Don’t Miss Blackstar Amp’s Country Guitar Webcast – 4/22

Join Blackstar’s Steve Marks in their April webcast. Steve will be demonstrating how to get the Country sound from your Blackstar amp. From chicken picking to the twang of those Country chords, Blackstar has an amp to suit.

Blackstar Country Webcast


Meet The Maker – McDaniel Guitars

Saturday October 25, 2-4 pm

Come by to check out some of the most unique guitars, and meet the builders! They’ll be here to answer any questions and explain the build process. Scroll down for more info.

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McDaniel Guitars was founded in 1999 by brothers Michael and Scott McDaniel. From their original modified SG guitars to their more recent Hot Rod and Panther designs, the McDaniels specialize in creating one-of-a-kind guitars that feature exotic tone woods and have a unique Southwestern California flare.

All McDaniel guitars are handmade in the United States and come with an unconditional lifetime warranty.


NAMM Show 2014? Yeah we went….

Want to see some cool things that we saw? Check it out!


Recording: How Not to Destroy Your Guitar Tone

This is a common problem for newbies and veterans alike, PHASING! Its basically what results when you put more than one microphone on a single sound source. The sound traveling to each microphone arrives at the same time essentially, but a different part of the sound wave is picked up by each mic. When this happens you get exactly the opposite of what you intended. Instead of this big cool sound of two or more awesome mics, you get a thin, nasally, metallic sound.

There are definitely ways around it. One of the easiest ways, but takes another person, is to put up one of the microphones, and while placing the other microphone(s), listen with headphones. You will definitely hear phasing going on. It will sound exactly like a phaser guitar pedal as you move the second microphone. It doesn’t matter if you are mic’ing a guitar or an amp or a snare drum. It’s physics baby.

There is another type of phasing that occurs with outboard gear and cabling too. Check out this page on what phasing is and how it occurs. LINK

Links for mic placement techniques:
Drums – LINK
General – LINK
The Big Secret – LINK

Check out this video on how to fix it once you have it recorded. This also is an aid to know what phasing is and how to stop it before you get it recorded.