Instruments & Gear
Review of Donner Concert Ukulele
Ukuleles come in different styles and sizes for people of any age and skill set. Any size you choose is portable for home use or community events. A fairly inexpensive ukulele may be a good introduction to see if you really want an expensive guitar. Here we will look at my ukulele from Donner.
Review of Donner Pentatonic Lyre Harp
A lyre is a fun, portable, and soothing instrument to learn and play. This article will focus on the pentatonic lyre (seven strings) from Donner although there are models with more strings available if you are advanced or prefer more options in song choice. This is also called a harp or a lyre harp.
Gibson SG vs. Fender Stratocaster: What's the Difference and Which Is Better?
Learn about the differences between the Fender Stratocaster and Gibson SG so you can decide which guitar is better for you and your musical style.
Remove a Dent From a Guitar Fretboard or Any Wooden Surface
You have a guitar fretboard or piece of wood, but it is dented. You have options but want to avoid using a filler. This article tells you what to try before resorting to filling a dent, and explains how to fill it if it becomes necessary. Also, learn to improve the quality of primarily flat wood.
Review of the Hawk Li Wooden Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
I was searching for an inexpensive rechargeable Bluetooth speaker with good sound and an attractive design. Hawk Li's retro-styled Bluetooth speaker system appeared to be a good option.
Construct a Music Rest for an On-Stage KS7350 Pro Heavy-Duty Folding-Z Keyboard Stand
Many electronic keyboard stands do not come with a music rest for lead sheets or books. This article explains the steps to solve that problem and create a useful music stand for a digital keyboard stand. A skilled builder could modify this for another keyboard stand or even as a free-standing unit.
Understanding Parameters, Tones, and Scenes on the Roland RD-88 Digital Keyboard
This article presents information about features of the RD-88 with examples and analogies to clarify the meanings and distinctions of the many aspects available to the keyboard artist. We look at the way these different functions work together to create your unique sounds.
Les Paul vs. Telecaster: What's the Difference and Which Is Better?
Learn the difference between the Gibson Les Paul and Fender Telecaster sound and find out which is better for you when it comes to sound and style.
Ukulele vs. Guitar: Difficulty, Difference, and How to Choose
Ukulele or guitar? Find out which is easier and which makes a better first instrument for a beginner. Learn about the tuning of each instrument and what it takes to switch from one to the other.
Review of Cassette-to-MP3 Converter for a USB Flash Drive
This is a review of the BlumWay converter, a cassette player that digitizes audio direct to a USB flash drive without a computer or software.
Review of the DigiTech Mosaic Guitar Effects Pedal
If you want your 6-string guitar to sound like a 12-string guitar, this may just be the guitar effects pedal for you.
The First Five Guitar Effects Pedals You Need for an Electric Guitar
If you play electric guitar and want to start building a pedalboard, here are some tips on where to start.
Product Review: DigiTech Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shift Pedal
In live situations, you may prefer to use a pitch-shifting pedal for drop tunings rather than bringing along an extra guitar. That’s where the DigiTech Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shift Pedal comes in.
Legendary Bluesman Robert Johnson, and the Gibson 1928 L-1 Blues Tribute Guitar
Mystical and mysterious, the life and death of Robert Johnson are legendary. He became the king of the delta blues, and inspired countless singers and guitarists. Did he make a deal with the devil? You be the judge. He played a Gibson L-1 guitar. Here is the rest of the story.
What Is Headroom? Guitar and Bass Amp Headroom Explained
You’ve heard headroom is important for bass and guitar amplifiers. Find out how it affects your sound as a bassist or guitarist, when you should care about an amp’s headroom, and when you shouldn’t.
The Martin J-15: Martin's Inexpensive, but Rare Jumbo Guitar
The Martin J-15 is a discontinued model from historic C.F. Martin & Company. Here is the rest of the story.
Pros and Cons of Digital Modeling Guitar Amplifiers
Learn the pros and cons of a modeling guitar amp when compared to a tube amp or solid-state amp and find out how digital modeling technology can help you grab the sounds you are looking for.
Reviewing the Rare Martin D-19 and Martin D-17m Guitars
The Martin D-19 and the Martin D-17m are both all-solid wood dreadnoughts with solid spruce tops, but the tops are stained to look as though the guitars are made entirely of mahogany. Here's the rest of the story.
Don Felder's Signature Gibson Guitars and Their Features
Don Felder wasn't always a member of the Eagles, but the band would have never soared as high as they did without him. The twin guitars of Felder and Joe Walsh produced some timeless music indeed. Gibson guitars has produced two instruments in Felder's honor; both are discussed here.
BOSS DS-1 Distortion Pedal: Review, Settings, and Sound
Check out my review of the BOSS DS-1 Distortion Pedal and learn why this rock classic might be exactly what you need to take your guitar sounds to another level. This article discusses the functionality, sounds, and settings of this popular pedal.
10 Most Underrated Guitar Brands
Find out why the most underrated acoustic and electric guitar brands can give you the best chance at finding a diamond in the rough. Some guitar makers never get the credit they deserve, while others are well known but undeservedly looked down on. Either way, you’d be smart to check them out.
Avoiding or Recovering From a Lip Injury From Playing Trumpet
Playing the trumpet takes a lot more stamina than other wind instruments and it can takes its toll on your lips. It’s not uncommon for trumpet and brass players to have problems with their lips. In this this article, I will talk about how I injured my embouchure and how I made a full recovery.
A Guide to Piano Tuning (With an Overview of Piano Models Including Spinet, Console, and More)
Go beyond the idea of "tuning your piano once a year"—here are tips to learn. As a complex process, you will want to research technicians to find a competent and experienced professional. Read on for the many steps to be accomplished and an overview of pianos to help guide you in a purchase.
Fl Studio 20 Regkey: How to Unlock Full Software Version
This tutorial goes through all the steps necessary to unlock the full version of FL Studio 20 using a valid regkey.
Product Review: Vox MV50 Rock 50-Watt Hybrid Tube Head
A review given after testing out the Vox Rock 50-Watt Hybrid Tube amplifier head.
Famous Epiphone Players and Their Guitars
Would it surprise you to learn that famous pro guitarists use Epiphone guitars like the Les Paul, SG, and Casino for gigs and recording? Epiphone guitars aren't just affordable instruments for intermediate players. Gibson’s little brother has a storied legacy all its own.
Can You Gig With a 15 or 20-Watt Guitar Amp?
Small 15 and 20-watt guitar amplifiers are popular today, but can you really use them for gigs? Maybe! Learn the best ways to do it, which useful features to look for in a low-wattage amp, and when you should really be considering a more powerful guitar amp.
Review of the Zoom MS-70CDR MultiStomp Chorus/Delay/Reverb Pedal
This is a review of a multi-effects unit from Zoom that specializes in chorus, delay, and reverb effects.
Superstrat vs. Stratocaster: What’s the Difference?
Learn the differences between a stock Fender Stratocaster and hot-rodded superstrat. Find out what makes a superstrat so super, which brands make the best superstrats, and how guitar players learned to mod their favorite guitar for maximum performance.