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Fender American Professional Jazzmaster Guitar Review

Don Carr presents the Fender American Professional Jazzmaster. The V-Mod pickups in the Fender American Professional Jazzmaster were developed by Michael Frank-Braun, the same guy who created the legendary pickups... Read more »

Strymon Brigadier Delay Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the Strymon Brigadier dBucket delay pedal. From the deeply mellow sound of bucket loss to the gritty buildup of stacked repeats, the Strymon Brigadier dBucket Delay pedal captures the... Read more »

Fender American Professional Jaguar Review

Don Carr presents the Fender American Professional Jaguar. The Jaguar was always an adventurous design, and the Fender American Professional Jaguar solidbody electric guitar keeps the adventure alive. A classic... Read more »

Ibanez FuzzMini Fuzz Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the Ibanez FuzzMini fuzz pedal. Even if your pedalboard is packed you can probably find room for the Ibanez FuzzMini fuzz pedal. Boasting an all-analog signal path and true bypass switching, the... Read more »

Strymon Sunset Dual Overdrive Pedal Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Strymon Sunset Dual Overdrive Pedal. Strymon analyzed six of the most legendary overdrive and boost circuits, then fine-tuned their voicings to cover the widest range of tones possible... Read more »

Celebrating 30 Years of Fender Custom Shop

The Fender Custom Shop is celebrating 30 years in 2017! These special artisans have crafted amazing guitars through the years, for celebrities and others desiring one-of-a-kind instruments, for those seeking... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Vocalist’s Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians. Entitled The Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing: Care and Maintenance for Singers in Every Genre, this guide is... Read more »

Should I Record My Acoustic-electric Guitar Direct?

Sure, why not capture the DI signal along with the miked signal? In the studio, we almost always take a direct out from an onboard acoustic guitar pickup even when we have an ideal situation for getting a great... Read more »

LR Baggs Synapse Personal PA System at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the LR Baggs booth at NAMM to check out the Synapse personal PA system. With 500-watt Class D amplification and a compression woofer and tweeter with matched sound propagation for seamless... Read more »

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 »