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  1. How Speakers Work

    How Speakers Work
    A great way to get the most out of your gear is to know exactly how it works. This will not only help you have a better understanding of how to address problems when they arise, but give you a better understanding of every facet that goes into your tone. With that in mind, we'd like to take a closer look at how speakers work, and who better to explain than the professionals at Eminence themselves:   Continue reading →
  2. Video: Proper Soldering Technique On An Electric Guitar

    Video: Proper Soldering Technique On An Electric Guitar
    Knowing how to properly solder in an invaluable skill when it comes to the electric guitar and bass. Not only will this enable you to switch out critical components such as pickups and pots, but you'll also be able to quickly fix loose or broken wires without shelling out cash to a guitar tech.  Sure, soldering in general can sometimes be a very complicated job, especially when working with complex electronics that can contain very sensitive components. Luckily, the electric guitar is equipped with thick wires that connect to big terminals and components that are relatively difficult to damage. In the videos below, the guys over at Seymour Duncan will show you everything you’ll need to know on proper soldering including how to protect your guitar, how to solder to lugs, how to de-solder wires, how to clean contacts and how to solder to the back of a pot. Continue reading →
  3. Preventing Broken Guitar Strings

    Preventing Broken Guitar Strings
    Imagine being in the middle of an amazing solo, making those notes scream as the crowd gets wilder and louder -- only to greeted by the awful sound of a snapped string. Not only is the performance going to take a hit but unless you have a spare guitar, you're going to waste valuable time just to get your ax restrung. While broken strings can’t be completely avoided, there are a few things you can do to better prevent their occurrence, especially if the breakage is caused by things other than the strings themselves. Continue reading →
  4. Why Speaker and Instrument Cables are Not Interchangeable

    Why Speaker and Instrument Cables are Not Interchangeable
    [caption id="attachment_3178" align="alignright" width="155"]p600_speaker_st-_st_2 Monster Prolink Performer 600 Speaker Cable @ $24.95[/caption] A ¼ inch cable is a ¼ inch cable, right? Not so. Despite their nearly identical looks, an instrument cable and speaker cable are actually very different under their jacket and are not meant to work interchangeably. This means that if you use the wrong cable, there’s a good chance you’re going to run into unwanted trouble. Continue reading →
  5. Common Pro Audio Cables Explained

    Common Pro Audio Cables Explained
    Common TS (Tip/Sleeve) cable. (HOSA 5ft TS Speaker Cable) In the world of pro audio, there’s a multitude of a specialized gear at our disposal along with plenty of ways to connect them. While it might not be the most exciting topic, knowing what kind of audio cable is right for the job – as well as what they...