Should I Buy A ‘Boutique’ Guitar Amp?
In the wonderful world of music gear, the word ‘boutique’ is one of the best examples of pretentiousness. We’re often told that ‘boutique’ is synonymous with ‘high-quality,’ which is one of the reasons that so many eager guitarists spend thousands of dollars on amps, pedals, and guitars that the next guy has never heard of. […]
5 Guitars I Keep Handy to Nail Every Tone
Guitar players, more than any other musicians I know, are addicted to buying new guitar gear. Who wouldn’t want to have a Strat, a Tele, AND a Les Paul in their arsenal? Of course, throwing your life savings away on thirty guitars might not be the best move… In truth, you only need a few […]
Bartolini Pickups – The Ultimate Installation Guide
Let’s take a look at how to install Bartolini pickups. This is a pickup installation guide, designed to show you how to install every type of passive guitar pickup that they make. Founded in 2010, Bartolini is a California-based company; the founders, Bill and Pat Bartolini, have been working on pickups long before starting their […]
What Makes an Amplifier Loud?
There is quite a bit of confusion out there when it comes to measuring the “loudness” of amplifiers. When most guitarists think of volume, they think about the amplifier’s wattage specs. However, just because one amp has more watts than the next does not mean that it is “louder” by any means.