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Tom Morello

How To Enhance Your Guitar Tone With The SUPRO Boost Pedal

Enhance your guitar tone.

In this lesson, we are going to look at how to enhance your guitar tone with the SUPRO boost pedal.  One of the things that guitar players are always doing is working on learning how to enhance their guitar tone. Having the right guitar tone can make all the difference in your willingness to do what it takes to learn how to play the instrument.

There are many things that can help you to enhance your guitar tone. You can get familiar with your guitar itself as this has a lot of options for tone control. In fact, most guitars have controls on the instrument itself to help in this area.

Guitar Tone controls.

Most guitars have both a volume and a tone control knob. This gives the guitarist a wide variety of options. The volume knob turned all the way up can give a loud hard tone.  But if rolled down a bit, it can give a much softer sound. And if barely rolled up at all, it can give you a nice shift in the dynamics of the music.

The tone knob, on the other hand, can give you some variety as well. When rolled up all the way it gives a nice bright tone that can be very beneficial for some applications in the type of music being played with the guitar.

When the tone knob is rolled down it can give more of a darker tone that might work well in different places of the song or for different styles of music. Since you get a different sound from the guitar with the tone knob rolled down, you get inspired to create in a different way than when it is rolled all the way up.

The pickup selector switch.

On most guitars, you also have a pickup selector switch that can give you some nice ways to enhance your tone as well. This switch allows you to select which pickup you want to play. As they give you different tone options. Usually, you have a neck pickup and a bridge pickup. Sometimes you might have a middle pickup too.

These different pickups allow you to really shape your tone which can shape your style of playing. That’s the thing that is great about playing electric guitar, which is that you can create your own sound and style that is known only to you.  Another way to enhance your guitar tone is through using effects pedals.

Boosting your signal with effects pedals.

Enhancing your tone with guitar effects pedals is probably the most common way to do so.  Some of the pedals that are great options are guitar pedals such as Reverb, Delay, Overdrive, Distortion, Wah pedal & signal booster.

These types of pedals can do a world of good to your tone.  But when it comes to getting a nice clean boost for enhancing rhythm or playing guitar solos I recommend you try out the Supro Boost pedal.  This pedal is an excellent choice for this option.

Supro Boost pedal.

The Supro Boost pedal.

Supro Boost pedal

This pedal is great for this option because of its transparency to drive a nice amplifier.  Especially if that amplifier is a tube amp.  The J-Fet based pedal design delivers up to 20dB of noiseless gain boost plus optional high pass or low pass filtering to contour your over-all tone when the pedal is engaged.

The Supro Boost pedal is also straight forward and effective at remaining clean & sweet at all settings no matter what tone you are currently using or which pedals you have in the pedal chain before it. The Supro Boost pedal will always deliver a nice clean boost without compromising your guitar tone.

It also remains frequency linear as the gain is adjusted, allowing you to set the desired amount of boost with a nice big knob.  This knob allows for easy visibility when making adjustments on the fly without any need for adjusting any other volumes in pedals or at the amplifier.

The Supro Boost pedal is well constructed out of aluminum so it is lightweight but roadworthy if need be.  It can be powered by a 9v adapter or it can be used with a 9v battery.  The pedal has a nice, easy access compartment on the side if you choose to power the pedal this way.  This makes for easy portability and quick setup.  Just plug it in and you’re ready to go.

Lesson conclusion.

So as you can clearly see that there are many ways to enhance your guitar tone.  From the knobs on the guitar to using guitar effects pedals.  Too many to list in this lesson but if you do use pedals, make sure you learn how to set them up properly. Also, be sure to keep your hands and fingers in shape.

Make sure also that you acquire the right amplifier for playing rock music as well as take some time to learn about your guitar and all the neat things it can do for you on its own.  If you set guitar goals and work on these things I have taught in this lesson, you will be able to get the tone you are looking for and boost the signal with the Supro Boost pedal.

Also remember to keep practicing daily and keep learning new things about music, your guitar.  Also, take time to learn about how to maintain your guitar so that is will always be ready to play with peak performance.  This is something I can’t stress enough as it will serve you well over the years.  Just take a little time and work on it when you can and you’ll see how learning to maintain your guitar will affect your guitar playing.

And as always, if you’re having any issues with anything that you are working on, feel free to reach out.  You can shoot me an email here, or contact me on social media.  I will do my best to help you get over that hurdle.

Thanks again for reading and until our next lesson, take care.

Dwayne Jenkins


GHS Fast FRET

How To Keep Your Guitar Strings Clean And Sounding Great With GHS Fast Fret

When playing guitar it is very important that you maintain your instrument. Learn how to keep your guitar strings clean with GHS Fast Fret string cleaner.  This product is great for many uses.  In the lesson below we are going to look at some of these benefits and why it’s a good idea to have it in your guitar toolbox.

Keep your strings maintained.

This a great product that should be in every guitar player’s toolbox. As it will provide a couple of things that will help your strings stay clean and make your guitar tone last longer. Which a lot of it comes from the pickups that pick up the vibration of the guitar strings.

So the shape that the guitar strings are in is a very important part of your tone. If your strings are corroded with finger sweat and have been on the guitar for a long time and are flat (from being stretched on the fretboard) it will affect your overall tone.  And not inspire you to want to play.

GHS Fast Fret

GHS Fast Fret is a quality product that helps prevent this problem. When using fast fret you put a coating on the strings that allows them to sound brighter and allow you to play faster. This also allows for less hand fatigue as you won’t need to have to work so hard to get a good tone out of your strings.

Easy application.

Fast Fret is a great product in the fact that it is not a typical spray can. Most string cleaners you need to spray on (which is fine) but Fast Fret is a little bit different. It comes with an applicator that allows you to just wipe it onto the strings (see the video of this example above) and take the cloth that it comes with and just wipe it off.

Easily portable.

With the canister that it comes in you can just toss it into your guitar bag and have it ready to be used whenever you need it. Since it is not a spray can, it won’t spill or break. Which can be very handy if you move around a lot like when you play gigs playing in a band.

Specially formulated.

Since it is a different type of product than most on the market, it will work on all stringed instruments because it is specifically formulated to give you the lubrication you need to help you play faster and sound better.  Since it is specially formulated it will help you in many ways.

    • Cleans strings
    • Lets you play faster
    • Brightens your sound
    • Prolongs fingerboard life
    • Long-lasting
  • Won’t damage your finish
  • Won’t soil or stain
  • Cleaning cloth included

Lesson conclusion.

With all this that this product does, I highly recommend you look into acquiring it for your guitar.  No matter if you play acoustic or electric.  GHS Fast Fret is a great product that will keep your playing and sound at peak performance for many years to come.

And if you are serious about your playing (which I’m sure you are or else you wouldn’t be here) you want to make sure you have in your possession all the right products to help you sound your best.  Of course, the best product for that is your hours of practice you put in.   But you already have that down right?

That’s what I figured.  Now if you don’t I’d get that going as quickly as possible.  Because there is no maintenance product or any other learning product on the market that will make up for string time put in.

And as always if you need additional help with your playing, feel free to contact me here or on social media and be sure to check out my books on Amazon. These will help in all areas of learning guitar.  From getting started on the path to guitar greatness to improving your rhythm creation and understanding the mysteries of lead guitar playing.

Best of luck in your studies and until the next lesson, take care.

Sincerely, Dwayne


guitar cleaner

Tips On How To Maintain Your Guitar Fretboard

In this lesson, we are going to learn tips on how to maintain your guitar fretboard.  This is very good to know because your guitar is a precision, highly crafted instrument.  And just any other professional tool, the more you take care of it, the more it will take care of you.

Why do guitar maintenance?

Guitar maintenance is important because many things can affect the way the guitar plays.  Like for instance, the guitar neck is designed to move so that it can hold up to climate changes.  That is why all-electric and acoustic (except classical) guitars have a metal rod through the guitar neck (called a truss rod) so that this adjustment can be made from time to time.

Also, since tuners and guitar bridges are held in place by screws, these can tend to get loose as well over time due to playing the guitar.  So these might need some maintenance as well.  Not to mention sweat from your fingers can corrode the strings over time from hours of playing.  Along with beverages being accidentally spilled on the guitar body.

All this activity can cause a guitar to not play at it’s best.  That is why preventive maintenance is important from time to time throughout the life of the guitar.  If you take care of your guitar, it will take care of you and last for generations to come.

Maintain the fretboard.

When changing strings it’s a good idea to check the fretboard.  A lot of times sweat and grime get on the frets from playing the guitar and it needs to be cleaned from time to time.  Sometimes you might need to clean the fretboard with a non-scratch soft brillo sponge to make it look good.

This is a good thing to have in your guitar maintenance toolbox.  It can come in handy in other areas of your guitar playing as well.  Like maintaining your amp and pedals if you use any.

In addition to that, you might see that the fretboard is a bit dehydrated.  The guitar, after all, is wood and wood can be subject to all kinds of climate changes.   Especially if you travel with the guitar.  If you keep it in your room and that’s the only climate it deals with then your probably ok.

But if you go from a humid area like Florida and then take the guitar to somewhere like Colorado or Arizona where the climate is dry.  The fretboard could get a little dehydrated due to climate change.  That’s why it is a good idea to sometimes if need be, rehydrate your fretboard with some lemon oil.  This will refurbish the fretboard, make it look good and smell nice.  I recommend using Gerlitz fretboard honey oil Designed to protect the fretboard from moisture sweat and grime.

The guitar tuners and bridge.

Periodically the screws that hold the tuners in place (some models are held in place by pins) will tend to get loose.  This is another preventive maintenance item you can check from time to time.  And it’s best to have a set of small screwdrivers in your maintenance toolbox to keep these in check.

Also from time to time, you want to check the bridge of the guitar.  As this is held in place by screws also.  In addition to that, the string height can be adjusted at the bridge but requires a different type of tool than the screwdriver.  It requires an Allen wrench.  And a very tiny one at that.  So it is a good idea to get a set of Allen wrenches as well.  To make sure the strings are at the correct height for maximum playability.

These come in both metric and standard and it would be best to get both as they will come in handy for other projects you’ll run into.

Polish the guitar body

It is also very important to keep the finish of the guitar looking nice as well.  This can be done with the all-in-one Music Nomad Guitar Cleaner.  Specifically designed to keep your guitar looking good at all times while protecting the finish by removing stains of all kinds.

By keeping the guitar looking good you’ll always be inspired to want to pick it up and create magic with it.  Whether that be learning a song your favorite artist wrote or expressing yourself through a song that you have created yourself.  Keeping your guitar looking good will make you want to spend maximum time with learning and playing it.

Change strings regularly.

One thing that can make a world of difference in your guitar playing and one of the most important of all the maintenance duties is to keep fresh guitar strings on your guitar at all times.  Especially if you play a lot.  Changing out your strings regularly will help to prevent string breakage, dull sound and unwanted corrosion from hours of playing.

If you reside in a humid area or possibly a really hot area, this can wreak havoc on your guitar strings which affect your guitar tone and inspiration to want to play.  Some strings that are great to have in your maintenance toolbox are:

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky, Ernie Ball Super Slinky

For electric and Ernie Ball Earthwood for Acoustic.

And last but not least……..

Lubricate all moving parts

The guitar is designed with a lot of little parts all working in harmony with each other to produce great guitar magic.  So it is a good idea to once in a while keep all moving parts in good working order by keeping them lubricated as well.

Like for instance anywhere there are parts touching.  Like the guitar strings touching the nut or saddles on the bridge.  The volume and tone knobs tend to get a little dist in them.  Things like that.  So I recommend you keep this part of your guitar maintained with products like Big Bends Nut Sauce which,

  • Ends Pitch Drift
  • Ends String Breakage Problems
  • Stops Wear & Tear at Bridge and Nut
  • Increases Sustain and Harmonics
  • Improves Overall Performance of ALL Stringed Instruments

And for keeping the electronics sounding great at all times I recommend you use Electronic Contact Cleaner which,

  • Cleans protects, lubricates, and improves conductivity
  • Reduces intermittent connections, arcing, and RFI as well as wear and abrasion
  • Safe for use on all metal connectors and contacts and will not harm plastics
  • Dispensing Type: Spray
  • Volume: 5 oz

Maintenance Conclusion.

If you take some time and keep your guitar maintained in the areas mentioned above, I guarantee that your guitar will perform well for years to come.  Preventive maintenance is one of the things that will make your guitar sound good every time you play it, look good and inspire you to want to learn it and perform as it should while creating your guitar magic or replicating your favorite players.

Always be sure to keep progressing forward in your learning.  Keep up with your finger exercises and hand warm-ups as these will allow your hands and fingers to stay in shape.

Keep progressing at learning your guitar chords and discovering different things you can do with them and why as this will enhance your creativity and fretboard knowledge. If you like to play rhythm, this is a great place to start.  As all music is based on good quality rhythm creativity and understanding the inner workings of chords and timing.

If you’re into playing guitar solos, study techniques used by the masters to enhance your guitar solos.  Learn what they do and put those ideas into your playing.  That’s what they did with the people they were inspired by.

And always remember to have fun with your learning.  Whatever works for you is best.  Everyone is different and it is best to find what works for you.  If you need help with learning guitar no matter if it’s acoustic or electric, check out my book Learn Guitar Simple Method.  It’ll help guide you along the way.

If you need help with your lead guitar playing, check out my book Lead Guitar Wizardry Vol 1.  This will help get you going in the right direction.  And if you need accessories for your guitar playing, check out my eBay store Dwayne’s Guitar World.  Where you’ll find all kinds of items to help fuel your inspiration.

Thanks again for your support and until the next lesson, take care.

Sincerely, Dwayne


Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukulele Review

Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukulele Review

The Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukulele Review is a great option for a beginner.  Although I teach guitar and promote learning it for many reasons, I think it is also good to try out the ukulele. This is another stringed instrument that is fun to play and very similar to the acoustic guitar.

Which is the best to start with?

In my opinion, if you’d like to get started and don’t want to invest a lot of money right off the bat (not quite sure if you’re going to like it or not) I recommend starting out with the Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukulele.

This is a great started Ukulele for many reasons. It is designed around a bound Lindenwood body for exceptional sound and exceptional looks. It offers a bound fingerboard for comfortable playability with classic open-key tuning machines and natural wood color.

In addition to that, the Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukulele comes with an instruction book to allow beginners with no prior musical training to easily get started having fun. With full-color diagrams, tuning tips, and easy songs to help build self-confidence.

Learning to play ukulele is a lot of fun and something anyone can do if they want to. You just need a good quality instrument and the desire to want to learn. If you have that desire, then all you have to do is get a good quality ukulele. The Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukulele is that instrument.

How about a quicker way to learn?

In addition to the Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukulele, I highly recommend a video course that can help you to take your playing to the next level quickly and easily. Ukulele Lessons For Beginners. This video course is well designed and makes learning to play the ukulele fun.  Having fun always makes learning easier with video lessons that are simple to understand.

All you need to do is play along with three7-minute videos a week and you will see your progress skyrocket with a proven system.  And one lesson alone is worth the price of the course.  And while following along with the course you’ll learn how to develop solid practice habits.

Also with a quick and easy video course, you can learn when it is convenient for you.  Whether that be in the morning, afternoon or evening.  You are in control and can learn 24 hours a day 7 days a week and since it is online, you can take it anywhere and have class anywhere you choose.

Ukulele lessons for beginners are highly recommended if you are serious about learning and want to progress fast.  Just purchase the course and you are ready to start having fun.  It can’t get more simple than that.

Lesson Conclusion.

As you can see, the ukulele is a great alternative to the acoustic guitar.  A little bit of a different instrument but a lot of the same concepts apply.  A lot of the chord voicings are similar and the way you approach playing the instrument is similar as well.

So if you’d like to get started with an instrument that sounds great, has easy playability, looks fantastic and is at an affordable price, don’t overlook the Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukulele.  And if you get the video course I recommend up above, you’ll be having fun inspiring others to want to learn in no time.  You might even get good enough to teach others how to play.  Wouldn’t that be neat?

As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact me and I will guide you in the right direction.  Learning and playing a stringed instrument is fun no matter if it’s a guitar or ukulele.  I’m often asked why I don’t teach the ukulele and it’s simply because I don’t have time.

But can still offer advice and guidance to those who do want to learn and experience the fun of playing a stringed instrument like the ukulele.

Best of luck and until next time, take care.

Sincerely,

Dwayne Jenkins.


BOSS DS1 Distortion Pedal

Boss DS1 Distortion Pedal Product Review

The Boss DS1 distortion pedal

One of the most popular guitar pedals on the market today.  And has been used on countless classic rock song recordings.  Not to mention in recordings of other styles of music.  The reason why is for its diversity in application.

A true icon in the world of guitar effects. It was first introduced in 1978, and as BOSS’s first distortion pedal it defined a whole new sound.  It can deliver a multitude of applications.  From a bone-crushing hard-edged attack to a warm smooth milky tone with sustain. The ds1 pedal can do it all.

Ease of use.

With simplicity in design and three-knob configuration allows the guitar player to easily create their own original sound.  The way they envision it to be. This ease of use, the Boss DS1 distortion pedal can easily be used for creating a nice solid rhythm tone or used as a boost for guitar solos.  The Boss DS1 distortion pedal is constructed of sturdy metal and will provide enjoyment that will last a lifetime.

Boss DS1 distortion pedal

All-time Best Selling guitar pedal.

Boss DS-1 distortion pedal is one of the top-selling compact guitar effects ever.  Its original design has not changed.  Although it has been imitated by other pedals that look similar, it continues to top the charts in inspiring musicians everywhere to create great music.

Classic DS-1 tone is behind the sound of numerous rock legend recordings and is ready to fuel your own artistic style to make you a rock legend.  You just have to get one, plug it in, dial in your tone and let your fingers fly.

A new innovation in sound.

Most distortion pedals of the past produced a harsh, buzzy tone that was muddy at high gain settings. Then engineers at Boss changed all that by developing a unique distortion circuit for the DS-1 that produces a tight, hard-edged gain with rich harmonics while retaining the unique characteristics of different guitars and playing techniques.

Popular across the board.

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, and the DS-1’s tone had a major influence on the rock genre of hard rock, heavy metal, and punk. As these styles began to flourish the popularity of the DS1 grew as well.   In time other distortion pedals have hit the market to provide a variety of choices.

DSI distortion pedal alternatives.

MXR  M75 Super Badass Distortion  

 MXR distortion pedsl

This highly responsive Distortion pedal covers a full spectrum, from early ’70s low gain overdrive to modern “scooped” metal distortion and every shade of dirt in between.

Electro Harmonix Nano Big Muff Distortion

Big Muff distortion

The Nano Big Muff Pi works and sounds identical in every way to our classic NYC Big Muff Pi.  Crushing distortion, singing sustain, and true bypass.  As you can see, very similar to the DS1.  A three-knob sound creation option as well as working with a 9-volt battery or an AC adapter.

Boss DS1 Distortion Pedal Review Conclusion.

There are many more options when it comes to distortion pedals.  These are just a couple.  I recommend you check them out as well as others at your local music store.  Look at reviews online and find the one that is right for you.  What’s great about guitar pedals is that the variety is so, that you will find one that fits your personality and style of playing.  If you look hard enough.

You can’t go wrong with the Boss DS1 distortion pedal.  It has stood the test of time for a reason.  I personally use one and have for over 20 years.  It has been consistent, reliable and held up over many gigs, recording sessions and guitar lessons.

Thanks for reading my review and if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email.  If you haven’t already, be sure to join my guitar club for insider tips to improve your guitar playing.

Best of luck in finding your sound with a distortion pedal.

Sincerely, Dwayne.


acoustic guitar with capo

Planet Waves Capo Review & Lesson On How To Use

Today’s lesson is about how a capo can expand your guitar playing abilities. By adding a capo to your guitar toolbox, it will allow you to expand your possibilities on what you can do with your guitar.  Both acoustic and electric.

We will be learning what a capo is, and how to use it.  And for this lesson, I will recommend the Planet Waves, NS Tri-Action Capo.  

Acoustic & electric guitars are great because they are:

  1. Portable.  Can be taken and played just about anywhere
  2. Minimal cost invested.  Easy to get started on.
  3. Don’t always require an amplifier.
  4. An accessory that is common with the acoustic or electric guitar is a capo.

What is a Planet Waves Capo?

A capo is a device you clamp on to the fretboard that allows you to change the pitch of the guitar.  This is very helpful for singers who play to get the guitar to match the key that they sing in.  Or for a guitar player to accompany a singer and get the instrument to match the voice of the singer.

It also allows you to play open guitar chords that would normally be played on the first three frets higher up the fretboard.  If you look at the picture above you will see this very clearly.

This device can be useful for playing acoustic or electric guitar.  As the two instruments have the same notes on their fretboard.  But it is most commonly used on an acoustic.

The way this works is you clamp the capo on the guitar neck in a certain spot (say 3rd fret)  and play the guitar as you would normally.  Except now you can play your natural chords (Am. C. G. F. etc) further up the neck.

Benefits of using the Planet Waves Capo

As you begin to do this, you will see how the timbre of the guitar changes.  This is very helpful for playing certain songs that use this device.  It can be placed anywhere on the fretboard and can be useful for a multitude of applications.

With all this in mind, the capo I recommend using is the Planet WavesNS  Tri-Action Capo.  Which can be adjusted to fit your hand strength & your guitar neck string tension.

The Planet Wave Capo is designed for use on any 6 string acoustic or electric guitar.  It has a micro-tension adjustment screw to assure buzz-free in-tune performance at any fret.

With its tri-action geometry design, it is easy to operate with one hand and can easily clamp on to your headstock when not in use.  No longer are the days when you need to wrap the capo around the guitar neck to clamp it in place.  The Planet Waves Capo is spring-loaded to give you easy installation & movement for use. anywhere on the fretboard.

It’s also made of quality aircraft-grade aluminum construction. This allows for the weight to be light while providing strong durability for years of professional or recreational use. By adding a capo to your guitar playing tools, you’ll be able to expand your song repertoire and enhance your playing skills.

How to use a capo:

  1. Decide where on the fretboard you are going to use it.
  2. Clamp it onto the guitar neck in the desired position
  3. Strum the strings to make sure all strings are clamped properly & ring out.
  4. Form chords as you would in the open position around the first three frets.
  5. Play like you normally would.  Whether that be with a pick or with your fingers.
  6. Notice how the timbre of the guitar changes.

This little device can really open up your playing and if you sing and play, it can really help you out there as well.  Because with the capo, you can adjust the guitar to fit the key (pitch) that you sing in if it’s a bit higher than normal.

This device is essential if you have a player that inspires you to learn & they use a capo.  And in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with the Planet Waves NS Tr-Action Cspo.

I myself use this capo and after using many others throughout my career of playing & teaching guitar, I find the Planet Waves Capo to be a professional-quality product that is most helpful in this area of playing guitar.  And when I’m not using it I simply clamp it on my acoustic guitar headstock and don’t worry about it until I need to use it again.

Then when I do, I just grab it with my fretboard hand & clamp it on the neck where necessary & I’m good to go.  It allows for quick key change for different songs that require a capo when I’m playing a set of songs.

So if you are looking to add diversity to your playing be sure to grab a Planet Waves Capo and watch how your creativity is sparked into new directions.  And as always if you have any questions, feel free to contact me and let me know.

Be sure to check out additional lessons:

How to improve your picking technique

How to switch between chords quickly & easily

Dunlop Crybaby Wah Review

Thank you for reading.  Until our next lesson, take care.

Dwayne.


Fender Jaguar guitar

Fender Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar

The Fender Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar story starts awhile earlier when a man named Leo Fender came on to the music scene.  Who had a dream to do with guitars what Henry Ford did with cars?  To mass-produce them so that everyone could afford one.  And that one would be a Fender.

I believe this has been accomplished.

The Fender Jaguar first came out in 1962 as Leo Fender’s top of the line guitar.  Taken from the roots of the Jazzmaster, it was characterized by the offset body. an unusual switching system with circuits that were separated for playing both rhythm guitar and lead guitar.  Not to mention knobs and strange rollers.  It was at the time and still is today a very original design.

During its initial 13 years in production despite different modifications, it never sold as well as the less expensive Stratocaster & Telecaster.  This has been the bread & butter for Fender since their invention.  The Stratocaster is still one of the most popular model guitars sold in the world today!

Where It Found Its Home

Where the original Fender Jaguar from 62 found its home was in the surf music scene.  It seemed that it was designed for this style of music.  As the surf rockers seemed to feel it fit them.  Here the guitar seemed to flow with action.  But sadly, being that it did not sell as well as expected it was discontinued in 1975.  Many years later these guitars started to become popular again.  But this time with American punk & indie-rockers.

Punk rockers & alternative rockers started leaning toward these now vintage guitars.  The Jaguars contributed to these indie rock movements that were popularized in the late ’80s & early ’90s. These guitars helped to propel this new style of music just it had done earlier with surf music.

The reason why the guitar was appealing to these musicians was that the Fender Jaguar was out of style with the mainstream (very appealing to a 90’s rocker) and being so it was cheaper than other guitars in its class.  This allowed indie rockers to create an artistic vision that connected with the masses at an affordable cost.

Fender Makes A Move

Seeing the rise in the popularity of this guitar & how it was fueling a new style of music, Fender decided to start making them in Japan in the 1980s to see if they could capture on this new fame that the Jaguar was now acquiring. The production line proved a success and so they introduced a USA-made reissue in 1999.  The lower end Japanese models were made from 1984-2015.

Other variations have been made throughout the years like ones with humbuckers and a Jaguar Bass was introduced in 2006.  These reissues have had different configurations & colors throughout the years but have kept the integrity of the original intact.

The Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar gives you authentic style & originality at an affordable price.  The guitar has a very comfortable lightweight body that is designed for ease of playing with

  1. 24″ scale

  2. Controls with dual-circuit switching

  3. Floating-vibrato bridge with bar

  4. Two Duncan Designed pickups

  5. Eye-catching classic finish

These pickups are great in the fact that they can give you a nice clean ring but then get nasty hard when you push them.  This allows for more diversity in your overall tone & playing.

When you pick up the guitar to play it, it doesn’t take long to realize that you are playing something special.  With its sleek design and onboard tone options, your inspiration can be sparked many times over in many different directions.  From crystal clean tones to nitty-gritty grind, the Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar can do it and everything in between.

This Is A Vintage-Inspired Hot Rod Of A Guitar!

What is special & unique about the Squire Jaquire is its Jaguar switching system.  Designed to get the most out of two Duncan Designed single-coil pickups that work in total harmony with this system.  This allows the guitar to produce a superb assortment of sound colors that can be mixed and matched to create the most beautiful artistic expression.

With the neck slightly shorter than most & a rosewood fretboard, your playing will develop skills you never knew you had due to these two factors.  And although the original body shape with its offset design was considered “radical” for its time, now many years later it is being hailed for its comfort.  A design that seems to fit no matter if you are sitting down studying or standing up performing.  This guitar has got you covered both ways.

Squire’s Vintage Modified Series

This series was designed to tap into history by modifying new guitars with old guitar features.  Meanwhile being constructed of the highest grade components & Top shelf engineering.  Not to mention the fabulous intricate finish.  The vintage modified series has it all.  The looks, the style & the classic sound.

 

Fender Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar Conclusion:

It appears to me that Leo was on to something that was ahead of its time.  This happens to many ideas that hit the market.  Same thing with Gibson’s Explorer guitar.  Not well received at the time of its inception, but over the years has grown a cult following much like the Fender Jaguar.

You know you’ve created something special when it helps to produce two different styles of music from two different eras.  First the surf rock of the ’60s.  Then the indie rock of the ’90s.  I think Leo Fender would be proud.

For me, I give the Jaguar a thumbs up for its innovation in design  & variety of sonic sounds one can make due to its “special switching system”  that is original & unique to the Jaguar.  If you want 60’s surf rock, grab a Jag plug into a Fender amp, turn the reverb up all the way & you are ready to go.  Surf rock tone at its finest.

But then again, if you like the indie rock of the nineties then this can also be your go-to guitar.  It has been played by many famous contributors to this generation.  Here you can get both the crystal clean tones but also get the down & dirty tones this music is known for.

Either way, the Fender Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar can be your best friend.

Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Electric Guitar Features:

  • The lightweight basswood offset body and short scale length give you enhanced playability

  • Comfortable Vintage Modified C-profile maple neck with 9.5″-radius rosewood fingerboard

  • Medium-jumbo frets, 24″ scale length; 1.65″ nut width

  • Chrome hardware; vintage-style tuning keys

  • Adjustable chrome bridge; vintage-style non-locking floating vibrato

If you are looking to inject some inspiration into your playing, the Squire Jaguar will do the trick.  Start playing more, having fun more & enjoying your personal ability enhancement.

 

And if you are looking to add to your self-expression check out the Dunlop Crybaby Wah Pedal.  It is a very cool effect that helps take your playing to new places.  Check out my lesson on that.  And if your thinking about possibly purchasing a jaguar.  Vintage Jaguars sell for many times their original price. you can learn more here.

Until next time, take care.

Dwayne

 

 

 


Dunlop Crybaby Wah front

Dunlop CryBaby Wah Guitar Pedal Review

In today’s lesson, we are going to look at a Dunlop Crybaby Wah guitar pedal review.  One of the most icon guitar effects pedal to ever be invented (besides the overdrive pedal) is the Wah pedal.  Especially the Dunlop Crybaby Wah Pedal.  This pedal has been hailed by professionals & hobbyists throughout the world since it’s creation back in the 1980s.

But the wah pedal was originally invented by Bradley J Plunkett back in November of 1966.  Bradley worked at the Thomas Organ Co and used a VOX organ pedal to create it.  Later he would work with Del Casher, who would take the idea a step further.

Del worked on the pedal in his studio in his Hollywood Hills garage like a mad scientist working on a secret formula.  And the “sonic sound” he created became popular with musicians who were looking for an edge in expressing their music.  Since it was a bit edgy in its design and tone, it was hard to get out to the mainstream.

Then came along artists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton & Jimi Page who got the pedal & created guitar wizardry with it.  Squeals & swoops of sound would seem to just pour out of their guitar as they rocked back and forth with such swag & style.  Effortlessly as if commanding a spirit from another world!

This made the wah popular among guitarists of all kinds who felt it would be an excellent addition to their guitar playing arsenal.

With this pedal, you could mimic a muted trumpet sound and when played through a high-gain amp as Hendrix did, you could really get some sounds that were out of this world.  I highly suggest you pick one up & add it to your guitar player toolbox.  It will inspire your abilities to enhance like they never have before.

Over the years, other pedals were made for guitar players who were now able to create total originality in their sound by mixing and matching pedals.  Including the wah.

But throughout the years the sound quality could never really be captured consistently (as each pedal sounded a bit different) until one man stepped into the picture and changed the history of the pedal forever.  Mr. Jim Dunlop.

In the 1980’s Jim Dunlop, a machinist who made his style of guitar accessories such as picks, capos & slides was able to acquire the crybaby brand and decided to work on making improvements to this fantastic technology.  The ability for someone to see an opportunity & make it work is one of the key elements to any success.  Jim Dunlop was no exception.

Although it wasn’t an easy transition with technical & logistical hurdles to overcome, Jim wasn’t going to give up.  He assembled a state-of-the-art engineering team, purchased the highest of components from vendors and methodically took the pedal to a whole new level of consistency and reliability.  By doing so, he created the Dunlop Crybaby Wah (that is still, after all these years) sought after by professionals & hobbyists alike.

The Dunlop Crybaby Wah

What makes it so special?

The Dunlop Crybaby Wah has a very distinctive style & sound.  When you hear it, you know it’s a wah.  And not just a wah, but the Jim Dunlop Crybaby Wah.  This pedal has been used by some of the most popular recording artists, played on stage by the most icon guitar heroes & utilized on songs that have become the soundtrack to our lives.

This is one of the few pedals that are not only used by guitarists, but also by keyboardists & violinist.  I know, crazy huh?  I can just imagine a violin with a wah.  Does Jimmy Page come to mind?  What an awesome guitarist.  Listen to how he utilizes the wah in his song “Dazed & Confused“.  After hearing that, how could you not want to plug into one and check it out?  Do you know what I mean?

Or how about when Eric Clapton uses it in “White Room” with Cream to get that crazy wild sound that sends shivers up & down your spine.  Or how about when Jimi Hendrix uses it to maximum effect in the infamous song “Voodoo Child” where the intro alone grabs you by the “you know what” and slams you to the ground.

Different styles of music

The wah pedal has also been used in different styles of music.  Like Pop, Reggae & Funk. Very popular in funk music.  When you hear that wank-wank sound that’s popular in that style, it’s the wah.  And probably, a Dunlop Crybaby Wah.  So is this a special product?   You bet it is!  And that my friend is why it is on my pedalboard and is highly recommended, you have it on yours.

When you can create something that is part of people’s everyday life, you know you have created something special.  And the Dunlop Crybaby Wah fits into this category.

Used by millions

Millions of people around the world use this pedal & like I always say, “if it’s good enough for all our rock n roll heroes who use it (Stevie Ray & countless others) then it should be good enough for us”

Dunlop makes all kinds of great products for guitar.  From pedals to picks, polishes, slides, capos and more.   If you aren’t already using their products, I suggest you check them out.

Not to mention what Jim Dunlop did for the guitar pick, capo & slide.  Pretty interesting stuff.  But that will have to be for another lesson.

How Does The Crybaby Wah Work?

It works by stepping on it & rocking it back and forth in a sweeping motion.

Some Technical Aspects of the Dunlop Crybaby Wah.

Jim Dunlop created the first GCb95 Crybaby wah pedal in the late ’80s. Designed to replicate the original from the ’60s.  But with better sound quality, consistency & reliability.

Thomas Organ Co were the pioneers of the wah, but unfortunately, they failed to patent their technology & the wah-wah name.  Which caused many replicas to flood the market while their model was starting to finally take off.  This was unfortunate because it created much competition for the company.

The Dunlop GCb95.  This guitar pedal became the first of its kind to produce crispier funky rhythms, a cleaner signal that did not distort the original guitar tone and reliability to not break down.

Professional durability

No matter if you were on the road, on the stage or in the studio.  A working musician kind of pedal that he or she could rely on to give them the signature crybaby sound night after night consistently.

The Dunlop Crybaby Wah does exactly that!  Made up of heavy-duty construction fit for a tank.  A nice long shape that is designed to rest your foot on while rocking back & forth and is powered up by using a 9v battery or a Jim Dunlop AC adapter.

Inside the heavy-duty construction is a circuit setup branching into four compartments. These four blocks consist of, a power supply circuit, an input buffer, an output stage, and an active filter. The Thomas Organ Company used a similar setup to create the VOX V847. The only problem with the VOX guitar pedal is that it had a glitch in tonal variation.

A much more controlled sound

When Jim Dunlop took over, he found a way to correct the low input impedance issue by raising the input voltage. This allowed for a much cleaner more controlled sound.

Over the years the crybaby wah has been redesigned, features added on sister models & a couple of years back Dunlop made some upgrades to the original.   Cosmetic changes to boost its ergonomics and tweaks to the battery compartment to make it more accessible.  Which makes it easier to change the battery without interfering with the rubber footing.

The Good Points

  • A solid metallic casing that is durable and resistant to damage
  • Produces funky wah-wah sounds iconic with the ’60s, ’70s & 80s
  • Does not distort the original tones of the guitar
  • Improved design for easy access to the battery compartment
  • Revamped bypass switch to curb the loss of tones
  • Universal power jack that is compatible with all power supply units

The Bad Points

  • Lacks LED backlighting to improve visibility in the dark
  • A bit heavy compared to other pedals.
  • Needs oversized space on your pedalboard

The mini-wah pedal

That is why the “mini-wah”  was invented.  For easier transportation & less space taken up on the pedalboard.  The Led light thing I believe they are still working on. LOL!!  I’ll admit, it does help to see as much as possible when your playing in a dark venue.

Guitar players have enough to worry about, no need to make it harder trying to determine where the wah pedal is when you need to step on it.  But then again, if it doesn’t hinder Slash’s playing when he’s all drunk (or at least used to be) then it shouldn’t hinder ours.  LOL!!!

I will have to say though, I did see GNR over the summer of 2017 and I must admit they still got it!  Slash played & sounded KILLER so did Axle & the whole band.

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Review Conclusion:

I think for the sound quality, consistency, reliability & price range your not going to go wrong with either the original Dunlop Crybaby Wah or the “Mini” Dunlop Crybaby Wah.  The wah pedal has been around since the ’60s.  The Dunlop Crybaby Wah has been around since the ’80s and is still as popular today as it ever was.  Still used by millions to help create musical masterpieces & proudly will be as long as there is electricity to plug an electric guitar into.

No matter your style, if you are looking for a new sound, or a new pedal to boost your inspiration, I recommend you check out the Dunlop Crybaby Wah pedal.  Or if you are tight on space and need something smaller on your pedalboard or just want to use one pedal real quick, be sure to check out the mini Dunlop wah pedal.  The “mini-me” of its bigger brother.

Join the wah club

Grab one today & start producing some of that magic that the wizards of guitar used to do & still do that makes us want to pick up our guitars today, just like yesterday, get on our knees and pray, that we don’t get fooled again.  LOL!!

And if you need learning how to recognize notes on the fretboard, check out my lesson on that.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  And if you haven’t already (if you have, thank you very much) be sure to sign up for my guitar club where you will receive membership discounts.

Until our next lesson, Take care.

Sincerely, Dwayne


Ernie Ball Slinky Guitar Strings

Ernie Ball Slinky Guitar Strings Review

In today’s lesson, we are going to look at an Ernie Ball Slinky guitar strings review.  When it comes to guitar strings, make sure that you always choose ones made of quality.  No better ones to choose, than Ernie Ball.  This will assure you get the best sound possible and the most comfortable playing ability.

Ernie Ball

Ernie Ball has been making quality guitar strings and musical accessories since the late ’50s.  Starting off as a guitar store selling guitars, Ernie Ball eventually expanded to selling his products in 5500 stores and over 70 countries across the world.

Since this time, Ernie Ball has become a major name brand in the industry and has spawned his product line to selling guitars, picks, straps, slides, instrument cables, effects pedals, tuners, capos, instruction books & of course, guitar strings.

Slinky guitar strings

During the guitar-based revival of the ’60s, Ernie Ball noticed that beginning guitar players were having issues with the Fender medium gauge strings as they were thick and hard to hold down. They were also having issues bending the third string.  So he decided to do something about it.  First going to Fender and asking them about making a set of strings that had an “unwound third-string” in which Fender did not agree.

So he decided to create a set of his own.  He found a string manufacturer to create a set of custom strings with the third-string unwound for easier playability and sold them in his store.  And with the popularity of these lighter strings, he eventually invented the “Slinky” brand guitar strings.

 

I recommend Ernie Ball Super Slinky Ernie Ball has been making quality guitar strings since 1962 and is used by world-class players like Slash, Angus Young, MetallicaAerosmith, Eric Clapton & the infamous Jimmy Page to name a few.

What Type Are They?

These are nickel wound strings that provide you with the sound you need to feel inspired to create and play music. By utilizing the latest technology and providing what players are looking for in quality strings, Ernie Ball is a great choice and highly recommended.

You can get them in all different styles and gauges.

The Regular Slinky’s are 10-46 which means they are 10 on the high E string & 46 on the low E string.  The ones in the video are the Super Slinky’s 9-42 gauge which means they are 9 on the high E and 42 on the low E string.  This means that they are a bit smaller in gauge and a bit lighter.  Both sets are custom gauge strings for different types of players.

These are perfect for bending strings and are great for playing rhythm & lead guitar because they feel good,  bend easily and don’t break.  The regular slinkies are great as well in 10-46 gauge because they provide a fuller sound due to the thickness of the string being bigger.

They also provide great acoustic guitar strings as well.  The kind I play & recommend is the Ernie Ball Earthwood Medium Light strings.

Ernie Ball Slinky Strings

The Original Since 1962.

For over 55 years, Ernie Ball Slinky electric guitar strings have been the favorite of professional musicians across the globe. Legendary artists from Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page, AC/DC, John Petrucci, Slash, Green Day and many, many more.

Ernie Ball’s signature recipe consists of specific gauges and core to wrap ratios for balanced rich harmonics and that signature Slinky feel.  In doing so they have created strings that feel comfortable to the touch, execute clarity in your tone & provide inspiration to any guitarist using them.

Ernie Ball Slinky gauge combinations that today are industry standard, were pioneered by our founder Ernie Ball more than 55 years ago, helping shape the sound of rock n roll. Nickel Wound Slinky strings consist of nickel-plated steel wrapped around a tin plated high carbon steel core for a balanced tone that compliments all guitar types and playing styles.

Lesson Conclusion

No matter what guitar string gauge you choose, try Ernie Ball guitar strings and see how you like them. They work great for me, come in all different styles of gauges for acoustic, electric, classical & mandolin.

I highly recommend them to all my students.  Thanks so much for reading and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Until our next lesson, take care.

Guitar teacher, Dwayne Jenkins