Acoustic Guitar Body Types

Acoustic Guitarist

Finding the size to suit you Ac acoustic guitar is an acoustic guitar, right? A nice looking piece of wood with a hole in the middle. It’s not like with electric guitars, where the combination of guitar, amplifier and effects offer the player to create a sound entirely of their own. An acoustic guitar looks,… Read More

Best Electric Guitars Under £250

Marshall Electric Guitar

Starter guitars for every taste and style The sub-£250 price bracket is chock full of quite wonderful guitars to suit any player. From entry-level versions of the traditional big-hitters, through to more considered variations not replicated further up the range, there are rich pickings to be had. It’s not all cheap and cheerful either. The… Read More

Fender American Standard Range

Fender Bridge

Aspirational axes for the working musician Fender’s American Standard range are the gold label, premier league guitars of your dreams. It’s the guitar your mate’s dad had when you were 14 and starting out, and you weren’t allowed to play. It’s the guitar the player in the big band plays when they’re raking in mega coin… Read More

Tools To Improve Vocal Performance

Vocal recording with pop filter

Gear to help you hit the high notes It must be great to be a singer. No instruments to carry around, other than yourself. No lusting after 1950s custom shop reissues. No arguing over different brands of preamp valves. You just turn up, sing, and go home. Dead easy. Except, of course, it’s not like… Read More

Best Multi Effects Pedals For Under £250


Effect pedal combo boxes to get you started When you’re starting out on the guitar it can be hard to know where to start with the wacky world of effects. You may hear certain things on records and wonder how you could incorporate them into your sound, or you may know a few effects you… Read More

Musicians Should Wear Ear Plugs

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A lesson in stating the obvious It seems almost daft to say it. A musician, generally speaking, needs to be able to hear what they’re playing, writing or recording. From the timbre of the sounds we’re creating through to the notes we’re using to craft our tunes, there are so many variables that rely on… Read More

Best Acoustics For Under £250


Unplugged bang for your buck Acoustic guitars are wonderful things. As great as it is to plug in an electric through an amp and let rip, there’s still something magical about picking up an oversized piece of wood and letting its natural tones ring out. Their beauty lies in their simplicity; acoustic guitar design has… Read More

Top Five Small Body Guitars


Small size, big sounds from these quality acoustics Acoustic guitars, as we know, come in all shapes and sizes. Traditionally, the dreadnought shape is the one we’d wager most people think about, but there’s also auditorium and jumbo sized beasts for players of certain genres. Recently however, there’s been a real resurgence in popularity for… Read More

Saxophone Buying Guide


So, you’ve got your eye on a new saxophone? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! In a similar fashion to the great ukulele revolution of 2010, saxophonists are certainly on the rise. Increasingly appearing on modern pop recordings, as well as making regular appearances in jazz bands up and down the country, there’s no reason why… Read More

Bass Guitar String Guide


String theory For all that we obsess over the types of woods used in our instruments, the different pickups, the tones we dial into our amps and the microphones we use to record, there is one single factor which is often overlooked but which can have a profound impact on our sound. Strings are perhaps… Read More