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Live lessons each weekday with some of the world's very best players. Recorded and transcribed. 

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My Essential Gear

In this masterclass, Michael Palmisano delves into the intricacies of his guitar setup, revealing the gear he deems essential for his music creation. He embarks on a journey through his favorite guitars, explaining the specific reasons behind his choices, ranging from their reliability to their unique sound characteristics. Michael's pragmatic approach to gear, focusing on simplicity and functionality, serves as the foundation of his discussion. He emphasizes the importance of finding equipment that resonates personally, rather than getting caught up in the allure of complexity or brand prestige.

Transitioning from guitars to effects, Michael shares insights into his minimalistic pedalboard. He outlines the critical role of each pedal in shaping his sound, from reverb to boost pedals, and even touches on the sentimental value of certain items, like a vintage Phaser sent by a fan. Throughout, Michael maintains a candid tone, openly sharing his preferences and occasional grievances with certain gear aspects. His commentary extends to amplification, where he contrasts his experiences with different amp models and discusses the challenges of capturing the essence of his guitar tone in various live and studio settings.

The masterclass concludes with Michael stressing the significance of playing what inspires you, rather than getting lost in the endless pursuit of gear. He advocates for a return to the basics of guitar playing, where the joy of playing and the connection with the instrument take precedence over the gear used. Through his reflections, Michael invites viewers to reconsider their relationship with their gear, encouraging them to focus on what truly matters in making music that fulfills them. His message is clear: the best gear is not about price or prestige, but about the personal joy and inspiration it brings to your playing.

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