August In Review – Guitars, Guitarists, And Gear

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August is known for being Foot Health Month, National Inventors Month, National Catfish Month, Home Business Month, and Water Quality Month – and the month The Smitchens normally takes a shower.

So since you were probably busy getting pedicures, and starting up your Catfish Water Quality Innovations home business, AND since August is also known for wasting time at work, we thought we’d show you a little bit of what happened this month – here, in our world.

This obviously isn’t everything we wrote about, or even everything that happened, but if you’re sitting in a cubicle looking to waste a little time, this should be worth a good 30 minutes to you. Keep your fingers on alt-tab in case the boss walks by.

10 Questions with Kathy Peck of H.E.A.R.

We talked to Kathy about protecting your most valuable musical asset – your ears.


Paul Gilbert Teaches Rhythm and Melody Tradeoffs

This was a great hair day and video lesson with Paul Gilbert showing us how to build from rhythm to melody.


A Common Mistake That Will Grow Hair On Any Guitarists Palms

Nicholas takes us on a hairy journey through mistake-land.


Guitar Stolen From George Clinton’s Tour Bus



Fender Acoustasonic 100 and 150 Combo Amps

Find out more about these new amps from Fender.


Innovative Guitar: Rock Beyond The Boundaries With Rob Balducci

Rob Balducci releases a video showing us why boundaries suck.


Christoph Kemper of Kemper Amps Talks About The New Profiling Amp

Driven by great demand, Scott talked to Christoph about the finer details of Kemper’s new profiling amp.


Guitar Built In Tribute To 9/11 Victims

It’s almost the 10 year “anniversary” of 9/11. These two guys made an amazing guitar.


Composing With Handicaps

The Smitchens breaks off a few fingers and still plays well.


Orianthi Joins Alice Cooper’s Band

Alice is a lucky bastard


Gibson Gets Raided By The Feds (again)

They took a bunch of wood and ticked off Gibson big time.


We Talked With Greg Howe

Oscar had a great chat about tours, albums, and guitars with Greg Howe



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Tim Monaghan

Tim has been playing guitar & bass since he was 12 years old and has been in Jazz, funk, rock & metal bands. Influences include Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, Doug Stegmeyer, Baden Powell, Steve Vai, and pretty much anyone else who has a unique style that expresses their individuality. One of Tim’s many hobbies is building, tweaking, and repairing basses and guitars.

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