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i am brian wilson book review

I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir – Rock n’ Roll Book Review

Rock Music Book Review: I Am Brian Wilson

i am brian wilson book reviewIn October 2016, Brian Wilson released his autobiography, I Am Brian Wilson. It’s a fascinating read, as Brian has led a fascinating life.

The book’s rambling narrative frequently jumps back-and-forth through time, providing the reader with a meandering but strong sense of Brian’s voice.

He reflects on many of the key events and people in his life with a combination of childlike wonder and world-weary survival.

If you’re a big fan of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, this book is a must-read.

But even casual fans will find it worth their time, as will anyone who love sixties music or musician bios in general. (more…)

best acoustic guitar under 1000

Best Acoustic Guitar Under $1000 (2017) – 4 Premium Stunners

Best Acoustic Guitar Under $1000 in 2017

best acoustic guitar under 1000If you’re looking for the best acoustic guitar under $1000, expectations are understandably going to be high. Because these days, you can get a damn good guitar for a very reasonable price.

For a guitar to make a list like this, it needs to have high-end sound and build quality, and premium features. You can spend up for quality, but you should also look for value.

One key ingredient to look for is the use of solid wood for not only the guitar top, but the back and sides as well. Unlike laminate, the sound produced by solid wood guitars (especially the top) will continue to improve as the wood matures.

Although, there are notable exceptions to this rule, and some superstar all-solid-wood models are still priced above $1000. (more…)

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Best Acoustic Guitar Under $500 (2017) – 5 Great Options

5 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500

best acoustic guitar under 500What is the best acoustic guitar under $500? In this article, you’ll learn about 5 acoustic guitars that all sound great, are well-built, and provide excellent value for the money.

Certainly there is no shortage of guitars on the market these days, found in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and made with a variety of features and different types of wood.

As a result, narrowing down the options can get a bit confusing.

The good news is that guitar manufacturers have figured out how to make high-quality guitars at very reasonable prices.

Which means you can definitely get an awesome acoustic guitar for under $500. And in my opinion, you really don’t need to spend more than that, unless you’re an advanced guitarist looking for a very specific sound, feature or type of guitar. (more…)

Best Beginner Guitar – The Ultimate Acoustic & Electric Buyers Guide

Best Beginner Guitar – The Ultimate Buyers Guide

best beginner guitarSo you’re thinking of buying a guitar. And you’re looking for information on how to choose the best beginner guitar.

Maybe you’re thinking about finally learning how to play. Or planning to get back into it after some time away.

Perhaps you’re shopping for someone else, your significant other, a kid, a friend or relative. Or just looking for recommendations on a good entry-level acoustic or electric guitar.

Whatever your reason, congrats on making a great decision! Learning to play a musical instrument can be extremely rewarding.

But there’s so much information out there to sort through, it can get overwhelming.

In this article, you’ll learn about the key factors to consider when narrowing down your options. And I’ll make a few suggestions on what I believe are top candidates for the title of best beginner guitar.

Don’t worry – we’ll figure this out together.

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yamaha acoustic guitar

Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Review (2017): FG800 and 800 Series – Domo Arigato

Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Overview – Yamaha FG800 Review (+ Full 800 Series)

yamaha fg800 reviewIf you’re looking for a Yamaha acoustic guitar, the Yamaha FG800 should be on your radar.

You’ll learn why it’s such a great value in this Yamaha FG800 review, offering excellent sound, tone and build quality. I’ll also provide detailed information about the full 800 Series, and the recent changes made to the Yamaha acoustic guitar sound.

Their acoustic guitars have been a popular choice by beginner and intermediate guitarists for many years.

The Yamaha 800 Series was released in early 2016 to replace their 700 Series of acoustic guitars.

And the FG800 is the direct replacement for the top-selling Yamaha FG700s, with a similar look, feel, sound and build.

However, some interesting upgrades were made.

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jasmine s35 acoustic guitar

Jasmine s35 Acoustic Guitar Review – It’s All About the Benjamins

Jasmine s35 Review

jasmine s35 reviewWould you be interested in an acoustic guitar that sounds good and has a ridiculously low price? In this Jasmine s35 review, you’ll learn about a budget acoustic that checks off both of these boxes.

Because there are so many ways to spend your hard-earned money, and sometimes you just want a guitar that doesn’t suck.

The Jasmine s35 is light, attractive, and easy to play. It’s a full size acoustic dreadnought (the most popular guitar shape for decades), and was originally designed by the popular Japanese guitar manufacturer Takamine.

It has a rich, bold tone, balanced sound, and plays pretty loud.

And I think it’s a pretty good deal.

I’ll also take a look at the Jasmine s34c, a similar guitar with a grand-orchestra style body and cutaway.

There are better guitars out there, but if keeping the cost low is important to you, the S35 is definitely worth a look.

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esp kh2 kirk hammett guitar

ESP KH-2 Review: Ride the Lightning

ESP KH-2 Review

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Photo by Alberto Cabello under CC BY 2.0

For whom the guitar tolls?

The ESP KH-2 electric guitar is part of the ESP Kirk Hammett Signature Series, and was created based on specifications requested by Kirk, long-time lead guitar player for thrash-metal pioneers Metallica.

Hammett has played ESP guitars for years, and is probably their most well-known fanboy.

It’s a premium guitar model crafted in Japan, and based on the original ESP m-ii design. Modifications include the sleek black design, flatter fretboard radius, extra-jumbo frets, and skull-and-bones inlays.

In this ESP KH-2 review, you’ll learn about the various options currently available, along with detailed information about its sound, tone, build and design.

In addition to the premium version, the KH-2 is also available in a limited edition Vintage model, and ESP has offered custom Nosferatu and White Zombie (film) designs in the past. (more…)

g&l tribute fallout review

G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar Review – Versatile Tone Monster

G&L Tribute Fallout Review

g&l tribute fallout electric guitarThe G&L Tribute Fallout is a seriously cool electric guitar.

It’s got a versatile sound and loads of character. It’s also light and comfortable, with a surprisingly sophisticated range of tones and textures due to its dual pickups and smart design.

It’s a modern version of G&L’s 1980s-era SC-2 guitar, designed by Leo Fender. It shares the same slim and contoured body shape and overall concept, though the design has been tweaked slightly to adhere to modern standards.

The G&L Fallout guitar is simply fun to play, providing a slightly thicker sound and harder edge than the SC-2. (more…)