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

What Happens When Musical Genres Collide

Greater than the sum of their parts Music is wonderful in that, no matter how hard people try, it cannot always be put into little pigeonholes. For the most part, musicians and performers are creative souls. With creativity usually comes a sense of curiosity. “Will it work if I throw a 200bpm breakbeat over this… Read More

Getting Started With The Teenage Engineering OP-1

Unleash the potential of the magic Swedish box In 2011, Swedish audio firm Teenage Engineering released their now-flagship device, the OP-1. As well as looking like something from a museum of modern art (indeed, it actually is) this device promised an entire, portable electronic music studio in a very small footprint. It looks, at the… Read More

How To Sound Like: The 1975

Louche Pop Hooks From the North West of England   The North West of England has been responsible for some of the best known musical talent around the world. Oasis, The Beatles, A Flock Of Seagulls (!)…the list goes on. You can add The 1975 to that list now, as the Cheshire-based pop-rockers become the… Read More

How Step Sequencers Are Changing Music

A step too far? We’ve spoken before on this blog about how music is now much more democratic these days. By this, we mean it is much easier for people who wouldn’t class themselves as musicians to start creating their own tunes using techniques which are perhaps different to how music was in the past…. Read More

Orange Rocker 15 Review

Rebooted range shows its class It’s fair to say that Orange’s Tiny Terror amp changed the amplification landscape. Amp heads now commonly known as ‘lunchbox’ heads weren’t really a major thing until the British company launched its 15 watt box of tricks. Afterwards, they became fairly common. You could argue that the new trend towards… Read More

Best New Guitar Gear At NAMM 2017

Tasty new gear for guitarists… Guitarists looking to this year’s NAMM event in Anaheim won’t be disappointed with the amount of the new models they can expect to see hitting the stores soon. From entry level models designed to encourage the next generation, through to some of the most extravagantly obscure prototypes you’ll ever see,… Read More

NAMM 2017: The Best Hi-Tec Gear

New gear from Roland, Akai, Teenage Engineering and Arturia The MI industry’s annual jamboree has given musicians a raft of new gear to get excited over. NAMM 2017 has seen strong offerings from all of the big boys, and has given an interesting glimpse into the growth of new musical demographics. Where previously being a… Read More

The New Fender 2017 American Professional Series Has Arrived

Ionic Fender designs return with modern improvements It seems that the creative minds at Fender never sleep! 2016 alone has been responsible for producing some of the brands most beautiful designs, such as the Fender Offset Series and Fender Elite Series of guitars and it seems there’s no sign of stopping this freight train of creativity…. Read More

New Zoom Multi Effects Pedals For The Gigging Musician

A world’s worth of guitar and bass effects at your feet Playing guitar is all about the journey. It’s a journey into self-discovery, figuring out what type of player we are and what sounds really make us tick, what amplifiers we prefer to put our guitar through, and eventually which effects help us channel that… Read More