Category: Guitar Gear

The perfect electric guitar (that social media chose)

Earlier this month I thought it would be a good idea to conduct a social media experiment that would hopefully result in an answer to a question I’d often asked myself … does the perfect electric guitar exist? I am lucky enough to have a few guitars to choose from, but I’d never considered one guitar to be the perfect guitar—I’m told it’s important to not let your children know who the favourite is. I realised that the perfect electric guitar was relative. It would mean different things to different people. So obviously the only way to decide, was to have several different people choose.

After running a series of 17 guitar choice questions in Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, I compiled the responses—none of the votes are my own—and went to the Halo Guitars website to construct the perfect electric guitar. I have to say, I think the Interwebs may have just got this right.

Virtual guitar building websites

As my perfect guitar social experiment comes to an end, I thought it would be wise to share several virtual guitar building websites I have come across. Why? Well for a couple of handy reasons. Firstly, I doubt it will be easy to simply locate the perfect guitar in an existing guitar catalogue. Secondly—and more importantly—it’s a blog post I’ve been meaning to write for months now. I’ve been putting it off for so long now I’d started procrastinating on my procrastination. But no more! today I list the websites that many a guitar lover will lose countless hours on. I make no apologies.

Brand-specific pedalboards—the Boss guitar pedals build

I started a new series last week for brand-specific pedalboards. It’s a series because today I’m adding the second entry that I’m cleverly calling Brand-specific pedalboards—the Boss guitar pedals build. I’m a marketing genius! I could have started the series with Boss pedals for several reasons. Obvious reasons for me would have included the fact that my first two guitar pedals were Boss pedals—I still have them both—or that Boss is a brand most guitarists would have heard of. I don’t like being too obvious or predictable though. So here we are with the second entry in the series. Let the continued dreaming of perfectly designed pedalboards continue.

Brand-specific pedalboards—the Strymon guitar pedals build

I was chatting with a couple of friends on Twitter recently—let’s call these friends Peter and Brad*—about the concept of building a guitar pedalboard with pedals exclusive to one particular brand. It’s not something I’d considered before. I normally go looking for a specific pedal type I like and then see what is the best option for my style and budget. Mostly budget—I have an understanding wife who understands only to a point. But, if the single goal was to just have only one brand on the pedalboard, Peter and Brad both said one place they would start was with Strymon guitar pedals.

I trust Peter and Brad. So I did some research on the Strymon guitar pedal range and easily decided on the following pedals to build a very sexy and most-likely impressive sounding pedalboard. 

Sonoma Wire Works updates Guitartone and you benefit from it

Sonoma Wire Works has updated their iOS app of guitar tone goodness—cleverly named GuitarTone—to version 3. There are all-new tube models to choose from in their amp offerings that take advantage of improvements available in tone through iOS 10 devices. To celebrate the update, they’re also giving away some free amp and effect add-ons to early adopters. You may also win $300 worth of Sonoma Wire Works goodies. It’s a good day to be a Sonoma Wire Works and GuitarTone 3 fan/user.