Equipment

Fender Pro Junior Amp Review

I love this tube amplifier. A Fender Pro Junior is a 1x10, 15 watt amplifier, all tube amplifier. The size of the amp makes it perfect for playing at home. The simple controls, tone and volume, make it great for a beginner to use. But even more important is that it has a great tone. Bigger does not always mean better. In the case of amplifiers I think this is absolutely true.

Sometime in the future I might buy a 2x12 cabinet and hook it up to this amp. I am sure it would push plenty of air and sound even better. But I loved the tone of this amp that I ended up with two of them! Sometimes I play them both together using my Danelectro Cool Cat Chorus (see below) to get a stereo effect. Very cool.

Fender Tex-Mex Stratocaster Review

This is my main axe. When I decided to buy an electric guitar in 1996, I knew I wanted a Fender Stratocaster. My favorite guitarists all play Strats, so getting a Strat was a natural choice. I took a friend with me to look for a guitar. On the first day out we found a Japanese Strat (a sweet guitar) and a Tex-Mex Strat which both my friend and I liked.

I didn't buy that Tex-Mex that day because I promised my wife that I wouldn't buy a guitar the first day I went shopping. A week later I went by myself to a nearby guitar shop and found my Tex-Mex Strat.

The Tex-Mex Strat is a really wonderful instrument. These instruments all have a high quality and consistency. The Tex-Mex pickups are 'hot'. This guitar has a wonderfully 'growling tone'.

Fender Tex-Mex Stratocaster

 

Review of Cooperstand Collapsible Compact Professional Guitar Stand

Every since I started going to the Sat. morning Jam sessions I realized I needed a guitar stand so I could put my guitar up every once in a while.  I didn't want to haul in my normal guitar stand.  Well a friend pointed out the Cooperstand Guitar Stand as a product I might want to check out.

The most important thing about a guitar stand is that it has to be sturdy enough to hold up your guitar.  The Cooperstand Guitar Stand meets this criteria.  While it isn't as sturdy as my most sturdy guitar stand it meets my needs for the Sat. morning Jam sessions.  The big advantage over many other small guitar stands is how small the Cooperstand Guitar Stand can fold up.  The Cooperstand Guitar Stand folds up to the size of a small box but thick book.

Cooperstand advertises that the Cooperstand Guitar Stand can be put under the headstock in a guitar case.  So far I have yet to find a guitar and guitar case where this is true.  But it is small and light enough that it will easily go into a guitarist jam bag.

(out of five)

Harmony Classical Guitar Review

I bought this guitar from a member of our church in the Fall of 1995. The label inside the guitar says that it is a Harmony (model H606). When I took it to a local shop they told that they would sell a guitar like this one for $250 or $300. I paid less than that for it so I got a bargin. I only play with Augustine Blacks.

I sold this guitar (1999) so I could get a Yamaha acoustic/electric APX4A.

Yes I admit it, I have a TS-9 Tubescreamer because I am a Stevie Ray Vaughan fan. Do I want to get SRV's tone? No. I just like the way the TS-9 gives me just the right amount of overdrive.

I had my TS-9 modified by Analog Man.