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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

Hal Leonard Albert King and SRV TAB Book Review

Written on August 20, 2014 at 8:00 am, by pappy

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You know who rocks? Stevie Ray Vaughan. Even dead, he’s still showing people how to play and he played like a fiend. He brought electric blues to a whole new crowd that had previously been unaware of it …

Wall Axe Review

Written on August 19, 2014 at 8:29 am, by pappy

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Wall Axe is a family company here in the U.S. that specialize in making wall hangers for your guitars of varying sizes and accommodations, but they sent me one in particular, the Soloist, to review and I have …

Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient Review

Written on August 18, 2014 at 8:30 am, by pappy

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When I started playing seven-string guitars, pickup options were limited. Now, there are significantly more options for these guitars, but there are still less than six-string pickups because, like it or not, the 7+ string market it still …

Positive Grid BIAS Expansion Packs Review

Written on August 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm, by pappy

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Positive Grid is a big deal to me because of the quality of their apps in the iOS world. When they first entered the fray, they did so with JamUp XT and JamUp Pro. JamUp XT was free

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 …