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This beautiful stool with built-in guitar stand is handmade in the US by fillingham, an Etsy store.  The Guitar Stool/Guitar Stand is made to order from "wood, walnut, ash, felt, cork, and yacht braid."  fillingham says:  "Hardwood surfaces (walnut and ash) are finished with a custom, hand rubbed finish that improves with age and use. [...]

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I've been using D'Addario NS Micro clip-on tuners on all of my ukuleles for a few years now because they are small enough to leave on the head stocks of my instruments without getting in the way of my playing or when the ukuleles are stored in their cases. D'Addario have a new version of [...]

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Guitar players who don't want to hide their favorite instrument in a case or on a boring old metal floor stand can now hang it on the wall in style. GuitarGrips are wall-mounted guitar hangers that are shaped like human and in-human hands. GuitarGrips come in several styles that include male hands in a variety [...]

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I've been playing acoustic guitar for more than 40 years. Same guitar, but I'm hopefully a little better for the years of practice. A decade or so ago, I had my guitar retrofitted with an internal pickup, since I was playing regularly into a sound system. Recently, however, I'm more interested in getting that sound [...]

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You've probably seen analog speakers for phones, and tablets that amplify sound not by electronic speakers, but by routing sound waves through a plastic funnel type device. Now you can do the same thing for your electric guitar. The DelSonix clip on guitar amplifier is a specially designed "speaker" for your electric guitar that doesn't [...]

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My husband, Butch, has helped me review a few methods of directly recording guitar music into music-recording software.  Some methods required an interface between the guitar and the computer with the software, and he also reviewed the Squier by Fender Strat guitar with the USB interface built in.  Both methods worked well, but having the [...]

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Many guitar tuners have graced the pages of The Gadgeteer over the years, but the Roadie is possibly the new benchmark and the only one you'll want in your gig bag.  It is a Kickstarter-funded creation that pairs a handheld auto tuner--the Roadie device itself-- with a corresponding mobile app.  With the app you can [...]

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A couple of months ago, we told you about the Stretcha, a tool that would stretch out new strings and prevent tuning problems.  I ordered a couple of those for my husband and daughter, and they do help you stretch out new strings.    Stretchas are pretty big, though, and they don't always fit in [...]

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I've tried to learn to play guitar a couple of times in my life, and I've learned a few things.  1) When you're only five feet tall, holding an acoustic guitar feels like clasping a baby grand piano to your chest.  2) Electric guitars are heavy, and you must have a strap to help you hold [...]

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I've seen special hooks for hanging your guitar, ukulele, banjo, or other stringed instruments on the wall or even in your closet, but they can be pretty expensive.  What if you could hang your instruments for less than $5.00 per hanger?  I found these Leather Ukulele Hangers for $2.00 each while checking out the website [...]

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I've seen plectrums - or picks, as they are more commonly known - made of plastic, metal, even felt - but the Obsidian Arrowhead Guitar Pick is made of volcanic rock.  These picks were created by Seth Maranuk.  A piece of obsidian, a glass-like material formed in rapidly cooled lava, is hand-shaped into the arrowhead shape [...]

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Guitar players probably have at least a couple of guitar stands around the house, but if they're like my husband, they probably often find themselves needing a way to safely prop up their guitar because they don't have a stand with them.  The Planet Waves Guitar Rest is small enough to go in your gig [...]

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If you have tuning problems, it may be the strings and not your guitar, according to the folks at String Stretcha.  There are ways to stretch the strings using your fingers, but pulling on them at random places results in uneven stretch and using the "thumb and fingers" method takes a long time and causes [...]

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It's time to start planning your holiday shopping, and Pyle Audio has a great gift idea for someone who wants to learn to play guitar.  Their PEGKT15 electric guitar package comes with everything needed to get started.  The kit starts with a double-cutaway, solid-body electric guitar made with a basswood body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard.  It [...]

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We all have periods of time throughout the day that are essentially wasted - whether it be during a commute, waiting in a doctor's office, or restlessly sitting through a three minute commercial break until your show resumes.  What better way to kill that time than by practicing guitar?  Pocketstrings is a mini guitar neck [...]

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