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Hardshell Case or Gig Bag? It Depends on How You’ll Use It

Several years ago, I was buying a new guitar from my local shop. The salesman opened the cardboard shipping box the guitar came in, removed the foam packing sleeve from the guitar, handed me the packing sleeve and the box, and told me with a smile, “Look, a gig bag and a case!”Which brings up the question about which is better. OK, not the ones that came with that guitar—but gig bags or... …

How a Slide Taught Me to Make Up My Own Mind

Aristotle called it the “unscribed tablet”—the tabula rasa—the idea that we come into the world as a blank slate, free of any pre-formed knowledge. But thanks to the internet and mass marketing, we don’t remain blank for long, though how much of that knowledge is based on fact is debatable. ... …

Thoughts on Downsizing Your Gear

Some days I feel like a multinational corporation in cargo pants. In the past decade, I’ve set up shop four times: twice in the U.S. and twice in England. ... …