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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 reviewAre you a big fan of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys? If you are, 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.

Brian Wilson released his autobiography, I Am Brian Wilson, in October 2016. 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.

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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

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

5 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500

best acoustic guitar under 500Let’s face it: guitars are really cool. They’re fun to look at, to hold, and to play.

But if you’re in the market for a quality acoustic guitar, you need one that sounds great and is well-made. In this article, you’ll learn about 5 top acoustics worthy of being considered the best acoustic guitar under $500 in 2017.

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.

So narrowing down your options can be difficult.

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. A guitar you’ll want to hold, look at, and play often. 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…)

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Best Beginner Guitar – The Ultimate Acoustic & Electric Guitar 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 to get back into it after some time away.

Perhaps you’re shopping for someone else, a significant other, a kid, friend or relative. Or just looking for recommendations on a good entry-level starter 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, I’ll suggest some top candidates for the title of best beginner guitar. And you’ll learn about the key factors to consider to narrow down your options.

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

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yamaha acoustic guitar

Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Review (2017): Domo Arigato for the Yamaha FG800

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

yamaha fg800 reviewQuick question: are you in the market for a Yamaha acoustic guitar? If you said yes, the Yamaha FG800 needs to be on your radar.

In this Yamaha FG800 review, you’ll learn why their new 800 Series provides great value across the board, with excellent sound, tone and build quality. I’ll also provide detailed information about recent changes made to the overall sound of Yamaha acoustic guitars.

Yamaha guitars have been a popular choice for beginner and intermediate guitar players for years, and the reason why is simple: they offer quality guitars with great sound at affordable prices.

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 have been 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 reviewAre you looking for an acoustic guitar that sounds good with a ridiculously low price? In this Jasmine s35 review, you’ll learn about a budget acoustic guitar that fits the bill.

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 you’re on a strict budget, the Jasmine S35 is definitely worth a look.

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esp kh2 kirk hammett guitar

ESP KH-2 Electric Guitar Review: Ride the Lightning

ESP KH-2 Review

kirk hammett esp kh-2

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For whom the guitar tolls?

In this ESP KH-2 review, you’ll learn about the flagship guitar of the ESP Kirk Hammett Signature Series. It was created based on specifications personally requested by Hammett, long-time lead guitar player for thrash-metal pioneers Metallica.

Hammett has played ESP guitars for years, and is probably the company’s most well-known fanboy.

The KH-2 is a premium electric guitar model crafted in Japan, and based on the original ESP m-ii design. Kirk’s modifications include the sleek black design, flatter fretboard radius, extra-jumbo frets, and skull-and-bones inlays.

ESP also offers a limited-edition Vintage version.

You may also be interested in two guitar models quite similar to the KH-2 (but significantly cheaper) available through the ESP LTD line. They are the ESP LTD KH-602 and KH-202.

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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 seriously cool.

It’s an electric guitar with versatile sound and loads of character. It’s light and comfortable, with a surprisingly sophisticated range of tones and textures thanks to its dual pickups and smart design.

The G&L Tribute Series provides more affordable versions of some of their high-end guitar models. And the Fallout is an interesting guitar.

It’s a modern version of G&L’s 1980s-era SC-2 guitar, designed by Leo Fender. The G&L Fallout guitar is simply fun to play, with a slightly thicker sound and harder edge than the SC-2. (more…)

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