Category Archives: Guitar Accessories

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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