Well…..my problem. It’s not Line 6 or Fractal Audio’s fault. It’s that by nature of what they are, guitar amp modelers offer the guitarist a TON of options, both in terms of amp models, as well as effects. Fractal’s amp list is well over 250 now, and Line 6’s, while not quite as high, still […]Read More The problem with guitar amp modelers.
By day, I’m a mild-mannered IT guy, wrangling servers for a living. It pays the bills. But by night (well, twice a week and on the weekend) I lead the glamorous life of Guitar Shop Guy. Yes, it’s as amazing as you’re thinking. Rockstars, industry heavyweights, studio pros, all shuffling through seeking MY expertise in […]Read More When nerds try to out-nerd a guitar nerd
Ooh, Kemper released a floor version of their popular Profiling Amp, previously available on in head (“toaster”) form, and rackmount. Cue up fanboy venom from Line 6 Helix fans and Fractal Audio fans! It’s hideous. Disgusting. Old technology. The UI is awful. Too expensive. Those are actual quotes from Facebook user groups about it. Never […]Read More Modeler wars are getting out of hand.
Last night (May 29th), I had the pleasure of seeing one Mr. Paul Gilbert. Famous for his work in Racer X, Mr. Big, and of course his extensive solo catalog, Paul has continued to grow as a musician and songwriter through the years. In fact, I feel as though when compared to his contemporaries, he […]Read More Live shows and original music…..or lack there of
As many of my friends know, I work part-time at a guitar shop. This is about a particular gentleman who’s been in twice. Last November, this person called to see if we had a Mesa Boogie Rectifier 25 in stock. We did, so he wanted to bring in his guitar to try it out. Absolutely! […]Read More Consumers are to blame for the downfall of brick and mortar retail…..not websites
I had an amplifier listed for my shop, on Reverb.com, a site dedicated to selling musical instrument gear. It was a like new Mesa Boogie amp, with additional warranty still left. These amps sell for $1549 brand new, and are American-made amps. A gentleman (I’m using that term loosely) badgered us on price, offering more […]Read More Online Buying from other people (Reverb.com, eBay, Facebook, etc.) Don’t be an idiot
Stop worrying about how thin and light it is. I would like to return to the days where I could actually upgrade the RAM in a laptop, even change out the drive (hard drive, SSD, whatever storage medium was in there). Now there’s such a race to make these things “Internet appliances” and not actual […]Read More Dear Apple: if you don’t care as much about Mac hardware……
There are a number of products out there considered to be “great bang for the buck” pieces of gear these days. The BOSS Katana is a digital amp that’s taken the guitar world by storm, mainly because it’s a $225-$500 amp series that actually sounds good, and yes, can be gigged with. For what I […]Read More The weird undercurrent of cheap gear in music
I’ve been working at a place that does not have a Mac as a workstation, and relies heavily on cloud services for day to day operation. At home, my Mac hasn’t left it’s stand in weeks. Instead, I’ve been relying heavily upon my 8+ and my iPad Pro (the latter of which I was going […]Read More A change in workflow
I just bought an iPhone 8 Plus, 256GB. $950, Plus $150 for AppleCare, so $1100. For a phone. That’s okay though, I use it a ton, for both work and home. It’s also my point and shoot camera. My MacBook is nearly 4 years old though, and while it still does what I need for […]Read More Getting tired of Apple’s pricing