Three simple rules can help you avoid any major issues with your acoustic guitar:
- Keep your guitar in it’s case. While it’s easy to grab your guitar off its stand to play, with extreme changes in temperature and humidity, it’s best to keep it in it’s case.
- Humidifiers really help. Maintaining a constant humidity level helps to keep your guitar in optimum playability.
- Avoid the extremes. Too hot or too cold. If the temperature bothers you, your guitar doesn’t like it either.
You can get more information on this at the PRS blog.
Tape Saturation FX Unit Review
Looking for a new FX unit to play around with? Premier Guitar has just reviewed the Strymon Deco Tape Saturation & Doubletracker, and it has some really great features! It’s tape saturation is aimed to rival even the high-end DAW plugins. The double-tracking is a vintage delay-feature where you can create some cool chorusing and flanging effects.
A Guide to Using Your Guitar with an iPhone/iPad
MacStories has an extensive look at all the different ways you can have your guitar and iOS device work together. This detailed article contains reviews of different amp/effects/recording apps, devices for hooking your guitar up, and many more issues and ideas.
Willie Nelson and Trigger
Rolling Stone has a new documentary series that features an installment on Willie Nelson and his now famous Martin N-20 acoustic guitar. Watch the video to hear the backstory and tall tales on what’s become one of the most famous guitars on earth.
Nelson discovered Trigger at a crossroads in his career. By 1969, he had spent nearly a decade trying to become a clean-cut solo success in Nashville. After a drunk destroyed his Guild acoustic, he decided to look for a new guitar with a sound similar to his gypsy-jazz hero Django Reinhardt (“I think he was the best guitar player ever,” Nelson says). His buddy Shot Jackson suggested the Martin classical “gut-string” guitar; Nelson bought it sight-unseen and gave it a name. “I named my guitar Trigger because it’s kind of my horse,” he explains. “Roy Rogers had a horse called Trigger.”