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Most every guitarist thinks they should be practicing more often. But sometimes life gets in the way and it’s hard to juggle which chores, hobbies, etc. that you should be focusing on. Luckily, Odd Quartet created this handy flow chart to help you figure out if you should be practicing your guitar right now.

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You can see more music related humor as part of the Odd Quartet web comic.

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Fender New York Mets and New York Yankees GuitarFender has released a new series of Stratocasters with Major League Baseball logos in partnership with MLB. Justin Norvell, Fender marketing vice president said, “Through this relationship, we’re excited to ‘team up’ to provide one-of-a-kind collectibles for musicians and baseball fans alike.”

As I understand it, items become collectible over the years when they were NOT initially sold as a collectible. I can understand owning a vintage instrument or an autographed one and displaying it on a wall, but buying a brand-new guitar that is destined for the game room in the basement isn’t what I’m going to spend my money on.

To look at these 6-string baseball bats, check out the article in Guitar World.

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gibson-weight-relief-modernAs popular and iconic as they are, one of the complaints with Les Paul style guitars is that they are very heavy. If a lighter type of wood was used for the body, that would help with the weight, but of course it would also change the tone. To maintain as similar a tone as possible to its solid-body counterparts, some models are offering chambered bodies. This is where sections of the body under the maple top are routed out, creating “chambers.” In addition to reducing weight, these chambers are also suppose to increase resonance.

While I understand Gibson wanting to market their guitars to people who have weight issues, I can say that from my experience of owning a chambered Strat that there was a huge decrease in resonance. To me, it’s like having a hollow-bodied guitar, but the wood is too thick to really vibrate well.

In my opinion, if the problem is weight, there are lighter woods that can be used. The tone is part of the solid mahogany body. Creating chambers in an asymmetrical fashion in my opinion will not increase resonance while reducing mass.

What’s your opinion? Read more about different chamber types and see what some pros have to say on both sides of the issue at Gibson.com

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Every guitarist strives to have killer tone. Many guitarists are also huge gear heads and will spend hours at home tweaking our effects and amp settings until we dial in exactly what we want. The problem is that what we create at home doesn’t always translate to the stage. The simple reason is that we’re not playing at stage volume at home. The tone that we’re in search of is directly related to the volume at which we play.

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Nick Beatty has written a blog over at SeymourDuncan.com where he goes into detail about why low volume settings don’t translate to the stage. I highly recommend reading this. A little science make make your tone killer!

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It’s unlikely that you can afford to a hire a legend to teach you personal guitar lessons. But most younger teachers are also aspiring musicians that are waiting for the big break. In the late 1970′s, Janet Robin had the good fortune of taking lessons from Randy Rhoads before he reached fame as a member of Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne’s band.

I was nine when I started studying with Randy and continued till fifteen when he got the gig with Ozzy Osbourne. I was not only his only female guitar student – he may have had another female student but she didn’t stay on very long – but also the youngest. Lessons were 1/2 hour and were about $8. Crazy huh? We started on blues scales (the basics), progressions, and then he would solo. When I got better, he would play the rhythm and I would solo. It was great because I could really feel what it was like to play “lead” guitar. Randy was very inspiring and a dedicated teacher. He would play riffs like no other and I would sometimes bring some of my school friends to the lessons just to watch him!

You can read the full article at Guitarkadia

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