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Pick Punch Review

on Friday, October 29th, 2010

The Pick Punch is a great gadget for guitar, banjo, mandolin and other stringed instruments that require a pick for strumming. If you can’t figure out what purpose it serves just by the name and image, then you have my permission to skip this review. Everyone else, click through for more info.


Raw Talent Guitar – Music Learning System

on Saturday, October 16th, 2010
Posted in: Music Gear, News

The Raw Talent Guitar learning system uses a guitar-to-USB cable that you can use with virtually any guitar and a Windows PC. It doesn’t require you to go out and buy special instrument like the FretLight. The system includes video lessons, a software effects system and an evaluator that actually ‘listens’ to you play andRead More…


A Guitar Capo for the 21st Century

on Sunday, July 4th, 2010
Posted in: Music Gear, News

I don’t play my guitars much these days, but the SpiderCapo from Creative Tunings makes me want to. Even if you aren’t a guitar player, you probably already know what a capo is and does. It presses across the strings on a guitar fretboard to change the pitch of the strings. The SpiderCapo is theRead More…


Guitar Sidekick iPhone Holder

on Monday, June 21st, 2010

The Guitar Sidekick is a neck-mounted device holder designed to mount a SmartPhone, MediaPlayer, recorder, or tuner on the neck of your acoustic or electric guitar. The clamp enables you to easily use any of the more than 500 music/guitar apps available for smart mobile devices, such as: video lessons, lyrics teleprompters, audio recorders, metronomes,Read More…


Guitar (and other instrument) Picks with no Point

on Friday, June 11th, 2010
Posted in: Music Gear, News

For the past couple of years I’ve been doodling around on a ukulele, but lately I have a new obsession – the dulcimer. While surfing around for dulcimer info, I happened upon the Pointless Pick. It’s a round pectrum with a handy raised grip ring in the center. Wow, why wasn’t this invented long ago?Read More…


Be a REAL Guitar Hero – FretLight

By: cobinrox
on Friday, May 14th, 2010
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Saw this on SlipperyBrick; the FretLight system is a learning system for guitar.  The specialized hardware connects to your PC via USB and has built-in lights which illuminate the frets to guide you through the fingering. This looks like something we need to review!   Sorry, doesn’t come in ukulele size tho Julie.  Roughly $300 andRead More…

Amp and guitar not to scale.

Take Your Other Axe into the Woods

By: cobinrox
on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
Posted in: Music Gear, News

For those of you with electric guitars, this is kind of cool — a portable mini amplifier.  Runs on a 9V battery, no A/C required.  So now you have no excuse not to drag your bass to parties. This one (the Ampu Plug-n-Play, $30) also has a headphone output and an extra input for, say,Read More…


Write the Next #1 Song with Cakewalk’s V-Studio 20

on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Cakewalk’s V-Studio 20 is an all-in-one recording device for guitarists and singer-songwriters who want a simple way to make music with incredible tones. It’s one of the first music production products for Netbooks, the V-Studio 20 offers a user interface optimized for the Netbook screen (1024 x 600 display) and runs seamlessly with lower CPURead More…


V-Picks – Guitar Picks That You Won’t Drop

on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
Posted in: Music Gear, News

I saw these cool looking guitar Picks when I was flipping through an Acoustic Guitar magazine yesterday and thought all my gadget loving guitar playing friends would love to hear about them. V-Picks are picks made of a special acrylic material that when warmed by your fingers, will stick to them. The pick isn’t sticky,Read More…


TabToolKit iPhone App Review

on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

When I first discovered the TabToolKit iPhone App by Agile Partners I thought it was a very cool idea for guitar players who like to use tablature to learn new tunes. I quickly learned that this application isn’t just for guitar players. Ukulele players like myself, banjo players, piano players, etc will also love thisRead More…

PRS GuitarBud

Jam With Your iPhone – PRS GuitarBud

on Thursday, March 4th, 2010

The iPhone platform has quite a few apps for musicians, but what about the instrument itself? Now you can connect your electric guitar directly to your iPhone or iPod Touch (2nd gen or later) with the GuitarBud from PRS. It plugs into the iPhone’s audio jack and has connections for headphones and a guitar. ToRead More…


i-tab Portable Guitar Tab Player

on Friday, February 26th, 2010
Posted in: Music Gear, News

The i-tab is a portable 4GB guitar tablature player with a 5 inch touch screen and built in speakers. Clip it on to the end of your guitar’s headstock and it will scroll lyrics and chords while you play. It can also be used to display guitar lessons and play backing tracks. It ships withRead More…


Pick Smith Jam Kat Wearable Pick Review

on Saturday, October 31st, 2009
Posted in: Music Gear

When I got the invite to test drive Pick Smith’s Jam Kat. I agreed, not knowing what exactly a Jam Kat did or who Pick Smith was. Twenty minutes of poking around their website got me only marginally closer to answering those questions, but I did eventually determine that the Jam Kat is a ratherRead More…

Practice your power chords anywhere with the Shredneck

on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
Posted in: Music Gear

Even rock gods need to practice once in awhile. Now you can do that anywhere, with the Shedneck. Available in different headstock colors and styles that include electric, acoustic, classical and bass, the Shredneck is modeled after the first seven frets of a guitar. You can string it like you do a normal guitar, butRead More…


Tune your guitar with vibrations – Planet Waves Headstock Tuner

on Saturday, September 12th, 2009
Posted in: Music Gear

I’m a fan of guitar (and ukulele) tuners that use vibration help you to zero in on the right note for each string. Here’s a new one from Planet Waves that looks like it might be pretty nice. It has a narrow LCD display that shows the currently tuned note for the string that you’reRead More…

Quickly flip from fingerstyle to strumming – Jam Kat Pick Holster

on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
Posted in: Music Gear

Here’s another gadget to hold your guitar pick while you play guitar. The Jam Kat is a bit different though because it features a flip mechanism that will allow you to quickly switch from playing fingerstyle with your fingers to strumming with a pick. Interesting design, but it seems to me that all of theseRead More…

Hand shaped custom guitar hangers – Grip Studios

on Monday, September 7th, 2009
Posted in: Music Gear

Check out these made to order resin and steel reinforced wall mounted guitar hangers from Grip Studios. They are available in different colors and shapes, including human hands, skeleton hands and monster hands. They are priced from $39.99 up to $119.99. I need some of these for my ukuleles


A guitar pick with training wheels? – ZeroGravity Orbit Guitar Pick

on Saturday, August 29th, 2009
Posted in: Music Gear

During my normal Saturday morning routine of hot tea, steel-cut oats and magazine browsing, I happened upon the ZeroGravity Orbit Guitar Pick in the latest copy of a Musician’s Friend catalog. Guitar Picks really haven’t changed much over the years, so this one easily caught my eye. Attached to the actual pick is a softRead More…

Fresh Riffs?…Try the Altoids amp

By: A.J. Repp
on Friday, August 7th, 2009
Posted in: Music Gear

This little beauty, otherwise known as the “Mint Tin Pocket Amp” is great for that guitar player on the go.  We all knew that Altoids tins were good for storing certain things… However, who would have thought they could be used for this?  This mini amp is for the guitar player that just has toRead More…


A wallet for guitar players

on Saturday, July 4th, 2009
Posted in: Music Gear, Wallets

The Orpheus Wallet from Braithwaite Wallets has been designed specifically with guitar players (maybe even a few ukulele players – you never know) in mind. It’s made of leather with a silk lining and can hold 6 credit cards and some cash. The exterior of the wallet has slots for 3 guitar picks, so you’llRead More…


A closet of guitars is way better than clothes

on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
Posted in: Music Gear

The Guitar Hanger is a pretty ingenious way to store your guitars in a regular closet. Just throw all your clothes on the floor (that’s where half of them are anyway right?)  and dangle your Strats and Les Pauls in glorious splendor. I need 7 of these for my ukuleles!


Spotlight Gadget – Hercules I-Stand Guitar Stand

on Saturday, February 21st, 2009
Posted in: Music Gear

Hercules has updated the boring old guitar stand to new levels with the I-Stand. The design is pretty cool. It collapses into a disc shape when not holding a guitar. I need a bunch of these for my ukuleles! Hercules doesn’t show these on their own site, but you can find them on Musician’s FriendRead More…