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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

Mesa/Boogie Mini Rectifier Twenty-Five Review

November 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

mesa boogie twenty five guitar amplifer
Looking at this device, the only thing that may come across as ‘mini’ about the Mesa/Boogie Mini Rectifier Twenty-Five amplifier for a guitar is the size. However, you will not believe the great things that it comes packing. It is powered by an EL-84 head that provides you with 2 channel and a 4-mode operation that provides you with complete control over your tones. The two channels provided enables you to switch between 25 watts and 10 watts making it a perfect amplifier for a practice room, a studio and even the stage. Taking a closer look at the mini, you will appreciate the built in effects, the footswitch as well as the aluminium enclosure that it comes in. to learn more on the equipment, read on. Read more

Custom Guitar Strings: The Next Big Thing In Strings

November 6, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Stringjoy Post ImageGuitarists are custom-fiends. We swap the pickups in our guitars, switch the tubes in our amps, mod our pedals—anything it takes to improve our tone and our playing. But up until recently Read more

History of Marshall Guitar Amplifiers

September 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

History of Marshall AmplifiersMarshall is one of the most reputed guitar amplifier manufacturers in the world. The history of Marshall Amplifiers is a really interesting one and the company with its excellent products has indeed rewritten the way a genre of music is heard! Many guitarists to date prefer the signature Marshall “crunch sound” which only Marshal amps can deliver. The company throughout its history has indeed developed many models which have been extremely well received by both veteran and entry level players and it continues to do so till date. Read more

Roland Cube 80X Guitar Amplifier

June 21, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Roland Cube 80XRoland launches the most powerful guitar amplifier in the CUBE-Series lineup, the new Roland CUBE 80X guitar amplifier expands on Roland’s top-selling CUBE-60. The Cube 80-X delivers a massive 80-watts of power through a 12-inch speaker, and features a switchable clean and lead channel designed from its renowned predecessor, CUBE-60 series.

Roland Cube 80X Guitar Amplifier

Not only does the Roland CUBE-80X offer more power, it adds exciting new features to the guitarworld of portable amps, including a new “Looper” function and “Solo” function with memory capability. The direct recallable SOLO function stores the settings of each and every LEAD channel control, allowing you an easy to use third channel option. In addition, the boost feature can be toggled via the footswitch. Ten onboard COSM amp models include the new “DLX COMBO”. Also onboard the CUBE 80X is six classic Roland effects with independently controllable reverb and delay, including a model of the classic spring reverb for a natural sound. Read more

Peavey ValveKing II Micro-Head Review

May 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Peavey Valveking 2 guitar amplifier review
When it comes to rocking it out on stage or in the studio, you need a reliable amplifier that can provide that big tube tone. In this regard, Peavey’s ValveKing II Micro-head seems to be on everyone’s lips.

Boasting top-of-the-line features such: as a switchable 20W/5W/1W power output, three 12AX7 tubes, pair of EL84 power tubes, and a USB recording output. The Peavey Valve King II micro may be what you’ve been looking for.

In this Peavey ValveKing II review, we examine whether this unit is worth your money. Read more

Nashville’s Must-Stop Music City Guitar Shops!

May 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


Mom & Pop guitar shops are a treasured rarity in the fast-paced world we find ourselves living in today.Screw Guitar Center! Check out Gear-Vault’s Must-Stop Music City Mom & Pop Guitar Shops in the Nashville area that ooze that Southern hospitality we all crave!

Gruhn Guitars

Top Guitar Stores In Nashville Tennessee Read more

Top 5 Easy Rock Riffs To Play on Guitar

March 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

guitar riffs to play on guitarUsually when someone proclaims the “best guitar riffs”, it usually stirs up the most controversy, but most guitarists will agree that some of the easiest riffs are the most melodic. Some riffs are, however, so significant to the song, they can be called the best, and in this article we’ll discuss the riffs that are the most significant in rock music. Read more

Tube Amp Maintenance & Handling Tips

March 28, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Guitar Amplifier ExplodesTo get the most out of your tube amp, which can be a hefty investment, here are some easy to follow handling and maintenance tips. There’s no arguing that tube amps still set the standard for tone – modern solid state and digital amps merely emulate the tube amps of the past. The unfortunate drawback however, is that tube amps are more expensive and fragile compared to solid state alternatives. Repairs and maintenance add to the already high costs of tube amps. Thankfully, some of these extra expenses can be avoided with proper care and maintenance. Read more

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