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Take Care Of Your Guitar!!!

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Why You Should Keep Your Interment Protected!

I was just reminded of an experience from seven years ago. I was playing a blue show at local cable access television program. And we worked so hard to get  our equipment into the studio and to get everything setup just to play. Yet we have a lot of fun. Anyway, it was the dead of winter in Wisconsin.

Whenever the engagement would come around I would have to carry all my gear out of the basement through the house and into my truck. Peddle board amplifier multiple guitars and cases. What a hassle. But it was a labor of love and so I did it.

The show will go on about 8:00 PM and we would play straight through for just a couple of hours. Between the drive time television studio setup and set up tear down time travel time it was an adventure. As you might imagine being on the move and you can get beat up a little bit. If you’ve been around you know just what I’m talking about.

So on this night seven years ago It was the same run around and loading gear running to the gig and getting set up. We play our show and packed up. While some time in the middle of playing a good snowstorm set in. It was normally a 45 minute drive home but not on this night.

The roads were dead, except for snowplows and the occasional car. It took an hour and 1/2 to make the drive. By the time I got home I was so beat tired I barely had enough strength to get my amplifier and peddle border and outs of the truck. I grabbed my guitar case on the second trip and went inside.

the next morning when I woke up I had gone out to my truck to realize I left my fender in a soft keys in the back of the truck. The temperature dropped overnight to less than -10 yes it got cold. Upon noticing my instruments in the back of the truck and take it up and brought it inside I opened up the gig bag to realize the body had cracked in two overnight.

Needless to say I was bumed, that pretty much sucked. It got so cold overnight that the moisture in the wood for froze and that fender was playable no more.

So The moral of the story is  take care of your instrument !

Think about like this you don’t wanna leave your instrument in an environment that you wouldn’t be comfortable in. Not too dry not to wet not too hot not too cold.

General Care is important,

Here are some related product for the general care of your interment …



The Acoustic Guitar Humidifier.

Placing this device in the sound hole while your guitar is not in use will help  if you live in a humid climate, the humidity can wreck havoc on the wood your instrument is made from.

 


A basic Polish will go a long way in keeping the original luster of your guitar.

This Ernie Ball Polish and Rag is inexpensive and easy to use.

(P.S. it’s cheap ) And work great.


 

As always I hope you’ve enjoyed this and  keep on playing.

 

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How To Pick A Pick For The Beginning Guitarist

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The Wide World Of Guitar Picks!

WOW! As if there wasn’t enough to think about already, eventually every guitarist asks themselves, ” what is the best kind of pick, heavy, medium, light?” While the answer is completely self driven it has everything to do with your style of playing in the quality of sound that you choose to produce.

What ever the style of music is country heavy metal blues rock jazz or something else in between. the type of pick you’ll eventually settle on an is entirely up to you. There’s a ton of opinions out there and all of them are valid, because they are all based on personal preference.

And I’ve used heavy picks,light picks, large picks, small picks, I’ve personally used a good variety of different textures and manufactures because they all seem to produce a little bit different sound and have a slightly different feel. One of the greatest things about guitar picks as you can take them or leave them what ever you want to do.

You can go looking for manufacturers, you can do a custom, at the end of the day what really matters is how it feels in how it sounds. There’s really not much else to it. What I’d recommend to you is to try a variety of different picks. Try different shapes sizes thicknesses experiments in short.

I use to trade with other players, still do. It always seems like there’s more out there and in what I’m aware of, which isn’t surprising because somebody’s always coming up with something new. I still experiment to this day, even after 20 years of playing. For me it just goes to show that experimentation is always best.

guitar picksThere is a particular pick that I’d come back to time and time again. It is a Dunlop Tortex 0.73 MM.

It’s not too smooth so I can keep a grip on it with sweaty fingers, and it’s just the right thickness for rhythm and solo playing.

 

Since my favorite will likely not be the same as yours here are few alternate suggestions to get you started!


This is a Fender Variety pack. These picks are made from celluloid, this pack comes with light ,Medium, and Heavy gauge.

This is a good place to start because you try out the different gauges to find what you like best!

 


This is a ChromaCast Sample Pack. Inexpensive and enough variety

to find your sound! Also comes with light to Heavy gauge !

 



Picks for the Rockers in your Life! Very colorful and full of personality.

Also made with celluloid, just as durable as top name brands!

 

 



This is a grab bag of JMS .

The cool this about this pack is comes with an assortment of sizes and materials.

Completely cost effective as well.


Well,

I hope this have been helpful and as always enjoy what are doing and have fun and keep playing!

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Best Acoustic Guitar Strings For Beguinners

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When it comes to the subject of the best guitar strings for beginners in my opinion Its all about the “Feel”!

I have been playing guitar for over 20 years, so its a little hard to remember when i starting playing. I guess i’ll have to jug my memory for this post …. LOL..

I was so confused when i first starting playing I have no idea of what was good what was not,or even what i liked other than the music i liked to listen to.

When I started i remember finding an acoustic in a hall closet, it had been there for years, it was in fact my mothers. Her friend from had given her this guitar as a gift some time before ( I found out latter ). to me it was a like finding a treasure, it had no strings and was entirely forgotten about. What a find! i thought. And thus began my journey :-).

So there I was a good old guitar and no strings. I knew there was music store in town , but it was good bit away from the house and I liked to ride my bike, perfect ! I did some work around the house to earn enough money to get my first set of strings. $4.00 was all needed back then. Funny to think how little they costed all those years ago.

Anyway, after completing some weed pulling and taking out of the garbage my parents were willing to let go of the whopping $4.00 bucks i convinced  them that I needed and was driven to earn, Hey I had a goal ! I had to PLAY! So off  went to the local music store and there I faced with the more questions then I had Anticipated.

I couldn’t believe all the different types of strings that were there steel,bronze and nylon  electric, Heavy, medium, light  the list as kept on growing. One of the store Attendees  Seeing  my eyes wide open and Growing   larger All the time, ask  if I need any help a ” yeah I have an old acoustic guitar ,  but I’m not sure what the strings to get for it, He suggested a set of D’Addarios.

I raced home and install them as quick as I could. And anyone know how tune it but i was going to give it my best. “Zen in your mind and a shot” my Brother used to say. Who the hell knows what that’s supposed to mean. I guess I got a little sidetracked there.

Any way back to the main point. What I found From  playing guitars all these years is in the beginning it’s better to use a light gauge  string . Because you  haven’t developed your hand Strength yet and playing a stringed instrument requires a lot of hand strength.

Over the years I have also developed a preference to bronze and strings for acoustic guitar. I found I really enjoyed the warm tone that bronze strings produce. And I found that bronze strings also wear down the frets less as you play overtime.

There’s nothing wrong with steel strings I use them for quite some time as well. Part of the process of learning what you like is experimenting with different types of string. And I did plenty of that. So as far as I’m concerned I would recommend a light gauge bronze stirring.

Here are few Acoustic Guitar String suggestions to start you off…


daddario best acoustic guitar strings for beginners

Here are some D’Addario Light Bronze strings.

 

Great Bright and warm tone!

 

Also good for beginners devolving finger strength!


martin & co. best acoustic guitar strings for beginnersMartin & Co. is another quality string maker.

 

I have played on these strings as well, you can expect to get a

 

brilliant warm and bright tone with these as well!


elixir best acoustic guitar strings for beginners
These Elixir stings will run you a little more on cost however they

are well worth the difference in price  in terms of longevity. The

POLYWEB coating protects the string from corrosion, without

sacrificing tone!

 


ernie ball best acoustic guitar strings for beginnersYES! I have thrown the Epic Earnie Ball Regular Slinkys!

It’s an old trick of seasoned player who play bends on an

acoustic. There electric strings how ever using electric

strings on an Acoustic will make your hands very happy!

 

 


Hopefully this has been informative and entertaining for you if you, like my post drop a comment share do what you do and take it easy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yamaha APX500IIIVS Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar Review

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Yamaha APX500IIIVS Acoustic Guitar for beginners If you are still on the hunt for a fantastic entry-level acoustic electric guitar which

balances an unusual sound with a reasonable price, then this thin-line cutaway acoustic guitar for

beginners by Yamaha is an excellent choice for you.

The Yamaha APX500III is one of the best guitar for beginners who want to learn how to play guitar.

It has an affordable price tag, provides excellent playability,

and offer an electric option which most players expect.

The Yamaha APX500III features the classic dreadnought shape with the single Venetian-style cutaway which offers easier access to the higher frets.

This acoustic guitar features a spruce top with a nato back and sides with a natural finish. So if you are looking for an instrument more traditional looking, then this acoustic guitar might be the one for you.

The spruce top offers a great deal of clarity. Hence ideal for players whose style wants a broad dynamic response and a booming weighty tone.

Additionally, this cutaway guitar features non-scalloped X-bracing which serves not only to deliver support to the top, but it also maximizes the body resonance to attain full natural tone.

The fingerboard is made of the rosewood and features 22 reachable frets, thanks to its body cutaway.

The black headstock comes equipped with six die-cast chrome tuners with the Yamaha name and logo in mother of pearl.

The body of this acoustic guitar is thin. The standard size of this acoustic guitar for beginners is around 25.6-inches and weighs only 4 pounds.

This means it is compact and very easy to carry around wherever you are going and even when playing it.

The nato/rosewood combination of neck and fingerboard, adds the complexity to the highs while thickening the lows and the right amount of punch and honk to mid-range.

The APX acoustic guitars are available in a variety finishes including classic natural, monochromatic black, dusk sun red, black, and vintage sunburst

. Hence allowing to choose the color and style that meets your taste.

When it comes to performance, the Yamaha APX500III is big in sound with a lot of resonance, thanks to its non-scalloped X-type bracing.

The recognizable oval soundhole enables for ample low-end.

We can say it is naturally pretty bassy, but still bright and relatively well-balanced.

Then tonal range becomes even broader when you plug into an amp, thanks to its controls-piddling with the lows and highs, you can dial in whatever tone you want.

The bundles come including:

  • Yamaha APX500IIIVS Thinline acoustic/electric cutaway guitar, vintage sunburst
  • Know 39-inches hardshell guitar case
  • On stage tubular guitar tripod stand with Velveteen Padding and security strap
  • CF Martin M140 80/20 bronze wound light gauge guitar strings
  • Guitar Capo
  • Guitar strap – black
  • At a glance DVD beginning guitar

Key Features and Specifications of Yamaha APX500IIIVS Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar

  • Thinline body provides astonishing comfort, top fret access, and an incredible sound for on-stage use
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Nato back and sides
  • Nato neck
  • Non-scalloped X-bracing that maximizes the resonance of the body for a full, natural tone
  • Under-saddle piezo pickup with three band equalizer and adjustable mid-range frequency control
  • Precision chromatic tuner
  • Tuning machines: die-cast
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Weighs 6.6 pounds
  • Dimensions: 43.1-inches by 20.4-inches by 4.9-inches

What we liked

  1. Excellent onboard electronics with a remarkable built-in tuner.
  2. It is available in multiple color options.
  3. The sound output is outstanding.
  4. It is compact and lightweight hence very easy to hold and play, as well as carrying it wherever you go.
  5. The acoustic guitar is excellent quality.

What we didn’t like

  1. The nut and saddle are plastic.
  2. It comes with the carrying case not included.

 

In Conclusion 

The Yamaha APX500IIIVS Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar is the best acoustic guitar for beginners you are going to find on the market.

The packages come fully loaded with everything you need just to get started.

For sure, this acoustic guitar for beginners is worth considering. I recommend you purchuse this instrument package form Amazon where you will get the best price for your money.  

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Fender FA-100 Limited Edition Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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Fender FA-100- Acoustic Guitar for beginners Review Fender is a remarkable, well-known brand name in the guitar making industry. They have been around since the 1930s and have been in the acoustic guitar business for decades.

This means the Fender is a trustworthy brand which has stood the test of time. Here we will share with you Fender FA-100 Beginner acoustic guitar.

Besides being affordable, the Fender FA-100 is actually quite a decent guitar. The Fender FA-100 acoustic guitar pack has everything from the exclusive Fender headstock, bridge, pickguard shape, to the forward mounted strap button, and comes with a 6mm padded gigbag.

This inexpensive acoustic guitar for beginners offers the tone of more expensive instruments, so get ready and begin playing now.

The Fender FA-100 is a decent dreadnought guitar style with a laminated spruce top and basswood back and sides. It features a rosewood fretboard and the Fenders signature headstock shape. The tuners of this acoustic guitar are chrome plated and also comes with a standard gloss finish.

The guitar is very affordable and provides a very decent performance for what it is. All in all, the sound you will get from the Fender FA-100 acoustic guitar should be satisfying enough for those who have never played guitar before.

Considering its affordable price, maybe you would have guessed, the Fender did not spend too much on the hardware for the FA-100. The Fender FA-100 offers a standard rosewood bridge with the synthetic compensated saddle on top.

When playing the Fender FA-100, you should be able to press your fingers down to the fretboard quite easily. This’s the playability, and for an entry level guitar, it is actually not that bad. So the closer those strings are to the fretboard, the easier it is to play.

Since the guitar is a dreadnaught, you should expect a decent amount of volume at your disposal. The trebles sound pretty decent when you begin moving onto the higher notes. Overall, the Fender FA-100 provides a decent full-bodied sound that the job is done for any newbie guitarist.

Key Features and Specifications of Fender FA-100 Limited Edition Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

  • Dreadnought body style
  • Maple neck with 20-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Rosewood bridge with the compensated bone saddle
  • Natural gross finish spruce top with X-bracing
  • Basswood back and sides
  • 6-string
  • Die-cast tuning machine
  • White with black dots bridge pins

What we liked

  1. This acoustic guitar is remarkable if you want something which will stay tuned.
  2. The guitar produces warm, resonant sound that is versatile no matter what style you enjoy playing.
  3. The neck is thin enough allowing you to gain comfort playing the guitar.
  4. It is affordable – the Fender FA-100 is one of the cheapest and best guitars for beginners you will find worth buying.
  5. It is a full-sized dreadnaught and not a half size of the 3/ 4 size guitar.

What we didn’t like

  1. The sound quality is not that great – but most beginners won’t hear to realize it.

 

In Conclusion 

If you’re looking for the best acoustic guitar for beginners, then the Fender FA-100 Limited Edition Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is an excellent choice for you. This acoustic is great quality. It is very convenient and super comfortable to hold and play on the stage. For under $150, this acoustic has everything you need to learn and start playing guitar.I recommend purchasing this package from Amazon where you will get the most for you money.  

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Review of Fender Acoustic Guitar Bundle for Beginners

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acoustic guitar for beginnersLet’s take a closer look at the Fender  Acoustic Guitar

The Fender  Acoustic Guitar features a full-size dreadnought body for a full and vibrant tone. With this guitar, you can play all styles of music with ease.

The synthetic bone saddle of this acoustic guitar comes compensated to match the rosewood bridge hence giving it a streamlined look.

It comes laminated with a spruce top with the laminated nato back, and sides with a sleek gloss finish, hence making it look more attractive. Also, this acoustic guitar features a rosewood bridge detailed with white bridge pins and black dots.

The Fender  Acoustic Guitar houses a nato neck which holds a dot-inlaid 20 fret rosewood fingerboard hence allowing you play the guitar smoothly without hurting your fingers.

Besides the dot-inlaid 20 fret rosewood fingerboard, this Fender acoustic guitar comes included with an Austin Bazaar DVD that provides all the instructions you need to operate it.

Additionally, the Fender Squire Acoustic Guitar comes equipped with a built-in tuner which helps you get right with those flats and sharps.

Another thing you will love most about this acoustic guitar is the extra accessories it comes packed with.

The package comes included with a stand, polishing cloth, clip-on-tuner, strings, string winder, strap, picks, and a hard shell case from the Gearlux which makes it easy to carry around.

Specifications and Key Features of Fender Acoustic Guitar

  • Laminated spruce topacoustic guitar for beginners
  • Chrome plated tuning pegs
  • Gloss natural finish
  • Nato neck
  • Laminated nato back and sides
  • Fully-sized dreadnought body which offers a richer tone
  • Rosewood Bridge with a compensated synthetic bone saddle
  • 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with the dot inlays
  • Hand orientation: right-handed
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Item weight: 9.1 pounds
  • Dimensions: 45.8-inches by 6-inches by 17.8-inches

 

What we liked

    1. The full-size dreadnought body of this instrument offers you a greater guitar playing experience with a full and vibrant tone which is adaptable to play all the music styles.
    2. The laminated nato back and sides, and spruce top with a natural gloss finish makes it durable enough to withstand day to day guitar lessons.
    3. It is very easy to maintain, thanks to its chrome-plated tuning machines which provides utmost convenience and sufficient satisfaction during the training.
    4. The sound output is incredible.
    5. It comes included with a detailed DVD guide which makes it easy to use the guitar.
    6. It is well-sized measuring and weighing only 9 pounds which ensure you conduct your lessons peacefully.


What we didn’t like

  1. The case is a bit heavy making it difficult to carry around.

 

The Bottom Line

Overall, the Fender Acoustic Guitar is an excellent instrument you will find no complaints. It is best acoustic guitar for beginners and for those who are returning to playing guitar after many years. The tuners and the strings are of excellent quality and are well-placed allowing you to enjoy the simplicity on the fingerboard and avoid hurting your fingers when playing. Also, the Fender Squire Acoustic Guitar is very easy to set up, very convenient and super comfortable when playing it.

You get a full package which comprises of everything you want to start learning and playing guitar. In my opinion this Fender  Acoustic Guitar is worth every penny. I recommend going to Amazon where you will get the best price.

 

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