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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)

    If Ya Only Had ONE Modeler to Gig Direct With, Which One Should You Choode

    Hi guitar friends!  Last week we discussed two great options for the ONE amp you can bring to a gig and need NOTHING else.  Check that blog out!  But these days we often are not even allowed an amp, we must play "direct" listening via in-ear monitors.  Now, a decade or so back this was like a death sentence, but these days it's really a cool option once you get used to it. 

    If You Could Only Have ONE Amp in 2022 to Cover All Ground - Which Amp Should It Be?

    Okay fellow guitar slingers.  So it's a weird, wild new world out there for all of us who want to still be on stage doin our thang.  In fact, it's downright rough, most certainly it's not for the faint of heart! And, for those of us who are still trying to get out and play some club gigs from time to time, the new rule is: whenever you can, press the "easy" button.  And for most of us that means bringing only ONE versatile guitar and amp and nuttin' else, one in one hand one in the other in and out like the breeze.  In some cases the amp will be replaced by a direct to the PA rig, we'll discuss THAT next time.  For now, let's talk about a swiss army knife of an amp, that amazing can do everything and do it well amp.  Ready?  Let's jump in!

    How To Get Started Playing The Guitar The RIGHT Way

    So, last week I blogged all about how important music was for a person's mind, body and soul.  But lets say someone asks you (maybe because you play guitar) how THEY can get started playing guitar.  I've been asked this question a thousand times ... often by parents wondering how best to launch their child into the wonderful world of musicianship.


    How To Get Someone Started Playing Tghe Guitar The RIGHT Wa

    Photo courtesy of Elsie Ecklund, check out her freaking awesome YouTube channel!

    Being a Musician Makes you Better, Smarter, And Even More Attractive and Likeable!

    Music makes you smarter

    Playing guitar saved my life.  I know ... the Oscar for best dramatic lead goes to me!  But it just may be true.  From the early teen days when the bullies just LOVED to pick on me, right up until the horror of WHATEVER the heck has been going on in the world the last couple of crazy years (late 2020 to early 2022).  Can you say "stay at home" (all the freaking time)??  I am WAY too industrious and conscientious to sit at home and play video games, so man am I glad I had guitars to play and learn on!

    When to rewind or rebuild a guitar pickup and when to replace it

    Hey again fellow guitar geeks, I love ya each and every one!  So over the years I have re-wound a great many guitar pickups, and I pride myself on being the guy who can rewind ANYTHING!  Speedbumps, Filter'Trons, Hi-Li'Trons, Goldfoils, one-off Japanese made weird pickups from the 70's, yep!  Sure I do the typical Strat, Tele, Humbucker, and P-90 rebuilds too, but I ain't afraid of any pickup.  Hadn't met one that I couldn't fix yet.

    So, you might expect me to advise you always rebuild a pickup rather than replace it, but that's not at all my recommendation.

    A Techs HONEST Review of a PRS Silver Sky SE - The BEST Review you will find!

    Howdy Guitar gang!  Sorry if it's been a while since I posted here, I cut the heck outta my hand a couple weeks back and it really slowed down my progress.  No playing ANY instrument, no making pickups, and no blogging!  But I'm sufficiently healed and ready to rant!  This rant is on the PRS Silver Sky.  As most of you know, I've became somewhat of a PRS pickup upgrade expert, at least where the humbuckers are concerned.But a few weeks ago I had a client send me his brand new Silver Sky for a pickup upgrade and setup tweak.

    Potted vs un-potted guitar pickups, the pros and cons

    Hey fellow guitar tone lovin' Guys n Gals!Ready to jump into a hot topic ... err, literally, like a hot vat of wax?  Let's talk about wax-potting pickups, and what it does.  Sound downright exciting?  If so, then yep ... you are a certified guitar-tone connoisseur! Let's "jump in" :)

    Anico Pole-Pieces vs Pole Screws in Pickups - Tele or Strat Style

    Traditional vs adjustable pole pieces tele pickup

    Howdy guitar gang!  So I had a request come in that got me to thinking ... thinking that maybe this is some info that ALL tone connoisseurs need to know!  So here goes. 

    Here is the Question:

    "Hey Vaughn!   I’m putting together a Telecaster from used parts. I’ll need pickups for it, and wondered I’d adjustable pole pieces were available for the bridge pickup.  Thanks!"

    Guitar Players - Once Again I urge You To Play at Church

    So, you all have heard me say it before, but in these days of Covid crap almost obliterating the live music industry, it's more important than ever!  You see, all through this supposed crisis, I've kept playing almost every weekend.  How?  I play at several Churches.  Guitar, bass, and drums, depending on the need.  And man it's a blast.  Of course, it doesn't hurt that I'm in Nashville, an area just brimming with full-on Pro level musicians, so my band-mates are almost always exceptional people to play with.  But, wherever you are, isn't any time spent out playing with other living, breathing musicians better than NOT getting to play at all?

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