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What Guitar Pick is Best for Playing Rock?

I never thought that something as simple as a pick could control your playing style as much it does…until I started experimenting with different guitar picks. For YEARS I’ve used the exact same Fender medium picks (celluloid) – and ALWAYS the tortoise shell ones. I’ve used those since I was a teenager in high school (and I’m 42 now). I guess it’s one of those “stick with what you know” things.

So I’m in a cover band and we play 6 decades of music, dance rock, pop, classic rock, disco, country, alternative – everything. We picked up “Panama” by Van Halen recently and I noticed that it just eats up my picks (from the pick slides). I’m complaining about it every time I practice so my wife googles “what guitar pick is best for playing rock music”? I never would have thought of something that simple, and the thought of changing picks just never came up.

After reading some of the links she found I saw that most of the famous players that play fast don’t play with the larger pick sizes. Comparing my Fender medium to what they play with is about a 40% difference in size. I’ve always gone with the Fender medium because I have big hands anyway, the pick was easy to hold between my thumb and forefinger.

Comparison of Dava Control Picks to Fender Mediums

I got my guitar magazine in the mail that same day and saw an ad for these Dava control grip picks – so I ordered them (6).

dava guitar pick review

Once I got them in the mail I played with them about a week at practice, and a gig. The rubber overlay makes it easier to grip them. I never noticed how the Fender mediums slip in my fingers until I used these. They’re slightly harder then the Fender medium picks, and I did notice that if you pick too hard or aggresively the rubber does grab on the strings if you stick it in too far every now and again. Playing things like pickslides does eat on the picks a bit, but only about half as much as the Fender mediums. They also wear about 40% less than a Fender Medium, and they’re about 20% less in size with a more focused tip then the Fenders. All in all, these picks were better than the Fenders by far. But I was buying Fender Mediums for $25 / 144 (a gross) and these Dava control picks were $3 for 6. Fender picks are about 16 cents each in bulk, and these are 50 cents each. I wouldn’t regularly pay that much for them.

Different Types of Guitar Picks

At least ordering the Dava picks got me out of my norm and showed me that different (and better) alternatives do exist. I spent some time online looking at different picks and these are the ones I decided to order and try out:

Dunlop Tortex pick review

Dunlop tortex pick review

One of the first picks I tried was the Dunlop Tortex. It comes in varying degrees of thickness, and I believe my Fender mediums were .70mm. I don’t like heavy picks, but the Dava was heavier then my Fender and easier to use. I ordered the Tortex picks at .88mm (more than a medium, less than a full heavy). They are about 1/3 smaller than regular standard guitar picks with a pointer tip. They are smooth, and when holding them it feels kind of like a painted surface. I don’t like that feel so much, but they were much easier to pick with – and I was a more accurate player when using them. Better than Fender, but not my ultimate choice. They just make my fingertips feel weird.

Dunlop Ultex pick review

Dunlop Ultex Pick Review

So I tried the Dunlop Ultex pick next and I got this one at 1.14 thickness. I like this pick because it’s the same size roughly as my old Fender mediums, and the tip is slightly pointer. I found that in comparison to the others the larger size made me play sloppier and slower than with the smaller tortex picks. Better than the Fender picks for sure, but again not my final choice. This might be good for acoustic guitar for some people.

Big Stubby pick review

Big Stubby Pick Review

The next one I tried was the Dunlop Big Stubby pick. I think I ended up trying all Dunlop picks by accident, they just had more choices with different options than anybody else. The big stubby pick is about 15-20% smaller than a Fender medium but twice the thickness. This is the first pick I ever played that had rounded edges. This isn’t really possible on standard picks because they’re too thin. It has an indent in the center about the size of a dime slightly to make it easier to grip. The rounded edges actually make it easier to alternate pick, but the tip isn’t as pointy. It’s also still a bit too flexible (despite the thickness) – seems like more of a pick for using on acoustic guitar or for rhythm guitar playing than for lead. Nice, but just not that suitable for my everyday playing.

Dunlop Jazz III pick review

dunlop jazz iii pick review

Finally I tried some Dunlop Jazz III picks. These are not to be confused with the Ultex Jazz III picks, which are the same size but made out of a different kind of plastic. I don’t like the way those feel.

The regular Jazz III’s are usually red or black (I use red, because they’re easier to find at a gig when dropped). They are a little more expensive (about 50 cents each or $12 for 2 dozen). However, I found over time that just one of these picks can last a month to 6 weeks, where a fender medium previously barely lasted me a week. So I don’t mind the added cost really.

The funny thing about these picks is that they are way harder and less flexible than anything I ever would have chosen on my own (without reviewing a bunch of picks at once). And when I play with them, I can barely see the tip of the pick when I play – my fingers cover up 90% of the pick when playing. But because they are so small I play more accurately then I ever did before. After doing a little research I also found out that both Eric Johnson and John Petrucci use these picks – which I guess is no surprise (how accurate they are as guitar players).

*UPDATE*

Since I first wrote this article, I have never used Fender medium picks again – and I have been using the Dunlop Jazz III picks exclusively for 5 years now with no issues. It was probably the biggest single change to my playing in more than 30 years. Also, since Dunlop has written an article entitled “Inside the Cult of the Jazz III”. It turns out a who’s who of guitar plays with these, such as Mick Thomson, Kirk Hammett, John Bonamassa, and more.

Guitar Player Gifts under $50

I wanted to write this page of Guitar Player gifts – because people often ask me what to get a guitarist for Christmas. Not just for me, but people I know as well! I got the Guitar Center catalog the other day, and a lot of times I don’t see much, but they did a pretty good job on their X-mas version this year. I found some really cool gifts right away, and they were all pretty much under $100!

First – let me introduce you to a guitar player’s friend – the string winder! Everyone needs to have a good string winder, but the Planet Waves folks were very smart because they built a string cutter right into the string winder! This is awesome, if I had this I guitar gadget I could throw away both my old nasty string winder (that falls apart when you use it), and my side cutters from my gig bag! Great budget gift under $10!

Planet Waves String Winder / Cutter

A string winder and cutter is one of the most indispensable tools that you can give to a guitar player. The funny thing about this tool is that most musicians (that I know) don’t have a good one. They probably have a cheap string winder that they bought at the music store checkout for $3, and a pair of general purpose wire cutters in their gig bag. Planet Waves makes quality gear for reasonable prices, and the great thing about this tool is that it’s both a cutter and winder in one! Makes a great stocking stuffer or small gift. Get the Planet Waves String winder/cutter.

planet waves string winder cutter review

Snark Tuner

Another great guitar player gift idea under $10 would be a Snark SN-1 clip-on tuner. It runs on a small watch battery (lasts forever), and you can just clip it to the headstock of any acoustic or electric guitar (or bass) and tune in seconds. I’ve found that I usually end up passing it around at practice (prompting me to tell the other guys to get their own), and I’ve even used it live in a gig while playing. Not bad for a little $7 device. Get the Snark tuner.

snark tuner review

Proline Fretrest Guitar Hanger

This next gift is for any guitar player that has his own little studio or music room. Chances are that he has more guitars than shoes, and there are just way too many guitar stands all over the place! What he needs are these Proline Guitar Wall Hangers so he (or she) can just hang the guitars right on the wall! Awesome guitar player gift under $15!

proline fretrest guitar hanger review

Beyution Bluetooth Headphone Review

This one may seem weird, but I’m telling you this is a great guitar player gift idea! Every guitar player can use a good set of headphones. More and more players are using iRig and other devices to plug directly into their tablet or phone to practice. Why not have a decent pair of bluetooth wireless headphones? Recently, at Christmas, we found a really great (and highly reviewed) pair of Beyution headphones on Amazon for only about $20.

beyution bluetooth headphones review

Mini Marshall Stack

Here’s another really cool guitar player gift idea – it’s the Mini Marshall amp MS-2! It runs on a 9v battery and has a belt clip! Complete with distortion, tone, and volume knob! You can have a lot of fun just walking around with this thing on your belt! A very cool gift for the Marshall loving guitar player!

Marshall MS-2

Here are some other guitar player gift ideas posts I wrote:

Personalized Guitar Straps
Guitar Pedal Stompbox Cord Saver
Shure SM58 Microphone

Oh – also I thought I’d mention there are some really cool guitar gifts I found on eBay. They have all kinds of crazy stuff like guitar ties, guitar clocks, guitar signs, guitar posts, guitar hero – you name it! Find a great guitar gift on eBay!

Headphone Guitar Amp Review

To practice guitar quietly you need a “headphone guitar amp”.  In the privacy of your own bedroom or basement you can have an entire Marshall stack between your ears!  There are bunches of headphone guitar amps on the market right now, and many are just, well….very cheap!  That’s why we recommend a couple different units for you to check out..

It’s not just a chinsy personal guitar amp, it’s a “modeling” headphone amp.  It’s got effects that include Reverb, Chorus, and Delay.  It even has Phaser, Tremelo, and Wah!  In as far as amp models you can get a jazz combo all the way up to balls out metal crunch. 

The Vox Amplug

The first one is the Vox Amplug“. The first time I saw this a friend brought it band practice. He actually had purchased a Vox amp, and got this headphone amp for free with it. He lived about an hour away from our practice space, and he came right from work to practice. His work was 30 minutes from his house, so he didn’t want to go home and load up all his gear (traveling one way in the car) and then double back to practice (traveling another way in the car). And he didn’t want to leave his amp his car all day. So he used to leave one guitar in the practice space, and then bring this headphone amp in his pocket.

I thought it was pretty funny, actually, at first. He would plug his guitar into the Vox Amplug, and then we’d use a 1/4″ to 1/8″ converter and plug it directly into the PA. Guess what – it worked just fine! I was always amazed with the preset channels how easy it was for him to just plugin and go. He could sound like Red Hot Chili Peppers one minute, and Metallica the next. This unit I personally recommend for bedroom practice or situations like the one we had at practice. It’s nice because it plugs directly into your guitar, and you plugin the headphones into that. As an added bonus, it has a mp3 or 1/8” aux input – so you can plug your mp3 or CD player and practice alone with the music!

The newer versions have modes for vintage AC30 sound, classic rock, metal, and even bass.

Vox amplug headphone amp

You might be able to find one used on eBay too:

Vox amPlug2 Lead AP2-LD Headphone Amplifier. Free U.S. Shipping!

USD 39.50 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-05 21:24:29

VOX Classic Rock AMPLUG Guitar Headphone Mini AMP

USD 24.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 20:38:55

Vox amPlug2 Blues AP2-BL Headphone Amplifier. Free U.S. Shipping!

USD 39.50 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 17:48:11

VOX amPlug 2 | AC30 | Headphone Guitar Amplifier

USD 17.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-01 06:42:24

Vox amPlug2 Clean AP2-CL Headphone Amplifier. Free U.S. Shipping!

USD 39.50 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-05 21:15:08

VOX METAL Mini Amp W/ FREE HEADPHONES ! AMPLUG 2 NEW! AP2MT

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End time: 2017-07-05 22:30:20

NEW VOX amPlug 2 Classic Rock

USD 34.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 09:22:22

Vox AmPlug Lead Headphone Amplifier! Great for Travel Or Practice! LOOK!

USD 44.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Vox Amplug 2 AC-30 + Metal Bundle

USD / 60.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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VOX AmPlug - 'Classic Rock' Headphone Amp- Used

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Joyo Tube Drive

While the Vox Amplug has been around awhile, there are some alternatives. The Amplug is $39.95, but you can get the Joyo Tube Drive for just $16 on Amazon. It has MP3 input and headphone out same as the Amplug. The quality may not be as good, but it’s less than half the price. It does have quite a few decent reviews.

Joyo JA-03 Tube Drive

Electro Harmonix Headphone Amp

Electro-Harmonix makes a quality headphone amp for about the same price as the Amplug. The difference between this and the Vox is the vox has amp models and effects built in. The EH headphone amp is about as basic as it gets – power and a single volume know. However, this means you can easily connect your pedal board or any effect you want (or just go dry). It only runs on batteries (no adapter), but it does have a cool little belt clip.

Electro Harmonix Headphone Amp

If for some reason you didn’t like one of those – like I said there are cheaper headphone amps out there, and you can get good deals on most of them on eBay – check out these auctions too…

Donner Accustic/Electric Guitar Plug Mini Headphone Amp Amplifier Classic Rock

USD 12.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 21:41:31

VOX Classic Rock AMPLUG Guitar Headphone Mini AMP

USD 24.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 20:38:55

Vitoos Electric Guitar Plug Mini Headphone Amp Amplifier Heavy Rock ~ O9U9

USD 13.68 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-30 09:16:58

HANNAH MONTANA MINI POCKET GUITAR AMP + HEADPHONES FROM DISNEY and WASHBURN

USD 4.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-04 14:31:38

VOX amPlug 2 | AC30 | Headphone Guitar Amplifier

USD 17.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-01 06:42:24

Neewer Mini Guitar Amplifier offers 2 Different Sounds with Headphones

USD 10.87 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-01 07:10:53

New Traveler Guitar TGA-3 Portable Headphone Amp + Free Shipping

USD 29.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 20:26:58

Joyo JA-03 Super Lead Sound Mini Guitar Headphone Amp Pocket Amplifier

USD / 0.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-03 01:00:08

Vitoos Electric Guitar Plug Headphone Amp Amplifier Heavy Rock Portable M5W1

USD 13.65 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-04 07:23:27

NEW NADY AXEHEAD HEADPHONE GUITAR AMP WITH Built-in Amp Simulation

USD 29.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-04 18:11:41

Custom Personalized Guitar Strap – Perfect Gift Idea

You know, I get the question a lot “What are good gift ideas for a guitar player“? There are the obvious choices, like a new guitar or amp, and the often bad ones – like guitar magazines or books. Let me first state that guitar players are “very pick” about both their gear and their reading materials. Unless you know exactly what they like or want you can likely get something they will never use at all. But I think that a really cool gift idea for a guitar player that you can’t really go wrong with is a custom personalized guitar strap! How cool would a custom leather strap with either your name or initials be?! You can search google for hours, but reputable guys that sell personalized custom guitar straps for a living are already selling them on eBay. Here’s some links – place your order now so you get it in time for Christmas!

CUSTOM LEATHER GUITAR STRAP HANDMADE BY AMERICAN HANDCRAFTED LEATHER

USD 65.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-04 23:36:42

Fender Custom Shop Logod Black Leather Guitar Strap Telecaster Stratocaster SALE

USD / 29.88 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-02 00:18:01

CUSTOM MADE LEATHER GUITAR STRAP(WITH YOUR NAME) & MUSIC NOTES 2 1/2" WIDE BLACK

USD 65.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-04 02:09:13

One Of A Kind Handmade Custom Guitar Strap 100% Real Leather Southwest Western

USD 47.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-05 00:33:06

CUSTOM Handmade Leather "BULLETS" Guitar Strap. Unique and well made

USD 49.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-01 17:22:11

CUSTOM HANDMADE LEATHER GUITAR STRAP PERSONALIZED WITH YOUR NAME

USD 60.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-01 21:47:09

New! Souldier Strap "Saddle Strap" USA Vintage Handmade Custom Guitar Strap

USD 69.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-05 22:15:22

CUSTOM MADE LEATHER GUITAR STRAP (WITH YOUR NAME) 2 1/2 '' CROSSES BROWN/BLACK

USD 65.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-02 22:49:41

4" WIDE LEATHER GUITAR STRAP AQUA GREEN & BLACK WITH YOUR NAME CUSTOM MADE

USD 80.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-04 13:03:03

CUSTOM LEATHER GUITAR STRAP CONCHOS MAHOGANY YOUR NAME 3 INCHES WIDE

USD 75.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-01 16:02:00

Traveler Escape EG-1 Travel Guitar Review

The Traveler ET-1 “travel guitar” is one of the coolest little things I’ve seen in awhile. It’s basically a full-scale guitar in a mini size. The tuners are moved from the headstock to actually in the middle of the body! It comes with a small gig bag case, and who can’t use a tiny guitar to take with you when you’re away from home? It even has a built in “Pocket Rocket” Headphone Amp with a couple of effects that can even be used when the guitar is plugged in a regular amp! This is a great gift idea for a guitar player!

Here’s a great video demo of the Traveler EG-1 to the classic jazz standard “Summertime”:

Here’s the official video demo from the Traveler Guitar company itself:

The Escape EG-1 is the most sophisticated travel guitar you’ve ever played! It includes an onboard Pocket RockIt headphone amp with distortion & clean tones so you can plug your headphones directly into the guitar and rock out anytime, anywhere. Co-designed by John Carruthers, the Escape EG-1 also boasts more traditional guitar features such as an American Hard Maple neck with an ebonized rosewood fretboard. With a full-size humbucker pickup, full 25-1/2 inch scale, and 22 jumbo frets, you’ll forget you’re playing a travel guitar!

If you’re looking for deals – you might also be able to find a new or used traveler on eBay – here’s what’s live right now:

Martin Steel String Backpacker Guitar

USD 194.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-05 03:11:12

Washburn Rover RO10 Travel Acoustic Guitar w/case - Satin Natural

USD 87.00 (5 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 02:00:52

Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar Black

USD 134.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-02 06:09:47

HOFNER HCT-SH-WH SHORTY TRAVEL Electric Guitar WHITE with Gig Bag

USD 109.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-03 19:23:53

Traveler Guitar Escape MK-II Acoustic-electric Travel Guitar With Gig Bag

USD / 174.98 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-30 02:15:15

35" Red Acoustic Guitar Steel String Backpacker Hawaiian Travel with Gig Bag

USD 30.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-04 23:20:20

Traveller Electric Travel Guitar

USD / 125.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-02 13:27:05

HOFNER HCT-SH-CR SHORTY TRAVEL Electric Guitar CREAM with Gig Bag

USD 109.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-30 20:00:41

HOFNER HCT-SH-SBT SHORTY TRAVEL Electric Guitar METALIC SILVER with Gig Bag

USD 109.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-02 22:46:41

Strobel Rambler Classic Travel Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Finish + Gig Bag

USD 475.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-05 19:45:51

Hal Leonard Guitar Fitness Book

Hal Leonard books have been very good to me over the years, very affordable, and resources I go back to again and again. Being a guitar player means that the learning never stops, and one thing I tell young players time and time again is that practice is just like “working out” your entire body. If you don’t have good “guitar fitness” – you won’t play well, period! Increase speed, develop accuracy, and improve fretboard dexterity with the 200 exercises in this book. Exercises cover the full range of technical requirements. 80 pages later – you’ll be glad you went through all of these guitar exercises.

Here are some video guitar exercise lessons you can view while waiting for the book to be delivered:

GUITAR REFERENCE GUIDE-EXERCISES:INSTRUCTION METHOD MUSIC BOOK-BRAND NEW ON SALE

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End time: 2017-07-04 16:41:10

Rhythm Guitar 365 Daily Exercises Learn to Play Lessons Tab Book & Online Audio

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End time: 2017-07-02 19:58:15

Pentatonic Scales Bass Guitar Fingerings Exercises Lessons Tab Book Online Audio

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How to Build Guitar Chops Technique Exercises Intermediate Advanced Book /Online

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Technique Exercises for Guitar Lessons Play Musicians Institute Book CD Pack NEW

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End time: 2017-07-02 19:58:16

"BASS AEROBICS" MUSIC BOOK/AUDIO ACCESS-BASS GUITAR EXERCISES-BRAND NEW ON SALE!

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End time: 2017-06-29 14:17:05

GUITAR FOR THE SMALL FRY book 1-A Easy Basic Course Instruction Exercises Music

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Rhythm Guitar 365 Daily Exercises Developing Improving Guitar Tab Book NEW!

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ADAM KADMON - The Guitar Grimoire: The Exercise Book - PAPERBACK ** Brand New **

USD 35.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-05 10:07:45

Billy Gibbons – ZZ Top Lesson

The ZZ Top Guitar Lesson post I made on this blog is one of the most visited pages to date. I can understand why, ZZ top has tons of songs that guitarists of all ages want to learn. It’s kind of like “Iron Man”, every guitar player has to learn “Tush” don’t they? Last year I finally bought a ZZ Top Guitar Tab book Anthology – just so I could learn all the riffs that I hadn’t figured out over the years. This is one of the only guitar books I’ve purchased in the last decade, and it was worth every penny!

ZZ Top Guitar Pack Sheet Music Includes ZZ Top Guitar Anthology book a 000142921

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ZZ TOP - GUITAR ANTHOLOGY (PAPERBACK) NEW

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ZZ TOP STYLE MP3 ROCK GUITAR BACKING JAM TRACKS CD LIBRARY ANTHOLOGY

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ZZ Top - Guitar Anthology by JR. Ra Martinez Paperback Book (English)

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BEST OF 48 ZZ TOP ROCK GUITAR TABS TABLATURE SONG BOOK ANTHOLOGY SOFTWARE CD

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ZZ Top Guitar Pack: Includes ZZ Top Guitar Anthology Book and ZZ Top Guitar Play

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Billy Gibbons has such a unique blues sound, and his tasty licks and riffs are in some of my all time favorite songs – like “LaGrange”, “Waiting for the Bus”, “Tube Snake Boogie”, and “Just Got Paid”. I’ve read that he has played his ’59 Les Paul on every single record to date, and he named it “Pearly Gates” for it’s heavenly blues sound.

Seymour Duncan has produced the “Pearly Gates” humbucker, and let me tell you – it will change your guitars sound into a blues-rock machine! I even use mine for a great Van Halen, 80’s hair metal sound. I installed a pair of Pearly Gates pickups in my Ibanez Artcore semi-hollow body guitar, and it sounds 100 times better! I got a great deal on my Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates on eBay – here are some deals listed there right now:

Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Bridge & Neck Pickup Set Nickel 11108-49-NC

USD 239.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-05 12:11:45

Pearly Gates Trembucker White Seymour Duncan

USD 59.99 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 13:37:48

Duncan Pearly Gates Humbucker Pickup Set, Black + Page Les Paul Wiring Harness

USD 219.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-03 16:29:11

Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Pearly Gates Humbucker Pickup Set Light Aged Gold

USD 325.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-02 22:55:28

Duncan Pearly Gates Humbucker Pickup Set, Zebra + Page Les Paul Wiring Harness

USD 219.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-03 16:20:32

Seymour Duncan TB-PG Pearly Gates Trembucker Pickup ZEBRA New with Warranty

USD 105.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-05 01:02:43

920D Loaded Pickguard Duncan Pearly Gates Cream/White

USD 229.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 00:39:06

Seymour Duncan SH-5 Custom & SHPG-1n Pearly Gates Humbucker Pickup Set Black

USD 184.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-05 12:24:16

Duncan Pearly Gates Humbucker Pickup Set, White + Page Les Paul Wiring Harness

USD 219.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-03 17:10:22

Loaded 1HB Strat Pickguard, Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Trembucker Black/Black

USD 109.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-03 21:01:33

Roland Micro Cube Amp Review

This “Roland Micro Cube Amp Review” tells why this amp packs so much punch for so little a price – and how for the cost of a good pedal you can have an entire practice amp!

roland micro cube Every guitar player needs a good practice amp. Something small and portable that can go anywhere, but has features and versatility for an affordable price. In the past I’ve purchased an owned several Crate and Peavey practice amps that cost around $100. They were only good for 2 things, clean sounds, or extreme metal. Roland has made quality music gear for years, and I have to say I was excited when I saw their “Micro Cube Amp” for the first time.

When you first see the “Micro Cube” you won’t believe how small it is. It’s probably half the size of other practice amps I’ve owned (I guess that’s what they call it ‘micro’). It may only have a 5″ speaker, but it’s loud as hell. The Micro Cube is a “portable amp” much like the “pignose” of yesteryear, because it runs on either AC or battery power (6 AA batteries), and as efficient as the amp is, you can get up to 20 hours of playing time on those batteries.

Using a bit of modern technology, the Micro Cube has 6 DSP effects, so if you want to sound like a Tweed, Jazz Chorus, or Metal Stack – it’s all there! You even get a Phaser, Flanger, and Tremelo. It’s got a “digital tuning fork” for tuning, in addition to both a 1/4″ and 1/8″ jacks so you can either plugin your axe, or a CD player or gadget like a cell phone or mp3 player on the go! You even get an output jack for either headphones or recording, something you seldom see in packages this small! It only weights 7.5lbs, which is probably less than most guitars, and it even has a carrying strap for your shoulder – so if you want to wander around at a local mall or the park and play, you’re always ready to jam!

In this video demo of the Micro Cube I found on YouTube you can check out the acoustic and jazz chorus sounds, very nice! You can really hear the versatility of the DSP amp models that this little amp packs in. The classic stack sounds are phenomenal. He demos the effects in this video as well.

You can always find deals on this little wonder on eBay (both new and used) and you can get it new in the box on both Guitar Center and Musicians Friend (listed below). If you are looking for a “guitar player gift” I highly recommend the “Roland Micro Cube Amp” (especially for students or people living in apartments, condos, and manufatured home communities).

Roland Micro Cube Bass RX Combo Amp

USD 229.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Roland Micro Cube, Guitar Amp Black, Battery, AC Adapter

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Roland Micro Cube Guitar Amplifier

USD / 59.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Roland Micro Cube Bass RX Bass Combo Amp 4 x 4 In LN

USD 259.47 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp OS-7487

USD / 76.76 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Roland Micro Cube Mint

USD 54.99 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Roland Micro Cube Guitar Amplifier

USD 105.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Roland Micro Cube Battery Powered Guitar Amplifier

USD 75.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Roland Micro Cube Bass RX Portable Bass Amplifier --

USD 259.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Roland Micro Cube Amplifier without A/C cord

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Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp Black

Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp Black

The Roland Micro Cube Battery Powered Amp with COSM and Effects gives guitarists a genuine Roland Cube amp in an ultracompact 7-pound package. And when you're doing live gigs, you'll love that it runs on batteries. Despite its tiny proportions, the MicroCube packs a big punch and comes with 6 DSP effects, 7 COSM amp models, and a new Digital Tuning Fork—giving guitarists everything they need for killer tone on the go.







Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp Black

Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp Black

Ultracompact portable DSP guitar amp with 5" speaker. 7 COSM guitar amp models including JC-120 and a special mic preamp model. 6 DSP effects: chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, and separate delay/reverb. New Digital Tuning Fork with support for flat tunings up to 2 semitones. Recording/headphones output and stereo auxiliary input for CD players, etc.. Runs on 6 AA batteries or AC power (adapter supplied) and includes carrying strap.







Powerstrip Liberator for Guitar Players

A pack of adapters for your powerstrip so bulky power cords don’t rob half your outlets.

powerstrip liberator adapter power plugs Every now and then I see a gadget that I think would be perfect for musicians or guitar players. Today I saw this pack of “powerstrip liberator” plugs that are perfect for a guitar player because we always have a bunch of things to plugin to one strip. I have one powerstrip in my pedal box and I plug 3 big bulky adaptors for my stomp box pedals. If I have anything else to plug into it, it’s always a bear working around those adapters because they’re so bulky that once you plug it in it takes 2-3 outlets on the strip. With these “liberator” jumper adapters you can get around that. This combo pack is really cool because you get 3 different kinds. You get the classic kind that gets bulky adapters off the strip, and also the pass through kind that get the adapters off the strip, but have an outlet on top to give you another space on the strip to plug more things in. The last kind, which is really cool, is an adapter you can use when you’re trying to plug something in a flat space, very, very handy. I can’t tell you how many times I could have used this in a gig where the outlet was in a really, really weird place. At a very reasonable $12 – I don’t know why any musician wouldn’t want to have these in their gig bag at all times! This would make a great gift for any guitar player! Click here to find out where to buy the “Powerstrip Liberator Combo Pack”.

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