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When All The Gigs Are Cancelled

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When All The Gigs Are Cancelled

The best I can figure, I've probably played somewhere around 500 gigs in my life. Rock & roll bands, dance, R&B, acoustic solo, duos, sometimes as a lead singer, sometimes strictly as a lead guitarist for hire. Festivals, private parties, casino contracts, opening for national acts, municipal events, and endless bars and clubs. Playing music has always been a part-time job for me, and a consistent part of my life for about 20 years. The last couple of years even more so. According to our accounting documents, from 2018 to 2019 my gig income increased by 198%. This was due...

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How We Started an Online Guitar Parts Business

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How We Started an Online Guitar Parts Business

I used to flip guitars. I'd buy something that was heavily used or had some kind of wiring issue/thing to get fixed, fix it up and then sell it. I'm sure many of you have done the same thing. I spent lots of years doing that in my spare time.  In high school, my dad and I would scour pawn shops and as Craigslist and eBay came on the scene, those became new places to search.  Before becoming a small business owner, I worked for State Farm, and in 2013 they relocated my wife and I from St. Louis Missouri to...

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Locking Tuners

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Locking Tuners

I'm pretty sure it was about 20 years ago that I saw my first set of locking tuners. They were on someone else's strat, and they had me a bit baffled, to tell the truth. Up to that point, I had guitars that were older, (the newest was my 95 Les Paul) and all the tuners I had were just straight-up standard style. There are a bunch of different, effective ways to lock a string into place on a standard tuner to avoid slippage...but locking tuners win out for some folks on a couple of different levels. For one, changing...

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Challenges of Importing Guitar Parts

Challenges of Importing Guitar Parts

International importing of goods is obviously a huge part of the US economy, and we at TG&T have our own small corner of that market. While it's an effective way to do business, it does have it's challenges. First of all, you have to have a well established and reliable business partner that produces parts, who know what they're talking about and can understand what you need. These relationships seem to be a little bit rare, but TG&T has cultivated excellent connections by being clear and responsive business partners. One thing we keep in mind is ethical business practices. Countries...

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On Screws

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On Screws

We recently did an IG and Facebook post about screws we have in stock. It was just a pic of the different types of gold screws (we sell a ton of gold screws), their measurements and uses. Pretty simple, not exciting like a guitar pickup, figured it would just be informative and let folks know what we have in stock.  The response was, well, surprising. On IG alone it got over 200 likes and lots of questions and saves. We were baffled (still are kinda) but I suppose what everyone liked is that it spelled out the sizes/uses. If you...

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