and electric guitar.

04/01/2013

Jeff and Scott talk with Jean Pierre Durand and Liza Carbe, members of Incendio, about their solo careers, producing other artists and composing and producing music for television. We play clips from Liza's new album "Wait For The Spring" and J.P. and Liza's blues-rock band The Red Mystics album "Back In Your Arms Again," and we talk about the guitars, amps, software, microphones they use, and how they get their amazing sound!

March 2013

03/25/2013

Scott and Jeff talk to Bruce Clement, owner of BC Audio and designer of some amazing amps. Bruce uses some unique tubes to get his sound.

03/18/2013

Tonight we talk to Josh Childers, of Atlas guitar stands, andLoni Specter, maker of Lapdancer lap steel guitars and creator of the LA Amp show, the LA Guitar show, and the upcomingPedal Expo.

04/11/2013

Tonight we talk to Andy Brauer, guitar tech to some of the most renown guitarists around, including Slash and John Fogerty. Andy talks to us about great tone, and how he gets it.

04/04/2013

On our premiere show, we have Del Casher, inventor of the wah wah pedal, as our guest. He brought down his prototype wah wah, and his Ecco-Fonic, one of the first stand-alone echo chambers, and tells us how the wah pedal came to be, how Leo Fender made him a custom Stratocaster, and more! 

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