Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival

This looks like an interesting guitar competition and festival being held this Fall in the Milwaukee area: The Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival is an annual, multi-genre competition which features four different categories—Rock/Blues, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Classical. Four competitions, one festival. Contestants compete for $22,000 in prize money! The … [Read more...]

Weapon of Choice: Why the Stratocaster Survives

NPR recently talked about the venerable Fender Stratocaster in Weapon of Choice: Why the Stratocaster Survives: The Fender Stratocaster turned 60 last year. When it came out of the factory in 1954, it didn't sound — or look — like any other guitar. Leo Fender's small company was looking to improve the Telecaster, its groundbreaking solid-body electric, first introduced three … [Read more...]

Nashville’s Vinyl Boom

Nashville is currently experiencing its largest growth period since I moved here about 15 years ago. One of the areas in which Nashville is growing quietly is in vinyl record production. Local business United Record Pressing is the largest vinyl producer in the U.S. and next year will increase capacity to 60,000 records per day. The Guardian recently wrote an article about … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Buying and Selling on Craigslist

I've sold dozens and dozens of items on Craigslist, from small items like electronics to larger items like couches, and, of course, quite a few guitars, pedals, and amps. Dealing with people on Craigslist can be a little stressful, and I've amassed a few tips that I employ to make doing Craigslist deals a little easier. 1) Meet in public whenever possible - This is probably … [Read more...]

CONTEST: Win a Copy of The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated History of the Guitar that Changed Rock

Update: Congratulations to Peter M. for winning this contest! Thanks to all who entered. A few weeks ago, I reviewed a book titled The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated History of the Guitar that Changed Rock. The book includes a generous helping of artist profiles, Les Paul history, and great pictures, and I enjoyed it. The publisher, Voyageur Press, has kindly offered to … [Read more...]