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[10 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Prevent Neck-Heavy Guitar Headstock Diving | 49,890 views]
Prevent Neck-Heavy Guitar Headstock Diving

Hey! Look at me man! I’m standing here with my arms folded and my Thunderbird headstock isn’t diving for the floor. I’m so frickin’ cool.
This could be you. Well, if you order the Heads Up guitar strap, it could be you.
Many of us have experienced it. Some guitars just don’t balance well on a strap. Many very cool looking guitars have a strap button somewhere around the heel which makes them neck-heavy and, if you happen to take your fretting hand away (to put it in the air like you …

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[9 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Guitar 101: Necking Part 2 – Truss Rods | 21,644 views]
Guitar 101: Necking Part 2 – Truss Rods

Continuing our Guitar 101 voyage of discovery around the guitar, we’re staying with the neck and contemplating the truss-rod.
What the hell is a truss rod anyway?
At it’s simplest, a truss rod is a device to counteract the tension of the strings. We’ll get on to looking at the different types of truss rod in a minute or two but first, lets look a little deeper into that explanation.
The strings on your guitar or bass, when tuned up to pitch, exert a lot of pressure. It’s a tall order …

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[7 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Featured Video: John Paul Jones – Zooma | 5,400 views]
Featured Video: John Paul Jones – Zooma

John Paul Jones, as many of you may know played bass and keyboards for Led Zeppelin. This is all that many people know of him and that’s a shame.
So, for this featured video, we’ll take a look (a listen, really) at a something Jonesy has done in the more recent past. Although a bit of a multi-instrumentalist, JPJ does have a thing for the bass. This post, therefore, is a bit of a homage to our low-down bass-bretheren.
In 1999, Jones released the album, Zooma. This was an instrumental album. While …

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[24 May 2010 | Comments Off on Gordon Giltrap Signature Vintage Guitar | 10,985 views]
Gordon Giltrap Signature Vintage Guitar

Vintage have announced the launch of a signature model, Gordon Giltrap electro-acoustic guitar.
Based on an instrument that was custom-made by, luthier, Rob Armstrong for Giltrap in 1980, the Vintage signature model was built with the input of both Giltrap and Armstrong.
The Grand Auditorium/000 style guitar features a high-grade, solid, North-American cedar top and mahogany back and sides. We’re guessing the back and sides are laminated as they don’t specify solid in the same way it’s called out for the top. The bridge is rosewood and carries a compensated …

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[11 May 2010 | Comments Off on Razer Custom Atomic Guitar Giveaway | 5,175 views]
Razer Custom Atomic Guitar Giveaway

The Razer guys are giving away a guitar.
Not just any guitar.  This is a custom Atomic Destiny guitar.  The very same guitar, in fact, that is custom-made for Razer guitarist, Jeromy Graves.  The guitar will have a custom paint job and Razer graphics.
Not only that, before the winner gets his or her clammy riff-digits on the guitar, it will be played on stage.  On April 28th, the guitar will be played during the last song of the evening at the famous BB King Blues Club and Grill at the Lucille …

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[10 May 2010 | Comments Off on Free Stuff: Win An Epiphone Masterbuilt Acoustic | 4,907 views]
Free Stuff: Win An Epiphone Masterbuilt Acoustic

Here’s one for all you crazy youngsters with your YouTubes and your internets and whatnot.
Epiphone are offering the chance to win one of their, rather nice, Masterbuilt acoustic guitars. They’re all-solid, well put together and very, very handsome.
To be in with a chance to win, you need to video yourself playing something on an Epiphone acoustic, upload it to somewhere on the net and submit the link to Epiphone. They’ll scrutinise them and carefully adjudicate (i.e. laugh at them) and the best one will be published on Epiphone’s own site …

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[8 May 2010 | Comments Off on Never Go Guitarless – How To Keep In Touch | 2,708 views]
Never Go Guitarless – How To Keep In Touch

For a couple of reasons, I recently had to surgically remove the Guitarless Facebook page.  It was a long and painful operation but I’ve now successfully grafted a new page on to the side of Facebook’s torso (I considered its forehead but felt it might get too much teasing at school).  Given the changes, I thought I’d take the opportunity to let you have a round-up of the various ways and means to keep in touch with Guitarless news.
News Feed:
First and foremost is the RSS News feed.  If you’ve no …

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Featured, Software »

[7 May 2010 | Comments Off on iRig – AmpliTube for iPhone | 5,709 views]
iRig – AmpliTube for iPhone

OK, there’s no doubting that this is an interesting idea. Not just an amp in your pocket, it’s potentially a whole slew of amps, speaker cabs, microphones and stompboxes in your pocket.
That’s either a big pocket or AmpliTube’s clever new interface/app combo for iPhone.
The iRig is an external interface that plugs into the headphone socket of your iPhone.  It allows you to plug in a standard ¼ inch guitar lead and has a pass-through for your actual headphones.
You make noise on your guitar or bass, it gets processed in the …

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[6 May 2010 | Comments Off on Helping Prevent Broken Guitar Strings | 13,774 views]
Helping Prevent Broken Guitar Strings

Gah! Broken strings. Who needs ’em?
I remember learning to play guitar as a poor teenager and seeking out music stores who sold single strings as I couldn’t afford to replace a whole set.  I remember winding extra turns unto my tuners and, when a string broke, carefully tying its ball-end onto the slack in the string so I could avoid having to buy even another single string.
While all of that may have been character-forming, it wasn’t much fun.  If only I’d known then about a relatively simple method of reducing the …

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[9 Mar 2010 | Comments Off on Lick Library – Free Live Webcast | 3,160 views]
Lick Library – Free Live Webcast

Following the success of their previous live webcast, the Lick Library are set to do it again.  This time with an improvement…
You may remember that, last time round, we mentioned that timezone issues meant running a single, global webcast would inevitably mean the time wouldn’t suit some people in the world.  The Lick Library have addressed this issue with their second Live Webcast.
Yep, there’s two.
So then, on the 11th or March, Lick Library will run two webcasts at different times to allow people to tune in at a time that …

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