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Get your effects in order

As modern synths and inexpensive yet feature-rich recording equipment become more standard, guitarists are under increasing pressure to match the keyboardists versatility of sound. While the quality of amps and guitars has improved in some ways, the basic effects used by guitarists have not changed much in the last 20 years. 

Shopping for a new guitar amp?

Shopping for a new guitar amp can be a tough decision. There are many questions that enter a guitarist’s mind when considering a purchase. Which ones sound better? Are tube amps better than solid-state amps? Do I need a stack? All of these questions are important to consider.

The capo

A capo is a great little tool for beginners and professionals alike. Capos come in various shapes and sizes. Some clamp on the neck while others simply wrap around it. The capo is used for transposing the guitar to play songs in various keys while sustaining the ability to play them in the positions that are easiest for you. But, transposing isn’t the only reason to use a capo.

Acoustic versus electric guitar

Acoustic guitars are very diverse in their shape, size, style, beauty, and sound. A great acoustic guitar is usually the one that works best for the player. Although the perfect guitar is usually a matter of opinion, one should still follow several guidelines before making a purchase.

Want to set the action on your guitar?

Most guitarists cringe when the term “truss rod” is brought up in a conversation. Many would rather seek professional help when making guitar neck adjustments as opposed to doing it themselves. The truss rod is a threaded metal rod that runs through the neck of the guitar. The rod’s main function is for adjusting the height of the strings, more commonly referred to as the “action.” Many players prefer a low action because notes can be fretted with ease

The eBow

The “EBow” is a small handheld device that was introduced to the guitar industry in 1976. Since then, this small device has allowed guitarists the ability to simulate the sounds of horns, cellos, violins, harmonicas, and many others. The EBow’s name stems from the term “electronic bow” because of its ability to simulate the sustain of a violin bow when played across the strings of an electric guitar.

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