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The Gretsch G5120 Electromatic Review

The Gretsch G5120 Electromatic is better known as — “That Orange Guitar” — and it is certainly a big bite of juicy and refreshing sweetness in every way.  Orange is not my favorite color, but I love this Gretsch orange and I love the silver pickguard that is standard on the newer 5120’s!  The G5120 is massive hollowbody electric guitar — but it is still lightweight in your hands — and you can easily play it plugged in for that electric sound or  you can go acoustic and unplugged.

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Recanting The Blues: Les Paul and DR Strings

We all like to believe in our private moments that we are always right and never wrong, but sometimes, in those quiet times, we do some reflecting and we reconsider what was said before. Today is one of those moments when my private reflections must become a public recantation, and I appreciate your attention and kindness in the forthcoming rebuttal of two of my recent BolesBlues.com reviews.

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The Fake Wood Fender Phone

At last week’s NAMM 2010 show, Fender and T-Mobile introduced a “Fender Phone” that looks like it’s made out of wood, but it’s not.  Eric Clapton is the spokesmodel for the phone.

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Santana and Buddy Guy Shred Stormy Monday

There is one song that proves if you have The Blues chops or not —
“Stormy Monday” — and Carlos Santana and Buddy Guy recently played
that song together to tether their Blues history of being and
wanting in performance.

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Best for The Blues: The Gibson Les Paul Standard or Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster Review

What is the best guitar for playing the electric Blues?  A Fender Eric Clapton Custom Shop Stratocaster or a Gibson Les Paul Standard?  I’m narrowing the Gibson vs. Fender debate to a couple of guitars since I have one of each in hand and I play The Blues on both.  Better men than I have been broken trying to make this comparison fairly sing — so I will do my best to give you a competent, if not persnickety, breakdown of
my experience.


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How to Feel Good About Bending and Barring The Blues

There’s one thing that’s true about learning to play The Blues.  You’re going to get cut and your entire hand is going to hurt.  There’s one instant salve that will save you and restore your faith in music:  Nines.

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The Stompbox Drawer Review

If you play the electric guitar, you likely have a stompbox or two — a “stompbox” is an electronic device that sits between your guitar and your amp to change the sound of your guitar in dramatic and subtle ways — and I have a whole drawerful of stompboxes that I bought, tried, and put away in my drawer. 

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