Words of Wisdom: Thurston Moore

Words of Wisdom: Thurston Moore

As I noted in a recent article, the Fender Jazzmaster is a guitar for those who dare to be different. Thurston Moore, the former Sonic Youth guitarist, continues to push the boundaries of guitar-based music, and has influenced a generation of players in the process.
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Iconic Guitars: Fender Jazzmaster

Iconic Guitars: Fender Jazzmaster

Today we’re taking a look at the Fender Jazzmaster; a truly unique instrument for those who dare to be different.
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3 MORE Capo Classics Every Guitarist Should Know

3 MORE Capo Classics Every Guitarist Should Know

We’re back with three more bona fide classic songs that feature guitars played with capos!
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Iconic Guitars: Gibson Explorer

Iconic Guitars: Gibson Explorer

A striking departure from Fender’s Stratocaster or Gibson’s own Les Paul, the Explorer was suppose to be the guitar of the future.......

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Eddie Van Halen: Words of Wisdom

Eddie Van Halen: Words of Wisdom

Van Halen’s words of wisdom when it comes to guitar playing.
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Eric Clapton: Six Decades, Six Songs

Eric Clapton: Six Decades, Six Songs

He’s been slinging his guitar for the better part of six decades now. And, as far as we’re concerned, Eric Clapton is still god.
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Hawaiian Koa:  Thalia's New Mission

Hawaiian Koa: Thalia's New Mission

Thalia Capos was founded when Thalia dreamed of making a capo that would complement the Hawaiian Koa in the Taylor Guitar held by Taylor Swift on the cover of Rolling Stone. Today, we are announcing our new mission to play a meaningful role in the reforestation of Koa in Hawaii over the coming decade while also promoting the use of sustainably grown Hawaiian Koa from 2nd & 3rd growth forests.
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3 Capo Classics Every Guitarist Should Know

3 Capo Classics Every Guitarist Should Know

When it comes to writing great songs, a capo is a seriously useful tool...we’re running through three bona fide classics that feature guitars played with capos. And, because these are songs that every guitarist should have in their arsenal, we’re including guitar tab links as well. 
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Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 4)

Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 4)

Here it is, the fourth and final installment of our interview with the legendary Tommy Emmanuel. Read on for Tommy’s thoughts on pushing the limits live, his preference for one-take recording, and what young guitarists need to do to be the next Tommy Emmanuel.
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Iconic Guitars: The Gibson SG

Iconic Guitars: The Gibson SG

There’s something magical about a Gibson SG. That distinctive horned design screams rock and roll. It’s unmistakably devilish, and it’s the “Highway to Hell” guitar for a reason.

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Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 3)

Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 3)

Part three of our interview with Tommy.  Read on to hear his thoughts on YouTube success, the importance of old school leg-work and guitar practice routines.
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Gretsch White Falcon

Iconic Guitars: the Story of the Gretsch White Falcon

Plenty of electric guitars get described as “gorgeous.” But, in the looks department, you don’t get much prettier than the Gretsch White Falcon. With that striking white finish, distinctive headstock, and luscious gold appointments, it’s certainly a head turner.
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Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 2)

Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 2)

Part two of our interview with Tommy.  Read on to hear about what he is listening to now, his thoughts on electric vs. acoustic and more.

 

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Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 1)

Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 1)

At the tail end of last year, Thalia Capos had the privilege of talking to the legendary Tommy Emmanuel while he was on tour with Jerry Douglas. Over the course of an hour, we got into everything from Chet Atkins to YouTube stardom.

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The Thalia Christmas Playlist

The Thalia Christmas Playlist

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Or so the saying goes. And hey, we can’t deny that we’re big fans of the holiday season here at Thalia capos.

But, we do have a bit of a bee in our bonnet when it comes to the Christmas season, and that’s Christmas music. For six-string aficionados, typical holiday music fare can be a bit of a bummer. The mighty guitar tends to play a supporting role in popular seasonal songs. Tis the season to be jolly? Sure. The season to shred and strum? Not so much.  So what can you do about it?

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The Wisdom of Tommy Emmanuel

The Wisdom of Tommy Emmanuel

Back in August, the Thalia community voted Mr. Tommy Emmanuel as the greatest fingerstyle guitarist of all time. It’s not at all surprising. As we’ve already stated a couple of times in this blog, Emmanuel is as complete a guitarist as you’re likely to find. He’s got style, he’s got flair, and he’s got an undeniable sense of melody and musicality that makes him a joy to listen to.  For today’s blog post, then, we’ve decided to compile a list of our favorite Tommy Emmanuel quotes. 

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How to Convince your Spouse to Buy you a Guitar for Christmas

How to Convince your Spouse to Buy you a Guitar for Christmas

Why won’t your partner buy you a guitar for Christmas? Probably because she thinks you own too many of them. You can try and justify it all you want: “I keep that one in DADGAD. That one’s a parlor guitar, that one’s a dreadnaught. Strats sound different to Les Pauls!”

Unfortunately, though, none of this will fly. As far as she’s concerned, “too many guitars” is less than the amount you currently have.

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Being a Thankful Guitarist

Being a Thankful Guitarist

When we think about Thanksgiving, we think about the festivities. Turkey and Cranberry sauce, Thanksgiving day football, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – you know what we mean. But, at its core, Thanksgiving is about, well, giving thanks. And that goes for us guitarists as well. Here at Thalia, we’re been thinking about the guitar-related things to be thankful for this holiday season. These are some of our observations.

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The Tree: The story of the world’s most coveted tonewood

The Tree: The story of the world’s most coveted tonewood

“When I picked it up, I was completely humbled. It was a shock-and-awe moment. It changed everything I’d ever thought about acoustic guitars leading up to that point… It was the most amazing acoustic guitar I’d ever played or heard.”

“The Tree” is something of a legend in guitar luthier circles. It’s the source of a mythic, unusually dense, centuries old mahogany that’s uniquely quilted, uniquely beautiful, and coveted by master guitar builders and their rock star clients. If you want a guitar made from this legendary wood though, it’ll come at a price – somewhere in the region of $30,000 to $40,000. But what is “the Tree,” and where did it come from? Read on and find out…

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Know Your Tonewood: Mahogany

Know Your Tonewood: Mahogany

When it comes to tonewood, mahogany carries some serious weight in the guitar world, both literally and metaphorically.

A mainstay in both acoustic and electric guitar manufacturing, it’s been used to make some of the most iconic instruments of all time. And, it’s prized in lutherie for both its aesthetic and sonic properties.

Today, we’re getting to grips with mighty mahogany; its varieties, its tonal characteristics and its sustainability. 

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The (Open-Minded) Genius of Richard Thompson

The (Open-Minded) Genius of Richard Thompson

When you think about British guitar heroes of the late 1960s and early 1970s, a few names are likely to crop up:

Jimmy Page; Eric Clapton; Jeff Beck; Keith Richards; George Harrison; Peter Green.

We’ll call these guys the usual suspects.

Richard Thompson, however, is not a usual suspect.

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The Thalia Halloween Fingerstyle Playlist

The Thalia Halloween Fingerstyle Playlist

When you think of horror movie soundtracks, it’s probably screeching strings and spooky synths rather than fingerstyle guitar that first come to mind.

But, in anticipation of Hallows’ Eve, we – the Thalia ghoul squad – have been doing a bit of digging to find some acoustic guitar goodness with a suitably seasonal edge.

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Iconic Guitars: the History of the Martin D-28

Iconic Guitars: the History of the Martin D-28

There are plenty of acoustic guitars out there that’d we’d describe as “classic.” “Iconic?” that’s another thing entirely. In our book, truly “iconic” guitars are few and far between. Often, when that term gets used to describe a six-string, it’s more marketing man hyperbole than true fact.

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Understanding Partial Capos

Understanding Partial Capos

Partial capos used to be something of a niche product, but in the past few years, they’ve grown exponentially in popularity. But what is a partial capo, and why do you need one? Partial capos have amazing applications for players at every stage of guitar playing. They’re incredibly useful for beginners struggling with learning chord shapes, they make alternate tunings a breeze, especially when playing live, and they unlock new sonic possibilities, facilitating sounds you didn’t know your guitar could make.

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