My Ibanez Acoustic Guitar – The Lure Of Exotic Wood!

Ibanez acoustic Infinity Inlay CARTOONED

“Afzelia Xylay.”   “Chakte Viga.”   “Cocobolo.”   “TZALAM!”   Am I shouting to you a Bat’leth challenge in Klingon??!   I am not. (I shamedly say I have not yet earned the right to carry that curved blade of honor through ritual, adjudicated combat in the Klingon Training Academy. Plus… I’m past the Age …

The Wishbass – Boomin’ In A Pseudopod Embrace!

Roxie the Mantis likes Wishbass! CARTOONED

You’ve probably never heard any musician utter this sentence in your life, so prepare for a moment to remember…   You ready??   My Wishbass looks like an amoeba.   See. Told ya. 😉   As you can see by the pic on the left, my particular Wishbass is quite… well, different is one way …

My Telecaster Comparison – A Tale Of Two Tele-s!

Jack & the Telecasters

As Donna Summer put it, we “work hard for the money”.   That’s why, when that extreme tidal wave of G.A.S. hits us square in the midcavern, we’ll go looking for the best value in the gear we have a hankerin’ for.   In my Telecaster comparison today, we dispel the woodshed whispers and pull …

The Telecaster – How A ‘Snow Shovel’ Rocks My World!

Dude with Tele featured image

67 years ago it started.   In a flash of inspiration, it was considered.   With months of innovation, it was designed.   After months of perspiration, the unveiling took place!   At long last, the world was allowed to gaze upon, in all its glory…   … the “snow shovel”!!!   Well, actually, no. …

The Hohner B2 bass – You Never Forget Your First!

The Hohner B2

It was 1996.   The Goo Goo Dolls were telling us all about some girl named “Iris“.   Alanis Morissette was incorrectly schooling us on what “Ironic” means.   And Oasis? They were making me sing right out loud and proud whenever their “Champagne Supernova” came on the station. All in all, it was a …

Acoustic Guitar Parts – Swap ‘Em Out To Step It Up!

Measuring for new acoustic guitar parts

For my birthday this past Memorial Day weekend, I got a rockin’, G.A.S.-y gift! I had specifically asked for certain acoustic guitar parts, and my family, being the awesome examples of humans that they are, had some nicely wrapped and ready for my open hands as soon as I got up. The present was deceptively …

Bass Guitar Rigs – The Gigging Player’s Dream Configurations!

Bass Amp Rig cartoon

In 1988, I entered Guitar Center in Los Angeles. I had come looking for some guitar gear that I needed for a gig.   As I entered the store, towering massively over me near the entrance was a bass stack. An astonishing stack. A magnificent citadel of sound that I knew I just HAD to play. A …