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Shame that Tune – Songs NOT to play at the Guitar Store

November 22, 2014 by · 13 Comments 

guitar store guitar playingJust as every adult knows that it is inappropriate for one to clean one’s ears at a fancy dinner; every self-respecting guitarist knows there are certain disgusting activities which have for many years been strictly verboten in music stores Read more

Online Guitar Tabs vs Playing Guitar By Ear

November 13, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Guitar Tabs vs. Playing Guitar By EarAs a guitar instructor, I routinely deal with students trying to learn songs they want to play. After all, that’s the whole point of this thing of ours, right? The thing that I notice over and over, however, is the increasing dependence of most students on some sort of online tab website to provide the details on how a given song is played, rather than learning the song in the time-honored play-along-with-the-record ear-based method. When I talk to students about this Read more

Acoustic Guitars vs Electric Guitars: Cheating On Your Guitar

May 6, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Acoustic Guitars Vs. Electric GuitarsElectric guitars, for all of their versatility and technology (never mind popularity), owe their existence and success to just one thing: The acoustic guitar. Somewhere in between those two types of the same instrument lies an evolutionary process of Darwinian proportions. The same can be said of precious few other instruments Read more

How Good are Import Guitars? Japanese vs Korean Guitars

January 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Fender MIJ StratEvery guitar player, at some point or another, aspires to own one of the top brand-name instruments on the market, whether made by Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Paul Reed Smith or anyone else. In some ways, the guitar one plays becomes an identifying symbol; Stevie Ray Vaughn, for instance, was seldom seen with anything other than a Fender Stratocaster in his hands. Not many people could pick Peter Frampton out of a lineup today, but they know he played a Gibson Les Paul. Read more

History of Marshall JCM800 Guitar Amplifiers

January 6, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Marshall jcm 800 guitar amplifierMarshall Amplification is a British company which is renowned for manufacturing some of the best and most versatile guitar amplification units out there. The sought after “crunch sound” which only Marshall Equipments have to offer remains unrivaled till date. Guitarists who prefer a heavier guitar sound have always invariably ended up selecting a Marshall. Read more

2012 Reverend Guitars

July 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

electric guitarsOne of the more overlooked and underrated guitar makers could be found in Booth 3084 at the NAMM 2012 Winter Show, with musicians Rick Vito and Pete Anderson in tow. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Reverend had three of their models on display, continuing their impressive upward trajectory. Read more

Peavey Introduces New iOS Guitar Kit

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Peavey AmpKit Link HD iOSThe new Peavey AmpKit LiNK HD pocket-size iOS guitar interface features twice the fidelity and convenience of the original AmpKit LiNK. Based on USB digital audio technology, AmpKit LiNK HD eliminates crosstalk and feedback for pristine high fidelity, even with authentic high-gain amp models in AmpKit, the companion amp app from Agile Partners. Read more

Electric Guitar Pickups 101

December 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

How electric guitar pickups workAn electric guitar’s sound is deeply influenced by its pickups. For a musician who has little or no knowledge of electronics the matter can often seem to be incredibly complicated. When it comes to electronics in general, pickups are quite easy to wrap your brain around. This article will explain the connection between the electronics and sound. Read more

The Tone King Is Stepping On 30 Pedals in 30 Days

November 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Guitar ReviewsLongtime friend of Gear-Vault.com, TheToneKing.com is now on its third year of pedal reviews for its TTK viewership. And, in the thick of this otherwise dreary November, the potential for winning big with gear giveaways coming at the end of this month is just beginning to warm up. The Tone King says, “This year, we’ve stepping up our game Read more

Gretsch George Harrison Signature Duo Jet Guitar Review

November 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Guitar ReviewsFans of George Harrison may well remember the guitar he was holding on the cover of his Cloud Nine record: a black ’57 Gretsch Duo Jet. When the Gretsch Company decided to honor the legendary guitarist with a signature guitar, it was this Gretsch Duo Jet they chose to re-create. Read more

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