I just got back from a great week-long Texas Blues guitar session at the National Guitar Workshop. It was a great session where I learned lots of new licks and techniques and got a chance to play on stage with a band. Since I had been traveling for several weeks, I took my Steinberger with me, which is a great little guitar for travel. But I must admit, it was sometimes tough to hear over the the much hotter sounds of the more prevalent Stratocasters. So now I'm wondering if I should buy a new guitar...
And how the heck do I decide what to look at? Sure you can try stuff out at GuitarCenter or whatever local independent shop you've got in town. But what about objective reviews? There's a new site that may help this situation, called TestFreaks. They have an extensive aggregation of reviews of electric guitars from across the web. Though honestly, I'm not sure how they do the math on their scores, because they rated the Fender standard Strat a mere 5.4 out of 10, compared to an 8.0 for the Fender standard Telecaster.
Or heck, maybe instead of getting a new guitar, I should get a nice little boutique-style amp with that classic over-driven blues sound. Anyone got a recommendation for an alternative to the pint-sized Fender 57 Champ reissue?
I'll write more about the NGW workshop in the coming weeks.