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It All Boils Down To Two Things...

The world of sound all boils down to two things: how loud it is and what the size (frequency) of its movement is.  Let’s start with loudness (volume).  The loudness of audio is measured in decibels - a nod to the original audio dude, Alexander Graham Bell.  Before Mr. Bell started to experiment with audio transmission and reproduction, there was no scale to measure acoustic energy, so Bell came up with his own scale to measure how loud a given sound was.  He called his scale the Bell scale.  Go figure!  His instruments were crude and his 1-10 scale was not...

What "sound" is - and how we "hear" it: Techno-geek alert!

My next few weekly blogs will concentrate on what speaker specs really mean to us guitar players in the real world.  I wanted to jump right in to a discussion of efficiency, frequency range, and so on - but I realized that I was getting a little ahead of myself. When I teach introductory audio engineering classes, I always start with a day or so on what sound actually is and how the human ear hears it.  Since this is so basic to anything and everything audio, I decided it was prudent here as well.  I’d like to point out that the human ear is in fact an electro/...

SOUNDCHECK

Today’s blog is for the benefit of all the “entertainers” out there, specifically singer/songwriter types, but if you ever take to the stage in any capacity, this is for you too!  There’s an old saying that goes like this: “A bad sound-check means a good show, and a good sound check means a bad show”.  As a veteran of thousands of shows, I think I might amend that to read “Little to no sound-check at all often means a great show, and a long painful sound-check usually means a sucky show.  Do I sound plum loco to you?  Maybe I have some explaining to do! I’ve had the...

Congrats to Jason Spain - winner of a free WGS Speaker!

Hey everybody, What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with a free speaker - made by a great American company!  Our first contest is officially over, but don’t worry!  There will be more to come.  You already know how awesome WGS speakers are; getting one FREE is off-the-charts awesome!  Keep reading this blog; I’ll be giving more away soon.  I promise. In case you are wondering just exactly what all those amps in the contest were, well read-on for the list: 1959 Fender Deluxe – the epitome of “sweet”, downright hypnotic to play through.1950...

A Perfect 10?

Would you like a free WGS speaker?  Well, we’re still looking for a winner!!  Whoever correctly names the most amps from blog #1 wins a free WGS speaker!  So, check out blog one and give it your best shot.  We will be giving away a speaker on the Fourth of July (we are, after all a very patriotic bunch).  So far, your odds look very good, so come on troops, hit me with your best shot!!!  Now, on to this week’s blog.  Some of you might have caught my brief review of the WGS American 10’s in the May issue of Vintage Guitar magazine.  I thought you...

Sound Hearing

My next few weekly blogs will concentrate on what speaker specs really mean to us guitar players in the “real world”.  I wanted to jump right in to a discussion of efficiency, frequency range, and so on – but I realized that I was getting a little ahead of myself. When I teach introductory audio engineering classes, I always start with a day or so on what sound actually is and how the human ear “hears” it.  Since this is so basic to anything and everything audio, I decided it was prudent here as well.  I’d like to point out that the human ear is in fact an electro/...

SoundChecks

Today’s blog is for the benefit of all the “entertainers” out there, specifically singer/songwriter types – but if you ever take to the stage in any capacity, this is for you too!  There’s an old saying that goes like this: “A bad sound-check means a good show … and a good sound check means a bad show”.  As a veteran of thousands of shows, I think I might amend that to read “Little to no sound-check at all often means a great show … and a long painful sound-check usually means a sucky show.  Do I sound plum loco to you?  Maybe I have some explaining to do… I’ve...

A Journey Begins

Hi, and welcome! This is huge. Right here and now, we are about to embark on a journey together - a journey through time, space, and really great guitar tones - plus whatever else tickles my fancy. You never know where I may lead you, so it’s vital that you have complete trust in me (okay, not really, but I do have a bit of an ego). To learn all the details of my illustrious and sorted past, click on “about me”; if you prefer an abbreviated history, it goes like this: I’ve been a Nashville based recording engineer, producer, and guitarist for the past 25 years (and growing). I’ve also...

David's pumped about the new blog!!!

 The new site is looking awesome!  We are going to have a bunch of schwag to give away, and a great guy named Vaughn Skow running the blog.  Check back each week for a new tidbit of information that is sure to improve your tone!

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