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September 30, 2016

  Written By PGS Staff   In guitar culture, solos and soloists have always attracted the most attention. Many players first picked up a guitar after hearing Hendrix, Van Halen or Angus Young play light-speed pentatonic runs up and down the neck, and for some of them soloing remains their primary interest and vehicle for self-expression. While there’s nothing wrong with this per se, the negative side effect of this solo-centric culture is the shameful neglect of the music’s very life-force, the rhythm. This neglect seeps into everything we do, even manifesting itself in the way we discuss the different parts of the band; when a guitarist talks about “the rhythm section” they rarely

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September 27, 2016

Written by PGS Staff The world is a big, scary place, kids. Everywhere you look, it seems there's some or other dastardly ne'er-do-well trying to do evil things to your tone. These nefarious tone killers can come in many shapes and forms, and worst of all, they often lurk in unexpected places, even places you normally consider safe and homely—your amp, your guitar, the sanctum sanctorum of your beloved pedalboard, and even inside YOU. Nowhere is safe from el chupatonos. The best you can do is arm yourself with the knowledge and skills necessary to seek and destroy those that would do your tone harm. As a public service, we here at Pro Guitar Shop have

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September 23, 2016

Written by PGS staff "Cutting through the mix" seems to be a near-universal concern for guitarists, especially those in in rock bands where caveman drummers, tone-deaf bass players, and out-of-tune co-guitarists are all competing for chunks of the same sonic real estate at ear-bleeding volumes. In a perfect world, one's bandmates would make an effort to play more dynamically, making adjustments in their volume, tone, and technique to leave room for the other instruments in the mix, but this ain't jazz we're talkin' about—in a rock setting, you sometimes need to stack the deck in your favor. There are a number of ways the wily guitarrista can set themselves up for mix-cutting success, and here

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September 20, 2016

  Written by PGS staff   Ever feel like you’re stuck in a creative rut or at a sonic standstill?  It happens to the best of us from time to time. You’ve been playing the same gear, the same songs and the same venues for a while now, and things seem a bit stale, to say the least.  What do you do?   I’ve always admired guitarists who play using simple setups—guitar into amp and maybe not much else. In fact, it’s a great exercise in restraint, for those of us who use multiple pedals, to unplug it all and go basic. In contrast are the guys and

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September 16, 2016

Written by PGS Staff Single-pickup guitars are seemingly limited by their simple circuitry and depending on where that magnetic engine we call a pickup is located, you may think the whole machine only has one speed. Usually, what you discover when you actually pick up and play a one-pickup wonder is that there is so much you can do with just one pickup, the volume and the tone control. In fact, playing a single-pickup guitar can be a revelation in learning to wangle the most range of tones from your guitar with your physical dynamics instead of flicking selector switches. Today, we are going to check out five of the coolest single-pickup guitars ever and find out what makes them

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September 13, 2016

By PGS Staff We all know the fun part of playing guitar is simply playing it. For many of us, is the proper maintenance is less fun, but is required to keep our instruments in tip-top shape. We’re not saying that there aren’t plenty of tech nerds in the herd, but many of us could stand to implement some best practices when it comes to our instruments. Today, we’re taking a look at your fretboard and your strings—there are a few easy strategies you can implement that will keep your instrument playing great and reduce overall wear and tear. At the outset, let’s talk about storage. Where do you

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September 9, 2016

Written by PGS Staff The “Two types of people” cliché can be found all over the land of guitar: acoustic or electric, Fender or Gibson, and of course: Strat or Tele. There’s no “black or white” in any of those matchups—plenty of us straddle those lines, but I’ll just lay out the straight dope: The Telecaster rules We’re unabashedly biased towards Teles and have been from the get. Collectively, us at PGS have owned a Japanese pink paisley RI, a ’72 custom, ’72 Deluxe, John 5 Triple Tele, and ’69 Thinline and many more. We’re not exactly traditionalists when it comes to Teles—we&rsquo

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September 2, 2016

  It is a common experience for budding guitarists. You hear a song with a guitar part that just blows you away, and you realize that, more than anything, what you really want to do is make music. You get some gear. You practice . . . a lot, maybe even a bit obsessively. You experiment until you find that epic sound, the one with the scooped mids that embodies the awesome power of the guitar even when it is played just by itself. You master a small but ever-growing corner of the music universe. Then you find some guys, or girls, who want to play in a band with you. You set up your gear, count to four, and wonder what happened

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