For Part 2 of this 4 part series, I covered the gear and tone of some of the bands I grew up moshing to. Some call it hardcore, some just call it metal–and they all have some punk elements in there–but I don’t care too much for specific labels. You just have to listen and love it, or not. But don’t disregard anything automatically because of a genre label.

All I can really tell you is these bands are heavy and their shows were always (and still are) fun as hell to be at–especially when they were all playing together (Ozzfest ’04 anyone?).

You can check out the article on the Sam Ash Spotlight blog by clicking Andy Williams (of Every Time I Die).

I’m finding that the more basic topics I write about for Sam Ash afford the most value to the most people. Sometimes, when you’ve been doing something for a while, you brush past things because they seem obvious, even if they’re not.

This short, explanatory article gives a pretty straightforward analysis of the two main schematics for guitar pickups — single coil and humbucker. It was helpful for me to write it out, and seemingly helpful for some people to read it.

If you’re interested, click the HSS Strat below to check it out!

I don’t play a 7-string guitar (yet), but I have great respect for players who do. The 7-string is conducive to heavy metal, but in writing this article for Sam Ash Music, I found that it’s not exclusive to it.

In researching the most prolific 7-stringers, I found a great jazz guitarist, as well as a Brazilian gentleman who’s playing really captivated me — Yamandu Costa. If you want to be impressed by someone’s emotionally driven and incredibly passionate guitar work, on a 7-string classical guitar no less, check out this YouTube video:

And if you’re interested in checking out all the other 7-string guitarists I highlighted in this article, click the Ibanez below.


There’s a question a lot of us have asked. As I got more into gear, I tried to learn what set the expensive stuff apart from the cheap stuff. Sometimes, it’s a little overblown and the price could come down a bit. But often there’s good reason for the higher prices on many guitar models.

My newest post on the Sam Ash Spotlight gets into different aspects of what justifies the price tags on high-end guitars.

Click this incredibly rare PRS below to check it out!

Up now on the Sam Ash Music Spotlight — Part 1 of my 4 part series on how to achieve a guitar tone like some of your favorite metal bands.

The first part of this series focuses on the founding fathers of heavy metal, analyzing and explaining the gear used by Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Slayer.

Click on Kirk to check out!

Sometimes we get a little technical at Sam Ash. We’re not always sure who, if anyone, will find this stuff helpful, but we write it anyway, hopefully satisfying someone’s intellectual curiosity.

In this most recent piece, I went in-depth into different guitar bridges.

Click the pic below to check it out.

For my most recent piece on the Sam Ash blog, I wrote about a bunch of “uniquely inspiring” guitar solos. It’s a mix of very popular, and lesser known, but equally awesome, guitar solos, with explanation of why they’re so cool.

You can definitely guess some of the more popular tracks in the article, but some will probably surprise you.

Click below to check it out.