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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)

    Musicians Have Options for Income During COVID

    Howdy Guitar gang!  Soooo, we can all agree that the world has been a crazy place to live the last year or so, but since my buddy Elon hasn't got Mars in 100% move-in condition yet, I guess we all gotta call this planet home for the foreseeable future.  But for many of us guitar-slingers, the landscape is almost unrecognizable from that of glorious 2019, when we all had the freedom to travel around the world, publicly assemble, and even play music in packed hole-in-the-wall bars if we felt like it; I guess our forefathers would have deemed it "Life Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness".  But we sure as heck can't

    What Henreys Means - the all important induction spec!

    396 - Induction a most important spec

    DC resistance Revisited, What resistance tells us about a guitar Pickup!

    Okay gang, it just happened again, someone wanted to know the "ohms" of one of my pickups so he could compare it to the ones he already has.  Jeez, again?  Folks, measured DC resistance (what you measure with a multimeter) is so NOT a good way to compare pickups!  Read on ...  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 this spec.  Let's talk about that!  If you're in a hurry, feel free to skip to the bullet-points at the end.

    Best Replacement Speaker For Peavey Bandit

    Okay tone friends, today we discuss one of the most humble and under-rated amps of all time.  In production for nearly 40-years, the Peavey Bandit is an amp you are VERY likely to run across in a pawn shop, used music store, or stage near you!  The amp has been through several cosmetic changes over the decades and has had slight circuit tweaks, but two things remained constant: 1) they ALL sound decent, and 2) They are ALL 1x12 combos.

    What IS That Bright Cap Across The Volume Pot on A PRS For Anyway?

    What IS That Bright Cap Across The Volume Pot on A PRS For Anyway?

    Hi guitar gang.  As you may know, I've became fairly well known for upgrading the pickups in PRS guitars; and I'd like to address one of the main questions that comes up when folks are replacing the pickups in their PRS.  The "Bright" cap!  First, what is it?  It's a small-value cap soldered across the first two lugs of your volume pot, Second, why is it there: to increase the brightness of the pickups.  Simple enough.  Let's dig in just a little deeper!

    Best Way To Clean and Polish your Frets - Don't Use Steel Wool!

    The Best Way To Clean and Polish Your Frets (Don't use Steel Wool!)

    Post-Covid: How Much Should You Get Paid To Play Guitar?

    Howdy Guitar Gang!  It's summer of 2021 as I pen this blog.  Like all of you, I have spent nearly TWO FREAKING YEARS without playing gigs.  That's like living without oxygen ... or food ... or water ... combined!  But yet, here we are, still somehow alive and the world is trying REALLY hard to get back to some sense of normalcy after Covid sent us all burrowing into our caves wearing face-masks, gloves, and being afraid of our friends, neighbors, family members, and maybe even the family pet.  It's been hard for everybody, but especially hard for those of us who make our living and/or get validation via getting out and playing shows.

    4th of July 2021 - Live Music Is Back!

    Holy cow y'all!  I think Live Music in the USA is back, and the old saying is Sooooo true:

    "Ya don't know what you've got until it's gone!"

    For musicians, man, has the last couple of years sucked ... big time! Getting out and making music with other humans is the zenith of what our world is all about.  Take THAT away and we all turn into sad blobs with eyes.  Okay, maybe I'm being a little overly dramatic, but not THAT much so!

    But in the last few weeks (basically June through July 4th) I've played 12 live gigs, and boy does it feel freaking AWESOME!!!!!  So, folks, if you are not already, go out and celebrate this great country by getting some musical buddies together and make some darn music!

    Taming the Fender Twin Reverb Amp: From Twin Reverb to Princeton Reverb!

    Howdy guitar folks and welcome to 2021 and the "new normal" ... but this time we ain't talking at ALL about COVID-19 or lock-downs, or any of that crap ... we're talking about a trend that began a number of years back: SMALLER AMPS!  All throughout the 1950s through the 1980's amps just kept getting bigger and bigger and louder and louder.  But then it all began to change.  Thanks to readily available great PA systems and in-ear monitors, what everyone NOW desires are amps that can sound MASSIVE whilst putting out very little actual volume.  And so it is that vintage Fender Princeton and Deluxe Reverb Amps are VERY desirable and bring top dollar, but the "big dog" or the 1970's, the 100(+) watt Fender Twin Reverb is Waaaaaay under-valued.  Shoot, these days a

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