Happy Birthday, Us. A Year Of Guitar Stuff

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Yep, today marks the anniversary of Guitar-Muse.com. Since the meager beginnings of just posting a “Guitar Of The Day” everyday (anyone remember that?) to pretty much full news coverage, interviews and reviews, we’ve grown a ton.

Our founders have been in the website business since 1998, and even they were a bit shocked at the early growth of the site, considering we didn’t put a penny into advertising. We might have if we had a penny to advertise with at the time, but we chose the social media / word of mouth route instead.

Here are a few memorable and fun moments (well in our business, articles are “moments”) to look back on. It’s hard to choose the “best” – so this isn’t a “Best Of” list, rather – just things that stick out in our minds for one reason or another.

If you’re new to Guitar-Muse.com, this is also a good opportunity to take you for a walk and show you what we’ve been up to.

Giveaways And Contests

We reviewed alot of cool new gear and then gave it away. It’s one of the only ways we can pay you back for visiting the site, following us socially, etc. The Smitchens started a tradition of completely rewritng the winner’s biography, mainly because we don’t know anything about the winner when the results have to be posted. Examples?

How about the Google Guitar contest? That was pretty fun. When google launched their online guitar on Les Paul’s birthday, we had a little contest around that as well, and the results were pretty fun.

Also, we did a few treasure hunts, which we WILL be bringing back. Those were a lot of fun.

There were many more contests, and there will be many more!

The Smitchen’s Fascination With Strange Crap

Beer guitars. Video game themed guitars. RV guitars?

Of course The Smitchens contributes much more, which you’ll see later on this page, but here are a few editorial pieces:

Smitch covered Steve Vai’s record breaking online guitar lesson, wrote about The Art Of Learning, and the lessons he learned from his non traditional guitar teacher.

Interviews

We’ve Talked to a bunch of talented people, here are a few:

… And a bunch more.

News

Covering news is fun, especially when it’s guitar news. Some pretty interesting stories broke this past year, but I’m not gonna rehash old news here, you can always check it out with the “News” link at the top of any page, or click here.

Education

On top of covering guitar news, and generally trying to have a good time, we try to provide some educational benefit for you as well. Our staff of writers are well versed in all things guitar, and we pass on that goodness straight to you, as much as possible.

This is a tough one to choose some examples from, so I’m going to go pretty randomly here.

Tips And Tricks

Our writers have been busy with tips and tricks to further your playing technique, practice time, songwriting, gear, and more.

Fun Stuff

We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t a good excuse to have fun while our significant others think we’re working. This tends to produce some of the most popular articles. Sometimes these articles are flat out silly stuff, other times just interesting guitar topics that you might not have ever thought about.

 

Featured Guitars

From the beginnings of posting a guitar of the day, to reviews, or just spotlights on guitars, most of these can now be found in the “Featured Guitars” section.

Reviews

Where would we be without the reviews? We try out alot of stuff and report back to you.

All the product reviews can be found in the “Reviews” section.

Artist Spotlights

Spotlights on artists, all can be found here. There’s so much talent out there, and we try to keep a bead on it.

And That’s Just 8%

Every link on this page only represents 8% of the content we’ve produced in the last year. It’s incredibly difficult to pick and choose what to show you here, and I’m gonna have a mental breakdown if I keep this up, and I don’t want to step on The Smitchen’s toes in that department, so we’ll just stop right here.

The Future

We’ve got some plans for the coming months that are even bigger than everything we’ve done this past year, including major expansions of various sections of the site, to round out our value to you, the readers, as well as more of the same contests, giveaways, interviews, reviews and news.

Thanks for being here with us, and stay tuned!

 


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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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