Which Pickup is Right For Me?

We have all witnessed the same unfortunate scenario many times: an acoustic stringed instrument battling to keep up volume-wise with louder, more powerful instruments such as drum kits, horn sections, and electrified instruments. Microphones used to be the standard for any acoustic instrument. Still,…

Harmonica History and Construction – Rich Simmons

The harmonica is based on an ancient instrument, the sheng. A Chinese gourd and reed instrument, the sheng may have been invented as long as 5000 years ago by Chinese Empress Nyu-kwa. The basic design of the sheng allowed tones to be made while…

So How Do I Choose a PreAmp? – Joe Bigham

Since you read last month’s article about pick-ups, you may have rushed out to try a few and may have even bought one. Now, you may be saying to yourself, “What am I missing?”. Or maybe you’ve used your new system in live applications,…