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Gift Ideas for Small (Guitar) Business Owners

Gift Ideas for Small (Guitar) Business Owners

2020 has been a hard year for all of us but for small business owners especially, it has been extra stressful while also full of opportunities.  This holiday season we thought we'd put together a gift guide for all those small business owners making it work every day.  As guitar builders, repairers and sellers, there's a lot on your plate!  So, here's some gift ideas just for you.   1.  A cool holder/stand for your phone - the reality is that as a small business owner, you're pretty well tethered to your technology.  Texts, DMs, comments and questions are flying in...

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Eddie Van Halen and the Dawn of DIY Guitar Modding

Eddie Van Halen and the Dawn of DIY Guitar Modding

I grew up in the 1980s, and was obsessed with the guitar, and playing guitar, as a little kid. Van Halen wasn't my favorite band, but I had a couple of their records, listened to them a ton and was as blown away as everyone else by Eddie's playing. As of the time I'm writing this, it's been two weeks since he died, and I've been thinking a lot about a lesson he indirectly taught me, about modding guitars. I remember, way back then, seeing an article in one of the guitar magazines about the Frankenstein guitar, how it was...

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Facebook Live: Gigging in the Virtual World

Facebook Live: Gigging in the Virtual World

I've mentioned before that a huge part of my life, pre-covid era, was my "part-time job" as a musician. It was awesome. Being able to sing, play lead guitar and work as a solo act meant that I could run the gamut of gigs. I've been in a great party band, a duo that was successful, and got plenty of solo gigs. I've never thought of my playing and singing as exceptional...you're probably not gonna write home to ma and pa after you see me...but I was always "good" and put the effort into getting gigs. I had a casino...

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People Over Profits

People Over Profits

Something you may not know about JT and I is that we both took a course in grant writing for non-profits from ASU (have the certificate to prove it!) and were in the process of starting up a grant writing business when the guitar parts company opportunity rolled our way.  However we never left our non-profit loving roots behind, we just weren’t sure how to make it compatible with our new venture.   Now, as we witness all the turmoil in the world, we know we want to really DO something, to participate in allyship and let ACTIONS speak for us...

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40 Songs That Shaped Me

40 Songs That Shaped Me

For my 40th birthday, my wife suggested that I make a playlist of the 40 songs that shaped who I am. I gotta say, this was a great trip down memory lane. I highly recommend it. I made a Spotify playlist of all these songs, so if you like, click here to listen along. Here they are, in no particular order. I can't even imagine trying to put these in order.    Something About You – Level 42 Excellent melody, and of course, Mark King’s awesome bass.     The Weight – The Band I love the soulful looseness of...

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