Musical instruments

Fender Player Series Jaguar guitar review

REVIEW – Fender’s new Player Series Jaguar guitar is begging to be picked up and played. What is it? The Jaguar body style is a classic offset-body design that moves some of the mass towards the tail resulting in a very comfortable playing position. Clearly a descendent of the legendary Jazzmaster, the Jaguar has as …

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Roli Lightpad Block M review

What is it? Roli’s Lightpad Block M is a touchpad for musicians that attempts to and mostly succeeds in removing restrictions and enabling musical discovery. With their Lightpad, all you need is a mobile phone or tablet and your fingers. What you do or create beyond that is completely up to you. Hardware specs Dimensions: 94 …

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Grab a Fender ukulele and make the world a happier place

The world seems pretty screwed up right now and you can’t help but get a little depressed when you are reading your news feeds, social media, watching TV news, etc. One remedy is to put down your phone, laptop, and TV, and pick up a ukulele. It’s tough to be sad when you’re strumming one …

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Roadie 2 guitar tuner review

If you play a stringed instrument, there’s one thing that you always do before you play a song. You make sure the strings are in tune. If you aren’t blessed with perfect pitch, you own a tuner. Tuners come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but most of the ones you see today, clip …

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The Fusion Guitar is a guitar, amp, and speaker system in one

You won’t need even a tiny practice amp with the Fusion Guitar.  In a body about the same size and weight as an average acoustic guitar, Fusion has incorporated a “US designed ultra-efficient 20 Watt Class-D amplifier module with low noise (-90dB) and low distortion (THD+N = 0.1%)” and “two Tymphany Peerless full range speakers …

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Jam easier with the new body add-on for the Zivix jamstik+

If you’re not familiar with the Zivix jamstik, it’s an ultra-portable 6-string MIDI guitar controller that connects via Bluetooth to your iOS device or Mac. The size of this instrument makes it perfect for on the go music noodling and performances, but the narrow shape does make it difficult to play without using a strap. …

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Reconfigure your guitar effortlessly with a Somnium modular guitar

A lot of people who enjoy playing guitar for fun and profit don’t just own one instrument. They are always seeking something new, better and different. The problem is that owning multiple guitars takes a lot of money to buy them and a lot of space to store them. Somnium guitars look like they could …

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Cling On is a magnetic guitar tuner and not an alien species of warriors

There hasn’t been a whole lot of innovation in stringed instrument tuners in the last few years if you don’t count that they continue to shrink in size like the D’Addario NS Micro which clips to the edge of a guitar or ukulele’s sound hole. That’s why I was surprised to hear about the Cling …

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Fender shows some love for Android guitar players

Fender, the iconic guitar manufacturer, has released an Android version of their Fender Tune guitar and bass tuner application. Larry talked about the iOS version of this app last summer, and now it’s available for free for Android devices. The app uses the mobile device’s microphone to listen to a plucked string’s pitch and then …

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ROLI BLOCKS is a modular system that lets anyone make music

If you’ve ever wanted to create music but felt you didn’t have the aptitude or ability to play a physical instrument, the BLOCKS system from ROLI looks like a simple and fun way to make your dreams come true without needing a huge budget. ROLI BLOCKS is a scalable music creation system that connects together …

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IK Multimedia announces iRig HD 2 for iPhone 7, iPad, Mac & PC

We like to cover IK Multimedia products because they consistently offer powerful tech music accessories that are fun and easy to use. Today they announced the iRig HD 2 pro-quality digital guitar and bass interface for iOS. The iRig HD 2 features 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion and 96kHz sample rate. The device connects directly to your …

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Mogees turn any object into a musical instrument

The Mogees sensor will turn a table into a drumkit, a skateboard into a harp, a shovel into a guitar, etc. The sensor is a contact microphone that connects to an iPad or iPhone and creates music from the vibrations within a variety of materials such as woods, metals, plastics, and glass. But it gets …

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When playing guitar hurts your fingers too much

Wow, now I think I’ve seen everything… Apparently, fingertip protectors for playing guitar, ukulele and other stringed instruments is a thing. The protectors come in a package of four and are made of food-grade silicone material that stretches to fit the size of your index through ring fingers. Each fingertip protector has an opening in …

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