I’m soo in love with this guitar!!
I remember playing an AMI guitar for the first time at Summer NAMM in Nashville and loved the feel and the well balanced tone in the acoustic setting.
Then I got one, and it got even better.
The fullness of sound I got out of the box it was shipped in was flawless. Then I plugged it in, and as a performing artist and songwriter, I just knew that “Scarlett” (that’s what she has been named) was going to be such a huge asset to each performance. Taking her to venues performances, compared to the guitar I used to tour with was night and day. Like I said, the fullness of tone from top to bottom is super balanced. Yet, even better was each compliment I received from sounds guys, other guitar players and fans who all thought the guitar was not only “beautiful” but sounded and played great. They say that every guitar has a song and a story, I can’t wait to see what journey this AMI AG200 takes me on.
Born in La Grande, Oregon, Morgan Alexander is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He grew up in the Willamette Valley, in Albany, Oregon; and it was here that it all began.
Morgan’s musical journey started in the public-school system at North Albany Middle and West Albany High. Under the teachings of Frank Kenny (band) and James Angaran (choral), he learned classical and jazz standards, including training on the clarinet, bass clarinet, percussion, piano, bass, and vocals.
After high school, Morgan attended the highly acclaimed vocal jazz program, “Soundsation” under the direction of Kirk Marcy at Edmonds C.C. in Seattle, Washington. While there, he began to grow in a highly competitive, rigorous performance program, while studying the art of music theory.
At 19, Morgan took a job in his hometown as a radio personality at KXPC-FM. In his time at the station, Morgan wore many hats, including: on-air personality, production director, jingle writer and more. After a few years of learning and developing knowledge in this radio region, he moved to Portland’s KWJJ-FM where he performed similar duties. In Portland, he also resumed his love of entertainment and took the position as music director for the famed Ponderosa Lounge. In that role, Morgan was responsible for booking and coordinating the in-house live music. He also introduced the first “Battle of the Bands,” which still hosts bands and artists year after year. In 2005, a local guitar player, Allen Jones first introduced Morgan to playing a guitar. He, along with many other bands, provided Morgan with instruction that eventually led to his first song “More Baby More,” featured on his American Soul album.
After that, Morgan continued to gain momentum in the world of live performance and had the opportunity to open for Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Eric Church, John Michael Montgomery and various touring acts that came through Oregon. These opportunities ultimately led to Morgan’s decision to move to Nashville, Tennessee in 2009. Once in Nashville, he performed his first song on the famed stage at the Bluebird Cafe, and shortly after began working at WKDF-FM and Cumulus Media. Years later, Morgan still works as an on-air personality and producer for the various stations affiliated and owned by Cumulus; but music was his calling and true passion. To engage in the local music scene, Morgan began playing at various writers’ rounds, festivals, and Nashville’s famed honkytonks on Broadway.
These experiences led Morgan to write with numerous, gifted writers across various genres. These artists include: Stephanie Quayle, Two Way Crossing, David Shelby, Crystal Shawanda, Jessica Rose, Ayla Brown, Carrie Cunningham and more.
Since 2014, Morgan has performed nearly 150 shows each year locally and throughout the country. He has been featured on radio stations all over the world, including the famed 650AM WSM. In 2017, he also had his first radio release “Breaking My Heart,” which was number one for three weeks on the Country Internet Charts.
Morgan’s time in Nashville has also allowed him to continue to share the stage with some of country’s biggest talents. Collin Raye, Kellie Pickler, Stacey Mitchhart, Love and Theft, A Thousand Horses, Two Way Crossing, Stephanie Quayle, David Shelby, to name a few.
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I’m absolutely loving my AMI SJM AG45 Guitar! The tone is so even and balanced across the spectrum. From small theaters to large outdoor venues, It plays in tune, stays in tune, and sounds fantastic! It is a pleasure to have out on The Little River Band tour! Thank you AMI for making such a great instrument.
Colin Whinnery is a member of The Little River Band, an accomplished Nashville musician, songwriter, and engineer. He has toured as a guitar player with Wynonna Judd, Lonestar,
Bryan White, and Savannah Jack, On bass, he’s worked with Carolyn Dawn
Johnson, Billy Gilman, Bryan White, and Tim Rushlow from Little Texas. His
songwriting credits include cuts for Triple Scoop Music Licensing, and have
been placed in many TV shows, including The Young and The Restless, All About
Us, Huff, One Life to Live, and All My Children. In stark contrast, he has
engineered sessions for many artists including Willie Nelson and Jamie O’Hara, to name just a few. He brings this wide range of experience to the stage as a member of The Little River
Band, adding a fresh energy to the rhythm section, to the vocal stack and as lead singer, as well.
For more information visit: www.littleriverband.com/colin-whinnery
I had the opportunity to try the AMI Classical Guitar (model CMC-6E) and I fould that it had a nice feel and sound. The sound of the guitar is a great match for my playing and for the styles of my playing (Peru Negro, Festejo, Musica Criolla, Valse Criollo, Peruvian Cumbia, etc). It also has a very good amplification system (Fishman) and excellent resonance and tone. I highly recommend the CMC-6E to classical guitar players of all styles of music.
It has a very good amplification system and very good resonance which I recommend
Victor Vento is the first Latin artist and the first Peruvian artist ever to sign with AMI Guitars.
Born on June 9th 1960 in Lima, Peru, he started feeling the strong attraction for musical instruments as a little boy, particularly the guitar. He began playing at the very young age of 9 years old, encouraged by his brother, Rolando Vento, a well known musician in their country.
Victor participated in many school music festivals and competitions and eventually won first prize. This led to him becoming a professional guitarist at the age of 16 years old. It was at that point that he recorded his first album, which was followed by many more releases. He was also an in-demand accompanist, performing regularly with many well-known singers on Peruvian television shows and in concerts.
In 1984, in the city of Los Angeles California, Vento would join the band, “Inca: The Peruvian Ensemble “ which led to a series of tours throughout the United States. It would be in L.A. where he would not only establish his own recording studio, producing his own projects and producing recordings for other international artists, but also his teaching facility, where he is producing the next generation of professional classical guitarists.
Fluent in jazz and traditional classical guitar, Victor is first and foremost a master of Peruvian guitar styles, including Peru Negro, Festejo, Musica Criolla and Valse Criollo.
Victor continues his demanding performance schedule (over 200 shows per year) and also serves as the Musical Director of Peruvision, a Los Angeles-based community organization that specializes in bringing the Peruvian Music to the people of California through performances and festivals.
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The AMI model GZCE-3 is an amazing guitar. I use it both when I play solo and when I play in ensemble settings. When I play it I feel inspired to create melodies and songs in a special way. It plays really well and easily and has well balanced intonation throughout the fingerboard. When finger-picked, the notes are succinct and articulate and when strummed it projects a brilliant but warm hum due to the solid Alpine Sitka Spruce top. The Fishman Flex Plus pickup system provides true transparency of sound and its simple 3 (three) knob control panel facilitates efficiently expedient control when amplified. I brought it to a recent recording session and the engineer was stunned he heard how good the rich tones sounded. It also looks as beautiful as it sounds, from the natural lines of the wood on the top, to the beautiful inlays to the stunningly elegant headstock. The GZCE-3 is a real head turner and ear pleaser.
Scott Detweiler is an award-winning artist who was born and raised in New Orleans. Now based in Los Angeles, California, he performs regularly, backed by his Detweiler N.O. Funksemble, solo, and as church cantor. In addition to performing throughout the U.S., he has performed in Asia, Europe and South America. Scott is a prolific lyricist and composer of jazz standards, blues, opera, chamber music, ballets, sacred, etc, in the grand tradition of American composers such as Bernstein, Marsalis and Gershwin. He also has a large catalog of music composed for acoustic guitar. In Los Angeles he studied with Henri Mancini, Pulitzer Prize winning composer Dr. Albert Harris and lyricist K.A. Parker. In New Orleans, he studied as a private student of orchestration in the home of Ellis Marsalis, jazz guitar at Loyola University and music composition and voice at University of New Orleans. As a composer, his orchestral debut was with New Orleans Symphony, and as for dance, he has composed and collaborated with Gabriel Masson Dance Company (New York), Martin Dancers (North Hollywood) and Ballet Memphis (Memphis). Scott’s music can also be heard in movie soundtracks. He is a compelling performer and is known for his funk-infused arrangements of blues, gospel and soul classics and for performing his self-arranged horn standards, for guitar. Scott’s funk-infused style has been compared mostly with the playing of Grant Green. He has worked with Chamber Players of Los Angeles, members of the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra and has opened for The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Gregg Allman, David Bromberg, The Neville Brothers, Arlo Guthrie and Woodenhead. Scott is a writer of hundreds of songs not only for his own releases, but also for other artists, including funk band sensation, Orgone. He has released over 20 (twenty) albums under his own name, including his recent “Magnificat In Blue”, a blues/jazz based oratorio based on a bible story. Detweiler is the recipient of The Congressional Certificate of Recognition, has been honored by Billboard Music Awards, The Nashville City Song Festival, Utah Composer’s Guild and serves as a juror and Board of Directors member for the Gohar & Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Competition & Festival at California State University Los Angeles. He is a performing artist in the California Penal System through the Office of Restorative Justice (Los Angeles Archdiocese), works with San Diego, California-based Guitars In The Classroom and is also a sought-after consultant by leading international musical instrument and music product manufacturers. For more information see
John “Spazz” Hatton
I have played many acoustic bass guitars over the years. The AMI bass boomed and filled the room with bass-tone the first time I tried it. Especially cool was the fretless model! I had never seen a fretless acoustic bass before. The AMI and I developed a tight bond the second I twanged it. What fun it is to slip and slide on that perfect neck! The fret lines indicate spot-on intonation, but this bass is so fine that you can play it blindfolded! The built-in tuner can be seen with the lights off, too! Amplified, this axe rocks and rolls! Slapping and sliding! The only problem is that you can’t stand on it.
John "Spazz" Hatton
John Hatton has been playing instruments since he was 6 years old when he begged his dad to get him a violin. He excelled on that instrument culminating with a two year stint with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra during his Junior and Senior years of high school.
His journey with jazz string bass began with the Affton High School Stage Band in the suburbs of St. Louis. Shortly after he picked up the bass guitar and joined “The Marauders”, a very successful teen band in the St. Louis sock-hop scene.
His love affair with the string bass continued through his college years where he played in the Graceland University Orchestra and later in the Kansas City Conservatory of Music Orchestra and Jazz Workshop. He was still rockin’ on the bass guitar with his college band, “The Morticians”. The violin was gathering dust.
The Kansas City jazz scene was a great training ground. Mr. Hatton was soon earning a full time living playing steady in night clubs and learning to play quality Be Bop. He became Kansas City’s ‘first call’ bassist and was fortunate to get calls to play with some of the traveling artists that came through town. Elvis, Liza Minelli, Clark Terry, Marilyn Maye, and the Righteous Brothers were among them. Hatton also formed a Kansas City production company specializing in TV and Radio jingles, producing for Lincoln-Mercury, Doninic’s in Chicago and Schick among others.
The legendary pianist, Gene Harris of the “Three Sounds” offered him a gig, and Mr. Hatton spent two years on the road playing in jazz clubs all over the USA. This tour led him to Los Angeles in 1974 where he has lived since.
Los Angeles became the land of opportunity for this musician. He landed his first gig with Stan Worth, composer of many Hannah-Barbara hits including “George of the Jungle”. Stan used John for many live TV shows and movie scores. After Stan’s passing, John joined “Just Four Grins”, a band composed of young studio musicians. This band became the back-up band for Seals and Crofts for their summer tour of ’78. In 1981 he toured with the ebullient Dolly Parton and recorded sound track clips for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”.
John’s bass experiences have encompassed a multitude of styles. Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical, Dixieland, Big Band, Disco, Rock, Rap and Rockabilly to name a few. He has played behind superstars including Dolly Parton, Jose Feliciano, Ray Anthony, Maynard Ferguson, John Davidson, Tony Bennet, Little Milton, Al Jarreau, Bob Dylan, Bob Hope, Supertramp, Little Richard, Etta James, Herb Jeffries, Danny Gans, Vonda Shepherd, Hank Ballard, Shirley Jones, Billy Lee Riley, Nannette Fabere’, and the list goes on.
John honed his 50’s slap-bass style in Rhino Records’ “Big Daddy”, an 8-piece 50’s band, which turned modern hits into retro 50’s classics. This band conquered the world with a top 10 hit and a tour of England. Their eight-week gig in Sydney, Australia, landed them another hit with their version of “The Land Down Under”. It was in this band that Hatton created the character known as “Spazz”, the slide-rule-wielding nerd. The moniker has followed him to this day.
Johnny “Spazz” Hatton has been playing rockabilly slap bass with the Brian Setzer Orchestra since February of 2002 and has recorded six Grammy-Nominated CD’s, “Nitro Burnin’ Funny Daddy”, “Boogie Woogie Christmas”, “Dig That Crazy Christmas”, “Wolfgang’s Big Night Out” and “Songs From Lonely Avenue” and Setzer’s latest CD, “Brian Setzer Goes Instru-Mental”. Hatton has appeared with BSO on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brian, The Today Show, Christmas at Rockefeller Center, Christmas in Washington DC, a state dinner at the White House for President George W. Bush, The Tony Danza Show, VH1 Classics, Sirius Radio and more.
John has been touring with Royal Crown Review since 2006, visiting most of the European turf. The band and their hit, “Hey Pachuco”, was featured live in the Movie, “Mask”, with Jim Carey, and specializes in jumpin’ jazzy swing.
John has been touring with Jose Feliciano since August of 2008 visiting South America, the Caribbean, Japan and Singapore in addition to the Christmas, “Feliz Navidad” tour.
And by the way, the violin has been resurrected and placed in service at John’s church, Community of Christ, Canoga Park, on an occasional Sunday morning
John Hatton endorses AMI Guitars, Eden Electronics, King Doublebass, Blast Cult basses, Fender Instruments, Gretch guitars, Hallmark guitars, SWR Amplifiers, Nady Systems, Knucklehead strings and La Bella strings.
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I love my AMI guitar (model SGBCE5) because it has inspires my songwriting and it has a warm and vibrant feel. It’s like the craftsmanship and wood create a bond with my creativity. I am really excited to play it whether I am writing alone, with songwriting partners, playing live gigs or online performances. Kelly’s Lot is turning 25 (twenty five) years old and my AMI guitar has brought a breath of new inspiration to our music.
Thank you, AMI Guitars!
I really like AMI guitars. They are all so beautiful, play well and sound incredible. My AMI Resonator guitar is an amazing instrument because it sounds really good acoustically and it also sounds amazing when plugged in. It is the only resonator guitar that I play. I recommend it to any guitar player!
Kelly's Lot was formed in 1995 by Kelly Zirbes (Kelly Z), a Los Angeles singer songwriter with a heart for the blues. She met Texas guitarist Perry Robertson in 1996, who joined the band and started writing songs with Kelly Z, and added the southern rock influences that have shaped their sound. With a dozen CDs under their belt and decades of touring in the USA and Europe, the band continues to release all original roots rock and blues material. Kelly Z and Perry Robertson have continued to play as an acoustic duo since the beginning and in the last 10 (ten) years have also developed an 8 (eight) piece band that is well respected by the American blues scene. Among the larger festivals on which they are regularly featured are Waterfront Blues Festival (Oregon) and Carson City Festival (Nevada). They are also regularly featured at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, Kern River Festival, Ventura County Blues Festival and Oxnard Jazz Festival (all in California) and Lavaudieu Music Festival in France. Their songs have been included in movie and television sound tracks and have also been covered by other artists. Kelly Z is currently working on material for a couple of upcoming film projects and grabbing inspiration from her fans with her ‘Facebook Word Challenge’ that has provided fodder and inspiration for some of her best material. Perry, an award-winning sound engineer and producer, is helping to fine tune these songs as they continue to produce new original material.
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