Loog Guitars with David Mills at the WOS Day Camp

We recently checked in with our favorite music teacher, David Mills, to see what he was up to lately – turns out he’s been teaching up a storm at the W.O. Smith Music School (WOS) in Nashville this July and even has video to prove it!

WOS Day Camp

Every July, the WOS offers a week-long Day Camp for students aged 7-11 years old, who have little to no experience playing instruments. The kids only pay $50 for the week (the WOS Day camps are funded by the Country Music Association) and, this year, got to play around with multiple instruments to see which one they liked better – Loog Guitar included!

Watch the kids play up a storm on their last day of camp in this video right here (we can’t embed it in this post). Remember – they’re playing this after only four DAYS of classes! This is largely also due to to David’s awesome DoSo Method, which the other teachers rallied around. Read more

Johnny Marr Gets His Own Electric Loog Guitar

Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow – remember when a long, long time ago we actually met Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand and gave him a Loog Guitar? Well, we found out Johnny Marr was in town and…

Johnny Marr and his Electric Loog Guitar

We just couldn’t resist! That’s Johnny holding his very own Electric Loog Guitar during his show in Montevideo. Turns out, Johnny is just the nicest guy ever – we talked about Montevideo, our mutual friend Andrew Loog Oldham, and the amazing work he does with Rock for Kids in Chicago. Such an honor to give him his own little Loog, which he even genuinely seemed to like a lot! Read more

Loog Guitars’ Third NAMM Show Experience

Last week was our third and busiest NAMM Show to date! We had a blast getting to know so many people and jamming with all the folks who dropped by booth #4715.

Loog Guitars at NAMM 2015

The Anaheim Convention Center was brimming with energy from morning til night, the people were super nice and open to meeting everyone there and all the products and music we experienced were awesome. All in all, a pretty amazing experience. You can see all the pics we took right here.

Loog Guitars at NAMM 2015

We always like to land in NAMM with a few surprises up our sleeve and this year was no exception. Our booth featured two new Electric Loog Guitar models that everyone LOVED – it was exciting to see the reception.

See-through and all-wood Electric Loog Guitars

The see-through, acrylic Electric Loog Guitar was the quick fan favorite for its weird factor but the all-wood Electric Loog Guitar soon conquered everyone’s little rock ‘n’ roll hearts. See for yourself:

Loog Guitars at NAMM 2015

The best thing was how many people were open to play with us – we managed to capture a TON of clips on video, which we duly uploaded to our YouTube channel. Here’s one, for instance, of the Branaa family jamming with us:

 

Our friend Lucky Díaz also stopped by and couldn’t help but put the see-through Electric Loog Guitar to the test with Dinamita by his side:

 

And even better – SO many female guitarists taking the time to check the Loog out. Our favorite was Jean, from Toronto, who we met on the last day and was adamant about giving Dinamita a run for his money:

 

And these videos are just the tip of the iceberg. You can find ALL of them here.

Last but not least, thanks to everyone who dropped by our booth to say hi, share a few words and play a little while. You made NAMM 2015 completely worth it – we’re returning home with more stories, more music and more friends than ever!

Happy New Year from the Loog Guitars Team

Happy Loog Year

2014 was a year of learning and growth for Loog Guitars. After ending 2013 with the Electric Loog Guitar becoming 100% funded on Kickstarter, this year promised to be awesome. And it was – just not in the way we were expecting.

Life has the habit of proving you wrong every time you think you’ve got things completely figured out. We could just write about the good stuff but we’ve always preferred a more honest approach. This year, we faced a ton of surprises and challenges that came up at every corner, showing that Murphy’s Law is alive and well everywhere in the world. Loog Guitars is a young company, and with growth comes learning. Thankfully, after all the ups and downs of what we can only describe as a huge rollercoaster ride, we still managed to pull through. And that’s something we’ll definitely be celebrating this Wednesday and Thursday.

Yet that’s not all 2014 was about for us. Our visits to NAMM and Summer NAMM were the most fruitful to date. We launched new Loog-inspired accessories like our Loog backpacks and vintage straps. We got to visit Third Man Records -a huge dream of ours- and record a Loog track on their vintage recording booth. We got to sell guitars at the MoMA Store, an even greater milestone.

And, best of all, we got closer to the amazing community of Loog Guitar players spread around the world. We continued to see how young players at the New Music School in CT evolved thanks to our friend David Mills. We shared your frustration with delays, your happiness with every single delivery, your pride in showing off your guitar once you got to play. This year, we received more pictures and videos from Loog players than ever before. Each one of them made us unbelievably happy and humbled – happy that you’d share such a private moment with us and humbled that, despite twists and turns, you never stopped believing in us and gifted us with your patience.

In more ways than one, 2014 forced us to go back to square one. And to see so many people willing to walk with us through that journey was amazing. It made it less scary – and all worth it. We’re still working hard to get up to speed and -fingers crossed- we’re very, very close to that. Hopefully, 2015 will let us achieve everything we dreamed for 2014. And, channelling Barney Stinson, we hope it will be every bit as legendary as we imagine it.

So a huge thanks to all of you who’ve had our back this year and are still there to celebrate this New Year with us. We honestly, from the heart, couldn’t have made it without you.

Rock on into 2015 and have an awesome New Year!

Our very best wishes to you and your family,

The Loog Guitars Team

The Electric Loog Guitar in Videos – So Far

It’s hard to get to know a guitar online. And while we do try to convey the love we feel for our own Loog Guitars via social media and this site, sometimes pictures and words are just not enough.

Luckily, we recently started uploading more videos of the Electric Loog Guitar on our YouTube Channel, where you can see all the people who tried it out at NAMM like this one:

But we’re also extremely lucky to have several Electric Loog players send in their own footage playing their Electric Loog Guitars – and we thought it would be cool to gather all of them right here for your hearing pleasure.

So here’s a sample of the things we’ve been receiving so far – and links to these awesome folks’ social media profiles from where they did so. We’re really grateful to have such a bunch of talented people share our passion for these tiny guitars that could!

Do I wanna know – arctic monkeys #loog style #guitar #awesome #music #sound @loogguitars

Video posted by Seth Rudd (@saltine_seth) el

 

Faders guitar teacher @aceofwades shredding on the blue Loog. @loogguitars @loogcanada #loog Video posted by Faders Music – Brandon, MB (@fadersmusic) el

Episode 2 of @fadersmusic Guitar Teachers riffing on the @loogguitars #addictive #loog #nottheintendeduseofaloog

Video posted by Faders Music – Brandon, MB (@fadersmusic) el

Our guitar teacher @aceofwades is back shredding on @loogguitars #loog #shred #guitar

Video posted by Faders Music – Brandon, MB (@fadersmusic) el

Guitar Practice from Todd Patrick on Vimeo.

So a huge thanks to everyone with the courage to send in video of themselves playing – and keep ’em coming! The more we have, the more we can share our love for this tiny, awesome guitar 🙂

Loog at the Neighborhood Music School’s Open House

Remember David Mills, our favorite guitar teacher from the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT? Well, he recently sent us these pics from the school’s Open House, a regular event at the start of each semester, where students can try out various instruments and dance classes before making a choice on what to study.

Loog Guitar at the Neighborhood Music School

In these photos students are trying our 3-string Loog Guitars, which are used in a DoSo Music class where children (ages 7-11) learn music fundamentals by singing and strumming songs from around the world.

Loog Guitar at the Neighborhood Music School

Aren’t they awesome? So glad so many kids loved the Loog during this Open House and so cool of David to share this moment with us! Neighborhood Music School is one of the oldest and largest community art schools in the United States providing music lessons for 3,000 students each year. This is a huge deal and we’re honored to be a part of it. Thanks, David!

Loog Guitar at the Neighborhood Music School

(All pics are by Jill Weaver from the Neighborhood Music School. Thanks for letting us share them, Jill!)