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Learning Chords – From Minor 7th to Augmented 9th and Beyond

Disclaimer: This post assumes you have some basic theory knowledge, know simple chords and at least a major scale in all modes. It’s happened to all of us at some point… You’re getting together with some buddies to jam out some songs, your friend is telling you how a tune goes and says something like […]

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Breaking up with Brands

I sent a Dear John letter to Catalinbread the other day.  Even though I’m probably one of their smallest dealers, it was still tough as they are one of my biggest brands.  They drive more people to my site than anything else I sell.  Their pedals are the easiest to sell, because they are awesome […]

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Circus Freak Effects – New to Daft Paragon

Smart people say that if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t write.  Well it’s been a little while, but I’ve finally got something good to say – New brand of awesome pedals!  New brand of awesome pedals!  Whoo hoo! Please welcome Circus Freak Effects Pedals to the Daft Paragon lineup. Circus Freak has a compact […]

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Pedals Reviews

Catalinbread CB30 Review

Note: At the time of publishing, Daft Paragon was a retailer of the product being reviewed.  The manufacturer did not encourage or influence this review in any way. I’m not a Vox guy. It has nothing to do with them being bad amps, they’re quite the opposite.  I just don’t enjoy the idea of being […]

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Pedals Reviews

Fairfield Circuitry Barbershop Overdrive Review

With a name like “The Barbershop” you may think this overdrive is inspired by that delightful Johnny Depp movie where he plays a murderous barber.  I suppose that would mean the pedal would have to be very raucous and over the top.  Hardly the case here. The Barbershop from Fairfield Circuitry is more like your […]

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Interviews

Gear Talk: Adam Fox

This is the second installment of the interview series, we’re talking to Adam Fox.  Adam is renowned as a musician, producer and voiceover talent.  Part of a musical household, Adam has been involved in music & performance since early childhood.  He’s been deeply involved in audio production as well as songwriting for decades.  Adam’s gained the acclaim […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

The best way to improve your tone

No, it’s not all in the fingers. Tubes, transformers, pickups, and pedals are all nice; but they don’t matter if your speaker stinks. Think about it, everything in your signal path comes out of a speaker eventually. The best components earlier in the chain won’t matter that much if the thing you actually hear is […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Volume

If you play a tube amp, you must play it loud. This is not revolutionary, but yet many people are disappointed that their amp or even their overdrive pedals don’t sound great. Do you have great sounding gear? Then turn it up. If you play at apartment/bedroom levels, you will ALWAYS be unhappy with yohr […]

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Interviews

Gear Talk: Brent Duersch

This is the first post in a series that will hopefully continue for quite some time.  The idea is to do a spin on the “boards of the stars” type articles that are all over the place and get insights from guitarists about their gear.  Rather than waste too much time introducing the idea, let’s […]

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Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Finding your guitar sound

Early on in my playing days, tone was all about getting as much distortion as possible for playing Metallica songs. Thinking back, I probably had about as bad a guitar sound as one can get.  This was a problem that needed to be resolved. Follow the stars As I grew up a bit, I started […]