In my youth, the legendary John Hartford (“Gentle on My Mind”) gave me a magical piece of advice that I have embraced ever since. “If you want to be taken seriously in this business, write and perform your own music.”
In my mind, appraisers have one of the toughest jobs, as they have to be extremely precise in their work. If they appraise too low, the owner can become offended; if they appraise too high, disappointment can set in when those values aren’t met
Have you ever wondered why a dynamic microphone can be plugged into a 100-foot long cable and still sound great, but your guitar tone starts to crap out after just 20 feet? The difference is in the signal.
When building guitars there are many tools you just can’t find on the market to help organize, maneuver and protect your pieces during construction. If you’re resourceful you’ll find ways to build them or call upon the aid of a friend.
In the early ‘50s, Fender’s guitars came with single coil pickups only. While the early Blackguard Teles gave the player the ability to combine the neck and bridge pickups together via a “blend” control, the Strat made no provision for combining coils.
And nothing is behind glass. No one is hovering over you. There are no signs warning you not to touch. You are left to enjoy the beauty of the instruments on your own. It was the definition of gear nirvana.
For years we have tried different techniques to solve the volume problem, such as turning amps to the wall, aiming them across stage, putting baffles in front of the speakers, using modeling amps, and of course, the attenuator
While many players today are familiar with G&L and their more famous models, like the ASAT, what some may not be aware of is G&L’s Custom Creations Department, developed in the late ‘90s to build limited edition instruments
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