Another 52 Guitars, week 2—Manson Guitar Works MA EVO 2019

Week two of the new series—cleverly called Another 52 Guitars because I’ve already done a series called 52 Guitars—and I’m almost working in real time. It’s technically the beginning of the third week of the year, but I don’t follow the rules of the standard calendar.

That’s a good thing though. It allows me to do things like include a 2019 guitar in my 2020 series simply because this guitar looks awesome and I’d be as proud as a Manson Guitar Works artist to own one. The model I’ve decided I admire the most is the MA EVO 2019.

Another 52 Guitars, week 2—Manson Guitar Works MA EVO 2019

Perfect Lock Bolt guitar strap locks

At the end of last year, I wrote about the Lightning Guitar Picks by PLB World. The lightning guitar pick is a cool novelty item. The main product that PLB World is trying to get people to notice however is their Perfect Lock Bolt guitar strap locks. It’s not a novelty. It’s seriously trying to make your guitar safer while you’re playing it.

I’m lucky enough to have received one of the Perfect Lock Bolt guitar strap locks and I like them. I have a feeling I won’t be dropping my Ibanez RX-20 anytime soon. Let’s delve deeper.

Perfect Lock Bolt guitar strap locks

Another 52 Guitars, week 1—Palm Bay Guitars Avalanche AXX1

Back in 2013, I did a weekly series about 52 different guitars I’d love to own. At the end of that year, I ended up buying one of the guitars in the list. Well, it’s been way too long since I blogged regularly and it’s also been too long since I found the motivation to find another guitar to buy. That changes now and my inspiration starts strong with the Palm Bay Guitars Avalanche AXX1.

Another 52 Guitars, week 1—Palm Bay Guitars Avalanche AXX1

Lightning Guitar Picks—LED impact plectrums

Quite often I’ll be scrolling through my Twitter feed—the same could be said for Instagram or Facebook—and I’ll come across some new piece of guitar gear/technology that makes me say “Oh, that’s new!”

When I do this, it’s out loud and my wife either says “What’s new?” or “If it’s guitar-related, you don’t need it”. When I try to explain what’s new, she rarely cares. When I showed her the video that PLB World had posted of their lightning guitar picks—impact activated LED plectrums—she agreed that this was indeed something she’d not seen before.

Yay! I could continue perusing 🙂

Lightning Guitar Picks—LED impact plectrums

Alphabet playlist of metal—the ‘Z’ fortnight

Back when I wrote the article for the M fortnight of this series, I started with Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm … which represented the number of M bands in the article as well as the tastiness of a playlist with that much variety. If I was to follow that same approach for this final playlist, the result would be Zzzzzz.

Yep. Six bands. That’s how many Z bands I could come up with—with a little help from friends. This will be one sleepy little article.

Alphabet playlist of metal—the ‘Z’ fortnight

My 10 favourite albums of 2019

The new music I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in 2019 has been outstanding. For my musical tastes, this year has been amazing. Looking back—listening back too I suppose—my musical tastes have seemingly changed slightly as well. The amount of screaming I can not only tolerate, but honestly enjoy has increased dramatically.

Not only have Google Play Music and YouTube made some seriously impressive recommendations, they’ve made sure I knew as soon as my existing favourite bands released something new. That combination of recommendation types has resulted in a somewhat surprising list for me.

My 10 favourite albums of 2019