by John Gatski
Welcome to the Everything Guitar Network. This new review site is dedicated to guitars, amps and related peripheral reviews. As you will see in the coming months, I have been obsessed with guitars, among many other things (motorcycles, hi-fi, home theater, muscle cars, etc.) for years. Having acquired as many as 50 guitars at one time (and about 30 amps), I have played about every type of guitar made.
Back in the 1990s, as a certified gear junkie, i always found that most guitar magazines and, eventually the web sites, left me wanting more when it came to evaluating guitars; many reviews were barely more than press releases. So in 1997, I started started doing my own guitar reviews. As publisher of Pro Audio Review, the magazine that I created for reviewing pro gear, myself and a few of my guitar-playing writers and I began writing online guitar reviews.
We wanted to put our stamp on new guitars and help bring in more traffic to PAR’s fledgling web site. It worked; our reviews were discovered through the search engines to the tune of 12,000 people a month. Not too shabby for the early days of web reviews. One can still find some of those reviews via the search engines.
Fast forward to 2011, when I decided to set up a proper guitar review site, modeled on the long-form review format that I have implemented over the years in the magazine and web review world: (Pro Audio Review. Audio, High Performance Review, Laserviews the Audiophile Voice and, of course, the Everything Audio Network).
Fast forward to 2011, when I decided to set up a proper guitar review site, modeled on the long-form review format that I have implemented over the years in the magazine and web review world: (Pro Audio Review, Audio Magazine, High Performance Review, Laserviews, the Audiophile Voice and, of course, the Everything Audio Network).
The EGN’s review template will basically be the same as the Everything Audio Network. Our reviews will be conducted by players, enthusiasts and guitar connoisseurs, who enjoy digging into the guitars, design, specs, as well as their sound and playability.
I have several really good players who are great writers as well, and I will apply my hi-fi ear and attention to detail to good use with my own reviews. From time to time, you also will see acoustic guitar measurements made with audio test gear; you don’t see that in many guitar reviews.
The site’s overall mission is to give the serious guitar buyer enough information to see if it is worth buying. With the hundreds of guitars that get introduced every year, as well as the peripherals, there should be no lack of products to review. Though we don’t have a price tag requirement for products that we review, the EGN review stable will be seeking out the good stuff. You will see a lot of American made products through mass-produced and custom-built guitar reviews and amps, as well as the peripheral gear that complements a guitar player.
So happy reading. The first post is scheduled next week and features an in-depth review of the Martin DCPA3, acoustic-electric Dreadnaught guitar, one of several guitars Martin offers in the Performing Artist Series.
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John Gatski is publisher/editor of the Everything Guitar Network, and has reviewed guitars and guitar-related products since 1998 A basic rhythm player, Mr. Gatski also collects guitars and restores vintage guitar amps for his own pleasure. He also is publisher/editor of the hi-fi, home cinema, home recording studio review site, the Everything Audio Network. Reach him via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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