Warmoth guitar parts

Warmoth has been making necks and bodies for guitars for ages now; several decades by my estimation. If there’s something that you don’t like about a Fender (or Fender compatible) guitar, chances are Warmoth can make a replacement neck or body that will fit the bill. I’ve had two full Warmoth builds, and two Fender […]

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Boss GT-1 multieffects board/pedal: first impressions

Recently, Roland held an event in which dozens of products were released simultaneously, in different cities across the world. It certainly got a lot of attention, but there didn’t seem to be a ton for guitarists, except for a new line of affordable amps, the Boss Katana series, and the new GT-1: a multieffects board […]

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Atomic AmpliFIRE: likes and dislikes

Okay, so I’ve had the AmpliFIRE for a bit now, and I’ll definitely be keeping it. For awhile. Until something better comes along. LOL It’s a powerful, flexible little box for sure. However, there are definitely some Pluses and Minuses to what it is, and I bet that’s a combination of keeping costs down, as […]

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The PRS CE24 is back, and it looks great!

More than a decade ago, probably nearly two, I worked at a Wolf Camera shop in Bloomingdale, IL, doing camera sales and photo development. One of our “regulars” was a guy who was not only a photographer for the local municipality, but also a pretty great guitar player. He and I often chatted about gear, […]

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“Cheap” Guitars

There’s something to be said for a $3000+ guitar, in many cases. Take for example a Paul Reed Smith Custom 25 30th Anniversary guitar. Versatile switching, beautiful selected woods. Resonant and loud before you even plug it into an amp. Amazing-sounding pickups. Flawless build quality in every respect. But…..it’s $3000+. Not everyone can afford, or […]

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Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Pedal

I recently had the opportunity to spend a fair amount of time with the new Boss DD-500 digital delay, a very full-featured delay unit that appears to most certainly be designed to fire shots at the likes of TC Electronic’s Flashback X4, Eventide’s Time Factor, and perhaps even Strymon’s TimeLine.     It features a number […]

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Gear Snobbery.

Within every hobby, art, sport, or various passion in life, there is a tendency to display snobbery. When it comes to an area where there’s hardware, software, or other pieces of equipment that may inspire passion for that equipment, there begins to be what myself and many others call “gear snobbery”. It goes back to […]

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Atomic Amplifire: My Impressions

The Atomic Amplifire is a new guitar amp modeler that aims to be that middle ground device, between consumer/hobbyist pieces like the POD HD series, Boss GT, and various other $100-$500 modelers, and then higher end devices like the Fractal Audio Axe-FX II and Kemper Profiler (the latter isn’t technically a modeler; I know. But […]

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Need an amp modeler? Got an iPad?

I’ve been a nut with combining computers and music for a long time. After all, I’ve played guitar for a long time (not noticeable by my hack playing) and I’ve been into computers for nearly as long. So naturally, the iPad has been an interesting device. Not only is it fun to surf the net […]

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iRig Pro Review! I love this thing

I just picked up the IK Multimedia iRig Pro this week, after selling my (perfectly capable) Apogee Jam. This device covers a lot of ground in a device not much bigger than two packs of Bubblicious, and even has room for a battery for the phantom power (more on that later). The iRig Pro allows […]

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