Best of the Best, Standing Out from the Rest

Everybody enjoys the occasional break from the tones of an electric guitar, in favor of the deep and melodic combination afforded by an acoustic-electric guitar. And, for several decades running, the leading name in the world of hybrid guitars (am I allowed to call them that?) has been Yamaha. No other brand name has become so indelibly or universally associated with electric or acoustic-electric guitars. Even people who don’t generally listen to music know about Yamaha; think about that. It’s iconic in American pop culture in a way that few other things have ever been, in any niche.

There are a lot of Yamaha guitars out there – in fact, there are multiple product lines for Yamaha’s acoustic-electric guitars alone. So, what makes for the best Yamaha acoustic-electric guitar? My colleagues and I spent several hours researching popular blogs and affiliate review websites looking for the answer; let me be the first to tell you, there’s a lot of material out there. It feels as if everybody and their mother has a guitar website.

It took a long while, but – based on an established series of criteria – we believe we’ve done most of the legwork for you, in narrowing down a few top choices for Yamaha acoustic-electric guitars. We’ve come up with a list of three, out of the many models which are available, which we feel best represent the fullness of Yamaha’s incredible potential. Each of the three options below was selected for a variety of reasons, which will be individually clarified.

Yamaha Pacifica Series PAC112V

This beautiful electric guitar is eminently suited to being on this list. Not only does it stand out in terms of form and style, but it is consistently rated by its past buyers as being an amazing guitar for beginners. It’s apparently easy to use, relatively affordable, attractive, and melodic; all in all, it combines most of the qualities that one might immediately think of when evaluating the value of a guitar, and it appears to do so in some abundance. People who buy the Pacifica series are almost universally happy with it, though a few do express the sentiment of feeling as though they eventually “outgrow it” and want to move on to something more robust.

Yamaha Acoustic-Electric FX325

The FX325 honorably maintains and upholds Yamaha’s long tradition of excellence, particularly that as which stands universally behind every acoustic-electric guitar produced by the manufacturer. Part of this lies in Yamaha’s worldwide utilization of an international network of designers, developers, and craftspeople: their guitars are never simply manufactured from start to finish in a single shop or factory. Rather, they take advantage of the services of the best facilities and individual contributors which they company is able to find, before each separate piece and part is finally assembled into a completed whole of which they feel like they can be proud. This commitment to excellence really shines in the rich and melodic sounds of the FX325 and other Yamaha-brand acoustic-electric guitars.

Yamaha Acoustic-Electric FX370C

This truly exceptional acoustic-electric guitar offers a one-way preamp system and a cutaway body. The sounds it produces are almost otherworldly, combining the best of both worlds in a perfect hybridization of acoustic and electric tones. It simply doesn’t seem to incorporate a lot of the negative, if anything at all. This has been called by some – including by Yahama themselves – the “best guitar for experiencing music,” and we’re honestly inclined to come a significant way towards that ourselves. Its sound quality is excellent, robust and clean, while its acoustic elements leave it producing rich and deeply melodic tones. At the same time, the F370C is affordable. This is one instrument offering outstanding playability, at every level of musical experience, plus the added flexibility of having built-in electronic enhancement.

Jerry & Jamal Having Fun at the Construction Site

It had been a funny day with so much going on that it was just totally hilarious. I could hardly believe how much was taking place, and I laughed my guts out all throughout the day and when driving home from the construction site where I have been working very hard every day on a major project of building a mansion for some banker with a foreign accent that had more money than he knew what do with.

Jerry had a cousin from Jamaica visiting, whom he told me was from a remote village in Jamaica and did not see much of modern society until he came down out of the village. Now he had flown on a plane for the first time in his life and had told Jerry and I over lunch at the construction site that he had loved every minute of his flight and thought he had a chance of falling in love with the stewardess and setting up a good life for himself at her place once they married.

Jerry and I gave each other a startled gaze at each other, knowing full well that an American stewardess was not going to just pick up with some guy from Jamaica the first time he boarded her flight. Jerry and I both chuckled and we both realized that the cousin Jamal was none the wiser about our chuckling, not realising what we were chuckling about; because Jamal himself was a jovial guy who was always bursting out in gleeful laugher himself in general.

Jerry and I decided to have some fun with Jamal and acted liked this thing with the stewardess was serious after we almost died of laugher as we began to choke on our coffee that we were having with our sandwiches that we had picked up at the deli across the way.

So I said, “Jamal, so things are really serious with you and that stewardess. Well, how is she going to contact you to keep up the relationship or how are you going to contact her?”

Then Jerry asked, “Yeah, Cousin of mine, did she give you her address and her phone number or something; or did she ask for yours?”

Jamal beamed with a smile and explained, “She would not give me her phone number or address, probably because she did not want the public to hear it. She said she was very busy, but promised to look up my information in their computer system.”

“Oh, I see!” Jerry laughed, but lightly because he wanted to keep teasing with Jamal this way, since it was

so funny that Jamal took it in good stride but was really still not realising they were teasing him and that they were sure that the relationship would never fly.

Things turned to the fact of Jamal being enamored by the mansion that Jerry and I were building. Just before that Jerry had whispered, “Not all people from Jamaica are as unique and as simple as my cousin Jamal.” We chuckled again, not to be mean to Jamal, but in a good natured sort of way because Jamal really was a pleasant guy to be around.

I answered Jamal and said, “The house is for a banker with a foreign accent.”

Jamal said, “Oh, a banker with a foreign accident? What kind of accident? I feel bad for the guy.”

Jamal had thought I had said accident instead of accent. He was so funny and not even trying to be, which made the situation all the more funny. So I took time to explain I had said accent. But he still did not get what I was saying, since his English was pretty good, but not perfect. I just smiled and we moved on to him talking about his new stewardess girlfriend again.

I asked him, “What if you do not like the house where she is living and can’t stand to live there?”

He beamed with pride and said, “Then I will just have to build her a nice big house like this one.”

Obviously Jamal had no idea how much the house actually cost to build and that he would likely never have that kind of money to build such a mansion, but I gave to him my new power drill that was only a few weeks old and said, “Well, Jamal, congratulations on your new romance and here is a new power drill to help you with building that new house for the girl you have fallen in love with today. For information about this power drill go to”

Jamal’s eyes shone with pride as he said, “Thanks. This is a very nice tool.”

Table Saw Features with a little note on Miter Saws

A table saw can do three things basically, it can perform crosscutting (cut to length) ripping (cut to width) and bevel cutting (at an angle, like miters).

Checking out the features of any appliance, tool or gadget can help you make the all-important purchasing decision.

By knowing what is available you can sort out what features are going to be helpful and useful to you.

If you are very unsure and would like some honest reviews then take a look at The Sharp Cut, they will give you direction.

The features of a table saw include the blades, the weight, the height plus many other adjustable features.

The blades are the most fundamental feature.

Most table saws will come with a general-purpose blade.  Some will come with a combination blade which is better.  Look for a saw that comes with the blades you need.  Buying extra specialist blades can add to the price.

Anti-kickback pawls

Kickback problems are amongst the most prevalent of all problems with woodworking.  Look out for anti-kickback pawls, two-sharp toothed arms that prevent the workpiece from moving backwards causing injury to you and damage to your work.

Splitter (another anti-kickback device)

A splitter or riving knife is a vertical metal piece which goes directly behind the blade and prevents the blade from binding, it another type of kickback device.

There are many reasons why kickback can occur, a splitter should be mounted on the motor assembly so it rises and falls along with the saw blade preventing the cutting width from closing up.

Rip fence

A rip fence controls the width of the rip and must lock parallel to the saw blade at each setting.  Check for one that can be adjusted and grabs onto the rides on the front and back rails.

Table size and extension

Bigger is better when it comes to sizing your table, with optional right sided extension and rear bar.  With the side extension it is easier to work central to your workpiece and the rear bar makes exiting easier.

Collapsible stands are space saving but not as sturdy as wooden bench.

The right height

About 36” is about right for the worktop with wide spaced legs. This is for anyone of average height, for anyone taller you will need a way of adjusting the worktop height.

The weight

Whilst heavier saws are more stable they are also less portable.

On/off switch

Look for specific safety features, front mounted and easy to switch off without having to look it for it.

Elevation wheel

The elevation wheel sets the blade cutting height and depth of the cut, so look out for a good adjustable elevation wheel.

Blade tilt handle

You will need to be able to set the angles very precisely at 45 degrees or 90 degrees. A blade tilt handle angles the blade away from the rip fence.


Miter gauge

A miter gauge is for square and mitered crosscuts, it needs to fit snugly and move freely in the table slots, also needs to be calibrated for between 30 and 90 degree angles.

Stop blocks

Stop blocks are very useful for any project that requires precision crosscutting.

Blade guard

A blade guard is essential for your protection; it must always be used to prevent any injury from the moving blade. One that rises up parallel to the table will stay on top of the workpiece.

Instant breaking

An instant breaking feature for additional safety is available on some table saws.

Exhaust duct

You may find one that fits into a wet and dry vac or some will fit a trash can to catch the sawdust, some cabinet models will have built in collection.

Miter saws

Miter saws cannot be used for ripping timber but for making precise 90 degree cuts it is perfect. Miter saws are very stable with built-in blade guards which makes them very safe, they are much smaller and more compact than table saws.

Type of saw

A table saw is a great tool to have, it can be folded away when not in use and tucked out of the way.

If you know you are going to be crosscutting and ripping as well as mitering then you know you definitely need a table saw.

If you just want to do a bit of beveling you can easily get away with a smaller miter saw.



How to Choose the Best Immersion Blender

There is no argument to the fact that everyone is always looking for the best immersion blender. A gadget that guarantees the user of quality and even consistency be it tomato puree, gravy, cream, sauce or any other. However, knowing what to expect from a good product is one thing and actually finding the right product is another. Finding the right immersion or hand blender has never been straightforward as there are many things to consider when making the decision. The most important are as follows:


kenwood-hb-series-triblade-hand-blenderThe right type of immersion or hand blender should be highly versatile as this makes it suitable for a range of applications. A good type is viewed as a multitasking accessory since it can be used in several situations that include whipping creams, creating tangy sauces, enriching the gravy, making smooth puddings, creating quality smoothies and more. This is accomplished by using a design and motor that creates the right vortex or whirlpool action. The blades pull in the food and pass it through the gaps in the cage creating a smooth consistency.

Puree Quality

Immersion BlenderThe quality of the soup, gravy, sauce or cream is judged by its appearance. Does is flow smoothly or it looks wishy-washy? Is the consistency even throughout or are some sections appearing thin or curdled? A good immersion blender ensures the quality of pureeing is top notch by employing different techniques. First, it has a powerful motor that offers consistent performance throughout. Secondly, the blades inside the cage where food passes have the right gaps thus minimize food sticking.

Quality of Blender

Best Immersion Blender

An immersion blender is a simple gadget that improves the appearance and consistency of soups, creams, sauces and other food items. The tool will be immersed into cold and hot liquids regularly and will be used on different kinds of food. Over time, the stick blender may become worn out due to regular use. The best immersion blender is made from quality material such as stainless steel which is durable, hygienic, and less-prone to rust. Plastic usually tends to warp because of use in very hot sauces and also doesn’t last very long.

User-friendliness & Convenience

When selecting a stick blender it helps to go for devices are light and portable. You shouldn’t feel as if you are carrying something heavy. The operating buttons should be located in an easy to reach area where the user doesn’t have to strain when turning it on, off, or varying the speed. The right accessory is made from materials that are easy to clean for instance stainless steel and plastic. For better cleaning, top brands especially those for domestic use are detachable.

The above issues are among the most important when searching for the right immersion or stick blender. It should be suitable for a range of applications such as sauces, creams, gravies, pastes and more. The quality of the final product should be smooth and consistent and shouldn’t have any lumps or bubbles. Ease of use also plays a vital role as the user should use minimal effort to create a good sauce, cream, paste or any other. The best immersion blender is easy on the hand and comfortable.