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November 22, 2013

  Because if there's one thing guitarists don't get enough of, it's fine wine. Fender recently announced a new product into their lineup-- no, not a production model rosewood Telecaster as I'd hoped, but rather-- WINE! Teaming up with California vineyard Armida Winery, Fender is now selling guitar-themed wines. Strat lovers get a Cab Sauv, Jazzmaster afficionados get a Chardonnay, and for the mighty thinline Telecaster-- a Pinot Noir. The Telecaster is obviously the golden child here, because there's a second wine with a classic butterscotch Tele on the label: a 5-liter, $500 bottle of Zinfandel. You can read more here at Fender's Wine Site<

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November 20, 2013

It’s lighten-up day here at Pro Guitar Shop. We spent much of the morning sitting around the conference table, cracking wise about drummer jokes and bass player jokes (keep in mind that we have both of those on staff here at PGS!) and thought maybe we were being too kind to guitarists, who are certainly deserving of some teasing from time to time… after all, if you can’t take a joke, you shouldn’t take a solo. Let ‘em rip in the comments, people!   TOP TEN GUITARIST JOKES   Q: How many guitar players does it take to cover a Stevie Ray Vaughan tune? A: All of them, evidently.     Q:

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November 16, 2013

We thought we’d go for a twist on an old theme—once every couple of years, any good guitar site whips out a piece on the best female guitarists. In addition to marking a box off on one’s diversity checklist, this causes the panties of both genders to be in a twist whether it’s over the fact that such a list exists at all or whether it’s because {your favorite lady guitarist} got left out. Personally, I love how seriously people take this – on both sides of the divide. We all agree that lists are just a jumping off point for deeper discussion, right?! Good—because today in Andy

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November 13, 2013

I think there’s one thing we CAN all agree on: there are only twelve notes in the musical scale. Though there’s seemingly endless ways to arrange them in a unique fashion-- there’s bound to be overlap from time to time. However, sometimes the overlap is a little too uncanny. When Katy Perry released her single “Roar” in August, it was immediately noted how eerily similar the track was to the Sara Bareilles song “Brave” (which was co-written by Jack Antonoff from the band .fun).  Perry and her co-writers (Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, and Cirkut) have remained mostly mum on the subject, while Bareilles is obviously pleased as

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November 9, 2013

...that retained their value! The used pedal market is a fickle one; most pedals lose a great deal of value immediately (how much did you wind up getting on eBay for that old Boss XT-2 Xtortion, anyway?!) but if you play your cards right, you can wind up in possession of a great investment. Today in Andy’s Corner, we’re looking at five pedals that will cost you an arm and a leg but that will likely hold their value and possibly even increase—you could wind up getting two arms and two legs back! That means an extra hand for your 256th note tapping sequence and another foot to stomp on your pedals! Win Win!

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November 9, 2013

By Daniel Brooks   The search for truly stellar tone will, sooner or later, lead you to ponder the question of how much the weight of your guitar’s body effects your sound. Among those for whom the question is one of the more serious considerations when buying an instrument, there is some debate over which sounds better, a heavy guitar or a light one? Some guitarists believe a lighter instrument will resonate better in response to the full spectrum of string vibrations to deliver a more musical sound, with a more “open” tone and much brighter highs. Others argue that the full, rich sound of the traditionally heavier guitars is due, in no small part, to

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November 6, 2013

Written by Phillip Dodge The name of the pedal is a bit of a misnomer. Once you get past that, it's nothing but fun!  If you’ve tried any of the other Big Muffs (or countless clones) you have a preconceived notion of what a Big Muff is. If you’re looking for scooped-mids and thunderous fuzz, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for tons of tweakable options from overdrive, to distortion, to full on fuzz give this pedal a shot. It’s got plenty of great sounds in it. Sure, it can be a “plug and play pedal.” But there are lots of fun combinations that come about from a few

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November 6, 2013

It can happen over the phone, over email, or face to face—but at least once a week, I’m involved in a conversation that goes something like this (for drama’s sake, we’ll set this up as a customer calling in to PGS with me taking the call): PGS Fitz: Thanks for calling Pro Guitar Shop, how can I help? Caller: Yeah, hi, I had a question about overdrives?! PGS Fitz: Sure. What kind of tone are you looking for? Caller: Well, there was this one video that Andy did, and—hey wait, does Andy actually work there?! Like, is he there right now?! Can I talk to him?! What’s his

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