Things We Love / 24 December 2021

On the Road in Barcelona: Stories from Fanatic Guitars

Situated in the heart of Barcelona, Fanatic Guitars Shop is a must-visit for touring musicians performing in this incredible Spanish city.

In fact, it has become a ‘Hall of Fame’ of sorts in the region with the likes of Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Andy James & Rob Harris (Jamiroquai) all making pit stops at Fanatic Guitars while on tour. Coincidentally, all these artists have also picked up MONO cases here too.

With so many celebrated artists coming through their doors, the Fanatic Guitars team always has a good story to tell and we couldn’t help but share some of these here.

Here’s what Fanatic Guitars had to share:

Rob Harris with the M80 Classic Electric Guitar Case

One of our most recent touring visitors was Rob Harris, Jamiroquai’s guitarist, who conducted a masterclass in October. In addition to being a part of a band with the best-selling funk album of all time, Rob is also a prolific session player who has recorded for the likes of Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Kanye West, Anastasia, and more.

During his visit, he grabbed an M80 Classic Electric Guitar Case for his latest guitar acquisition – a brand new PRS Fiore. Being a touring musician who also teaches around the world, the M80 Classic was the perfect solution for a light and robust case. 

Raul Refree with the M80 Classic

A couple of years ago, Spanish producer and artist Raül Refree, who produced Rosalía’s first album ‘Los Ángeles’, picked up an M80 Classic for his classical guitar – an instrument that he recorded on Rosalía’s album. 

Lee Ranaldo and his M80 Sleeve

Raul has also produced for artists like Lee Ranaldo, best known as a co-founder of Sonic Youth and during his visit to Fanatic Guitars, Ranaldo also picked up an M80 Sleeve – a minimalist solution for traveling light without compromising on protection and high quality construction. 

Chad Smith (Left) and Michael League (Right) with their FlyBy Backpacks

Guitarists aside, we also have drummers and bassists visit our store too. Both Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Michael League of Snarky Puppy picked up M80 Classic FlyBy backpacks when they visited. In fact, Michael was surprised at how robust the FlyBy was thanks to its abrasion-resistant design.

Ramon Arroyo with his M80 Vertigo

Being based in Barcelona, many big Spanish artists have also visited the store. For example, Ramon Arroyo, guitarist of Los Secretos – one of the biggest Spanish pop bands in the ’80s and still active today, purchased an M80 Vertigo for his brand new Friedman Guitar that he bought that same day. 

Ruth Lorenzo posing with her M80 Vertigo

Pau Donés of Jarabe de Palo – one of the most internationally-successful Spanish bands that have sold millions of records, bought his M80 Sleeve in Ash in Fanatic Guitars, as well as Ruth Lorenzo, Spain’s representative at the Eurovision festival. 

Do it like the pros – protect your instruments with MONO.


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