Daily Guitar Repair
Written by Ava   

Who knew guitar repair could be so fun?  

That's exactly the feeling I get when I read the brief, but quirky answers to Jemsite's Q&A for Gary Brawer's Stringed Instrument Repair, a quaint but cool little shop bursting with stories of disheveled musicians who came in with their broken instruments hoping for a fix and came out winners!

Gary Brawer owns the place, but shop manager Allen Whitman takes us on his own little tour--but only gives us a tast. For a real treat, check out the Brawer's Daily Guitar Repair blog and see for yourself where all the magic happens!

Now What Is The Perfect Setup? (Part 3: Effects)
Written by Tank   

First of all a big sorry for the long delay before this last part, but the new year greated me with a rather severe influenza and it took some time to fully recover and get back with all my work and gigs.

But now let us dive into the final topic of this series: Effects.

Effects are an integral part of guitar playing today. Of course there are some guitarists who believe that effects are sent from hell and you should not use them. One of them rock legend Angus Young of AC/DC, who only uses his guitar and vintage modified Marshall Amps. However this is as always only half the truth. The subtle effects you hear in his playing come from a huge rack of different amps, microphone placement and several effects via the PA or via the recording equipment in the studio.

Now What Is The Perfect Setup? (Part 2: The Amp)
Written by Tank   

Now for Part 2 of this series, we take a look at the amp. If you think picking the guitar was hard, then take a step back, the amp is where you really have nuts to crack.

Sure there are many different styles of guitars etc. but most of them for beginners have 6 strings, a neck, a body and some hardware and pickups. But with amps we have a whole universe of different philosophy collide.

First of all you have to think about the type of player you are and again what your budget is. The 3 biggest movements in the amp community are: Tube Amps, Modelling Amps and Transistor Amps. Again none of those are the best, some of them are the best at a certain job. So think about the job you want your amp to do for you first and your budget.

Let us start with Transistor Amps. Those are relatively cheap, most of them have OK clean sounds and some of them even sport a good distortion section. Is any of them sounding like a tube amp?

Great Tone in Small Packages
Written by Kotornut   

Recently I‘ve been looking into small amps:. I thought I’d never care about them but here I am writing a blog all about them. Traditionally, we rock/metal guitar players look up to our heroes and see these impressive rigs and do our best to have the same thing. I too, was into big amps and huge rigs for a long time. That is to say, I thought that big amps were the only things that were worth looking into. I used to be a Mesa Boogie man through and through. I owned a Rectifier and was in love with Mark IVs, Lonestars and Roadkings. A lot of this changed when I moved from California to Japan. I sold all my gear and headed of to teach English (Oh know! The cat‘s out of the bag, I‘m under the grammar microscope now).

VHT Changes Name to Fryette Amplification
Written by Gear-Monkey   

VHT Sig:XEffective January 1, 2009 VHT Amplification, Inc., will be known as Fryette Amplification, a division of Steven Fryette Design, Inc. Fryette Amplification will continue to manufacture all of the VHT models currently in production including the award winning Sig:X amplifier, Deliverance amplifiers and speaker cabinets, Pittbull Ultra-Lead amplifier, FatBottom speaker cabinets, Two/Fifty/Two and Two/Ninety/Two power amps and Valvulator I Buffer + Power Supply.

In making the name change, founder and CEO Steven Fryette states: "Much like a musician who finds his own voice, my more recent designs have really captured what I've been searching for ever since starting VHT 20 years ago. These designs represent my personal vision of how an amplifier can interact with a player in a truly musical way. We'll be introducing the Memphis Series amplifiers at Winter NAMM and these new products exemplify the use of our patented technology, years of experience and commitment to quality all in an affordable format. For years I have thought about putting my name on a product and finally I feel comfortable enough to do just that."

As Steven Fryette Design Inc., Fryette plans on continuing working with others as a design consultant in addition to building Fryette Amplifiers and accessories. "Earlier this year, I had consulted with AXL and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with another manufacturer. In a surprise move, AXL offered to buy the trademarked VHT brand name and logo. They will now manufacture their own product under that name. The offer to buy was also an opportunity to rebrand the company under my name." says Fryette. All of the original VHT intellectual property, patents, designs, and trade dress have been retained by Steven Fryette Design, Inc.

For more information, visit their web site at www.vhtamp.com.


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Getting To Know Tubes
Written by Bowie   

There's a lot of mystique surrounding tubes.  Especially the "NOS" relics that sell for up to $1,200 a piece!  Now, why would someone pay that much for a piece of glass that could, without warning, die at any moment?  Tone. Pure and simple.  Sure, you could get a decent sound out of just about any tube.  And, you could also ride a Vespa to work.   

I used to collect tubes and try different ones to see which ones sounded better.  I've spent hundred of hours recording the sound of my amps with different tubes and making A/B comparisons.  Then, one day I realized that my hobby had grown out of control and my several thousand dollar collection of vintage tubes turned into a business.  For anyone who wants to try "rolling" (the hobby of swapping tubes), here's a few thoughts from my experiences and suggestions to go along with them.