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[23 Jun 2011 | Comments Off on Mass Manufacture Acoustic Neck Joints | 8,740 views]
Mass Manufacture Acoustic Neck Joints

I should definitely preface this post by stating that what follows is my opinion only. It may be that I’m alone in these views or it may be that other guitar builders and repair-techs agree. The post below, however, is my take on things.
I recently had a Tanglewood TW130 through the shop for repair.  It’s a nice little acoustic—I’ve always been a sucker for all-mahogany acoustics. The guitar had taken a fall and the heel had come away from the body. I’ll detail the steps taken to assess and repair …

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[16 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on PolyTune for iPhone Sale – Get Your Skates On | 4,923 views]
PolyTune for iPhone Sale – Get Your Skates On

The massive-noggined boffins at TC Electronics have just released an incremental version of PolyTune for iPhone.
You’ve probably all read about the PolyTune tuner pedal – the world’s first polyphonic tuner. Strum all strings together and the clever gubbins in the pedal shows the tuning situation of each of your six stings. You can easily tell if one or more strings is out of tune.
Not content with hammering all that cleverness into a stompbox, TC also ported it to the iPhone. And now, that app is at a 1.1 release. It’s …

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[13 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on Kill That Dead Spot | 17,861 views]
Kill That Dead Spot

There’s a funny thing that happens with some basses. It’s called the dead spot.
What’s A Dead Spot?
The dead spot is a particular note that won’t seem to ‘ring’. It won’t sustain and instead, the fundamental just dies away almost immediately. Sometimes you’ll hear some overtone-type vibrations of the note sustain very faintly but for the most part, the note is gone.
This tends to be most noticeable on one particular string and on one particular note but it can be evident (possibly to a lesser extent) a half-tone higher or lower …

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[10 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 5,282 views]
Featured Video: Seasick Steve – Dog House Boogie

In common with many (probably) on this side of the Atlantic, my first experience with Seasick Steve came in 2006 on Jools Holland’s New Year show; his Hootenanny. Also in common with many (almost certainly), I was blown away by what I saw.
Here was Steve, this bearded, crazy, red-neck stomping a box for percussion and playing a beat-up, three-stringed shit-box of a guitar.
And it was brilliant.
I was a fan straight away.
I’ve been lucky enough to see him play live a couple of times and that’s when he’s in his element. …

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[8 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on Win an Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul | 3,883 views]
Win an Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul

You’ve read about the new Joe Bonamassa Les Paul from Epiphone. You’ve broken open your piggy-bank and counted all your pennies. Not enough, not enough. Maybe you could take on another paper-round? But, it’s a limited edition guitar. There’s no time. What can you do?
One thing you could try is winning one.
Over at Epiphone, you can enter a competition to possibly win yourself an Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul.
Why wouldn’t you enter?
Maybe that paper-round money can go towards an amp.

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[7 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on Sanyo Bring The Juice – Battery Power For Your Effects | 4,881 views]
Sanyo Bring The Juice – Battery Power For Your Effects

So we all know that there’s never a 9V battery in your guitar case when you need it. Trailing sockets and extension leads do the trick but they do get in the way and there’s all those wall-warts and their associated knot of power cables to consider.
Sanyo reckon they have the answer. Pictured left* is the Pedal Juice (or KBC-9V3U Pedal Juice, to give it its catchy moniker). It’s a rechargeable, Lithium-Ion battery that provides 9V of clean, DC, power to your pedals. Neat.
Depending on use, it can supply up …

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[6 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on Lock The Rock | 3,483 views]
Lock The Rock

File under: That’s Clever, Why Has Nobody Thought Of That Before.
Check it out. This is the Rock Lock. It was designed by entrepreneur, Chris Goulet to fill what is, in hindsight, a pretty glaring market hole. Namely, something to stop that toerag from making off with your guitar while you’re having a well-earned beer at the end of the night.
As Goulet says, ‘guitar theft is typically a crime of opportunity…’ and this product helps to remove that opportunity.
The Rock Lock is a bit like a laptop lock with a clever …

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[3 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 8,496 views]
Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul

You will, I’m sure have seen the Joe Bonamassa Les Paul from gibson. Quite nice, isn’t it? It’s also quite expensive.
But now, you can get the Joe Bonamassa experience from Epiphone. And it looks like it’s a well considered experience.
Based on the ’59 Les Paul, this Epi is constructed in the same manner. Solid mahogany and maple body with a long-tenon, glue in neck. Nice. It’s got the 50’s profile neck for Joe-friendly chunkiness.
Importantly, and very nicely, this Epiphone comes loaded with two Burstbucker pickups – a BB-2 …

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[3 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 6,126 views]
Watered-Down Esquire

I don’t know why I think this is really cool. Perhaps it’s the geek in me getting impressed at what the guys in Fender’s R&D department have engineered here.
What they’ve done is to take a solid block of Lucite and hack it into the shape of an Esquire. That’s nothing too unusual. However, they also hollowed out the body to enable it be filled with water.
You see, this guitar is a being auctioned to benefit NASH2O, a charity helping out after the Nashville floods earlier this year. You’ve probably seen …

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[2 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on Lick Library 2010 Advent Calendar | 2,845 views]
Lick Library 2010 Advent Calendar

The guys at the Lick Library are donning their red hats and fat-suits.
They’re launching their 2010 Advent calendar. This means that, for every day between now and Christmas they will offer a series of special offers. Like the Advent calendar thing that you might have had as a kid, each day you open a box and see what’s inside. Instead of some, slightly sub-standard, chocolate though, inside these virtual doors is some sort of Lick Library offer.
There’s no limit to how many special offers you can grab so you …

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