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Advice For Beginners

Advice For Beginners

Most people want to play the guitar, but they make these three main mistakes. One: They buy a cheap guitar. Two: They’re overconfident. Three: They try to learn on YouTube. I’m sort of ok with this. The less people that play guitar, the cooler it is that I play...
Why You Shouldn’t Base Your Purchase Off A Video

Why You Shouldn’t Base Your Purchase Off A Video

First off, when watching a video, that is not what the guitar sounds like. If someone sends you an iPhone recording, that’s what the guitar sounds like when recorded with an iPhone. If someone is playing a Gibson Custom Shop ’59 Les Paul through a Carr Rambler...
Seeing Jimi Hendrix Live

Seeing Jimi Hendrix Live

I saw Jimi Hendrix play Woolsey Hall on the Yale campus in New Haven, Connecticut, on November 17th, 1968. It was an early show. I was there with a blonde girl whose name has been lost to time. It was cold and she wore an itchy wool sweater. Our seats were close to...
On The Road To Nick Drake

On The Road To Nick Drake

It was a long time ago and therefore a bit murky. As best I remember, the first time I became aware of Nick Drake was seeing a copy of his album Bryter Layter in the import section of Rhymes Records in New Haven, Connecticut. I wondered why anyone would choose to pose...
My First 12-String Rickenbacker

My First 12-String Rickenbacker

I remember the compressed guitar sound coming out of our black and white Motorola TV set like it was yesterday. That moment in time has become part of my sonic DNA. It was like nothing I had ever heard before. There on the TV was this skinny guitar player with strange...
Jr Saw It Happening

Jr Saw It Happening

Sometimes a picture will stay with you forever. I had already owned one of the first Les Paul Goldtops to arrive in Connecticut in 1968 and sold it due to its weight — I was a pretty skinny kid and it killed my shoulder. I was not a stranger to Gibson Les Pauls....
Hey Kid Rock & Roll

Hey Kid Rock & Roll

There’s a thing that happens when you hear a band for the first time and you know they have forever changed the way you relate to a type of music. I would liken it to a zen satori, like getting to the essence of something you didn’t know you were missing until...
Iconic Guitars: The Gibson J-45

Iconic Guitars: The Gibson J-45

There are few acoustic guitars that are as recognizable and influential in the world of music as Gibson’s J-45 model. It is regarded as Gibson’s most famous and widely used acoustic guitar, and countless guitarists throughout the second half of the 20th century relied...
The 2019 NAMM Show

The 2019 NAMM Show

The guys from the shop made their annual trip to the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, CA. NAMM is known as the “the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products, pro audio and event tech industry” with over 100,000...
Rooting for a Gibson Comeback

Rooting for a Gibson Comeback

As a kid, Jimmy Page’s Gibson Les Paul was the stuff of my guitar dreams. Fifteen year old me certainly couldn’t afford Jimmy’s Les Paul, but it inspired me to get my first guitar from a local pawn shop. I’ve been noodling ever since. So, it...
1965 Rickenbacker 360-12

1965 Rickenbacker 360-12

George Harrison, Roger McGuinn and Pete Townshend played a 1965 Rickenbacker 360-12. George Harrison acquired his Rickenbacker 360-12 12 string in 1964 during the Beatles first U.S....
James Taylor and the Gibson J50

James Taylor and the Gibson J50

James Taylor recorded Sweet Baby James with a Gibson J50. The Gibson J50 with its mahogany back & sides, spruce top, Brazilian Rosewood fretboard and adjustable bridge helped produce the album’s iconic sound....
Martin 00-18 & 00-28

Martin 00-18 & 00-28

Martin 00-18, a stalwart of Martin’s acoustic guitars for 140 years. Martin 00-18 and Martin-00-28. The 00-28 has rosewood back and sides and 14...
A Tribute to Chuck Berry

A Tribute to Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry and His Influence on Rock n’ Roll is Timeless Chuck Berry, a man whose contribution to rock n’ roll will endure through generations of guitar players....