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8 Indoor Activities to Do with Your Kids

This should be the perfect time of the year for outdoor games and running around – but, in certain parts of the country, June’s spring showers are giving way to an even cloudier July. And every parent knows that summer break and summer showers aren’t exactly the best combo.

So what to do? Have a blast inside, that’s what! Here’s a short and sweet list of eight fun indoor activities you can do with your kids – some of them even using your very own Loog Guitar 😉

1. Kitchen Rock Band
No need to have a plethora of instruments at your disposal to let your kids play some music. Go hunting for some pots, cans and wooden spoons for a mighty loud session! Read more

Loog Guitars at Musikmesse 2015

We finally made it into Europe, you guys! We’ve been eyeing our European Kickstarter backers with subtle envy these past few years and knew we had to cross the Atlantic eventually – and this year’s musikmesse couldn’t have come at a better time.

Musikmesse, for those of you who aren’t really familiar with the international music show scene (as we were before we jumped into this bandwagon) is probably Europe’s most important show. Every single year we lived it through pictures and comments from all the amazing people we meet at other shows year-round. But this time – this time we hopped on a plane to Frankfurt and flew over there to live it ourselves. And boy was it worth it!

Loog Guitars at Musikmesse

Everyone was super nice and everything was super awesome at musikmesse 2015 – including the food (beer counts as food, right?). We made tons of new friends that will hopefully help us get our guitars into many different countries (not only in Europe!) within the next few months. And, to top it all, we fell in love with our guitars all over again as we watched so many people (seriously, so many) try them out in our little impromptu playing corner we built in our stand.

Loog Guitars at musikmesse - playing corner

So thanks to everyone who dropped by and lived this incredible experience with us from their computer and mobile screens! You made this an awesome first muskimesse for all of us. And stay tuned for more amazing Loog news soon…

Loog Guitars Back at Toy Fair NY!

You’ll never hear us complain about the weather, but boy was it cold this weekend in NYC! Luckily, we spent a huge part of our time indoors at the Toy Fair NY, our FOURTH so far and best yet. Yes, we know, every edition of every fair and show we go to is the best to date but we can’t help it if it’s true 😉

Toy Fair NY 2015

Highlights: we met awesome new friends at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and interesting new clients which you’ll probably hear about later this year. Here’s a pic we took with Taka, from our Japanese distributors Cast, for instance:

Rafael Atijas and Taka from Cast, Japan

We also met a few new Kickstarter backers, which is always nice – we love getting to know everyone who put so much faith on us!

Our booth at Toy Fair NY 2015

Our booth was tiny but we were quite proud of it, all stuffed with Electric Loogs. Dinamita joined us for the four days to play some tunes and jam with whoever stopped by to take a peek. We sort of provided the soundtrack for the show, if we may say so 🙂 Here are Dinamita and Laurence giving the harp Blues a go:

 

Toy Fair is ALWAYS a great opportunity for us to also check out what else is going on in the industry. And being huge kids-at-heart, we were fascinated with the plethora of cool, new and classic toys, all under one roof. There were Lego blocks, balls, giant plush bears, gadgets and gismos a-plenty, whosits and whatsits galore. Who could ask for more?

Loog Guitars at Toy Fair NY 2015

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 🙂