How To Make Sure Your Tube Amp Is Safe To Work On

How You Can Get 10% Off A Brand New Ceriatone Amplifier
Over the last moth or so I have been getting a severe case of GAS for another amp. And seeing how I have now cut my teeth building a few pedals, I thought why not try building one of the kits from Ceriatone.

Although I am extremely keen on the idea, the little voice in my head is warning me of the dangers associated with building tube amps.

So, in order to prepare myself, I have been doing some precautionary research, and one of the best videos I have found to date is the following video presented by Premier Guitar… DIY: Amp Safety 101.

Watch and Learn how Kye Kennedy runs you through the process of making your tube amp safe to work on.

How You Can Get 10% Off A Brand New Ceriatone Amplifier

How To Buy A Guitar Without Getting Ripped Off In Seven Easy Steps

Buying a new guitar can be a great feeling. Maybe you’ve bought a few guitars in the past and you’re looking at adding another to your collection, or maybe you’re about to buy your first guitar and you’re not sure where to start. This guest post attempts to give would-be buyers some important tips on how to buy a guitar without getting sold a lemon.

Joe Bonamassa Guitar Collection

Joe Bonamassa Guitar Collection

What qualifies me to give anyone advice on buying music gear? I’ve owned, sold and traded a myriad of guitars over the past five years. Some were quite expensive vintage collectables and some were your run of the mill, off the shelf cheapies that I picked up on spur-of-the-moment purchases. At one point I was stashing so much gear, that when I took someone into my music room, I would always get asked if I was running a music store from home. Nope, I just had a severe case of GAS… So, let’s get started… Continue reading

Smoothly Does It – Legato Technique for Guitar

This guest post was written by Chris Lake, from a professional guitarist and guitar teacher of over 25 years.

Legato is a term that you will hear a lot once you start getting into lead guitar playing, but what exactly does it mean?

Translated literally as ‘tied together’ the term legato tells you that you should let the notes you are playing flow smoothly from one to the next, without any pause between them. With legato you get a very smooth flowing sound to the music, as opposed to ‘staccato’ in which each note played is sharply detached and separate from the following notes.

Legato Technique

Legato Technique

To achieve a legato sound different techniques are employed for different instruments. Take a wind instrument such as a flute. To produce legato here the player would play all the notes under one breath. With a bowed stringed instrument, the player would play the notes under a continuous bow.

To play legato on the guitar you need to minimize the use of the pick. This means using ‘hammer-ons’ and ‘pull-offs’, and when talking about guitar technique this is precisely what is meant by legato.

So, when employing a legato technique for guitar these are the two main techniques you will need to master. By combining the two you can play fast, smoothly flowing runs with ease.

So, to begin with let’s take a look at hammer-ons.

Hammer-ons are used to go from one note to a higher note on the same string without picking the new note. You can use a pick to play the very first note, but the subsequent notes will be played by ‘hammering-on’ to the string with your fretting fingers.

So for example, suppose you are playing the note E on the fifth fret of the B string with your first finger, and the next note you want to play is an F# two frets above. You need to use the tip of your ring finger to strike the string at the 7th fret to make the note sound.

You need to come down on the string perpendicular to the fretboard, and with enough force to produce the same volume, more or less, that you would with a pick. That’s about all you need to know about hammer-ons. Continue reading

ToneWoods – Seriously Do Tonewoods Really Make a Difference?

Howdy again! Now let’s take a break from reviewing gear and take some time to have a look at the somewhat controversial subject of Tone Woods!

I don’t know about you, but I am not easily convinced about people’s theories and ideals, just because someone else believes in something, such as the notion that a particular Wood can make a big difference to the sound of an electric guitar.

Do tonewoods make a difference?

Do tonewoods make a difference?

I like to ask questions and find out myself the truth of a matter (God created us to investigate and make up our own minds didn’t he??).

So, this article isn’t about me saying that I know all there is to know about Tonewoods, or even that the notion of Tonewoods is a load of rubbish, I just wanted to take a look at the debate raging at the moment on how timber used in making an electric guitar effects its tone, because there is always at least 2 sides to every story.

There are some very good points to be made, depending on your perspective, and (cough cough) financial status!! LOL, Which is what we will be looking at today!

This article is aimed at looking at all sides of the Tonewood debate. Do Tonewoods really make a difference to the sound of your electric guitar, or is it all just marketing hype?

I will express my views later in the article, and I will preface by saying that I am not a professional Luther, Sound engineer, Player, I only play guitar at home, I have however bought and sold a lot of guitars over the years and have formed an educated opinion based on my own personal experience of buying and selling the odd guitar or two!

Okay, lets get started!!! Continue reading

Tips for Travelling with Your Guitar

Guest Post By Johnny Peters, Follow Johnny on Google Plus here… and on Twitter here…

There are some really important precautions to take when traveling with a guitar if you want to make sure that your beloved instrument arrives in one piece.

Image has some rights reserved by cathyse97

Image has some rights reserved by cathyse97

Things like choosing the right case, paying attention to the weather, and making sure you’re following all the correct regulations when taking your guitar on an airplane, are all things we’ll discuss more in-depth. Also, we’ll talk about a couple of really useful tips to help prevent your guitar from being stolen while you’re travelling.

First things first, a protective case…

Those soft gig bags might be okay for taking your guitar back and forth from your buddy’s place, but if you plan on doing any serious traveling with your instrument then you’re going to need a hard-shell case, plain and simple. Hard-shell cases are a little bit more expensive, but the soft bags barely provide any protection at all and they’re just not good enough.

Thinking About the Weather

You might not realize how important the weather is when it comes to traveling with your guitar. Sudden changes in humidity can cause the guitar to warp or bend ever so slightly, but still enough to totally mess up the sound and the alignment of the fret board. If you’re going to a dryer climate, you can purchase little sponges that soak in water and help to keep the humidity correct inside your guitar case. Continue reading

30% Off at SecondSpin For the Next 3 Days…

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Time to share a SecondSpin offer again. 30% off your order for the next couple of days. I just bought a few of my favourite KISS albums from when I was a young fella and noticed that you don’t even need to add in the promo code, it automatically adds the discount for you.

Click on this link or click the image below to start shopping…

Get 30% off at Secondspin

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Here’s a list of what I just ordered…, all for under $45.00 with shipping to Australia. Gotta love SecondSpin.

  • Kiss ~ Kiss [Remastered]
  • Kiss ~ Hotter Than Hell [Remastered]
  • Kiss ~ Dressed to Kill [Remastered]
  • Kiss ~ Destroyer [Remastered]
  • Kiss ~ Rock and Roll Over [Remastered]
  • Kiss ~ Love Gun [Remastered]
  • Kiss ~ Dynasty [Remastered]
  • Kiss ~ Unmasked

Will share some pics when I get them delivered.

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SecondSpin Sale – Free Shipping Plus 20% off

I haven’t shared a SecondSpin sale in a while, but this one looks like a real saver. Get Free Shipping and save 20% off your order when you spend $25.00 or more.

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I might need to start collecting the KISS Discography now….

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Gibson’s Quick Connect Pickup Installation Guide – Video

Here’s a very cool video from Gibson demonstrating how easy it is to swap out your pups with the new Quick Connect Pickup system.

Even a total soldering neophyte like myself could confidently swap their pups. What a cool idea.

Not sure if the connection would affect the sound frequency in any way. I doubt it, but you never know? I suppose if there was a loss in the signal it would be so minimal you probably wouldn’t notice anyways.

Relicing a Guitar Headstock – Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds Relic Project

Ok, so this attempt at relicing a guitar headstock will all but finish off the relicing of the neck.

So far I have finished sanding and staining the back of the neck, made the fingermarks on the fret board and all that’s left is to match the look of the headstock with the work I have done so far on the rest of the neck.

Here’s the video explaining how I went about relicing the headstock on my Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds Strat copy. I have to apologize, for the audio in the video, for some reason it’s not matching with the video frames and for the life on me I don’t know how to fix it.

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Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day 2013 Tweed Heads

It was such a beautiful day for the 2013 ANZAC day Ceremony…. So proud to be an Aussie and so very grateful for the sacrifice made by so many brave men and women in our Armed Forces.

Here’s my two beautiful kids taking part in the ANZAC Day 2013 parade.

April and Luke Anzac Day Parade

April is holding the pink water bottle, Luke is wearing his thongs, a real Aussie boy.

A lot of the local schools take part in the traditional ANZAC day parade each year. It’s a very proud moment for all of the community to remember the bravery and sacrifice of times past and to keep this very important tradition alive through our younger generations.