Welcome to the premiere episode of God, Guitars & Gear! Thank you so much for checking out the podcast; if you like it, please subscribe. Be sure to join the Facebook group as well – God, Guitars & Gear Podcast – and get in on the conversation! The more friends we bring in, the more topics we can dig into, the more gear we can chat about, and most importantly, the closer we can all get to God. Finally, follow the podcast on Instagram: @godguitarsandgear.
As will be the case with every episode, things kicked off with some spiritually minded conversation. Chris shared his personal story, documenting his transformation from a “worship guitarist” to something much more accurate and God-honoring. During a turbulent 2020, God took Chris on a journey, revealing three important truths that Chris either didn’t know or had forgotten. God revealed that worship wasn’t about him, that he wasn’t a worship guitarist, and he didn’t belong in a worship ministry; it all boiled down the truth regarding what worship really is and who it’s for.
During the conversation, Chris referenced several scriptures – here they are for you to read and meditate on:
- Psalm 150
- Psalm 96:1
- Romans 12:1
- Colossians 3:23
A special thanks to Patrik Tamelin from the Facebook Group Line6 Helix and Pod Go Worship Team Users, who provided the comment that sparked some great conversation!
Pivoting into a little guitar talk, Chris shared his newly found and immediately preferred guitar care products for keeping his frets and fretboards in top condition: the MusicNomad Total Fretboard Care Bundle.
He breaks down everything in the kit: the FRINE Fret Polish, the fret guides, as well as the microfiber polishing cloth. You’ll also get step-by-step instructions on how to use the kit, a nice little hack to avoid getting all kinds of goop everywhere, as well as his thoughts on the “secret weapon” of the bundle: MusicNomad’s F-ONE Oil for the fretboard. SPOILER ALERT: it’s a great kit. However, it isn’t perfect, and Chris takes some to share what it’s missing, as well as what you have to watch out for while using it.
When everything is said and done, you’ll get a little insight into why this guitar care item is so important, and you’ll be able to make an educated decision about whether THIS kit is THE kit for you. If you’re convinced, and you want to pick up a bundle of your own, click HERE.
Chris welcomed in Ty Caskey for the first of many appearances on God, Guitars & Gear. Ty is my Worship Pastor at River Christian Church, makes a bunch of spiritually-focused music, plays a mean Nash T-63 (among several other guitars), and has developed himself into quite the gear guru. In an effort to get the relationship off on the right foot, Chris thought it would make a little sense for you to get to know Ty a bit. Ty gave us some background on his journey into tone-chasing (which, by the way, started in a manner that was a little surprising), the layout of his current signal chain, and provided a bit of helpful insight on some particular effects.
If you’re looking for some in-depth analysis and amazing test drives of the pedals he talks about, here are links to some of the reviews he’s done on his YouTube channel, Ty Caskey Music:
RockStock Nano Chromatic Tuner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY4jfeMy09I
Benson Pre-Amp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1tx6-uaJaM
NUX Duotime Dual Delay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV2D3GqtUIk
HX Stomp AC15 Praise and Worship Patch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybn-nTWNmeU (and if you watch it, like it, and wanna use it on your HX Stomp, he’s giving away the patch for free…just check the notes!)
And, as mentioned in the close of the show, here’s a link to a great sermon Ty shared with our congregation about worship and what it really means: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuxXgezM1cA
On Episode 2, we’ll be talking guitars with Reverend CEO Ken Haas. If you’ve never played a Reverend, or the brand is unfamiliar to you, you’re not going to want to miss this one. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! If you order now, you’ll also receive the 12-in-1 Crispy Copper Corn Crusher all-purpose tool! No, you won’t get that, because, well, odds are that doesn’t exist.
Anyway, there is more: when it comes to gear, if you’re looking for some freedom, Chris has an amazing recommendation for you about the best product you’ve never heard of. Even better, you’ll hear a story about how powerful a song can be, and how the music we dedicate to God each week with our church families can turn someone back to Him.
A big thanks to Ty Caskey for supplying all the music you hear in every God, Guitars & Gear episode. Told you he could play that Nash!