Instruments

D&A Starfish Guitar Stands Review

D&A Starfish Guitar Stands – $55-70 PROS: Rock solid, won’t damage a nitro finish, easy to adjust, works with basses. CONS: None.   The new Starfish+ guitar stand (named for its five legs) from D&A delivers exactly what it promises: a rock-solid stand for your prized instrument, one that’s made to withstand the kicks, bumps […]Read More »

MY FAVORITE DRUMS with Bram Bessoff

Bram Bessoff (pictured on the left) started his career as drummer for long-time touring and successful indie band Soup. Now off the road, he speaks at conferences nationwide and helps artists get the most out of their live show and #makeitcount with live music production and sales reporting to Soundscan and Billboard. MAKE & MODEL […]Read More »

VINTAGE GUITAR FLASHBACK: 1966 Epiphone Wilshire

Classic Solidbody Played by Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen BACKGROUND Designed as a low-cost alternative to the higher-end model, the Crestwood, it was produced from 1959-1970. WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE Boasting two P90 pickups it is praised as “perfect for old-school rock” – it has an almost acoustic quality for resonance and sustain. It’s super […]Read More »

MY FAVORITE AXE: 2014 DiDomenico Guitars Custom Acoustic with Sarah Blacker

‘Female Performer of the Year’ in the New England Music Awards (2012), Boston-bred and based Sarah Blacker plays ukulele, guitar and sings a unique version of singer/songwriter pop called “Sundress Rock.”  Her music has been placed on MTV as well as in Subaru and Align CreditUnion TV commercials. MAKE & MODEL 2014 DiDomenico Guitars custom […]Read More »

An Esoteric Exploration of Tubes, Transformers, Tone, & Transcendence

Were audio output transformers “so good,” why does not even one tube amp use two, three, or even ten, for “killer” tone made completely out of this world?  It’s because the sonic magic comes from the tubes, not their ubiquitous audio output transformers, which are mundane, necessary evils used to translate the tubes’ high-impedance to […]Read More »

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