Guitar Reviews by KJ Leichman

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  1. Sabine ZIP-700 Tuner ·
    I bought this with my first electric guitar, not realizing that I wouldn't be able to do a thing with it. Do yourself a favor and spend a few bucks to buy a real tuner. However, to its credit, it does a reasonable job for an entry-level tuner (a...(more)
    Equipment: Parts/Accessories · Posted: 6/25/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  2. Hamer Slammer Daytona ·
    This was my first electric, and several people who know guitars better than I do gave me the "Nice guitar!" thumbs-up. Basically, you won't find a much better guitar for the money.
    Equipment: Guitars · Posted: 5/28/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  3. Dunlop Tortex .88mm ·
    This is one of the most standard picks made by Dunlop, but I use it for almost all of my overdriven/distorted playing. It's also fine for clean guitar, but you may want to consider something lighter to get a softer feel.
    Equipment: Parts/Accessories · Posted: 3/2/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  4. Gibson Thin Pick ·
    I used this on my classical acoustic for a long time and really liked it. When I got my first electric, I tried it out on the steel strings, and it still sounded good. Just don't try playing Metallica with it.
    Equipment: Parts/Accessories · Posted: 3/2/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  5. Hamer Guitars ·
    This site is gratuitously graphic-intensive, hard to navigate, and does not feature much in the way of real information.<br> However, it makes up for these shortcomings with the Warehouse section, a catalog-like showroom of their instruments. It...(more)
    Manufacturer Sites: Guitar Makers · Posted: 3/8/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  6. D'Addario Strings ·
    This site has everything. It's got a complete catalog featuring their tremendous array of strings, FAQs, a dealer locator, and a message board. It's easy to navigate, and you'll probably find what you're looking for.
    Manufacturer Sites: String Makers · Posted: 3/9/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  7. Marshall ·
    The first thing you'll notice is that this site is loaded with unnecessary graphics that really slow it down. However, it presents its rich product line quite nicely, and it even has an archive of discontinued amps. Plus, you'll find a special "...(more)
    Manufacturer Sites: Amplifier Makers · Posted: 3/9/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  8. Dunlop ·
    Wow. It's quick. It's comprehensive. It's got everything you can ask for. And it's really easy to get around too. This site is worth your time if you're interested in the Dunlop product line.
    Manufacturer Sites: Part/Accessory Makers · Posted: 3/9/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  9. D'Addario EXL110 Regular Light ·
    Nothing too special. They're pretty good strings that shouldn't let you down, but don't pay as much as I did for them.
    Equipment: Strings · Posted: 4/28/2003 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  10. ActiveBass.com ·
    Wow. As great as WholeNote is, ActiveBass is just a little better. My brother (a bassist) found it and didn't get off the computer for several hours. Awesome job!
    Instruction: On-Line · Posted: 4/30/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  11. Ride the Lightning by Metallica ·
    A relentless onslaught of some of Metallica's best work. The blistering "Fight Fire with Fire" sets the tone for the rest of the album, and I'm convinced that "Call of Ktulu" was put in there just so you'd be able to catch your breath after "Cre...(more)
    Recordings: Metal · Posted: 4/30/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  12. Ixnay On the Hombre by The Offspring ·
    Their first hit album, Smash, was a tough act to follow, but Offpsring gave its fans more of what they wanted to hear with this one. The pace is blistering and the lyrics are poweful/funny/sarcastic (depending on the song). A good choice for Off...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 5/10/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  13. Musicians Friend ·
    To those of you who saw my ealier comments about this site: I take it all back! They've really gotten their act together now, and their web site is incredible! It's fast, it's easy to navigate, and it has an incredible selection (at their alread...(more)
    Marketplace: On-Line Stores/Catalogs · Posted: 5/28/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  14. Gore Elixir ·
    If you've got a friend who keeps singing the praises of Elixir strings, BELIEVE HIM/HER! These strings are awesome and well worth the price.
    Equipment: Strings · Posted: 6/8/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  15. Dunlop Tortex .60mm ·
    If you're looking for a medium pick, this is a great choice. I've tried mediums from Fender and Gibson, but they're not quite as good as this. It has a great mix of firmness and bendability (if that's a word), and delivers a reasonable attack (a...(more)
    Equipment: Parts/Accessories · Posted: 6/25/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  16. Ernie Ball/Music Man Regular Slinkys ·
    Overall, a good buy if you change strings often anyway. The feel and sound is quite good for the first dozen hours of playing or so, so if you're on tour and changing strings every night, they should be fine. <br/><br/>These are used by a lot o...(more)
    Equipment: Strings · Posted: 7/3/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  17. Vox Wah-Wah ·
    If you want the classic wah sound, it's either this or Dunlop. Dunlop is cheaper, but I think you get what you pay for with this. I'm happy with my choice to get this classic.
    Equipment: Effects · Posted: 7/4/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  18. My Own Creed ·
    First for the praise: Good Creed tabs are hard to come by for some reason, but this site has really good ones. If you want to know how to play any Creed song, check this site out!<br> Now for the bad part: This is one of those typical free web s...(more)
    Musicians: Fan Websites · Posted: 7/6/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  19. Boss DS-1 Distortion ·
    This pedal is, in the words of a teacher I once had, a "jack of all trades, a master of none." Its incredible versatility allows you to get a decent sound no matter what you want to play. But as Microsoft can tell you, when a product tries to sa...(more)
    Equipment: Effects · Posted: 7/6/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)
  20. Klei Zemer ·
    Klei Zemer (a Hebrew name meaning roughly "instruments of praise") is about as American as they come. It carries mainly Fender, Gibson/Epiphone, and Ibanez guitars and basses; Fender, Ibanez, and other amps; keyboards from various manufacturers ...(more)
    Marketplace: Music Stores · Posted: 8/24/2000 by KJ Leichman (1446)