7 Questions w/Cristian Mirabella

With a foundation and training in the classical art and traditions of luthiery  - but a mind solidly fixed on the future and the ever evolving needs of modern players, Cristian Mirabella continues to push the envelope of electric archtop guitar design from a place of great experience and familiarity with the instrument's roots. 1. How did your relationship with Henriksen Amplifiers begin? It started in the early 2000’s. I grew up and was working in a shop at a time (80s /90s) when most guys were using Polytones, Roland [...]

7 Questions w/Roger Sadowsky

A world-famous and highly renowned luthier who made an impassioned, conscious decision to follow his true calling while pursuing a completely different one, Roger Sadowsky and his work have clearly had a massive impact in the solid body electric guitar and bass worlds. We chatted with him a bit about his equally impressive archtop models and the special correlation between one of these and the Henriksen JazzAmp. 1. Coming from an academic background in the sciences, how did you start building instruments, and were archtops always a part of the [...]

7 Questions w/Corey Christiansen

Dedicated to the democracy of jazz, more interested in the ensemble as a whole than himself or other group members, Corey Christiansen is a champion of the music and player for the people. A college level educator as well as renowned musician, Corey has some deep perspective on material, approach... and problematic youngsters at society gigs. 1. Tell us about the Afro-Cuban album you're working on this month and how you came to be working with the other musicians involved. I’ve been working with percussion guru Michael Spiro for years. We [...]

7 Questions w/Jimmy Bruno

What can you say about Jimmy Bruno that hasn't already been said by adoring peers in the Jazz guitar world (or disgruntled students challenged to reassess their beliefs)? Jimmy is a wonderful friend to Henriksen, an outspoken teacher, and an excellent human being. Let's find out a little more about him: 1. We've heard your teaching style is somewhat unique, in your approach to modal theory and modern harmony. Can you tell us more? I’m anti-modal and anti-scales! Theory only exists in a book; people are putting the cart before [...]

7 Questions w/Beth Marlis

Beth Marlis is a highly accomplished guitarist, Executive Director of The Musicians Foundation, and Vice President at Musicians Institute, among several other inspiring and impressive credentials! Seeing both work in the musical education field and playing music as just different phrasing of the same set of 2-5-1 changes, Beth has found that simply saying “yes” can take a person a long way. 1. What do you feel are the greatest challenges in a career that combines your own pursuits and interests as a musician with the business of music education? [...]

7 Questions w/Bruce Forman

Let's learn a little more about excellent guitarist and podcast-meister, Bruce Forman. Bruce has been very busy with his globetrotting Red Guitar show and hosts a popular jazz guitar-oriented podcast series called Guitarwank. 1. To start off with, tell us about the Red Guitar... The Red Guitar is a one-man show I have been performing around the world. It combines playing, storytelling and humor. The show is an exploration of a life in the pursuit of sound and deals with the inner (and outer) struggles of the artist lifestyle. It [...]

7 Questions w/Howard Paul of Benedetto Guitars

Another first for our 7 Questions With series, this time we chat with Howard Paul; accomplished and extraordinarily busy musician, as well as President/CEO of Benedetto Guitars! How does he make it all work? "I don't sleep," he says. We believe it. 1. How do you balance your playing career and musical life with your business one? I'll tell you, I don't sleep. I typically maintain a performance schedule of around 200 gigs a year, and I try to combine business and playing together as much as possible. For instance, if I'm heading [...]

7 Questions w/Bobby Broom

Amazingly talented guitarist Bobby Broom is releasing a record this month you can't miss, and has a really fascinating backstory full of great career anecdotes. Here's how he answered our 7 Questions: 1. What Henriksen Amp do you play and what settings do you use? I began using the Jazz Amp Heads in 2008. I reached out to Bud at that time. I’m not even sure how I first heard about Henriksen, but I was so pleased when I played through them because they were exactly what I needed. The [...]

7 Questions w/Stephen Marchione (Luthier Edition)

Welcome to the inaugural Luthier Edition of 7 Questions! Today we spoke with Stephen Marchione of Marchione Guitars, who builds very fine instruments for several of our Henriksen Amplifiers players, and found out what he looks for in an amp - and a whole lot more. 1. How did you start building instruments? [laughter] Wow, that’s a big question! It started when I was a kid living in northern Italy, in a town called Bergamo. There were local luthiers that lived and worked there, which got me interested in when [...]

7 (More) Questions w/Sean McGowan

We spoke again with long time Henriksen enthusiast and supporter Sean McGowan to catch up on his current projects and learn a little more about him. 1. At your level of play, you have many amplifier choices. Why do you choose Henriksen? First and foremost is the sound, which I feel is the best out there. I just love the tone these amps produce, and this is coming from someone who has owned several vintage amps over the years. Henriksen Amps have a unique voice, yet they are neutral and really [...]

7 Questions w/Fareed Haque

We recently caught up with brilliant guitarist Fareed Haque to get a little more insight into his character and background. 1. What Henriksen Amp do you play and what settings do you use? The Baby Bud! This little cutie travels with me in my suitcase, or as a carry on. Having your own tone, and even more importantly, your own FEEL and dynamic range night after night is a game changer. I use this with all my gigs, even on heavy hitting tours with Billy Cobham and Garaj Mahal. Everyone titters [...]

7 Questions w/Jim “Kimo” West

1. What Henriksen Amp do you play and what settings do you use? I use the "Bud" amp on stage primarly in my "slack key" guitar concerts. I'm usually DI'd into the PA but I run a line from the DI to my Bud so that I have an independent monitor that I can rely on if the house monitors sound bad, which they usually do! I also use the Bud by itself for small gigs with the guitar in one channel and a mic in the other. My settings [...]


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