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March 16, 2014
  • Aclam: Building Your Pedalboard the Easy Way

    Building pedal boards is fun, but it’s also often frustrating. The de-facto method of fixing pedals with Velcro is simple and inexpensive but I don’t know, something about it doesn’t feel like a real engineering solution. It’s also kind of messy. When you need to rearrange pedals or swap them out for new ones, removing the goop is a pain. If you have expensive vintage pedals you probably won’t want even to do that anyway. It’s really fiddly with very small pedals too.

    You’ll also need to power your pedalboard and connecting power supplies presents similar challenges. The hook and loop solution may not always work, and some other methods such as drilling the pedalboard may be challenging for some people.

    Aclam Smart Track is a properly engineered solution rather than an odd series of workarounds. It’s a track-based system with small movable brackets that slide up and down the track to position the pedals where you need. The brackets screw into place and can easily be moved with no drilling or adhesives required and protect the pedal finish while holding it securely in place. For me, laying out a new board typically involves a fair bit of trial and error, and this just makes it so much easier.

    Aclam have addressed the challenges of the underside of the pedalboard with a series of custom brackets for power supplies that easily slot into the board. They’ve included support for the Mission 529 power supplies too, so you can simply put together a fully wireless pedalboard. If you are a pedal board neat freak, Aclam Smart Track is a beautiful solution.

  • 6 More Awesome Gifts for Guitarists

    Christmas is almost here, and tis’ the time of giving! Are you still looking for the perfect gift for the guitar player in your life, even after checking out our previous list of 10 interesting gifts for guitarists? Well, we’ve got you covered with 6 more unique and interesting gift ideas!

    Guitar Pen Holder

    Do you have a guitarist friend who has a disorganized desk? Then this gift would be perfect to help get them on the right track to organization! This pen holder is also great for the guitarist with a desk job as a constant reminder of their favorite thing throughout the day. They can imagine themselves rocking out, just like the stick figure featured on the pen holder!

    Check it out here

    Matching Pillowcases

    Does your significant other play guitar or love to listen to you jam? This pair of matching pillowcases would be a great choice for that. Picturing a person serenading another person with a guitar, this sweet gift is a great reminder of how much you support your loved one in their passion.

    Check it out here

    Chord Chart T-Shirt

    There are plenty of shirts with guitars on them out there, but it isn’t often you come across one with the ever-important chords as the primary design! Most guitarists would appreciate this shirt, but it would be especially great for a guitar teacher.

    Check it out here

    Guitar Spoon Set

    Check out these unique spoons; they are shaped like guitars! Everyone needs spoons, so these are a great gift for any guitar enthusiast and are sure to bring a smile to your recipient’s face every time they use one of these. These are also excellent for stirring coffee!

    Check it out here

    Guitar Socks

    You can never go wrong with giving someone comfortable and warm socks, especially in the winter, and these socks will turn their feet into guitar necks! The socks let you wear your passion for guitar anywhere and any time.

    Check it out here

    Guitar PopSocket

    PopSockets are very handy. They can be attached to the back of a phone and used as a stand, or to help you hang on to your phone while you are taking a photo or playing a game. This one in particular has a fantastic design that will look great on any guitarist’s phone. These make great stocking stuffers!

    Check it out here

    Did these gift ideas help you find something that someone will love to open on Christmas? Or maybe it gave you some ideas on what to get! Let us know in the comments!

  • 10 Awesome Gifts For Guitarists

    With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to start looking for presents! If you’re having a hard time figuring out what to get for your friends or family that are passionate about guitar, then check out this list of unique gift ideas for guitarists! Here’s some unique and fun gifts that are sure to be a hit.


    Check out this neat gadget! It works like a hole punch, but for picks. The bundle itself comes with some fun, colorful material to make picks out of along with a pick case keychain, but you can also make your own picks with things like hotel card keys, old credit cards, and more; pretty much anything that is a plastic card that you don’t need any more! You could even use old plastic gift cards, which could make for some pretty awesome pick designs. This is guaranteed to be a fun and interesting gift for any age.

    Click here to check it out

    Marshall Jack Rack

    Here we have the coolest key hanger you will ever see: a little amp for your wall! But the best part about this key holder is that it comes with 4 plug keychains that plug in like a real amp cable, so you can put those keychains on your keys and then plug them in to the key holder. It’s a fantastic way to keep track of your keys, and it will certainly delight any electric guitar player.

    Click here to check it out

    GIGmate Guitar Tool Kit & String Organizer

    A more practical gift, this tool kit will help any guitarist take care of their guitar. It comes with nearly everything you need to change guitar strings; all the lucky gift recipient needs to do is add their choice strings to the convenient pockets inside the kit storage bag! This kit is a great thing to have in any gig bag, and is especially great for beginner guitarists since it contains everything needed to get started on that first string change.

    Click here to check it out

    Stainless Steel 2-Piece Barbecue Set

    This is, without a doubt, one of the coolest things on this list! It’s a guitar-shaped BBQ set. The tools are high-quality stainless steel and rust-resistant, so they will stay looking nice for a long time. And the spatula doubles as a bottle opener. How awesome is that? This set is guaranteed to make any BBQ-loving guitarist smile.

    Click here to check it out

    Heet Sound PLUSEBOW Plus

    Looking for a unique, interesting gift? Then look no further than the EBow! Using magnets, this little device can create some very interesting sound effects on a guitar. It can mimic horns, woodwinds, and other instruments in a way you never thought was possible! The device also comes with a CD lesson on how to use it, so the receiver can start playing with it right away.

    Click here to check it out

    ROADIE 2 Automatic Guitar Tuner

    The ROADIE 2 is a very interesting device; it can automatically tune your strings! All you have to do is put the device on the peg of the string you want to tune, pluck the string, and let it do its thing. It can even tune your guitar in noisy environments, which would be useful for people who play in areas with big crowds. And even better; you can choose or even create the tuning that it uses to tune your guitar!

    Click here to check it out

    Gator Frameworks Guitar Seat

    Do you want to give someone the gift of a multi-functional guitar stand? Then check this one out! It’s a guitar stand that doubles as a comfortable chair to play your guitar on. The chair is great for a musician that performs publicly, because the chair easily folds up for simple travel. It also provides a spot for a travelling musician to place their guitar when taking a break from playing!

    Click here to check it out

    Two Tone Mug, 11 oz

    “Eat.Sleep.Guitar.” is likely accurate for a lot of dedicated guitarists out there in the world, and is certain to bring a smile to their face every morning when they drink coffee out of this cup. The mug has a pleasant, simple design and is well-suited for everyone who loves guitars.

    Click here to check it out

    12.9 Oz Guitar Mug

    Here’s another mug, because you can never go wrong with having an eye-catching cup to make your mornings a little more fun! Featuring a small guitar as a handle in your choice of color, this one is guaranteed to be a hit for the electric guitarist in your life. This mug also comes in many different varieties of instruments, so if you’re looking for a simple but charming gift for any musician, check this one out!

    Click here to check it out

    The Octopus 8 ’n 1 Tech Tool

    The Music Nomad Octopus is a tool that you simply cannot go wrong with; it would be useful in any musician’s bag whether they are a beginner or a seasoned guitar veteran. This tool eliminates the need to carry around multiple tools to work on a guitar, freeing up a guitarist’s bag space. It has multiple hex wrench sizes, a Phillips and flat screwdriver, and more!

    Click here to check it out

  • 529i Rechargeable Power Supply Update

    529i Specs and Pricing Details


    Thanks to everyone who posted their comments, and contacted us with questions regarding the announcement of the Mission 529i rechargeable pedal board power supply. I’m happy to announce that the 529i product page is now posted with more information on the specifications and pricing.

    We are estimating availability in the next 90 days. Contact your favorite guitar store and ask them if they will be getting the Mission 529i Rechargeable Power Supply in stock. We’ll also have a competition to win a 529i so keep an eye on these updates in your email box.



  • How NOT to blow up your HX Stomp

    The Mission 529HC is a USB power converter that can be used to power the Line 6 HX Stomp from a USB source such as a rechargeable battery pack.

    You can pick up a simple boost converter online for cheap, but will it work the same? No. No it will not. In this weeks video I talk about how to power the HX Stomp from a pedal board friendly rechargeable power supply without blowing it up.

  • 2019 Gear Giveaway

    It’s time for us to give away a stack of great gear in the 2019 Music Celebration Giveaway. This year we have thousands of dollars of gear from the top names in the industry including Line 6, Earthquaker, Mission, Eventide and many others.


    The contest begins on April 15, 2019. We will be randomly picking winners and giveaways on May 13th, 2019. You can enter the contest by liking, following, subscribing, or sharing using the links below. If you wish, you can enter multiple ways to improve your chances of winning.

    The contest is open to US and Canada residents age 21 and over. Click the rules button above for all the details. Thank you for being part of our great Music Industry. Now enter the contest and win some awesome gear. Good Luck.


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  • Every Axe-FX III Amp – 263 Famous Guitar Riffs

    Our friend and Mission Artist Cooper Carter takes us on on a fantastic journey through the Fractal Audio Axe-Fx III and Mission Gemini speaker cabinets, nailing a famous guitar riff for every amp model.


    From tiny Tweeds to jumped Plexi’s via Jazz 120’s and bass heads. Every one of the 263 Axe-Fx III amp models gets a workout, in styles from the Beatles through Dream Theater, from Miley Cyrus to the Killers, Jaco Pastorius to Avenged Sevenfold.

    There’s two videos with 130 plus riffs apiece. How many do you know without looking?



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  • Mission VM-PRO Giveaway

    Mission and Martel Music are giving away a VM-PRO volume pedal.


    The VM-PRO resolves many of the common issues with volume pedals that cause tone sucking and mismatching problems. The VM-PRO works with electric, electro-acoustic, baritone or bass guitars. It also works with many other acoustic and electric instruments including electronic keyboards, steel guitars, and instrument microphones such as harmonica and horn mics. It’s one of Mission’s top selling products and we are giving one away with the help of Martel Music

    Martel Music has a unique and boutique musical gear selection like no other, with a wide variety of hard to find brands, and award winning service. Martel Music is a Mission Authorized Dealer.

    Enter below.

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    Isolated vs Daisy-chain Power part II


    In our last tutorial video comparing isolated vs daisy-chain power supplies, some people cried foul and suggested our test was unfair. Was it? We find out in part II.