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Building an Acoustic Pedalboard

By Dave Eichenberger Using pedals with an acoustic guitar is a pretty counter-intuitive thing. After all, it is an acoustic guitar, and it gets its name from the sound of the guitar in a room, with the reflections blaring out from the soundboard in all directions of the room. A pickup or even a microphone might come close to sounding how a good acoustic sounds in […] Continue Reading

Friends of SD: The Loar Guitars

By Dave Eichenberger The name The Loar conjures up many images for those who have studied the history and birth of iconic archtop instruments in America. Lloyd Loar was responsible for the design of the F5 mandolins and L5 archtops of the early 20th century and the name lives on in The Loar, a company dedicated to making beautiful small-bodied acoustics, mandolins and archtops in the modern age, […] Continue Reading

The Tones Of Generation Axe

By Martina Fasano Yngwie Malmsteen. Steve Vai. Zakk Wylde. Nuno Bettencourt. Tosin Abasi. Any one of those names mentioned individually is enough to have shredders of any generation sit up and take notice. Imagine all five of the aforementioned individuals going on tour together? That’s exactly what the Generation Axe tour is doing starting April 5, 2016. Hitting a total of 27 cities in North America, the […] Continue Reading

Getting A Great Dirty Bass Sound …By Going Clean

  By Jon Moody   Everyone likes a good, dirty bass sound. You know the one; it demands attention in the mix, and every note that’s played punches you in the chest with awesomeness. We love that sound! However, on our quest to replicate that exact sound, we often overlook the one thing that’s really controlling it for us; our clean bass sound.  Continue Reading

Seymour Duncan Pickups for Jazz Guitar

By Dave Eichenberger Contrary to popular belief, there are other types of music other than rock, metal, blues, and country. While not as popular as it was, say, 40 years ago, there is still a sizable jazz guitar community out there. Of course, jazz has been played on many types of guitars, and archtops, while they are wonderful, still remain the traditional choice. However, great jazz […] Continue Reading

The Four Stages of Gain: Seymour Duncan Gain Pedals

Overdrive and distortion pedals tend to multiply if left alone for too long. At some point, every guitar player looks at the pile of pedals scattered around the room, and can positively assure an unsuspecting wanderer that every single one of those pedals are completely different, and just because they might be the same size, or have similar words on them, that they are certainly not […] Continue Reading

Friends of SD: Eastman Guitars

By Dave Eichenberger It is a rare find to have a guitar company that focuses on old world craftsmanship with a focus on tone, quality, and affordability. Even rarer is a company that focuses on acoustics, mandolins, archtops, and thinlines. Eastman Guitars builds some of the most difficult-to-build instruments, relying on hand-carving for the majority of their builds. At Eastman, master luthiers oversee the work of skilled instrument […] Continue Reading

Classic Solos Played With The JB Humbucker

By Jay Hale The Seymour Duncan JB humbucker is beyond iconic in the rock world. Its tone is so distinctive, so inherently familiar and pleasing it’s almost what you expect to hear on a rock recording. Since its introduction in the 70s it has appeared on so many recordings you probably don’t realize it. Not for nothing is it still the most popular replacement and OEM pickup in […] Continue Reading

The Six Horsemen Of Tube Amps

I guess it’s safe to assume most of us are familiar with the big boys of amplifiers. Jim Marshall is still for many of us the Father Of Loud, and Leo Fender deserves his own bench in heaven for almost singlehandedly shaping music as we know it. There are many othersthough, who deserve to be mentioned as influential in shaping the guitar-world of this day and age. […] Continue Reading