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New Goodies from NAMM 2017:Pump Up with Presonus!

It's that magical time of year again...Post-election season beer-in-the-shower-alone party! Also, Winter NAMM gently floated down upon us last week as it does and, as gear-heads are wont to do, the time has come to all huddle together around the warm glow of the Internet to speculate and pre-emptively judge equipment and instruments before we get to actually see them! Woohoo! (It's not our fault...we all got the Bigfoot flu this year, I swear...)

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[Insert Clever Christmas Title Here]: 2016 Holiday Blog!

Ah, the holidays are here! And as the first frost was settling into the tree branches and as I watched my husband hang up Christmas lights from the safety of ground level, I was quite suddenly reminded that… “Crap! I haven’t done the Christmas blog yet!”

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Get That Hose Out of Your Mouth & Put This Under Your Foot! Boss' New VO-1 Vocoder Pedal

It’s tough to argue that talkboxes and vocoders don’t have a special place in music. Though sometimes considered “niche” or “specialist” tools by many guitarists, the effects and technology themselves have managed to cut a wide swath throughout popular music genres of all stripes; from Peter Frampton and Joe Walsh, to Daft Punk and Imogen Heap.

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"Piranha" to the "MAX": Classic Metal in Mini Forms

Hey, remember back in March when I talked about all the sweet new gear that Peavey released for NAMM 2016? If you don’t remember, (due to you likely having a life and all...or worse, NOT SUBSCRIBING), here’s the link to the newsletter in which I covered all sorts of awesome new Mini and Micro guitar rigs that specialize in keeping things small and simple without sacrificing the awesome power of RAWK. Not the least of these was the highly-anticipated Piranha™ Micro Head; a micro rig so anticipated, in fact, that you’ll notice it took us four…five…seven months to actually, physically get one in the shop due to hype and backorder. Well, I’m writing this today to tell you that the hype wasn’t just hype, and the Piranha (as well as another mini metal machine I’d like to highlight for all my bass players out there) is pretty flippin’ killer

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Sage Wisdom for the BACK TO SCHOOL Rush...

Do you smell that? ...*inhales deeply*...that smell of cork grease mixed with just a little bit of panic? That’s right! Once again we’ve come into BAND SEASON here in the Snohomish County and Bigfoot Music is ready to meet the back-to-school tidal waves with proverbial surfboard in hand and beer hat on head!

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Local Summer Activities for Bored Music Students!

Summer vacation is rearing it's big, beautiful, golden noggin' and schoooooooool's out. for. EVAH. Or, at least, a few months. And for many school students now faced with threeish months of nothing but free time and easy breezy life...sometimes, things get boring. Sometimes, you want a challenge! If you find you or your child/student grasping at straws for what to do to pass the hot, sunny time, we at Bigfoot have some excellent summer activities we'd recommend for practicing and/or aspiring young musicians. First, for those of you who've ALWAYS wanted to learn to shred, you actually don't have to look all that far... 

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Sound System Trouble? Bigfoot Can Help!

We’re about as geeky as you can get when it comes to gear at Bigfoot; but what really makes us stand apart from brick-and-mortar music shops is our equally, if not more so, geekiness for service! Need some pickups installed? No problem. Guitar setup? Piece of cake. Trumpet mouthpiece forcefully lodged into trumpet and won’t come unstuck? Put down those pliers right now and stop on by! (Seriously. Put down those pliers. No bueno).

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3 Awesome Brands That Let You Customize Your Gear!

Or I suppose I could call this one “3 Awesome Reasons I Got Distracted from Writing an Actual Blog This Week”. That’s the downside to being a gear-head whose job is write about gear…you get distracted by the gear. Especially when you can stroke your own ego at the same time while you’re obsessing over said gear by personalizing it! Below are 3 manufacturers that offer their customers a chance to build-your-own thing! And after you build it, you can buy it from your friendly neighborhood Fender, Mapex and/or Seymour Duncan dealer.

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5 Essentials for Your First Home Recording Studio

I like backpacking. It’s relaxing, good exercise and increases your chances of an epic grizzly fight by about 100%. As any experienced backpacker should know (and have memorized) there’s what we call the “10 Essentials”: gear and items you need to necessitate your own survival in case you…well… end up alone in the woods. These are very basic human need things like clean water, food, insulating clothing, some form of fire making apparatus, shelter, etc. These things mean the difference between having a wonderfully pleasant backpacking experience versus being reduced to a panicky lost idiot.

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Basses Loaded! Precision vs Jazz Shoot-Out!

Anyone catch Batman V. Superman in the last few weeks? Me neither. It’s not DC’s fault that Marvel just makes better movies… BUT! That doesn’t mean I’m not largely a fan of both characters or of the DC comic universe in general.  

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