Friday, June 15, 2012's ESP Guitar Giveaway!! It's so easy to win.

"Like" OnlyFactoryDirect on facebook to be eligible for a chance to win a new ESP Electric Guitar. Visit for more details or click image. launched a new campaign to grow their facebook fan base by offering an ESP EC401 FM Ltd Electric Guitar. The popular model has received excellent reviews and gained ESP notable respect from the guitar community.
The ESP EC-401 FM Electric guitar is basically a modern / metal oriented take on the traditional LP style guitar. Excellent for rocking metal, classic, blues, or grunge with crushingly powerful tone. Beautifully constructed and versatile, the ESP EC401FM has a thin U-shaped neck contour; 24 extra jumbo frets make the LTD EC-401FM an extremely playable electric guitar. Loaded with active EMG-81 (bridge position) and 60 (neck position) pickups, this electric guitar has plenty of gain and tonal articulation. The EMGs on the EC-401 sound awesome and make lead and rhythm parts shine.
ESP designed this electric guitar with a Mahogany body and neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Flamed Maple top. It has a thin U neck contour with black nickel hardware and Grover tuner. The finish is a black aqua sunburst which gives it a vibrant rich look. The ESP EC-401FM is definitely a guitar you can grow with.
  • Set-Neck Construction
  • 24.75" Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Flamed Maple Top
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 42mm Standard Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 24 XJ Frets
  • Black Nickel Hardware
  • Grover Tuners
  • TOM Bridge & Tailpiece
  • EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
  • Finish: STBLK (See Thru Black)
    BLKAQSB (Black Aqua Sunburst),
    RDB (Reindeer Blue),
    STBCSB (See Thru Black Cherry Sunburst),
    STBLKSB (See Thru Black Sunburst)
  • 3-Way Toggle
  • Bridge Volume
  • Neck Volume
  • Master Tone

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mackie Speakers Go Around the World in Eight Days with Windfield Productions

Denver, CO - For Dano Goforth’s Windfield Productions, there’s no such thing as a typical
show. The Denver-based company handles everything from corporate events and
seminars to festivals and religious occasions. And on any given day you may find Goforth
loading his Mackie systems into a C-17 military jet for a USO tour in the Middle East.
“We’ve been using Mackie gear for years, on tours all over the world,” says Goforth. “I’m
a fan of the SRM450s – we’ve used them since the beginning of the wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq, on everyone from Toby Keith to Joan Jett, and they’ve been great workhorses
under some pretty brutal conditions.”
Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith talks with Quartermaster Seaman John Mendez while touring the bridge of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Keith is on his 10th tour with the United Services Organization, performing for deployed service members around the world. Lincoln is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary S. Welch)

Goforth recently upgraded Windfield’s inventory to include Mackie’s HD1221
loudspeakers. “We use the 1221s on pretty much everything,” says Goforth. “It’s an
incredibly versatile box. I’ve used them for mains, for monitors, for side fills, all kinds of
stuff. We’re also using the new HD1501 and 1801 subwoofers. They sound great and
they’ve proven to be exceptionally durable. That’s important for the kind of tours we

As Goforth points out, “portability” takes on a different perspective on military tours.
“Loading in and out of Blackhawks, C-130s or C-17s, a lot of times space is at a real
premium,” he says. “The gear has to be compact, easy to handle, and able to take a
beating and work in all kinds of climates and conditions.”
Some tours include additional shows on even smaller transport. “On some of these
outpost tours, we’ll do a big show one night and then take a smaller system – just a
couple of our SRM450 boxes on sticks, and the same thing for monitors – and do shows at
one or two smaller forward operating bases,” says Goforth.

The shows present a wide range of performers, and the HD’s versatility has already
proven itself. “The last tour went around the world in eight days with Kix Brooks, Robin
Williams, Louis Black and Lance Armstrong,” says Goforth. “That was the first tour we used
the HDs on, and everyone really loved them.” “I stick with Mackie gear because it’s compact, reliable and sounds great. And the stuff holds up in a war zone – what more can you ask?”

Image borrowed from  BAM's blog
Story provided by Marshank

Thursday, June 7, 2012

GoGo Tuner TT-1 Review Headstock Tuner

Quickly getting in tune...

There are many tuners on the market that clip on to your headstock and most all of them really work the same way, they effectively get you in tune very quickly in just about any setting. They all seem to work the same by using either a built-in mic or the vibration of the instrument to pick up the note values and the GoGo Tuner TT-1 works the same way. However, this little puppy has some pretty cool little features and conveniences that make it stand out a bit above the rest.

The main features are its fast accuracy up to ±.5 cent and a range that covers from A0(27.5Hz) - C8(4186.00Hz), and can be calibrated for alternate tunings with a pitch range from 430-450hz. The TT-1 also precisely tunes a multitude of instruments including Acoustic guitar, electric bass, violin, viola, ukulele, electric guitar, brass and woodwind instruments, and has 5 settings Chromatic/Guitar/Bass/Violin/Viola. It uses a single battery and comes with an Auto Power-Off function that preserves the battery life (something I think any musician can appreciate).

The real stand out features are the large bright LED screen which illuminates red when out of tune and green when in tune while simultaneously showing you if you are sharp or flat etc. The 360 degree swivel arm bracket makes positioning the TT-1 a snap in any direction. Such a design makes this a great tool for learning note names as you practice (if playing scales slowly this tuner will pick up each note, helping you develop a better sense of what notes are where on your fret board and aiding in the development of your ear to distinguish pitches accurately). The swivel also makes it easy to hide the bulk of the tuner behind your headstock, therefore leaving it intact to “tune on the fly” during gigs without having a huge eyesore on the end of your axe. The clamp is very rugged and durable as well and has a soft rubber inside the clamp that clings tightly without scuffing or scratching your prized instrument.

With these few added features and intuitive functionality the TT-1 GoGo Tuner is one of the coolest little headstock tuners on the market today and at a price of $29.99 a smart buy on a tool of the trade you can’t live without.

Monday, June 4, 2012

JBL Pro Powered Speaker 15" EON510 Review

JBL Pro Powered Speaker 15" EON510  Review

If you need powered speakers that are versatile and powerful yet can be easily transported, the JBL EON 510 Bi-Amplified 10" Speaker System is ideal for you. This compact, active loudspeaker contains a 10" Differential Drive LF driver matched to a 1" neodymium compression driver each powered by their own Class-D amplifier for flat sound response from 58-18,5000Hz with a 121dB SPL. The EON 510 features a 3-channel mixer with XLR and 1/4" inputs and outputs for easy daisy-chaining. With its multi-angle enclosure, this lightweight speaker is appropriate for front of house or monitor applications with M10 suspensions points and 36mm pole mount socket for various installation types.
The EON 510 contains the 10" Differential Drive woofer with dual 1.5" voice coils and a 1" neodymium compression driver both individually amplified by Crown Class-D power.
Use this speaker as a complete portable PA with its 3 channel mixer with XLR and 1/4" inputs plus outputs for daisy-chaining.
Power to Weight Ratio
JBL EON Series Speakers offers some of the lowest power-to-weight ratios in the industry with the 510 weighing in at only 17 lbs. 
5-STARS out of 5-STARS 
Check out this JBL EON DJ Event Package: 
Two JBL EON510
Two Podium Pro Audio Speaker Stands
Two 50 foot Speaker Cables
One 12-channel Podium Pro Audio Mixer MX1204