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Martin D-16RGT Review

As a dreadnought acoustic guitar, the Martin D-16RGT boasts a solid Sitka Spruce top and its sides and backs are made of East Indian Rosewood. This essentially describes it as the classic Martin Dreadnought guitar that it is. By Martin’s standard, the D-16RGT is really a mid-range guitar, even though this is a premium acoustic […] The post Martin D-16RGT Review appeared first on…

Fender CD-140SCE Review

There is a reason why the Fender guitars are among some top brands in the market. The electric guitars from Fender are more than just stringed instruments; they are a legacy. The guitars have inspired generations over the years and still do. Lea Fender who is the founder of the made his first guitar which […] The post Fender CD-140SCE Review appeared first on…

Epiphone EJ-200SCE Review

Did you know that there is a guitar suitable for every skill level? For those who are new in guitar, getting an instrument that is easy to handle and use is critical. As you advance, you can choose one that will offer you multiple functionalities. Understanding your skill level and the right instrument for you […] The post Epiphone EJ-200SCE Review appeared first on…

Yamaha FS850 Review

If you get into the guitar shop without a clue of the brand and design of instrument you want to buy, you are likely to be in for a shock. Quality guitar shops are equipped with numerous guitars made of various brands. Each of these stringed instruments offers a different sound. Whether you are a […] The post Yamaha FS850 Review appeared first on…

Epiphone DR-500MCE Review

For the past few years, Epiphone musical instruments have been associated with cheap Gibson imitations. However, this is unfair to Epiphone as this fabled guitar manufacturer has produces some high-quality instruments, such as the Masterbilt DR-500MCE. The original Masterbilt was manufactured in 1931 and left a big mark on the contemporary music scene.  Check out […] The post Epiphone DR-500MCE Review appeared first on…

Martin LX1 Little Martin Review

The Martin LX1 Martin is an acoustic guitar that certainly lives up to its name. Though it’s small in size, the LX1 Little Martin almost looks exactly how you would imagine a classic acoustic guitar to look like. Its combination of black neck and pale wood body is very distinct and equally pleasing to look […] The post Martin LX1 Little Martin Review appeared…

Taylor Academy Series 10E Review

The Taylor Academy Series 10E is not a “dumbed down” inexpensive version of the more expensive models of the brand. Instead, it is a totally new design developed to produce the full potential for an acoustic guitar at this cost. In addition, they are designed brilliantly for maximum playing comfort with knowledge that first-time players […] The post Taylor Academy Series 10E Review appeared…

Baby Taylor BT2 Review

There are many people who have bought guitars and ended up getting disappointed. The mistake most people make when buying guitars is not taking the time to research the product. Before you buy these stringed instruments, you have to find out if the device you are getting will offer you with the service you want. […] The post Baby Taylor BT2 Review appeared first…

Taylor Academy Series 12e Grand Concert Review

Are you planning of buying a guitar? If yes, you need to understand that not all guitars are the same. If not careful, you might end up buying an instrument that will not meet your musical needs. Before you purchase a guitar like this best acoustic, you have to find out its attributes such as […] The post Taylor Academy Series 12e Grand Concert…

Takamine EF360S-TT Review

If you’ve ever heard or played a vintage guitar that is well built, then you know that there are very few newer instruments that can compare. The EF360S TT by Takamine is a high-quality acoustic-electric guitar manufactured by Takamine. This guitar’s top wood features Thermal Top technology, which basically means that it has been aged […] The post Takamine EF360S-TT Review appeared first on…

Jasmine S35 Dreadnought Review

The Jasmine S35 Dreadnought is a great-looking acoustic guitar. It has exceptional features and a big, bold sound that is representative of extraordinary value, which makes it a must have. It is ideal for any player who is looking for a well-built guitar that is easy to play. The budget segment is completely redefined by […] The post Jasmine S35 Dreadnought Review appeared first…

Construction of the Mzuni Library and Auditorium Begins

In December 2015, Mzuzu University (Mzuni) in Malawi lost their library in tragic fire. Since then, I have been working with a team of faculty, staff, and students at Virginia Tech and Mzuni to design a new library. Last week, on November 20, this effort reached a major milestone when Agnes NyaLonje (the Minister of Education in […]

Gibson Montana Hummingbird Review

Before you buy any product, you need to conduct due diligence to ensure you get the best item in the market. The same case applies when you are purchasing a guitar; it does not matter if you are a beginner, intermediary, or a pro, you need to get an instrument that will meet your needs. […] The post Gibson Montana Hummingbird Review appeared first…

Construction of the Mzuni Library and Auditorium Begins

Originally posted on The Mzuni Library Initiative: The construction of the new Mzuzu University library and auditorium reached a major milestone last week, when the Agnes NyaLonje (the Minister of Education in Malawi) laid the first foundation stone of the new facility. The construction of the facility is expected to take around two years and…

Yamaha FG800 Review

Playing the guitar is not only fulfilling, but it is one of the ways you can use to relax your mind. Yet, choosing the best entry-level guitar among the many options in the market can be a challenge. At the same time, most of the low-cost devices online are a rip-off. If you are looking […] The post Yamaha FG800 Review appeared first on…

Yamaha APX600 Review

The Yamaha APX600 embodies the affordability and top-quality craftsmanship that is synonymous with Yamaha. The instrument provides a smooth-playing vibe and produces impressive sound. It is pleasing to the eye and all of this comes at an affordable cost. This cutaway thin-line acoustic-electric guitar features a System 65A preamp piezo pickup system and a built-in […] The post Yamaha APX600 Review appeared first on…

Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic Review

Most people avoid traveling with bulky luggage that may cause fatigue. If you are a fan of guitars, you may want to carry your instrument wherever you go. However, some people find it difficult to carry their guitars because most of them are bulky and cumbersome. But did you know that you can find a […] The post Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Acoustic Review appeared…

Martin DX1AE Review

Believe it or not, you can buy yourself a guitar that will provide you with an amazing sound quality and high-quality sound projection for just under $600. The guitar we are talking about is the Martin DX1AE. This affordable but amazing musical instrument and one of our choices for best acoustic guitars delivers a tone […] The post Martin DX1AE Review appeared first on…

Taylor 314CE Review

Taylor offers many acoustic guitar models on its product line, but the lowest priced one on its line of solid wood guitars is the Taylor 314ce. The 314ce features a well-build top mede of Sitka, back and sides made of sapele, and as of 2018, this guitar comes fitted the new v-shaped bracing. With the […] The post Taylor 314CE Review appeared first on…

Así fue el primer hackathon para docentes de FP (y acceso a mi ponencia en el mismo)

Bajo el título de FormaT&T, el primer hackathon nacional para docentes de Formación Profesional, celebrado desde el 12 al 14 de noviembre de 2020 de la mano de Fundación Bankia para la Formación Dual (Dualiza Bankia) y la asociación FP Innovación y con el apoyo, entre otros, del Ministerio de Formación y Educación Profesional y […] La entrada Así fue el primer hackathon para…

CPA Comparison Chart

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Lambers CPA Review

Each course by Lambers has a heavy focus on self paced content in order to appeal to people with busy schedules. By designing bite sized and flexible materials, busy professionals can take advantage of this course during non traditional study hours. Th…

Vuelve Tipomasters, bajo formato virtual en su ya 5ª edición pero con el espíritu de siempre

La ya clásica Tipomasters, jornada de charlas sobre grafismo, infografía y comunicación visual que vengo organizado como profesora de Periodismo de la UMA, para mis estudiantes de la materia optativa Tipografía y Grafismo digital (4º curso) pero abierta a la participación de otras personas interesadas, y en colaboración con diversas entidades, se mantiene pese a […] La entrada Vuelve Tipomasters, bajo formato virtual en…

10 Best Strat Pickups – Upgrade Your Stratocaster Tone

Are you looking to buy your first Strat? Or you want to bring new energy into an old favorite with a Strat tone? Worry not because we have the answers for the best strat pickups you can get this year. Pickup upgrades offer the best value for your money if you know how to optimize […] The post 10 Best Strat Pickups – Upgrade…

Guitars Costs – Beginners, Intermediate and Pro

Have you got some interest in playing the guitar? If so, you might be wondering how to go about it. The first step is to find a reliable tutor who will teach you how to play an acoustic or electric guitar. Once you learn how to play the instrument, the next step is buying one […] The post Guitars Costs – Beginners, Intermediate and…

Fractal AX8 Review – Amazing Multi Effects!

Fractal Audio has grown in popularity in the guitar tech industry over the past few years. The company has been producing effect units and amplifiers that have redefined the high end sector of the market and become the equipment of choice for many of the biggest names in the guitar world. Among its long list […] The post Fractal AX8 Review – Amazing Multi…

Guitar Vs Violin – What Are The Differences Between The Two?

Guitar vs Violin – Which one do you choose? Well, it all depends on the person, but generally, it is a good idea to go with the one that interests you the most. Many people do start off with one and then as time goes on, they decide to switch for a number of different […] The post Guitar Vs Violin – What Are…

10 Best Battery Powered Guitar Amp Options For 2021

Fire-breathing monsters in the form of hundred-watt amplifiers have always been revered in the world of guitars. Even so, the last couple of decades have witnessed an interesting trend; a dramatic rise in the popularity of desktop-size battery-powered amps. They first found use in home practice rooms, then gradually found their way into other applications […] The post 10 Best Battery Powered Guitar Amp…