Tag Archives: Guitar

A Guitar for John Oates – Parts 1 & 2

Will Kelly, monthly Repair Columnist for Vintage Guitar Magazine, builds a very special guitar for John Oates. Designed by John, this one of a kind hand built guitar is made using rare, 50,000 year old Kauri wood from New Zealand. From raw wood to being played live in concert, this guitar’s story is fascinating and mesmerizing!

 

 

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Just Nick: SolidGoldFx Funk Lite Envelope Filter

A compact version of the Funkzilla, this is a highly user-friendly envelope filter for funk or any style. The control ranges preclude a harsh or overly spiky top end and the Attack control allows easy adjustment for a wide range of pickups.

SolidGoldFX:  http://www.solidgoldfx.com/

“Just Nick” Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor.   In addition to being a member of several bands and sharing stages with some well known names in the industry, he’s also made a name for himself with his incredible video gear demos and lessons.  Nick was based for many years in Chicago and is now based in Saint Paul, MN.

You can find JustNick’s gear demos and unique play-along lesson videos at youtube.com/justnickmusic. You can support his lessons (so he can make lots more) at patreon.com/justnick

 

How to Stack Dirt Pedals on a Guitar Pedal Board

In this video we’ll look at two different ways to arrange and combine a fuzz, distortion and overdrive to get tones that work well independently and together in live and studio mixes.

Like these lessons? You can support by…downloading the backing tracks at justnickguitar.bandcamp.com….PayPal donation at http://.paypal.me/justnickjaffe…pledge support at http://Patreon.com/justnick …Or download original music at http://nickjaffe.bandcamp.com

“Just Nick” Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor.   In addition to being a member of several bands and sharing stages with some well known names in the industry, he’s also made a name for himself with his incredible video gear demos and lessons.  Nick was based for many years in Chicago and is now based in Saint Paul, MN.

You can find JustNick’s gear demos and unique play-along lesson videos at youtube.com/justnickmusic. You can support his lessons (so he can make lots more) at patreon.com/justnick

Lead Guitar Workout: Mixing Pentatonic Minor and Dorian

Like these lessons? You can support by…downloading the backing tracks at justnickguitar.bandcamp.com….PayPal donation athttp://paypal.me/justnickjaffe Pledge support at http://Patreon.com/justnick …Or download original music at http://nickjaffe.bandcamp.com. THANK YOU!!!

In this vid we’ll work on three things at once: expanding our lead lines beyond pentatonic scales; moving smoothly between lead and chords; and breaking out of box patterns on the neck. Even if you are a beginner you can play along by just playing a few notes or the chord.

“Just Nick” Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor.   In addition to being a member of several bands and sharing stages with some well known names in the industry, he’s also made a name for himself with his incredible video gear demos and lessons.  Nick was based for many years in Chicago and is now based in Saint Paul, MN.

You can find JustNick’s gear demos and unique play-along lesson videos at youtube.com/justnickmusic. You can support his lessons (so he can make lots more) at patreon.com/justnick

 

Just Nick: Henretta Six Speed Multi Effects Box (Customizable)

A complete board built to your specs in a lightweight compact enclosure. Choose which effects you want, effects order, and which controls you want on top. This is the ideal fly-gig rig, “grab and go,” or even all around live and studio board for those who want tons of great tones and minimum hassle. Love this thing.

Henretta Engineering:  http://henrettaengineering.com

“Just Nick” Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor.   In addition to being a member of several bands and sharing stages with some well known names in the industry, he’s also made a name for himself with his incredible video gear demos and lessons.  Nick was based for many years in Chicago and is now based in Saint Paul, MN.

You can find JustNick’s gear demos and unique play-along lesson videos at youtube.com/justnickmusic. You can support his lessons (so he can make lots more) at patreon.com/justnick

Guitar Video Of The Week: SIMO & Tommy Emmanuel – “A Little Help From My Friends”

For this week’s installment of the “Guitar Video Of The Week“- we’ve got Tommy Emmanuel sitting in with the band, SIMO– and their great cover of “A Little Help From My Friends” recorded live at the High Watt in Nashville, TN on February 28, 2015.

Find SIMO online: http://simo.fm/

Find Tommy Emmanuel online: http://tommyemmanuel.com/

Remembering B.B. King – The King Of The Blues

The world has lost a true legend… B.B. King has passed away at the age of 89.   Riley B. King, known to the world as B.B. King- passed away late Thursday night in Las Vegas according to his daughter, Patty King.

Portrait of B.B. King in 1972. (John Shearer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Portrait of B.B. King in 1972. (John Shearer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

When I started playing guitar 29 years ago, I was into hard rock and heavy metal.  I didn’t care anything about listening to blues or jazz or any of that stuff.  People would tell me, “…the stuff you’re listening to- is based in the blues.”  I thought they were nuts!  Then as I started getting more into technique, I started to really appreciate players with great vibrato.  I’d read interviews with some of my favorite guitarists and when the subject of vibrato would come up, without fail- the first name they would mention would be B.B. King.   So, I gave in and asked a friend of mine which B.B. King album should I check out.  He suggested, Live At The Regal.

B.B.-King-Live-at-the-regal

It was like a light switch had been flipped on!  I had been chasing after the “play as many notes as you possibly can” dream… and it was then that I realized that you don’t have to play 1,000 notes if you can say it all with one or just a few.  Some people can make a guitar talk, but B.B. could carry on a conversation with his.   Listen to “Sweet Little Angel” from Live At The Regal:

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Golden Boxes and Golden Ears are a Boring Lie

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“Golden Boxes and Golden Ears are a Boring Lie”

I admit it: I spend too much time reading about gear on forums. I should be making more music instead. For some reason I find the endless repetition of themes relaxing: “What pedal do I need?” “What amp is the BEST?” “Check out my RIG!” I like to get a sense of how others are experiencing music making and what can only be described as a golden age of guitar gear.

For the most part it’s all more or less fun. Forum chatter is a way to connect musically with people, share our varied senses of gear style, and from time to time learn something new. But there’s a dimension to some threads and discussions that gets me down and occasionally even pisses me off: mystification of music, musicians, and the tools we use.

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Guitar Video Of The Week: Dick Dale – “Nitro” (Live on KEXP) 12/11/09

For our very first installment of the “Guitar Video Of The Week“- we’ve got the King of Surf Guitar – Dick Dale!  Absolutely tearing it up in studio at KEXP on “Nitro.”  Enjoy!

Just Nick: Dusky Electronics More Me Boost

A deliciously colored boost that adds just the right amount of mids for extra delicious drive from your amp, or just a fatter, more sparkling clean tone. Perfect

Dusky Electronics:  https://duskyamp.com/

“Just Nick” Jaffe is a musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor.   In addition to being a member of several bands and sharing stages with some well known names in the industry, he’s also made a name for himself with his incredible video gear demos and lessons.  Nick was based for many years in Chicago and is now based in Saint Paul, MN.

You can find JustNick’s gear demos and unique play-along lesson videos at youtube.com/justnickmusic. You can support his lessons (so he can make lots more) at patreon.com/justnick