Musical Instruments

Guitar Gear Review: Composite Acoustics – Well Made, Well Playing Guitars

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While we are traditionally used to seeing guitars made of wood, it is becoming more common to see ‘alternate’ materials being used. A great example is the HPL, (High Pressure Laminate) currently being used in some offerings from C.F. Martin. And while some are unhappy with this material, others maintain that the instruments aren’t too bad […]

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Guitar Gear Review: D’Addario NYXL Strings – You Can’t Beat Them, You Can’t Kill ‘em

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I had a unique experience with the new D’Addario NYXL strings. I have quite a collection of guitars and in doing maintenance I will restring multiple guitars at one time. I was working on a lick in my head and picked up my Les Paul to noodle through the progression. To my surprise the Les […]

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Seymour Duncan and Aristides Announce the 010 Red Rising Sun Giveaway 

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The 010 isn’t just your standard copy of a traditional design, one of the primary ways this guitar sets itself apart is the material that makes up the body. Called Arium, this Aristides-designed material increases the resonance and sustain of the instrument. Unlike traditional instruments made from a block of wood, the 010 has an […]

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Review: The MOOG MF Drive – Cool Vintage Character and Voice

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The MOOG MF Drive is a pedal with its own vibe and personality. It is definitely plug and play but if you take the time and bond with this pedal the variations of tone are limitless. MOOG describe the MF Drive as an “overdrive “pedal. While defining distortions, fuzzes, boosts and overdrive pedals can be […]

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Guitar Gear Review – Modern Guitar Rigs – A Time and Money Saver

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I can remember my early days of buying gear. I would walk by mountains of amps, rack gear and effects in awe in the music shops of Boston. When I started playing guitar Pampalone’s Music, Wurlitzers and Daddy’s Junky Music were are within steps of Berklee College of Music.  With the constant gear churn of […]

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Review: “Sunburst – How the Les Paul Became a Standard”

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There have been many books written about the Gibson Les Paul. With so many flavors and styles of Les Pauls and when researching this iconic guitar it can be sometimes confusing. Some of these books focus on certain types of Pauls like the Black Beauty or even focus on vintage years such as the heralded […]

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Guitar Gear Review – The Moog MiniFooger MF Boost – Fat, Analog, Awesomeness

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Moog Music has taken yet another giant step into the world of guitarists.  For decades Moog has been a pioneer and innovator in the world of keyboards and synthesizers. Now guitarist get the benefit of Moog’s years of knowledge. For you guitarists not familiar with Moog the company’s name is typically coupled with the terms […]

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Guitar Gear Review – The Eventide H9 Effects Processor – This Pedal is Full of Win!

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Every once in a while a guitar pedal comes across our desks that is an absolute game changer. This is the case with the new Eventide H9 Effects Processor. It will come to no surprise to anyone who reads this blog that I loved this pedal. I am a huge fan of Eventide and the […]

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Guitar Tips and Tricks – Volume Swells

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Last year I started a YouTube video series called “One Shot, One Song”.  The idea behind it is to capture a song or sketch idea live in one take, usually with the help of a looper. In the latest installment I wanted to focus more on a technique I use from time to time.  When […]

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Guitar Gear Review – In Need of a Boost, the EHX Soul Food is Worth Considering

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Over the last few months, there has been not a little excitement at the news that Electro-Harmonix (www.ehx.com) was about to release the Soul Food, a pedal they describe as a “transparent overdrive with great touch and response”. The more interesting part of the marketing blurb though, was the link to the almost mythical KLON […]

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Review The Musicians Belt – Finally a Cure for Guitar Buckle Rash

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How many times have you gone into a music store and encountered a beautiful vintage guitar on the wall. Flawless and timeless with a finish that is gently aged over time. In many cases you are amazed to see the guitar’s price listed for much below Blue Book value. You think you have found a […]

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Review Downbeats Ear Plugs – Great for Musicians, Concert Goers and Sports Fans

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Being a musician and a construction worker in the past I have worn every type of hearing protection imaginable. While the application of hearing protection is vastly different for these two applications the goal is the same, to protect your hearing. These days I find myself carrying ear protection for multiple situations. Sporting events, concerts, […]

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Seymour Duncan Releases The Dimebag Set

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 The Seymour Duncan Dimebucker uses a powerful ceramic magnet coupled with stainless steel blades for vulgar attitude. The secret to the Dimebucker’s hard-hitting crunch is the small amount of metal mass in the core of the pickup. This allows the Dimebucker to have both high d.c. resistance (16.25k ohms ) and a high resonant peak (5.1k […]

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Which Seymour Duncan Vintage Guitar Pickup?

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As a long time participant on a guitar pickup forum, you see certain questions come around a lot.  I decided I was going to write the definitive answer, at least according to me, so I could just reference everyone to it when needed.  As much as giving the same answer on an internet forum is […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Brossard Guitar Picks are Perfect for the Musician in Your Life.

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We get a lot of gear and gadgets to review here at TMRZoo.com. Over the years, one of the most impressive pieces of guitar gear we have demoed is the Brossard guitar pick. Since being introduced to the Brossard guitar picks they have not left the hands of any of our guitar playing staffers. Brossard […]

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Guitar Gear Review: Champtone Deluxe Kits – One of the Best Mods for the Money

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When customizing guitar electronics many factors come into play. The capacitors, potentiometers (knobs) and even the wire used can have a major impact on the overall tone of the guitar. If you scour the internet looking for the right combination of components for your wiring project get ready to be frustrated and confused. There are […]

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