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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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2017 Chapman Guitars Pre-Sale

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At the 2017 NAMM show Chapman Guitars announced an entire change to their guitar offerings. This included 29 new models spread across three different ranges; Pro, Signature, and Standard. The pro series represents updated features, colors, and modifications to their old line up of ML1, ML2, ML3, and Ghost Fret Models. In addition the long awaited MLV was introduced. The standard line up now includes affordable versions of ML1, ML2, ML3, and Ghost Fret models. Also new signature models were introduced. We would like to announce that we now have several of these models available for pre-sale. Please check out...

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PRS Announces Reclaimed Limited Edition Series Guitars

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Last week PRS Guitars announce two limited edition models. Limited to around 600 guitars PRS is offering a “Reclaimed Limited CE24” and a “Reclaimed Limited S2 Vela”. Both of these guitars will be semi-hollow guitars that use two exotic wood species new to PRS, Peroba Rosa and Brauna Preto.  Typically more than 100 years old this wood is found in southeastern Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. According to Paul Reed Smith, “Michael [Michael Reid, Wood Manager] has been sourcing wood for me and the company since before there was an official ‘PRS Guitars.’ Wood is our lifeblood, and I trust Michael’s instincts....

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I Just Got Braces, Is This End of My Trumpet Playing?

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Just because you have braces you are not a bad trumpet player.  In this article I will explain a couple of things that will help the young player with braces.  Over my 16 years of trumpet playing four of those years were with braces.  I will say that not everything I did will work for every player and I may not have every answer for each person.  The best thing for the player is to be patient and practice frequently; besides those two things, there are some techniques and things that will help the student. The first thing every student...

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