Gear Review: Orange Micro Dark Terror

Street Price: $189 OverviewOrange really revolutionized the amplifier market with its original Orange Tiny Terror series of "lunchbox" style guitar amps.  Typically about the size of a lunchbox, simple controls, lower power, "lunchbox" amps are great bang for the buck as far as portability, tone, and power.  Every manufacturer has a "lunchbox" amp now.  So... Continue Reading →

Tone Tip: Low To No Volume Practice

As I've gotten older, it seems like my guitar playing needs to be quieter and quieter.  As a teenager, I'm surprised my parents even tolerated the volumes I would play at all the time.  When my wife and I moved into our first house, we had very close neighbors.  So that was the first detriment... Continue Reading →

Gig Survival: Always Have A Backup!

Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Nowhere is this truer than in the world of a gigging musician.  Those strings that you’ve been twangin’ on for months? They’ll choose to snap bending that first note during your sweet solo.  That seemingly indestructible amp you’ve been cranking since the 80s?  A fuse... Continue Reading →

My First Blog! Who the heck is Chuck?

Hey there interweb guitar geeks!! This is my first foray into writing a blog so bear with me as I stumble through this process.   For my inaugural blog, I figured I talk about something important - ME! I'm 32 years old and I've been playing guitar since I was 7.  If I understand math correctly,... Continue Reading →

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