Tech Talk from Fender: Power Up, Power Down
Oct12

Tech Talk from Fender: Power Up, Power Down

For guitar, bass, keyboard and PA gear, if you use a separate preamp and power amp, there’s a certain correct order of operations when turning devices on and off. First, you must turn the preamp on before you turn the power amp on. The reason is this: Were you to turn the power amp on first—before turning on the preamp, that is—the power amp could then amplify the electrical surge and “pop” when the preamp is turned on, possibly to...

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Make a Cigar Box Guitar
Sep15

Make a Cigar Box Guitar

  With a piece of oak, some string and a cigar box, John Park creates a three-stringed guitar. The cigar box acts as the resonating soundboard for the instrument. John then wires the guitar to a buck-fifty cassette-player amp and makes it really rock.

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Five iOS apps for Guitarists
Sep12

Five iOS apps for Guitarists

David Ellefson Rock Shop App Pocketlabworks and David Ellefson, bass player for Megadeath, created the Rock Shop app. A truly social guitar effects app dedicated to Ellefson, Rock Shop boasts not only his signature effects and amps, but in-app feeds from the star’s social networks including YouTube, Twitter, and more. Price: $9.99     Amplitube Slash Amplitube for iPhone by IK Multimedia brings their long-established...

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