FRANK GAMBALE SIGNATURE AMPLIFIER SERIES by DV MARK

Hi Folks,

So much going on that I want to share with you but I will keep this post in regards to the FG Signature Series DV Mark amplifiers. There’s been a lot of questions and I’ll try to answer some of them here…

Good things come to those who wait is an old adage that fits perfectly with the DV Mark amps. It has taken about a year longer than expected to produce the amps. Some revisions were necessary and with regards to the preamp, we decided to roll it into an amp head…the ‘Ampli-tude’, rather than a stand-alone preamp.

Some folks are asking, there’s a 1×12 combo, do I use that live, or the ampli-tude?. I do have a 1×12 combo and it cranks. It’s perfect for recording and even for gigs. I did a show at NAMM last year with the 1×12 combo with an extension 4×12 speaker and it sounded HUGE.

The FG Signature Series DV Mark amps, when complete, will have the 1×12” tube combo (tube preamp, solid state power 150 watts which is available now through Musicians Friend, a 2×12” tube combo will soon follow. The 2×12 vertical slant cabs and the 4×12 cabs are also available at Musicians friend. Here’s the links;

FOR FG COMBO: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/dv-mark-frank-gambale-signature-150w-1×12-guitar-combo-amp/h74143000000000

FG 4×12 SPEAKER CAB: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/dv-mark-frank-gambale-signature-c-412-fg-4×12-guitar-speaker-cabinet-600w/h74132000001000

FOR FG 2×12 SPEAKER CAB: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/dv-mark-frank-gambale-signature-c-212-fg-vertical-slant-2×12-guitar-speaker-cabinet-300w/h74438000001000

The cabs are awesome!!! I used two of the 2×12 cabs on the whole RTFIV tour and I had them cranked up every night without a hitch and they sounded GREAT! They also weigh as though they are made of feathers.

The last thing in the range is the 300 watt ‘Ampli-tude’ head. This went through some revision to get it right…I was VERY picky. I saw the prototype at NAMM last week and I expect to have one in the next few days to test. It’s coming !!!! This is what I plan to use in my rack for the upcoming Soulmine tours this year with the 2×12 cabs. ‘Ampli-tude ‘ has effects built in so I will probably only use the head and speakers no other effects.

 

‘Ampli-tude’ will be ready for the Frankfurt Messe trade show in March! I’m pretty sure we will be off and running at that point!

For more pictures of some of this gear see my fanpage on facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/OfficialFrankGambale

I hope this answers some of the burning questions.   Stay tuned for some video clips on some of this gear for you to check out!  Coming soon!

Later,  FG

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Frank Gambale Signature Guitar the FG1 by Carvin


Hi Everybody!!!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little about my new FG1 signature guitar from Carvin. Those of you who know me, know I don’t fall short in the enthusiasm department so keeping true to form…I LOVE THIS GUITAR!!!!

The Carvin FG1 is indeed a milestone guitar for many reasons. It’s a milestone in terms of quality of workmanship, materials, design, playability, price and tone. The FG1 guitar is a true reflection of my tastes today. More so than ever, I appreciate fine, solid woods instead of wafer-thin maple veneers, the latest hi-tech machinery with accuracies to 1/10 of a human hair, and the highest quality hand-finishing workmanship . Carvin are without question, producing some of the highest quality guitars available today and, because they are factory direct, they can use all solid woods etc. at unbelievable prices.

Carvin also offer thousands of options to personalize your own FG1 including, colour finishes, types of woods for all aspects of the body, hardware colour, knobs, tremelos, inlays etc etc. No other company offers so many custom options that allow you to choose EXACTLY what your creativity demands.

I’ve added a link to my Artist page so you can take a closer look.
www.carvinguitars.com/catalog/guitars/index.php?model=fg1

I am really into the tone of the FG1.  Check out the first-ever recording of RTF IV- a free download mp3 from the Sydney Opera House show!  Go the band’s website.
www.return2forever.com

I can’t believe the tone of this guitar! I think you’ll all agree when you hear it. There’s something special about semi-hollow guitars when you crank them up. They get sweet, fat and the singing tone just oozes out of them. The chambered design on the FG1 is unique with a complex series of routed chambers. Check out the video of the factory tour I did to see one being built from scratch.
Frank Gambale Carvin FG1 Factory Tour Video

You can post comments directly to this blog. I would REALLY love to hear from anyone who has an FG1!!! What is your impression so far? I would especially like for those of you who do have one to PLEASE send me a picture of your particular FG1. Since there are thousands of combinations available…I would really love to see the variations of this beauty.

I’ll be putting my latest FG1, a straight black, painted finished one, through it’s paces on the upcoming RTF IV World Tour.

If you haven’t already, sign up for my Newsletter for updates and new blog posts,
you can do that directly through my website. FG Website

My Official Facebook page is here..Official Frank Gambale Facebook Fan Page

As always, it’s great to share the ride with you!

That’s all for now.

FG Out

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RTFIV NYC Rehearsals…Off to OZ we go!!!

Hi Everyone,

Thank you to those of you who have commented on the new site and my facebook page. I always appreciate hearing from you all.

RTF rehearsals were a blast! It was  4 days of roughly 10-hour rehearsals which took place in New York. Everyone, Lenny, Stanley, Jean-Luc and Chick are all in peak form. It was a lot of preparation for the tunes. Initially there was a lot more tunes than we are actually going to play, but I know from experience that any of these tunes could be called in at any time…so as the Scout’s motto goes…. always be prepared.

It was especially fun playing Medieval Overture and School Days…two of my very favourite songs from the 70′s Fusion era.

We managed to get a very cool set together in those four days. We have a full production rehearsal in Perth the night before the show goes live so that the lighting engineer and sound engineer can have their rehearsal too!

It was good spending the time getting to know Stanley better. I had met him over the years and always found him to be warm-hearted and open. He shared incredibly great stories every evening over dinner. He should write a book…he has soooo many stories!  I hope one day he decides to write it all down, because I’m sure everyone would love his inside scoop on all the many artists and situations he has experienced.  I know I sure did.  Amazing, amazing history from a very spectacular Jazz icon.

Getting to know Lenny and play with him is a real treat! Lenny is so smooth when he plays, so relaxed…plus he’s a fun guy. He brought in a cool new tune called “A Long Time Ago”, which is a combination hard funk, horror movie theme and sophisticated jazz. He has an incredible energy, it makes you just feel good when you’re around him.

It was great to see Chick!  Most of you know how much I love him, so much of his music fills my soul. He has lost 80 lbs and looks like a young kid again…he is a remarkable man.   He is the glue that pulled everything together with strong guidance with arrangements and new ideas for open sections to feature everybody.

It was very cool to reconnect with Jean-Luc after so many years. What a nice man he is, courteous and friendly and such an incredible musician, legendary really.   We’ll be playing two of his tunes which are very beautiful and melodic.

Also there’s a new tune from Stanley called (tentatively)” New York”, and a new one from Lenny along with other classics from the RTF repertoire. It’s going to be a great show, with many of the well-known tunes represented.

While in NYC, there was a huge snowstorm and in general they had the most snow in January ever recorded and yes folks, I was there!…though I was trying to leave. When I arrived early in the morning to La Guardia all flights were cancelled. I wasn’t able to get back to sunny California until the following day…%$&^%!!!! Have you ever experienced trying to flag a cab, while carrying your guitar and a bag, all the while being violently slapped about by what feels like piercing icicles, and if that’s not enough, there’s a hurling whipping sub-freezing wind that seems to be purposefully holding back your every step and though you want to run you are actually moving in very slow motion, silently praying that you will have full mobility in your limbs again!!! Funny thing is I’d do it all again in a heart beat!


So since I have been home I have been hugging and kissing my beautiful wife and daughter as much as possible before having to head out again.   I have been going through the music and going over the details and practicing the hard bits. I have also been making some loops of the solo sections that I’ll be playing on. The New York tune has some tricky changes!

One of Jean-Luc’s tunes, I have a solo over very complex (they sound simple) chords with odd meter bars – one bar or 6/4 followed by 2 bars of 4/4, that all repeats, then two bars of 5/4 as the B part then back in an AABA form…I will be working on that!

I leave Saturday for Perth Australia, one of my favourite places on Earth. It is considered the most isolated city in the world, that’s a big part of its charm. 1 million people live there. It has beautiful beaches, north and south, the city itself sits on a giant lake/lagoon and the weather is mild all year round. It’s still summer in Australia so that will be a nice bonus after the New York deep freeze.

It feels surreal to being going to Australia – to my ‘homeland’, playing with the Jazz giants that have so influenced me over the years.  Playing in some of the best stages in the world.  For me, playing the Sydney Opera House, with “Return To Forever” is really a dream come true.  Growing up in Canberra, I remember all the buzz and excitement when this landmark theatre was being built.  Well, you can imagine how this Italian boy from Canberra is feeling about this leg of the tour.

I’ll check in again later. Everyone that wants to stay tuned for some play by play info while I’m on tour should follow me on my Twitter as well get my Newsletter which you can sign up for at my website.   Also there’s a new Facebook page that’s just gone up so there’s announcements on that too!

I’ll do my best to stay connected!

Ciao for now,

FG

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Frankly Speaking – January 10th, 2011

Hi Everybody and Welcome to the New FG site!

2011 is going to be one of the best years of my life so far.  With so many wonderful things going on…. New Website, New CD, New Gig, New Signature Line of Amps, New Signature Guitar!!!!  The Planets are really lining up, and I have to say , I’m a lucky guy!

I will address each and every one of these great things in, more detailed blogs in the weeks to come.

In the mean time check out the site, there’s a lot of high lights there and let me know what you think.

For now I’ll just simply say….

Happy New Year to you all and see you at NAMM or on tour somewhere soon.

Later,

FG

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