DuesenbergGuideToNickelHardware-7

To give everyone who is interested a little bit of insight on why the hardware on all of our instruments is Nickel finished, we created a thorough guide on what a Nickel finish actually is and why one would decide for it.
We recommend this guide to every Duesenberg owner, fan or everyone who would like to learn a bit about the topic.

You can find the guide by either browsing the top right navigation of this blog or by just following this direct link: http://blog.duesenberg.de/?page_id=551

Enjoy reading and don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

Best,
Andrej

Der Sommer in Deutschland ist vorbei!
Wir blicken zusammen mit Revolverheld noch einmal auf die schönen Momente zurück.
Wir hatten die Möglichkeit die Band bei zwei Terminen ihrer Festivaltour 2014 zu begleiten und haben diese Momente in den folgenden Bildern für euch festgehalten.

Vielen Dank Jungs, es waren zwei super Tage!

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Another summer season has passed!
Together with Revolverheld, one of Germany’s most celebrated rock bands, we reminisce about the great days of their 2014 festival tour. We appreciate having had the chance to follow them to two of their gigs around Germany and want to share these photos with you.

Thanks very much guys, it has been a blast.

 

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Well, sometimes specific situations call for specific measures.
So what do you do if smoking on stage is a major desire but one of your bandmates successfully defeated throat cancer? – and wants to keep it like that.
Pierre Debeauford, main technician for the Rolling Stones for many years already constructed an ingenious system which sucks away the smoke from two on stage ashtrays so that Keith and Ronnie can each smoke their pack of cigarettes per show – and one has to admit that this is kind of ‘Stones cool’.
And the best thing about it: Charly doesn’t have to worry.

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I know Dieter, CEO of Duesenberg Guitars, Front Man of “Los Dooros” and R&D fanatic long enough to know that this story would immediately fire up some neurons in his brain. He sat down in his workshop in Madrid (Dieter’s home town for almost 8 years!) and constructed some ashtrays which are attached via Neodym magnets to the existing air system. It goes without saying that these are also heat resistant up to 600°C. The current air stream of the system also prevents the cigarettes from burning out, which is a neat little side effect since modern cigarettes all have a safety built in which keeps them from setting you on fire in case you fall asleep while smoking. Which happened.

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So for someone who wants to smoke during songs, this is a perfect invention.

A short time after Ingo Renner (Managing Director of Duesenberg Guitars) handed the two Johnny Depp guitars as gifts from Johnny to Keith and Ronnie in Berlin now here in the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid you can see Dieter on stage together with the Stone’s technicians doing a major soundcheck. And who knows, maybe Dieter and his band will support the Stones on their next tour? Dieter would definitely be in for it.
Anyway, after the soundcheck he also used the moment to deliver his updated version of the ashtrays to Keith and Ronnie.

So once again we know that where there is a will, there is a way.

Dieter’s comment on the story, “Smokers must be supported!”

If you want to see Dieter live on stage doing the Soundcheck, check out the links below!

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If you like the photos from the “Imperial Ball 8″ article or the artwork featured in every Duesenberg print ad, you should definitely check out Martin Huch’s Facebook page.
He’s an absolutely great photographer and a true professional when it comes to portraits and photography composings!

Find him here: Martin Huch Photography | facebook

musikmesse

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Musikmesse 2014

Tatsächlich! Nach vielen Jahren der Anwesenheit werden wir in diesem Jahr nicht mit einem Stand auf der Messe vertreten sein. Die Entscheidung dagegen kam spät und ist uns schwer gefallen. Aber nach der letzten, vermutlich lautesten Messe aller Zeiten, auf der weder Informations- noch Geschäftsgespräche möglich waren, wollen wir die aktuelle Entwicklung der Musikmesse vorerst nicht weiter unterstützen. Wenn wir wegen unaushaltbarem Lärm nicht mit Freude vermitteln können, was uns Freude bereitet, nämlich das Entwickeln und Bauen unserer Instrumente, ist ein wichtiges Ziel verfehlt.

Ein kleiner Rückblick zur Frankfurter Musikmesse 2013:

Ständig sieht man die Sound-Control-Männer mit ihren Dezibel Messgeräten durch die Gänge der Hallen wandern. Die „strenge“ db-Auflage erweist sich als eine Farce, an die sich grundsätzlich niemand mehr zu halten scheint. Es ist der reinste Horror. In folgendem Video bekommt ihr einen Eindruck:

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Die Vorführer der einzelnen Firmen schaukeln sich in gegenseitiger db-Konkurrenz von Stunde zu Stunde in ungeahnte Lautstärken hoch – alle Grenzen sind gesprengt! Am Freitag und am Samstag war es uns nicht mehr möglich, irgendein sinnvolles Gespräch zu führen. Das kann der Sinn einer Business Messe mit einem integrierten öffentlichen Besuchertag nicht sein!

Was sich hier präsentierte, war fast eine reine Consumer Show, während unser Standkonzept für eine B-B Messe ausgelegt war. Mehr Privatpersonen auf der Messe bedeutet jedoch für uns, dass wir unser Standkonzept überdenken müssen – und damit haben wir bereits begonnen.

Zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt gehen wir davon aus, dass wir nächstes Jahr wieder an der Musikmesse teilnehmen werden. Aber lasst uns erst mal abwarten, was die Verantwortlichen der Messe im März 2014 wirklich umsetzten werden (Uns wurde mitgeteilt, dass die Lautstärke in diesem Jahr kein Problem darstellen wird. Dafür habe man neue Konzepte entwickelt.).

Wir werden sehen…

Cheers!

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Musikmesse 2014

It’s true, after many years of attendance, we will not have a booth at this years Musikmesse Frankfurt. The decision was late and not an easy one for us to make, but after last years show, which was probably the loudest of all time, where it was nearly impossible to hold a proper conversation (business or otherwise), we are not prepared to support this negative development.
If it’s not possible to communicate what we are passionate about, namely the designing and building of guitars, then the whole concept has missed its target.

A lookback at the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2013

The “Sound Control Team” frequently walked the aisles of the hall with their decibel measuring equipment. The “strict” db rules prove to be a farce, which no-one really cared about, It was simply horror! The following video gives an impression of what it was like:

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The demonstrators of each company kept pushing up the db’s in competition and hour for hour the volume got unbearable. On Friday and Saturday it was impossible to make any kind of conversation, which cannot be the spirit of a business exhibition with an integrated public visiting day.

It turned out to be a pure consumer show, whereby our booth concept was for a business-to-business exhibition. More end consumers at the show mean for us however, that we have to rethink our booth concept and we have already started doing this.

At this moment in time we assume that we will be at next years show again, but lets wait and see what the organisers of the show will really do about this problem in March. They tell us that there will be no Volume problem at this years show as they have devised a new concept.

We shall see…

Cheers

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We are currently working on a major design update, please excuse the unfinished bits.

When Steven Tyler finished his last song, Manson and Cooper came back on stage and the whole ensemble did a cover version of The Beatles’ “Come Together”.
And that was it. The crowd was still energized, completey blown away by what they’ve just seen – happy faces everywhere. Nathan Fawley, the head of Duesenberg’s distribution in the US entered the stage, gave his “Thanks” and “Bye” to Johnny and everyone else and looked refreshingly relieved that everything had worked out so well. I had some little insights on what it was like to organize and prepare the show and believe me – you have no idea. At least I hadn’t.
Thanks to Nathan and everyone else who supported the show for the great job they did.

After a few seconds, Nathan had his son bring out a “Duesenberg Fullerton CC Hollow” guitar which had been signed by everyone on stage and announced that this guitar would be auctioned with the benefits being donated to charity organisations.
But no matter who benefits from it, think of it: a guitar that is signed by all the musicians on stage, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler and Johnny Depp. I saw some really big eyes in the crowd.
Bids came faster and faster and when the guitar reached about $20.000 Nathan asked Ingo Renner, CEO of Duesenberg Guitars Germany if they could put another Johnny Depp Signature on top – Ingo nodded.
Eventually, the guitars were sold to their new owner for 36.000$.

Everyone left the room chatting, laughing, smiling – some drunk, some sober, some in silence, some in relief.
I was standing beside Ingo, Dieter, Martin, Moppi and the others and just let the moment breathe for some minutes.

And then it was over.

When Steven Tyler finished his last song, Manson and Cooper came back on stage and the whole ensemble did a cover version of The Beatles’ “Come Together”.

And that was it. The crowd was still energized, completey blown away by what they’ve just seen – happy faces everywhere. Nathan Fawley, the head of Duesenberg’s distribution in the US entered the stage, gave his “Thanks” and “Bye” to Johnny and everyone else and looked refreshingly relieved that everything had worked out so well. I had some little insights on what it was like to organize and prepare the show and believe me – you have no idea. At least I hadn’t.
Thanks to Nathan and everyone else who supported the show for the great job they did.

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After a few seconds, Nathan had his son bring out a “Duesenberg Fullerton CC Hollow” guitar which had been signed by everyone on stage and announced that this guitar would be auctioned with the benefits being donated to charity organisations.
But no matter who benefits from it, think of it: a guitar that is signed by all the musicians on stage, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler and Johnny Depp. I saw some really big eyes in the crowd.
Bids came faster and faster and when the guitar reached about $20.000 Nathan asked Ingo Renner, CEO of Duesenberg Guitars Germany if they could put another Johnny Depp Signature on top – Ingo nodded.
Eventually, the guitars were sold to their new owner for 36.000$.

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Everyone left the room chatting, laughing, smiling – some drunk, some sober, some in silence, some in relief.
I was standing beside Ingo, Dieter, Martin, Moppi and the others and just let the moment breathe for some minutes.

And then it was over.

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Alice Cooper was done and there was silence for a moment. Everybody began talking with the person sitting next again and I had a chance to pick up the conversation with my ex-colleague.
Alice Cooper had set a level of energy even on top of Manson’s performance that was a perfect match – the mood was amazing in that moment.

One of the tech’s came up on stage and placed a mic-stand with some long ribbons attached to it right in the center. It wasn’t over yet.
“You are fuckin kiddin me!” I heard a person two rows behind me shout.
Everyone in the room who knew what this stand means began clapping and cheering – and everyone else joined.
Steven Tyler entered the stage. Walked up to the mic. Began talking.
He croaked out that he had some issues with his voice, rehearsal and everything must have been too much. He apologized for that.

Then hell broke lose. He was shouting, dancing around the stage leaving everyone breathless who had heard his voice before. I thought he might only be able to perform one or two songs at best like that but he ended up doing a set of five songs (including an acoustic song) that were charged with power and energy right down to the last note.
They did an extremely cool and smokey version of “House of the Rising Sun” and ended with a version of “Train Kept A Rolling”.
During this all he danced and weaved his mic-stand over his head in the old rock’n'roll fashion.
Mr Tyler – great respect for that one.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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When Manson after more or less half an hour carelessly threw his mic in one of the Hot Rods on stage at the end of “Beautiful People”, he gave the impression that his performace as lead singer might not have been the only one that night.
Manson and Depp did some stuff that guys do together when they are on stage – hugs, smiles and applause for each other, and that was that – professional cool. They’re best buddies though.

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I can’t really remember when and how it exactly happend but all of a sudden the crowd began to freak out and I was abruptly robbed of the nice conversation I had with my ex-colleague who was sitting beside me.

Alice Cooper had entered the stage. Superiorly smiling and already weaving his famous walking cane he started the show with an interpretation of “5 to 1″ gliding into a Doors cover of “Break on Through”
I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself an Alice Cooper fan (mostly because it wasn’t my decade) but I was absolutely blown away by the performance and the infectious enthusiasm that this man unleashed.

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To top his own show, he eventually donated his beloved cane to a lucky person in the crowd – hope he or she survided the envy.

One of my personal highlights that night was Coopers version of the classic “School’s out” and the way he mixed it with “Another Brick in the Wall” – mindblowing.
Youtube videos probably can’t mirror what was happening that moment but you should still have a look at it.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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