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Stage Plots: What They Are, Why You Need One, How To Make One

By Jake Kelly

What goes where? That is the question and the stage plot is the answer. This simple picture is usually nothing more than a large rectangle that represents the stage that shows where the musicians and their gear will be located within it. Guitar and Bass amplifiers and speaker cabinets (including monitors) are typically represented with […]

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Making Your Own Luck: How The Podunk Poets Played Stagecoach

By Jake Kelly

A few weeks back, my band played the Stagecoach Music Festival. For those that don’t know about the Stagecoach fest, it is the country music equivalent of the Coachella Music Festival. In fact, it is on the same grounds and uses the same stages (and the same production from Rat Sound) as Coachella: So, yeah, […]

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Hosa Elite Series Cables: What’s in it for me?

By Jake Kelly

What’s in a cable? No, really…What is in a guitar cable? Most all guitar cables look the same. They have ¼” jacks on either end, some kind of stress relief for an inch or so off the jack, and 15 to 20 feet of cable in between. Hosa’s Elite series in somewhat based off of the […]

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Gibson Min-ETune: A Dream Realized

By Jake Kelly

This was the dream…a guitar that tuned itself. Now it is a reality: the Gibson Min-ETune robotic tuning gears actually tune the guitar all by its lonesome with a mere push of a button. This is the robotic tuning gears actually turning themselves each to the correct pitch just as you would manually. Watching the […]

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Gretsch Electromatic G5420: Video Review

By Jake Kelly

by Jake Kelly Gretsch guitars are iconic, no doubt. It would be hard to picture Brian Setzer or Chet Atkins without one. Can the affordable Electromatic line still give you that great Gretsch sound? We were able to nab a new Gretsch Electromatic G5420 single cutaway hollowbody for review, but before we dive into it […]

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Shrek Is Loving Life

By Jake Kelly

FOH man is still happy after all these years. I’ve been working in live sound for so long now that I guess you could call me a “lifer.”   I don’t feel old at all, though.   Not one bit.    In fact, I’m certain that there is nothing I could or would rather be doing […]