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Reviews covers quite a broad range of products from guitarist albums to guitar books, gigs and guitar lesson downloads and DVDs

Review: Paul Gilbert – Stone Pushing Uphill Man

Written on July 31, 2014 at 11:30 am, by Jon

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Paul Gilbert’s new record “Stone Pushing Uphill Man” is, as you would expect from one of the world’s best shredders, a guitar-oriented instrumental record however it differs from his last few albums in that on this record Paul Gilbert has …

Hal Leonard Blues Guitar Soloing Review

Written on July 20, 2014 at 2:05 am, by pappy

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Hal Leonard recently sent me a new instructional book by Keith Wyatt called Blues Guitar Soloing and it is packed to the gills with great instruction to take you from the very basics of blues solos (the minor …

Hal Leonard 100 Lessons Review

Written on July 13, 2014 at 4:17 am, by pappy

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My favorite kind of instruction book is one that gives you snippets of information – a quick technique to focus on, instructions on how to do it, and then a couple of bars of music to practice on. …

Review: Truss Rods Made Easy by Gerry Hayes

Written on July 1, 2014 at 8:15 am, by Jon

Gerry Hayes has been building guitars for nearly twenty years and repairing thousands of instruments while running his company Haze Guitars. Gerry has performed everything from straightforward setups to massively complex structural repairs and restorations, “I feel I’ve a …

The Guitar Noize Podcast: Episode 28 – Taylor 816ce

Written on June 11, 2014 at 11:47 am, by Jon


My name is Pappy and I have a problem: I talk (and write) a lot in my reviews.  I knew the review for the Taylor 816CE would be a long one, and I …

Taylor Guitars 816CE Review

Written on June 11, 2014 at 9:00 am, by pappy

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I told a friend of mine that Taylor Guitars sent me a freshly-made 816CE from their new generation and when I opened up the case, a new-guitar smell greeted me. The smell of cut wood, glue, and new …

Tempest Leather Guitar Strap Review

Written on June 9, 2014 at 8:34 am, by pappy

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One of the most popular concerns I’ve seen about buying guitars has always been how well a guitar is balanced.  Guitar balance is a big deal, but the majority of people asking are just concerned with how much …

Luminlay MA19 Knob Review

Written on June 8, 2014 at 5:08 am, by pappy

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Being on a dark stage, it can be difficult to see your knobs and, if you’re the kind of guitarist that uses your knobs in your songs, that can be a big problem. Some companies have tried to …

Review: Strange Beautiful Music A Musical Memoir

Written on May 31, 2014 at 8:19 am, by Jon

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I have just finished reading Joe Satriani’s “Strange Beautiful Music a musical memoir” and, as expected, thoroughly enjoyed the book and couldn’t put it down. Joe Satriani is the most influential musician in my life, hearing Dreaming #11 on cassette …

Review: Collectible Guitar – Then & Now Magazine

Written on May 26, 2014 at 9:00 am, by Jon

Collectible Guitar magazine
I was sent a copy of the first issue of Collectible Guitar – Then & Now Magazine that I reported on back in March and I have finally had a chance to actually read the magazine and wanted to share …