The 1980s were a time of great change in the United States and the world. The music of the 1980s was distinct from the music of other decades. Here's a snapshot of what I thought of as the best songs from each year in terms of pop and rock music.
Texas is a large and diverse land. Lots of landscapes, lots of people, and lots of great music. Here are ten of the greatest of all Texas guitarists.
The Martin D-35 guitars are great historical guitars. This page discusses the D-35 and the HD-35, their differences, and what the differences mean, the focus is on the post 2018 redesigns
From the annals of guitar history we find the Yamaha SG 2000. It was a guitar famously dubbed "the Les Paul killer." Here's the rest of the story.
Billy Strings is taking the music world by storm. He's a fantastic young Bluegrass guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and he's pushing boundaries. He's gone from a YouTube sensation to the Grand Old Opry in a short time. Here's the rest of the story.
Veganism, it's the fad religion and diet which annoys just about everyone in the civilized world. Vegans say ridiculous things all the time, here are five of the most common.
The 1935 Martin D-28, serial number 5895 is one of the world's most famous individual guitars. This article concerns one of the Martin models made to replicate it.
One of the greatest of all country and western singers and songwriters, Merle Haggard had a very strong inclination to write, sing, and perform political songs. Here's the most political songs of his catalogue, and the rest of the story.
Norman Blake has recorded with many a legend of American music, but Norman is more the sound of American music than, possibly, anyone yet living. He's the voice of today and yesterday, and a master of flatpicking guitar.
Swedish metal band Ghost is a very big deal these days, and almost every song they produce concerns the devil, God, some demons, or even the creation story. Here's a short analysis of my 3 favorite Ghost songs concerning the fallen one.
Mystical and mysterious, the life and death of Robert Johnson are legendary. He became the king of the delta blues, and inspired countless singers and guitarists. Did he make a deal with the devil? You be the judge. He played a Gibson L-1 guitar. Here is the rest of the story.
The Martin J-15 is a discontinued model from historic C.F. Martin & Company. Here is the rest of the story.
The Fender Dia De Los Muertos acoustic guitar is a rare, masterbuilt jewell from 2013. It features fantastic traditional Mexican artwork, and fantastic guitar building specifications. Here is the rest of the story.
Tacoma guitars no longer are manufactured. I only ever got to play one Tacoma guitar, and it was a Tacoma Road King dreadnought. I felt it was a fantastic instrument, and here's the rest of the story.
The Martin D-19 and the Martin D-17m are both all-solid wood dreadnoughts with solid spruce tops, but the tops are stained to look as though the guitars are made entirely of mahogany. Here's the rest of the story.
I've been living inside a travel trailer for most of the past ten years. This page will be about the biggest three problems I encountered with the trailer itself, and then the solutions to those problems.
This is a comparison between two of the very best all solid wood construction, mahogany back and sides, spruce top dreadnought steel string guitars.
Keith Richards is a living legend, and all of his favorite guitars are Fender Telecasters. Here is the story of those Teles, and more.
Don Felder wasn't always a member of the Eagles, but the band would have never soared as high as they did without him. The twin guitars of Felder and Joe Walsh produced some timeless music indeed. Gibson guitars has produced two instruments in Felder's honor; both are discussed here.
Elliot Easton may be the perfect pop rock guitarist. His playing was always flawless, and you can practically sing along to it, as though his guitar solos were vocals. The guitarist from The Cars has two different Gibson signature guitars, here's the rest of the story.
Tony Iommi is the father of heavy metal music. Black Sabbath has always been Tony's band, and vehicle for making music, and the Gibson SG has always been his primary guitar. Here's the rest of the story.
The Telecaster was always the honky tonk or country and western dance hall guitar. Today there are Teles with much wider ranges of tonal character available. This article concerns 5 of the best.
Mick Mars has long been the guitarist for Motley Crue, and he is one very underrated musician. He plays a Fender Stratocaster HSH, and here is the rest of the story.
Tom Scholz and his Gibson Les Paul, along with some brilliant home made recording equipment, are the driving force of the band Boston. Here's the rest of the story.
Angus Young has been the frontman, and face of AC/DC. He does it all with a Gibson SG guitar. Here's the rest of the story.
Rock guitar superstar, Slash, a man with a universally known one syllable moniker, and a visual flair so distinct he can be recognized by just his silhouette, is the global ambassador for Gibson Guitars. He almost always plays a Les Paul, and here is the rest of the story.
Joe Perry, formerly a toxic twin, and one of the two guitarists in US rock super-group Aerosmith, is a legend of rock and roll. His primary guitars are Gibson Les Pauls, and here's the rest of the story.
John Fogerty is one of the greatest of all American songwriters, and he's penned numbers that will transcend centuries and become folk songs. Hundreds of years from now, his songs will live on. He primarily played those songs on a Gibson Les Paul Custom.
Billy Gibbons, of that little band from Texas, is one of the world's finest living blues-rock guitar men. ZZ Top and Billy are still rocking hard, and though Billy doesn't always play a Les Paul, he most often does. Here is the rest of the story.
John Winston Lennon was one of the most successful musicians in world history. His favorite guitar was the Epiphone Casino, and here is the rest of the story.
David Gilmour's glassy Strat tone has been a part of over two hundred and fifty million albums sold world wide. Here's what you need to know if you're attempting to get a Strat with that exact sound.
From playing with Duane and Gregg Allman to his extraordinary solo career, Dickey Betts has been one of the cornerstones of southern rock. Here is a review of his beautiful Les Paul Goldtop, as well as a brief history Dickey's career.
Chris Cornell was one of the best vocalists in the history of rock music, and also one of its most intriguing songwriters. Gibson produced two different and very rare ES-335 models for Chris, and here's the rest of the story.
Kurt Cobain was a hot burning star that went supernova. As a parting gift, he gave us the MTV Unplugged concert. Here's the story of his guitar and similar guitars that are available today.
The great Peter Frampton has given us lots of memorable music, and most of it was played on a Gibson Les Paul. His most famous one was a gift. It was lost, but now it has been found again. Here's the rest of the story.
Pete Townshend is one of the most influential rock guitarists from one of the most influential rock bands. For about a decade he played Schecter PT guitars almost exclusively. Here's the story.
Takamine guitars of Japan are well known for their fabulous and interesting limited edition guitars. Here are their 40th and 50th-anniversary limited edition models.
Ron Wood has been a professional musician for more than 50 years now. He's been with The Rolling Stones for more than 40 years, and music is just one of his artistic pursuits.
Martin and Taylor are two of the finest acoustic guitar builders in the entire world. This article compares their flagship rosewood body acoustic/electric dreadnoughts.
Carlos Santana and Mark Tremonti are nothing alike. PRS SE guitars have signature guitars for both of them, and they aren't alike either except they cost about the same, and are extremely popular.
Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai have been two of the most well known guitar virtuoso in the entire world for several decades. Well, here are the exact guitars they are each playing today.
George Harrison and Merle Haggard were two icons of 20th-century music, and they both had huge impacts on our musical culture using Fender Telecaster guitars.
The Telecaster has always been associated with country and western music, and in the mid-1960s, country rock. There is no limit to what music can be created with one.
The Les Paul Custom is a lovely jewel. Bjorn Gelotte and Matt Heafy are both kings of thrash metal guitar and they both play Epiphone Les Paul Custom guitars. Here is the rest of the story.
Steve Lukather is one of the most recorded guitarist in music history. John Petrucci is the master of progressive metal shred. Sterling by Music Man makes signature models for both, here they are.
Jake E. Lee once had the toughest job in metal music. He had to replace Randy Rhoads in Ozzy Osbourne's band. DeMartini was a first class guitar gunslinger in the band Ratt. Here are their guitars.
Randy Rhoads and Marty Friedman are two of the most influential American guitarists. Jackson X series guitars are super-affordable, and here are the rest of the details for these signature guitars.
Glenn Frey and Garth Brooks are two of the finest singer songwriters the U.S. has ever produced. Takamine makes a great signature guitar in honor of both of these legends. Here's the story.
Slayer has long been a legend in Thrash metal music. It's hard to imagine more aggressive guitar-playing. Jeff Hanneman is gone, and Gary Holt lives. Both have ESP LTD guitars, and here is a side-by-side comparison of them.
James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica have long endorsed ESP guitars. They both have several, but two of the most favored ones are the Iron Cross and the White Zombie. Here's the story.
Alex Skolnick and Gary Holt are leading figures of thrash metal guitar playing. They've both endorsed ESP guitars and both have signature models by ESP. Here's the rest of the story.
Dave Murray and Jim Root are from different countries and different musical eras. They've both got Fender Stratocaster Artist Series guitars made for them, and both are great for metal.
Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan are long-time warriors of the blues guitar. Both have Fender Artist Series Stratocasters made for and after them. Here's the story on both.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson are both monster guitarists from Texas. They also each have Fender Artist Series Stratocaster guitars made after and for them. Here's a close look at both.
Ritchie Blackmore and Yngwie Malmsteen are two of the most influential European guitarists in the world. Fender has Artist Series Stratocaster guitars in production for both. Here is the story.
The great Jimi Hendrix set the world of music on fire with his Fender Stratocaster guitars. He was the most influential Strat ambassador, and so Fender now makes two Jimi Hendrix Strats. Here they are.
Two of the greatest guitarists to have lived, both from the British invasion, settled into playing, primarily, the Fender Stratocaster. Let's look at the Artist Series strats named after them.
Alex Lifeson of Rush has been a superb player for more than four decades. He's primarily played Gibson guitars. It's wonderful he's got two different Les Paul instruments made for him.
The Telecaster was the world's first great solid body electric guitar. The Gibson P-90 was the world's first great electric guitar pickup. Add them together and you've got two classic music makers.
For $1500, here are two of the finest possible electric guitars available that are made in the USA . But which should you choose? Here are all the specifications and considerations.
These are the 5 best artist series Fender Telecaster guitars available on the market. These are a very diverse group, each quite different from the other four.
In 2017, we got the Gibson Custom Modern Double Cut Guitar. It has some brand new features. We had the very similar Tak Matsumoto Doublecut Custom, which had been around a bit. Which is the best?
The Gibson P-90 pickup is a legend in American manufacturing and American music. The Gibson Les Paul with a P-90 is the guitar with the original Les Paul sound, as wonderful now as it ever will be.
Neither the vibrato bar nor the whammy bar is as new as some may think. The Les Paul purists may protest, but for those who need one, here are the best Les Paul guitars from recent years.
A Gibson Les Paul Custom with three pickups is forever an extremely desirable and also expensive guitar. Here are 5 of the best available.
Gibson makes a lot of great Les Paul guitars, and they are forever trying new materials. In 2016 many new editions debuted. Here are the 5 best with woods other than maple used for the top.
The Gibson SG is one of the most desired and played electric guitars in the world. So there are many editions with above and beyond the normal features. Here are the most recent exceptional feature SG
Many a hero of the guitar has made music primarily with a Gibson SG. So Gibson will offer custom signature series guitars to honor them, and satisfy their fans. These are the most recent such SGs.
If you're dying to own a Gibson SG, but can't imagine having more than a thousand dollars to spend on one, well, you've got some great options. The purpose of this page is to explore those options.
The Gibson SG Standard is an amazing guitar; there's no question about it. But if you want an SG's vibe, but something just a bit different, then here are your five very best options or alternatives.
The Gibson Marauder and S-1 guitars were crossover instruments where Gibson tried to steal some market share from Fender. These are somewhat rare birds, but very fine instruments should you find one.
One of the single most widely desired solid body electric guitars in the world is the Stratocaster. Fender American Strats are anything but cheap, so what is a poor musician to do? Buy one of these.
If you've always wanted to own a Telecaster, and have a maximum of five hundred dollars to spend, then this information is for you. Here are five of the single best options.
There are many guitar manufacturers who produce a Telecaster-style guitar that features humbucking pickups. Here are several of the best and most prominent.
One of the world's most recognizable and desirable electric guitars, the Fender Stratocaster can feel like an extension of one's body. But what if you prefer humbucking pickups? Fender has them!
The Telecaster design was always so simple and yet so functional it could hardly be beat. But because guitar pickups are a matter of taste, some would prefer a Tele with humbuckers. Here they are.
The Fender Tornado is like a dark horse of the Fender line. Fender built these guitars at a Gibson scale length. So the Toronado is like a Fender/Gibson hybrid. These are available used for not much!
What's next for the Gibson Nighthawk? The enduring cult classic of the Gibson line doesn't seem to stay in production or go away, and Gibson is forever making a completely new version of it.
The Gibson ES-335 debuted in 1958, and instantly became one of the world's most desired guitars. It was the first semi-hollow body electric with an arched top. Here are five of the best signature series ES-335s.
It started in 1965 when Paul McCartney got his. Then John and George had to have one too. But since those days many great guitarists have called the Epiphone Casino their guitar of choice.
Koa has long been used in acoustic guitar building. But now it is finding its way into solid body electric guitars, and doing so with beauty and style. Here are some Les Paul style koa guitars
Epiphone has a long and proud history of manufacturing guitars spanning the globe. Epiphone, as a subsidiary of Gibson, offers some unique specifications in the Les Paul at great prices.
Gibson electric guitars have always been associated with rock and metal music. Nowadays there is huge interest in 7 string guitars, so it is no wonder Gibson is testing the waters with these guitars
If you play guitar you probably either have a Gibson Les Paul, or you want to have one. The Les Paul can be extremely expensive costing several thousand dollars. But here are the best inexpensive ones
The Fender Telecaster was born perfect, but this doesn't mean adding a maple top to one is a bad thing. Maple tops on Telecaster guitars are beautiful and add a little tonal color. Here are the 5 best.
Leo Fender's beloved Stratocaster design has more fans than anyone can count. But should you want a Strat with a maple top on it, the options become much more limited. Here are 5 Makes of such guitars
The Gibson Les Paul Studio is a great guitar. But within the same price point, there are many other guitars one may find more suitable to their style of play and aesthetic value.
The Gibson Les Paul is one of the most copied guitars in the world. Here are ten great ones, some more exact copies than others, from ten different manufacturers of electric guitars.
Super Strat guitars were created for shred guitar playing. Here are five super strats designed for and by some of the world's most noteworthy shred style guitarists
A semi-hollow body electric guitar has a bit of acoustical variance not available to a solid body guitar. They especially excel at clean tones, but they need not be limited. Here are 5 great new ones.
Here are five of the most exciting small body acoustic-electric guitars available right here and now; and from five different high-end manufacturers of fine acoustic guitars.
Five of the finest of all jumbo-sized steel-string acoustic guitars from five of the finest makers of steel-string acoustic guitars. These are big acoustic guitars for people wanting a big sound.
Small body cedar top guitars are a finger-picker's dream machine. Here are 5 of the best small-bodied steel-string guitars with cedar tops across a range of prices and available features.
Cedar top guitars offer a different tonal character to what spruce top guitars offer. Cedar caters to the finger-picker and the light strummer backing a vocalist. More nuanced notes at a lower volume.
You always want an all solid wood construction dreadnought if you can afford one. Mahogany is a bright tonewood with a very woody sound, excellent for all styles of music. Here are 5 of the best.
These are 5 of the best rosewood body, all solid wood construction acoustic/electric dreadnought guitars available to the performing musician today.
Small-bodied acoustic guitars with mahogany tops were the guitars of choice for most during the Great Depression. Well, they sound great today too. Here are five of the best mahogany top small bodies.
These are 5 of the very finest, and most expensive small body acoustic guitars available. All are made in the USA, and all have Brazilian rosewood back and sides. These are not cheap or inexpensive
An orchestra model or 000 body guitar can be the ultimate guitar for a beginner, intermediate or even professional player. Here are some great guitars to start with, and some better pro level values.
Some people love the looks of a big jumbo guitar, but the real reason someone wants to own a jumbo is for its volume. Jumbo guitars are outstanding rhythm instruments. Here are five great value jumbos
An orchestra model guitar offers the max in versatility to the acoustic player. Whether you are a strummer, a finger picker, or a flatpicking genius, a mahogany body orchestra model can win the day.
A great parlor guitar will always be small, and never be cheap. These are not backpacking or travel guitars but fine fine small acoustic guitars for serious players and consumers.
Are you a heavy metal guitarist, a shredder or riff master? These Super Strat guitars are the heavy metal virtuoso's dream come true.
Looking for a Stratocaster guitar but want to stay away from Fender? Here are five of the best thought of non-Fender Stratocaster manufacturers.
In the 1970s, Gibson guitars relaxed their quality standards and sold some things they should not have. The Japanese took notice and started building Les Paul copies. Here are five of the best brands.
All mahogany dreadnoughts offer a great counterpoint to the typical spruce top guitars. They have a unique voice too. They are great for a singer songwriter who loves to play rhythm.
Madagascar rosewood dreadnoughts are some of the hottest items in the world of guitars. Here is why, and here are five of the very finest dreadnought guitars of Madagascar rosewood made anywhere.
When you are a serious guitarist but your day job requires you to travel, you need a guitar you can take on the road. Here are five of the best travel guitars.
In this day and age signature series guitars are all the rage. Here are five of the coolest solid body electric signature series guitars, all making their debut in 2015.
Every guitarist needs an acoustic/electric which is good enough to use in the studio and on stage. But a working musician also requires affordability in their road worthy guitar. Here are five.
One of the four most iconic solid body electric guitars in the world, the Gibson SG is far less expensive than the other three. This is also the most successful guitar Gibson has ever produced.
Everyone loves a Fender Telecaster, but not all Teles out there are made by Fender. Here are five of the best makes of Tele out there that are not Fender guitars.
Paul Reed Smith had a legal war waged against him by Gibson Guitars. PRS won the battle, and this is to the benefit of everyone. PRS Singlecut guitars come in a range of price and style, all great.
The guitars of the Paul Reed Smith company are widely desired, but their prices are prohibitive for most working musicians. The new S2 line remedies this, and the S2 Vela may be the best one.
The Les Paul guitar by Gibson is an iconic electric guitar. But they make so many different ones it can be hard to know which is best. Here are five of the best across a range of prices and styles.
The Fender Telecaster was born perfect. The design is timeless and utilitarian bliss. Here are 5 of the very best Fender Telecasters anywhere.
Here are 5 of the best Fender Stratocaster models available. 4 are signature series or Artist series. Hendrix is dead, you know - and one is the new HSS Shawbucker, something desired widely.
These 5 inexpensive solid body electric guitars represent several styles and genres of guitar building and styles of music they were built to accommodate for players. All go for less than 1K dollars.
David Ortiz is affectionately known everywhere as Big Papi. He's helped lead the Boston Red Sox to 3 World Series championships, and been an AL All Star 9 different times.
Houston's second baseman Jose Altuve is the shortest man in Major League Baseball. He's also one of its most exciting players, leading the American League in both hits, stolen bases the past 2 years.
Two years ago Rougned Odor was the youngest player in the entire Major Leagues. Last season Odor played with a fire in his eyes. Expect even more from Rougie Odor in 2016.
There may have been pitchers who had a stretch of years better than any Roger Clemens enjoyed. But as it stands, there's never been a pitcher as good as Roger Clemens in MLB history.
Curt Schilling was during his playing career one of the single most dominate forces in Major League Baseball. His epic pitching through injuries and astounding post season performance can not be argue
He is now 100 years old. Will revolutionary and innovated thinker Jacque Fresco prove to be a prophet? We shall see. This presentation is just an introduction to the innovative mind or vision.
Jake Arrieta, a tall talented, hard throwing Texas pitcher put it all together for the first time in 2015. He won his League's Cy Young award. Expect more great pitching from Jake in 2016.
AL Cy Young winner in 2013. Two no hitters in 2015, and NL Cy Young winner in 2016, Max Scherzer will surely be one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball again in 2017.
Critically endangered, seriously beautiful, the ghosts of the mountains - snow leopards.
Is Clayton Kershaw the single most desired and feared starting pitcher in Major League Baseball? Of course he is, and he will be for a long time to come, bank on it.
The cheetah is one of the most iconic animals in the world. The cheetah doesn't get the respect or media attention the lion does, but there are only ten thousand left in this world. Save the cheetah.
If you love cats for the monster predators, and obligate carnivores they are, as I do; then you love to learn about a new one. There is nothing new about this cat at all, of course, but here in the USA you don't hear much about the jaguarundi, and...
Exceedingly beautiful and rebounded from stupid whims of human fashion, the ocelot is a master of rodent control. The ocelot looks a lot like a house cat, but these are very wild cats. Master killers and absolute obligate carnivores, as all cats...
Do you speak English? If so, then the chances are very very high that the nation you live within faces big problems due to wild boar or wild pig overpopulation. You should do something about it too.
The brown rats of this world live wherever human beings do. They live off of our dirtiness, and trashiness. You don't have to deal with any of that, you should eliminate them. Here's how to do it.
The saltwater crocodiles are the largest human eating predators on the lands of the Earth. They also live in water, of course; and are distinct from alligators in many ways.
The cave lions are distinct and extinct species of cold weather lions. Perfectly preserved samples have been discovered. Will we bring back the cave lions? In time, this could come to pass.
The grey wolf is a longtime foe of mankind, and yet, the grey wolf is also responsible for providing to us our dearest animal friend - the domestic dog. Some people love them as much as others do not.
The arctic wolves are the least understood or studied wolves out of all the species of wolf on the planet. Living in only the most remote and extreme environments, these predators brave the cold.
The Canadian lynx is closely related to the Bobcat, and the two of them often make children together, so there are loads of hybrids out there. These predators are beautiful, and very powerful.
The foxes of the arctic North are stupendously beautiful animals. Their numbers are being depleted, however, in Europe for the furs.
The ostrich is a native of Africa, but is found all over the globe due to domestication. It is a unique bird in many ways, the largest of all birds, and quite deadly in some situations too.
Now you may think, as I once did, that there would be a clear answer to the question about whether the golden eagle or the bald eagle is the larger bird. Sorry, but the answer seems to be more about opinion as to what the term 'larger' actually...
The great horned owl is an avian apex predator, and perhaps the finest predator to have ever lived. In this article, I will detail just about everything you need to know about these magnificent raptors, including what they look like, what they eat, and how they live.
The Harmony Silhouette and Bobkat are terrific guitars available for less than they're truly worth.
The yellow garden spiders get very large. They are frightening to some, but are altogether benign and beneficial spiders to have around your home, and especially, your garden.
She only requires some respect from you, and you'll be fine. ~pinky swear~ Spiders are forever maligned by humanity, and none is more maligned than the black widow spiders. Forever the black widows are associated with Halloween, and are readily...
Wolf spiders are much maligned, but magnificent and beneficial neighbors of mankind. They'll eat your brown recluse spiders for you, if you will only let them do so.
The bed bugs should always be turned into dead bugs, and with this article some of their details are discussed, but mostly I seek to discuss products to use in defense and offense against them.
Edward Lodewijk Van Halen needs no introduction. What is this style of Eddie Van Halen's, what's so distinctive about it? Learn more about Eddie's unique guitar and way of playing it.
The Martin D-45, D-28, and 5-18 are three acoustic guitars played and beloved by the great Neil Young. This article will take a deeper look at his relationship with them and Martin in general.
While Jimmy Page is most often associated with the Gibson Les Paul, the facts are he's played the Fender Telecaster about as much of the time on records and on stage. Page and the Telecaster are one.
These are five top notch and less expensive solid wood alternatives to a Martin D-28. Rosewood and spruce in a dreadnought design is something very desirable, but not all can afford a D-28.
The Martin D-18 has always been one of the world's most desired acoustic steel string guitars. It is somewhat expensive, so not everyone can afford a D-18, here, here are five alternative guitars.
Everyone loves to hear a 12-string acoustic guitar, but let's face it, they are high-maintenance items. They are almost never someone's primary instrument. Here are five high-quality ones for less.
Consuming animal protein is essential for your health. Consuming animal protein, in fact, allowed us to become Homo sapiens in the first place, so little wonder your body needs it desperately.
The majority of the vegans you will meet are nasty nasty persons, are extraordinarily angry, and altogether science illiterate
James Patrick Page is among the most iconic electric guitarists. He's been an important part of many bands and has performed on an untold number of session recordings for both one-hit wonders and big-time bands.
David Crosby is an American musical legend. An cornerstone member of not just one of America's greatest rock bands, but two - David's star will never stop shining. David plays Martin acoustic guitars
Eric Clapton is a world famous guitarist. He mostly is known for playing electric guitar, but when it comes time to play acoustic, it is a Martin guitar he reaches for.
Jimmy Buffett needs no introduction, but should you wonder what guitars he plays, then here is the answer.
I loved watching all of these players play the game. They are all obvious cheaters, though. Their steroid use was something even a blind person could see.
Baseball is America's pastime, and hitting a round ball with a round bat is extremely difficult. Hitting a round ball with a round bat when the ball is travelling 100 miles per hour is harder still.
The global situation with elephants is getting worse and worse. We've got to do something about ivory trading today, or tomorrow you'll be showing kids pictures of a wonderful animal that used to be
For having such a nasty, nasty bite, with nasty, nasty venom - the brown recluse isn't such a terribly bad fellow. Invite one over for a visit, you'll see. Brown recluse spiders just need some lovin'
The dire wolf, Canis dirus; was much larger than the largest wolves alive today.
Bob Dylan's earliest recordings were made using a small, all-mahogany Martin 00-17 guitar. This guitar is no longer in production, but the very similar Martin 00-15 is inexpensive and available.
I have shelled thousands and thousands more pecans in my life, and I have never seen a better pecan shelling tool than the Duke Pecan Nutcracker tool!
Koa wood is becoming increasingly popular in the construction of guitars. While it can be used for the instrument's entire body, mostly it is used for the backs and sides. Here are 5 of the very best boutique quality Koa dreadnoughts, all made in the USA.
The dwarves are some of my favorite characters in "Lord of the Rings." Read on to learn about their vibrant culture.
Learn about the Elves in Middle Earth and farther abroad.
For every second in David Rockefeller's long life, he's been one of the wealthiest human beings on the planet. But this isn't the only fact that makes it easy to dislike him . . .
Richard Nixon was a great man in a lot of ways. He was, if nothing else, a tireless worker, and a very high achiever. That all said, the drug war is a disgrace, disaster, and Nixon played a huge role.
George H.W. Bush was a heroic pilot in WWII. But he'll mostly go down in history as a member of skull and bones, a US President who foretold a new world order.
Economic uncertainty and not enough alone time can trouble even the strongest minds, and have you seen the price of gasoline lately? How often does a person get into an automobile to drive just a few blocks or a few miles? I say, ride a bicycle for...
The cordless drill has forever changed the skilled trades and do it yourself home owner's outlook on work and home improvements. You simply must own one, if not a few of them.
A look at two of fiction's greatest wizards. Gandalf and Saruman were central characters to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga.
Dreadnought guitars crafted from Brazilian rosewood are highly sought after, very expensive, and absolute treasures to own and enjoy. Here are my pics for the best of the best of them.
All over the world, mahogany body dreadnought guitars are sought after for their bright, woody tonality. These are the cream of the crop in mahogany body dreadnought guitars.
Maple is one of the traditional tonewoods for acoustic instruments. Right there with maple are rosewood, mahogany, spruce, ebony, and all the varieties of species of those trees. Maple as a tonewood for bodies or backs and sides of a guitar can...
Guild Guitars have produced wonderful instruments right here in the United States for a very long time. Founded in 1952 in Manhattan, Guild Guitars had very solid foundations for their company.
Jumbo-sized acoustic guitars were created for folks who wanted even more volume out of their acoustic guitars than the large dreadnought design could offer. These are some of the best of the best.
Rat snakes are very harmless non aggressive snakes that serve us all by hunting and eating rodents. The only problems humans encounter with rat snakes is in the cases when they raise chickens.
Nowhere near so well known as the Smilodon cats, otherwise called as saber toothed tigers, was a predator almost twice the size of the largest of them, the short faced bear. The short faced bear was possibly the largest carnivorous mammal to have...
Here is some specific information about the Smilodon cats in general, and further information in specifics regarding each species of known Smilodon that once was.
Many a great guitarist has played the venerable Martin D - 28 dreadnought guitar, and of course the legendary Jimmy Page did as well. Many a great song in the works of Led Zeppelin was recorded on a fine rosewood and spruce Martin D - 28.
Martin 16 series dreadnought guitars offer all the great play-ability and tones of far more expensive models at less cost. These all solid wood Martin guitars are bluegrass cannons.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a preeminent scientist, and a superstar insofar as spreading the much needed interest in the pursuit of science. His engaging dialogue and unbridled enthusiasm make him great.
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Once found from Siberia all the way west to jolly old England, the Eurasian brown bear has a long history of dealing with humanity. These big and beautiful bears are somewhat smaller than their close relatives, the grizzly and the Kodiak bears.
Kurt Vonnegut was one of the finest and most innovative authors of fiction in the history of literature. His profound life experiences heavily influenced his writing; and one grows wiser for reading.
Freddie Mercury was one of the most talented male vocalist of the twentieth century, and besides that - he was also one of the most respected and commercially acceptable male vocalist to have ever lived. A lot of people can't truly fathom it here in...
John Steinbeck is easily one of the greatest writers from these not so United States of America that ever lived. His work captures absolutely timeless characters in the depravity of a world driven by human greed and the wealthy classes incapability...
Whether or not one loves or hates the writing of Ernest Hemingway is never much of a consideration regarding his stature, as his stature as one of the finest of America's writers is cemented in history. The life of Earnest Hemingway was complex, and full of danger, intrigue, and adventure, just...
Some of the very worst politicians in the history of the United States of America, and some heinous crimes against humanity can be laid squarely upon the head of Prescott Bush.
Now that the United States of America is economically less powerful than it once was - many of our citizens look back to a time when the US was thought to be more strong with longing and far away eyes. Some put forth the notion that America was...
The man who famously lost 2.3 trillion American Taxpayer dollars the day before 911 is also the man who profited big from the legalizing of neurotoxin Aspartame, Donald Rumsfeld.
The great Henry Kissinger has been one of the most influential political thinkers of the past one hundred years.
George Soros was born on August the twelfth day of 1930 in Budapest, Hungary. He wasn't always known as George Soros, the name was changed during the Nazi occupation for the very obvious reasons that he and his family were and are Jewish by decent,...
Hardly a monster, the Komodo dragon is a lizard with a lot to offer. There is more unknown than is known about these peculiar and large monitor lizards, and though they aren't truly man eaters - they should be very respected.
Listen, if you've got an acoustic guitar, you want the best that it has to offer - nobody wants their instrument to NOT sound as good as it possibly can. There are things that can be done to improve most any instrument, and only the most expensive...
My dad and his older brother and their brother in law, my uncle James - those three guys are all into golfing. Here in Kaufman, Texas; or rather, a bit further out in the countryside near Kemp, Texas - is one of their favorite places to go golfing,...