Thursday, May 8, 2008

Tone Freq's TONE TIP: Guitarist Essentials

After years of playing shows I’ve learned that you can never be too prepared. Not only did I try to travel with two guitars but I brought backups of almost everything: strings, picks, batteries and cables. Sure enough my backups would come into play proving the old adage, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.” The following is a short list of great accessories that might help save your ass!

GHS GraphitALL™

Invented by Rene’ Martinez, this simple but powerful gel-like lubricant is now available in white non-staining formula. Just dab a little on the saddles and the nut to reduce string friction. It works well with metal to metal contact with tremolo instruments, too! This simple and cost-effective accessory can help you chronic string-breakers and help keep your axe in tune!
Intelli TT-500 Clip-on Guitar Tune

How many times have you found yourself backstage at a gig ready to rock waiting for your big entrance only to find that you forgot to tune! With this tuner you can tune backstage with no worries. Weather you are jamming at a coffee house or in a stadium this extremely compact chromatic tuner with large LCD backlight is very easy to use and read. There is also a calibration feature; transposing (which allows easy tuning with a capo); power save and tunes without interference from ambient noise.

Planet Waves Pro-Winder and The Headstand

The Pro-Winder is the ultimate restringing tool. After years of use and hundreds of restrings mine still works like the day I bought it! Unlike ordinary peg winders, the patented Pro-Winder is a high-quality peg winder with a built-in clipper and a bridge pin puller. The winder is designed to fit virtually all guitars, banjos, and mandolins. Ergonomically designed with hardened tool steel wire cutters, the Pro-Winder with built-in clipper is the ALL-IN-ONE restringing tool, and it comes with an unconditional guarantee (also available for bass). It’s a great tool that won’t be confiscated at the airport! The Headstand stabilizes guitars during string-changes. Designed to gently and securely support the guitar, The Headstand makes the string changing process hassle-free. The compact size and collapsibility allow you to store The Headstand in your case, so it’s there whenever you need it.
Aljon Go is considered to be a “pedal junkie” by his peers often asked for advice when building pedal boards. He toured the world with his award winning band Mink and was the artist relations/marketing pro for a musical accessory company. He currently spends his time bringing new and exciting tones to regional acts Jaux King, JonesWorld and Mister Happy. He is also host of the long running “Local Buzz” radio show in Nashville and product specialist for a leading guitar company. Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.


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