Read the October 2015 Issue

Esoterica Electrica

Jol Dantzig knows a thing or two about guitars. And in our monthly Esoterica Electrica blog, the famed guitar designer and builder offers up his often humorous take on topics from the state of lutherie to the guitar industry as a whole.


Esoterica Electrica: Building with Your Ears

September 27, 2015
Jol Dantzig expounds on the importance of listening while you work and how he learned to hate the iPod.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Endorsement Check—the Other Pay to Play

July 22, 2015
How influential—if at all—are celebrity endorsements when you’re shopping for gear?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Picking Parts and Perfection

June 11, 2015
Tone and playability rule, but there’s more to consider when checking out a guitar.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Humbucker’s Immortal Coil

April 15, 2015
To expose or not to expose your humbuckers, and a little history behind the question.
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Esoterica Electrica: Hi-Tech from 1878

March 18, 2015
It’s no wonder something as mundane as the lowly output jack might go largely unnoticed by innovators.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Musician’s Clubhouse

February 23, 2015
There are hints of a music-retail renaissance in the air, and the former man behind Hamer likes it.
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Esoterica Electrica: Looking Past a Nice Body

January 18, 2015
Like the proverbial chicken or the egg question, is it the neck or the body?
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Esoterica Electrica: The Long-Term Implications of Short-Term Thinking

December 17, 2014
A not-so-serious guitar finds favor with a seriously renowned guitarist.
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