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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.

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

Pokud jde o kultovní hudebníky, tak je to vždy kombinace věcí, kvůli kterým vynikají. Zvuk, styl, vzhled a postoje se sčítají, aby dotvořili celkový obraz. A pokud jde o kultovní hráče na basovou kytaru, tak k nim lze jistě zařadit Petera Hooka, kterého hned poznáte s jeho nízko pověšenou basou Yamaha BB.

Tony Kanal s basou BB v Dream Car

Vztah Tonyho Kanala s Yamahou je speciální – takový, na který je společnost hrdá. V roce 1987 si půjčil peníze od svého otce, aby si mohl koupit svou první basu – BB1600 s přírodní povrchovou úpravou – aby mohl hrát na vystoupeních po škole. Od té doby si Kanal více než dvě dekády užíval hraní s legendární ska/rockovou kapelou No Doubt a v současné době vystupuje se svou novou kapelou DREAMCAR. Od své první basy BB1600 až po novou custom basu BB3000, kterou používá speciálně pro DREAMCAR, je Tony Kanal vždy vynikající se svou basou BB v ruce.

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.