“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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Picky in my old age, with guitar stuff.

I’ve bought many guitars over the years. I’ve also returned or sold many more. The same goes for amps, pedals, etc.  it’s amazing (but perhaps not altogether surprising) that we get picky as we get older (I’m nearly 40), and that especially includes our hobbies.  Things that I thought surely trivial in my 20’s, like […]

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Guitar Amp Modelers…..

In the late 90’s, “guitar amp modeling” became a thing, specifically with a company called Line 6. The POD, a kidney bean-shaped device, emulated to varying degrees of success, 16 different classic and modern guitar amps. The boon was that it could be plugged directly into a mixer or recording device, required no miking, and […]

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The Importance of “Mom and Pop” Stores

Disclaimer: I work one day a week at a “Mom and Pop” music store, so I’m a little biased here, admittedly. However, my opinions about the subject go back a lot longer than my current tenure there. Remember the days of walking into that small, friendly shop to get your favorite book? How about going […]

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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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What if Jenna-Louise Coleman leaves Doctor Who?

What if Jenna Leaves Doctor Who? There have been rumors floating around for a few weeks that Jenna-Louise Coleman will leave BBC’s long-running series Doctor Who after the current 8th series. If that’s the case, it’ll be a shame, because while I actually found her a bit annoying with Matt Smith, she’s been nothing short […]

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Is Java insecure? That depends

Java is often listed as one of the more insecure applications to be installed on a computer. For awhile there in 2013, it seemed as if there was a new Java exploit every week. But is Java really a massive security risk? Yes and no. In the sense that there are vulnerabilities discovered, problems arise […]

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How to Install and Implement Owncloud on Ubuntu 14.04LTS

Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box.com, and soon iCloud Drive…….These services all have one basic common feature: they run a service on your computer, and allow you to sync anything in a given folder (or folders) to a server(s) in the “cloud”, and other computers. Sure, there are various differences. Google Drive and OneDrive allow you […]

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