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How to Add Dynamics to Your Songs

"Dynamics," as we're using the term here, means the difference in volume between the softest part of your song and the loudest. Dynamics give your song peaks and valleys. The quiet moments make the louder moments... Read more »

PRS J-MOD 100 John Mayer Signature Amp Demo

Don Carr travels to PRS Headquarters to meet with Paul Reed Smith and Doug Sewell, to put the J-MOD 100 John Mayer Signature tube head to the test. Designed with John Mayer to be his go-to guitar amplifier for... Read more »

Keeley Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-effects Pedal Demo

Aaron Pierce from Keeley Electronics presents the Dark Side Workstation analog multi-effects pedal. Combining biting fuzz, multi-head tape-style delay, and vibrant modulation effects, the Keeley Dark Side... Read more »

Fender American Professional HSS Shawbucker Stratocaster Review

Don Carr presents the Fender American Professional HSS Shawbucker Stratocaster. It's been crafted to give you the best design elements from classic vintage Strats and the most popular modern features in one... Read more »

Come as You Are

Today is February 20, and Kurt Cobain would be celebrating his 50th birthday. Let that sink in for a second — Kurt Cobain. Fifty. Unfortunately, the events surrounding Kurt's tragic death tend to overshadow the man... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates GuitarTone, FourTrack, and StudioTrack iOS Apps

Sonoma Wire Works has updated all three of their iOS apps. The new updates include the following features and fixes: GuitarTone 2.10.2 Update Fixed issue where GuitarJack Model 2 appears as "not supported"Fixed hang... Read more »

PRS Sonzera Amplifier Demo

Don Carr visits PRS headquarters to try out their line of Sonzera amplifiers. Don is joined by Paul Reed Smith and Doug Sewell to learn more about what make these amps tick. The Sonzera series amps offer two... Read more »

Wampler Mini Ego Compressor Pedal

Mitch Gallagher presents the Wampler Mini Ego Compressor pedal. It boasts the same transparent performance that has made its larger brother a gold standard among musicians. This addition to the line does it in a... Read more »

PRS Wood Library 408 Semi-hollow Guitar Review

Don Carr presents the PRS Wood Library 408 semi-hollowbody guitar. Sweetwater has hand selected the premium tonewoods for this luscious semi-hollowbody electric, giving you a limited-edition, one-of-a-kind... Read more »

Disc Makers Releases Free Home Studio Handbook

Our friends at Disc Makers have published their latest free guide: The Home Studio Handbook! Aimed at anyone interesting in home recording, this guide provides information on everything you need to know about... Read more »

What Is Speaker Sensitivity?

Nearly every specification chart for a speaker you'll find will list that speaker's sensitivity in decibels. For the most part, sensitivity tells you how much sound pressure level (SPL) a speaker can produce from a... Read more »

Editors’ Picks: Coolest New Gear of 2017… So Far

Here at Sweetwater we constantly scan the horizon looking for new and innovative products or vintage products come back to life. We look for awesome new gear that excites us — gear that we know our customers... Read more »

3 Reasons to Use An EQ Pedal for Guitar or Bass

There are three primary reasons to use an EQ pedal for electric guitar, electric bass, or acoustic guitar: 1. To correct for problems in your instrument, your amp, or the room. For example, a guitar's tone may be... Read more »

Solidbody vs. Hollowbody Guitar Comparison

Mitch Gallagher compares two Gibson guitars, one solidbody and one hollowbody, to demonstrate their fundamental differences in tone. The hollowbody is a Gibson Memphis ES-275 — the solidbody is a... Read more »

T-Rex Alberta II Dual Overdrive Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the T-Rex Alberta II Dual Overdrive pedal. This dual overdrive pedal brings you two totally independent overdrives in a single pedal, allowing you to set a cleaner drive on channel 1 for rhythm... Read more »

How Many Channels Does A Rehearsal PA System Need?

Q: I'm starting a new band, and we're going to need a PA for rehearsals. But how do I know how big of a PA I need? A: Few things are as exciting as getting a band together, finding a rehearsal space, and beginning... Read more »

Loopers, Delays and Groundhogs

Okay campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties, 'cause it's cooooooold out there. It's Groundhog Day, and we're celebrating with a look at the delays and loopers that'll keep your licks repeating over... Read more »

PRS Unveils JMOD 100 John Mayer Signature Amp

John Mayer is perhaps best known for his well-crafted, chart-topping pop hits, but when you explore his catalog it becomes clear that the man is a serious guitarist — check out his blues work and his... Read more »

2017 NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame Inductees

To honor the products that made the greatest historical contributions to the advancement of audio technology, the NAMM Foundation and the Museum of Making Music created the TECnology Hall of Fame to bring these... Read more »

Supro Island Series Jamesport Electric Guitar Demo

Teddy Kumpel from Supro presents the Island Series Jamesport electric guitar. With the Island Series Jamesport, the Supro brand is reentering the electric guitar market. Supro's vintage instruments have been highly... Read more »

Supro Island Series Hampton Electric Guitar Demo

Teddy Kumpel from Supro presents the Island Series Hampton electric guitar. With the Island Series Hampton, the Supro brand is reentering the electric guitar market. Supro's vintage instruments have been highly... Read more »

Supro Americana Series Sahara Guitar Demo

Teddy Kumpel from Supro presents the Americana Series Sahara electric guitar. Based on Supro's vintage res-o-glass guitar designs, the Supro Americana Series Sahara semi-hollow electric guitar combines the best of... Read more »

Supro Americana Series Martinique Electric Guitar Demo

Teddy Kumpel from Supro presents the Americana Series Martinique Deluxe Vibrato electric guitar. Based on Supro's vintage res-o-glass guitar designs, the Supro Americana Series Martinique Deluxe semi-hollowbody... Read more »

Supro Americana Series Belmont Vibrato Electric Guitar Demo

Teddy Kumpel from Supro presents the Americana Series Belmont Vibrato electric guitar. Based on Supro's vintage res-o-glass guitar designs, the Supro Americana Series Belmont semi-hollow electric guitar combines the... Read more »