Artists Page

Jason McGuire

Jason McGuire "El Rubio" has become synonymous with flamenco despite his Irish/American heritage. With over 30 years playing experience and concerts from coast to coast he has been for many years the guitarist other professional players come to help learn and hone their craft.

As Musical Director of the award winning flamenco dance company Caminos Flamencos as well as Musical Director for "The New World Flamenco Festival," Jason has shared the stage with some of the top flamenco artists in the world today as well as other legendary performers like Carlos Santana, Savion Glover and Wynton Marsalis to name a few.

Along with his Emmy Award winning wife, flamenco dance extraordinaire Yaelisa, the two have forged the path for authentic as well as experimental flamenco through their groundbreaking productions. Jason's album "Distancias" has received much critical acclaim and his compositions have been compared to some of Spain's most important guitarists. Jason is endorsed by D'Addario Strings, Stephen Faulk Guitars, Glenn Canin Guitars and Ethan Deutsch Guitars.

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Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman

Before meeting in California, Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman both grew up surrounded by sound. The daughter of a blue-collar songwriter father, Melody grew up listening to everything from the Beatles to Bill Monroe. After studying percussion and voice at Humboldt State University and in India and Brazil, she co-founded the women’s world fusion a cappella group AkaBella.

Originally from Richmond, VA with Appalachian musical ancestry, Jacob fell hard for his first love, rock ‘n’ roll, but it was Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead that turned him on to American folk music. He studied jazz guitar at Oberlin College, dabbling in jug band music before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area and jumping into the local bluegrass and roots music scene, where he met Melody.

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David West

David West has produced over sixty albums as a staff producer for CMH records in Los Angeles, and many more as a freelance producer through his Play Ball! Musical Services and Studio "Z" based in Santa Barbara, CA.

As a session guitarist - acoustic and electric, bassist - upright and electric, banjoist - 5-string, and mandolinist, he has appeared on hundreds of albums, TV shows and commercials plus many film sound tracks.

His early career was spent on the road as an accompanist touring the US and Europe and has, for the last nearly 20 years been primarily a studio musician. He still occasionally tours, backing up some of his favorite musicians, including Peter Lewis - Moby Grape, Chris Hillman - Byrds, Nashville/California songwriter Kate Wallace, and musician, musicologist, educator Peter Feldmann.

David West is a member of AFM local 308.

David West, President-for-Life
Play Ball! Musical Services

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Vicki Genfan
Drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, Vicki is redefining ‘singer/songwriter culture.’ With a mastery of the acoustic guitar that borders on pure alchemy, audiences are mesmerized by the waves of sound Vicki creates with just two hands and her voice. Using 29 alternate tunings and the percussive technique she calls ‘slap-tap’, you’ll find the addition of her pure, expressive vocals that dig deep and stir the heart to be the perfect accompaniment on many of her songs. Vicki writes and beautifully sings her own brand of music and lyrics while putting her unmistakable imprint on familiar tunes like the Beatles’ Norwegian Wood. An evening with Vicki is far more than a concert; stories, warmth and humor come gift wrapped in an unforgettable evening of music that leaves the audience always wanting more.

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Martin Tallstrom
Martin Tallstrom, is a Swedish guitarist who has become friends with MiniFlex. His YouTube videos using the 2Mic have brought attention to both MiniFlex and to Martin’s beautiful melodies and fluid style. His first video using the MiniFlex 2Mic is posted below, as well as at Martin’s site. The video features a beautiful version of the Procol Harum classic A Whiter Shade of Pale.

"When I read about this new acoustic guitar microphone design from Ken Donnell of MiniFlex," Martin said, "I immediately thought: ‘This is what I´ve been looking for!’ Very, very natural sound and - because of its design - less risk of feedback problems. So far, it seems great!"

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Christoffer Wadensten
I just wanted to drop a quick note. I’ve done a lot of shows with the4 MiniFlex now getting more and more happy with it. I did a show last week on a big stage. It happened again...the sound engineer was blown away!

There were other bands playing that evening, using standard piezo [pickups]. After hearing my MiniFlex the sound engineer said: "It should be illegal not to use this system."

I could see several musicians looking into the sound hole of my guitars on stage after the show. Well, just wanted to give you a big thank you again.

"We did half our spring tour (2010) with the MiniFlex and I am still just as excited every time I plug in," he said. "It's wonderful to hear that it sounds just like my guitar, but louder!"

Christoffer Wadensten is an accomplished guitarist for the Swedish band, Meadows Ever Bleeding.

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Gary L. Zimnicki
When authenticity is needed, Gary Zimnicki turns to MiniFlexMic. There are no limits to the kind or style of stringed instrument that Gary Zimnicki can build and Gary says this approach sets him apart from other builders. "My goal with each project is to produce an instrument that will perfectly match each customer's needs and tastes..." he writes at his Web site. "My customers have the unique opportunity to be as involved as they want in the design of their instrument. Of course, I am also quite happy to make suggestions, drawing on my years of experience building all different styles of guitars."

I think people come to me for a number of reasons, but the ones I like working with most are the people who have an idea in their head of the "ideal" instrument. They know they can't get what they want in a guitar store so they turn to me to help make their idea a reality. I have never limited my customers in terms of only building certain kinds of instruments or certain sizes. And, hopefully, they have heard that I am willing to work closely with them on the design. These days I also get a good number of people who come to me because they have seen or heard my instruments. Altogether, I have about 300 scattered about, mostly in the US, but also some in Europe, Asia and South America. Fewer than half of my customers want amplification, but when they do, they often don't have any particular product in mind and they ask me for advice. I generally have recommended various types of piezo transducers because my experience with single internal mics is that they are pretty prone to feedback. However, the new MiniFlex 2Mic system seems to have addressed that concern quite well.

Gary L. Zimnicki, 15106 Garfield Ave.,Allen Park, MI 48101, Phone: 313-381-2817

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Yeman Al-Rawi
Hello Mr. McBeen,

My talent show performance went well and the sound was fabulous, and during rehearsals, the combination of the 2Mic system with the piezo pickup was heavenly! I loved it.

Also, I made a recording with a local singer and I used the 2Mic combined with my large-condenser MXL and it brought me the best recorded sound I heard out of my guitar.

I'm planning to post new videos and get a few new songs recorded for a CD out sometime later this year or early next year. I'll keep you updated!

Best wishes,
- Yeman

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Sam Broussard
Sam Broussard generates a cyclone of guitar. On acoustic, electric and electric slide he carries the music of his ancestry farther than it’s ever gone, and garners the lion’s share of spontaneous applause for his soloing skills. Add to that his songwriting, arranging and tenor singing and the result is a feast of creativity that can motivate a packed dance hall or a concert audience.

He is a member of the band "Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboy's". They began over twenty years ago with a reputation for excellence. Their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight early on, and by their third release, Trace of Time, had garnered them a Grammy nomination in the worldwide field of traditional folk music, another in 2004 for Bon Reve, in 2009 for Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and again in 2011 for their latest release, Grand Isle.

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Maury Rutch
Maury Rutch is known to musicians around the world as the owner of Maury’s Music in Coaldale, Pennsylvania. His extraordinary customer service and selection of Martin, Takamine and Blueridge guitars are the frequent fodder on the acoustic guitar forums.

But Maury’s involvement in music doesn’t stop as a shop owner. He’s also an experienced and busy working musician who actually plays the guitars, pickups and accessories he sells.

I started taking guitar lessons in 1985 and I never stopped playing. Not once. Sports and school had absolutely no interest to me, but I knew even back then that music was it. In high school I joined a bar band and since then I've never stopped playing in public. I've worked with rock bands, acoustic trios, duos and solo over the years.

In 2003 my wife and I wanted to try and start a business together and music was my first thought. We began selling parts and strings for acoustic guitars and that quickly grew into our becoming one of CF Martin's top 15 US dealers. The reason we are so successful is that I play every single product we sell - including pickups.

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Henry Nam of Sheltered Turtle
I’m proud to announce that I’m now an endorsee of MiniFlex Microphones! For a long time, I’ve searched for a one-stop solution to get a natural-sounding, convenient solution to acoustic guitar amplification. Installation is very easy and non-intrusive/non-destructive provided you already have a 1/2? hole for an endpin jack. They also provide a kit to aid in the process, an extra step ignored by many pickup manufacturers.

The thing that sets the Miniflex design apart from other similar microphones is its dual mic system that are mechanically out of phase which drastically reduces feedback. Using microphones to pick up the sound of the guitar also provides a more natural sounding amplification than standard pickup systems. One mic is centered under the sound hole while the other is under the bridge.

Before I became an endorsed artist, I had need to contact their customer service. Someone picked up the phone immediately and helped address my questions and take care of my problem: no automated switchboard, no transfers, no getting put on hold. Just Jim, a regular, friendly sales rep on the line. In the coming days, I’ll be writing a full review of the model 1 with sound samples and comparison with other pickup systems. In the mean time, check them out!

From: "I now endorse MiniFlex Microphones! - Posted by Sheltered Turtle on Jun 8, 2013."

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David Thom
During sound check with Sycamore Slough String Band at the Great American Music Hall, I was able to hear my mandolin, in all of its acoustic brilliance, bouncing off the back wall. It was actually louder than the drums. I asked, "Mr. Soundman, can you please turn down the mandolin?"

This is the first time in my life I've uttered those words while playing alongside electric instruments. Thank you, Ken and Miniflex Microphones! You have opened up a number of additional revenue streams for this musician.

David Thom is a former guitarist for the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, leader of the David Thom Band, and mandolinist for Vintage Grass and Sycamore Slough String Band

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David Gallegos

Hello Jim & Ken!
Please accept my apologies for not being able to get back to you sooner - I’ve been dealing with e-mail problems since switching over to my new web host, but I think I’ve finally managed to get things in order.

Anyway...regarding the balance problem I was having. All gone!!! Not sure what the issue was, whether it was a matter of angling the mic differently, or the fact that I also tried changing string brands & tension - either way, everything sounds awesome!! I can’t think of the last time my guitar sounded so good in a live situation! :) I’ve already used it twice more on stage since my last e-mail to you, and I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am with this mic. I really don’t think I’ll ever plug back into my acoustic’s under saddle pickup again. In fact, my band and I will be making our debut performance at the House of Blues here in Dallas at the end of the month, and I can’t wait to use my MiniFlex mic through their system!!

Just a little fact, before hearing about the MiniFlex Mic, I was anxiously awaiting the release of L.R. Baggs’ Lyric Classical internal mic - I wanted this system SOOO bad, based on a couple of online videos and some limited positive feedback. I was just about to place my order, when I saw that a friend of mine, (flamenco guitarist, Jason McGuire), had just tested it and was completely unsatisfied with it - he then said that the MiniFlex Mic was, hands down, the best mic to use - and that there was really no comparison in getting the most natural tone out of his acoustic with your mics. Of course, another big concern of mine was feedback issues for live use. He said he rarely had any problems - so I immediately looked you guys up, threw caution to the wind and said I trust his judgment, and contacted you about purchasing the mic I have now. I have to say, that I am SOOO glad that I did - and can’t believe how close I came to missing out on such an amazing mic. To make things even sweeter, you had this mic on sale!! :)

Again, thank you so much guys!! You truly have an amazing product on your hands, and as soon as I can afford it, I’m going to outfit all of my acoustics with the model 5, and my main guitar with the model 7… so that I can have in time for the recording of my new CD.

Have a great week guys!!!

David Gallegos

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David Lindorfer

The Austrian nylon-string guitarist, David Lindorfer, convinces with a charming, elegant and very virtuosic performance. On his debut album "Between Places", David shows what he understands under "nylon crossover" - David creates his compositions from a rich repertoire of classical music, modern fingerstyle, world music and jazz. Thus, David delivers elegant guitar pieces with a great deal of tonal expression, in addition to dynamic funk pieces with a vigorous groove. He also presents captivating, percussive slap techniques and fascinating harmonic design. With "Between Places", David has managed to create an entertaining and pithy debut, which will once again serve as the point of departure for a great guitar career.

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