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Guru say, "Rats run through tubes screaming their fuzzy faces off all for gain of the big cheese."

The Emulsifier



     A couple of months ago I was searching for an LED to fix an MXR pedal that we had at the store.  My search brought me to a large brown grocery sack that was full of semiconductors, resistors, capacitors and the like.  I managed to find the appropriate LED and, to my surprise, an effect box that I had built years ago from the comfort of my kitchen table.  A clean boost/overdrive made clip-on style so a player could attach it to the guitar strap and switch it on and adjust the boost by hand.  It was a fun idea but it wore off and eventually; I put it in the brown sack I mentioned earlier.

     Howard asked me what it was. I explained and plugged it in for a test.   When I first played through it, Howard stuck his head out from behind the repair room with a look of surprise and commented on how great it sounded.  We decided it was something we should bring to our customers.   I built a prototype to make sure we could recreate the sweet sound from the original one.  With a little tweaking we got it where we liked it.  It's called "The Emulsifier."  Stop by the shop and try it, we'd love to hear what you think.    Currently we are building them to order so it takes a little while to get them.  We are about two weeks to a month out.






Interesting Inventory


Anyone looking for a unique guitar?  Here are a couple that we have in stock.












Store Hours

Monday through Saturday


Closed Sunday





The Amp Class is still in the works.  We should have solid dates soon.


Custom Partsocasters are always available to order (including left handed)!


Guru Guitars has a friendly and focused lesson program.  We schedule students anytime during business hours including Saturdays!


If you have old gear that you don't use, or you are looking to upgrade, we take trade-ins and buy used instruments/amplifiers.


We have a guitar with Seymour Duncan P-Rails installed!  Stop by and try them!


Gift Certificates make great birthday gifts!






All of our newsletters are archived and any mini lessons you have missed can be accessed through them!




(Sheet Music PDF)

by The Guru


     Anticipating the downbeat is one of the most useful tools for a lead guitar player.  It's a very simple idea that fits in all styles of music.  Fig. 1 shows a very basic example.  The note is picked on the eighth  note before the first beat of the measure and rings out through beat one. Simply stated, the note is picked earlier than the downbeat and tied to the downbeat which makes it feel pushed or early.  It occurs on last eighth note of beat three as well.  In Fig. 2.  the anticipation occurs in the same manner before beat one.  In this example it also happens on the last sixteenth note of beat two.   In Fig. 3 and 4 I used anticipation to flow into more interesting combinations of subdivisions.  Be creative and create your own! 




Do you have a question about the lesson in this column?  If so, email


     If you would like to contribute a lesson to the column send an email of the lesson to  It needs to be clean, professional, short and sweet with all necessary diagrams attached.  I'll review everyone's offering and pick the one I want in the column.  If you are picked you'll receive a gift from Guru Guitars!






Local Music Advertising



    We would like to promote your band in our newsletter!


There is a chance we may also display your music at our store.  If you are interested,   stop by.  Local music is an important part of our business and we hope to work with you all in developing a great place for musicians who want honest services and connections.


Currently On Display


2 acoustic selections by Bruce Emery accompanied by David McKnight.  They sound great and are a nice addition to any library!  Thanks Bruce!








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