5 Design Classics

Hey Good Looking On the Dawsons blog, we prioritise function over fashion when talking about the instruments we’re excited about. With this said, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of eye candy. In today’s blog we’re purely about the aesthetics. This is our list of design classics, available today! Fender Stratocaster As American as apple… Read More

The Big Muff Guide

A Brief Look at the Origins of The Big Muff (credit: Adam Miller) A piece of musical hardware the sounds as striking as its name suggests, the Big Muff has played a pivotal part in guitar music throughout the decades. Offering the hard distortion you’ll find on records like ‘Search and Destroy’ by the Stooges… Read More

The Left Handed Guitar Guide

Finding the Right Left Handed Guitar At least 10% of us are left handed, so you’d expect that 10% of all guitars would be the same, but unfortunately, this is not the case. Announcing that you are a left handed guitarist is usually met with snorts of derision, or pity. Yes, we could learn right… Read More

Choosing The Right Keyboard Instrument

Which Keys Are Right For You? There was a time when this would be a very simple question to answer… On the one hand, big money and lots of room meant you could have the luxury of an acoustic or digital piano. On the other hand those who wanted a compact, budget-friendly solution opted for… Read More

7 Game Changing Instruments

Let’s Push Things Forward Music, like all forms of art, must evolve in order to survive. Fortunately for us, the creative manufacturing industry continues to develop amazing products that will push music into the 22nd century. In this blog we’re going to look at 7 instruments that changed the game. Fender Telecaster Where else could… Read More

4 Of The Coolest Koa Guitars

Aloha Koa! Hawaii is an amazing place. The surf, the beaches, the Ukelele! Even better than that though is the Koa tree. The Acacia Koa is native to Hawaii, where it is the second most common tree. According to The World Resources Insitute: “Guitars made from Koa were an innovation of the early 19th century,… Read More

Creating A Summer Sound

Sun drenched synths and hot hooks   Much like the weather, the change in seasons brings out a change in musical tastes for many. With the padded jackets firmly locked up in the wardrobes, and the back garden looking like somewhere you can kick back, the soundtracks that accompany the summer are very different to… Read More

Focusrite Plug-In Collective

Gotta Catch Em All Plugins, plugins, plugins. We all love a plugin that makes our life easier, or our music sound amazing. We also all love a freebie… With this in mind, Focusrite have devised a scheme called The Plug-In Collective, which allows users of their range of interfaces to download a free and really… Read More

Versatile and Solid: The Best Gear For Buskers

Make It Portable, Make It Loud Busking is a right of passage for any performer worth their salt. Sure, you can play shows to cut your teeth, but if you really want to improve your presence, technique and ability to cope with setback then you really need to busk. See, when you busk, you’re playing… Read More

Gear DNA: Buddy Holly By Weezer

Getting The Sound From Weezer’s Breakthrough Track This is the first of a new series, where we’re going to break down a classic track for you from a musician’s point of view. Here though, we won’t be focusing on chord structures or time signatures. Oh no. Instead these articles will look at the gear, tones and… Read More