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TAMA was a brand name of the Seisakusho Company in Aichi, Japan (founded in 1962 as part of Hoshino Gakki). Seisakusho initially produced guitars, amplifiers and drums for Ibanez. In 1974 the first TAMA branded guitar featured in a Ibanez brochure: a dreadnought acoustic guitar. In the next 3 years more steel-string and classical guitars were added to the TAMA line-up. The steel-strings were copies of Martin acoustic guitars. In 1977 TAMA changed their line of guitars and used a T-style logo on changed headstock design. In 1978 TAMA released their last guitar, the TG-190 as a limited top-of-the-line model. TAMA brand guitars were discontinued in 1979. The existing stock was sold to Ibanez, who carried on producing guitars in the factory with the same workers and design but rebranded as “Artwood Guitars”.

Source: The unofficial TAMA Acoustic Guitars website


Peterson have been in the tuning business since the 1950s. They have traditionally specialised in high precision mechanical strobe tuners but have also developed a range of virtual software based tuners. Some of their tuners featured "sweetened" tuning which offers sets of optimized tuning offsets designed with a particular instrument in mind to help combat the bland tone equal temperament tuning provides.


Snark produce a range of tuners as well as a 9V power supply and a metronomes. The Snark brand is named after a mythical species described Lewis Carroll in his poem "The Hunting of the Snark". The snark is a peculiar creature that cannot be easily captured: the most common method is to seek it with thimbles, care, forks, and hope. One may also "threaten its life with a railway share" or "charm it with smiles and soap".

Make a metronome


When you're playing in a band, going a little out of tune is forgivable but if you lose timing the whole thing falls apart. To help your timing why not try this metronome project?

Electronic parts needed: A 555 IC, 3x 1K Ohm Resistor, 2x 22uF 16V Capacitor, a 9V Battery, an 8 Ohm Speaker and a 250K Ohm Potentiometer. The tools required depend on how you want to put it together: in the project the guy uses a breadboard (no soldering required) but you could use a copper board and solder it together to make a more permanent item.


BOSS is the division of Roland Corporation most easily recognized for its line of colorful guitar and bass effects pedals.

For over 25 years BOSS has also developed innovative multi-effects, rhythm machines, personal digital studios and other easy-to-use instruments for musicians of all types.

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