Ten Years of Dan Loves Guitars

The tenth anniversary of danlovesguitars.com is today, Wednesday, 2020-07-08. 

Ten years ago, I hadn’t quite fully retired but was no longer working as a scientist, the profession I had been in for most of my adult life. I was doing a lot of writing and looking for something to occupy my time. The advice you’ve probably heard many times is to do, or in this case, write what you know and write about what you love. You might guess this advice would lead me to write a science blog, but you would be wrong. I fell in love with guitars when I was ten, long before I had chosen a career path in the sciences.

I wasn’t sure what this blog would become. Looking back, it is a blog for gear-heads and do-it-yourselfers. As my wife likes to point out, it is full of the many music and guitar related factoids I’ve acquired over my life. 

Dan playing guitar on porch of summer rental, Cape Cod about 2010.

The goal of my blog hasn’t been to make money. It is an outlet where I can share what I know and love about music and instruments. Although I’ve always included affiliate links on danlovesguitars.com, I’ve never gone out of my way to monetize the site. Thank you if you’ve clicked a link. But in addition to pointing you to the gear I review, the reason for embedding advertising pictures into my posts is so I can legally show you images of the gear I’m writing about without violating anyone’s copyrights. 

I looked up my lifetime statistics to see which posts have been most popular to readers. 

The most viewed article is Jazz Amps. In fact, of the top fifteen posts, 40% are about jazz amps or jazz guitars. Number 6 of the top 15 is Powerful, Small Combo Amps for Jazz Guitar, and number 14 is Solid State Jazz Guitar Amps.

Nearly tied for most popular is the article How to build an Inexpensive Humidified Guitar Cabinet. I was still living near Boston when I wrote this. Winters can be brutal in Boston, or in any northern state. The winter of 2015 is what convinced my wife and me to move south. I repurposed a cabinet that had been used for supplies in my wife’s home office and turned it into a guitar cabinet that could be humidified to protect my instruments when the indoor humidity fell below 40%. The relative indoor humidity often fell to the teens in our Massachusetts home in the winter, even with multiple console humidifiers running full-blast, full-time.

Dan’s Guitar Cabinet

Moving south solved the humidity problem for most of the year. A whole-house humidifier for the driest days has allowed me to keep my instruments out where I can play them year-round.

Here are the top fifteen popular articles for the past ten years with links to the posts.

RankPost Title
1Jazz Amps
2How to build an Inexpensive Humidified Guitar Cabinet
3A Guide to Acoustic Guitar Sizes – Part l: Small Guitars
4Gibson ES-330 vs Epiphone Casino
5American Guitar Companies
6Powerful, Small Combo Amps for Jazz Guitar
7Smaller than an ES-175
8The Gibson ES-335 and Competitors
9Unusual Guitar Materials
10How to Buy a Classical Guitar for under $1000
11Review of my new Eastman AR371CE Archtop Guitar
124 Mid Priced Alternatives to the ES-175
13How to make a slide
14Solid State Jazz Guitar Amps
15Banjo Setup by and for a beginner

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