I bought my very first guitar for $200 in 1985, at Spitzer’s Music in Concord. At the time, I thought of myself as a keyboard player and was pretty clueless about guitar. But I loved the sound of guitar, and really wanted to be a part of that world. The salesman at Spitzer recommended this used 1978 Takamine […]
I purchased my Sony MDR-7509HD headphones in 2007. I love these cans- they’re comfortable and they sound great. However, the ear cups and headband are a bit lacking in quality and longevity. The thin filmy material is nice and soft when new, but eventually deteriorates. I have a couple pairs of Sony MDR-V6‘s and the same thing happens with those.
My Ultimate Guitar Stand has been rock solid, and I much prefer it to my old A-frame stands. However, I’ve noticed some wear on my SG‘s headstock, right where the stand’s self-closing yoke grips it. Disappointing!
I’ve been using the Set List Maker iOS app since 2013. This app has a wealth of features for the practicing / gigging band and has become an invaluable timesaver. Prior to Set List Maker, I would always bring a folder full of printed pages and notes to rehearsals, and make copies for my bandmates. With […]
When the Helix arrived, I borrowed a JBL EON 610 full-range powered speaker to work with, and I really liked the sound I was getting with it. However, as I started to go through the many hours of work preparing presets for the Drop Daddies’ setlist, I found that the continuous hiss coming from the […]
I saw the Musikmesse announcement today that a new model of the Helix was just released – the Helix LT. At first, I kinda panicked – thinking I just bought into the Helix, and they’ve already released a new model with the same processing power and audio quality, but at a significantly lower price?! However, […]
After preparing my basic Pedal Board preset, I’ve spent the last week learning my way around the Helix, preparing presets for our setlist. I’m loving this thing! I’ve been waking up early to craft song presets before work, and staying up super-late every night. Yes, I’m obsessing, but there’s a lot to prepare if I’m […]
I mentioned last month, as I awaited the Helix arrival, that I was considering going ampless- completely replacing my entire amp and pedalboard rig with a single device: the Helix. So, once I started learning to edit on the Helix, the first thing I did was try to make a preset to match the sounds of […]