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Rock Stock’s Guitarist Holiday Gift Guide

Yes it’s that time of year already. Can you believe it? It feels like 2020 has flown by. But it also feels like it’s been going on for a decade.  I mean let’s face it: most people are ready for 2020 to be over. It kind of sucked in a lot of ways. When’s the …

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The Difference Between Guitar And Bass Effects

Guitarists and bassists have been sharing gear for decades. Back in the 1960s, Ampeg bass amps became so popular that even guitarists started to use them. Bands like The Rolling Stones started to plug their guitars in to these bass amps and use them over guitar amps.  The opposite is true too. Guys like Lemmy …

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The Ultimate Guide To Guitar Pedal Signal Chain

If you ask 10 guitarists about preferred pedal order on a pedalboard, you’ll get 30 answers. Hey, guitarists are an opinionated bunch.  You might have heard people talk about hard and fast rules, and others that say it doesn’t matter at all just play the solo right for once. #projecting  I would love to go …

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The Ultimate Guide To Fuzz Pedals: Silicon vs Germanium

If there’s a bigger debate in the fuzz world, I’m not aware of it. Germanium enthusiasts swear that only germanium should be used in fuzz pedals. Some people prefer silicon, and others enjoy both for what they do. But the bigger question is this:  What’s the big deal?  When people talk about silicon or germanium, …

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What Are Boost Pedals And Why Do You Need One?

I love boost pedals. I recently downsized my pedalboard for at home playing, and even though it only has room for 5 pedals, one of those is a boost. The others are an overdrive and then three delays, because who doesn’t need more delays on their pedalboard?  Pro tip: Set an analog delay to a …

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What’s The Best Guitar Pick?

How many different picks did you go through before settling on your current pick preference? I personally used everything from Clayton 1.0 mm picks to Dunlop Stubby Jazz picks (before I got tired of my sweaty fingers losing grip). Rubber picks (cool novelty), nylon, super grippy picks (with embossed/raised textures), extremely slick picks. Super thin, …

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