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April Schedule

Written by Bill on April 2, 2014 – 7:10 am -

Bill Bikefest 2Thursday, 3rd:  PRIVATE EVENT IN SEDONA

Friday, 4th:  Salty Sow - 7-10pm.  FIRST TIME HERE!

Saturday, 5th:  West World “AZ Bike Week”  3-6pm, side stage for ZZ Top!

Saturday, 5th:  Culinary Dropout - 8pm-11pm.

Sunday , 6th:  Cocomo Joe’s - 1-4pm.

Friday, 11th:  Bill Dutcher & The Other Brothers” Janey’s in Cave Creek - 7:30-10pm. $5.00 at the door.

Saturday, 12th:  Salty Sow - 7-10pm.

Sunday, 13th:  “Concerts In The Park” with the “Pete Cummings Band” 5-7:30pm.

Saturday, 19th:  Rare Earth Pizza and Wine - 6-9pm.

Friday, 25th:  Electric Eel Sushi - 6:30-9:30pm.

Saturday, 26th:  Wicked Six Bar & Grill (Fountain Hills) 5-8pm. FIRST TIME HERE!

I hope to see you at some of these shows!

Thank you,

Bill Dutcher

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A Spectacle of Monumental Proportions!

Written by Bill on January 8, 2014 – 1:41 pm -

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Bill Dutcher and Duffy King join forces for an evening of acoustic guitar music that is sure to cause world-wide havoc on a global scale!  This Sunday, January 12th from 5-9pm, at Blue Martini.  Get there early to get a good seat!

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2014 – New Directions

Written by Bill on December 30, 2013 – 12:46 pm -


Saturday, January 11th marks the debut of “Bill Dutcher and the Other Brothers” at Cocomo Joe’s in Cave Creek! 9:30pm-1:30am.
This has been in the works for some time and I’m really excited to finally get this power-trio going. The band line-up is: Nelson Eubank on bass and vocals, Bryan Hawkesworth on drums, percussion and vocals and yours truly, on acoustic guitar, electric guitar and vocals. We’re doing a mix of classic rock tunes as well as putting new twists on timeless favorites. Get there early to get a good seat!

Cocomo Joe’s Web Site




Irish Wolfhound“The Pete Cummings Band”
Pete Cummings is the DJ for Phoenix’s best Classic Rock station, KSLX – 100.7. Pete has been a major presence on the Phoenix music scene for years and has previously played drums in the band “Loudhouse”, as well as other side projects. Shane Martinez has played bass in the bands, “Nine Ball” and “Rock Lobster”. These two guys lock down the serious groove and I’m looking forward to this new direction with them. Hard hitting rock, blues, classic rock and crowd favorites is the formula for this great line-up. Our first show is Friday, February 7th at the Irish Wolfhound in Surprise, 9:00pm-1:00am. This will be a rocking show!
Irish Wolfhound Web Site


Bill 4 small edit resize FB2014 will see the addition of some new venues as well as continuing to perform at some of my favorite places.
Here’s the schedule for January:

Monday the 13th – Private Event - Gainey Ranch
Every Wednesday:  Cocomo Joe’s - 6:30-9:30pm
Friday the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 31st - Electric Eel Sushi - 6:30-9:30pm
Saturday the 4th - Brix Wines - FIRST TIME HERE – 6:30-9:30pm
Saturday the 18th - Rare Earth Pizza and Wine - 6:00-9:00pm





Thank you for your continued support and I hope to see you at a show!

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My Secrets

Written by Bill on May 30, 2013 – 9:18 pm -

IMG_0117I’m always on the lookout for new acoustic guitar pickups and I’m always swapping systems in and out of my instruments in order to find the best tone.  I’ve been struggling for some time in trying to get the sub bass strings of my J. Thomas Davis harp guitar to sound the way I want and my journey has finally come to an end with the discovery of Dazzo pickups!

In my opinion, most contact transducers on the market tend to lack the headroom before feedback as well as low-end bass response.  I can tell you that the Dazzo transducers surpass this in both areas.  I’m stunned at the amount of bass response without the low-end rumble you can get on stage and the clarity of the high-end frequencies is phenomenal.

While the installation can be a little tricky, what impressed me the most is that when I called for technical assistance the owner of the company picked up the phone!  Teddy Randazzo Jr took the extra time and effort to help me in making sure I was completely satisfied with the results.  Believe me, I’ve tried almost every pickup on the market and when I called other companies with technical questions, NEVER have I been able to speak with the owner of the company!

Teddy makes different sized transducers, by hand, for all sorts of stringed instruments and I highly recommend you check out his web site for more information.

Stay tuned!


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Acoustic Guitar Pickups

Written by Bill on March 28, 2013 – 9:55 am -

Comp Pics 107There’s been incredible technological advancements in acoustic guitar amplification over the years.  I’m constantly asked what type of pickups I use in my guitars and while I don’t believe that one particular type is the best, I’d like to share what works for me and my application.  I’m by no means a ‘purist’ when trying to replicate the exact acoustic tone of the instrument, but rather, I’m going for an ‘acoustic-on-steroids’ tone. I find that a Read more »

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Purchasing a P.A. system for your acoustic guitar

Written by Bill on August 9, 2012 – 6:02 pm -

Let me preface by saying I’m not here to endorse any particular brand name, but rather suggest what has worked for me in a majority of the situations I’ve encountered.  There has been a multitude of incredible,  technological advancements in acoustic amplification over the years, and many companies are packing these features into compact, ergonomic, light weight designs. I encourage you to get out there and hear them.

If your intent is to do small coffee shop or restaurant work, I’d suggest Read more »

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The Case of the Lost Bridge Pin!

Written by Bill on March 30, 2012 – 12:36 pm -

I’ve always been one who likes to be prepared for any situation that might arise at a gig.  There’s nothing worse then not having a crucial piece of equipment or an accessory needed for a performance. Case in point…

I was performing last week and I happened to be playing on an elevated stage that was floored with 2 x 4′s.  There was a slight gap between all the boards and in the middle of a song I broke a string and the bridge pin popped out, sailed through the air, and as fate would have it, it fell between the cracks, into the dark oblivion under the stage.  Now who ever thinks of carrying extra bridge pins around?  Well hears a little trick for you.  Take a small piece of stage tape and tape an extra bridge pin on the outside of your guitar strap.

Stay tuned for more tricks of the trade!

Bill Dutcher


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Pimp My Axe!

Written by Bill on January 30, 2012 – 8:59 am -

I remember when I first started driving a car and tinkering with its’ engine to make it perform better.  Bigger tires, air shocks, bigger fuel injectors, hi-test gasoline, etc…  my Dad called these “go-fasters”!

Well…there are some little “tweaks” you can do to “hot-rod” your acoustic and I’m here, today, to share those with you!

Bone Saddle and Bone Nut:  Most mid-line production guitars come with a plastic saddle and nut.  Replacing them with bone will dramatically improve the tone.  Bone is much more dense than plastic and helps transmit the vibrations much more effectively.

Wooden Bridge Pins:  Mid-line production guitars usually have plastic bridge pins.  Replacing them with wooden pins will again, increase the sound and sustain.

Tuning Machines:  A majority of my original compositions are in open tunings and I’m constantly changing the tunings, according to the song I’m playing.  I’ve been a big fan of locking tuners since their development and I HIGHLY recommend them.  These type of tuners eliminate the need to wrap the string several times around the string post.  This is where slippage occurs.  Locking tuners enable you to pull the string all the way tight to the point that once locked down, you’ll only need to turn the tuner a few times to bring the string into pitch.

“Wanna See My G-String”?  Don’t get any crazy ideas!  What I’m talking about is the G-string of the guitar!  Most sets of acoustic strings use a .024 or .026 wound string for the G-string.  Try using a .022 guage instead.  Yes, this means you’ll have to buy one when you buy a set of strings but after swapping it out you’ll be amazed on how much easier it is to bend notes on that string!

Custom String Gauges:  Alot of manufacturers offer custom gauge sets of strings.  Try using the bottom three strings from a set of medium guage strings and the top three strings from a set of light gauge strings.  You’ll have the best of both world’s!  You’ll have a nice fat low-end for your chords and you’ll have the ease and comfort of being able to bend the high notes on the top three strings.

Have Fun!

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Acoustic Guitar – F/X Pedals/Outboard Gear

Written by Bill on July 22, 2011 – 10:50 am -

It amazes me at the advances in electronics for guitar players.  Adding effects to your sound not only adds color but also can inspire you to play different, as well as come up with new ideas.  While many of today’s traditional f/x units are geared for electric guitar, don’t be afraid to try these devices with your acoustic guitar. If you’re going to delve into adding these to your sound I would first recommend buying a compressor pedal.  It’s great for controlling the dynamics of your playing and can be used to smooth out your sound.  It can also be used as a volume boost to make your solo’s jump out a bit.  Time-based effects such as delay, chorus and reverb pedals add color and dimension to the sound.  There’s no rule-of-thumb that if it’s “designed for electric it won’t work on acoustic”.  USE YOUR EARS!  If it sounds good, use it!

Distortion pedals are great for electric guitar but are somewhat problematic when trying to use them on acoustic guitars, depending on what type of pickup you use.  If you wish to try one, it will work best with a magnetic sound hole pickup or an under-the-saddle piezo type pickup.  You’ll have to experiment!  If you have a microphone in the guitar, forget it.

Get out there and try as much of these as you can.  Chances are you’ll find something that sparks your interest! Read more »

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Humidity – Instrument Care

Written by Bill on June 16, 2011 – 8:03 am -

Proper care and maintenance of your acoustic guitar is essential in making sure it lasts a lifetime.  A big issue I deal with out here in Arizona is the humidity level, or lack of humidity.  When I lived back in Ohio I had no problem with making sure my instruments had enough humidity….sometimes I had too much.  Out here in Arizona during the summer months the levels can get down as low as 5%!  There are some tricks you can do to make sure your instruments don’t dry up and shrivel away. Read more »

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