Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head

Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50 Guitar Amp HeadMesa/Boogie Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head

The Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head is part of a very popular line of amplifiers from the people at Mesa/Boogie. This is a two-channel amplifier that delivers 50 watts of tube driven power. You can buy the Express 5:50 as a head, or as a combo amp. There are five 12AXY tubes in the preamp section and two 6L6 tubes in the power amp section. The amp gets its name from the Mesa/Boogie Patented Multi-Watt Channel Assignable Power system. Continue reading “Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head”

How to play Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones

gimme shelterIf you want to learn how to play “Gimme Shelter,” by The Rolling Stones, this is a great place to get started

This time, we are going to take a look at the song “Gimme Shelter,” by The Rolling Stones. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the 1969 record “Let It Bleed” and it is the opening song on that record. This song features an Open Tuning on the Guitar, meaning that the strings are tuned to an open chord, instead of the standard tuning.

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What are the Best 100 Watt Guitar Heads?

blues telecaster pickupsThe Heavyweight division of guitar amplification is the 100 watt head. This list offers a starting point in your search for the one that’s right for you.

The 100 watt head is pretty much the standard for guitar players of any genre when it comes to live performance. Right now we are going to look at a few of the greatest amps available to see if we can find the best one for you. These amps are all modern designs but some of them might be reissues of older vintage amps. These amps will be designed for heavy overdrive, maybe even leaning towards modern Metal type tones. Continue reading “What are the Best 100 Watt Guitar Heads?”

Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head

Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp HeadMarshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head

The Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head is modeled after the JCM2000 Dual Super Lead amplifier that was created in 1997 and was highly regarded until being replaced by Marshall’s JVM series more than a decade later. Now, a decade after that, Marshall has decided to do a reissue of the beloved amp. The DSL100H is a two-channel amp pushing out 100 watts of power using four ECC83 tubes in the preamp section and four EL34 tubes in the power section.

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What are the Best Budget Guitar Fuzz Pedals?

budget guitar fuzzGuitar fuzz pedals with great tone, but without putting too much of a dent in our wallets.

Fuzz pedals are a great addition to any guitar player’s pedal board. They have a distinctive sound that’s different from overdrive and distortion. Everyone from Black Sabbath to The White Stripes use them, and after more than 50 years, even non-guitar players are pretty familiar with their sound, and have come to expect it. Today, we go over a list of fuzz pedals that just might give you that perfect fuzz tone that you’ve been looking for, without forcing you to set aside too much of your paycheck.

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How to play You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DCIf you want to learn how to play “You Shook Me All Night Long,” by AC/DC, this is a great place to get started

This time, we are going to have a look at the song “You Shook Me All Night Long,” from the Australian Rock & Roll band AC/DC. This song was released in 1980 for the album “Back In Black” and as their first single, which featured Brian Johnson as lead singer, replacing Bon Scott, who had passed away earlier. This is a very well known song that is pretty straightforward and easy to play, making it great for beginners.

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Soldano SLO100 100W Tube Guitar Head

Soldano SLO100 100W Tube Guitar HeadSoldano SLO100 100W Tube Guitar Head

Created in 1987, the Soldano SLO100 100W Tube Guitar Head remains very popular today. Well-known guitar players who use the Soldano SLO100 include Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Eddie Van Halen, Lou Reed and Tommy Kessler. The amplifier is driven by four 12AX tubes in the preamp section and four 5881 tubes in the power section. The 5881s are more rugged versions of the 6L6 tubes.

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Electro-Harmonix Octavix Fuzz

Electro-Harmonix Octavix FuzzElectro-Harmonix Octavix Fuzz

The Electro-Harmonix Octavix Fuzz is another classic fuzz pedal created by the Electro Harmonix brand. The Octavix is designed to recreate the same sound and vibe as the original Octavia, but in a smaller more pedalboard-friendly enclosure. There are three controls on the Octavix Fuzz. Volume sets the pedal’s sound level into your amp, so you can find the right match. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Octavix Fuzz”