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What is the difference between Elixir String's Nanoweb, Polyweb, and Optiweb coatings?

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Elixir Strings makes electric guitar strings with 3 different coating choices. It makes acoustic strings with 2 different coating choices. Many times guitarists that are unfamiliar with the  brand become confused by these choices. Below we will break down these choices to help you make the right choice for your playing style. Elixir strings have a unique coating on the wound strings that protects both the outer and inner string, the plain strings are made of an anti-rust plated steel string. This ensures long string life. Nanoweb - Bright smooth to the feel. These strings are lively as they have...

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Top Music Stores in the Michiana Area - Elkhart, South Bend, Mishawaka

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If you’re in the market for musical instruments and accessories, you’re probably looking for a single resource that lists the most prominent music stores in the Michiana area.   As a retailer of musical instruments and accessories, we are often asked our opinion of other music stores in our area.  Realizing that we can’t be everything to all people, we put together the following list of prominent local music stores in alphabetical order.   As you compare various music stores and their brands, please remember that buying from a music store with quality brands is essential. A music store should...

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Best Pedal of NAMM 2018

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The Fathom reverb pedal from Walrus Audio is our Best of NAMM 2018 pedal.

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Octave Visits Rob Chapman In Minneapolis

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A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting the one and only Rob Chapman. For those that don't know Rob is the founder of Chapman Guitars, and has a huge social media following. I was able to meet him at an event hosted by our friends from Riff City Guitars. After the event Rob, Dave (Chapman endorsed bass player), Zach (from Mythos Pedals), and Joe (from Riff City), and I all went out for some exquisite Indian cuisine. Watch below to get a taste of my delightful weekend.

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Why You Should Buy A Guitar With Railhammer Pickups

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Invented by Joe Naylor, Railhammer pickups provide a unique sonic solution. Pickups with "rails" have been around for some time now. These rails have a distinct advantage in the lower pitch range of the guitar. They keep the low end nice and tight, and prevents the low notes from sounding muddy. However Joe noticed that an unfortunate side effect of using rails is that it makes the high notes sound more harsh and shrill. So he started to experiment with combining the best of both worlds. This puts the rail part of the pickup under the lower wound strings, and puts the...

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