Music

How Thick is a Standard Strat Body
Guitars

How Thick is a Standard Strat Body?

The Fender Stratocaster (“Strat”) is an electric guitar that Leo Fender’s team designed between 1952 to 1954. That team included Freddie Tavares, George Fullerton, and Bill Carson. This electric guitar has been continuously manufactured since 1954, featuring a double cutaway design with an extended horn shape on the body for […]

Does VCV Rack Have Any Good Sample Players
Software

Does VCV Rack Have Any Good Sample Players?

When you have a DAW to use at home, it can be lots of fun to experiment with your audio and mastering techniques. One option that many home musicians use with their recording software involves samples and loops. Since VCV Rack is a standalone-only choice, you don’t receive the integrated […]

Peavey T-60 Tone Circuit
Guitars

Peavey T-60 Tone Circuit

Guitars were expensive in the 1970s. If you wanted to grab a Fender Stratocaster in 1977, the MSRP was just under $600. That puts the price of it at $2,400 when accounting for inflation. That investment got you an instrument with a neck pocket where you could fit at least […]

Mexican Martins My Thoughts
Guitars

Mexican Martins: My Thoughts

Martin guitars are bulletproof instruments that can handle some intricate playing and the occasional impact without experiencing significant damage. Although many of them get made in the United States, many are manufactured or assembled in Mexico. When musicians compare a Mexican Martin to one built in the United States, they […]

Riff Guitar – ES335 Copy
Guitars

Riff Guitar – ES335 Copy

Gibson debuted the ES-335 guitar in 1958. It was a semi-hollow design that quickly earned the nickname “Dot” because of the Pearloid inlay developed for the instrument. Several unique innovations were part of the original ES-335, including the guitar offering the first thin line archtop that musicians could purchase. In […]

Girl playing guitar and wondering why rhythm guitar is so hard
Guitars

Why Is Rhythm Guitar So Hard?

When someone picks up a guitar for the first time, they almost always get a feel for the instrument’s rhythm. Each chord strum creates specific body movements that correlate into a 1-2-3-4 beat. The rhythm a guitarist establishes can help them establish melodies, backgrounds, or percussive elements while giving momentum […]

Nitro vs. Poly – Which Guitar Finish Is Better
Guitars

Nitro vs. Poly – Which Guitar Finish Is Better?

If you want to find the best guitar to accommodate your playing style, one of the instrument’s attributes to consider is its finish. You can find two standard options offered for sale today. If you prefer something vintage or old-school, a nitrocellulose lacquer should be your preference. It’s perfect for […]

Has Anyone Been Banned from Steve Hoffman Forums
Equipment

Has Anyone Been Banned from Steve Hoffman Forums?

Steve Hoffman is a mastering engineer. You’ve likely heard his work with The Who, Buddy Holly, and many others. After spending several years working on album reissues and direct mastering, Hoffman decided to become an influencer in the audiophile world. When Hoffman works on an album, you don’t need to […]

Open G vs. Open C Tuning
Guitars

Open G vs. Open C Tuning

Do you wonder how guitarists can remember the different notes, chords, and fingerings from their other alternative tuning options? It seems like an impossible task to learn the dozens of different potential tuning options that work for the guitar. How can anyone keep them straight? What you’ll discover is that […]