The Ludwig Supraphonic – A Super Snare Beyond Compare!

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Hal Blaine. If you’re a drummer, chances are you know that name very well. There’s not many people on the planet that have played drums on 150 number one hits… but Hal did! And the snare drum he used on more of them than any other?? The Ludwig Supraphonic! Hal was specifically amodel 400 chrome-on-brass …

How To Solo On Guitar, Part 1 – Speaking Lessons… For Your Fingers!!

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Ever heard a Best Man or Maid of Honor give a speech wedding reception and think, “Wow – they’re really eloquent!”? Or maybe you’ve visited the other side of the tracks, where somebody got up to speak and it was little more than an embarrassment or a parody of what a speech should be! Either …

The 7 Best Bass Guitars For Beginners In 2019 – Top Picks For A Big Bottom!!

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Q: What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians?A: A bass player Q: What’s the difference between a vacuum cleaner and a bassist?A: The vacuum cleaner has to be plugged in to suck. A young kid told his mother “Mommie, when I grow up I want to play the bass guitar.” His mother …

How To Buy Music Gear – A Penny Saved Is A Preamp Earned!

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Cha-CHING! I love the sound of money comin’ my way. Don’t you?! Every once in a while we really hit the jackpot and a big check comes in from some gig we’ve done in the past that blows most of the others away. That happened to me this week, so naturally… a new piece of …

The FabFilter Pro-Q 3, Part 1 – My Favorite Frequency Fetcher!!

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Ever since I was a child, I’ve been a dog guy. Don’t get me wrong, I like cats too. But there’s just something about man’s best friend… Like how they can fetch! Our pooch Pippin will chase and bring back any number of things. It’s adorable… and fun. Now if I can only teach him …

Equipment For Nothin’ – When We Hit the Motherlode!

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Anybody swapping, buying or trading gear long enough is familiar with “The Throw-in“. You know: you go to pick up a piece of gear and the sales person, or the owner of the piece, says: “Tell ya what… if you buy this today, I’ll THROW IN these pics… or this cover… or 5 sets of …

The Takamine EC-132C Classical Guitar – The Timeless Taste Of Classic Tone!!

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The first time I knew I had to have a classical guitar, I was listening to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. I played it incessantly (through headphones, of course!), and with all the lights off except for the dim glow of the stereo dial. It was magic! The song “Goodbye Blue Sky” was mesmerizing to me. …