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The 10 Best Dorm Gifts for College Guitarists

The 10 Best Dorm Gifts for College Guitarists

Playing guitar is hard enough under the right conditions. Playing in a dorm room without annoying your roommate is impossible. It doesn’t have to be. The guitar gifts on this list are perfect for the college student. These gifts have to be small and usable in a college dorm room to make the list. Here … The 10 Best Dorm Gifts for College Guitarists Read More »

Marshall, Fender Make Misstep With Bluetooth Speaker Offerings.

It’s hard to merge bluetooth speaker sound and guitar amplifier tone into a single, attractive unit but some have done it well. We covered the Top 3 Best Bluetooth Speaker Guitar Amplifier Combos previously, but this is about two of the biggest amplifier companies and their misstep (or missed step?) into the arena You would … Marshall, Fender Make Misstep With Bluetooth Speaker Offerings. Read More »

The Best Gifts for Guitar Players

Every year near Christmas, Father’s day and my Birthday I rack my brain trying to come up with a list of gift ideas to give to my family. Most of the time this gift list includes a few guitar based items because playing guitar is a very big hobby of mine. I’ve put this list … The Best Gifts for Guitar Players Read More »

Novelty Acoustic Guitar Straps Make Great Gifts for Guitar Players in your Life.

Novelty acoustic guitar straps make great gifts for guitar players. They can be functional and they can be conversation starters. They are often as unique as the player who uses them and give guitar players another way to express their individuality. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on them either. Here are … Novelty Acoustic Guitar Straps Make Great Gifts for Guitar Players in your Life. Read More »

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The Best Novelty Guitar Picks for Gifts

Whether you’re looking for something different to pluck the old six string with or something for more of an arts and crafts project, the guitar picks on this list will fit the bill. Guitar picks are always in demand for guitar players, because they’re always getting lost! At least that’s how it seems. Besides, they … The Best Novelty Guitar Picks for Gifts Read More »

How to Sound Like Jimi Hendrix (on Budget Guitar Gear)

This article focuses on gear, not technique. You can devote many years to trying to learn Jimi’s style and play like him, but this is more about getting a guitar rig that will get you close to recreating the Jimi Hendrix tone at various times in his career. In short, this is about capturing a … How to Sound Like Jimi Hendrix (on Budget Guitar Gear) Read More »

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The Best College Dorm Room Amps – Under $120

Whether you’re looking for a quiet practice amp to bring to your college dorm, or just something that won’t wake the kids at night you’ve come to the right place. This list has everything from silent pocket amps to small, portable practice amps and everything in between – and all for under $120! (most things … The Best College Dorm Room Amps – Under $120 Read More »

The legendary Pignose 7-100 Portable Amp Review.

The Pignose 7-100 Legendary small portable amp might just change your life… One of the best things you can do as a guitarist to improve your playing is to shake things up a bit. Change your routine. Change what you play or how you play it. Many times this leads to buying a new piece … The legendary Pignose 7-100 Portable Amp Review. Read More »

Comparison: Fender Mustang Amp v1 vs v2, Which is Better and Why?

Since I posted my original post, Fender Mustang 1 vs 2, a Comparison, Fender has released another version of their popular Mustang series of modeling amps; the v.2. Since then, I’ve gotten a lot of emails about the differences between the original Fender Mustang (v.1) and the newer v.2 and how they compare. Rather than … Comparison: Fender Mustang Amp v1 vs v2, Which is Better and Why? Read More »

The Epiphone G-310, An affordable SG. (Review)

Epiphone is known for crafting excellent affordable guitars that are often times inspired by pricier brands. The Epiphone G-310 is just such a case. It’s styled after the Gibson SG, but sells as a fraction of the cost. The SG is a signature guitar for the likes of Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, Paul … The Epiphone G-310, An affordable SG. (Review) Read More »

Vox AC1 RhythmVOX Portable Practice Amp Review.

The AC1 RhythmVOX ups the ante on the battery powered guitar amplifier stage. It’s a great portable practice amp, but the beauty of the RhythmVOX lies in the 66 Rhythm/Song Patterns it provides for hours of fun. The RhythmVOX can be used as a straight forward metronome, or song accompaniment with a host of song … Vox AC1 RhythmVOX Portable Practice Amp Review. Read More »

Peavey Vypyr VIP 1 – 20 Watt Amplifier, a New Kind of Modeling Amp

There are modeling amps, and then there is the Peavey Vypyr VIP. Where most modeling amps model, well, different amplifiers, the Peavey Vypyr VIP models different kinds of amplifiers. Consider one of my favorite modeling amps on the market today: the Fender Mustang series. These amps are hands down the most versatile modeling amps I’ve … Peavey Vypyr VIP 1 – 20 Watt Amplifier, a New Kind of Modeling Amp Read More »

Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet Review.

Gretsch guitars have a long and storied history. They been in the hands of such diverse artists as George Harrison, Bo Diddley, Chet Atkins, Charlie Watts,Bono, Brian Setzer, Duane Eddy, Pete Townshend, Mike Nesmith and Billy Zoom (to name a few, in no particular order). Gretsch has recently launched their new Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet … Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet Review. Read More »

Beatles Gear on Let it Be.

Let it Be was the first Unplugged album. It was a “Back to basics” album, so the Beatles gear they used was pretty standard stuff as well. Even though Let It Be doesn’t make it on many lists of top Beatles albums, it still has its moments as any Beatles album does. Gone were the … Beatles Gear on Let it Be. Read More »

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Guitarists (under $25).

Here are 14 last minute gift ideas for guitarists. Perfect for Father’s day (or mother’s day, for the chick rocker in your life), Christmas, birthdays or even Valentines day! What better way to say, “I love you” than with the gift of a Snark chromatic tuner? Well, maybe not. Here’s my list of  anyway. Last minute gift … Last Minute Gift Ideas for Guitarists (under $25). Read More »

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Fender Mustang 1 vs 2, a Comparison.

Fender Mustang 1 vs. 2. It’s a question many guitar players may ask themselves when they’re looking for a new modeling amp. Digital modeling amps dominate the market for guitar amps under $200. Some of the best sellers in this price range are the Fender Mustang series of amps, specifically the Fender Mustang 1 and … Fender Mustang 1 vs 2, a Comparison. Read More »

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Comparison: Fender Mustang 1 vs Peavey Vypyr 15.

Fender Mustang 1 vs. Peavey Vypyr 15 – which is the better modeling amp? They are so similar that it may be difficult to choose. If you’re looking for a new modeling amp and have a budget of $100 you’ve probably asked yourself this question. It’s easy to see why – two of the best … Comparison: Fender Mustang 1 vs Peavey Vypyr 15. Read More »

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Why the Fender Mustang I is the Best Practice Modeling Amp for Under $100.

Looking for the best practice amp for under $100 can be a confusing experience. Guitar Center alone carries over 100 such amps for less than $100. It’s easy to see why choosing which guitar amplifier is the best for your money can be difficult. I realize $100 may not seem like a lot to some people, and … Why the Fender Mustang I is the Best Practice Modeling Amp for Under $100. Read More »