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Table of Page Contents
Guitars
Guitars
Guitar Amplifiers

Guitars Amplifiers

Guitar Articles
Guitar Straps
Guitar Covers
Guitar Picks
Guitar Parts Maybe the best guitar in the world, best playing, best sounding, and the one that will have the most personal value to you is made by ... you. You can buy the parts, get an instruction book and put it together yourself or find a technician at any of the dealers listed on this page and they can assemble it for you. You can also consider buying an imported guitar that uses solid woods and swapping out the pickups, hardware, and tuners. The quality of many imported guitars, some of which use solid woods such as Ash and Alder, is quite good and you can buy a Yamaha or Korean made Samick guitar (in any of the dozens of rebaged incarnations) for much less than a neck or pickup by an aftermarket manufacturer. The entire parts aftermarket was created for musicians who modify import guitars. Beware that the marketing terms for pickups - "hot", "cool", "bluesy", "vintage" - are completely meaningless unless they refer to how they were made with what materials. Beware that many "American" parts are actually OEM'ed from Asia: Gotoh (Japan), Kent Armstrong (Korea), and others; you have to research the brands so you won't end up replacing the "cheap" imported pickups and hardware with more "cheap" pickups and hardware - from the same manufacturer. Many musicians leave their "trophy prize" guitars at home and use them only for recording and take their modified import guitars on the road for shows. Good places to find parts are guitar shows where usually every dealer sells parts left over from guitars they've modified. You can easily modify an imported guitar such as Sam Ash's "Carlo Robelli" guitars with better pickups. You can go to a dealer of "cheap" imports such as Highland Park Music and Pawn (listed above) or FirstCash.com and buy a Gibson, Fender, MusicMan, etc., clone guitar by Jay Turser and swap out the pickups and hardware with USA made parts and you'd have a pretty decent guitar.

Guitar Cases and Gig Bags Guitars are supposed to come with matching caes, but dealers like Guitar Center sell the cases seperately from the guitar so the guitar price looks lower. Gibson, Fender, Martin, Taylor, and many others are supposed to come with cases. I don't care what some guitar show dealer told you, guitar cases are NOT collectable. Unless you have some special custom guitar that requires a special custom case or you spent a huge amount of money on a custom guitar and custom case, guitar cases don't increase in value as vintage guitars do. If you buy a Gibson guitar, get yourself an Epiphone case. If you buy a Fender guitar, get yourself a Fender Squier case. It seems to me that some Fender Squier hard plastic cases are actually bigger and better than Fender's USA tweed cases which eventually get tattered. Tweed and tolex cases look nice when they're new, but later they get ripped and ratty looking. Guitar cases receive the brunt of abuse when traveling and eventually they get mildew and smell bad. Gig bags are for transporting your guitars to gigs you can drive to, guitar cases are for transporting your guitars to gigs you have to fly to or travel long distances to. If you have lots of money, go ahead and get the case made the by manufacturer of the guitar. Tweed and tolex USA cases do look cool, but nobody really cares about "vintage" guitar cases when buying a "vintage" guitar.


Guitar Amplifiers Articles
Guitar Amplifiers Covers
BOUTIQUE GUITAR PEDALS: Boutique Guitar Effect Pedals

Once you've heard the real effect pedals, you'll realize that the digital modeling amps and programs don't match the originals. The most essential pedal that every guitarist ought to use is the Roland noise gate. Most pedals are made out of cheap plastic parts, assembled in China and are ridiculously overpriced. Unfortunately once Asian manufacturers realized that customers will buy on perceived value, they too overcharge as high as the market can bear. Some boutique pedals stand out because they are made by single builders, have metal boxes, are hand made, and priced for exclusivity. I like the "Zoom GM200 Modeling Guitar Multi-Effects Processor", but it is so cheaply constructed and so ridiculously overpriced with ridiculous cosmetics (fake metal case, really cheap parts), I can't recommend it for serious touring. Buy used pedals and let somebody else take the hit of initial depreciation. Perhaps the Apple iPad guitar amp modellers will replace pedals.

Guitar Pedals


Guitar Cables
Instrument Dealers
Guitars Dealers in Southern California GUITAR: LOS ANGELES GUITAR DEALERS, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GUITAR DEALERS, REPAIR SHOPS
There are two easy ways to find a good dealer near to you. The first way is to go to
Yelp, enter your zip code, and search for "music instruments" in the Local Listings. The second way is to go the websites for the biggest manufacturers, namely Fender and Yamaha, and look for dealers in your area. Any dealer that carries Fender or Yamaha probably carries other brands' products too. Search the Fender website for dealers close to you that sell their "Custom Shop" guitars.
Guitars Dealers Outside of Southern California
Drums

DRUMS: Clear Plastic
These are clear acrylic Crystalite drums, that is clear plastic drums, reminiscent of the Pearl set used by Led Zepplin, Pearl Crystalites or Ludwig Vistalites. They sound incredibly good.

DRUMS: Electronic

DRUMS: Indian

DRUMS: Handcrafted


Practice Rooms, Rehearsal Studios
Guitar Practice Accessories

Fretmarkers
fretboard stickers that are supposed to help you learn

Fingerweights

GUITAR LESSIONS ONLINE


Miniature Guitars
Pianos
Guitar Magazines
Music Magazines
Guitar Links

Links


Recording Sound Isolation Booths and Cabinets
Guitar Chairs
Guitar Stands
Guitar Radio Show
Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous Materialism causes Depression! Affluenza is bad for you. The guitar magazines are very demoralizing and depressing because they constantly feature and praise extremely overpriced expensive gear that very few people can afford. Even if you were rich, paying thousands for gear is hard to justify. Guitar magazines exist in an "unreal" world where $2,000 gear is sold as "entry level" and guitars around $1,000 are "bargains." Materialism leads to anger and makes people feel like "losers", insecure, inadequate, self-hating, and damages self-esteem. Turn your back on materialism and realize that you can buy high quality gear avoiding the "name" brands and buying off-brands. Cancel your subscriptions to guitar magazines and let them know that you are sick of them catering to yuppie collectors who buy overpriced gear as hip wall decorations. Buy only USED equipment and let someone else take the "hit" of initial depeciation - besides, 2nd hand speakers sound better than new ones because they've already been broken in. Let the magazines sell their "bigger and more expensive is better" philosophy to a shrinking readership. You can buy an imported Yamaha or Korean made guitar, swap out the pickups with USA made Seymour Duncans, and have a great sounding guitar. Ibanez guitars are actually the most playable import guitars with the "fastest" fretboards, best tremolos, quality construction, and quality hardware. You can buy high quality custom made in the USA gear by G&L. Fender/Gibson/Rickebacker/Marshall are targeting the boutique markets with outrageous prices, so screw them.
Guitars: Musical Merchandise?
Why Is Everyone So Cranky? by C. Leslie Charles
Positional good definition on wikipedia
Why Is Everyone So Short-Tempered? by Karen S. Peterson

Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008, (760) 438-5996
NAMM's museum of musical instruments.
review

Ernesto Bueno at Guitar Center Brea
Ernie is the in-house guitar technician, former employee of Fender instruments. Take your Fender guitars there for tech support. Ernesto Bueno at Guitar Center Brea


The primary source of employment for musicians nationwide, established 31 years. Jobs and resumes are updated online daily.

PROTECT YOUR HEARING

REPAIRS: Keyboards, PA, Recording

Music Pad Pro, tablet-shaped PC with a fast screen. You can download and display music on it, you can even turn pages with a footswitch. It's got a touchscreen and a storage capacity of 10,000 pages of music.

Orange County Guitar Circle
founded in 1967 to celebrate and promote the music of the Spanish classical guitar in Orange County, California, and surrounding communities. They hold 9 recitals a year at Chapman University in Orange, on the third Saturday of each month (except December) between September and June.

Intelligent Devices, Inc. - I.Q. Intelligent Equalizer
I.Q. learns the sonic spectrum of a take, track or song? mono or stereo? then constructs a complex filter that matches the spectrum of the new material to that of the original reference material.

Antares Auto-Tune
Most of the pop stars that get on MTV, MTV's TRL, and all the media attention are no-talent acts hired for their looks and dancing ability, not musical talent. So when these "acts" are not lip syncing and have to do a live show, they use this device. The Antares Auto-Tune does realtime auto pitch correction to make sure that whatever comes out of the mouths of the phoney pop stars into the microphones comes out in tune. It's impossible for even the best talented singers to breathe, dance widly, gyrate on stage, and sing on key. The MTV eye candy pop stars simply would not have careers at all if it was not for this machine.

Melodyne Auto-Tune
Most of the pop stars that get on MTV, MTV's TRL, and all the media attention are no-talent acts hired for their looks and dancing ability, not musical talent. So when these "acts" are not lip syncing and have to do a live show, they use this device. The Melodyne Auto-Tune does realtime auto pitch correction to make sure that whatever comes out of the mouths of the phoney pop stars into the microphones comes out in tune. It's impossible for even the best talented singers to breathe, dance widly, gyrate on stage, and sing on key. The MTV eye candy pop stars simply would not have careers at all if it was not for this machine.

SynchroArts VocALign Project & TITAN
Most of the pop stars that get on MTV, MTV's TRL, and all the media attention are no-talent acts hired for their looks and dancing ability, not musical talent. So when these "acts" are not lip syncing and have to do a live show, they use this device. VocALign Project is an editing tool which will automatically synchronise two audio signals at the touch of a button. VocALign massively speeds up audio synchronisation tasks and increases the quality of results. It's impossible for even the best talented singers to breathe, dance widly, gyrate on stage, and sing on key. The MTV eye candy pop stars simply would not have careers at all if it was not for these programs.

GUITAR: Smartwood

GUITAR: Pickup Rewinding Services

GUITAR AMPS: AMPLIFIER COVERING
The late Sam Hutton, former Fender Custom Shop amp designer, started his own business of custom amplifier covering. His son Don now continues his late father's work. Call him at (714)529-7531 and mention John Suhr (pronounced SIR) and me Andrew sent ya.

GUITAR AMP: Repair Shop
Billy Zoom Music, 760 N Main St # L, Orange, CA 92868 (714)639-2200, Sonic Zoom,

AMP TUBES
ARS Electronics, 7110 DeCelis Place, POB 7323, Van Nuys, CA 91406 (818)997-6279

"THE TOP 10 REASONS THAT USED GEAR IS BETTER THAN NEW GEAR" by Nate

Royer Labs Microphones
David Royer teamed up with Rick Perrotta, former President and co-founder of the prestigious Matchless Guitar Amplifier Company, and together with studio owner Rafael Villafane and musician/marketing director John Jennings, formed Royer Labs, a California based company dedicated to the development and production of high quality microphones and transducer elements

INSTRUMENTS: PRE-COLUMBIAN OF NORTH AMERICA
percussion & woodwind maker, Guillermo Martinez (714)631-7851. He even has his own CD of native American music available


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