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Through the years I have bought and sold a number of guitars and plucked away on countless others in shops and at the homes of friends. Some of my purchases were practical and well thought out while others were impulse buys and as such I have found two tools I rely on when shopping for guitars.

SMG Tips: A Guitar Collector’s Two Best Friends

Through the years I have bought and sold a number of guitars and plucked away on countless others in shops and at the homes of friends. Some of my purchases were practical and well thought out while others were impulse buys and as such I have found two tools I rely on when shopping for […]

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Whether you’re shopping for a guitar or just get warm fuzzies being around them, visiting the businesses making up Sunset Boulevard’s “Guitar Gulch” in Hollywood, CA is a must. Sadly, there used to be several more shops in the area, but over time these gave way to factors like competition and trading in ‘brick and mortar’ for ‘click and order’ presences online.

Sunset Boulevard’s Guitar Gulch

Whether you’re shopping for a guitar or just get warm fuzzies being around them, visiting the businesses making up Sunset Boulevard’s “Guitar Gulch” in Hollywood, CA is a must. Sadly, there used to be several more shops in the area, but over time these gave way to factors like competition and trading in ‘brick and […]

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I was recently asked for advice from someone looking to purchase their first guitar. Given the multitude of brands, differences in style, tone, and feel, and wide range of quality among instruments, this is an overwhelming proposition for the first time buyer. My response to this particular person is given below.

SMG: Advice For Buying Your First Guitar!

I was recently asked for advice from someone looking to purchase their first guitar. Given the multitude of brands, differences in style, tone, and feel, and wide range of quality among instruments, this is an overwhelming proposition for the first time buyer. My response to this particular person is given below.

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Innovative products are often conceived when seeking to improve upon an existing design. In the case of Thomas Wnorowski, he recognized that the tonal possibilities residing within his Strat copy fell far short of their potential, so he set out to do something about it.

SMG Review: AweSome Musical Instruments’ Telecaster
Hyper-Mod™ Control Plate

Innovative products are often conceived when seeking to improve upon an existing design. In the case of Thomas Wnorowski, he recognized that the tonal possibilities residing within his Strat copy fell far short of their potential, so he set out to do something about it.

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EMG, Inc. is well known throughout the guitar community as a leader in active pickup systems. What you may not know is that the company, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, originated as Dirtywork Studios, then Overlend, before settling on its current name, which is short for 'electro-magnetic generator'.

SMG Review: EMG’s ST12 Prewired Drop-In Pickguard for Strats

EMG, Inc. is well known throughout the guitar community as a leader in active pickup systems. What you may not know is that the company, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, originated as Dirtywork Studios, then Overlend, before settling on its current name, which is short for ‘electro-magnetic generator’.

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