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Yamaha and Billy Sheehan Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Attitude Series

2020 marks two related anniversaries for Yamaha Guitars: the 30th anniversary of Yamaha Guitar Development - our Los Angeles custom shop - and the 30th anniversary of the Attitude series. The signature bass of the singular Billy Sheehan, the Attitude was one of the first production instruments developed by YGD.

SLG200 Series Developer Interview

The behind-the-scenes story of the development of the SRT Powered Pickup System

Producing, Playing, Leading, Writing: International Women’s Day 2020.

In celebration of International Women's Day 2020 we celebrated by shining a spotlight on some awesome women who kill it in their field. These 5 Yamaha artists from different cities around the globe each gave us an insight into their lives as musicians: their inspirations, creative process, and what drives them as artists.

Peter Hook

Når vi snakker ikoniske musikere, er det en kombination af ting, der får dem til at skille sig ud. Det er både lyden, stilen, looket og attituden, der laver det samlede billede. Og når det gælder ikoniske bassister, er der få der passer på den beskrivelse mere end Peter Hook, som er nem at kende med sin lavthængende Yamaha BB.

Tony Kanals Dream Car BB

Tony Kanals forhold til Yamaha er ganske specielt - og et som vi som firma er særligt stolte af. I 1987 lånte Tony penge fra sin far, for at købe sin første bas, en BB1600 i natur finish, for at spille koncerter efter skole. Siden da har Kanal haft mere end to årtier med det legendariske ska/rock-band No Doubt og for tiden spiller han med sit nye band DREAMCAR. Tony har altid spillet BB-basser, lige fra sin første BB1600 til den nye custom BB3000, som han fik lavet specielt til at spille på med DREAMCAR.

Shibuya: A City for a Deep Musical Experience. An interview with Shibuya O-EAST manager Junichi Kishimoto

Maruyamacho in Shibuya, Tokyo, is densely populated with live music venues and nightclubs of various sizes. From the Shibuya-kei (Shibuya style) Acid Jazz era of the 1990s and Post-Rock era of the 2000s, to the recent booming Girl Group (Idol) scene, this area has continued to thrive as a birthplace of cutting-edge music scenes, the heartbeat of Shibuya culture.

At samle en verden af forskellige værdier gennem musik og guitar. Et interview med Yuki Kondo

WORLD FESTIVAL Inc. støtter integration af kulturer gennem underholdning. CEO, Yuki Kondo, sammenligner sin egen rolle til det, som en akustisk guitar kan: nemlig at starte spontane jam sessions med og for alle, hvor og når som helst.

Tokyo Hiro x Yamaha Guitars

Iconic tattoo artist Tokyo Hiro mixes his Japanese heritage with Los Angeles punk rock to create an original and refreshing style of his own. His Instagram feed is full of beautifully designed artwork and tattoos, and with his rock royalty family and personal style we knew this was a good fit for us.

The Surprising Connection Between Crafting Pro Baseball Gloves and Fine Guitars

Guitars and baseball gloves are from different worlds, but the philosophies of the craftsmen who make them have many points in common.

Guitars in Daily Life - Nagashi of Japan

In Japanese culture, there have long been “nagashi” – strolling guitarists – who play guitar and sing for customers in popular “izakaya” restaurant- bars, and represent a unique manifestation of the guitar experience in Japan. As a modern nagashi since 2008, Pari Nakayama is keeping that culture alive, continuing to brighten people's evenings with a repertoire of more than 2000 songs, including current hit songs and worldwide standards in addition to traditional nagashi songs.

Billy Corgan | Connection to Acoustic Guitar

In this video, iconic Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan details how his connection to the acoustic guitar unlocks his creativity like no other instrument – and how impressed he was with the plug-and-play sound quality of his new Yamaha LJ16BC acoustic guitar while touring and promoting his first solo record Ogilala.

Billy Corgan | Live at the RSA

To commemorate the release of Billy Corgan’s first acoustic solo album Ogilala, the legendary Smashing Pumpkins songwriter teamed up with Yamaha and BMG to celebrate this new chapter in his musical journey with an intimate performance featuring his signature model Yamaha LJ16BC acoustic guitar:

Billy Corgan | Songwriting

Though Smashing Pumpkins might be known for their heavy barrage of rifftastic alternative rock, Billy Corgan wrote the band’s most memorable hits using nothing but his unique melodic sensibilities and an acoustic guitar. In this video, the iconic songwriter explains why his best ideas come out with a Yamaha acoustic guitar.

Dave Catching | Rancho De La Luna | Artist Insight

In this video, veteran guitarist and producer Dave Catching details how his musical journey has evolved from his humble Los Angeles beginnings in 1982, to playing guitar in Eagles Of Death Metal and recording legendary albums for Iggy Pop, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys at his iconic Rancho De La Luna recording studio.

Dave Catching | Rancho De La Luna | The Gear

A lot of magic has happened within the walls of Dave Catching’s Rancho De La Luna. In part two of our video tour of the iconic studio, the Eagles Of Death Metal guitarist gives us a rundown of his vast collection of Yamaha guitars and basses, including a vintage 1960s FG75 and a new Revstar RSP20.

Dave Catching | Rancho De La Luna | The Studio

Eagles Of Death Metal guitarist Dave Catching gives us a tour of Rancho De La Luna, the iconic Joshua Tree studio responsible for influential records by Iggy Pop, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age, Eagles Of Death Metal, and more. Watch the video to hear Dave explain his inspired-yet-relaxed approach to recording.

Reeves Gabrels | Yamaha THR100

Reeves Gabrels – legendary guitarist of The Cure – invites us into his personal rehearsal space and shares his philosophies on creating sounds, what he learned while recording with David Bowie, and how he utilizes Yamaha THR100HD amplifiers and THR212 cabinets to bring his signature sounds to life.

NAMM House Sessions

Each January, more than 100,000 artists, manufacturers, press and music fans flock to Anaheim, CA for The NAMM Show – the world’s largest trade event for the music products industry. It’s an exciting week to discover new products, experience cool performances and catch up with industry friends, but it can also be loud and hectic! With that in mind, we created the NAMM House Sessions.

YASLA Custom Shop

Situated in Calabasas, Los Angeles, the Yamaha Artist Services (YASLA) facility is home to exciting development projects, unique custom builds and instrument modifications – and a great place for artists to drop in, start jamming and feel at home. YASLA is also the sacred space where Yamaha designer and luthier Pat Campolattano works his magic.

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