Pedals for Bass Guitar

Effects for bass aren’t as easily identified on recordings or in performance as they are for guitar. That’s mostly because effects pedals are used far less frequently on bass. Distortion or overdrive are probably the most popular and most frequently used. “All Around the World” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is a popular song […]

Gruhn Guitars

Instrument collecting is tricky business. How is the novice to know if she is buying a real collector’s item or getting ripped off? Dealer George Gruhn of Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee, is probably one of the most knowledgeable collectors in the US, if not the world. He got his start dealing in string instruments […]

Understanding Preamps and Digital Audio Interfaces

If you’re thinking about getting into digital recording, you’ll need more than just a microphone, a computer, and recording software. This article is an introduction to two necessary and closely related pieces of gear–microphone preamps and interfaces. These are often the missing links in people’s understanding of digital audio. So, what do they do and […]

How to Make a PVC Flute

Simple flutes sound beautiful and are easy to make from bamboo, wood, clay, metal, plastic, or almost any material that can form a tube. Mark Shepard, author of Simple Flutes: A Guide to Flute Making and Playing suggests a good “first” flute is one with six holes that can play a major scale in tune for […]