How to Weatherproof Your Guitar

By Brent Cole / April 27, 2016

If you own a guitar, you know that it’s treated with the utmost care– usually– because you want it to last a long time and continue to be in good shape, right? If you’re the kind of musician who likes to play outdoors, whether it’s at the beach on a summer’s night or around an…

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Sitka Spruce and Turkey Calls

By Brent Cole / April 6, 2016

Did you know you can use Sitka spruce wood to make turkey calls? Turkey hunters use turkey calls to attract turkeys to them so they can hunt, shoot and kill them. By imitating the sounds of turkeys, which include gobbles, clucks, purrs and yelps, hunters can be very successful. In general, turkey calls are done…

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How Often Should You Change Your Acoustic Guitar Strings?

By Brent Cole / March 10, 2016

Acoustic guitar strings should be changed as needed. Depending on how much you use them, the strings can last a long time or a short time. For instance, if you’re the type of guitar player who plays your instrument several hours a day, chances are your strings will wear out faster than, say, a person…

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Adirondack Spruce vs. Sitka Spruce

By Brent Cole / March 7, 2016

Adirondack Spruce vs. Sitka Spruce- Revisited: When a person buys or acquires a guitar, they’re getting a finely crafted instrument that was made from various materials, including wood. Oftentimes, guitars are made using wood from spruce trees. Spruce trees are coniferous evergreens with needles attached singly to their branches in a spiral fashion. They’re large,…

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Why Acoustic Guitars are More Fun than Electric Guitars

By Brent Cole / February 25, 2016

Did you ever wonder why vinyl is making a comeback? Could it be that people are a bit tired of the seemingly soulless music formats like the digital CD and MP3? Vinyl has a warmth to it that those other formats don’t. Occasional imperfections are often welcomed in music, rather than technical perfection lacking any…

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Tips for Optimizing the Sound of Your Guitar

By Brent Cole / February 22, 2016

Guitar players seem to gravitate toward certain guitars based on their sound, which often has to do with the kind of tonewood used by the guitar maker. The bodies of guitars can be made using different types of wood, each bringing out a certain kind of sound from the instrument. Alder, a medium-weight wood, is…

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What is a Luthier?

By Brent Cole / February 18, 2016

If you’ve ever been to a store selling musical instruments, you’ve probably wondered how they all got there. Something or someone had to make them. Have you ever heard of a luthier? It’s someone who makes or repairs stringed instruments. Luthier comes from the French word luth, which means lute in English. A lute is…

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Reasons to Use Sitka Spruce for Your Soundboard

By Brent Cole / February 3, 2016

To the average person, a guitar is a guitar. They don’t pay much attention to details. However, for musicians who love their instruments, a guitar isn’t just a guitar, and how each one is made truly matters for both aesthetic and musical reasons. A guitar soundboard is something music makers care about because it plays…

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Sitka Spruce Is Used for a Variety of Items

By Brent Cole / February 2, 2016

Alaska Specialty Woods is known for guitars and other instruments utilizing the finest Sitka spruce instrument tonewood material. Indeed, over 50,000 guitar tops worth of Sitka spruce and other fine specialty woods exist, with their beautiful designs and superb sounds. Sitka spruce has had many uses over the centuries besides providing the wood for various…

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Tips for Buying an Acoustic Guitar

By Brent Cole / January 13, 2016

The average person looks at two guitars and doesn’t notice much difference between them, but those who know and play guitars can often tell you all about their differences. When buying an acoustic guitar, for instance, finding the right tonewood is something most serious players consider before making a purchase. The wood used for the…

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