We're A-1 BARTOLINI freaks -- we've been manufacturing and building custom guitars using pickups and electronics systems from Bartolini for 20+ years. And we know: its the shit! They format their products for basically any instrument. I've used Washburn pickups and 7-string Johnny Smith pickups. Check out the Bartolini portfolio. We can provide you with their goods for an excellent price.
BARCUS BERRY manufactures
pickups for acoustic instruments, direct boxes and assorted electronics.
NOTE: Subway Guitars must ship this company's merchandise to you.
GHS STRINGS I feel that GHS makes the best guitar strings that are in the running of normal pricing. We used to sell them in sets, but we opted to sell our house brand in the store and mail order. Alot of our customers still order boxes of GHS strings.
Wholesale, they end up costing $4-$5 a set. Take a look at their website. See the gauges and the type of strings you want. We can order sets of them and add our 25% commission to the wholesale price.
Since the prices vary and their catelogue is so diverse, we'll probably have to go back and forth with dialog to get you a close estimate of what the strings will cost you. If its worth it to you, you'll get some really good strings and save some bucks, especially if you're far away from big discount music stores.
HIPSHOT PRODUCTS manufactures tuning gears and bridges with a lever to droptune.
MAINSTRAP One of our old workers hooked us up with Mainstrap and we custom ordered alot of their products for our clientele. If you want fancy guitar straps, these are the folks. Same deal: your cost is 25% above our cost to get in the door.
MAUI UKULELE Lawrence and the folks in Maui manufacture traditionally-styled Hawaiian ukuleles [Nahenahe brand] as well as custom ukuleles, cases and a variety of other products for the true aficionado.
MOSES manufactures graphite guitar and bass necks and a solid body upright bass.
SEYMOUR DUNCAN -- the pickups of choice.
JK LUTHERIE COMPANY specialized in guitar-related items, including guitar books, videos, magazines, CDs and more. Check 'em out!
ROCKTRON I'm not really up on these high-tech doodads, but we do have access to them and I know that they're very high quality processors. Check out their high-tech site. If there's anything that's appealing to you, its the same deal: 25% above my wholesale cost. I'll have to find out the prices to us.
We've sold a few of these pieces second hand in the store and people have very good things to say about them. If you're interested, you know what to do: check out the website and contact us at Subway.
THOMASTIK STRINGS A tech who used to work with us later became an artist-relations connection for Thomastik strings. I never heard of them. Thomastik contacted us and wanted us to distribute them in the Bay Area. After checking them out, I said we can offer them to our Internet customers at 25% above wholesale.
The thing is: these things are ultra-high quality and their list price goes through the roof. An example is their bass strings -- which alot of people swear by as the BEST -- list out at about $60. Our cost to you is somewhere around $30. The guitar strings are roughly $10-$15 per set.
There are all sorts of claims of being super-duper alloys and they last longer and sound fantastic. The first time I heard of them was seeing a full-page ad of Charlie Hunter endorsing them on the inside cover of Downbeat Magazine.
Charlie's Mom built guitars at Subway in the early 70's when Charlie was just a little tot. Years later, Charlie taught guitar at our music school for a number of years and went on to become beyond monstrous. We made his first 7-string jazz guitar for him. Now he's a bigshot using the best stuff -- Thomastik Strings.
You can go to their fancy-smancy website and see their string portfolio. I'll be glad to order any of their product for you at 25% above wholesale. We'll have to go back and forth to get you a close estimate of cost, but I'll guarantee you this: you'll save alot o' money!
I'm also going to try to get their upright bass strings and concert strings in the future. That will be a real savings for anybody looking for these.
WARMOTH FatDog keeps it simple when he says: "I think Warmoth makes the best stuff on Planet Earth. This website is someone's idea of an introduction to their products, but the truth is: Warmoth offers a BEAUTIFUL catalog of all the permutations and combinations of their products. (P.S. Don't get the pages all stuck together....)"
NOTE: Subway Guitars must ship this company's merchandise to you.
Charlotte Adams, offering more than 30 years experience in
guitar instruction, just told Fatdog about her fabulous new guitar instruction video. You'll want to check this out: Charlotte's one of the most progressive teachers known. She's considered a "teacher of teachers" because so many skilled musicians come to her to expand their knowledge of the instrument, for
theory and technique and to profit from her help in eliminating blocks in
their performance and careers. This video is a great place to start if you're a beginner, too. So go head on -- check out her web site! This could make all the difference.... http://www.guitar-instruction-video.com. You'll be glad.
Jeff Finder -- an ole' buddy of Fatdog's -- has a song for you. Oil War Written in 1978, and originally performed by the Pornocrats, Oil War is as on the pulse now as it was then. Want to record it? The music is available by calling Jeff: (510) 222-9055.
Check out Johnny Beane and download some of the best in pop, rock, punk and instrumental music. He's Subway's own, Berkeley's own -- and he's GREAT! (All the ladies know this....)
Father's Amp Repair . Dave Hodtwalker is the steward -- our guru -- of Subway's amplifiers and parts. Dave has been a neighbor, a customer and associate for some 25 years. Now he's moving into the repair and customizing business. Take it from me: he's the dude. So check out his website or email Dave at email@example.com.
Merle Saunders hipped me to this: Playpro Interactive for Bass, Guitar and Keyboard -- the first truly interactive tutorial software program designed for bass players of the future. Suited to beginner and advanced players, this package allows you to literally "talk" to a PC without modifing the bass or fitting a MIDI device. What's more, realtime effects processing with virtual Bass stomp boxes allows you to add a new dimension to your playing. It features over 50 videos shot from the player's perspective, showing how to play new techniques as they are introduced. Its practice made perfect. Checkitout! Then buy it from FatDog.
Here's some stuff from an old Subway pal who comes up with all these weird inventions. He's really excited about his new guitar pick. You can get a free sample from him, so check out his website: www.bigrockeng.com.