2017 was a very exciting year for Russo Music and the greater musical instrument world. We heard the electric guitar died, but we couldn't make the funeral as we were too busy playing guitar. We went to festivals and factories, hosted concerts and clinics, and built limited-edition guitars. We repaired thousands of instruments, from broken strings to broken pegheads and refrets to neck resets. Thanks so much for being part of our most fun year to date and we're looking forward to hanging out in the new year.
The Year in Russo Music Films
Our Trip to D'Addario
We took a trip to Long Island to get the inside scoop on D’Addario and Evans' factory operations. Check out our videos from the tour below.
On December 27th 2016, we launced our weekly Snacks series. That's one year of 90-second gear demos with Russo Music Snacks! Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more.
Custom Pedals with Neptune Tattoo - We joined forces with Neptune Tattoo and Fuzzrocious to create one of a kind fuzz pedals.
Lunareclipse - Twelve clipping diodes on a rotary switch and one crappy wolf costume.
Blast Furnace - We shot a quick demo of the Blast Furnace in the same welding shop where our videographer was born.
Earthquaker Erupter Fuzz
We made short PSA to warn the world about the dangers of the one-knob wonder-fuzz.
We got stuck at Summer NAMM when our flight was cancelled and brainstormed this little beauty at a Nashville bar with Ken Haas, CEO of Reverend Guitars. The limited model launched in November and it came out great! Thanks for blowing it [redacted] Airlines!
Top Instagram Posts
Check out our top posts of the year from our Instagram. Click here and give us a like.
1: Pete Steinkopf of the Bouncing Souls at the Stone Pony Summer Stage.
2: Howie takes a used Gibson Dave Grohl for a spin.
3: Brian Fallon debates the nuances of Gibson Custom Shop Flametops
4: A nice clean pedal board setup from the shop.
5: A wall of Ampeg bass rigs
Asbury Park Events
Taylor New for 2017 Event and our Fall Road show
We got the first peak at the new Taylor 2017 offerings in the spring and had a blast at our annual Road Show event in the fall. Look out for the new for 2018 event coming your way soon!
Asbury Park Surf Music Festival
Always a blast, we brought D'Addario and Earthquaker down to Convention Hall and let everyone play around with 32 EQD Pedals on at once!
Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Count Basie Theatre
Our annual meet and greet in the lobby of the Count Basie theatre thanks to Gretsch Guitars and Mr. Brian Setzer. Always a good time talking Gretsch with fanatics in the wild.
Reverend Release Party
We release our limited Reverend Guitar and threw a party about it with Ken and Penny Haas. Gil Paris also showed up and blew us away!
D’addario Playback Anniversary Event
We were one of the first stores to adopt the D'Addario Playback string recycling program. We threw a free restring event for the anniversary and boy were our arms tired.
Dave Evans from Martin stopped by for a Martin Guitars History lesson. Craig Thatcher impressed the whole crowd as usual with his flatpicking and fingerstyle alike.
Drum Clinic with Matt Halpern
Matt Halpern from Periphery stopped by to talk about drums, music business, success and the art of being nice.
DW Paiste Clinic with Rich Skanella
We hosted a great clinic with Rich Skanella, former touring drummer from Bon Jovi talking DW and Paiste.
New Russo Music Merch
We've got a whole new line of merch up on the wall. Shirts, hoodies, picks, koozies, and more! Click here to shop online.