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

Top 10 Mini Pedals


Massive tones from miniature pedals A very modern phenomenon in the world of guitars in the miniaturisation of effects pedals. Most pedal builders are at it, releasing ever smaller boxes which can do exactly what their bigger brothers can do, just in a smaller form factor, thus freeing up valuable pedal board space for the… Read More

Top 5 Investments To Improve Your Studio

Roland Studio Capture

Take your recording space to the next level As decent quality studio gear becomes more user friendly and musicians increasingly view the recording process as something they can do themselves, more and more bands and artists are quickly developing the base skills required to get amazing sounding results. Thanks to places like YouTube and studio… Read More

Guitars To Give You GAS


Riding the winds of change A lot of guitarists complain of gas. More so than players of any other instrument. We’re referring of course to Gear Acquisition Syndrome, i.e. the constant, unrelenting quest to accumulate ever more piles of interesting, unique and often quite expensive bits of kit with which to augment our rigs. See,… Read More

20 Best Apps for Making Music


Making music, mobile style No doubt many musicians will be receiving a shiny new tablet device for Christmas this year. If it’s your first foray into mobile music-making then you’re in for a real treat, because the sheer amount of creative weaponry at your disposal is staggering. Everything is there from audio oddities designed with… Read More

Novelty Gifts for Musicians


Stocking fillers for the discerning muso As we hurtle ever closer to Christmas, so it figures that the non-musicians in our lives may be wondering what to buy us. Thankfully, our chosen past-time is one which is stuffed full of toys, gadgets and accessories with which we can improve and augment our rigs. Here we… Read More

5 Pedals To Try Before You Die


Looking for something inspirational, genre-defining or downright odd? We’ve got you covered. On Test We looked through our simply huge selection of guitar FX to find some little gems that you may have overlooked, simply not known about or indeed have yet to get your hands on. You’d be forgiven of course, the range and… Read More

Must Have Vintage Inspired Gear

Grestch Guitars

A trip down music gear memory lane The world of musical instruments is quite odd really. In what other walk of life is there equal lusting after equipment which is cutting edge modern, and gear which would look at home 100 years ago? On one hand, there are the progressive types who want all their tools to… Read More

iOS Music Gear Focus


A portable studio in your palm of your hand The list of superlatives you often hear when people talk about Apple’s iDevices are becoming a touch overplayed now. We all know about the amazing apps it can run, and the weird and wonderful sounds which can be achieved as a result, but how many people are actually… Read More

Get Their Sound For £500 Or Under


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery Musicians spend their entire playing careers searching for ‘their’ sound. Some find it through a combination of trial and error, while others know exactly the timbre they’re searching for before they even pick up an instrument in anger. Some however prefer to mimic the tones and backlines of… Read More