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All About Strings

All About Strings

The strings on your guitar, bass, or other stringed instrument are a key component of your guitar’s sound. There is a lot of misinformation on how to choose strings, how often they need to be changed, or even how to change them. In this article, I’ll explain the basics of string choice and maintenance, as well as explain some of the common myths surrounding them. Read More Comments

When Your Rig Gets Big: How to Rationalize Your Gear

When Your Rig Gets Big: How to Rationalize Your Gear

Musicians today are fortunate to be in a position of having an abundance of riches when it comes to available gear choices. This will discuss how to rationalize your pedal gear and make the best choices for your musical endeavors. Read More Comments

Guitar Picks: A Plethora of Plectrum Possibilities

Guitar Picks: A Plethora of Plectrum Possibilities

People often ask us what picks are best for a beginner, what pick is good for country music, or what is the BEST pick. Picks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and materials. This article will enlighten and educate you on the humble plectrum and how it can be the most important part of your tone. Read More Comments

PLEK: The Best Your Guitar Can Be

PLEK: The Best Your Guitar Can Be

Whatever your playing abilities are, if you are serious about your playing it is worth asking yourself the question: Is my instrument as good as it could be? And if the answer to that question is not a resounding “yes”, then the Plek Station might be able to help. Read More Comments

How To Play Electric Guitar Without Risking Eviction

How To Play Electric Guitar Without Risking Eviction

Following up on a previous blog post, How To Drum Without Risking Eviction, let’s not neglect that other common neighbour-rousing art, the electric guitar. Let’s look at a few ways you can still kick out the jams without losing the roof over your head. Read More Comments

Guitarist Gift Guide: The Essentials

Guitarist Gift Guide: The Essentials

Still need the perfect gift for that picky guitar player? This article has some great ideas that will aid you in your search for the gift that should be on the wish list of even the most persnickety of guitar players. We focus on the bare essentials that any guitar player, from newbie to pro, will appreciate. Read More Comments

Data Driven Fretwork

Data Driven Fretwork

The PLEK Station is a specialized robot that creates a high-resolution digital scan of a guitar’s fingerboard and performs fully automated fretwork. The machine collects data about the playing surface, recommends fret adjustments for optimal performance, then cuts the frets with perfect precision. Read More Comments