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Guitarists, Unite to GET MORE GIGS!

This week I’ll talk about how to get gigs as a guitar player, but first, I’m going to do something amazing; and I’m quite sure never before done in any blog, anywhere, anytime:  Begin with a survey!  Man, what’ll I think up next??  So, take this quick survey, and then READ ON! My band playing at a local car show "cruise-in", just 3 miles from home, dude!You took the survey, right? Okay, so what’s the point?  The point is that, as a big musical family, we need to all help each other to find musical nirvana - that goldilocks spot that is just right for who we are, and...

WGS Speakers: Sound Great and Resist Flooding, too!

Hi ya all.  A quick update: If you have been following the news lately, you have no doubt seen and heard about the flooding in the Paducah area.  Well ... I am glad to report that the WGS facility suffered no damage.  Sadly, not all of Paducah was so lucky; being a river town has its ups and downs.  But you can rest assured that the tone shall continue to flow ;)

Matraca Berg

First off, a reminder:  There is still a week to go on my Big Fat Speaker Giveaway!  And now, on to this weeks blog!  This week I want to turn you on to one of the greatest singers and songwriters you may just possibly have never heard of, Matraca Berg.  I first met Matraca at the Bluebird Café in Nashville when she and I were both just barely in our twenties; the difference was that she had already had her first #1 hit, and I was fresh off the Iowa turnip truck and green as it gets!  I wanta tell you a little more about Matraca, and share a cool link to her...

Vaughn’s Big, Fat Speaker Give-Away!

***This contest is oficially over! (see winner info here).  Thanks!***Hi all!  So, if you have been reading this blog from the start, you no doubt remember all the speaker give-away contest of the first six months or so, and you may be wondering when such fun will resume.  Well, the fun is back, baby!  Right here, right now.  It’s Vaughn’s Big, Fat Speaker Giveaway Contest (trumpet fanfare plays here).  This contest is IN ADDITION to the monthly free-speaker giveaway associated with the WGS newsletter.  Cool, Huh?  Read on for all the details...

Bassman Speaker Shootouts - Short-n-Sweet

Hey gang!  Some folks have mentioned that my comparison videos get a little long ... and that I talk too much.  Why would anyone get that idea??  Anyway, I always aim to please, so this week the vids are short!  As always, my videos are pure speaker tone comparisons - in other words they are not, I repeat, are NOT guitar playing demos!  I ain’t trying to get a gig here, just show the tone of the speakers as purely as possible. As promised, you get to hear my beloved 1965 vintage blackface Fender Bassman Amp, and we will be comparing it’s awesome (and long out...

Secrets Revealed!

Hey ya all! This is so cool.   Last week I told you that I was eager to spill the beans on a new product I saw at WGS headquarters - well the wait it over!  Tell ya what ... just watch this video, and then read the rest of the blog. Okay, so ... ya ready to hear how that oh-so-sexy speaker sounds?   Your wish is my command! Well allrighty then, once again, WGS has done the impossible.  They made a smooth cone speaker that sounds all warm and fuzzy just like an old vintage smoothie would ... but that can handle 75 honest-to-goodness tube...

My Favorite Beatle

Abby Road was the very first Album I ever owned.  I was about seven when it came into my life; it was the soundtrack to my summer that year.  By the end of that summer I knew every song by heart, and I’m fairly sure I sang it in my sleep.  That was also the year the Beatles officially broke up.  Talk about catching the VERY tail end of a wave, huh?  From there I went on to other "heavier" bands, like Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, and the like.  Then I got a job as a DJ at a local country station and went through my Urban Cowboy period and...

Tiny Tube Amps

More speaker shoot-outs this week!   In a way, this week’s blog is an extension of the work we started with last week’s speaker shoot outs; but in another way, it’s the exact opposite!   Last week we were comparing rock tones as dished out by a fire-breathing Marshall JCM 900.  This week’s tones will be coming to you via a couple of "tiny tube amps", an Eppiphone Valve Jr., and a Vox lil’ Night Train.  These amps reflect a trend that we’ve seen in the last couple of years towards low-wattage tube amps.  These are not amps that will keep up with a...

High-Gain Britt-Voiced Speaker Shoot out!

Hey all you faithful tone seekers!  This week I’m back to speaker shoot-outs with accompanying videos.  This week’s shoot-outs pit some of WGS’s best Britt voices speakers against their classic Celestion counterparts.  If you do check out the videos, be sure to listen through good sounding full-range reference monitors (speakers); some of the tonal differences were fairly nuance-level.  We used a matching pair of Marshall JCM 900’s, and this was all about high-gain rock tone.  Okay, so ya ready?  Let’s get to the first round in this particular smack-down, a...

The (Amp) Love Doctor Is In (again)

"Wanted: One sweet little lady with a generous bottom and a sweet personality, who is able to gracefully handle my overwhelming 100-watt personality. Ideal candidate would be healthy as a 19 year old, but with the wisdom and experience of a gal three times her age." Over the last few weeks I have once again been receiving a bunch of inquiries as to which speaker would be the best fit for a particular amp and style of playing.  I’m often a bit hesitant to give an overly forceful recommendation because, as I discussed in my original Love Doctor blog, not every couple is,...

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