Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic-Electric Guitar Player Pack, Great for Beginners!

The Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic-Electric Guitar Player Pack is an ideal place to start your adventures in guitar playing. Epiphone is a good, brand name guitar maker that specializes in affordable and great sounding gear, and the PR-4E is no exception.

Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic-Electric Guitar Player Pack

PR-4E Acoustic-Electric Guitar Player Pack: Everything You Need To Get You Playing Live!

Cheap guitar packs are a great way for someone to enter into playing guitar when they aren’t sure how far they want to go. Why spend thousands of dollars only to discover you don’t have the interest after all? Why spend a ton of money on a great guitar and amplifier for your child, only to find out he isn’t really that interested?

This is where the Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic-Electric Guitar Player Pack comes in.

Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic-Electric Guitar Player Pack

The Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic/Electric Player Pack retails for about $199 and includes the following:

  • The Epiphone PR4-E
  • A Studio-10 Acoustic amplifier
  • A gig bag
  • Pitch pipe
  • A guitar lesson DVD
  • Guitar strap
  • Picks
  • Guitar cable

A very attractively priced acoustic-electric package, the best of all worlds for the beginner!

Epiphone PR4-E

The Epiphone PR4-E is an easy to play and attractive acoustic-electric guitar that’s perfect for the beginner. It’s made with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides.

Here are the features at a glance:

  • on-board Pre-Amp gives you total control over the Volume, Bass EQ, Middle EQ, Treble EQ
  • a Phase button, to reduce the risk of feedback when plugged into an amplifier.
  • Easy access 9V Battery Compartment.
  • Mahogany body
  • Passive Piezo pickups
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Cutaway style

The Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic-Electric Guitars the ideal size and shape guitar for beginners. The cutaway style allows for better access to the higher frets, so you can solo on those high notes.

Studio-10 Acoustic amplifier

The Studio-10 Acoustic amplifier is a 10-watt amp designed specifically for use with an acoustic guitar.

The Studio-10 amp features:

  • Microphone Input
  • Volume Control
  • Guitar Input
  • Bass, Middle, and Treble EQ
  • On-Board Chorus Effect
  • Chorus Speed Control
  • A headphones output jack, for private or late-night practice

The Studio-10 is perfect for the beginner because it has all the necessary controls, without having so many they confuse novice. The chorus effect is a nice touch, because it adds body to the sound without the added cost and learning curve of an effects pedal, or stompbox.

Bottom line

You can easily spend thousands of dollars on a guitar and amplifier, but if you’re not sure how far you want to take this hobby then you’re better off starting small.

The Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic-Electric Guitar Player Pack contains everything you need to start playing, at an affordable price. It also gives a good exposure to acoustic and electric aspects of guitar. The Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic-Electric Guitar Player Pack is quite simply, a great bargain on an exciting hobby.

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Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee and Pee Vee Zakk Pakks Guitars.

The Epiphone Les Paul Zakk Pakk guitars make great starter kits for younger guitarists and come in 2 models: Les Paul Pee Wee, and the Flying V (Vee Wee).

Each is modeled after Zakk Wylde’s guitars and feature his signature bulls eye graphic. While both the Les Paul Pee Wee and Flying Vee Wee are geared toward younger guitar players, both can double quite nicely as a travel guitar for the player on the move.

Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee Zakk Pakk Electric Guitar/Amp Value Pack

The Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee has a full sized neck width and 21 medium-jumbo frets, so it doesn’t play like a child’s guitar. With a single 700T humbucking pickup, it doesn’t sound like a toy either. The body is compact, but has a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and an adjustable bridge.

Epiphone Les Paul Zakk-Pakk-Pee-Wee

The Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee Zakk Pakk Electric Guitar/Amp Value Pack includes:

  • A Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifier
  • The Les Paul Pee Wee (naturally)
  • 10′ guitar cable
  • gigbag with accessory pocket
  • 2″-wide nylon strap with Zakk’s signature
  • three medium picks

Everything an aspiring guitarist needs to start rocking.

Epiphone Flying Vee Wee Zakk Pakk Electric Guitar/Amp Value Pack

Epiphone Les Paul Zakk-Pakk-Pee-Vee

The Epiphone Flying Vee Wee is the Flying V model of the Zakk Pakk.

Like the Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee above, the Flying Vee Wee makes for a great starter or travel guitar.

The Flying Vee Wee features a full-size neck width, Epiphone 700T humbucking pickup and 21 medium-jumbo frets. A rosewood fingerboard and adjustable bridge round out this tiny powerhouse body.

The Flying Vee Wee also includes the Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifier.

Here’s what you get with the Epiphone Flying Vee Wee Zakk Pakk Electric Guitar/Amp Value Pack:

  • The Flying Vee Wee
  • the Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifiers
  • 10′ guitar cable
  • gigbag with accessory pocket
  • 2″-wide nylon strap with Zakk’s signature
  • three medium picks.

 

Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifier

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The Marshall MS-4ZW micro stack amplifier is a full marshal stack… only in miniature. This “mighty micro” features volume, gain, and tone controls combined with two speaker cabinets.

Nowhere near a real Marshall stack, but it packs a good punch for being only 9-3/4″ high!

The MS-4ZW also includes a tilt-back stand and a headphone out that doubles as a preamp out for driving an external power amp!

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Is Analog *Really* Dead?

Is analog a dead technology when it comes to music? Some probably consider that a silly question. Marc Johnson, writing at The Tone King .com, probably thought the question “Is Analog Dead? ” had an obvious answer. Marc concluded that analog is most definitely dead.

I’m not so sure.

Like Marc, I too am old enough to have such memories of my favorite music on cassette. Although unlike him while my car doesn’t have an iPod jack, it also doesn’t have cassette player.

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Anyway, here are some thoughts I had while crafting a comment on the blog posts. (it turned into too much for a comment, so I’m responding on my blog with a link back to the original post instead)

Digital technology and the “death” of analog.

Here’s the difference between digital and analog recording and the reason digital has killed analog, as pointed out in the original post:

For technical reference, let’s take a quick look at how analog and digital recording works. The easiest explanation I could find comes from HowStuffWorks

In analog technology, a wave is recorded or used in its original form. So, for example, in an analog tape recorder, a signal is taken straight from the microphone and laid onto tape. The wave from the microphone is an analog wave, and therefore the wave on the tape is analog as well. That wave on the tape can be read, amplified and sent to a speaker to produce the sound.

In digital technology, the analog wave is sampled at some interval, and then turned into numbers that are stored in the digital device. On a CD, the sampling rate is 44,000 samples per second. So on a CD, there are 44,000 numbers stored per second of music. To hear the music, the numbers are turned into a voltage wave that approximates the original wave.

Marc then goes on to say:

I really like this explanation because it coincides with something a recording engineer once said to me.

“Digital can never replace analog. Digital tries to replicate analog sounds. But, while analog is a smooth line, digital is a series of steps. Sure, the steps might get smaller and smaller over time, but they’ll always be steps.”

Of course, he was wrong because digital has replaced analog, but I think you get the point.

And it’s that last statement where I differ in my view…

Digital can never truly replace analog in a scientific sense by definition of the two (see above). However, it can (and has) effectively replaced it though. Once the sample rate and quality reach a certain point, it is impossible for most people to discern the difference between digital and audio.

Unfortunately, many times the digital signal is under sampled or compressed to a point where those square steps become noticeable. That’s something that cannot happen to analog.

Audiophiles know this. It’s why guitarists prefer tube powered amplifiers to solid state transistor amps. Analog sounds more warm and true to life because it’s organic.

Analog may be down, and may have been replaced as the dominant medium (IE: records and cassettes replaced by CDs, replaced by mp3…), but many people said transistors (digital) would replace tubes (analog) in amplifiers too, and tube amps are still alive a quite well. In fact, most professional musicians prefer them.

Old technology doesn’t always die. Radio is still around despite television being purported to have made it obsolete. Likewise, television is still around, even though many said the Internet would kill it.

You never know who might lead a revolution back to analog in recording, if not storage.

Heck, analog cassettes aren’t even dead in a technologically advanced alternate reality ! 😀

 

Photo courtesy of  Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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The Beatles Never Broke Up! (The Beatles Meet Sliders)

What if the Beatles never broke up?

What if you could travel to parallel worlds? The same year, the same Earth, only different dimensions.

Quinn Mallory, Sliders.

Millions have wondered what the world of music would be like if The Beatles had never broken up. If you believe James Richards, then we have a first hand account of what that world would be like.

The “Paul is Dead” meme meets Sliders.

You remember Sliders, don’t you?

Well, admittedly, it is somewhat forgettable (thanks to the cement heads at Fox).

Sliders was a science fiction television series in the mid 1990’s about a graduate student in Physics who creates/discovers the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen bridge (A.K.A. Wormhole) to parallel universes.

This is very much like what happened to James Richards, albeit accidentally. Richards isn’t a graduate student in physics, and he’s never built a bridge but he claims to have crossed a special one.

Richards claims to have fallen while chasing after his dog, and to have been knocked unconscious by a hit to his head.

Upon waking, he realized that he was now in an alternate universe.

(Incidentally, here’s a great primer on the Paul is Dead rumor)

Tale of the tape

On Sept. 9, 2009 I experienced something that I still am having trouble believing happened to me.

I came into the possession of a cassette tape containing a Beatles album that was never released.

This is from Richards’ web site, The Beatles Never Broke Up…. You can read the whole sordid tale there. (and what a tale it is!)

He spins a yarn about futuristic technology, alternate culture and history but in the end it’s the tape that matters.

Songs from (Everyday Chemistry)

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Everyday Chemistry, the “new” Beatles tape.

You see, Richards makes off with a copy of a cassette tape titled, Everyday Chemistry, which is a compilation of Beatles songs that were old by the standards of the parallel Earth but never made at all in our universe.

Here are some of those tracks.

Four Guys

Jenn

Days Like These

Over The Ocean

Sick to Death

Anybody else

Talking to myself

Ultimate Beatles mashups.

In case you haven’t figured this out yet, the whole thing is a very clever back story to some of the best Beatles mashups ever made.

Of course James Richards never crossed into a parallel universe, it’s just innocent fiction – but great fiction to this Beatles fan.

Here’s a break down of this ultimate Beatles mashup, song by song.

Note: These are songs from the solo careers of each of the individual Beatles, but I think it illustrates how they well their individual sounds would still merge, had they never broken up.

Four Guys

This is a mashup of Lennon’s I’m losing you, Harrison’s When we Was Fab, and McCartney’s
Band on the Run

Jenn consists of Ringo’s Hard Times, George’s
Teardrops and Paul’s Jet.

Days Like These is Harrison’s Soft Hearted Hannah and Lennon’s Nobody Told me.

Over The Ocean :

You are here (Lennon)
Heather (Macca)
Back Off Boogaloo (Ringo)
I Dig Love (Harrison)

Sick to Death :

Ringo’s All By Myself

George’s The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea.
Lennon’s Gimme Some Truth

Anybody else

Macca: Somedays
Lennon: One day (at a time)
Ringo: Monkey See-Monkey Do

Talking to myself

I’m Losing You: Lennon
Stuck Inside A Cloud: Harrison
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey: McCartney

In the end, these mashups are done so well that it almost seems believable that The Beatles never broke up.

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