Friday, 24 July 2009

Fender Stratocaster Guitar Belt

If you love to rock out to Fender instruments then this is the belt for you. The Fender Stratocaster Guitar Belt features a 2" leather belt with a cast pewter Fender Stratocaster-shaped belt buckle that measures 5" across and 1.5" tall.

One word describes the CD Everywhere from Tim Mcgraw... AWESOME!

The CD opens with an outstanding track, Where The Green Grass Grows, that I suspect will be heard on radio stations everywhere, and deservedly so. Its a really nice track.

One of the refreshingly nice things about this CD is the way all of the participating artists seem to be really enjoying themselves. Combine that with the overall presentation and youve got one of Tim Mcgraws most impressive releases ever.

This is a first rate CD, delivering a little something for everyone. I give it my highest recommendation. Its quite simply great listening. A must buy if you're even mildly into Contemporary Country music.

While this entire album is outstanding the truly standout tunes are track 1 - Where The Green Grass Grows, track 4 - Ain't That The Way It Always Ends, and track 10 - You Just Get Better All The Time.

My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [ in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 9 - Just To See You Smile. This is a great track!

Everywhere Release Notes:

Tim Mcgraw originally released Everywhere on June 3, 1997 on the Curb Records label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. Where The Green Grass Grows

2. For A Little While

3. It's Your Love - (with Faith Hill)

4. Ain't That The Way It Always Ends

5. I Do, But I Don't

6. One Of These Days

7. Hard On The Ticker

8. Everywhere

9. Just To See You Smile

10. You Just Get Better All The Time

11. You Turn Me On - (bonus track)

Personnel: Tim McGraw, Timothy B. Schmit, Faith Hill (vocals); Larry Byrom, Biff Watson, B. James Lowry, J. T. Corenflos (acoustic guitar); Dann Huff, Michael Landau, Brent Rowan, Pat Buchanan (electric guitar); Sonny Garrish, Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Mark Casstevens (banjo); Glen Duncan, Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Bob Mason (cello); Matt Rollings (piano); Steve Nathan (piano, keyboards); Mike Brignardello (bass); Lonnie Wilson (drums); Curtis Young, Curtis Wright (background vocals).

Producers: Byron Gallimore, James Stroud, Tim McGraw.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2009

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The Gibson SG guitar is one of the most coveted guitars in history. Many musicians over the years have fallen in love with the SG and have remained loyal to Gibson. Here is a bit of the history of the SG for you to enjoy.

Around the year 1960, the Gibson guitar makers were suffering through a sales slump. Not that the Les Paul was not selling, as it was and very nicely. The trouble was that music was evolving and musicians were looking for a sound, or tone, different from what the Les Paul offered.

So in 1961, Gibson radically altered the body shape so it was now thinner, more lightweight and now featured a double cutaway neck area that permitted deeper access to the higher frets. The neck took on a heavier construction and the neck joint was raised approximately three frets higher. This was done in hopes of competing with Fender's Stratocaster model, which was gaining popularity then.

The new design was marketed with the "fastest neck in the world" and this was largely a fact. The neck had a thinner profile (from the side) and with the higher neck joint, the heel was no longer an obstruction, as was the case with the Les Pauls.

Another name was sought because the guitar looked nothing like a Les Paul. Since the guitar was it's inventor's namesake, Les Paul (the inventor of the electric guitar and the Les Paul design) asked that his name removed from the new design completely.

So, the good people at Gibson brainstormed and called the new model an "SG". Ironically enough, this was simply short for "solid guitar".

The Gibson factory had an abundance of plastic "Les Paul" nameplates in stock. So even though Les Paul's name was removed in 1961, Gibson continued to manufacture SG's with the nameplate between the topmost pickup and the fret board until the end of 1963. Finding one of these early SG's with a Les Paul nameplate would truly be a valuable collector's item.

Since the SG was introduced in early 1961, numerous variations have been made carrying the SG name. There was a standard model (SG Standard) as well as a junior model (SG Junior). Then the top of the line Gibson SG Custom made the scene. Curiously, the SG Customs manufactured from 1961-63 did not say 'SG' on them, yet they did have a Les Paul signature plate under the fret board, as did all Les Paul's.

From 1961 to early '63, the truss rod cover on the SG Standard was engraved with "Les Paul". The SG featured a small pick guard on models made between 1961 and 1965. Then, in 1966, another slight redesigning took place. Now the SG had a different type of neck joint and a batwing-shaped pick guard appeared on models from 1967 upwards.

The design was firm until around 1970 or so. The year 1971 saw the release of a new version of the SG with a floating pick guard reminiscent of the Les Paul. Also the control plate was mounted from the front to decrease construction cost.

A variety of quality tailpieces were offered as options as well. Notable ones were the "Maestro", the "Lyre Vibrola" and the Bigsby vibrato tremolo arm. A few new designs were brought into play with the new tailpiece design. A few of these were the SG 100 (a low end version that was more affordable) and the SG 200 (with two single coil pickups). On the higher end of the SG spectrum were the SG Pro and the SG Deluxe models.

Gibson returned to the original design of the SG in 1973. The pick guard went retro to the small original pick guard and the controls were moved to the rear again and the neck was set deeper into the body with a joining point around the twentieth fret. But by the end of that decade, all the SG models reverted mostly to the old design. Current models are now made with 1967-1969 constructions, the larger LP style pick guard that encases the pickups on the SG body. Variations are still available with the small pick guard. Re-issues of the SG are common and popular.

These guitars resemble their 1960's brothers except that a stop tailpiece is now standard. Models of the SG with a vibrato tailpiece are now a custom item or a special edition model.

The first SG that had active factory pickups was introduced in 1980. Gibson tested an SG model with the same active Moog electronics that were being used (or had been used) in a previous model called the RD Artist. This experimental SG sported a thicker body due to the extraneous added circuitry. This model was lovingly nicknamed the "Gibson SG-R1".

The SG-R1 was made of solid mahogany with a black glossy finish. It had no pick guard, the fret inlays were "dots" opposed to original trapezoid shapes and it featured transparent barrel knobs for the treble and bass controls ranging from "0" to "+5" or "-5" instead of "1" to "10". There was also an extra switch to activate a "boost" on the bridge pickup.

The SG-R1 had a fixed bridge with a tremolo/whammy bar standard. Gibson renamed the SG-R1 the "SG Artist" circa 1981 and subsequently discontinued it. Of these SG's, there were only about 200 ever made.

Today the Gibson SG guitar is still as popular as ever and is used by some of the top guitarists to ever strap on an axe. Some of Gibson's loyal users are Angus Young (AC/DC), Hank Williams Jr, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Marilyn Manson, Nic Cester (Jet), Pete Townshend (The Who), Shakira and Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath).

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Thursday, 16 July 2009

Fender Deluxe Player's Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Rosewood, 3-color Sunburst

Electric Guitar. Made by Fender.

The Deluxe Players Stratocaster is a revised version of the former Super Strat. Upgraded with American-made Vintage Noiseless pickups, this guitar not only sounds great but with a 12" neck radius and medium jumbo frets it's a workhorse of a guitar! And, don't forget about the push button switch that gives the player nine different pickup combinations!


  • BODY Ash
  • NECK Maple, Modern "C" Shape, (Satin Polyurethane Finish)
  • MACHINE HEADS Gold Plated Fender/Reliance Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • FINGERBOARD Rosewood, 12" Radius (305mm)
  • NO. OF FRETS 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • PICKUPS 3 Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickups
  • CONTROLS Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
  • BRIDGE Gold Plated Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • PICKUP SWITCHING 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickups (Plus Bridge Pickup When Push/Push Switch Is Activated), Position 5. Neck Pickup (Plus Bridge Pickup When Push/Push Switch Is Activated), 1-Push-Button On/Off Switch: Activates Bridge Pickup in Positions 4 and 5 of Blade Switch
  • HARDWARE Gold Plated
  • STRINGS Fender Super Bullet 3250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042)
  • CASE Deluxe Gig Bag
  • PICKGUARD 4-Ply Brown Shell
  • SCALE LENGTH 25.5" (648mm)
  • WIDTH AT NUT 1 11/16 (43mm)
  • UNIQUE FEATURES Gold Plated Hardware
  • ACCESSORIES Deluxe Gig Bag

NOTE: The picture on this page shows the Maple version of this guitar model, if you place an order from this page you will receive the model with a Rosewood fretboard

Finding the right electric guitar for what you want to do with it is important and can be confusing if you do not know much about guitars. To avoid spending too much money, do some careful shopping around before you buy. This will allow you to get familiar with some of the prices out there, and what you should expect to get for a certain amount with the features you are looking for. This will also allow you to become familiar with what the different brand names are as well as different models available.

Often times you can save a huge amount if you buy a used guitar. Actually play it and see if you like the sound it makes. Listen for any string buzz; this can be a sign that it just needs a simple adjustment in the way that it is setup. Sometimes if you are buying from a reputable seller they will offer to make any necessary adjustments for you, if not then the cost to have a guitar properly setup is not very much money at all.

If you plan on playing in a band as a guitarist, then you will probably be standing up with the guitar strapped over your shoulder for long periods of time. You will probably not want to buy one that is too heavy, this is important if you do not want to develop any back problems! If you will just be practicing in your room while you are learning how to play, then the weight of the guitar is not going to be so much of an issue.

If the guitar feels right to you then the first step has been accomplished. Next, how does it sound to you? Are you able to get the exact sound that you imagined you could get from it? If you think it is close to the sound you want then you could always make slight adjustments to the amplifier. Many people like the sound of the electric guitar being played through an amp on clean settings. This is when there is no overdrive or distortion set on the amp. This is often good for arpeggiated parts or strumming rhythm much like you would do with an acoustic.

The materials may or may not play an important role in getting the sound you want. Obviously the higher the quality of materials used to build the guitar, the higher the price will be. Some guitars built of lesser quality can actually produce the exact sounds you are looking for. You do not have to have the very best in order to sound great!

Some people prefer the sound of the electric guitar through the overdriven or distortion settings of the amp. This actually thickens up the sound a lot and will often mask mistakes! It is a whole lot easier to sound like a good guitar player through distortion that it is with no distortion. Most amps offer an almost unlimited variation of settings that you can make. Often it is as easy as the push of a button to turn the distortion on or off. You should also be able to dial in just the right amount of reverb for the style of music that you want to play.

Over time you will learn lots about guitars. Who makes the really desirable ones and which ones work best for which particular style of music. For instance you may want to play country music. A Fender telecaster, or a Fender Stratocaster through a Fender amplifier set on the clean settings is the classic way to apply the country style guitar playing. Adding a bit of compression in the form of guitar effects processing will give even more of a very controlled country music sound.

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Randy Carter is a guitar guy who loves to share information about guitars. As a freelance writer he reaches hundreds of readers every day.

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Friday, 10 July 2009

Fender Vintage Stratocaster Guitar Bridge Cover Chrome

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You want to play electric guitar but you have a limited budget. Your first electric guitar needs to be cheap so you need to get some idea which is the best brand to buy. If you do not buy a good quality electric guitar your guitar playing learning curve is going to be that much more steep, and you are going to feel like a prize dumbbell telling people that your playing would be much better if your guitar was not such a pile of junk.

Let us set some ground rules. Do not buy a cheap guitar online unless the vendor is in your local area. Also, when we talk about cheap guitars we should be talking cheap brands, not old guitars of dubious quality and unknown condition. If there is a music shop or two somewhere close to where you live, they should be able to cater to your needs. There are a lot of deep mysteries connected with guitar playing but finding a cheap guitar is not one of them.

To start with, there are big brand name guitars that you may not be able to afford, and indeed it would be silly to pay a fortune for your first electric guitar, but there are copies of these famous guitars which you CAN afford. Amongst these copies of the big name guitars made by various guitar makers, are good and bad quality guitars, and you need to be familiar with the better quality makers of cheap guitars. Any guitar factory in Outer Mongolia can churn out realistic looking electric guitars but they may not be able to hold together for longer than five minutes.

So, let us first look at a few big name guitars. Fender, Gibson, Washburn. You recognize those names, right? Squier, Ibanez, Yamaha, Crafter. Do you recognize those names? They make cheap electric guitars some of which are copies of more expensive models. The basic difference between cheap guitars and expensive guitars is quality of materials. The reason you need to be aware of which cheaper brands to buy is that you do not want to go too far into the realms of cheap and nasty. Without wanting to influence you unduly, I think you could do a lot worse than buying a Squier Stratocaster for a first electric guitar. It is made by Fender, the makers of the original Strat.

Another thing you need to consider is the type of music you want to play. Once you start looking around at guitars you need to be aware of the sound. Right from the first day as a guitar player you should be listening to yourself making a sound that you are happy with.

One really cool thing you should be taking with you when you go looking to buy a cheap electric guitar is a guitar player. Even if it is one of the neighbors who bought a guitar years ago and never did anything with it, it is better than nothing. And then there's the color. Your neighbor may be able to give you some advice on the construction of electric guitars or the benefits of this or that pickup, but only YOU can decide what color you want. When Mark Knopfler decided to buy his first guitar he knew he wanted a red one. It is an important consideration. You will not feel comfortable posing in front of the mirror with the wrong color guitar!

You will not be posing in front of the mirror? Oh . . . okay.

Ricky Sharples has been playing guitar his whole life, and is presently engaged in building a blog called Learn How To Play A Guitar For Free. Ricky's blog features free tools, lessons and resources for guitarists of all ages and stages. Ricky updates the blog regularly so if you are interested in learning to play guitar there will be an enormous variety of tip, tools and tutorials for you.

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Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Fender Standard Stratocaster Pickguard - Gold - For 3 Single Coil Pickups

Guitar Replacement Pickguard. Made by Fender.

One of the really nice things about Fender instruments is that you can change the look of your instrument with relative ease.

One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to replace the pickguard! Fender offers a variety of pickguards with different pickup configurations and materials to help you add a personal touch to your favorite Fender instrument. This 1-Ply, 11 Hole Pickguard, is for 3 single coil pickups.


  • American, American Standard, Hot Rod and Deluxe Series Stratocasters, (also Big Apple / Double Fat Strat) (USA)
  • Standard, Deluxe and '70s Stratocasters (Mexico)

Just like jazz, there are many different types of blues. From delta blues and Chicago blues to the east coast blues, each one has its own distinctive elements. Over the years, blues guitarists have used a plethora of instruments to accompany themselves, from commonly found acoustic steel string models to resonator guitars, all from a variety of manufacturers. Each type of guitar has its own characteristics, and as you study and learn to play the blues, you will learn to recognize which characteristics you'd like to make use of.

Resonator Guitars

Traditional acoustic guitars produce a sound because of the soundboard, which is basically the wooden face of the instrument. Resonator guitars were originally designed because they were louder than traditional acoustic designs, and they were able to compete with the wind instruments and drums in a large dance band. The instruments feature cone shaped apparatuses (resonators) beneath the strings that are made of metal. Some guitars have one resonator, and others have multiple resonators. Eventually, the instrument found a niche in the genre of blues.

Resonator guitars produce a metallic sound. Often times, the instrument is played with a slide or bottleneck, and it is versatile as a blues guitar, bluegrass guitar, and country guitar as well. There are affordable beginner and professional models of resonator guitars. They will provide you with a variety of tone options that will make your blues sound unique.

Solid Body Electrics

Many guitar manufacturers produce solid body electrics that make great options for aspiring blues guitarists. Most notably, the Gibson Les Paul is one of the most popular instruments. When played at louder levels, this instrument produces that cutting edge blues tone that is desirable from an electric guitar. Similarly, the Fender Stratocaster is a versatile instrument that has settings that can be tailored to fit the sounds of blues and rock and roll. It was used by the legendary Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton also has made a mark on the Stratocaster with his blues infused tunes.


The first blues musicians were solo acts, singers with just a guitar in their hands. Recordings of Lightning Hopkins and Howlin' Wolf will feature just that - and great acoustic guitar sound. Acoustic guitars were extremely popular in the blues, especially in it early beginnings from the early 1900's to the 1930's, when electrics finally arrived on the music scene. A good acoustic blues guitar would probably feature a more shallow body, constructed from a wood that will produce a bluesy tone, such as mahogany and/or spruce. Gibson makes several impressive acoustics that are designed specifically with the blues in mind, like the Blues King Modern Classic.

The blues has evolved and changed with the time. Start your search for a good blues guitar by first listening to recordings, and determining which style of blues you would like to play. The early versions, with their acoustic guitar accompaniments, may inspire you to pursue a similar instrument and style for yourself. Innovators might lead you to try resonators and electrics. Whatever you choose, let the type of blues your ears gravitate to help you make the decision.

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