Articles: Guitar

/ November 13, 2010 6:20 am

Batt-O-Meter Product Review

The first I saw the Batt-O-Meter was while reading a copy of Bass Player Magazine.  The ad features none other than Victor Wooten representing the product.  My first thought, “Ay yi yi, the economy MUST be headed for the worst if Vic is worrying about battery life!”  Then I got the product and realized, yes it does tell you how [...]

/ November 7, 2010 5:47 am

The Scratch Pad Product Review

Does the back of your guitar look like the surface of the moon ? Well, alright that look works for NASA, but for most, what’s commonly referred to as buckle rash is not desired.  Even pocket rivets can damage your instrument’s finish.  Maybe your guitar isn’t near that bad, maybe you still want to be able to wear those rockstar [...]

/ November 3, 2010 5:33 am

Wide Rides Guitar Strap Review

I’ve been playing guitar way too long to settle with just any old strap.  For years I’ve used the 2″ wide bargain bin nylon straps.  When the folks at Wide Rides heard about this they sent me a candle and a sympathy card…well, OK they didn’t, but they sent me some awesome straps to check out. Adjustment Upon receiving the [...]

/ November 2, 2010 5:07 am

Getting The Job Done With Cheap Gear

I could bore or depress with stats on unemployment, but I won’t.  Musicians just don’t have as much cash to splurge on cool gear.  As a bass player, I can hear the difference between a $300 Squier and a $3,000 Sadowsky, but it’s much easier for me to drop $300 and live with the differences.  Would I let a friend [...]

/ October 30, 2010 4:57 am

Dunlop and V-Picks Review

Last week I wrote about cables and how many people don’t put too much thought into their choice of cable.  No big deal, if it works right?  Well with many players, guitar picks are the same.  Maybe you use whatever you find in the couch or something you picked up on the floor at your show since you forgot one [...]

/ October 25, 2010 4:46 am

Armor Gold Cables Review

What brand of instrument cable do you use?  What gauge is it?  What’s it made out of?  Where is it made?  Don’t know the answer to one or more of the questions?  You’re not alone, for many folks the only time they think about their cable is when it fails.  Sure many popular imported cables offer lifetime warranties, but what [...]

/ September 17, 2010 6:47 am

O-Port Product Review

I awoke one morning to a package on my doorstep.  There were no flames, odors of dog do-do or anything that remotely appeared to be anthrax.  (Although I’d love to meet Scott Ian someday)  I open it up and see the O-Port… next question “What is an O-Port?” Well according to Dare Music Group who make the product that is [...]

/ September 8, 2010 6:41 am

Sight Reading So Easy a Caveman Could Do It

Do you hate those commercials as much as I do? This week I want to talk about sight reading.  More and more musicians claim they can’t read music.  BB King, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix even Dave Brubeck seemed to have made comfortable livings without it. Why not learn to sight read?  Can you say the alphabet?  Then you can sight [...]

/ September 2, 2010 6:33 am

Tuners, Harmonics and Intonation

If you have a gig, practice, recording session or are just strumming a guitar, one of the most important things you can do is tune. Pointless Background Info. Somewhere back before The Rolling Stones first Farewell Tour in the late 1500s, 12-tone Equal Temperament Tuning started being used, but it wasn’t “the norm” until much later when it was adopted [...]