Adjusting Your Setup from a Live Gig to a Recording Studio

As guitar players, we’re so obsessed with creating the best live tone possible that we easily forget about our studio setup. Sure, while our favorite amps, cabs and pedals might make for a killer tone in a spacious club, these “road tested” methods don’t necessarily translate seamlessly into the controlled, solid-state environment of a recording […]

The Gig Emergency Kit

We’ve all been there—those moments just before downbeat when you realize something is terribly wrong. Yes, as professional as we like to think we are, even the most seasoned touring veteran has those “oh crap” moments, where a piece of equipment is either malfunctioning or missing altogether. It’s the worst of feelings… but never again! […]

Setting up a Jazz Stompbox

When it comes to creating remarkable jazz tones, many guitarists agree it’s ideal to have a clean and straightforward sound. You don’t get jazz melodies through overdriven and futuristic effect pedals, but rather by modifying simple tones. Though some think it’s a sin to use an effects pedal for jazz, we think moderation is the […]

What to Look for in Your First Amp

Because your guitar is only as good as your amp allows it to be, it’s important to take as much care in selecting your first amp as you did your first guitar—you didn’t waltz in and grab the first battle axe on the shelf so you certainly shouldn’t do that with your amp! That said, […]