My Vox AC4TV

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Vox AC4TV

I just picked up one of these used via Craigslist. $240. I love it. I can get a great crunch no matter how considerate I am feeling for my building neighbors. It’s a 4W amp, and a wattage attenuator lets you toggle between 1/4W, 1W, and a full-on 4W. This is really an outstanding amp for use at home at comfortable to comfortably loud listening levels.

Next, I’ll be looking at acoustic/vocals amps, and I have my eye on the three-channel acoustic amp from Carvin. I am looking forward to routing the AC4TV through whatever acoustic/vocals amp I end up with, to see if I might use that combo for gigs (if I ever get a gig!).

The aesthetic is pretty neat. Very 1961. It’s supposed to be reminiscent of a television (AC4TV).  I love the red, yellow, and green threading shown on the grille (the primary colors of light). I would imagine that color TVs were pretty rare in those days.

Overall, I’m really happy I made this purchase. It’s just a great standard amp for home use. I can’t wait to get home and play through it more!

First viewing of Dylan Moses

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Dylan Moses

I had the pleasure of seeing Dylan Moses (Dylan McGonigle) play at the Uptown Arts Bar in Kansas City last night. He played what sounded like early 1960s folk, reminiscent of Bob Dylan (whom I understand McGonigle is named after). His poetic lyrics, while sometimes made inaudible by periodic rushes of chatter, had a refreshingly developed, unpretentious literary quality. I would like to have heard every word.

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My guitar

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Francisco Domingo FG-16

I play a Francisco Domingo FG-16. I love this guitar. I think it’s of outstanding value. I remember the day I bought it from Brookside Guitars. I went into the shop, and asked the owner, Fed, if he had any Yamaha beginners’ models. He said something like, “yes, everyone used to start with a Yamaha, but I’d like to show you these Domingo guitars I just got in. I have been very impressed with the sound.” He proceeded to show me two FG-16s he had in stock. I, too, thought the sound was beautiful. At one point, he even brought out his custom classical, which had cost him over $4k, and while I admit the custom did sound slightly richer, I could not believe the beautiful sound coming from the Domingo guitars with a sub $300 price tag. I bought the one I liked better.

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My favorite strings

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Aquila Alabastro Strings

The company “Aguila” makes my favorite strings to date. The string set model is “Alabastro.” I like the “Superior” tension. These “nylgut” strings were designed to have the same acoustic properties as natural gut, yet with all the advantages of a nylon string. Aguila makes many types of strings for many types of instruments. They seem to be a very innovative, respected, and popular string company.

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Effectively tuning the guitar

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Wittner Tuning Fork

In my last post, “Tuning the guitar using perfect fifth harmonics: a mistake,” I explained a common layman’s method of guitar tuning which, though very common, leaves the player with a poorly tuned instrument. In this article, I want to share a solid electronics-free tuning method in which players may put their full confidence, however great it may be.

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Tuning the guitar using perfect fifth harmonics: a mistake

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This fork would probably still work, but you get the idea.

Note: As will be shown below, this method of tuning, however common, is inherently flawed. Still, it is probably worth a brief study for the sake of misguided tradition and culture.

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