Nearly every site that sells anything has a product review area. That’s not really what I’m talking about here, though that can be an issue too. Crowd-sourced Review Sites No, what I’m referring to are sites like Yelp or Google reviews, where a customer (presumably; as far as I can tell there’s no way to […]Read More The benefits and drawbacks of online reviews
So, I’ve worked at a small but successful “mom and pop” type shop for nearly three years now. Over that time, I’ve learned many things that you might not think of as obvious, but should be. Some are common courtesy. Some are things that you wouldn’t think would annoy a guitar shop employee, but do. […]Read More Guitar Shop Do’s and Don’ts
I recently received an Android tablet, a nice 7″ size that’s handy for grabbing to look something up, or perhaps catch a Netflix show when the TV is being used for something else. While it’s been greatly improved since the last time I used it, I’ve noticed that it’s on version 5.0, while version 7.1 […]Read More The real problem with Android continues to be lack of updates
Engadget had a really interesting article this morning about a new tech from the guy from Incubus(?!) where there’s a proprietary wireless network created at a concert event, and the audio comes straight off the mixing board into the wireless system. This is then broadcast over wifi to everyone’s phones, at which point they can […]Read More MIXHalo, for fixing bad concert sound.
I was gifted some money from work, because I’ve been there a while. It was a generous thing, and I certainly appreciate it. So as a treat, I bought myself something I had kept putting off; an Apple Watch (Sport, series 2). I got the 42mm, since even on my skinny wrists, a 38mm […]Read More The Apple Watch. A really cool, expensive solution to a problem I didn’t have.
I had an interesting discussion (if you’d care to call it that) about PRS potentially releasing another John Mayer signature guitar, this time one that looks almost exactly like a regular Fender Strat with a PRS headstock and birds tacked on. I made the comment how I get why they’d do it, given Mayer’s popularity, […]Read More Qualifying opinions on music and various artists
Podcasts are a cool thing; it’s talk radio, on your phone, tablet or computer. Using apps (speaking on iOS here) like Apple Podcasts, Downcast (my personal choice), or Overcast, you can download them as they become available, by having the app grab the downloads via the RSS feeds for each podcast. Once you’ve listened to […]Read More No Guitar is Safe, and How I Listen to Guitar Podcasts
Warmoth has been making necks and bodies for guitars for ages now; several decades by my estimation. If there’s something that you don’t like about a Fender (or Fender compatible) guitar, chances are Warmoth can make a replacement neck or body that will fit the bill. I’ve had two full Warmoth builds, and two Fender […]Read More Warmoth guitar parts
Recently, Roland held an event in which dozens of products were released simultaneously, in different cities across the world. It certainly got a lot of attention, but there didn’t seem to be a ton for guitarists, except for a new line of affordable amps, the Boss Katana series, and the new GT-1: a multieffects board […]Read More Boss GT-1 multieffects board/pedal: first impressions
Okay, so I’ve had the AmpliFIRE for a bit now, and I’ll definitely be keeping it. For awhile. Until something better comes along. LOL It’s a powerful, flexible little box for sure. However, there are definitely some Pluses and Minuses to what it is, and I bet that’s a combination of keeping costs down, as […]Read More Atomic AmpliFIRE: likes and dislikes