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. To be honest, there is something to this argument when it is applied to instruments that truly are products of what many to be the ‘golden era’ of guitar production in the USA which, if we combine acoustic and electric guitars, would be roughly from the 1920’s to about 1970.
It may seem quite the stretch to lump bass fishing, guitars and eBay all into one simple concept, but it can be done with some patience and plenty of hydration. Anyone who understands the predator-fish that is the large-mouthed bass knows that they don’t exactly go out and forage for their food. They prefer to hide in the murky shadows and ambush their unsuspecting prey. Read more
There are few things as beautiful as the sound of a well tuned guitar. Which is why, clearly, it’s necessary to play with your guitar strings at least as often as you play with yourself. Much like your thing, these things need constant tinkering and upkeep to remain in top working order, although they require significantly less hand cream and tissues. Or socks. Read more
It was early in the summer of 1968 and Jimmy Page was deeply preoccupied. Tired and a little depressed, he retreated to his renovated Victorian boathouse on the Thames River to mediate on his past achievements and consider his options for the future. Read more
You’ve got a strap. You’ve got a sweet guitar. You’ve got a gig. Frankly, it’s only natural that while in the middle of a jam you might feel the urge to swing your guitar around your body, a tradition that goes all the way back to vaudeville*, an expected part of any high octane performance. If you’re not swinging that guitar, you might as well be a roadie or, worse, a drummer. Read more
It’s that time of year again, when everyone is on the edge of their seat—waiting and watching, for the shiny new products to be rolled out at NAMM. Calm down – this isn’t a game changing miracle device, but it’s still pretty cool.
Fender has introduced the new Squier models for 2012, putting some nice touches on a guitar line that has had less than impressive results in the past. Read more
Jensen speakers were the original speaker used in guitar amplifiers back in the day, and they are prized and revered for the ultimate vintage tone they produce. Jensen used Alnico magnets in these speakers and players grew to love the way they responded to their personal touch and playing style. These days, players have many choices when it comes to the type of speakers they put in their amps and old-school vintage is merely one option Read more
Young, Dumb, and Full of Strum — Many of us were inspired to pick up a guitar and play because we were turned on by an advanced, experienced player we heard in our formative years. For some it was Jimi Hendrix, for other it was Eddie Van Halen, still others may have latched on to Tony Rice. In their effort to match the chops, skills, and solos of these players, many students forget that these guys play the way they do because of fully mastering some fundamental parts of music and guitar playing Read more
Happy Holidays everyone! Having trouble thinking of the perfect gift for a loved one? Why not an acoustic guitar? How many people do you know that always say “I always wanted to play the guitar, but never had the time or energy”? Now is your chance to bring music into their lives with a nice new axe they can call their own. But, with the thousands of guitars available today, it can be a pretty complex and confusing ordeal, so Gear Vault is here to help. Here are the top 5 selling acoustic guitars for the Holidays. Read more
Why is it that your first electric guitar often tends to be your most forgettable? The only thing I remember about my first guitar was that it had strings like a cheese cutter and came with a beaten-up case. It took many years of trading and selling before I could finally afford my first decent electric. Charvel Guitars has found a way to break this dubious tradition with their new Desolation Guitar series, a line of entry-level electric solidbodies aimed squarely at rock and metal players on a budget Read more