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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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Guitar Tone Buzzwords (and what they mean) – Part 1

Musicians are funny. Have you ever had a conversation where you’ve used terms that usually describe food to describe a guitar tone?  Like, “the lead tone is really smooth and creamy”, or “the highs were very crisp”. You could really throw in any food descriptor and at least two other guitarists will agree. Try this, …

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The Ultimate Guide To Pedal Power

Understanding what pedal power actually is  If you have any Boss style stomp box, you have the option of using a 9v battery (or two in some cases), or using external power. This external power is aptly known as a power supply.  Some people (ahem, Eric Johnson), swear by batteries. While we won’t be debating …

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What Makes An Overdrive Transparent?

What is transparent overdrive?  Buzzword alert!  Of all the terms thrown around the guitar pedal circles, “transparent overdrive” is one of the most commonly used and abused. Unfortunately, many people use it in a way to proclaim superiority over other pedals or players. Forgetting that taste is subjective.  I think that every pedal is another …

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What Is True Bypass?

What Does It Mean When A Guitar Pedal Is “True Bypass”?  True bypass might be the biggest pedal buzzword around. Most people “in the know” won’t touch a pedal if it’s not true bypass. Much like “boutique” and “transparent overdrive”, it’s a term that gets thrown around like spaghetti in a kid’s cooking class.  But …

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Why It’s Time To Switch To Paperless Chord Charts

It’s time for gigging musicians to ditch paper charts and go paperless  Whether you’re a gigging musician in a cover band, playing on your church’s worship team, or a Nashville session player, it’s time for gigging musicians to face the music….  Analog isn’t always a better option. Sure, analog delays are boss. Reel to reel …

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