Best Budget Guitars And The Ultimate Upgrades

Squier to Fender, Epiphone to Gibson we discuss best beginner guitars and the ones you should consider when upgrading When most of us begin our musical journey, we start out with a cheaper, sometimes even hand-me-down version of the guitar we’ve seen our musical idols play – and there’s absolutely no shame in that whatsoever. Starting… Read More

How To Use The Effects Loop On Your Amp

What is an effects loop and how does it work? If you’ve been playing for as long as you can remember, using a myriad of amplifiers and pedals in your rig, then you’re probably pretty up to date with how each pedal interacts with each other and how to get the best pedal order to… Read More

7 Best Mini Amps You Can Take Anywhere

These mini amplifiers are perfect for those with limited space As all guitarists and bass players will understand, there’s nothing quite like plugging in to the loudest amp you can find and letting your guitar wail. However, your neighbours may disagree, especially if you decide to start busting out some serious riffage late at night…. Read More

5 Of The Best Guitar & Bass Amplifiers Of 2016

The amplifiers of 2016 that made us lose our heads… 2016 has been a great year so far for guitar amplifiers and we’re only half way through! Huge names in the industry have bestowed upon us some serious heavyweights in the amplifier world, including the Vox AV series, the Marshall CODE amps, Fender Bassbreakers and… Read More

5 of The Best Amps For Blues

Finding the best Blues amps for stage and studio As a blues player, you’ll understandably be looking for the best tone at all times. You’ve nailed your set up as far as guitars go and you’ve got your drive pedals ready so you can bust out Stevie Ray Vaughan style licks. You’ve even gone so far… Read More

Which is the best acoustic guitar amp for me?

An acoustic amplifier makes all the difference to your sound The acoustic amplifier can play a vital role in your performance, yet for some reason the use of an acoustic amplifier is an afterthought by even the most avid of guitarists. When you have an acoustic guitar with a pickup installed, often you’ll think just… Read More

Tube Vs Solid State Amps – Choosing The Best Guitar Amplifier For You

Know the difference between amps before you take one home When choosing amplifiers, not only will you have a huge variety of brands to consider, but you’ll also have to choose between a solid state or valve amp, with the added confusion of modelling amps and hybrids thrown in. But what do these labels mean, and which… Read More

High-End Amplifiers That Will Last a Lifetime

These amps will probably outlive you… When you buy a top quality guitar, whether it be an electric, acoustic or bass you’re making an investment; buying in to the craftsmanship and experience that goes along with that instrument. You want it to last a lifetime, so that 20 years down the line it looks, feels… Read More

5 Of The Best Amps For Small Gigs

Tiny tools for towering tone Guitarists are spoilt for choice when it comes to amps. There are amps for literally any size, style, specification or budget, so how do you choose the best one for you? Say, for example, you’re booked to play a show at a small local venue. Putting your ego to one… Read More

5 Great Combo Amps From 2015

Five of the best from 2015 The humble combination amplifier, or combo, is a vital tool for many guitarists, particularly those who don’t relish the thought of lugging separate amp heads and speaker cabs up and down flights of stairs as they travel from venue to venue. Combining the amp’s internal gubbins and its speaker… Read More