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How To Get Good Gigs/Jobs Playing Guitar

Some folks just play for the sheer fun of it, this blog ain't really for those people; it's for the players that want to get out and PLAY.  In particular, I'm talking about pro level gigs here in Nashville, but it should translate well to any major market anywhere in the world.  I've been on both sides of the equation, as both a guitar player on major tours and also as an engineer and producer tasked with hiring the right players.  So yea, I think I'm qualified to speak to this subject.  But...

What Guitar Speaker Frequency Response Charts Really Mean

Okay, I'm back on point with a spec-related topic.  A couple weeks back we discussed just how VERY important the SPL (efficiency) spec is in choosing a guitar speaker.  This week is kinda the flip side of the coin ... how LITTLE importance the frequency response spec means!  Intrigued? Well then, let's jump in! You may just have noticed that WGS generally does not even publish frequency response charts for it's speakers while some other companies do.  What's up with that?  Well, we don't want to mislead folks,...

What Will Gibson's Bankruptcy Mean For It's Guitars?

Hi Gang, I promised a blog on what the speaker frequency range spec truly means ... but that'll have to wait.  We just got the news that Gibson has indeed filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy (reorganization). The question that leaves for all of us guitar folks is "What will that mean for the GUITARS?"  That's a big question, let's discuss it! So, overall the word seams to be that folks generally think this will be GOOD for Gibson's actual guitars moving forward.  One blog I just read states  "The good news is Gibson...

What a Guitar Speaker Sensitivity Spec Really Means in the Real World

Of all the speaker specifications, this one is the one that probably matters the most because this one dictates how loud your amp will be.  First this disclaimer: we're talking about GUITAR speakers here; we ain't talkin about home stereo speakers, PA speakers, and we sure as heck ain't talking about car audio ... although much of this info will transfer into those fields just fine.  Let's jump in! First, commit these numbers to memory. 10dB (decibels): To our ears turning something up by 10dB is...

The Most Important Spec in Electric Guitar Pickups: Induction!

The Most Important Spec in Electric Guitar Pickups: Induction/Inductance (the active form of induction)! Ta-DA!  We've reached the end of our discussion on electric guitar specs.  Please read parts one and two if you haven't already.   At this point you know that the typical electrical guitar pickup is a magnetic induction device, so naturally the amount of actual INDUCTION generated is a specification of utmost importance.  No, it's not Resistance (again see the last blog).  Unlike the somewhat...

How Resistance of a Guitar Pickup Affects Tone and Output.

Okay gang, here is part TWO of our discussion on understanding specifications of guitar pickups ... how to turn numbers into an idea of what the TONE will be!  The resistance of a guitar pickup is often the most miss-understood spec ... even though it's often the ONE SPEC people think they actually understand!  This specification simply tells you how difficult it is for electrons to move from one end of a guitars coil through to the other end. Seriously friends, that's it! Folks read waaaaaay too much into...

Exactly What Guitar Pickup Gauss / Magnetic Charge level means and why it's important to TONE!

Hi cyber friends!  So a question came in on the WGS Forum asking about pickup Gauss levels, and I thought that would make a good full-length blog topic.  This one "spec" is possibly the most important in the overall tone of a pickup, yet it's something that almost NOBODY seems to care much about ... and hardly anyone even has the ability to actually measure the Gauss level of their pickups.  Holy cow ... we need to talk about this! Checking the Gauss of a particularly highly charged Alnico V...

The Black Keys: Why Guitar Players need to play in flat keys.

Howdy fellow guitar buds!  Just a few days back I was having this conversation with a fellow Nashville Producer, engineer and player, and it hit me that this topic was blog-worthy!  Guitar players often gravitate toward the "guitar-friendly" keys of E, G, and A ... some would include C in this short list as well.  Folks, I would also call these the VANILLA keys, sure they're sweet ... but once you've tasted double-fudge chocolate, Rocky Road, Mint chip, and so on ... vanilla tastes downright bland.  Let's talk...

Which Strings are Best & What Should I Buy For My Acoustic Guitar

Howdy once again tone seeking buddies!  Last blog we talked about what strings are best for your ELECTRIC, this week we'll discus ACOUSTIC guitar strings.  And once again, this will be an important blog to many of you, especially if you are still a little uncertain of just what exactly the plethora of string  options really means where it counts ,,, on your guitar, in your hands, and through your rig!  I've learned a thing or two in my decades as a recording engineer, record producer, and...

Which Strings are best & What Should I Buy For my electric guitar

Howdy tone seeking buddies!  This will be an important blog to many of you, especially if you are still a little uncertain of just what exactly the plethera of string  options really means where it counts ,,, on your guitar, in your hands, and through your rig!  Now, you could do what I did and spend decades trying EVERYTHING that's out there, but I wouldn't recommend it; life's too short, plus it's expensive! Okay, first let's talk BRANDS.  As many of you may of you have heard, there are...

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