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Would You Like To Buy a Guitar ?

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Would you like to buy a guitar ?  maybe a Gretsch, Gibson, or Martin ? but don’t want to spend the money for a collectors  model ? . Then enter  YAMAHA  APX  SERIES…

Globally acclaimed  for  it’s  playability  and  famous  for  it’s  exceptional  clarity ,  solid  rosewood  back  and  sides ,  new  cosmetics  include  mahogany  wood  binding  , black  button  tuning  pegs  and  abalone / MOP  position  markers .

 

 

The  APX  Oval   Soundhole  thickens  lower  mid  response  and  gives  a  more strident  open  low  end , you  have  to come  in  and  check  them  out  and  let  the  Team  at  ESSANESS  MUSIC  guide  you  in  the  right  direction …..     www.essaness.com                Stay  Classy  !! ..

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YAMAHA APX series

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YAMAHA  APX Series

Thin Body Electronic Acoustic Guitar taking the stage by storm.

Introduced in  1987 the APX Series has become the mainstay of the range.

If you are a performer who needs to plug and play on stage or you just want to run  over a few chords , with a built in pre amp and pickups , cutaway neck you will get that big sound that belies their thinline bodies.

The expertly crafted non scalloped X type bracing allows the APX’s Top to sing and maximizes the resonance of the unique body shape for a full, natural tone that will give a crisp , clear attack allowing you to stand out in a live mix.

 

Because the APX has an oval sound hole  , you get an oval feed back buster for FREE .    Call in and check them out  !!

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THE CONSTRUCTION OF ACOUSTIC GUITARS

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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 …

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HOW ELECTRIC GUITARS ARE WIRED

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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 .

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Even You Can Play The Bodhran

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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 flowbod2

Also if your in Kilkenny just call into Essaness Music for some free lessons 🙂

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Suggestions For Buying A Guitar

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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 .

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IMPROVISATION

Improvisation.

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

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The Shape and Size of the Acoustic Guitar

The basic shape of acoustic guitars has not changed , from the Standard flat top , the Dreadnought or flat top to the Classical.   The characteristic figure of eight featuring the upper bout, the waist and the lower bout, but the relative dimensions often vary.

The smaller upper bout enhances the upper or treble frequencies while the larger bout enhances the bass or bottom frequencies .  Try dropping a coin through the sound hole into the sound box of the guitar and try shaking the instrument so it rattles around, moving from bout to bout to demonstrate the sound difference.

The overall size of guitars varies from one type to another, Flat top steel string acoustic range from the “standard” size up to the larger “jumbo” size and back to the “ Dreadnought “ shape.

The Standard acoustic instrument is very similar to the Classical guitar in many ways in both shape and size.  The Standard Flat top is 102cm overall, 37cm at the widest and 12 cm deep, while the Jumbo is 103.5cm overall, 41cm wide and 12.5 deep, the Classical being 98cm overall, 37cm at the widest and 10cm deep. Happy Playing .

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ALVAREZ GUITARS

ALVAREZ through the years

Since the late 1960’s Alvarez has been one of the most prominent and successful acoustic guitar brands in the USA and around the world.

Over the past 40 years some of the coolest and most creative musicians ever to grace the planet have chosen Alvarez and we can hear them played on countless recordings.

From the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Ritchie Blackmore to modern players such as Joe Bonamassa, Monte Montgomery and Ani DiFranco, creativity has always been at the core of Alvarez’s success, which has led to the millions of players and fans embracing the brand and its guitars.

REGENT Series

In 2011 they launched a great line of Regent Series guitars and in order to improve on them they focused on how they could deliver more features and better tone through improving their production techniques, Techniques that would allow them to make the best value, best quality entry-level guitars in the market.

Click here to see our available guitars

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Pete Townsend

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Pete Townsend was born in Chiswick, London, on May 19th 1945. He got a present of an acoustic guitar from his grandmother when he was 12 years old, one by one he broke the strings until he was left the D B and G.

He wanted to find out how the guitar worked and set about learning chords and their structures, and in the following months made great headway, learning an amazing amount of chords and understanding of the instrument, he replaced the strings and so the career began.

Pete’s father played the clarinet and was an accomplished saxophone player and was a session musician and band leader, as Pete was not interested in playing sessions he reacted to this with teenage rebellion as he was more interested in songwriting and sound engenering  rather than in music theory, he also learned the banjo and joined a jazz band and played New Orleans swing. The trumpet player in the band was John Entwistle who later became involved in bands and soon was  the bass player with the Who.

The first electric guitar Pete ever had was a Harmony Guitar called a “Stratocruiser “ soon after he became a member of the Detours, the lead player called Roger Daltrey sold him an Epiphone Lead Guitar on easy payments.

The first name  for the band to come up was High Numbers soon to become The Who, their one and only single as The High Numbers was called “Zoot Suit/ I’m a Face “,  the single was not a success but is now a rare collectors item.

As a Mod band they accepted their image combining it with “ Op Art “ fashion, the end result was a very  flashy image which the young mod crowds  could identify  with.

By the time the band had changed their name to The Who, the raw high energy music  which   reflected  their American R&B influences was allowing their audiences to express their youthful  frustration.

Pete’s rhythm guitar work,his visual stage presence and the groups overall sound set them apart from their contemporaries, for example Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck were very much lead players  and because he could not replicate them, he had to find his own solution.

While strutting on stage at the Ealing Club in West London he accidently stuck the head of his Rickenbacker guitar in the false ceiling above and snapped the neck off, when the audience began to laugh he smashed the rest of the guitar to pieces and continued the show on a 12 string as if nothing had happened.

The next night the Club was packed out and nightly equipment smashing signalled the end of every Who stage and television appearance, meanwhile Pete had perfected the “power chord” and the use of controlled feedback and windmill arm motions, which provided a powerful  foundation for the rest of the band.

The basic guitar, bass and drums  format  uncluttered  by  too much soloing allowed Keith Moon and John Entwistle more freedom  than their counterparts  in other more conventional rhythm sections and from  staged violence and semi contrived personal expression came the early hits of “My Generation “ and “ Substitute “ contrasted  with other bands and they became the most emulated band of the 60’s.

His powerful  chord style means that he has to use heavier strings and change them quite often, “ If I’m lazy and do not change them, then always on the first or second number they will break, I’ve had strings break on the first chord”.

During the early days John Entwistle  was using a Marshall 4×12 speaker cabinet for his bass guitar and Pete realised he was getting twice as much volume and got one for himself and followed it with another cab putting one on top of the other creating one of the first “stacks”, because the top cab was at ear level he could hear himself more clearly and control feedback better.

In 1978 Keith Moon died and so the band tour less now but Pete is still regarded as one of the key rock guitar players.