Episode #008 – Hal Henkel and The Guitar Biz


On episode #008 we are joined by guest host Hal Henkel to talk all about the history and current state of the electric guitar business. Hal gives us some insider knowledge about why Gibson shut down their Memphis factory, the reason for Guitar Center’s debt problem, why smaller companies are thriving, his relationships with ESP, PRS, and many more. He also tells us about his career in the industry, how Tupac got him the gig to play on Death Row Records, how the song California Love was conceived, his work with Snoop Dogg, if the axe in Back To the Future movie was period correct, and even a story about playing basketball with George Harrison at Eddie Van Halen’s 5150 studio. This and much more from the guy we call “Mr. N.A.M.M.”

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