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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.

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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Why Wood?

August 28, 2019
When a plastic guitar falls in the woods …
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Brand New Plan

July 31, 2019
When things go off course, pros turn creative.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: When Uncool Becomes Cool

July 1, 2019
Grading the hip factor of rig components for those who cannot remember the past.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Guitar Stuff that Works

June 10, 2019
In this age of landfill-bound goods, it’s refreshing that guitars still continue to buck that trend.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: An Exercise in Branding

May 9, 2019
Do you love your guitar more or less than you love your guitar’s brand?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Simple, Man

March 31, 2019
Taking a vacation from complexity by embracing the electric guitar in its simplest form.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Guitarist’s Pocket Glossary

February 26, 2019
Arm yourself with guitar-jargon knowledge for decoding the obvious, and not so obvious.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: String Theory

January 17, 2019
Looking to improve your relationship with your guitar? Explore the space between the lines.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Curious Hepcat

December 20, 2018
Practicing the art of listening, sharing, and looking around for the sake of learning.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Meet the New Boss

November 28, 2018
Everyone wants lower prices and better quality when it comes to guitars and gear, but at what price?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Fretboard Fanaticism

October 30, 2018
How much importance should be placed on the type of wood in your next guitar’s fretboard? Lots.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Identity and Authenticity

October 8, 2018
Does that beautiful battle-worn axe in the window have tales to tell from stage work, or from bench work? And does it matter?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Simple Times, Simple Gear

September 11, 2018
Today’s vast array of amps, guitars, and effects is a good thing, but so is learning to play without a net.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Pay Now or Cry Later

August 8, 2018
Tool up to get the job done right, and save time and your sanity in the process.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Cover Bands and Clone Guitars

July 2, 2018
If imitation is the highest form of flattery but innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower, balancing the line is an art form.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Perfect Intonation and Other Myths

June 17, 2018
Jol Dantzig channels his inner Andy Rooney to set the record straight on a handful of guitar-related folklores.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Where the “Wild Dog” Roams

May 17, 2018
If a guitarist plays rhythm while toggled to the treble setting on a Les Paul, does it make a sound?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Faking It

April 9, 2018
Does this crap guitar make me look authentic?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Chasing the Inventive Dream Files, Part 1

February 26, 2018
“Hey, have you seen anything new and cool?” is a popular conversation starter at NAMM. But there are myriad inventions that don’t make it into these conversations or onto the show floor.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Mighty Icebreaker

January 21, 2018
At a party where someone is playing guitar for people in one corner and someone is playing with their phone on social media in another, which person is more social?
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