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Going Modular
Going Modular

It’s time for a new guitar amp. But this time, I’m going modular with a separate pre-amp, separate power amp, and separate speaker cabinet. The sound of a Fender Twin Reverb amp became a point of reference, as I had played through them at rehearsal spaces, and have some of my favorite guitar players. However, my checklist has the following requirements: light weight, easy to move around, loud, lots of headroom, and good clean tone.

Artist Spotlight: Dusty Alander, Catfish John
Artist Spotlight: Dusty Alander, Catfish John

Born out of the love and inspiration of their favorite Band, Catfish John is a collective of serious players looking to express their affection and respect for the music of The Grateful Dead. They are artists giving a unique take on the music of The Grateful Dead. Catfish John performs raucous, intuitive, wide-open jams, with stunning guitar and tight vocal harmonies that compliment and complete their big full sound.

Artist Spotlight: Joshua Nodarse, Left on Wilson
Artist Spotlight: Joshua Nodarse, Left on Wilson

Left On Wilson has been bringing tasty grooves to engage your ear holes and move your feet since 2016. Their well crafted original material spans time and space while carefully chosen covers freckle the soundscape.

Performer Magazine Review of the DockStar Koa
Performer Magazine Review of the DockStar Koa

"First thoughts: this guitar is light and a breeze to play. Fretwork has been improved over the years at the Phred finishing shop here in the States (the guitars themselves are constructed overseas and sent back for final setups), and the neck is nice and comfy. The floating bridge is solid, and the ebony tailpiece is better finished than we expected. A nice, classy touch for an instrument like this."

Pedal of the Day
Pedal of the Day

Whether you're shopping for your first guitar or bass effects pedal or looking to add some new sounds to your pedal board or collection, Pedal of the Day reviews a different guitar or bass effects pedal daily for your enjoyment.

Artist Spotlight: Patrick Higgins
Artist Spotlight: Patrick Higgins

A friend suggested he listen to “the Grateful Dead’s rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, he’s different, I think you’ll like what he does.” Yup. Loved his work ever since. Saw the Grateful Dead for the first time a year later along with David Perkins (whom he still performs with in Gettin' Weir'd and Last Fair Deal ) along with a considerable chunk of their senior year classmates.

Show Opener Contest
Show Opener Contest

PHRED instruments is excited to announce our Show Opener contest where you have a chance to win up to $100 toward a PHRED instruments guitar by guessing the first song played by a band during a live performance.

Artist Spotlight: Josh Maxey
Artist Spotlight: Josh Maxey

Josh Maxey is a musician and guitar teacher based in New York City. Josh’s music has been played all around the world on jazz radio and has received dozens of critical reviews. He counts his main influences as John Coltrane, Rodney Jones, Trey Anastasio and The Grateful Dead.

Using a HubBub Junction Box with an OBEL Equipped Guitar (Video)
Using a HubBub Junction Box with an OBEL Equipped Guitar (Video)

Credit for coming up with this idea is attributed to Jerry Garcia, and the term OBEL, or On Board Effects Loop is widely used to describe a guitar that has this optional feature. Guitars that have an OBEL also have the ability to bypass the effects loop, or not use it at all.

Ernesto vs DockStar: What are the Differences?
Ernesto vs DockStar: What are the Differences?

The Ernesto and DockStar are quite similar in many ways. Inspired by the amplified tone of Trey Anastasio's Languedoc guitars, they are not exactly Languedoc copy, or Languedoc replica guitars. Continue reading to learn more.