Joe proudly uses Elixer strings, Fender amps, Neutrik cables, and Pedaltrain pedal boards.


Raised by wolves in the backwoods of Alaska, Joe Giese didn’t touch a guitar until he was 10 years old and taken in by Alaskan native and banjo aficionado, Smoky “Lucky” Smith and his wife, Bobbie Ann, the “Voice of the Anaktuvuk Pass.” It was then that Joe, hearing music for the first time, picked up an unused guitar and began to play as if he had the music in his blood. He also picked up a knack for cooking a kick-ass chicken stir-fry, but that’s another story.
The rest… as they say… is history. 


Tales of the Wayward Musician

That time I lost my hearing

First off, let me stress two things: 1, everyone involved in music, music production, recording, theater, etc should get their hearing checked regularly. 2, wear earplugs any time you're around loud stuff. Your life depends on it. Take a second before reading the...

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Switching amps mid-stream!

No matter what you play, the actual instrument your hands are touching is usually the most important part. In my case with an electric guitar, it's still the wood and strings I'm most picky about, but the amp comes in close second, with the pedals coming in 3rd place....

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SiT Guitar strings!

I counted, and there are 12,485 companies that make guitar strings. Well, ok, not really. But there are a lot. And there's a new player from Akron OH called S.I.T. (Stay in Tune?). I got a few sets of their acoustic strings, and snagged a set of electric strings,...

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