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FREE PICKUPS to CELEBRATE the NEW WGSUSA SITE!


Hidey-ho neighbors!  Soooo … it took us a little longer than we expected to launch this new site, but ain’t it grand?  Such a grand rebuilt website deserves an equally grand launch, and so here it is:

FREE PICKUPS!  Yep, throughout 2017 we’ll be giving away sets of all the Vaughn Skow models.  In keeping with my somewhat goofy tongue-in-cheek ways, I have devised a super-fun way to enter the contest, and here it is: (contest entry method and rules)

    How to Adjust the Height on Jazzmaster Pickups For Ultimate TONE

    Good day fellow tone seekers!  So this one came in over the forum and I promised I'd get to answering it in blog form ... so here goes!  Possibly no other pickups are as responsive to height adjustments as Jazzmaster pickups, but also possibly no other set so strongly begs you to break the rules, so seriously, folks ... take this as no more than a STARTING point!

    How To Remove the Cover On A Humbucker And Swap the Magnet

    359 - Tearing down and replacing magnets in Humbuckers

    How To Remove the Cover On A Humbucker And Swap the Magnet

    Howdy guitar friends, so today's blog will be more of a straight-up vlog.  Why?  Because it's a lot easier to SHOW y'all how to open up your humbucker pickups and swap the magnets in them.  This swaparoo is something that gets a lot of mention on the various guitar forums with almost mystical status.  And I will say I agree, it IS a very simple and inexpensive way to re-voice a guitar.  The difference between a 1957 PAF and a '59, for instance is the former has an Alnico II magnet and the latter Alnico V!  Speaking of, here are the magnets you can readily purchase on sites like eBay, and the general tone of each:

    Local Guitar Builder Spotlight - #BuyLocal :-)

    Guitar lovers from around the world take note!  I have decided it is long overdue that I begin shining a spotlight on unique quality small guitar builders, and I'm starting with one I just recently discovered in my own back yard, rural Sumner County, Tennessee!  Gary Yerby builds all of his guitars using neck-through designs, even his acoustic models.  His wood combination of choice is hard maple with mahogany inserts and detail.  Yerby has only been building for three years, since his retirement, and has already built 65 guitars and basses. 

    Vaughn Skow Hi-Lo tron pickups

    America. Still The Land Of Opportunity.

    Howdy do fellow guitar lovers, it's a great day to be alive and living in the free world, where ANYONE who wants to take a stab at starting their very own business has green light to do just that!  Okay, this is a GUITAR blog, and so I promise I'll get back to the wonderful world of guitars faster than a pug can suck up a hot-dog that has slipped the confines of it's ketchup slickened bun and fallen to the floor ... and believe me, that's FAST, I've watched it happen.  But first, I gotta mention my garbage man, Gordy.  Stick with me gang, I promise I'll pull this all together in the twitch of a pigs tail (yep, I've seen THAT too, and it's fast).  Fair warning: I'm feeling patriotic, my infamous soapbox is fixin to come out.  Shall we jump

    The Best Way to Improve and Upgrade a PRS SE Guitar

    Hello once again fellow guitar tone aficionados! If you own, or are considering, a PRS SE guitar, or ANY Paul Reed Smith for that matter, this may be the most important piece of information you will ever read.  Okay, maybe that may sound a BIT dramatic, but hey, don't take JUST my word for it, the secret I'm about to let out of the bag has been fully documented by guitar tone guru deluxe, Brian Wampler.  Seriously, this is the ONE thing you can do to your PRS that'll make you fall in love with it in a most decisive manner.  Let's talk about it!

    The most important Blackface Mod for Silverface Gender Amps

    Hello fellow guitar tone aficionados! If you know me, then you know that I am a total Fender amp geek; my desert island amp is a blackface Super Reverb, and the blackface Bassman, Pro Reverb, Vibrolux Reverb, and Deluxe Reverb probably round-out my top-5 list.  Yep, I'm crazy about vintage Fender amps, and, like most folks, I feel the blackface era amps are among the finest amps ever, period.  The tweed Fender amps (and browns, too) tend to not have as much solid bottom as I need, and the latter silverface amps just sound a little too sterile and clinical.  There are a couple of notable exceptions, see here: Drip Edge Fender Amps , and 1967 Silverface Deluxe Reverb;  but for let's

    How Much Should You Get Paid To Play Guitar

    Howdy Guitar Gang!  It's New Years Eve as I pen this blog.  I still feel weird NOT having a gig on a New Years Eve, when I was a hard gigging guitar player New Years Eve was always one of the best paying nights of the year.  That got me to thinking.  Let's talk about getting PAID to play guitar, let's examine how the Nashville pros look at getting paid.  This is something every guitar player needs to put some thought into.  Let's chat!

    What Every Guitar Player Must Know To Make Good MONEY at Christmas!

    353 Christmas guitar

    What Every Guitar Player Must Know at Christmas!

    Happy Holly-days guitar gang!  I'm penning this blog to let y'all in on a little not so well kept secret:  come Christmas time, ya need to know some Christmas songs.  I know, some of y'all might think this is downright cheesy, well, so is most EVERYTHING that people out there actually want to hear.  Sorry to burst your bubble, but folks just ain't going to pay to hear your own original 120-minute guitar solo.  But come Christmas time they just might pay to have a cool guitarist play Christmas songs.  Seriously, let's chat about this:

    Thanksgiving - sale 2019

    Thanksgiving.  Is it possible to be thankful in 2019?  I think so, let’s talk about that.

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