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Fingerstyle Challenge of the Week #8 Winner!

The winner for the latest fingerstyle challenge is Ennea, for his performance of Kabukibear's "DK in Love". Getting some good vibes from that guitar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqJyAA82mwo

The 9th challenge is being hosted by Ennea here, based on an extract of this arrangement. I've never heard it before, but it sounds well good. Guy's got taste.

Fingerstyle Challenge of the Week #6 Winner!

That surreal's built for speed. Very smooth performance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9UoOZHOej0

With surreal taking home the prize for week 6, we eagerly await his challenge for the the 7th fingerstyle competition. It could be created now, or at the start of next week. Perhaps people could comment here suggesting the best time to start the next challenge?

Fingerstyle Challenge of the Week #5 Winner!

"There's a new guy in town. His name is Robocop." Well actually it's kpcart, and he kicks ass at tremelo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySazkbsuWKc

kpcart took the 5th challenge by a storm, and is now hosting the 6th fingerstyle competition here. It's based on one of his own arrangements, and it looks pretty damn good.

Fingerstyle Challenge of the Week #2 Winner!

The winner of the second fingerstyle challenge was Ennea, who's entry was the most fluid and consistent overall. Bravo!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddxwyBif1m4

Ennea's now hosting the third challenge, which can be found here. Everyone's welcome, so don't be afraid to challenge yourself!

Fingerstyle Challenge of the Week #1 Winner!

The winner of the first fingerstyle challenge was TrangOul!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBrnDdD1bS8

As is customary for the victor, Trang is now hosting the second week's fingerstyle challenge here. If you want to challenge and improve your fingerstyle technique and musicianship, head over there now! And don't worry about submitting an entry at TrangOul's level. The purpose of these challenges is to improve ourselves, and have fun in the process.

Review: The Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

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The Zoom A2 Acoustic Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal.

Ok I want to start out by saying that I knew nothing about effects prior to buying this pedal that said lets jump in and see what this effects pedal has to offer.

This effects pedal is really one of a kind I did alot of research on this because I wanted to find a nice pedal that would produce nice reverb to add to my video's to spice them up a bit. So after finding this pedal I started to read what could be achived by using it and to my surprise it had a total of 47 high-quality effects for acoustic/classical even eletric guitars but thats not all it can simulate 12 acoustic guitar/preamp sound character simulations meaning you just bought 12 guitars in one pedal. The list of guitars are: Martin D-28, Gibson SJ-200, Martin OOO-18, Gibson J-45, Tacoma C3C, Ovation Adamas, Nylon (Zoom original), Selmer Maccaferri, Dobro Model 27, National Reso-phonic Style O, Resophonic (Zoom original), Tube preamp (Zoom original.

Now a little more into depth with the pedal and effects as I said before it has 47 high-quality effects like Phaser, Tremolo, Air, Auto Wah just to name a few. The reverb is outstanding with reverb types like Hall, Room, Bright/Dark Slap Reverb, Modern Spring with loads more which is all customizable by the way, you have total control over how long they stay and how fast the effects die out. You can also simulate Amps and Pickups, has a built in 6 band EQ, Chromantic tuner for all of you who love to do different tunings, Feedback control, a very realistic sounding drum machine with PCM sound sources, can run on battries for about 6hrs, and has an option for an expression pedal.

All in all this effects pedal is just awesome for what it does. I only shared with you a fraction of what it could do, but if you looking to spice up your sound then this is the way to go I really enjoy playing using this pedal and im sure you would to.

*NOTE* There are two models of the pedal available. I reviewd the one I bought but there both the same with the exception of the USB and the footpedal is attached to the other model.

Price: I got mine for 100$ NEW Ive seen them for 80$ on ebay NEW.
Full Specs: http://www.zzounds.com/item--ZOMA2

Review: Savarez 520R Strings.

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My review of the Savarez 520R Strings.

Over the year I've been using many different sets of strings and hadn't really settled on a certain string. Well finally after many, many months of searching I finally found the one that suits me and those strings are the Savarez 520R strings. I would like to take a moment and tell you a little about the Savarez history.

The history of string making behind the Savarez name dates back over two centuries, to 1770, when Savaresse first embarked upon the manufacture of natural gut strings in Lyon, France. From the 1880s the company began to produce silk and steel as well as bronze and brass strings. Today, Savarez has become a world leader in musical string innovation with superior research and development.

That said I would like to take some time tell you why I like these strings so much compared to the others I have tried.

I would like start to by saying all Classical Guitars are not made equal, and my results doesn't necessarily mean you will achieve the same results I have had with these strings.

When my guitar first arrive to me it had Daddrio strings on it which at the time were OK but the trebles were lacking something like they had no life in them and I started to wonder maybe the strings were bad so I decided to change them out for some more of the same strings and to my surprise they sounded the same, still lacking something but I didn't know what because I was still new to guitar at this period in time. So my search went on and one day I stumbled upon an ad about Savarez strings so I went to my local shop in Dallas called "Zoo Music" and asked for some Savarez strings and he handed me some Savarez 520Rs and said those are very popular because of the string material that they use which is "Rectified Nylon" which other string manufactures do use by the way. So I went home and installed them on my guitar tuned it up and started playing and was AMAZED at the difference in volume and sound they were producing I honestly couldn't believe the zest the trebles had. Even the basses came to life, even though I'm not a big bass fan it was a huge improvement on the overall sound. The basses were rich and deep but not over powering and the trebles were loud and clear but not too bright sounding which is what I was looking for in a string.

Overall I have to give Savaerz 520Rs a solid 9.5 as a rating there great strings with a great sound and haven't found another string that matches them.

Packaging: They come in a gold ziploc type package with six strings individually packaged and numbered according to the string. Each string is also tagged with an ID number.

Strings: The trebles are "Rectified Nylon" non-polished but smooth and are light-whitish looking. The basses are silverplated copper on nylon core

Price: Varies depending on the place I can get 2 packs for 21 dollars. Guitar Center sells them for 13 or 15 dollars. So look for deals when ever you can.

Info about the strings. http://www.savarez.fr/anglais/carterougejb.html#

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