The Crate BT50 Bass Amp – Solid WHOMP For The Hard-Edged Player!

Crate Bass amp Close up

  Sometimes fate has a way of smiling on you when you least expect it.   And sometimes… it smiles with GEAR.   My example is the Crate BT50 bass amp. It came to me kind of on accident, from checking out an ad for something else in Craigslist. Now, my Live Room will never …

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 virtual …

The EVH 5150 iii amp- The Tone That Takes You THERE!

5150 iii badge cartooned

Okay… … full disclosure, right here, right up front, before I even talk about the EVH 5150 iii: I’m a huge Eddie Van Halen fan.   Whenever I struck a rock pose in front of a window or mirror with friends, (before I even started learning guitar!) I was usually mimicking Eddie. Okay, maybe sometimes David Lee Roth …

7 Best Guitar Tuners of 2018 – The End of Flappin’ Frequencies!

Teaj's best guitar tuner

Have you ever been frustrated because your guitar’s out of tune?   Whether you’re playing live, or just practicing at home, intonation problems can be as frustrating as trying to find your cell phone when it’s time to head to a gig (not that that has ever happened to me, mind you)!    lol   …

Serious G.A.S. Relief!! Interview 2: Sean Barrett & his Egnater TOL 50!

A rocker and his amp are not soon parted, as you shall see in today’s fun and insightful video interview with local virtuoso legend Sean Barrett! Come take a ride on the rockin’ side with us as we explore this gem of a transducer that is now almost 30 years old, the Egnater TOL 50. …

The Mesa Cab Clone – All Gain & No Pain!

Sometimes…. I like it LOUD. And I’m not just talking car radio loud. I mean shake the walls, rattle the windows, cause the icicles outside to drop and shatter and (even tho’ I have a big yard) make the neighbors consider calling that number. You know the one. And, yea, I’m wearin’ protection when I …

The Line 6 Helix – The Chameleon Steals The Show!

On a swaying brown branch in northern Madagascar, in the dry, gritty wind of a baking afternoon, a Parsons Chameleon sits amazingly still, blending in perfectly with the sparse foliage and branchery around it, waiting… waiting for that tantalizing treat that always comes with patience – his baited, buzzing bug snack!   The reason it’s …