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z z u B fiers, the importance of biasing and more. The program was split into two parts: general theory and hands-on training. “I’ve been toying with the idea of an apprenticeship for a while. When I was in school, I was lucky enough to work with an engineer who mentored me and taught me everything I needed to know to have a long and successful career. Servicing keyboards, guitar amps; it’s not easy. We have to learn quickly, so I felt it was important to expose the next generation of technicians to what goes into this line of work,” said Tom Imparato, national service manager at Korg USA.

(L to R): James Martin, student at Island Drafting and Technical Institute; Giancarlo Amato, service technician; Tom Imparato, National Service Manager; and Rob Uebel, service technician.

The Apprentice

Korg USA Inc.’s service and repair department has created an apprenticeship program for local students to learn the basics of instrument engineering. The four-week long program invited select students from Island Drafting and Technical Institute located in Amityville, N.Y., to work with top personnel of Korg’s technician department to learn about vacuum tube theory, different classes of keyboards and ampli-









The first nylon string for classical guitar - and the first choice of Grammy winner Jason Vieaux

Flight Instruments Soars With Hal Leonard Pact Ukulele manufacturer Flight Instruments granted Hal Leonard exclusive distribution of its products in the United States and Canada. Based in Slovenia, Flight offers a wide selection of ukuleles crafted in a variety of styles and materials. Since 2010, Flight has stayed true to its original mission to create the best-priced, quality musical instruments and make them available for everyone who wishes to play. As the ukulele explosion has grown, Flight has expanded beyond Slovenia and Europe, and is now available around the world. Through collaboration and partnerships with popular YouTubers, Instagrammers and bloggers focusing on bringing ukulele tutorials to the masses, Flight maintains a strong presence in the socialmedia age. Hal Leonard is adding Flight ukuleles to its roster of ukulele accessories, books and instruments, including Kahua Ukuleles, Woodrow Guitars and more. Hal Leonard already distributes Flight ukuleles throughout Europe and Australia. “Hal Leonard has always placed great value on service and education and is exactly the type of partner we at Flight love to have. We’re very excited to continue to work with Hal Leonard in the U.S. to continue to cultivate ukulele players everywhere,” said Primoz Virant, chief operating officer of Flight. Added Doug Lady, senior vice president at Hal Leonard, “We’re thrilled to offer U.S. dealers the assortment of Flight products. We look forward to helping the Flight brand expand across the U.S. and Canada and reach new markets with our retailers.”

Fretlight Teams With Graph Tech

Jason plays Regal/Blue


Augustine is proud to be distributed exclusively by Hal Leonard @augustineguitar

Fretlight Guitars partnered with Graph Tech Guitar Labs to equip its new line of FG-671 PRO electric guitars with Ratio Machine Heads. The FG-671 has a classic Telecaster body shape with a swamp ash body, binding on top and back, and a maple neck. The combination of the Advanced Polymer Fretboard and maple neck produces a noticeable increase in tone sustain, stated the company. “What that means to the player is, each string feels and responds the same to any tuning adjustment. Learn how one string responds to tuning adjustments, and you’ve learned them all. You get incredibly fast and accurate with any tuning adjustment, including open tunings. How does that improve the Fretlight experience? Faster, more accurate tuning while Fretlight guides you through learning your song or riff. Fretlight makes it easier to learn, Ratio makes it easier to tune. [It’s a] match made in heaven,” said Dave Dunwoodie, president, Graph Tech. JUNE 2019

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Music & Sound Retailer June 2019, Vol 36 No 6  

In June’s Summer NAMM Preview issue, we recap the RPMDA Annual Convention, give insight into what’s in store for Summer NAMM attendees next...

Music & Sound Retailer June 2019, Vol 36 No 6  

In June’s Summer NAMM Preview issue, we recap the RPMDA Annual Convention, give insight into what’s in store for Summer NAMM attendees next...