Guitar Pedals 101 : Sound and Color

It’s rare to open a guitar magazine, or walk into a club and see a guitarist using only one or two, much less NO pedals. Seemingly everyone loves effect pedals for guitar. OK, except for a few purists who plug straight in, believing anything in their signal path ruins their tone. But pretty much everyone else – loves them. Continue Reading

Fall 2015 Seymour Duncan Bass Scholarship Winner

This year’s winner of the 2015 Musician’s Institute/Seymour Duncan Bass Scholarship is Santa Clarita CA’s own Jeremy Bauer. As a student of MI’s Bass Program, Jeremy says his goal will be “to soak in every bit of knowledge I possibly can from all my instructors and fellow musicians. I would like to leave MI as a confident and versatile bassist so I can take my skills […] Continue Reading

How To Choose An Acoustic Pickup

Seymour Duncan takes all the guesswork and stress out of finding the best pickup for your acoustic guitar.  Let’s face it, chances are if you own an acoustic guitar, are it’s special to you. It feels like a part of you. When you decide to amplify it, you want to capture its tone as best you possibly can. Continue Reading

Sweep Picking Demystified

Sweep-picking is another one of those guitar techniques shrouded in mystery and folklore. One that, while great to have in one's arsenal, much like hammer-ons is great until it's overused. Continue Reading

Chase Fraser of Decrepit Birth and Continuum

Chase Fraser is a busy man. You would be too if you were holding down guitar spots in not one, but two full-time Technical Death Metal bands. Since 2010, Chase has been holding down the rhythms in Decrepit Birth, and was already the mastermind behind the super group Continuum, featuring members of Son of Aurelius, Flesh Consumed, Arkaik, and Deeds of Flesh. Continuum’s new release “The […] Continue Reading

The Vintage Charvel Overhaul Project

Once people learn I build my own guitars, they usually ask what I’d do to trick out their guitar. It’s always fun to talk shop and make suggestions. But recently my best friend Darren from high school offered me his prized early 80s San Dimas pointy-head Strat. Only the second pointy headstock Charvel to make it to our small town (Charleston, WV) back in the day and, […] Continue Reading

2014: A Year in Review

2014 was a year filled with ups and downs, triumph and tragedy. It seemed busier than normal as far as years go. It was a whirlwind in every sense of the word: socially, musically and in the entertainment world. Continue Reading

The Sound of Synyster Gates

Synyster Gates along with his partner in guitar crime, Zacky Vengeance, burst out of Huntington Beach California and on to the metal scene with Avenged Sevenfold in 2001 with the release of "Sounding of the Seventh Trumpet" Known for their metalcore as well as their more jazz and prog-rock influences, Avenged's music features intricate arrangement, duelling harmony guitars, and inventive arrangements. They've been featured on Ozzfest tours, won Revolver Golden God awards for the guitar playing, and Synyster has spawned his own gear and clothing line. The dude gets around. Continue Reading