Hello to all out there who are using or have an interest in one of our Logjam stompers.
The world is going through a crisis what with global warming , here in Britain “Brexit”, and the divisive politics that are currently rife here and elsewhere. At Logjam we are continually looking to change and improve what we do, both in the way we make our instruments and the materials that we use and so to do what we can in our small way to promote a feeling of well-being.
One of the big issues highlighted by David Attenborough is the problem of single use plastics. Now we currently wrap our units in a plastic bubble bag. We checked recently to see if there is an economic paper alternative… as far as we can see there is nothing on the market at all which would perform the same task. We have therefore decided to use corrugated cardboard as a way to cut down on plastic waste. Perhaps you imagine this is to save money? Not at all ! Each unit will then have to be individually wrapped in a painstaking way which will involve labour costs. The upshot will be more expense… for us. We think it’s worth it. We will be rolling this out initially on the smaller instruments but with the intention of including the whole range.
We would be interested to hear from you on your views about sustainable timber and possible alternatives. We currently use Sapele, which is certificated timber brought in from Africa. As with most woods though, there may ultimately be a problem with the use of many of them in instrument construction. We have already seen the effect that the CITES regulations have had on the use of rosewood in guitar construction. It is probable that these regulations will be extended to the use of other timbers. We have looked at using Richlite ( a semi-synthetic material used now in place of ebony in guitar fingerboards) but this is hideously expensive and only seems to work in fingerboards because of the very thin strip of material needed and the huge cost of ebony… if you can even get hold of it. Once more, an endangered species. So there you have it… answers on a postcard etc.
On to a happier subject… we will again be exhibiting at NAMM, Anaheim, California in 2019. We will be in the same booth as last year Hall E #1411 (Show dates are from 24-27 Jan. 2019). Come and see us ! We will have our new instrument on display and all our old favourites too… talking of old favourites, The Logfather will be around to chat about Logjam and we have been really lucky to get our old friend Terl Bryant to come along to the show to do some demos for us. We gather there is a possibility that virtuoso guitarist Chris Woods will also be on the Log Stand. We are looking forward to it. It’s a wonderful show.
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading.
Hello all, … I hope your summer has been good if you are in a summery place and that our Logjam stompers are continuing to give thumping good service too…
Look out for our new ad campaign which you may find amusing…it’s called “Don’t leave without your Log” and the first ads will be appearing in UKE Magazine and also the Autumn Issue of Guitarist Presents Acoustic
We are often asked by you for Log merchandise …bits and pieces… T Shirts …phone covers, mugs etc etc. Well now these things are available. Just head over to www.redbubble.com
We would also like to announce that we’ll be exhibiting again at NAMM in Anaheim California from 24-27th January 2019. We will have the same stand space as last year in Hall E Stand no. E1411 so come over and say hello.We’re going to have some surprises for you to check out.
The NAMM show is fantastic. More amazing musicians to the square foot than anywhere else at any time,innovative musical instruments and accessories and gigs going on virtually everywhere. If you’ve never been then get on that plane and GO!!! You won’t regret it.
Well keep on stomping everyone and keep in touch. We always like to hear from you folks out there.
Kind regards to all
The Logfather’s take on a popular musical pastime…
“Do you know this one guys?”
“You MUST know it, EVERYBODY knows this?”
“How does it go?”
“Not quite sure.”
“Do you have a chart bro?”
“Well it goes like this:”
“It’s a little bit funny… erm…this feeling inside… I’m er not one er … how does it go Dave?”
(From across the void…)
“How about this one?”
“What key do you do it in man?”
“Key? Er hang on dude, I think I sing it in… wait a moment…er try it in A…no C …let’s do it in Db.”
” I’m sorry man, but I only play blues.”
“Well this is sort of bluesy… you’ll get the hang of it…it’s just a turnaround …with a few passing chords.”
“I just love this really obscure track by Stan Butcher … you must have heard of him right???”
“Erm… oh yeah, wasn’t he the guy who was convicted on 17 counts of rape in new Orleans in 1924?”
“Yeah that’s right but it wasn’t really true… anyway it’s got this really dissonant thing going on which is great with bassoon, double bass and zither”
“Does anybody know “Streets of London”?”
There are many people who are , perhaps understandably, frightened of snakes. And of course, nobody wants to be poisoned by a King Cobra. But they are part of the rich biodiversity of our planet, and like so many other creatures they are endangered. They are rather wonderful and contrary to popular belief , not slimy, but dry to the touch. To feel a snake in your hands is a rather magical and curious thing.
It is because of our concern that we have launched our new Prolog Black Mamba Special Edition. For a short period we are offering these at the same price as our standard Prolog … and bearing in mind that they come with a free Logjam gig bag and Special Edition Black Mamba keyring they are a bargain.
Helping to Save The Snakes
In addition, we have teamed up with savethesnakes.org and we will be donating £1.00 for each Prolog Black Mamba Edition sold from our website… so you can help too when you invest in one. Please go to the savethesnakes website and take a look.
Read about Kamal Devkota and his efforts to educate the citizens of Nepal with regard to snakes. If you have a chance also check out Vava Suresh whose amazing career in saving snakes in Kerala India has led to him being shortlisted for the BBC Outlook International Inspiration Award.
Thanks for reading…I’ll be back soon with some more Logjam news… keep on stomping !!!
It’s been many years since The Logfather first picked up a guitar. It was a time when dinosaurs still roamed the earth and that first cheap Russian 6 string instrument had a neck that was reminiscent of a banana.My parents assumed it was just a fad so didn’t feel that a large investment was appropriate. Needless to say it was about as useful as a banana in musical terms.There was certainly no way I was going to sound like my hero of the time… Hank Marvin… well he’s still a hero in fact.
This week at Frankfurt Musikmesse I’ve been thinking about what makes us want to play music.I’ve been musing on the fact that there are thousands of instruments of every type which are readily available to any young man or woman who wants to “have a go”.Even the cheap stuff is playable. No more bent necks or plywood specials. But has something been lost?
All around are brilliant people playing in exceptional ways. Lots of young talent. Great musicians of the future. And maybe this will sound begrudging and a little silly but I miss the way it was. Perhaps it will seem like an old fossil being nostalgic. It’s just that I feel we have replaced a wonderful simplicity with a world of ever-expanding technique and technology. I find it rather soulless and exhausting.
The things which moved me at The Messe were a bunch of guys playing a percussion jam (pictured)…and how they played…like their lives depended on it…and a guy demonstrating how to “make” a cymbal…he just had a hammer… “and that reminds me of a song” …was he “hammering out a warning” I wonder? https://www.facebook.com/LogjamStompers/
Good to be back again … I hope everyone is stomping enthusiastically out there. To help everything along we have just introduced our Logjam Logarhythm 4 LE . This gold edition celebrates 10 years of Logjamming and each one comes with a free goody bag.
In addition to this we are planning a Prolog Special Edition …pictures coming soon. Please keep up with our social media pages for competition information .
Our Logjam personalisation has been so popular that we are continuing our free offer until the end of April 2018… if you’d like your name on the jack plate then get your order in now.
Frankfurt Musik Messe
Please contact us if you would like to meet up during the Frankfurt show… The Logfather will be there.
We were delighted that so many of you came to our stand at NAMM. It was a really successful show for us this year. We had Drummer & Precussionist, Terl Bryant (www.voiceofdrums.com) with us on the stand on Thursday through Saturday and his excellent demos on the cut down kit together with our Logjam stompers created a real buzz.
In particular his inspired playing on the new Cherry Rattlebox was something that fired the imagination of so many musicians who visited us. “The Rattler” as we affectionately refer to it, has been a slow burn but it is picking up fast and we sold out so quickly we were wishing we’d brought more with us.
One of the ideas is to play it while it is placed on top of the snare drum. The combination of the two is very effective. As a hand-held instrument it can be used in a very subtle way also…and of course with the feet.
Check out our Facebook page for photos and videos taken at the show. https://www.facebook.com/LogjamStompers/
Thanks to all our friends and supporters who came along and may you all have a peaceful and happy 2018.
A little while ago we came up with the idea that some of you out there might like to personalise your Logjam stomper and so as a free promotion to launch us into 2018, we are offering to add your name to the jack socket plate absolutely free of charge (until 31st March 2018).After you add your new stomper to the cart just click on the personalisation product page and add your name to the text box… you won’t get charged at the checkout.
In addition to making your Logjam just that bit more special, it’s a pretty good anti-theft device also.
Don’t forget also, that if you are giving a Logjam as a present we also offer free giftwrapping.
Just one more last minute reminder…we are going to be at the NAMM show in Anaheim California on stand no. E1411. The Logfather & top session drummer & percussionist Terl Bryant will be demoing and talking about Logjam stompers from 11.00-11.30 am and 3.00-3.30 pm daily Thursday 25th-Saturday 27th Jan…so come along and join us.All are welcome.
We have been very busy in “The Log Cave” with Log production being at full tilt. Nevertheless our small and dedicated team found a little time last night to celebrate the festive season at Spoons.(Unfortunately The Dorchester was fully booked).
Nothing wrong with Spoons though and in The Logfather’s humble opinion, if anybody deserves to feature in the honours list, it’s Tim Martin. Without Wetherspoon this town would be completely dead. Our local,”The Duke’s Head” is more like a community centre than a pub. People of all ages and social class mingle amicably, and that is a huge achievement.”Well done” is what we say.
Our Limited Edition Prologs have been really well received but yesterday we had a request from a Log enthusiast for one of our traditional burgundy-plated Prologs but with the same extras as the Limited Edition Gold Prolog… this is no problem at all…just ring or email us. There’s still time to get UK orders out to you before Christmas… and Next Day tracked carriage is free !
For anyone attending NAMM in Anaheim California in January 2018 this is just a reminder that we are going to be there. We are on stand E 1411 and you will find a friendly welcome from Howard (aka The Logfather) and also from ace drummer and percussionist Terl Bryant. (www.terlbryant.com).We are doing demos twice a day on the stand at 11.00-11.30 am and 3.00-3.30pm so come along for a chat. All welcome. We hope to see you there.
Once again …this is to wish everybody a Happy Christmas and a Very Happy New Year from all at Logjam.
Over the years we have had numerous requests to explain how to care for your Logjam stomper. As a result we have decided to produce a care kit which will be all you need to rejuvenate your Prolog,Logarhythm,Travelog, Microlog or Rattlebox.
We have a special offer at the moment which means you can get a care kit absolutely free with one of our gold plated Logjam Prolog Limited Edition models.These also come with a free gig bag and as we haven’t got many left, make sure you get yours now… they are only available on our website.
We are also continuing our Black Friday Deal until tomorrow and with this you will get a FREE Care Kit when you purchase ANY Logjam stompbox.(Offer applies in UK & EU only.)
As you may have gathered, if you take a keen interest in our Instagram page, The Logfather is a great enthusiast for the Scottish Terrier or “Black Aberdeen” (not to be confused with the white West Highland Terrier). The Logfather’s dog Maisie Moo (pictured) is a rescue dog. Moo spent the first 5 years of her life on a puppy farm.As you may be aware these places are often pretty cruel and many Scotties end up being ill-treated and kept in appalling conditions.The Scottish Terrier Emergency Care Scheme (STECS) looks after and finds homes for some of these strange and loveable little creatures and so us Logjam folks have decided that STECS will be our given charity. All web sales will generate a 1% donation to STECS…starting right away. In the future, when you buy a Logjam stomper from us you will be giving a donation to a charity which does some genuine good in the world and makes people smile.
If you would like to know more about STECS or would like to adopt a Scottie click on the link below.
Have a Stompingly Good Christmas Everybody.