Music Man RD-50 Head

Music Man RD-50 HeadI've been ranting and raving for years — to anyone who will listen — that Music Man amps are some of the greatest. Unfortunately, you are in for more of the same.

This rant is about the much-overlooked Music Man RD-50 Head. I must admit that, for a long time, I didn’t even know this thing existed. If you can believe it, I actually found one in a pawn shop on 7th Ave and 23rd Street in New York City. These kinds of things don’t happen quite so much anymore. As we all know, Guitar Center and Sam Ash have pretty much put everyone else out of business.

But in this case, there I was in this pawn shop, surrounded by cameras and cheap jewelry. All of a sudden, I saw this little mini head, with that familiar Music Man logo on it. Scratching my head, I thought “this ain’t an HD-130… what the hell is this little thing… I didn’t know that Music Man even made a head this small…”
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Power Tube Differences: EL84, EL34, & 6L6

The Power Tube: Differences Between EL84, EL34, & 6L6When you start to push an amplifier, the characteristics of these tubes become more apparent.

Power tubes can have a dramatic effect on your amplifier’s sound. At low volumes, the difference between one tube and another can be difficult to decipher; it’s almost not worth talking about. Once you start to push a little air, however, your amplifier will show off what it can do and the power tube will display its individual characteristics more.

Keep in mind, that by using pedals, you can make one amp sound pretty much like any other one. So, this discussion is focused on how a few of the most popular power tubes differ from each other when using the amp, and not the pedals, to get your sound. Continue reading “Power Tube Differences: EL84, EL34, & 6L6”

Best Music Styles for the Telecaster

The Best Music Styles for the TelecasterThe Fender Telecaster is probably viewed by most as a somewhat specialized guitar, but it is also surprisingly versatile.

Best known for it’s “twang,” this guitar has been used most often for Country, as it lends itself well to chicken pickin’ and other similar sounds. Some players have a Stratocaster pickup installed in the middle position for more tonal options. This is called the “Nashville” setup. Although most associated with Country, the Telecaster also does a lot of other things quite well. Continue reading “Best Music Styles for the Telecaster”

Chorus Pedals – What Are the Most Popular?

What Are the Most Popular Guitar Chorus Pedals?Looking for that lush 3-D sound of a Chorus Pedal? Here are the best high-end, mid-priced and budget models.

One of the most popular guitar effects of all time — chorus pedals — are often used to fatten-up the sound and give it more of a “3-D” feel. Some of the most popular guitar tones of all time have involved the smart use of chorus (reference just about any song by the Police; Andy Summers really knew how to use chorus wisely). Even in the budget arena, thick and creamy sounds can be generated when using a chorus pedal in true stereo.  Below is a list of the most popular guitar chorus pedals, arranged by price range.
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Strat Bridge Angle – How to Adjust it Yourself

How to adjust your Strat bridge angleIf your Strat bridge is leaning towards or away from the neck, these simple steps will get it back to the right angle.

A reader recently asked how he could adjust the angle of the tremolo bridge on his Stratocaster. In his case, the bridge was leaning towards the neck. Making a Strat bridge angle adjustment is a very simple process. The main thing to keep in mind is to not tighten the trem claw screws too much (covered in step # 3). Your goal is to have the perfect balance between the tension of the strings and the tension of the tremolo springs.
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Troubleshooting Guitar Wiring Problems

Troubleshooting guitar wiring problemsWhen troubleshooting guitar wiring problems and trying to find that mysterious buzz, logic is your most effective tool.

Sometimes you might find yourself with a ground / buzz problem. This can be a truly frustrating experience and can really kill the fun of building your own guitar. But, it really doesn’t have to be such a nightmare. You just need to trace your steps; that’s really it. This is all just logic. The answer to the problem is there somewhere; you just have to find it. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at things to think about when troubleshooting guitar wiring problems.

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