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Famed golf club strikes a chord
From the Friday, October 22, 2004 printed edition
of the Augusta Chronicle
Jonathan Karow, the owner of Rock Bottom Music on Broad Street, plays one of the Washburn
"Augusta" model guitars. He ordered a few of the acoustic guitars after he found
the model is named after Augusta National Golf Club.
Michael Holahan/Staff Augusta Chronicle
Guitar model named after Augusta National
Friday, October 22, 2004
| Staff Writer
Augusta's musical notoriety is now
more than just being home to James Brown.
Washburn Guitar company has named one of its models the "Augusta," after
Augusta National Golf Club.
"It's a renowned place," said Kevin Lello, a Washburn spokesman. "We just
wanted a name that kind of has that perception of being higher end."
When contacted, Augusta National had no comment on the guitar.
The dreadnought acoustic guitar is one of the Mundelein, Ill.-based company's higher-end
models, with gold hardware, ebony tuners and a manufacturer's suggested retail price of
"It's a wonderful guitar," said Jonathan Karow, the owner of Rock Bottom Music
on Broad Street.
Mr. Karow said he saw the guitar in Washburn's catalog, which describes the guitar as
being manufactured in the "Spirit of the South," and was intrigued by its name.
"I figured they weren't talking about Augusta, Maine," he said.
Mr. Karow inquired about the name and a Washburn representative told him, "We
probably have a golfer in the house."
Mr. Karow ordered two, even though the model is significantly more expensive than most of
the guitars he normally carries.
The acoustic guitar comes in three styles, and each has the name Augusta emblazoned across
The Augusta guitars are getting some buzz - customers assume he had the guitars custom
"It's nice they didn't put the Augusta name on a cheapie guitar," Mr. Karow
The Washburn "Augusta" acoustic guitar, one of the company's higher-end
models, comes in three styles and two popular finishes.
Photo: Michael Holahan/Staff
The Augusta, GA Rock Bottom Music Center has a Washburn Augusta Guitar on display
which is autographed by The James Brown band (from Augusta, GA) over the years!
Paul Stanley of KISS with one of his signature
Washburn guitars and Randall Amps!
Widespread Panic was formed in 1982 when Washburn
vocalist/guitarist John Bell and guitarist started playing together
in Athens, Georgia. Their loosely Southern rock meets jazz meets
the blues lent itself to extended improvisational flights. Their constant touring
schedule has won them a loyal grass roots following throughout the
nation. Capricorn Records signed them to a deal in 1990 and the band has
released seven strong records through the label.
John Bell plays a Washburn HB35 hollowbody
electric and the NV100.
At Jay Turser, our belief is that good instruments
help musicians develop their skills. We've worked hard to develop ours
by designing guitars and basses with quality and value as our top
Rock Bottom Music is proud to offer the full line of Jay Turser
Musical Instruments at a Rock Bottom Price!
Quality starts with intelligent design that
supports sound and playability. Every aspect of our design process
balances structural needs with the outcome in balance and feel.
There's no point in having a great sounding guitar if it is too heavy
to play on stage or awkward to maneuver between rhythm and lead.
Our friend & major Beatles fan, Roger Enevoldsen enjoying the
selection at Rock Bottom Music in down-town Augusta, GA.
Roger purchased his Epiphone Casino guitar from Rock Bottom
Music and told us that he "enjoys playing it regularly".
Pedals, Processors, and Effects Galore!
Jeanie & Jonathan with Dick Dale "King of Surf Guitar" (see Pulp
Jonathan Karow, Gary Hoey, Jeanie Ba'beenie.
Jonathan played drums at a gig in Austin, TX with Gary.
Rock Bottom Music Centers stock a HUGE selection of strings & accessories!
Jonathan Karow, T.M. Stevens (Recorded or toured with James Brown,
JK, Steve Vai, Joe Cocker, Pretenders, Tina Turner, 2Pac, Billy Joel,
Victor Wooten, Billy Squier, etc...), Uli Jon Roth (The Scorpions), & Jeanie
of Rock Bottom Music stores have served
many combined decades of experience both on stage
and in studios, performing live music, recording, teaching,
engineering, directing, carrying out technical instrument
repairs and even designing and manufacturing popular
musical equipment. We are not just sales people at
Rock Bottom Music. We serve as your personal,
We sell new and used tube amps!
Vintage and Modern Gibson and Fender Guitars.
A few Ovation, Takamine, and Washburn Guitars.
Vintage and Modern Gibson, Stagg, Epiphone,
and Hamer Guitars shown here.
No guitar sounds or looks more like heavy metal than B.C. Rich. From the outrageous
Beast guitar to the infamous Bich and Mockingbird to the legendary Warlock models,
B.C. Rich electric guitars have earned their rock-solid reputation on concert
stages around the world.
That's why influential players have made B.C. Rich guitars their weapon of choice.
From stunning, handmade custom guitars to affordable standard series guitars,
B.C. Rich has the right guitar at the right price for every player.
When you need vicious tones, consummate playability and drop-dead looks,
you need B.C. Rich.
Get the guitar that speaks the language of metal... B.C. Rich!
Jonathan 3, John 5 (Guitarist: M. Manson), John's friend, & Jeanie 9.
Rock Bottom Music's "Fender Gift Shop" offers the full line of
Genuine Fender Gifts, Parts, Pickups, Accessories, Cleaners, Clothing etc.
The perfect, historic gifts & collectibles for the musician or music lover!
Jeanie & Jonathan with Rachel Bolan (Bass) & Scotti Hill (Guitar) of Skid
many years, Rock Bottom Music Centers have provided musicians with some of the
best values in music equipment! These values go over and beyond our great prices!
We are true experts in music equipment and authorized dealers for many of the
industry's top manufacturers. Experience for yourself how Rock Bottom Music
stores offer our customers the best value in musical equipment and much more!
Rock Bottom Music Centers stock a HUGE selection of gifts & accessories!
Congratulations to Ron Harden for winning the 95 Rock
Auction Ibanez Guitar and Epiphone Amp Package!
The package included a Hard Shell Case, 20' Cable,
Rock Bottom Music T-shirt, Electronic tuner,
Ernie Ball Strap, and other goodies!
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