Elixir Strings – Polyweb vs. Nanoweb

Elixir strings are the long-lasting, coated guitar string that dominates the market. Elixirs boast “a microscopically thin, advanced polymer tube that surrounds the string to protect it from corrosion and dirt without making any contact whatsoever with the critical area between the windings where the “critical zone of tone” is found and each perfect note is born.” But, there are two different “flavors” of Elixir strings; Polyweb or Nanoweb.

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The prefix “poly” comes from Ancient Greek, meaning “many,” and “nano” means “extremely small.” These definitions are dead-on. The polyweb strings have multiple coatings of the Elixir Formula, while the nanowebs have only one. Different feel, different tone, and different life spans help decide which string you want to use! Both polyweb and nanoweb strings come in Phosphor Bronze and 80/20 Bronze, allowing you to customize your tone even more.

So, next time you’re changing your strings, give the Elixirs a try! You never know, you might find your new sound!

Hosa Edge Series Cables

One of our brands with the most in-store inventory consistently is Hosa Cables. If you’ve tried any of their cables, you know why we love them; great quality at a price that almost anyone can afford. Although we commonly stock the “Pro” line of cables from them, you may have noticed a few from a different line of theirs–the “Edge” line.

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What makes Hosa’s “Edge” line cables different from other cables? Let’s dive in.

  • 20 AWG Oxygen-free copper
  • 6-Layer cord for protection and longevity
  • Neutrix AG connectors

With an oxygen-free environment we reduce the risk of oxidization in your cable immensely. A beefy cable, and solid, lightweight, tough connectors pair together to make the Hose “Edge” cables great for the studio or on the road. To checkout their cool diagrams, or to learn more about the “Edge” line, click here!

 

Ernie Ball Cobalt Guitar Strings

Artists like Toto’s Steve Lukather, Jason Richardson, and The Ride’s Kenny Wayne Sheperd are using Ernie Ball’s Cobalt strings. But why?

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The Cobalt strings are wound with cobalt, instead of the standard nickel, which is a more conducive alloy. What does that mean? It means that cobalt has a  “stronger relationship” with the magnetic field that our pickups create. This gives us “an extended dynamic range, incredible harmonic response, increased low end, and crisp, clear highs.”

Try them out next time your electric guitar needs some strings!!!

For all versions of Cobalt strings available, visit their website–We can special order strings just for you.

The Scarlett Focusrite Audio Interfaces – A Game Changer!

If you’ve been in the store, you’ve most likely seen our microphone testing setup. We know we put sound into the microphones, but how does it get into the computer? We have to take sound, turn it into a computer code, and then turn it back into sound! Audio interfaces, like the Scarlett Focusrite, do this for us. 

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Of course many computers are equipped with microphones, and can do this transference of sound on board, but they don’t have the best microphones or processes for the job. Having a separate component to do this allows for the job to be done much better, ending in a better end product for you.

The Scarlett Focusrite in a versatile product. We carry both the Solo and the 2i2 models. The solo has one 1/4″ input (for guitar) and one XLR input (for a microphone). The 2i2 has 2 stacked inputs, meaning they can be either 1/4″ OR XLR.  With a left and right output, as well as a direct USB connection, you can plug in almost anything, and go almost anywhere with that sound. A neat headphone output also allows you to listen to the sound on the interface, before sending it to speakers or your computer.

Scarlett Focusrite 2i2 Front and Back Faces

One notable aspect of the Focusrites are the negligible amount of latency when recording. Many interfaces have large amounts of latency, making on-spot recording hard, and adding extra work to match up tracks. The Focusrite has barely any, making your ears happy, recording easy, and editing simple. Plus, it’s a a dang good price.Audio interfaces with similar performance standards are double (or more!) the price of the Focusrite. 

Overall the Focusrite line offers stellar performance, on-time recording, great processing, and all at an affordable price. Stop by the store TODAY to try one out. We’d love to sit down and show you how to use it, and make a fun on-the-spot song with you!