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Acoustic Amplification: When and How to Plug In

Acoustic Amplification: When and How to Plug In

Posted by Robinson Earle on Jul 9th 2019

At some point in every acoustic guitarist’s journey (these days, often immediately), they will start weighing amplification options. Although we may have been attracted to the instrument due to its intimacy, our current cultural context begs that it be rendered louder. Suddenly, we’re confronted with a myriad of “pickup” options that confound the acoustic guitar’s ori … read more
Drop D: The Skeleton Key

Drop D: The Skeleton Key

Posted by Robinson Earle on Jul 2nd 2019

One of the most versatile “alternative” tunings is also the most accessible. By dropping your low E down a whole step, you enter an alternate reality in which the key of D reigns supreme. The benefits to a solo guitarist are legion. Not only do you get a deeper low note, but the 6th string now forms an octave with your 4th string (with a fifth interval in between on the 5t … read more
PRS: A Steap Ahead of the Rest

PRS: A Steap Ahead of the Rest

Posted by Robinson Earle on Jun 21st 2019

Back before the dawn of the “boutique” gear industry, Paul Reed Smith boldly positioned himself in between the two major American solid-body guitar builders and changed music history forever. He took the sleek contours of Gibson, combined them with the pragmatic simplicity of Fender, and added a 25” scale length that he felt best complimented standard t … read more
Gretsch Guitars and the Dawn of Rock & Roll

Gretsch Guitars and the Dawn of Rock & Roll

Posted by Robinson Earle on Jun 13th 2019

Gretsch was Founded in the 1880s by a German immigrant, and the company initially focused on drums and tambourines. They began producing guitars in the 1930s and quickly gained a reputation for the production of quality 6-strings. It was in the 1950s, however, under the leadership of Fred Gretsch Jr. (great grandson of the founder, Friedrich), that the Grets … read more
Taylor and the 21st Century Guitar

Taylor and the 21st Century Guitar

Posted by Robinson Earle on May 30th 2019

Taylor is largely responsible for the development of the modern acoustic guitar. Since the mid-70s, they have been crafting innovative instruments that address many of the issues players have been navigating since the dawn of the steel string.Whether it’s their “NT” bolt-on necks, which offer an unprecedented amount of adjustability, or their new “V-brace”, … read more