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Should I Replace My Speaker or Replace The Amp

So, we design, make, and sell speakers, which makes you think we'd be biased, right? Wrong.  Truth is, we're players just like y'all; we balance budgets and try to figure out if we can afford new gear or need to fix the car instead just like you!  I've been amazingly blessed and fortunate to have made tone and guitar gear my life's pursuit for nearly four decades now, I've swapped more speakers in more amps than any other human who has or will ever live.  I am the worlds preeminent authority on speaker swaps....

Guitar Players Have Much To Be Thankful For! (A Nerd with a guitar is COOL)

Guitar friends, as I pen this blog my family and I are preparing for Thanksgiving.  Okay, stop and re-read that last sentence.  Ya know what that is?  It's a freeking MIRACLE, that's what it is.  Me ... a family?  Wow.  Go back to middle-school and ask any one who knew me what they thought the chances were that I'd wind up with a melt-the-paint-off-the walls hot wife, a couple of kids, a nice house, and well ... a pretty darn good life.  NADA!  I was a mess on all angles; short...

Is A Custom Shop Guitar Worth the Premium Price?

SPOILER ALERT!!  Yes.  Okay, now let's get on to the big question: WHY?!? Okay, first, I'd like for you to take a trip over to the article I just wrote on the Fender Custom Shop for Vintage Guitar Magazine, and after reading that, come back.  Sound good?  Okay, you can read my piece (as well as the entire issue) here: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201712_v2/#/0. So, what was your take-away from what the custom shop builders had to say?  Any of the pictures catch your...

Vox Super Continental Organ - Software Can't replicate this Baaaby!

Hi gang, I know this is generally a GUITAR blog, but man, a classic rock tone monster like this just can't be ignored! This classy ole' gal came into my shop to be checked out and any needed repairs made.  Even though she had been in storage for many years, the repairs were surprisingly few!  And when she was don, well it was just like a magic carpet ride back to the psychedelic 1960s.  Y'all check out the video at the end to see just how quirky and cool she is.  The thing that kept popping...

Rare, Cool Sleeper Guitars Part 2: The Danelectro Danoblaster Inuendo With Built-In Effects!

Howdy y'all!  This may be part two in a two part series ... but it's a radical departure from part one!  Last week we discussed a super cool and often overlooked vintage guitar, this week is different!  The center of attention this time around is a Korean made Danelectro with built-in multi-effects from the late 90's/early 2000's, and it really surprised the heck out of me.  I came upon one of these at a small guitar shop owned by a buddy, it had a kind of cool retro surf look (sparkles and...

Rare, Cool Sleeper Guitars Part 1: The Gretsch Corvette, a Rare Vintage American Guitar at an affordable price!

Gretsch Corvette Affordable American Vintage guitar Hi Gear Gang! I've been a guitar guy for decades, and I like to think I'm pretty darn well versed in most guitars that could be considered even fairly "main stream" ... but here recently  I've happened upon a couple models that were entirely new to me, and entirely COOL!  First, I'd like to draw your attention to the stupidly awesome Gretsch Corvette.  If, like me, this is a new guitar to you, you are in for a treat!  Now first off I will say that a...

A Memory-Filled Journey Into The Life Of Guitar Legend Leo Fender

The world occasionally produces one of those rare thinkers whose name becomes iconic. Thomas Edison lit up the world; Albert Einstein profoundly altered the study of physics; Walt Disney reimagined entertainment; and Leo Fender invented the electric guitar. Fender grew up in Fullerton, California, where his interest in electronics lead him to open his own radio repair shop in 1938. It wasn’t long before musicians and band leaders turned to him for help in repairing their equipment. And the rest, as they say, is history. Fender’s revolutionary guitar, the Fender Stratocaster...

All Stratocaster Pickups 25% off, and Strat Pickup Winner announcement!

Hello Fellow Tone Seekers! It is our pleasure to announce this month’s winner of our Vaughn Skow Pickup give-away of 2017 … (drum-roll) … Brian Downing.   Brian will be receiving the Vaughn Skow Strat set of his choice.    Pickup giveaways will continue throughout 2017; to enter see: THIS BLOG. Strat players who did not win: take heart!  Throughout the month of September, ALL Vaughn Skow Strat sets are 25% off!  No code needed, the prices on All Strat Sets...

Decoded: The HiLo-Tron and Goldfoil (Ry Cooder) Pickups

Decoded: The HiLo-Tron and Goldfoil (Ry Cooder) Pickups Over the past few years I've re-built hundreds of pickups; many are the well known Fender style single coils and Gibson style humbuckers.  However, I also work on and build a lot of lesser known models.  I'd like to talk about two of these, the Gretsch style HiLo Tron and the most famous of all "Goldfoils", the one in Ry Cooder's "Coodercaster".  Ya ready, let's dig in! The reason I decided to group these two very different designs together...

A Tribute To Wayne Whelan

Wayne Whelan was one genuinely cool guy.   In the music biz, everyone trys to be cool; Wayne didn't try ... he just was. An educated electronics engineer, Wane was usually the smartest guy in any room, but you'd never guess it because his intellect was only overshadowed by his down-to-earth modesty.   A true "man of the world" in every sense, Wayne traveled the globe as an electronics engineer with the United States Air Force during his young adult years.  Out of the Service, he became a true loudspeaker expert,...

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