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Music is Not Science

During the day, I work in advertising/marketing.  It can be a frustrating field, not because of the work, but because of the people in the industry.  Marketing is very much an arena that is not based on science.  Sure we do studies and whatnot, but nothing is scientific fact.  However, there’s a tradition in marketing […]

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Guitar Center Pro Coverage – Being Scammed into a Scam

Dear internets, before you read the first few sentences of this and rush to chew me out1, I’m not looking for empathy.  This is not a “poor me” story, it’s a “WTF is going on here?” story. Not terribly long ago, I found myself at the local Guitar Center.  I disliked Guitar Center before visiting […]

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Context

 The Greatest of All Time Drummers have it rough.  I mean, they are the brunt of every joke.  Their job is basically to get a crazy cardio workout every night 1.  They’re largely unseen by the audience 2 Also, drum machines. I bring this up because guitar players’ number one personality defect3 is A/Bing things and the […]

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Is it Analog?

Analog. This is becoming one of my least favorite words1. You see, folks that have no idea how electronics work use “analog” as a synonym for “good”.  If you don’t brand your gear as analog, you’re obviously peddling a load of crap. Quick.  Name the best delay pedal in production. Strymon Timeline? That’s digital. Name […]

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Serendipity

A strange thing happened over the weekend.  I walked into a guitar store, with a rough budget in mind and a desire to walk away with a new tremolo or phaser pedal.  That is the extent of my pre-purchase planning. You see, once you’ve been playing long enough and developed an extensive list of snobby […]

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CATS: Not Around The Web

“Wait, what?!?!?!?!?!” the two of you who regularly check in on Monday morning to view the guitar equivalent of cats doing things are probably saying. 1 Sorry for that, but the portion of the Daft Paragon team who is responsible for scouring the internet for interesting and mock worthy guitar videos was busy this weekend. […]

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The Anti-Socialization of Music

Todd Leopold recently wrote an op-ed piece on CNN called The Death of the Home Stereo. It delivers everything you’d expect from such a dramatic title.  I wouldn’t suggest reading it.  Only giving mention as I felt obligated since this topic will be quite similar. The rise in popularity of personal digital audio devices makes […]

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We’re still doing pickups wrong.

The video above compares two pickups that I was interested in purchasing.  It represents 50% of the humbucker selection I can find on the Lindy Fralin site, so I’d imagine anyone considering a Fralin humbucker would find themselves looking at those two pickups. The problem is, this demonstration makes me uninterested in both products.  Yet […]

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Question: What Are Your Guitar Superstitions?

If you spend any amount of time reading or watching interviews with Steve Vai, eventually the subject of Evo will come up.  Evo is a prototype Jem 7VWH that got its name from the prototype DiMarzio Evolution pickups fitted in it.  According to Vai no guitar he’s ever had has ever fit quite like “her,” […]

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Songs the Kids are Learning

Every once in a while, it’s important to get in touch with modern music.  You can’t be an out of touch curmudgeon all the time1.  One way to do this as a guitarist, is to try and get an idea of what songs the younger players are learning. All the major tab sites have a […]