Gear Pioneers

Explore the world of the innovators and craftspeople who help shape the music instruments and equipment on which we all depend. Our Gear Pioneer interviews get up close and personal with some of the most important music industry figures. Learn about what makes them tick and how they arrived at the innovations that have helped transform the way we perform and record music. The Makers interviews are in-depth profiles of the artisans from whose hands and minds come the instruments that define their categories. From master luthiers to brilliant technicians, we ask the questions that bring to life their quest to help musicians make better music.

The Wood Whisperer of DW Drums

The “Wood Whisperer” of DW Drums: John Good

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A Conversation with John Good of DW Drums.

Infinite Curiosity and The Art of Sound

Infinite Curiosity and The Art of Sound

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A Conversation with Larry Fishman

By Marty Paule

We couldn’t have found a better subject for our kickoff Gear Pioneer interview. Larry Fishman is a prime example of an American entrepreneur who has harnessed an impressive skill set in staying at the forefront of music gear innovation for better than three decades. He initially staked out his territory in the realm of acoustic-instrument amplification, but he has gone far beyond that domain with a string of astonishing achievements that have taken him into cutting-edge disciplines including a new, game-changing wireless guitar synthesis system. We spoke to Larry in his office at Fishman Transducers, Inc.—the world-spanning business he began in his basement.

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