This is for those of you who looked at the new post on Amp Tone Part 2, and thought either, ‘This is so boring’ or ‘This is so below me’. hehe This is an actual story published in a newspaper about tone freak guitarists. It’s really, really good.


P.S. Yikes, that’s like, the shortest thing I’ve ever written! Oh man, and then I went and screwed it up with the post script. I just can’t say things un-verbosely (definitely made another word up right now). It’s not in my nature. Okay, shutting up now. Here’s the article:

“Letter from a professional guitar player to the “Dear Abby” help column in
a newspaper.

Dear Abby…
I think my wife is cheating on me.

I am a working musician and, as you would expect, travel a lot.

I have been noticing strange things happening when I get home. Her mobile phone rings and she steps outside to answer it or she says, “I’ll call you back later”. When I ask her who called she gets evasive.

Sometimes she goes out with friends but comes home late, getting dropped off around the corner and walking the rest of the way. I once picked up the extension while she was on the phone and she got
very angry.

A buddy of mine plays guitar in a band. He told me that my wife and some guy have been to his gigs!

He wanted to borrow my guitar amp. That’s when I got the idea to find out for myself what was really happening. I said “Sure, you can use my amp but I want to hide behind it at the gig and see if she comes
into the venue and who she comes in with”. He agreed.

Saturday night came and I slipped behind my Marshall JCM800 half stack to get a good view. I could feel the heat coming off the back of the

It was at that moment, crouching down behind the amp, that I noticed that one of the tubes was not glowing as bright as the other 3.

Is this something I can fix myself or do need to take it to a technician?

Very Concerned.”