Rewriting History – The Return Of Gretsch Guitars

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The long history of Gretsch is a rollercoaster ride of success and setbacks. But where are they in 2014? Fred’s the name Gretsch began their journey in 1883 under the control of German immigrant to the USA, Friedrich Gretsch but it wasn’t until his son (also named Fred) took over, that the company really bloomed…. Read More

The Birth Of The 9 String Electric Guitar

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8 strings not enough for you? How about 9! They’re here! The extended range monsters which seem to have divided opinion amongst guitar players, giving rise to online arguments over their purpose and use. Also, let’s not forget our Bass playing friends whose sonic territory is being invaded, how do they feel about it? But… Read More

New Gear from BOSS

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Ground-breaking new technology and some updated classics, 2014 has been a great year to be a BOSS. New Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor 2014 has seen some ground-breaking new products from BOSS and some incredible upgrades to some classics too, with the addition of BOSS compacts such as the DS-1X et al. For my money, the… Read More

Bitwig Studio Review : The Next Generation Of Music Software?

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We take Bitwig Studio 1.0, “Designed by musicians, for musicians”, for a test drive Bitwig Studio first came to our attention a couple of years ago, promising a DAW, “designed by musicians for musicians”. Does it live up to the hype? We take it for a test drive… What’s in the box? Bitwig Studio boasts… Read More

Musikmesse 2014 – Our Top Picks

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Every year the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt brings us new pieces of gear from every corner of the musical equipment world. This year the show promised a lot and has given us even more with huge releases from Roland, Boss, Akai, Korg and plenty of other suppliers. Check out our top picks below and make… Read More

Lounge Amps – Compact Amps For The Home Musician

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Amps which prove bigger isn’t always better… There’s a lot to be said for guitarist’s use of ever more powerful, ever louder amplifiers. Just as a Citroen 2CV would do a perfectly reasonable job of getting you to and from the shops to pick up your paper, the whole process would be much more exciting… Read More

London Grammar Guitarist Dan Rothman Joins Farida Roster

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The Farida endorsee roster has expanded again, with London Grammar guitarist Dan Rothman! The words, ‘the next big thing’ are used with desperate regularity in the music industry. Every six months (at least), a new band is being touted with this accolade, but the hype generally outstrips their talent. Very occasionally, however, an act appears… Read More

Vestax VCI 400 Review

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The brand symbolises pro quality and performance but how does this controller weigh up? We find out in our Vestax VCI 400 Review The age of the digital DJ has seen many brands traditional involved in other areas of music and audio produce equipment for the modern DJ. This is usually due to the overlap… Read More

The Evolution Of Beats – Roland TR-808

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Some bits of music gear lay claim to being iconic but few have shaped music like the TR-808… ‘Iconic’ is word that is bandied around a little too freely in the music world. Whether used with reference to musicians or gear, it’s difficult to say whether someone or something truly deserves the accolade. The Roland… Read More

Review: Denon SC3900

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It promises digital versatility and power with vinyl feel, but does it deliver? Find out in our Denon SC3900 review… The Denon SC3900 is the flagship unit in Denon’s media player range. It offers the ability to DJ from a broad range of different media. It has a slot loading CD drive capable of playing… Read More