What is Six-String Bliss?
Sometime in the late 20th century, two college kids named Pipes and PT bonded over their mutual love of guitar. Over the next three years, they spent countless late nights jamming, watching surf movies, and – most importantly – talking guitar.
By 2005, Pipes and PT had been out of college for eight years. Both were married and had real adult-type jobs. Pipes had two kids, and PT had one on the way. While both still played a guitar when they had the chance, neither had the same fiery passion they’d had for the instrument in college.
Pipes and PT began to wonder if it was possible to retain that passion for the guitar in midst of a time-crunched and hectic adult life. Was it possible that the thing that had killed their passion was the simple fact that they had no one to share it with? Could that passion be recaptured?
Only a few months after that initial conversation, Six-String Bliss was born.
Six-String Bliss is a podcast.
When Pipes and PT created Six-String Bliss, they had a clear goal in mind. They wanted the podcast to be a casual conversation between friends – the kind of conversation you might hear in your local guitar store if you had the time to hang out there all day.
The podcast doesn’t have the slick polish of This American Life or RadioLab, and it doesn’t have the madcap fast pace of FM radio. Pipes and PT are not experts, and the advice they occasionally give out should be taken with an entire wheelbarrow of salt. They tend to wander off-topic now and again, talking about their personal lives (or Batman).
When you listen to the Bliss, you will hear two passionate individuals who can’t stop talking about guitar. We hope you will find their love of guitar contagious as many listeners have since 2005.
While we stopped producing new episodes in 2013, please enjoy our back catalogue and let us know what you think.
Wondering where to start?
Here’s a few classic interviews to get you going:
- Episode 62: Featuring Paul Gilbert
- Episode 83: Featuring Dennis from ProTone Pedals
- Episode 101: Featuring Monte Montgomery
- Episode 105: Featuring John 5
- Episode 115: Featuring George Gruhn
- Episode 127: Featuring Dave Martone
- Episode 140: Featuring Adam from Satellite Amps
- Episode 144: Featuring Rontrose Heathman of the Supersuckers
- Episode 155: Featuring Les Claypool
- Episode 157: Featuring Greg Kot of Sound Opinions
- Episode 205: Featuring Matt Stevens
- Episode 239: Featuring Billy F. Gibbons
And a few classic reviews:
- Episode 248: Taylor 616C & Taylor 12-Fret
- Episode 247: A plethora of ‘under $50’ items
- Episode 212: Budda Budwah
- Episode 179: Taylor 614CE
- Episode 175: Amplitube 3
- Episode 173: The Bassimer
- Episode 171: Satellite Neutron
Some episodes that our listeners have recommended as examples of classic Pipes and PT banter:
Six-String Bliss is a community.
The best part about Six-String Bliss is community. It turns out that Pipes and PT weren’t the only ones looking to keep their love of guitar alive through conversation. Here are a few ways to get involved:
- The Forum – The hub of the Six-String Bliss community! Many a friendship has been formed here. We are proud to say that we host one of the most friendly and welcoming guitar forums on the Internet. Stop by, introduce yourself, and join in the conversation.
- The Albums – The Bliss community has put out 9 great albums of cover songs and original material. Listen to them all for free here and get involved with the next album on the forum.
- Facebook – Have a forum phobia? Okay, fair enough. Like us on Facebook and converse with us Mark Zuckerberg style.
- Twitter – Think anything more than 140 characters is a waste of time? Follow us on Twitter for bit-sized nuggets of guitar goodness.
Pipes – The heart.
PT – The soul.
Check out PT’s blog at www.pthylton.com
And his fitness writings at www.realdadfitness.com