From the variety of acoustic guitars available you will see that different guitars are constructed in many different ways .
The use of poor materials in the making of the guitar, will result in the poor sound quality of the instrument , and may even cause the instrument to warp or become distorted from its original shape.
The instrument made of GREEN timber , would have a very poor sound and would tend to want to distort from its original shape.
The three most important things to have for constructing a soundboard is for it to have good tonal quality, and good strength and stability and finally it must lend its self to deliver a super look if it is to be finished or varnished to protect or decorate it .
The best soundboard material would most likely be from the best quality blemish free “ quarter sawn , bookmatched well seasoned straight grained spruce or pine .
If you have any questions please do not wait or hesitate to call in to your Essaness Music team of experts where we will answer ALL your questions and give good sound advise ….. Happy Playing from your Essaness Team …
NO NEED TO BUY A DRUM KIT
This Christmas there is no need to buy the budding drummer in your life a DRUM KIT.
Let me explain, …..If you have decided to become a DRUMMER !! your first and most important function is being a time keeper.. for which you will need a metronome .
The second most important thing you will need is a practice pad , this can be very fancy , ranging from a brightly coloured one , to one with a rim , for practicing your RIM SHOTS , or just a plain black flat one that will go on a flat surface , or a 14” round one to fit on your snare drum ( if and when it ever arrives 🙂
The third item you will require is a pair of sticks, in fact you will need two pairs when you get going ( a heavy pair for practicing and a lighter pair for playing. )
These items can all be purchaced in store and are not expencive , but these pieces of equipment are the basis for your DRUMMING CAREER .
Please call into the store for any further help , ideas or information, and remember …. HAPPY PLAYING from your team at ESSANESS MUSIC
Pickups and their associated wires and controls make up the very heart of any electric guitar thus forming the guitars sound characteristics .
This is a question we get asked a lot in the shop , lots of people think they have sound because of “ the battery “ because it is plugged in to the wall or ESB, or because it has a speaker in it …..none are actually true !!!
The reason the guitar has “ sound “ is because Pickup or Pickups fitted, these act like mini microphones and their magnets pickup the vibrations of the strings and transfer the sound of the vibrating strings through a lead to an amplifier.
It is possible to make small adjustments by fitting different pickups to change the sound of the guitar .
The single coil pick up and the twin coil pick up or “ humbucker “ are the main types , the single coil is something of a vintage style or on a very cheap or beginners guitar .
A combination of the basic single coil wiring and with the addition of switches can determine the style if it is to be in series or parallel , in or out of phase with one or more pick ups .
Questions about these and other electric guitar problems are handled on a daily basis in Essaness Music , Kilkenny , so if you have any questions about any points raised in this blog please call in to the store , until the next time .
To play the Bodhran in a few quick steps.
You can follow these easy steps
Place the Bodhran on your left knee with your left hand inside the rim with you palm touching the skin.
Take the” Tipper “ in your right hand and “ FLICK “ your right wrist as if you were flicking water from it.
Now continue flicking in a fluent motion like the American Indian beat 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4
With the bottom end of the tipper that faces you, just practice with this one end of the tipper until you are comfortable with it, then as you speed up the flick of your wrist the top end of the tipper will come over the top and touch the bodhran skin,
The bottom of the tipper passes the skin up and down like a paint brush where as the top only touches the skin to make its beat,
The triplet is difficult to start with but once you are comfortable with the tipper in your hand and have your rhythm going , start flicking your wrist further and the top of the tipper comes into play and your triplets will flow
Also if your in Kilkenny just call into Essaness Music for some free lessons 🙂
Is the action too high ? in other words are the string too far away from the finger board. If so then it will be difficult to press the strings on to the frets ( the strips of brass on the finger board ) .
Is the action too Low ? do the strings buzz on the frets ? by touching them , and so the tone will be poor . If the overall feel of the guitar does not feel comfortable , then put a deposit on it and bring it in to your guitar tech team in ESSANESS MUSIC .
If the action is too high , we can adjust it by a number of options , By adjusting the saddle , adjusting the neck via the Truss rod , adjusting the nut , if needed we can adjust the struts under the sound board at the saddle .
If the action is too Low , we can also work on the nut , adjust the Truss rod or raise the saddle , but most importantly you need to know you will be getting a top Class job for a very reasonable fee .
As the guitar is going to be your new best friend , you need to be head over heels with it , Don’t forget to let us have a look before you Buy and avoid disappointment .. Happy Hunting from the ESSANESS MUSIC team .
The most important thing to remember about rock n roll is that its dance music . When you play rock n roll people want to dance and dancing requires a strong steady tempo and a good rhythm .
If you plan to be the rhythm guitar player in a band , then it is your responsibility to keep a solid flow to the tempo , your job in the band is very important .
The only equipment you will need is a guitar and a plectrum .Although most playing is done standing up , most guitarists practice sitting down , simply cross your legs and rest the round part of the guitar on your right thigh , you are ready to begin…
Don’t worry about tuning , ask a friend or bring it in to us and let the ESSANESS MUSIC Team tune it for you , and don’t forget to ask about any current offers in house or tips and ideas on how to improve ..
We will be holding mini workshops on all aspects of guitar playing from absolute beginner to a working ( or not depending !! ) standard.. Ask in store when the next one is …..and enjoy playing !!! The Essaness Team
Guild Serial Numbers
A question we have been asked about recently is that of serial numbers for GUILD and I wanted to help clarify the situation.
To this day no official GUILD document has been reported that would give any indication into GUILD’s early serial numbering system.
The earliest GUILD guitars that have been reported so far have potentiometer codes that don’t date back any further than the 5th week of 1953 , all of these were electric archtops.
The serial numbers of these early instruments have a 4 digits and no instruments with serial numbers below 1001 are known to exist.
Since the GUILD COMPANY was officially registered on 24th
October 1952, the start of production was announced
On 17th April 1953 , it would be correct to assume that
Setrial numbers 1000 or 1001 would be the first .
All early GUILD guitars have the serial number written
On a label, but since the M 75 did not have a label the
Number was stamped into the back of the headstock.
This does not tally with the list printed in the “ Gruhn’s
Guide To Vintage Guitars “ however the list compiled
After 1955 and further seem to be reliable , so if you
Have any queries , please let us know … from the Essaness
Team … Happy Playing .
Digital Technology attained sound reproduction never before possible for drummers looking for natural sounds from their drums.
This demand was met by having thinner shells with reinforcement rings for a full bodied natural sound ideal for recording.
For the first time the player had the freedom to choose him or her ‘s type of wood or blend of Maple Birch or African Mahogany the depth and thickness of the shells, hardware or colour to create a one of a kind to the player’s requirements.
Dozens of prototypes were made and tested using “ blindfold “ listening tests, then finally they were recorded live and praised for the high standard of balanced sound achieved .
A drum set is like no other instrument where each drum was an instrument with its own unique sound with its own thickness, wood blend and bearing edge and that was only the beginning .
Please reply or comment on any of these blogs… Happy Drumming from the Essaness Team
True improvisation on a musical theme is playing variations during a performance. During a performance it gives the musician an opportunity for expression , when we hear musicians jamming in the shop in a relaxed setting and we find it gives them an opportunity to push themselves , no matter what their level is and whatever style be it on acoustic , electric or classical guitars.
When we set up a guitar in our workshop it will be tailored to the customer and his or her requirements in respect of style of playing gauge of string and action required on the instrument. We would have a profile of the customer if they are regular or they have just walked into the shop.
After gathering the information to build a profile of the playing style of the customer and then and only then do we go to work to deliver the standard of quality that is a trade mark of the shop, no matter if it is a “ Full Monty” which means we check the action, intonation, polish and buff the body and lemon oil the neck and a new set of strings for €15.00 or a full or partial refret with structural or cosmetic work to be carried out we would give a quote and authenticate the work after it is finished.
All this just to be able to jam or improvise… but we feel it is important to “ Get It Right “ policy as Eric Clapton remarked “ The only planning I do is a minute before I play I try to think of something that will be effective , but I never sit down and work it out, but if the instrument in my hands is performing to its ability that’s all I can ask for.
Happy Playing from all the team in ESSANESS MUSIC