Trying to Buy For a Musician? Are You Stumped? We Can Help!!

Shopping for a musician and have no idea what to get them? We have your back. Here’s a list of our employee’s TOP 5 gifts you can find in our store this holiday season. All of these gifts are in stock now, so act quick and get yours before we run out!

John:
-Alfred’s Complete Essential’s for Music Theory $34.99
-Korg TM-60 Tuner/Metronome $39.95
-Any Heil Mic, starting at $109.95
-Mackie Mixer, starting at $109.95
-Tusq Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins (easiest way to improve your guitar’s sound!), starting at $24.95

Ryan:
-Fishman FT-2 Tuner $14.95
-Lemon Oil for Fingerboards $4.95
-iRig interfaces, starting at $109.95
-Scarlett Focusrite Digital Audio Interfaces, starting at $109.99
-Mackie CR3 Monitors $109.99

Gary:
-John Pearse Alternative Material Picks, starting at $3
-Heil mics, starting at $109.95
-Casein or Tusq Bridge pins, starting at $24.95
-Casiotone CT-S200 Portable Keyboard $129.95
-Oasis instrument humidifier system $20.95

Nicole:
-Chopsavers Chapstick for Musicians $4.95
-Brass Mouthpiece Cleaning Brush $2.59
-Spiral Bound Manuscript Paper Notebook $4.99
-Scarlett Focusrite Digital Audio Interfaces, starting at $109.95
-Overscore Manuscript Tape $9.95

 

Meet Gary – Our Newest Member!

If you’ve been in the shop over the last month or so, you may have noticed a new addition to our team! We introduce to you… *drumroll please* Gary Rochussen!!

Gary is not only a local musician, but the owner of his own custom electronics and control plate company. You can find his shop, Tribute Guitarworks, on Reverb or Ebay! Gary has played guitar since he was about 5 years old. His very first guitar, a plastic Roy Rogers guitar, started him on his journey. Since then, Gary has created custom guitars, electronics, even amplifiers, and has become a highly skilled jazz and rock guitar player. 

We are extremely lucky to have Gary on our team, and we hope you like him as much as we do! If you have a guitar question, Gary is your guy. Come on by to meet the new friendly face if you haven’t already. 

Light vs. Dark Rosin; Violin, Viola, or Cello

In the world of rosin for bows there are two types of rosin–Light and Dark. Similar in pricing, what’s the difference between the two rosins? I’m so glad you asked. Let’s dive into that a little.

Rosin is, essentially, tree sap–it’s resin collected from pine and conifer trees that, when applied to the bow of an instrument, allow for friction between the bow and strings, which results in the vibration of the strings and sound.

Light rosin is a denser and less sticky, which makes it better for warmer and hotter climates, like the southern United States.

Dark rosin is a less dense rosin, and much stickier than light rosin which makes is great for dry and cold climates like here in New Hampshire!

We would recommend dark rosin if you live up here, but either will work for your instrument. Next time you’re in the store, ask to try some of our sample rosin and feel the difference.

How Does an Electric Guitar Pickup Even Work?

You’ve probably heard an electric guitar unplugged from an amp, and it’s not that exciting. We know we need amplifiers to hear them well, but what’s creating the sound we hear through the amp? What makes and electric guitar electric? Let’s dive in a little and learn!

What Is A Pickup?

At their most basic, pickups are magnets. These magnets have a certain magnetic field in which our signal is picked up (hence the name). 

What are The Pickups Picking Up?

Our strings can be made out of many things, but all strings are magnetic alloys. When we introduce them into the magnetic field, when not moving, they do nothing. But, once we strum we are disrupting that magnetic field at a given frequency. The frequency (or note) that’s appearing in the magnetic field can be changed by us fretting the strings at different points on the neck.

So, That’s What I’m Hearing?

Of course there are many types of pickups; single-coil, humbucker, P90, warm, bright, metallic–the list goes on for awhile–but at their core pickups are magnetic fields that “hear” different frequencies, and put them through our electronics, into our amp, and out for our ears to hear. In an acoustic guitar you’re hearing the amplified vibration of the strings, but on an electric you’re hearing the frequencies that travel through the pickups and our tone/volume circuits. 

I want to go even further…

For more questions about shaping your personal sound via pickups or tone circuits, come on in and talk to me or John! We would love to share our experiences, educate you, and even do some research with you. Creating your electric sound profile is a ton of fun, and a great learning experience. 

For a more scientific dive into how pickups work, checkout Hank Wallace’s post on Atlantic Quality Design’s website.