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Preparing for Your First Gig

You've practiced for years. You've scoured thrift stores for the right wardrobe. You have a new set of strings, an amp that goes to 11, and you are ready to rock! There can't be much more than that when preparing for your first gig, right? I mean, how hard can it be? Continue Reading

Cage Match: Tubes vs. Solid State & Modeling

You had to know something like this was coming. This debate has gone on since solid state amps were marketed to unsuspecting guitarists in the 60’s. This article will consider the conventional wisdom is that tube amps are always better. Thirty years ago, I might agree, but now it isn’t so simple. Solid State (or transistor) devices have really improved and with the advent of cheap […] Continue Reading

The Gig Survival Kit

Success or failure at a gig often hinges on a single moment that tests you in some way. It could be a test of your gear, your chops, your energy level, your self-confidence, and at some gigs, your stomach. The best thing you can do to be ready for situations like this is to prepare in advance, and make sure you are ready for whatever a gig can throw at you. Continue Reading