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Happy 4th of July From WGS

On this day more than ever we become thoughtful about two things:1. What a unique and truly great country the United States of America is.2. What exactly America stands for.America was, and is, a grand experiment; one based on the premise that the government should work for and answer to the people, not the other way around.  The premise, of course, was very sound ... that is, as long as the people remained "good".  Just as a Monarchical government can be either good or bad, based on the core "goodness" of the Monarch; so can the American system ... based on the overall "goodness"...

Not All Speaker Designs Are Good - The Styrofoam Speaker!

Innovation.  Good?  Bad?  Shucks, it can be either one, but mix a little "innovation" with a really stupid speaker design and what do ya get?  The Styrofoam speaker!  I am a vintage Fender amp guy through and through, but I gotta tell ya, the CBS nut-jobs made some downright appalling speaker decisions in the late 60’s/early 70’s.  The absolute worst of the worst: The Fender Bantam Bass Amp.  All I can say is that the designers of the Bantam bass amp musta been wasted outta their minds when they choose the Yamaha Styrofoam driver for the Bantam...

Vaughn Skow & WGS: 100 Blogs and Going Strong!

Dear fellow WGS guitar tone-heads, today I feel like throwing a party, for today we celebrate a milestone together.  This mark’s the 100th weekly installment of this blog.  If you’re one of those math geniuses, you will no-doubt figure out that this is a blog every week for about two years.   I’ve written to you in times of plenty and in times of famine; from far-flung regions, and from my own bed while nursing the flu; we have reveled together as my new daughter, Callie, came into the world, and we mourned together when my old doggie pal, Rosie, left.  I’ve...

Danelectro Corned Beef, it’s NOT What’s For Supper! You Too Can Sound Like a Rockabilly Legend!

Hold the presses!  I just hit a little pawnshop gem that is so cool I just had to feature it here.  Probably every guitar player on planet earth has at least played through a Danelectro pedal, most of us own a few; the darn little critters are sooo cute, and dirt cheap, too.  Sure long-term reliability on these inexpensive pedals might preclude mounting them to your board before leaving on a world-tour; but for the more common around town gig, studio overdub, or bonus room jam, they often fit the bill quite nicely. Most Dano pedals sell new for twenty to fifty bucks,...

Buy American made products from an American Company

Hi Fellow lovers of Made-in-the USA WGS speakers!  To any of you OCD types who may have noticed that I missed my usual posting day earlier this week, I apologize.  Last week started with an emergency trip to the doc for our wee one, and then it pretty much went downhill from there.  By now you all know that I’m a Glass-is-half-full type of guy; well, I’m feeling as though my glass is half empty as I write this.  What’s got me feeling this way?  Well, I won’t get into EVERYTHING here on this blog, but I will mention one thing that I think all lovers of American...

Guitar Players Love Their Pedals

I came upon this awesome, crazy, strangely awe-inspiring yet utterly terrifying pic on facebook a few months back, and have been waiting to use it in a blog ever since!  Isn’t it amazing how history cycles?  1. 1940’s - 1950’s: At the dawn of electric instruments in the 1940’s players simply plugged their instrument (probably a Hawaiian guitar, now commonly known as a lap steel) into an amp and that was it.  By the 1950’s higher end amps included "effects", we could step on buttons labeled "reverb" and "tremolo".  The stage was set for the next big thing. 2...

WGS RECOGNIZES THOSE WHO GAVE IT ALL SO THAT WE MAY REMAIN FREE

On this Memorial Day, all of here at WGS acknowledge those who gave their lives in the service of this awesomely free society.  The debt we owe them can only be repaid by each and every one of us living up to the ideals and standards that America stands for. 

The Famous 1967 Blackface 2x10 Fender Super Reverb Amp!

What, you’ve never played through one?  Never even SEEN one, you say?  Actually, I’m not just too awfully surprised; you see, this is yet another of my "Amps that Don’t Exist"!  Check out the previous installments in this series: The 1959 Brown Fender Super Amp, and the 1965 Fender 1x12 Bassman Combo Amp.  Cool, no?  So, on to this weeks phantom amp! First the background:  I’m a super-fan of the blackface Super Reverb; a blackface Super is my amp of choice in almost every imaginable scenario.  Honestly though, my back ain’t as young as it used to...

You Never Forget Your First ... Guitar and Amp!

You never forget your first time!  So, reader friends, I’m curious.  What was your first guitar and amp, and how do you think it influenced your playing?  In my Christmas Blog I described my first electric set-up, check it out! Wasn’t I cute?  So, my first guitar was a no-name cheapo, but my first amp was a brown Fender Deluxe.  The guitar really stunk, but through that brown Fender the resultant tone was thick, rich, and downright delicious with the tremolo of the Gods!  I’m convinced that I was forever set down a tone-path.  To this very day, I...

Amped, The Illustrated History Of The Worlds Greatest Amplifiers

  Hi Ya all! Let’s travel back through time to about one year ago.  Ya game?  Okay then, go check out the blog on my ’59 Fender Super, an amp that, as far as Fender is concerned, never existed!  That amp was featured in Vintage Guitar Magazine in 2010; in December of that same year, with a new house and a baby on the way, I sold that once-in-a-lifetime sweetheart at an amp show.  Gosh I miss that ol gal.  Ah, but true love never dies!  My old flame haunts me once again, from my bedside table no less.  You see, she is featured in Dave...

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