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  • Evening's Empire - Greatest Rock Novel Ever

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    Zack Urlocker
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    There are not that many great rock books and even fewer good rock novels. But one I read recently ranks as one of the best comic novels I've ever read. From the first page to the last, I was in stitches. "Evening's Empire" by former MTV exec Bill Flanagan is an absolute bang-0n send-up of the trials and tribulations of a fictional '70s rock band called the Ravons, but it could just as well be about the Stones, The Kinks or a dozen other bands. The book conveys an insider's perspective of the wackiness of the music industry: egocentric rock stars, weirdo bass players,…
  • Guitarz helps me solve my own mystery. The Goya Rangemaster Album Cover

    Guitar Blog
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: In my continuing pursuit to become the world's fattest hipster I can be found hovering around discount record bins quite often. Last night I found this Guitars Unlimited record and the main guitar on the cover caught my eye more than the pretty country gal holding it.I'd never seen the Goya Rangemaster before, and I was going to post here and ask for your help. But alas my quick search for Goya on Guitarz brought me to this post. I must have missed it the first time around as I would certainly have remembered those crazily located f-holes and those incredible…
  • The Ukulele As an Educational Tool

    Guitar Lifestyle
    Josh
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Ed. note: This is the first in a series of posts by Guitar Lifestyle contributor Russ about the ukulele and its growing popularity among musicians and educators.  Photo credit: Zachary Sumners via Flickr Creative Commons Aloha! Since this is my first editorial article for Guitar Lifestyle, I figured it would be best if I introduced myself and explained why I’m here: My name is Russ (hello) and I have been playing guitar for seventeen years now. Don’t let the number fool you – I should be much better than I am, but as a student of punk rock and a fan of the excuse that goes…
  • Jimi Hendrix

    Modern Guitar Magazine
    Doc Edwards
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:08 am
    Rolling Stone Magazine’s perennial selection as the greatest guitarist who ever lived certainly isn’t everyone’s favorite… but he is mine. And, in case you are wondering, that list is voted on by dozens of guitar greats of all ages and from all genres. Creating only three studio albums before his untimely death in September, 1970, […]
  • Gear Demo: Positive Grid BIAS FX Desktop

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    admin
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:57 am
    “Positive Grid, creator of the best selling BIAS Amp guitar amp modeler, is proud to announce the release of BIAS FX Desktop: the world’s first and only cross platform guitar amp-and-effects processor for Mac and Windows. For the first time ever, users will be able to record and re-amp integrating BIAS Amp Match models capturing the tone from any real amp in dual amp mode, add ultra-high definition effects configurations in dual signal chains, and share and download thousands of rigs right on ToneCloud, Positive Grid’s tone sharing platform.” I was so happy when I heard that…
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  • Evening's Empire - Greatest Rock Novel Ever

    Zack Urlocker
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    There are not that many great rock books and even fewer good rock novels. But one I read recently ranks as one of the best comic novels I've ever read. From the first page to the last, I was in stitches. "Evening's Empire" by former MTV exec Bill Flanagan is an absolute bang-0n send-up of the trials and tribulations of a fictional '70s rock band called the Ravons, but it could just as well be about the Stones, The Kinks or a dozen other bands. The book conveys an insider's perspective of the wackiness of the music industry: egocentric rock stars, weirdo bass players,…
  • The Return of House of Floyd

    Zack Urlocker
    11 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    I happened to be back in Santa Cruz for a brief visit and was delighted to see that, House of Floyd, one of my favorite tribute bands, had a gig at the Rio theater in Santa Cruz. As lead guitarist Pat Potter said, playing in Santa Cruz is like homecoming week. It was a full house and fans were excited to see the band in full form with lasers, smoke machines, a trippy video montage and of course a giant pig.  One of the best things about seeing House of Floyd, is that it's a different show every time. The Pink Floyd catalog is so deep, that there is always an exciting mix of songs.
  • 2 Cool MIDI Guitars on Kickstarter

    Zack Urlocker
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    We're coming into the final days on two very cool electronic instruments on Kickstarter.  They're sort of electronic guitars, but sort of something else also. While I have my reservations, based on how fast both got funded, there's clearly interest in innovative musical instruments. Artiphon Instrument 1 is a general purpose MIDI controller that looks like a super short scale guitar and can be used as a guitar, a keyboard, a drum pad or a violin. While super innovative, I somehow wonder whether it's trying to do too much. Still, if you were traveling and wanted to have…
  • Searching for Sugar Man

    Zack Urlocker
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:21 pm
    I admit, I'm late to the party. How did I miss this? If you have any interest in music, you have to watch "Searching for Sugar Man." It's the story of Detroit singer songwriter Sixto Rodriguez who issued two albums in the early '70s, faded into obscurity yet became the voice of a generation in South Africa. This is like discovering some bootleg Dylan album produced by Phil Spector that got shelved for 40 years. If it was fiction you'd say it was too far-fetched. Yet, it's all true. Checkout the trailer below. Amazon: Searching for Sugar Man, Rodriguez …
  • Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue

    Zack Urlocker
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    I managed to catch Nick Lowe and his Quality Holiday Review at The Ark in Ann Arbor this week. What a great show! Nick played a short acoustic set and was then joined on stage by the fabulous surf-guitar band Los Straitjackets. While you might find this to be an incongruous mashup, especially given the mexican wrestling masks, it worked perfectly. They added a retro-modern shimmer to the whole show. Despite my concerns that a "Holiday Revue" would mean a lot of cliché'd christmas songs, the set was a great blend of classic Nick Lowe, more recent works, instrumentals by Los…
 
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  • Guitarz helps me solve my own mystery. The Goya Rangemaster Album Cover

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: In my continuing pursuit to become the world's fattest hipster I can be found hovering around discount record bins quite often. Last night I found this Guitars Unlimited record and the main guitar on the cover caught my eye more than the pretty country gal holding it.I'd never seen the Goya Rangemaster before, and I was going to post here and ask for your help. But alas my quick search for Goya on Guitarz brought me to this post. I must have missed it the first time around as I would certainly have remembered those crazily located f-holes and those incredible…
  • This Seven String 36 fret Yellow Gary Kramer R36 is a beast in yellow.

    26 Jul 2015 | 4:45 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com:Though this Gary Kramer R36 seven string guitar goes against a lot of what I believe in, I really kind of like it.To me it looks like something that would have been made by Teuffel in his teen years, before he settled into a more mature style.This particular one has had some modifications including the removal of frets 28, 30, 32, and 34 to make access easier for human-sized hands. This yellow beast was clearly designed for an alien so in it's intended hands it there would be no need for such a modification.R.W. Haller© 2015, Guitarz - The Original Guitar Blog - the blog…
  • Playstation One guitar that was " built with a buddy".

    22 Jul 2015 | 9:13 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com:I'm not sure where to begin on this PS1 guitar. Perhaps a joke about it being a PoS1? Naw, too lowbrow. I could point out the obvious faults. Look at that strap pin location, look at the angle of strings from "tailpiece" to bridge. The gobs of glue are a nice touch as well. I generally have a place in my heart for such novelty items, and if this one were better built I'd want to buy it just to play this song, in my band Life-Size Men.But alas, it's not meant to be.R.W. Haller© 2015, Guitarz - The Original Guitar Blog - the blog that goes all the way to 11!Please read our…
  • 1920s Epiphone Inspiration round tenor guitar.

    19 Jul 2015 | 8:54 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com:This seems like a rare bird. When the guitar started to overtake the banjo in jazz some companies took to installing tenor necks on their guitars. This gave us the common tenor guitars by Martin, Gibson, and others. But this Epiphone Inspiration took a different approach, essentially replacing tone ring and head with wood. Maybe they thought that it would be an easier sell to banjo players if the instrument still resembled what they were accustom to. Maybe they just liked how it looked. I know I do.R.W. Haller© 2015, Guitarz - The Original Guitar Blog -…
  • Klira Triumphator Made in Germany 1960s - Possibly the smallest heastock to body ratio out there.

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com:This Klira Triumphator is a great little guitar. I love the simplicity of the layout and colours. It's hard to tell if the headstock is extra big, or the body is extra small. Perhaps a combination of both.R.W. Haller© 2015, Guitarz - The Original Guitar Blog - the blog that goes all the way to 11!Please read our photo and content policy.{{ Guitarz - guitarz.blogspot.com }}
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  • The Ukulele As an Educational Tool

    Josh
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Ed. note: This is the first in a series of posts by Guitar Lifestyle contributor Russ about the ukulele and its growing popularity among musicians and educators.  Photo credit: Zachary Sumners via Flickr Creative Commons Aloha! Since this is my first editorial article for Guitar Lifestyle, I figured it would be best if I introduced myself and explained why I’m here: My name is Russ (hello) and I have been playing guitar for seventeen years now. Don’t let the number fool you – I should be much better than I am, but as a student of punk rock and a fan of the excuse that goes…
  • Mike Bloomfield’s Telecaster

    Josh
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Mike Bloomfield’s Telecaster is an iconic instrument of the 60s. He used it on Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited album as well as the first Paul Butterfield Blues Band album, which is one of my favorite blues albums from the 60s. Legendary guitar technician Dan Erlewine recently had a chance to take the guitar apart and check it out. It’s unfortunate that it has been so heavily modified, but it’s still an interesting look into a vintage guitar.
  • Waterloo Guitars by Collings

    Josh
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Earlier this year, Collings Guitars introduced a new brand of guitars called Waterloo: The Waterloo guitar line is a look back in time to when there was a genuine need for soulful tone that could be coaxed from simple instruments. The blues, country, and folk music played on these instruments was made in heartfelt response to the hard times of the depression era. It was music heard in work camps and barn dances, kitchens and honky-tonks, porches, street corners and churches. These musical styles became the roots of popular American music for decades to come. The Waterloo brand is all about…
  • Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival

    Josh
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    This looks like an interesting guitar competition and festival being held this Fall in the Milwaukee area: The Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival is an annual, multi-genre competition which features four different categories—Rock/Blues, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Classical. Four competitions, one festival. Contestants compete for $22,000 in prize money! The performer list looks interesting as well. Ana Vidovic will perform on Thursday, August 13. Troy Stetina and Jonathan Kreisberg will perform on Friday, August 14. And, Leo Kottke and Antoine Dufour will perform on Saturday,…
  • Robben Ford “Into the Sun”

    Josh
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Robben Ford has announced a new album titled Into the Sun that will be released on March 31. Into The Sun, which follows last year’s critically acclaimed A Day In Nashville and 2013’s Bringing It Back Home, explores the breadth of Ford’s sophisticated, visionary writing and playing, creating a new chapter in his brilliant musical history. The album features a coterie of guests: Allman Brothers guitarist and Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes on “High Heels And Throwing Things,” slide guitar guru Sonny Landreth on “So Long 4 U,” Americana and blues icon Keb’ Mo’ and pedal…
 
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  • Jimi Hendrix

    Doc Edwards
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:08 am
    Rolling Stone Magazine’s perennial selection as the greatest guitarist who ever lived certainly isn’t everyone’s favorite… but he is mine. And, in case you are wondering, that list is voted on by dozens of guitar greats of all ages and from all genres. Creating only three studio albums before his untimely death in September, 1970, […]
  • Joe Satriani

    Dwain Berlin
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:08 am
    Joe Satriani took the rock world by storm with his 1987 breakthrough instrumental album, “Surfing With The Alien”. An earlier effort, “Not Of This Earth”, was pretty good but wasn’t promoted and nearly bankrupted Satch. Having taken up the guitar upon learning of the death of Jimi Hendrix, Satch was good enough – before his […]
  • Jerry Garcia

    Doc Edwards
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:08 am
    It seems somewhat strange to me how the Grateful Dead achieved fame and longevity and amassed one of the most dedicated fan base (the Deadheads) in the history of music despite having only one real hit – 1987’s “Touch of Grey” – and receiving very little radio play, especially on the AM band where musical […]
  • Carlos Santana

    Doc Edwards
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:08 am
    We could all learn something from our fathers. My father and my mother are my all-time heroes and, although they weren’t able to teach me anything about guitars, they taught me a lot about life. Carlos Santana’s father passed along something to his son for which all of us Santana fans should be grateful: phrasing. […]
  • Rory Gallagher

    Doc Edwards
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:08 am
    As the story goes, when asked how it felt to be the world’s greatest guitarist, Jimi Hendrix replied: “I don’t know; you should ask Rory Gallagher.” However, there is no evidence Hendrix ever said such a thing. It has been reported that he said the same about Phil Keaggy as well as Greek bouzouki player, […]
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  • Gear Demo: Positive Grid BIAS FX Desktop

    admin
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:57 am
    “Positive Grid, creator of the best selling BIAS Amp guitar amp modeler, is proud to announce the release of BIAS FX Desktop: the world’s first and only cross platform guitar amp-and-effects processor for Mac and Windows. For the first time ever, users will be able to record and re-amp integrating BIAS Amp Match models capturing the tone from any real amp in dual amp mode, add ultra-high definition effects configurations in dual signal chains, and share and download thousands of rigs right on ToneCloud, Positive Grid’s tone sharing platform.” I was so happy when I heard that…
  • Review: Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova

    admin
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    When I first picked up the guitar many years ago Joe Satriani had just released a live EP Dreaming #11 that featured tracks from his debut album ‘Not Of This Earth’ and the amazing follow up ‘Surfing With The Alien’. I remember being absolutely amazed by ‘Hordes Of Locusts’ and ‘Ice Nine’, I’d never heard anything like this before but at the same time it was exactly what I had been waiting for. The following year ‘Flying In A Blue Dream’ was released, could it get any better than this? Well I’m not sure anyone can follow…
  • Seymour Duncan Dave Murray Pickguard

    admin
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:38 am
    Dave Murray was one of my first guitar heroes along with his bandmate Adrian Smith, Iron Maiden were one of my biggest musical influences when I picked up guitar at the tender age of 12. What I really love about Dave Murray is that he has always stuck with the Fender Stratocaster for decades as his go to guitar rather than opting for a super-strat option. To make the guitar suit his needs Dave uses Seymour Duncan sized humbuckers for high gain tones without the hum or noise of traditional Strat single coils. To make life easier for those wishing to have the same kind of setup Seymour Duncan…
  • Summer NAMM 2015: Electro-Harmonix introduces The Silencer Noise Gate/Effects Loop

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    18 Jul 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Press Release Responding to the needs of pedalboard users and players whose high gain effects create difficult to control hum and noise, EHX has developed The Silencer, a sophisticated noise gate that can tame a single pedal or an entire effects loop. The Silencer’s three-control layout provides precise fine-tuning to fit your system, instrument and playing style. Threshold adjusts how much level is required to open the noise gate and allow a signal to pass thru. Reduction regulates the degree to which the gated signal is reduced and is variable between -70db and +4db. Release controls how…
  • Summer NAMM 2015: Electro-Harmonix introduces the 22500 Dual Stereo Looper

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    18 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Press Release The brand-new EHX 22500 Dual Stereo Looper is flexible, extensively-featured pedal looper that allows for easy operation of two loops at the same time. Expanding upon EHX’s looping legacy, the 22500 employs two high-quality, uncompressed audio tracks that can be played in parallel or series to enable the player to punch in and out harmonies and rhythms, or use each loop as different sections of a song. The pedal is capable of recording up to 12 hours with the supplied 8GB SD card. The 22500’s user interface is intuitive and in depth. Loop A and Loop B footswitches engage…
 
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  • AmpliTube Mesa/Boogie

    Alexander
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    IK Multimedia has just assimilated Mesa/Boogie into their amp modeling software AmpliTube, set to release five amplifier and cabinet models.read more
  • Orange OBC210 Mini Bass Cab

    Alexander
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
    Orange introduces OBC210 Mini Bass Cab, designed to provide punch and power while sporting a smaller footprint.read more
  • Seymour Duncan Dave Murray Loaded Pickguard

    Alexander
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:32 am
    Turn your Strat into an Iron Maiden rock machine with the new Seymour Duncan Dave Murray Loaded Pickguard.read more
  • Boss DD-500 Digital Delay

    Alexander
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    Boss introduces the DD-500, a feature packed digital delay pedal with 12 distinct modes and deep editing controls.read more
  • G&L Tribute Series MJ-4

    Alexander
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    G&L introduces the Tribute Series MJ-4 bass, an affordable version of one of the company's most popular basses.read more
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  • Weekly Top 10: Jaco Documentary News, Expert Columns, Best Bass Videos and New Gear

    Corey Brown
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Time for your weekly dose of the best from the world of bass. AKA the top 10 reader favorite stories, columns and videos on No Treble. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Some Thoughts on the 1-2-3-4 Fingering System for Double Bass For as long as there have been bassists, there has been...
  • Eastwood Guitars Announces Surfcaster Bass

    Kevin Johnson
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    After creating a tribute to the guitar version, Eastwood Customs has announced they will be creating a Surfcaster Bass. Originally introduced by Charvel in 1991, Eastwood describes the Surfcaster as an instrument for country players as well as the “surf” crowd. The Eastwood Surfcaster bass will be available in Cherryburst and Seafoam Green colors. It’s...
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet, featuring Eugene Wright: These Foolish Things

    Kevin Johnson
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Here’s a mellow jazz standard to make you feel good. Eugene Wright, aka The Senator, served as bassist for the Dave Brubeck Quartet during its classic lineup years from 1958 to 1968. Alongside Brubeck, Paul Desmond, and Joe Morello, Wright was part of the groundbreaking 1959 album Time Out that featured “Take Five”. This 1959...
  • Jazz Bass Great Buster Williams Releases as Member of New Group, Heads of State

    News Team
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Jazz bassist extraordinaire Buster Williams has joined with fellow jazz greats Gary Bartz, Larry Willis and Al Foster in the new group, Heads of State, which has released its first album, Search for Peace. While the band’s members have played in combination with each other in different configurations over the years, the quartet didn’t coalesce...
  • Esperanza Spalding: Good Lava

    Kevin Johnson
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Ever since she announced a tour in April, I’ve been dying to hear Esperanza Spalding‘s new music. Dubbed Esperanza Spalding Presents: Emily’s D+Evolution, the bassist describes the project as a way of “going back and reclaiming un-cultivated curiosity, and using it as a compass to move forward and expand.” Here’s a clip of Spalding performing...
 
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  • James Franciscus Vs Markus T. Wein

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:43 am
    ...This time it's personal. View attachment 22377 View attachment 22376 Bring it!
  • Anyone watch the new True Detective last night?

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:21 pm
    Oh lordy, what a pile of shit!
  • cats crack me up

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:02 pm
  • I hate Craigslist scammers.

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    I just got off the phone with a guy who’s spent two days negotiating a guitar purchase. Suddenly he happens to be in another state and needs me to send the guitar but he’ll pay first… I miss it when the people doing this shit were Russians. Then it was obvious in the first sentence of the email.
  • Weekend wrapup

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Friday - pretty good gig. A friend of the band took a hilarious pic of me that is now my new Facebook profile pic: View attachment 22383 Saturday - work Sunday - hung out. At a family pool party right now. Gratuitous Jack pic from this morning: View attachment 22384
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  • Cynosure Guitars Cynosure Guitars Invited to Bloodstock Open-Air Festival Aug. 6-9

    Guitar International Magazine
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Press Release Source: Cynosure Guitars Bloodstock Open-Air Festival (BOA) was inaugurated in 2001, by renowned fantasy artist, Paul Raymond Gregory and run by the Gregory Family, respectively. BOA is set to host another scintillating music-spectacle, gathering metal enthusiasts from all over the world in the grounds of Catton Park, Derbyshire, U.K.,  from August 6-9, 2015. Bloodstock is one of the key European festival epicentres for metal music, featuring internationally- acclaimed bands, musicians and visual artists for a pure unadulterated ‘Heavy Metal’ experience. Encompassing around…
  • Folk Singer Bryan Cahall Debuts with A Gate City Songbag

    Guitar International Magazine
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    By: Rick Landers Along the quiet paths of the American folk music scene is a tall dark haired singer-songwriter named Bryan Cahall who travels around the country with his acoustic guitar, harmonica and a satchel carrying his worldly goods. Cahall released his first CD, A Gate City Songbag, with no fanfare and none of the programmed hype we see with most debut albums. His career path reflects his low-key humble demeanor, yet when he pulls out his guitar and harp, his music magically sizzles as you’re drawn into his musical orbit. Cahall’s music is reliably folk, but with a…
  • Frank DiMino of Angel – Old Habits Die Hard!

    Guitar International Magazine
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto Frank DiMinoFeb 7 2015 – photo credit:Denise Truscello One of my few regrets in life was never getting to see Frank DiMino and his ’70s hard rock band, Angel, play live with their extravagant costumes and visual illusions. I was just a few years shy of being able to see them in their heyday of the mid to late ’70s. By the time I did started attending concerts, they had broken up and disappeared in a cloud of smoke like one of their illusions. Angel was on Casablanca Records, the same label as KISS and put out five LPs in their time on earth. They went out…
  • GI Exclusive – Matthew Curry at Chicago House of Blues

    Guitar International Magazine
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    By: Staff Guitar International just received this exclusive video that Fender Guitars took of 20 year old guitar phenom Matthew Curry while he was featured at Chicago’s House of Blues as part of the “Fender Accelerator Tour. Matthew Curry Here we see Curry ramping up and nailing his original track, “Six String Broken Heart” from that concert. Click here to view the embedded video. “I see a big future for Matthew. Someone asked me in an interview if I thought there could be any more guitar heroes. Well, hell yes, of course, and Matthew is one who will prove that to be…
  • Multi-Instrumentalist John McCutcheon Weaves Humorous Stories and Provocative Insights into His Music

    Guitar International Magazine
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    By: Rick Landers John McCutcheon at The Barns, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA – photo credit: Mike Davis Folk artist and storyteller, John McCutcheon is a multi-instrumentalist who weaves subtle, humorous , clever and sometimes provocative insights throughout his performances while casually reaching for his guitars, a banjo, a Swedish nyckleharpa, an autoharp and other musical instruments. McCutcheon gently touches politics, relationships, polarization and the human condition in a way that feels like he’s handing out candy for his audience to enjoy,…
 
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  • 17 Completely Bonkers Guitar Designs

    Neal
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    Think you’ve seen it all when it comes to weird guitar designs? Well, you haven’t! Check out these 17 crazy monstrosities – you won’t believe number 15 isn’t Photoshopped! 1. The Destroyer Part guitar, part mandolin, and what’s the antennae for? A freaking theremin, that’s what! As if that wasn’t enough, the Destroyer comes complete with in-built effects, tuner and glow-in-the-dark capabilities thanks to its multitude of LED lights. Mark Dalzell is the creator of this quirky beast – plenty more photos on his Flickr page. 2. Tennessee 15-String Bass…
  • Martin : Left Handed Guitars

    Neal
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    Martin Guitars are a USA guitar brand established in 1883 by Christian Frederick Martin.  Although Martin are mostly known for their highly regarded steel-string acoustic guitars, they have also produced several models of electric guitars and basses over the years. But what about left handed models I hear you ask?  Even though I’m well aware of Martin’s southpaw friendly business model, I decided to ask them…just in case. Here is the response I received in return: “As a lefty player myself I’m happy to tell you we are currently building lefty versions of all of our…
  • Left Handed Travel Guitars and Basses

    Neal
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    Travel guitars are ideal for when you’re on the road, or even just for when you need something handy in the office for a quick lunchtime jam session.  There are plenty of great left handed travel guitar options, and I’ve compiled a quick list of some of the best models currently available. As you’d expect from a guitar likely to be thrown around a lot, none of these models are desperately expensive, and so should be accessible to most.  Designs range from models which are simply smaller in size, to clever guitars that save space through folding necks or other similarly…
  • Ruokangas : Left Handed Guitars and Basses

    Neal
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    Ruokangas Guitars are a Finland based guitar company who specialise in super high-end, completely handbuilt guitars.  This small team of highly skilled luthiers produce roughly 120 guitars per year, which are of the absolute highest quality both in terms of aesthetics and ergonomics. Ruokangas Guitars was founded in 1995 by luthier Juha Ruokangas, who successfully built upon his company to produce a reputation that is second to none.  What makes Ruokangas stand out from the crowd is their outright refusal to utilise modern manufacturing techniques such as CNC machines and outsourced labour.
  • 21 Guitar Brand Names You’re Probably Pronouncing Wrong

    Neal
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    You know what’s even more smarmy than being the grammer grammar Nazi who corrects a person’s spelling mistakes online? Being the guy who corrects their pronunciations – to their faces.  Thanks to this article, you can now be that smug git! You’ll never pronounce a guitar brand’s name incorrectly again. Working in a guitar store, I’ve heard them all. So I’ve detailed 21 of the worst offenders below so that you can avoid all embarrassment when you next visit your local guitar emporium. And just to show that I’m not making these pronunciations…
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  • ESP Guitars: History of ESP Guitars

    Charlie
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Electric Sound Products (ESP) Company was created in the year 1975 by Hisatake Shibuya, a resident as well as a businessman from Tokyo, Japan. Shibuya started as a manufacturer and a producer for the replacement parts of guitars. This firm was very well known for the high-quality parts. After a year of gaining such reputation, […]
  • Vintage Guitars vs Just Plain Old Guitars

    Mike O'Cull
    27 May 2015 | 9:18 pm
    There is a lot of fuss made in the guitar community about so-called 'vintage' guitars, 'vintage' being another word for 'old'. There is a certain part of our world that longs to play a 30-, 40-, or even 50-year-old guitar or bass for a variety of reasons.
  • B.B. King Lets the Good Times Roll

    Charlie
    14 May 2015 | 10:45 pm
    The music works best when King least literal in his tribute. Much of the still-vibrant quality of Jordan’s recordings lies in the innocently sly charm of his rapid-fire delivery, and King gets a little breathless at times when going word for word with the original. He does a creditable job on “Beware, Brother, Beware,” reminding us that rap was alive and well
  • History of David Gilmour’s Black Fender Stratocaster

    Charlie
    13 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    Published on: Sep 10, 2011 @ 18:35
  • Getting The Most Out Of Guitar Lessons

    Charlie
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Many guitar players of all levels consider taking guitar lessons. Lessons can be a wonderful thing and can move a student quickly along their musical path, very often at a much faster rate than independent study alone could accomplish. It is important, however, that the student understand the lesson process before starting and have some […]
 
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    Guitar Chalk

  • 9 Cheap Gibson Guitars: 2015 Roundup and Buying Guide

    Bobby Kittleberger
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    So you want the Gibson brand name? It’s a reasonable (and attainable) goal. But I won’t tell you it’s easy to find a cheap Gibson guitar. It’s not. Gibsons are expensive for specific reasons, many of which are controlled by external economic circumstances. Take the price of wood, for example: Gibson buys high-quality wood (usually Mahogany) the price of which is predetermined, thus factoring into the final retail cost of … Read More...
  • Jamming an E7 Guitar Chord with Bluesy Lead Riffs

    Bobby Kittleberger
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Seventh chords are said to have a bluesy lean. That particular interval (the 7th - both major and minor) has been heavily used in the arena of blues rhythm over the years. Today they commonly invoke a bluesy tone-quality in chord progressions and lead sequences alike. We’ll learn what it is and how to use it. To begin, I’ll provide basic explanation and background of the E7 guitar chord. You … Read More...
  • Music Theory Worksheets for Guitar Players: PDF Downloads

    Bobby Kittleberger
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Learning guitar and becoming a good musician is, in many respects, tied to your knowledge of music theory. That’s not to say (necessarily) that you must ace college-level theory classes. But you’ve at least got to learn - and become comfortable with - the theoretical concepts of your instrument. You’ve got to know the music theory that is most directly applicable to the guitar. We’ve developed two music theory worksheets… Read More...
  • The Bass Guitar Amazon Buying Guide: 2015 Edition

    Bobby Kittleberger
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    When it comes to cheap bass guitars, I believe Amazon is one of the best places to buy. Because of their support for third-party sellers, used options and a well-structured eCommerce  system, it’s an ideal spot to do almost any kind of shopping, particularly for musical instruments. One could argue, “Why not go with EBay or Craigslist?” The short answer (at least for me) is that Amazon is a more … Read More...
  • Triads and Inversions for Guitar Players: A Lesson in Melody

    Bobby Kittleberger
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    Triads and inversions are the building blocks of apreggiated melody. Just by knowing a few, you’re provided with a ton of structures that allow you to improvise more effectively and freely. In other words, they make you better. We’ll show you how to make sense of triads and inversions on the guitar and how to apply them for the purpose of creating melody. We’ll take you all the way from … Read More...
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    Guitar Adventures

  • Top 5 Best Parlor Guitars (That Don’t Suck)

    Josh Summers
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:31 pm
    “The dreadnaught is king” they say. “The smaller guitar is for kids” I’ve been told. Apparently they – whoever “they” are – haven’t been keeping up with modern guitar trends. Smaller-sized guitars are coming back into style and the guitar manufacturers are responding with a impressive additions to their lines that includes a number of The post Top 5 Best Parlor Guitars (That Don’t Suck) appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • 10 Tips for Test Driving and Choosing a Guitar

    Josh Summers
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    In my experience, shopping a guitar store always presents an odd paradox: I’m completely relaxed walking in to hang out or try out the latest guitar model, but the moment I decide I’m going in to actually buy a new axe the place suddenly feels stifling and uncomfortable. Perhaps that’s been your experience or maybe you need The post 10 Tips for Test Driving and Choosing a Guitar appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Power in the Palm of Your Hand: 10 Tips for Mastering Palm Muting

    Josh Summers
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:12 am
    Guitarists are always on the lookout for ways to alter or distort their sound, and a very useful tool for the more aggressive styles of guitar playing is palm muting. As the name suggests, palm muting involves the use of the palm of your picking hand to dampen, or mute, the vibrations of the strings—on The post Power in the Palm of Your Hand: 10 Tips for Mastering Palm Muting appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Larrivée Guitars Review: Pros and Cons

    Josh Summers
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:03 am
    In the 1950s a young teenage boy from Canada became enamored by the smooth licks of American guitarist Duane Eddy. He went to his local music shop and bought a cheap $18 guitar in an effort to learn Eddy’s style. Nobody knew at the time that this teenager, whose name was Jean Larrivée, would go on to The post Larrivée Guitars Review: Pros and Cons appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Father’s Day Guitarist Gift Guide: What’s Hot

    Josh Summers
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Father’s Day is just around the corner and everybody is scrambling to find something other than a new tie to give dad. As a dad myself, I want to say thank you on behalf of your father for searching out a more creative gift! If you’re reading this, that means that your dad (or your The post Father’s Day Guitarist Gift Guide: What’s Hot appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
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    Unlock The Guitar - Blog

  • Why You Should Learn Tapping on Guitar

    26 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    As every guitarist knows, tapping was done to death in the 80s and early 90s and for the rest of the decade and into the early 2000s became a downright cringeworthy, no-go area except if you were doing something musically interesting with it a la Steve Vai, or you had the kind of tapping licks that never go out of fashion a la Eddie Van Halen. Over the last few years it has made something of a comeback with guitarists using it to complement their lead playing in a musical way, rather than some, ‘uh-oh here comes the big tapping lick’, spinal tap type moment. I don’t know if…
  • How to Practice Guitar If You Hate Practicing Guitar

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:36 pm
    If you’re reading this then you’re probably not a fan of those Steve Vai type practice routines where you spend 6 minutes warming up, 10 minutes playing arpeggios then 4 minutes doing sweep-picking… If like me you started making coffee at about minute 9 then I might have a few alternative practice ideas that are a long way from the military style drills of Vai et al. If it feels like Work… Stop! Even Vai himself says this but it’s a relative concept; his famous 30 hour practice routine didn’t feel like work to him, whereas to me and many others it would…
  • Inside the Mind of a Virtuoso Guitarist

    12 Jul 2015 | 9:32 pm
    I have always been fascinated by the inner workings of great guitarists’ minds, especially of the virtuoso variety, in an attempt to glean some kind of insight into what it takes to reach unimaginable levels of guitar playing. It seems that many virtuoso guitarists are not too aware of how they reached, what would appear to us to be, super-human levels of playing, or are not willing to go into it. Steve Vai, on the other hand, is a rather introspective chap and the following interview with Justin Sandercoe, gives us a glimpse into what it takes. Addicted to Getting Better Depending on…
  • 4 Approaches to Jazz Guitar Improvisation

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:54 pm
    One of the main differences between rock and jazz soloing is that the one-scale-fits-all (usually pentatonics) method doesn’t really cut it in jazz playing due to the fact that the chord (and key) changes get more complicated and must be outlined by the soloist in order for the improvisation to make sense in the context of the chords. In this article we’ll be taking a look at four jazz soloing strategies in order to be able to take those first steps into the daunting world of jazz. 1. Scales If you’ve got an hour to spare then the following John Scofield video is well-worth…
  • How to Practice Guitar Like the Pros

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:23 am
    If you’ve ever been around session guitarists and working players you’ll notice that they’re a strange breed; they have this calm air about them, even though it’s a high-pressure job, and seem to be able to adapt themselves chameleon-like to any playing situation. At heart of this cool façade lies a different kind of practice routine, and one that most guitarists, truth be told, shy away from. So what is it that the pros do differently in their practice time? Dust off Your Metronome If (like me) you’re convinced you possess inherently good timing, and…
 
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    Rhythm Strumming

  • Girl Crush By Little Big Town Chords

    Mackenzie
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Girl Crush By Little Big Town Chords. Girl Crush has been the number one country song for a little while, so I thought I might post the chords. Ok, this song is in the key of C, so it’s really east to play. If you like, you can even add some lead playing with a delay pedal to make the song sound even more awesome. So here are the Chords. No Capo and standard tuning. C x3 C Em I've got a girl crush hate to admit it but F G I got a hard rush aint slowing down C Em I got it real bad want everything she has F G That smile and that midnight laugh she's giving you now Am F I want to taste her…
  • E Major Pentatonic Scale on Guitar

    Mackenzie
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:43 pm
    E major pentatonic scaleI’m back with another pentatonic scale! This week it’s the E major pentatonic scale. It’s pretty straight forward, memorize all the root notes and shapes, then you’re gold and ready to rock. Here is the E Major Pentatonic Scale on Guitar. The post E Major Pentatonic Scale on Guitar appeared first on Rhythm Strumming.
  • Photograph By Ed Sheeran Chords

    Mackenzie
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Photograph By Ed Sheeran Chords. Photograph by Ed Sheeran is really easy to play with the capo on the right fret. It has a very slow tempo and is in 4/4 timing. I’ve seen chords for this song but all of them have a barre chord, so I transposed it to not have a barre chord. Standard tunning and capo on the 6th fret Intro: G | Em | D | C Verse: G Loving can hurt Em Loving can hurt sometimes D C But it's the only thing that I know G When it gets hard Em You know it can get hard sometimes D C It is the only thing that makes us feel alive Prechorus: Em C We keep this love in a photograph G D…
  • Pentatonic Scale Patterns on Guitar

    Mackenzie
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:54 pm
    We have been going over the pentatonic scale and I think it’s time I give you a little short cut. When you play in the pentatonic you don’t need to know ever note on the fret board. If you know the root notes you can make out the shape and go up or down the neck from there. I always start from the first position or fine what key by the root note on the E strings. Learn these patterns make playing in the pentatonic scale extremely easy. The root notes are black and all the other notes are white. The shapes do over lap, just to put that out there so no one gets confused. pentatonic…
  • Cheerleader by Omi Chords

    Mackenzie
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Cheerleader by Omi Chords. Cheerleader by Omi is number 2 on the Itunes pop charts. It’s a really easy song to strum along to but the chords are kinda hard, so you can put the capo on the 4th fret and play G, C, and D. The E is a full count in the verse and the rest of the chords are half a count. Every other chord is half a count in this song. Here you go off to play Cheerleader No Capo and standard tuning. Intro: E E B A (x4) E B A When I need motivation, my one solution is my E B A queen cause she' stay strong, yeah yeah E B A She is always in my corner, right there when I want her E…
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    Guitar Gear Finder

  • TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Pedal Review

    Aaron Matthies
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    The Viscous Vibe by TC Electronics was created to reproduce the original Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe. The Shin-Ei (as shown below) was created in the late 60s with the intention of reproducing the sound of a Leslie speaker. While the Uni-Vibe didn’t achieve that goal, it still created an inspiring effect. Jimi Hendrix (listen to Machine Gun), Robin Trower (listen to Bridge of Sighs) and David Gilmour (listen to Breathe) all used the Uni-Vibe and it has been an inspiring effect for guitarists ever since. The Viscous Vibe claims to be a 1:1 reproduction of the Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe. I’ve never…
  • Comparing Line 6’s Multi-Effects Pedals

    Aaron Matthies
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    I’ve reviewed quite a few Line 6 products as many of my students buy them (as well as myself). In this brief guide I will go through the main multi-effects product ranges Line 6 currently offer and give you a quick overview on each one. You will then be able to decide which product range to read more on and whether a product is right for you or not. Of course you should compare Line 6’s products to other brands and options. The purpose of this guide is to explain the main differences between the many different pedals Line 6 offer and give you a starting point when looking for a…
  • Digitech Drop Review

    Aaron Matthies
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:12 pm
    The Digitech Drop is a much needed pedal for a large number of guitarists. This review of the Drop will look at what it does, how well it does it and whether it’s the right pedal for you or not. I’ll talk about how to use the Drop in creative ways and give examples of what type of guitarists the Drop would suit. Digitech Drop Features The Digitech Drop is a polyphonic pitch shifter that can drop your guitar’s tuning from 1 semi-tone (eg: E down to Eb) all the way to a full octave. It’s a simple feature and while there have been many polyphonic pitch shifters over the…
  • Tom Morello Guitar Gear Rig: Audioslave

    Aaron Matthies
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:35 am
    This guide will look at Tom Morello’s guitar rig during his Audioslave years. His rig slightly changed during Audioslave compared to his Rage Against the Machine rig so check this guide out if you want to see what he used during RATM. Tom Morello’s Guitars during Audioslave As explained in the RATM rig guide, Tom isn’t too big on high quality guitars. Many of the guitars he used throughout his career were purchased really cheap and didn’t have the best hardware. This is an important point as many people get overly focused on getting the best possible guitar hardware…
  • Tom Morello Guitar Gear Rig: Rage Against The Machine

    Aaron Matthies
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    This guide will look at Tom Morello’s guitar rig during his Rage Against the Machine years. His rig slightly changed during Audioslave so check this guide out to learn about his rig during Audioslave. Tom Morello’s Guitars during RATM You might be interested to hear that Tom doesn’t really care about high quality guitars. As he explains in the video below, many of the guitars he used throughout his career were purchased really cheap and didn’t have the best hardware. This is an important point as many people get overly focused on getting the best possible guitar…
 
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    Guitar Domination

  • The best guitar picks for beginners (and for most other guitarists out there)

    Danny
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    I cover pick choice and pick technique in detail in my course Rockstar 101 – Essential Guitar Skills For Beginners but today I`m going to give you some specific advice about choosing the best guitar pick. A few hours ago I finished a lesson with a student who has been playing for roughly 9 months and is making great progress. We had a very productive lesson, and it`s a lesson I often enjoy teaching as it`s one those lessons where a small change makes a BIG improvement for the student. It is the lesson where I go though which I deem are the best guitar picks – especially for…
  • How To Strum A Guitar The Proper Way (part 1) – 6 Mistakes You Must Avoid

    Danny
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    Photo by Kathi Rudminat Many beginner guitarists don`t really know how to strum a guitar – not properly anyway. They often `fake it till they make it` but unfortunately that can lead to bad habits. Check your strumming regularly by ensuring you are not making the following very common mistakes that many guitarists make – especially beginners, but often experienced guitar players too. I want you to be the absolute best guitarist you can be. To be so you will definitely have to get pretty hot with your strumming if you aren`t already. Strumming is something that nearly every…
  • The art of `Pivoting` – 5 Super Common Chord Changes Made Faster

    Danny
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Photo by Fabrizio Sciami Do you know about the art of `Pivoting`? If not, in this post we will learn about it, how to apply it, and most importantly, how to save you weeks and possibly even months of frustration applying it to your chord changes. The fastest way to get your fingers to move from one chord to another is to use what I call the `Pivot` method. Pivoting Using the `Pivot` method: you will keep one finger in the exact same spot for two (or more chords) then the other fingers will pivot around that one finger into the correct spot taking the shape for the next chord(More on exactly…
  • Info on the new Strumming Masterclass e-Course

    Danny
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Photo by Ken Sutton I have been mentioning it here and there for the past year or so, and now it is finally on its way. My brand new Strumming Masterclass e-Course. It`s the most important course or resource I have created as of yet. Strumming tends to be the one thing that all beginners find a challenge. It is closely followed by difficulties with chord changes, but the big difference with strumming is, strumming often frustrates guitarists at a variety of skill levels and not just beginners. Poor strumming skills can be a huge source of frustration in the first few months of playing…
  • The Chords Every Guitarist Should Know: 32 Crucial Chord Shapes

    Danny
    31 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    A solid foundation of chords is crucial for you to fulfil your potential as a guitarist. In this post we are going to go through the order in which I recommend you learn the fundamental chords on the guitar. This is the order of chords I teach my private students on a daily basis. It is part of the big picture of learning guitar and it something I use as part of my number 1 checklist. Use this post as a reference and bookmark it if you need to. If you are looking for a guitar chords chart for beginners this is for you. You can even download a super high resolution cheat sheet at the…
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    The Guitar Spot NY

  • G&L Tribute Series ASAT Deluxe Carved Top

    theguitarspotny
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    This guitar is the G&L Tribute Series ASAT Deluxe Carved Top model.  The G&L Tribute series of guitars on a great buy and this one retails between $449.99 to $699.99 depending on your color choice.  This model by G&L is a tribute to the Fender Telecaster. This guitar comes with outstanding pickups.  If you are like me where you love the telecaster shape but want a dirtier sound this guitar is for you.  It comes equipped with 2 G&L branded humbucker pickups.  The model of the neck pickup is the G&L AS4250C and a G&L AW4370C in the bridge position.  The pickups…
  • B.C. Rich Series 3

    theguitarspotny
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    This guitar is the B.C. Rich Series 3 model.  This guitar is a great buy with a retail price of only $399.99. This guitar is an acoustic-electric guitar.  Having the electric feature is great on this guitar guitar because if you are in a band that performs, you can plug the guitar into an amplifier to increase the loudness.  The Pickup in this guitar is a Fishman Sonitone.  From my experience, this pickup is amazing at relocating the natural sound of an acoustic guitar.  This is one of the best pickups that you can purchase for your acoustic guitar and this one comes with it stock! I…
  • Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates SH-PG1

    theguitarspotny
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:04 pm
    This is the Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates SH-PG1 pickup.  The pickup was created for the Gibson “Pearly Gates” Les Paul Standard but for only $94.95 you can add this pickup to your guitar.  Then your could sound similar to the Gibson guitar that’s worth thousands of dollars! The pickup comes in various colors which is nice because it allows you to match the color to your guitar or current pickup.  Or you could get a color that is unique that doesn’t match anything to make you high quality pickup stand out and shine. This Seymour Duncan pickup comes in a neck and…
  • Dunlop Tortex Standard

    theguitarspotny
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    This is the Dunlop Tortex Standard pick.  These picks are one of the most commonly used picks on the market today.  Over 90 professional artists/guitar players use these picks!  You can sound like the pros by purchasing these picks for a retail price of only $3.99 for a 12 pack and $17.99 for a 72 pack. These picks were created in order to sound like a tortoise shell pick.  A tortoise shell was a commonly used pick material until the United States government banned the use of tortoise shells for picks.  As a result, in 1980 Dunlop was able to develop a material that sounded like the…
  • Martin & Co. Lifespan SP Light 92/8 Phosphor Bronze

    theguitarspotny
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:19 pm
    This set of strings is the Martin & Co. Lifespan SP Light 92/8 Phosphor Bronze set.  These strings are one of the best string sets available on the market today and the retail cost is $15.50.  This may seem like a lot of money for a set of strings but they are worth it because they last way longer then most acoustic guitar strings on the market. There are many string gauges available in the Martin & Co. Lifespan SP series but these are a lighter gauge string ranging from 12-54.  This size is a standard acoustic guitar string gauge. Because these strings have a phosphor bronze wrap…
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