Acoustic Gigging Tips, Lessons, and more!


Gigging Tips for Acoustic Players: How soon before a performance should you change strings? What type of amplifier should be used? What is a DI Box? If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions or are new to performing, head over to Premier Guitar, where Pete Huttlinger has written an article for the gigging acoustic guitar player.

How to Choose the Right Pick: There are a lot options out there when it comes to guitar picks (shape, thickness, material). Peter Vogl has a quick tip for you that will help you figure out which pick suits you best.

Whiskey Before Breakfast: Jesse from Bride & Groom put together a basic chord progression and lead tab for this bluegrass standard. In addition to the video you can also get a Guitar Pro File or PDF of the tab.

G4 Experience: It’s almost time for summer camp, and at this year’s G4 Experience, you can learn from guitar masters Satriani, Abasi, Govan, and Keneally. What better way is there to spend your summer than by taking masterclasses by some of the world’s greatest guitarists? Get full even info at . If you don’t have the scratch to learn with Satch, you can still enjoy this excellent interview with the guys.


1943 Fender Guitar: It’s funny when you think about it, but one of the most important guitar manufacturers began its history with an instrument called the “log.” This “guitar” was developed by Leo Fender and its basic design, though crude, would eventually lead the way to what would become one of the most popular electric guitars in history—the Fender Stratocaster. Read what Deke Dickerson has to say about this in Guitar Player.

Martin, Yamaha, & ESP Guitar Contests


Martin D-35 Guitar Giveaway: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Martin D-35 acoustic guitar, Premier Guitar is offering the chance to win a Martin D-35 Acoustic Guitar.

Yamaha LS16 ARE Giveaway: This month’s contest at Acoustic Guitar magazine is a $1,310 Yamaha.  Enter by March 31st.

Custom Metallica ESP Guitar: If you’re willing to jump through some hoops on Facebook and Twitter, you can win a custom Ride the Lightning model ESP guitar.  Only 300 were made and you have until March 31st to enter for your chance to own one.

Win Concert Tickets to see The Who: The Who has enjoyed an epic rock career spanning decades, and with a North American tour beginning in April, Guitar World is offering the chance to win concert tickets to the date of your choice! In addition to concert tickets, you can also win The Who: Guitar TAB Anthology and The Who: Bass TAB Anthology. Contest Ends May 4, 2015.

RUSH: New Tour, PRS Guitar, and more!


PRS SE Alex Lifeson: Paul Reid Smith has introduced the new SE Alex Lifeson acoustic guitar, which is a more affordable version of their Private Stock model. From PRS:

The SE Alex Lifeson is a road-worthy guitar for players in need of a stage and studio-ready instrument. The thinline body provides musicians with a comfortable playing experience and the PRS bracing pattern gives the guitar a resonance and warmth that will catch every ear in the room.

Top 10 Acoustic RUSH Songs: Guitar World has complied a list of the Top 10 Acoustic RUSH Songs. You’ll find classics such as Closer to the Heart, The Trees, and more. You can check out YouTube videos for each of the Top 10!

2015 Tour: The ultimate math-rock band will be celebrating its 40th anniversary tour starting in May and visiting 34 cities throughout North America. If you’ve never seen them, now is your chance! Check out tour dates and more info here.

Flux Capacitor Delay Pedal

Flux-Capacitor-DelayIf you’re looking for a new analogue delay unit, check out the Flux Capacitor Delay from 4114 Custom Effects. With delay times ranging from 30-400 milliseconds, this unit is sure to perform (especially when you hit 88 MPH)!

Luckily, it doesn’t require plutonium or a 1.21 gigawatt adapter, just your typical 9V. Maybe the next thing to hit the market will be a hover pedalboard?

Ibanez Artstar Guitar Contest

Ibanez-GiveawayIbanez Guitar Giveaway: Discmakers is offering the chance to win an Ibanez Artstar. Giveaway ends March 22, 2015.

Ibanez Artstar AF255BM features:

  • A versatile full-hollowbody electric guitar
  • Perfect for a wide range of musical styles and playing techniques
  • Flame maple body, back, and sides for acoustic resonance and naturally bright tone
  • Dual Super 58 Custom humbucking pickups deliver warm, rich tone – without the hum
  • Comfortable 3-piece mahogany/maple neck is incredibly easy to play
  • Cutaway gives you convenient access to the upper frets
  • Bound ebony fretboard feels smooth and looks amazing

Win a Flashback X4 Delay: The Flashback X4 isn’t just for guitarists. TC Electronic is offering a giveaway featuring a Flashback X4, signed by Jordan Rudess. Contest Ends April 2, 2015.