Solid State Jazz Guitar Amps

Solid State Jazz Guitar Amps

I reviewed some jazz guitar amps in a previous post. Most but not all of those jazz amps were solid state. This post will look at some of the same companies that have new models and some amps that I hadn’t included in the previous post. All are solid state amplifiers. They […] Read more »

Humidity changes from North to South

Humidity changes from North to South

Before I moved to North Carolina I got rid of the cabinet I had modified to keep my guitars humidified during New England winters. I sold many instruments to prepare for the move and now have fewer that would need humidification. And, North Carolina — do I even need to […] Read more »


Moving Instruments

My wife and I did it. We moved from Massachusetts to North Carolina. Although there were many stressful aspects of the move, the one of most concern to me was how do I get my musical instruments safely to our new home. You might find yourself in the same situation […] Read more »

Danelectro 56 U3

Gear I’ve Owned

I’ve been selling gear and reviewing what to keep and what I’ve let go. Here’s the gear I no longer own. There was nothing wrong with the items I sold or traded. I was just done with them for one reason or another. I’ve regretted getting rid of some of […] Read more »


Broken: Aquila Red Banjo String

Broken strings are a nuisance that most players of stringed instruments have faced. After the fact, you often want to determine why the string broke. Was it a fluke? A bad string? Or maybe your playing style is harsh on strings. A good place to start is to make sure […] Read more »

Arts and Lutherie Ami Parlor Spruce

Goodbye to my Ami Parlor Guitar

Goodbye to my Ami Parlor Guitar About 10 years ago I stopped at a Daddy’s Junky Music store in Boston and discovered the Ami parlor guitar by Arts & Lutherie, one of the Godin family of guitar companies. When I first saw the guitar I was impressed that such a […] Read more »

Gibson LG-1

Goodbye to my Gibson LG-1

My wife and I are selling our house and moving south. Because we expect our next home to be much smaller, I’ve been selling some of my gear. This is the “downsizing” you hear about among retired people. I loved all my gear but I had acquired quite a few items […] Read more »


Modifying a Goodtime Banjo

I’m still loving the Goodtime open back banjo I recently purchased. But I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the sound when I bought it. I’ve been experimenting with typical mods often made for a more old-time sound. Specifically, I changed the head from the top-frosted Deering head (actually a Remo Weatherking […] Read more »