Iconic Guitars: The History of the Gibson Les Paul

Iconic Guitars: The History of the Gibson Les Paul

When it comes to electric guitars, you don’t get much more iconic than the Gibson Les Paul. Along with the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster, it’s the instrument that cemented the solid-bodied electric as a bona fide guitar phenomenon, rather than just a passing phase.

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Four Types of Guitarist… You Meet at Open Mic Nights

Four Types of Guitarist… You Meet at Open Mic Nights

Here at Thalia capos, we love open mic nights.

They’re a great opportunity to meet other musicians, as well as to take your guitar playing out of your house and into the great wide world. 

But much more than that, the awesome thing about open mic nights is that they’re, well… open. Unlike a bona fide, ticketed gig, literally anyone can get up and play.  

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Know Your Tonewood: Maple

Know Your Tonewood: Maple

Historically, maple is synonymous with the manufacture of stringed instruments. Violins, violas and cellos have been made of maple for hundreds of years, and the wood was the resource of choice for many a revered luthier in the world of classical music. 

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The Genius of John Fahey

The Genius of John Fahey

"It's hard to imagine what contemporary music would be like if people like John Fahey had not been obsessively fascinated with roots American music from the 1920s and 30s. That's the secret of a whole swathe of modern rock'n'roll.”

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The Five Greatest Fingerstyle Guitarists… as Chosen by the Thalia Community

The Five Greatest Fingerstyle Guitarists… as Chosen by the Thalia Community

In the last edition of this blog, we asked for your thoughts on the greatest fingerstyle players of all time. You guys responded in droves, and now the results are in.

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Who is the Greatest Fingerstyle Guitar Player of All Time? You Decide!

Who is the Greatest Fingerstyle Guitar Player of All Time? You Decide!

Here at Thalia Capos, fingerstyle guitar playing is a true passion. There’s nothing quite like hearing an amazing finger-stylist doing their thing, and watching someone working with their left and right hands in complete synchronicity is one of the things that keeps us pushing to play to every day. With such a love for great fingerstyle playing, it might not surprise you to know that debates about the greatest finger stylist of all time are a frequent occurrence in the Thalia studio. And, that finding consensus amongst the staff here is a rarity!

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What Slash Taught Me About Guitar Playing

What Slash Taught Me About Guitar Playing

Throughout my teenage years, posters of guitar heroes were in regular rotation on my bedroom wall.

Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison and James Hetfield were all given “hall of fame” status by me for a time, coming and going as my tastes and fascinations changed, and then changed back again.

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What Is a Capo?

What Is a Capo?

You might not know what a capo looks like, but you’ve almost certainly heard one being used. They’ve long been the secret weapon of many a guitar hero. Keith Richards, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty have all kept one in their gig bag at one time or another, and used them on many a classic song.

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Peter Frampton’s “Phenix” Les Paul: The Guitar That Rose From the Ashes

Peter Frampton’s “Phenix” Les Paul: The Guitar That Rose From the Ashes

Even if you’re not a fan of his music, you’re probably familiar with Peter Frampton’s Gibson Les Paul, “Phenix.”  It’s the “Frampton Comes Alive!” guitar; the one that he plays on the album, and the one that he’s photographed with on the cover. Today, we’re going to share the story of the iconic “Phenix” guitar; how Frampton got it, lost it, and finally got it back.

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How To Use a Guitar Capo Chart

How To Use a Guitar Capo Chart

The small, but mighty capo is a seriously useful tool to have in your gig bag.

It opens up your fretboard, means you can learn lots of songs without learning complicated chords, and makes transposing songs into different keys a breeze.
Capos are great for making guitar playing simple. But, figuring out which fret to place your capo on can sometimes be confusing.

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Robby Krieger: Celebrating The Doors’ Unsung Hero

Robby Krieger: Celebrating The Doors’ Unsung Hero

When we think of the Doors, the first person that comes to mind is Jim Morrison. Mr. Mojo Risin’; The Lizard King. Call him what you want, the man was an icon. He’s not just synonymous with the band; to most of the general public, he is the band.

 

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How the Fender Telecaster Kickstarted the Electric Revolution

How the Fender Telecaster Kickstarted the Electric Revolution

Upon its release in 1950, the Fender Telecaster started an electric guitar revolution, and the world has never been the same since. Today, we’re taking a look at that iconic instrument and how it came to be.

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One legendary guitar: three legendary owners – the Greeny Moore Les Paul

One legendary guitar: three legendary owners – the Greeny Moore Les Paul

One legendary guitar: three legendary owners – the Greeny Moore Les Paul. It’s not uncommon for old Les Pauls to pass through the hands of more than one legendary guitarist.  Ask any Gibson guitar aficionado and they’ll tell you; vintage 1950s LPs have some serious mojo. They’re not exactly easy to find though, hence why they get shared around.

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Bought a new guitar and haven’t told your spouse? Read this guide!

Bought a new guitar and haven’t told your spouse? Read this guide!

How many guitars do you actually need?  Some people (usually non-guitarists) would say the answer to that question is “one.”  But those people are wrong. I’d counter that the answer is always “one more than you currently have.” Which is all well and good, until you try to explain this logic to your significant other.

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Gauging Your Gauge: Acoustic Guitar Strings Explained

Gauging Your Gauge: Acoustic Guitar Strings Explained

“What kind of strings have you got on there?”  I was stepping off stage at an open mic night when I was first asked this question, and it completely dumbfounded me.  At this point in my life, I was young, naïve, and knew very little about my instrument.

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The Gibson J-200: Celebrating an Acoustic Icon

The Gibson J-200: Celebrating an Acoustic Icon

More than 50 years ago, Bob Dylan released “Nashville Skyline.” His paean to American roots and country music, the record is today regarded as a Bob Dylan classic, and features one of the most iconic album covers in his discography.

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Know Your Tonewoods: Spotlight on Hawaiian Koa

Know Your Tonewoods: Spotlight on Hawaiian Koa

When it comes to discussions of acoustic guitar tonewoods, mahogany, maple and rosewood usually dominate.  And with good reason.  They’re great to work with, provide rounded, three-dimensional tones, and look stunning to boot. It’s why they’re so widely used in acoustic guitar manufacturing today.

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3 Ways a Capo Can Unlock Your Guitar Playing

3 Ways a Capo Can Unlock Your Guitar Playing

I’m always surprised when I meet guitarists that overlook the massive potential of their Capo.  It’s an amazing tool that opens the door for many new sonic possibilities.Check out these 3 WAYS that the small, but mighty Capo can unlock your guitar playing...

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Playing Guitar With Your Kids: From Thalia Capos to Britain's Got Talent...

Playing Guitar With Your Kids: From Thalia Capos to Britain's Got Talent...

As many of you know, the idea for the Thalia Capo originated with my daughter Thalia, who came to me with her big idea when she was just 8-years old.  Music was inspiration in our lives then and it continues today, as both of my girls have grown and continue to play guitar and ukulele. 

Last night on Britain's Got Talent, we got to see another beautiful story unfold that I just have to share with you... 

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Three New Inlays That Will Make You Drool

Three New Inlays That Will Make You Drool

You are going to love these new inlays inspired by the smoothness of Tennessee whiskey and the ebony fingerboards of fine instruments...

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