15 Nov Introducing The Art of Vibrato (By SD/JP)

Guitar Vibrato Vibrato: a very difficult yet overlooked skill. You all probably know the importance of this technique while playing lead. A sustained note without vibrato can often sound bland and tasteless. On the other hand, a poorly executed vibrato can sound harsh and sloppy. There are many styles of vibrato, each of them reflecting the personality of the player. Slow, fast, wide, narrow…

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29 May Updated: Wiring the Vega Transmitter and changing input impedance from microphone to guitar

Hello Guys,

Member Mike has another update for us. Below, after the wiring instructions, you will find detailed instructions for the 50 kohm modification which is needed to operate the Vega transmitter (initially built for microphones) correctly with guitars. Thanks, Mike!

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09 May Larry Carlton Blues Improvisation Tutorial



Extremely interesting. Simple, easy to understand and as precious as can be.

And now, for those of you who have always wondered why Powerage sounded different even in terms of notes played by Angus, reason is the Angus used the diminished scale a lot there.

Here’s Carlton about diminished scale:


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05 May The Very “Secrets” of Equalizing a Recorded Guitar

After months and months of time spent with my Sonnox Oxford Equalizer, I just bumped into this terrific, super short write up done by Scott Smith at Legendary Tones.

I’m reposting here just the very core of it, worth studying by memory.

This means, practically, that everyone one of you, every single one of you recording their guitars – no matter with what and how – should at least read it 10 times and maybe, print it out and stick it on your monitor. I have 😀 (more…)

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19 Mar AC/DC’s “Back in Black”: THE Tutorial (Rhythm)

Back in Black tutorial from SoloDallas on Vimeo.

Okay, so the moment has come. One of the reasons I did this blog thing, was for this: tutorials.

Let’s concentrate from now on and for a good while, on AC/DC (tutorials-wise, I mean), “heroes” of Rock and Roll for many of us here. Will also do some other bands as time goes by.

As it was for my very first tutorial I did on YouTube, “Back in Black” was first, and I wanted to replicate this also here. (more…)

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08 Mar How To Bias Your Amp Yourself

Do you know what the bias setting on your amp is? If your tubes burned out, would you know how to get the same sound back as you had before?

The amps bias makes a critical difference and you really should know all of the bias settings for each amp you own and what the voltage number of the tubes that are in them, especially if you like how your amps sound.

You can check the number of the tubes by looking on the tube box (you did save the tube boxes, right?) it will be written on the end. (more…)

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04 Mar The Infamous “50’s Wiring” (D.I.Y Tutorial)

So, I’ve noticed alot of you have been asking Fil the same question that I had been for a while. ” What is the 50’s wiring you’ve been talking about?” Well here I’ll not only show you what it is, I’ll show you how to do it!!! In my research I found that there are more than one 50’s wiring styles. This one, however, is the most common and simple. This will be sort of a two part thing. I’ll show, in the simplest fashion, how to switch your existing wiring to the 50’s style. For me, this wasn’t enough. (I think we’ve learned I can’t leave things “stock” by now 🙂 ) Next I’ll show how to do a complete “vintage” style rewire. (more…)

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28 Feb Making Your Amp YOURS (D.I.Y Part 2)

So here is the second part for the Di-It-Yourselfers here. As with the first this will be a basics tutorial. Also, as with the first, I’m trying my best, since alot of my “as I was doing it” pics were destroyed along with the flash drive. 🙁 The good thing here is the fact that ANYONE can do this to their newly built box or they can replace their existing tolex on a factory box. This allows people to have something other than the “stock” look. You don’t need any special skills or tools to do this. Just MAJOR PATIENCE. 😉

Be sure if you’re working on a new box to have all of your drilling, sanding, ect… before you begin covering.

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