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30 Years of Paul Reed Smith

If you go to prsguitars.com, you’ll be greeted by a photo of a young, strapping Paul Reed Smith circa 1985. It’s up because they’re celebrating down there in Maryland: 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Paul Reed Smith Guitars. To commemorate the event, a line of limited run Custom 24’s will be released, and not just core models. You’ll be …

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1963 Fender Stratocaster Inspection

Did you know that a good tech can tell what kind of player you are just by looking at your guitar? Did you know Fender used to coat all their guitar bodies with a yellow stain before painting? Did you know Paul Comegno grows out his beard from time to time? Here’s one of our favorite videos with Paul. He …

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Derek Trucks & Warren Haynes Interview

The Allman Brothers Band played their last show on October 28th, 2014. Of course we’re sad to see them go, but grateful for all the music they’ve made through the years. Here’s a clip from an interview that Bob Wagner did with Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks not too long ago. Some highlights: Derek on success: “I remember the days …

The Myth of the Evil Fourth

I’ve been playing guitar for quite some time, but I only started singing about two years ago when I was offered a weekly gig directing a choir. As I practiced and struggled and practiced more, I noticed a strange trend: Whenever I tried to sing a major scale, the fourth degree always came out sharp. All of the other notes …

Acoustic Guitar Body Styles

Sure – tonewood, finish type, bracing patterns and all of that wonderful stuff will affect the sound of your acoustic guitar, but what about the shape? It’s the simplest and most overlooked aspect of tone. A few misconceptions: 1) “A bigger guitar is a louder guitar.” If this was true, you’d only be able to hear the basses in an …

Choosing Your Fretboard Wood Type

With more and more custom orders coming in, we often get questions about choosing wood types for fretboards. Let’s look at the three most common options and what they have to offer. Ebony Known for its bright tonality, ebony is an extremely dense wood. The tight wood grains do not require a finish, and many players enjoy the fast, slick …

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1938 Martin D-18 : The Golden Era of Guitar Making

If I had to choose one guitar for the rest of my life, it would be the 1938 Martin D-18 that we have in the shop right now. From the moment I picked up this guitar, I was totally enchanted by the sound. I could use terms like warm and rich, but what this guitar did was bring me closer …

G&L Semi-Hollow Body Roundup

Let’s take a closer look at 3 G&L semi hollow body guitars and see what makes each stand out.   The G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow The hybrid nature of this guitar is what G&L does best. While body shape and bridge single coil pickup promise a vintage Tele soundprint, a closer look at the bridge reveals the “ashtray”-style …

PRS Solid Body Electric Guitars – The Core Models

PRS guitars are known for their amazing looks, inspiring tone, and innovative design. Even with our generous Free Return Shipping policy, we see very few returns on PRS guitars, which tells us that customers are completely satisfied. If you’re interested in buying a PRS solid body guitar but don’t know where to start: Well, you’ve come to the right place. …

Reverb Pedal Roundup

Let’s face it – sometimes amazing amps have less than amazing reverb units. While there is something beautiful about coiled springs being driven into motion, often these units lack the flexibility that some of today’s pedals can offer. Let’s explore three little pedals that can make a big difference in your tone.   Wampler Faux Spring Reverb The Faux Spring …