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ToneRite claims to bring vintage tone to new instruments

on Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, News

People who play guitars and other stringed wooden instruments often covet vintage instruments because they usually have better tone due to years of vibrations from being played. But no one wants to wait 50 – 100 years for their newer instrument’s sound to “open up” and resonate more. ToneRite is an electronic device that uses specialRead More…

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IK Multimedia iLoud Studio Quality Portable Speaker review

on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

When you’ve reviewed as many Bluetooth speakers as I have, it takes something special for me to be interested in reviewing yet another one. When IK Multimedia asked me to review their iLoud Studio Quality Portable Speaker I agreed because I liked the physical volume knob on the front of the unit. But the ability to useRead More…

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Will 3D printing turn the average Joe into a digital luthier?

on Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Music Gear

For years I dreamed about building my own guitar, which more recently turned into a dream to build my own ukulele. I even dabbled in the craft by putting together a mini electric guitar from a kit that I purchased from Stewart McDonald. Unfortunately it turned out to be a wall hanger and not a playable instrument.Read More…

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VidaBox OpenSqueeze Solo music player review

on Monday, January 20th, 2014

I have been looking for a solution for some time to play music throughout my whole house. Spending time and money to run wires throughout the whole house is not an option in my current house, so of course I looked to wireless solutions. I don’t have a sophisticated stereo or audio system of anyRead More…

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One size tunes all with the D’Addario NS Micro Headstock Tuner

on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

I’ve purchased several guitar tuners over the years, but the D’Addario NS Micro Headstock Tuner is the smallest clip on tuner that I’ve tried so far. It’s only 1.25 inches long and can clip on a wide variety of stringed instruments such as guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, and more. Its adjustable ratchet clip andRead More…

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GripBase Podium review

on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Anyone who has used an iPad or other tablet while standing, walking around, or speaking to a group, without the ability to rest it on something solid, has known the pain that juggling these tools can bring. Since it is a two-handed device, holding with one and manipulating with the other means you’ve got toRead More…

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TronicalTune adds push button tuning to your existing electric guitar

on Friday, November 1st, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

The TronicalTune Cybertronic Tuning System tunes your guitar in seconds with a push of a button and a strum of the strings. The system consists of a miniaturized low profile micro-controller and six motorized tuning pegs that installs on the back of a guitar’s headstock (replacing the existing tuning pegs) in about 10 minutes without the needRead More…

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Go from Guitar Hero to guitar master with the gTar

on Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The gTar was a successfully funded Kickstarter project by California based Incident Technologies, which raised over $350,000 in June of 2012. This is a digital MIDI instrument that feels like a real electric guitar. It features a solid basswood body and a rechargeable battery that lasts 8 hours. It can be played through headphones, anRead More…

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Don’t scour the net looking for guitar tabs for your favorite songs – create your own with Capo 3

on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

You want to learn to play your new favorite song, so you start looking for guitar tabs for it on the internet.  Those tabs are only as good as the person who created them, though.  If you want to be sure you get the correct tabs, you need the Capo 3 app for Mac.  TheRead More…

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Hands-free harmonica playing with the magnetic HarpArm

on Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Harmonica players are lining up for the HarpArm, which was a winner at the 2013 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show. The HarpArm is a modern alternative to the neck worn “rack” harp holding apparatus that has been on the market for decades. It features an adjustable holder that attaches to a regular microphoneRead More…

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A new way to travel with your guitar

on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Travel guitars that I’ve seen don’t look much like a regular acoustic guitar.  The ones I’ve seen tend to be narrow, stick-like instruments.  I’m not a musician, but it seems to me that the smaller body would negatively impact the sound produced by the guitar.  I don’t know what the shortcomings of the Voyage-Air travelRead More…

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The McNally Strumstick review

on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, Reviews

I have a problem that you might share. I love music and enjoy creating my own songs, but I’m not very good at playing any instrument. I get all excited about learing to play something and then get frustrated when it takes too long to master it. If only there was an instrument that youRead More…

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Blue Microphones Nessie USB Microphone review

on Saturday, August 17th, 2013

At first glance, the Nessie by Blue Microphones  looks like an award one might receive at a music award ceremony because of its impressive stature. But it is named after the mythological Loch Ness monster and resembles it with its “S” curve and long neck silhouette. But it begs the question, does it stand upRead More…

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Stickteck DRUMMERZ Tablet Drumsticks review

on Friday, June 21st, 2013

A few weeks ago the people at Stickteck approached me to see if I had any interest in reviewing their DRUMMERZ Tablet Drumsticks. Since I’m up for almost anything, I said sure and a few days later I found a set of specially made capacitive drumsticks in my mailbox. Are the DRUMMERZ a worthy set of sticksRead More…

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The Tab Station is a musician’s tablet’s best friend

on Saturday, June 15th, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Are you a musician who likes to use your tablet device to record or practice your craft? Do you find it is difficult and inconvenient to do so because you lack a decent work surface where you want to record or practice? The Tab Station from Castiv may be what you are looking for. TheRead More…

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PocketStrings – A guitar practice tool that you can carry in your pocket

on Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

In order to master the guitar, you need to practice… a LOT. The old saying “practice makes perfect” is very true, so today I wanted to show all of you wannabe shredders a tool that you can take with you so you can practice ANYWHERE. Guitars aren’t small, so having one with you all theRead More…

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Vox amPhones AC30 headphones review

on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I love to play electric guitar. I love to turn my amp up not to 10, but to 11 (some may get the reference). But what happens when you live in a small house and your housemates don’t have the same opinion of the rock god-like skills you possess? The amPhones AC30 headphones from VoxRead More…

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Kinivo BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker review

on Saturday, May 25th, 2013

I have reviewed other speakers here on the Gadgeteer, and recently found an incredible little Bluetooth powerhouse called The Phoenix by Beacon. It has some awesome features and sound.  But when I saw the Kinivo BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker with its sleek, sexy profile (can a speaker be sexy??) I wondered if that larger size packedRead More…

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Drummerz Drumsticks – Create a beat that anyone can march to

on Friday, May 17th, 2013

As someone who loves music, is a wannabe musician, iPad mini owner and The Gadgeteer, I love any gadgets or apps that allow me turn my tablet into a musical instrument. We’ve seen apps that convert your iPad into a piano, guitar, ukulele and even a drum set. Using your fingers to play piano, guitarRead More…

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Beacon The Phoenix Portable Bluetooth Speaker review

on Saturday, May 11th, 2013

I have owned a bunch of portable speakers over the years.  Ever since my first boombox in high school my love affair with portable music has led me on the quest for the perfect portable audio companion.  My ideal companion must be small, have big sound, crazy battery life, cheap, high quality workmanship, and multipleRead More…

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Korg Pitchclip guitar tuner review

on Friday, May 10th, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, Reviews

Guitar tuners, what can I say about them? They come in various shapes and sizes. They are digital and analogue. They have inline and audio versions. But what I can say about me and guitar tuners is, I can never find one when I need one. The Pitchclip from Korg helps solve that issue. KorgRead More…

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Learn to play The Beatles on ukulele with this iOS app

on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

If you play or are learning to play the ukulele, check out this iOS music app.  The Ukulele Songbook: The Beatles app is a universal iOS app that teaches you to play 19 of Beatles songs.  Each song is complete with lyrics and chords, and there’s even an enhanced chord library where “you can view largeRead More…

Gibson Min-ETune – Perfect pitch at the touch of a button

on Friday, April 12th, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Bob Marley, Roy Orbison and Chet Adkins would probably turn over in their graves if they could see these new Gibson Min-ETune guitars. Affixed to the back of the headstock is a battery-powered robot tuner that can accurately tune all six strings simultaneously to standard tuning in a matter of seconds. Just press the button,Read More…

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Show your Game of Thrones allegiance with the Gear4 on-ear headphones

By: Ryan Chapman
on Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Now that the new Game of Thrones season has started up, I am seeing Stark vs. Lannister items pop up in different stores. My favorite is the Game of Thrones Stark and Lannister on-ear headphones by Gear4. The Stark headphones are all white with a direwolf sigil on each ear, while the Lannister headphones areRead More…

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PLX Devices Yaba X – Vibration speaker that doubles as a guitar amp

on Friday, April 5th, 2013

Vibration speakers are unique because they turn ordinary objects like a table or a box into a speaker with full sound. The Yaba X is an ultra portable vibration speaker from PLX Devices that has already achieved full funding through Kickstarter. The pocket-sized Yaba is made of cast zinc and is going to be availableRead More…