Yamaha Pacifica review from a longtime owner

I knew nothing about Yamaha guitars when I bought my first one. At the time I was very interested in guitar building and repair, so I was browsing Ebay for something cheap that I could pull apart and practice doing fretwork on. A mid-2000’s Yamaha Pacifica 102SX caught my eye. I’ve never seen one before. It was kind of an unconventional Telecaster shape, with the usual, slightly-strat-like Pacifica headstock and a different control layout.…

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Building a great sounding rig without an amp

There was a time when I couldn’t imagine not having a tube amp. Playing through a cranked tube amp is something special. It will always be something special. You hear and feel what you’re playing at the same time. It is something amazing. Something I was enjoying when I was living in the rural town where I grew up. But times change, and in order to actually find work, I had to move into the city.…

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Our 7 best stratocaster clones

The Fender Strat is probably the most well-known guitar in history. It has been used by legendary guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Richie Blackmoor, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Fender has sold millions of Strats over the years, and it has been copied by many. While the original is a great guitar to own, there are some amazing Strat clones on the market, often at a much lower price point.…

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9 best overdrive pedals under $100 in 2017

When you’re in the need for a little inspiration, or you just feel like treating yourself to something new on your pedalboard, a good bet is always an(other) overdrive pedal. As one of the first pedals in your chain, wether you prefer adding just a hint of dirt to your tone, or staggering multiple overdrives to drive your amp into full-on distortion, adding or changing your overdrive pedal can make a big difference in your tone.…

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10 best guitar practice amps of 2017 (Updated)

As a guitarist, few things in life can beat the feeling of pushing a tube amp into the sweet spot, but let’s get real for a minute: unless you have a sound-proof rehearsal space, or you live in the countryside with no neighbors nearby, it’s not really an option for at-home practise. So let’s look at guitar practice amps for home use. Just 10 years ago, there were few good options on the market.…

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