Builder’s Profile: Anthony Roos of At Mars Amps

Tell us about the history of At Mars?

at mars 010 After playing and buying tube amps over the years the either didn’t sound right or work right, I decided to try and build something for myself so I could have some control over both of those issues. After completing one project I would put it up for sale in order the fund the next. The feedback was usually favorable after something was sold, and that’s how At Mars began

 

 

What’s your background?

I have been playing guitar and tinkering with things since I was a kid.

What was the first product you offered for sale?

The Specialist head was the first product.

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Which has been the most popular?

There are still more Specialist heads out there than anything else.
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Just Nick: Henretta Six Speed Multi Effects Box (Customizable)

A complete board built to your specs in a lightweight compact enclosure. Choose which effects you want, effects order, and which controls you want on top. This is the ideal fly-gig rig, “grab and go,” or even all around live and studio board for those who want tons of great tones and minimum hassle. Love this thing.

Henretta Engineering:  http://henrettaengineering.com

“Just Nick” Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor.   In addition to being a member of several bands and sharing stages with some well known names in the industry, he’s also made a name for himself with his incredible video gear demos and lessons.  Nick was based for many years in Chicago and is now based in Saint Paul, MN.

You can find JustNick’s gear demos and unique play-along lesson videos at youtube.com/justnickmusic. You can support his lessons (so he can make lots more) at patreon.com/justnick

Just Nick: Funk/blues Arpeggio Play-Along Workout – Open up your lead lines!

This vid should be useful for all levels and genres.
In this vid we’ll use a D7th arpeggio over a single chord vamp to help us get away from soloing and lead lines that sound like we’re just running scales. Arpeggio-based lines, bigger intervals and different rhythmic feels will give us new sounds and more melodic solos and single-note parts.

“Just Nick” Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor.   In addition to being a member of several bands and sharing stages with some well known names in the industry, he’s also made a name for himself with his incredible video gear demos and lessons.  Nick was based for many years in Chicago and is now based in Saint Paul, MN.

You can find JustNick’s gear demos and unique play-along lesson videos at youtube.com/justnickmusic. You can support his lessons (so he can make lots more) at patreon.com/justnick

Just Nick: All Menatone Board — How to Stack High Gain Pedals

We’ll experiment with an all Menatone board: The Law Fuzz, The King distortion, and the Fish Factory dual overdrive. We’ll also talk about how to effectively stack and layer high gain tones from multiple pedals in a way that will strengthen, not weaken, the overall mix.

Menatone Pedals:  http://www.menatone.com/

“Just Nick” Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor.   In addition to being a member of several bands and sharing stages with some well known names in the industry, he’s also made a name for himself with his incredible video gear demos and lessons.  Nick was based for many years in Chicago and is now based in Saint Paul, MN.

You can find JustNick’s gear demos and unique play-along lesson videos at youtube.com/justnickmusic. You can support his lessons (so he can make lots more) at patreon.com/justnick

Just Nick: How do I start a blues solo?? (How to not be a “deer in the headlights”).

Get the backing tracks for practice here: http://justnickguitar.bandcamp.com
Support more of these lessons by donating at http://paypal.me/justnickjaffe
or pledging at patreon.com/justnick. Thanks!!

“Just Nick” Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor.   In addition to being a member of several bands and sharing stages with some well known names in the industry, he’s also made a name for himself with his incredible video gear demos and lessons.  Nick was based for many years in Chicago and is now based in Saint Paul, MN.

You can find JustNick’s gear demos and unique play-along lesson videos at youtube.com/justnickmusic. You can support his lessons (so he can make lots more) at patreon.com/justnick

Remembering Cornell Dupree

Just the other day I thought about Cornell Dupree, as I often do whenever I hear some great guitar.  So, I thought I’d share this little piece I wrote back in May of 2011 when Cornell passed away.

(This originally appeared in the old T-Bone’s Prime Cuts blog – May 11, 2011.  http://tbonesprimecuts.blogspot.com)

©2014 MusicImages and Ed Perlstein Photography

©2014 MusicImages and Ed Perlstein Photography

Cornell Dupree joined King Curtis’ band, The Kingpins, when he was just a teenager. He played on the “Live at the Fillmore West” albums by King Curtis and Aretha Franklin. After becoming the guitarist in Atlantic Records “New York house band”- he played on records by Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Bill Withers, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Herbie Mann, James Brown and Jimmy Smith. Cornell also released several stellar solo albums.

One of the funkiest guitarists I’ve ever heard. I admit to not knowing who he was as early as I should have. Of course, I heard the songs, just didn’t know it was him playing on them. In the 90’s, when I got on a real Soul/R&B kick and wanted to incorporate some of it into my guitar playing- I went to the local music store. I was flipping through the instructional books and videos… and there I found him. Cornell Dupree – “Mastering R&B Guitar” on Hot Licks video. I watched that tape till I wore it out! I had to go back and learn who he was and what all he did. To find out that he reportedly played on 2,500 sessions -thus earning the nickname, “Mr. 2500” – just blew my mind! From that point on, I felt it was my personal duty to bring his name up whenever music or guitar was being discussed.

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So, the years go by and I’m watching the incredible Bill Withers’ documentary, “Still Bill.” And imagine my surprise when there’s a scene from a Withers tribute show and on stage is Cornell Dupree playing an instrumental version of “Grandma’s Hands.” Bill was so moved by it that he jumped up on stage, surprising everyone in the crowd, and sang along with Cornell. People in the crowd were crying and hugging each other. As happy as that made me, it also made me sad seeing that Cornell needed an oxygen tank. Turns out that he suffered from emphysema and was going to need a lung transplant. They had a big fundraiser concert for him in New York back in March, unfortunately- Cornell didn’t make it. He passed away this past Sunday, May 8th. He was 69 years old.

Cornell with Bill Withers

Cornell with Bill Withers

To say I’m sad about this is an understatement. Even though I never met him, I felt like I knew him. I had read so much about him and watched so many videos- both of him playing and being interviewed. From everything I can gather, he was as great a person as he was a musician… and that’s saying a lot! The next time you hear “Respect” by Aretha or “Rainy Night in Georgia” by Brook Benton or the great live album by Donny Hathaway… remember that it’s Cornell Dupree on the guitar.

His widow Erma Dupree said her husband would want to be remembered as “a great musician, a friend and someone who could get along with anybody.” What a great tribute to the man.

 

T-Bone Mathley is the host of T-Bone’s Prime Cuts on WICR 88.7 in Indianapolis. Contributing Editor for Volume Treble Bass. Music journalist,  Guitarist, Doggy Dad, Detroit Tiger fan…

Just Nick: Henretta/Maniac Music Factory Purple Haze Octave Fuzz

This simple, powerful box combines Henretta’s fat, singing Bluebird fuzz with an intense octave-up that is separately switchable and can be put before or after the fuzz. A world of fuzz tones and intense octave boosts!

Henretta Engineering:  http://henrettaengineering.com

“Just Nick” Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor.   In addition to being a member of several bands and sharing stages with some well known names in the industry, he’s also made a name for himself with his incredible video gear demos and lessons.  Nick was based for many years in Chicago and is now based in Saint Paul, MN.

You can find JustNick’s gear demos and unique play-along lesson videos at youtube.com/justnickmusic. You can support his lessons (so he can make lots more) at patreon.com/justnick

Just Nick: Play-along lesson–“Uptempo Blues 1” Rhythm and Lead

Get the backing tracks for this vid here: http://justnickguitar.bandcamp.com

Support more of these lessons by donating at http://paypal.me/justnickjaffe
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In this video, suitable for all levels, we’ll work on lead, rhythm and combining both.

“Just Nick” Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor.   In addition to being a member of several bands and sharing stages with some well known names in the industry, he’s also made a name for himself with his incredible video gear demos and lessons.  Nick was based for many years in Chicago and is now based in Saint Paul, MN.

You can find JustNick’s gear demos and unique play-along lesson videos at youtube.com/justnickmusic. You can support his lessons (so he can make lots more) at patreon.com/justnick

Just Nick: Keeley 30 ms Double Tracker and 1962 OD – Perfect Pedal Pairing

These two perfectly voiced and brilliantly conceived pedals together can create a whole universe of sounds, some reminiscent of 1960’s Abbey Road, but also 90’s alt rock sounds, post-rock and fusion textures and previously unheard tones that only YOU can create. A very inspiring pedal pairing indeed!

Keeley Premium Guitar Effects:  https://robertkeeley.com/

“Just Nick” Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor.   In addition to being a member of several bands and sharing stages with some well known names in the industry, he’s also made a name for himself with his incredible video gear demos and lessons.  Nick was based for many years in Chicago and is now based in Saint Paul, MN.

You can find JustNick’s gear demos and unique play-along lesson videos at youtube.com/justnickmusic. You can support his lessons (so he can make lots more) at patreon.com/justnick

 

From Noisey.com: Guitar Moves with Keith Richards: “There’s Two Sides to Every Story”

Legend is a word that’s thrown around probably too much, but there’s no real other way to describe Keith Richards. What else can you even say about the Rolling Stones guitarist? The 71-year-old is not only responsible for creating some of the most monumental music we’ve enjoyed over the last five decades, but his influence—alongside the Stones—have shaped music and the world that surrounds it. Watch our latest episode of Guitar Moves in which host Matt Sweeney lives his dream, freaks out, and sits down with Richards himself. Ever wanted to know how Richards learned how to play the guitar? Well, it started with his grandfather…

Keith Richards’  New Album:
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