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In Depth Review of the DeadBolt Guitar
In Depth Review of the DeadBolt Guitar

Gamer Guide's Matt Barnette put together this in depth video review of his left handed PHRED instruments DeadBolt guitar. 

Artist Spotlight: Tom San Filippo
Artist Spotlight: Tom San Filippo

Tom is an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter as well as a performer and home recording enthusiast, and is constantly challenging himself in a field that remains an integral part of his life.

Artist Spotlight: DJ Williams
Artist Spotlight: DJ Williams

DJ Williams is the founder of the funky Richmond based band, DJ Williams Projekt; hip-hop/R&B group, The Breaks; acoustic duo, Williams & Jones; and guitarist for San Diego’s critically acclaimed group, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.

Artist Spotlight: Sean Ryan, The Dawn
Artist Spotlight: Sean Ryan, The Dawn

For over 9 years, the Western Illinois based roots rock/jam band "The Dawn" has been spreading their love of cutting edge improvisational rock throughout the Midwest.  From their humble beginnings in the shadow of the Mississippi River, they have crafted out their place as one of the premier up and coming jam bands.

How to use an On-Board Effects Loop (OBEL)
How to use an On-Board Effects Loop (OBEL)

OBEL stands for On-Board Effects Loop. It is a wiring design inside the guitar which uses a separate 1/4" stereo jack to allows the direct output from the pickups to go to effects pedals and then back into the guitar for post-effects volume control.

Barefoot Buttons: The solution to your pedal problems.
Barefoot Buttons: The solution to your pedal problems.

Barefoot Buttons appears to be one of those products that was built from an idea, fulfills a need, and designed to solve a problem. If you've ever played guitar barefoot, or even with just socks, you understand the challenge of trying to power on an effects pedal with your foot, sometimes with just your big toe.

 

DIY: Build your own 2x12 Speaker Cabinet for under $450
DIY: Build your own 2x12 Speaker Cabinet for under $450

I started this project with a budget of building a 2x12 speaker cabinet for under $500. The 2x12 speaker cabinet will be paired with a MosValve Tube Works RT-2100 amp that was purchased used for $250. The RT-2100 is a 1x12 hybrid amp, with a tube pre-amp stage and solid state power amp. It has two speaker outputs on the back, each capable of putting out 100 watts of power.

Deconstructing the Solid Body Sound of the Electric Guitar
Deconstructing the Solid Body Sound of the Electric Guitar

The solid-body electric guitar is a rather modern instrument with a history that dates back to the around the 1920s. This article will attempt to understand the electric guitar tone and how the instrument’s body, neck, bridge, scale length, and headstock interact in order to create the resonance which is then transferred to, and enhanced, by the magnetic pickups.  

The HubBub: More than a Junction Box
The HubBub: More than a Junction Box

The HubBub pedal by Godfrey Daniels Guitar Works, is described as "The world’s first Dual Mode Cable Hub exclusively designed for OBEL equipped guitars." The dual mode aspect of the HubBub pedal is that it allows you to use your effects pedal chain with either a standard electric guitar output or a guitar equipped with an OBEL output, without having to unplug and repatch cables.