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How Much Do Pawn Shops Pay for Guitars?
Guitars

How Much Do Pawn Shops Pay for Guitars?

The first pawn shops started appearing in China about 3,000 years ago. By offering short-term credit to different households, an economic infrastructure began forming. It was an idea that the Greeks and Romans would eventually adopt. When the Catholic Church was an influential force in global politics during the Middle […]

Pioneer PL-12D Turntable Review
Instruments

Pioneer PL-12D Turntable Review

If you grew up in the 1970s, one of the items likely found in your home was the Pioneer PL-12D turntable. This era still had the large cabinet radios, 8-track players, cassette decks, and turntables put into all-in-one units with a built-in speaker. You’d pop open the lid, fiddle with […]

Where Is the Best Spot for Your Strap Button?
Guitars

Where Is the Best Spot for Your Strap Button?

Some guitars come with a strap button on the top and bottom for you to use. Others come with one on the bottom of the instrument, but there isn’t one for the top. If you’re unlucky, the guitar doesn’t come with any strap buttons. Classical guitars aren’t supposed to have […]

What Is the Difference Between a Root Note and a Bass Note?
Music

What Is the Difference Between a Root Note and a Bass Note?

Notes are a fundamental part of music. Each instrument produces specific sounds at a particular tone to create something reproducible from the melody to the bass accompaniment. Some instruments produce chords, which are notes played together to create a unique harmony. Options like the piano and the guitar tend to […]

Essential Grunge Guitar Gear
Guitars

Essential Grunge Guitar Gear

When grunge arrived on the scene in the mid-1980s, most people shrugged it off. Most experts agree that 1986 was the first year this subgenre became a “thing,” which is the same year that the song “That’s What Friends Are For” was the top hit of the year – sung […]

Tube vs. Solid State Rectifiers
Equipment

Tube vs. Solid State Rectifiers

When people start talking about tube vs. solid state anything in the guitar world, most opinions state that the latter is inferior. Although a tube amplifier creates beautiful music, making a buying decision based on the idea that solid state tech is typically inferior isn’t always the right path to […]

What Is a Bandpass Box and What Are the Pros and Cons
Speakers

What Is a Bandpass Box and What Are the Pros and Cons?

Without a subwoofer, your lows won’t have the power to hit those heart-thumping rhythms you love in songs. This equipment is designed to be a loudspeaker that engages more sub-bass frequencies to create a more rounded and authentic sound. Since bass notes are often under 100 Hz, better resonance happens […]

What Is the Best Way to Splice Speaker Wire
Speakers

What Is the Best Way to Splice Speaker Wire?

One of the best experiences in life is to bring home a new home theater sound system. When you set up those speakers, the anticipation of re-watching your favorite movies or enjoying live sports in new ways gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling. When you start hooking up the […]