Blackstar Fly 3 Review

Blackstar Fly 3

Mini amp offers great tones and portability from tiny unit Just as a few years ago there was a glut of ‘lunchbox’ style amps which flooded the market, there now seems to be a trend towards amps which are at home in your front room as they are in your studio. We’ve had so-called lounge… Read More

Best Gear of 2014


A vintage year for non-vintage gear It’s always fun looking back over the past year and revisiting some of the exciting nuggets of musical innovation we’ve been offered over the past 12 months. And there has been some great gear for musicians to get stuck into too. For guitarists, the drive has been to shrink… 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

The 4 Cable Method Guide and Benefits


Looking for a way to make your Multi-FX and Amp sing? Here’s our definitive guide to the Mythical 4 cable method. What is it? Quite simply, it’s a method of using 4 guitar cables to hook up your Multi FX such as a BOSS GT100 or a Line 6 POD HD 500 to your amplifier…. Read More

Three Great Tube Practice Amps


Valves are no longer the preserve of the well heeled – here are three great tube practice amps to prove it Once upon a time all guitar amps were valve amps. Then, as electronics advanced, components became smaller, lighter and more reliable, so guitarists were happier, right? Well, not quite… The problem was that the… Read More

What Is The Difference Between Modelling Amps And Other Types?


With solid-state, modelling and valve tech all available, you may wonder ‘what is the difference between modelling amps and other types?’ Until fairly recently, the guitar amps only really offered two different technologies to create their tone: solid state and valve. Then, a new, computer powered addition joined the fray: modelling technology. Each of these… Read More

Valve Guitar Amp Models That Won’t Break The Bank


No longer the preserve of the well heeled, a valve guitar amp can be surprisingly affordable these days… When you’re aiming to get the best guitar tone possible, one piece of equipment always seems to figure- a valve guitar amp. Producing tone with legendary rich tone, and astonishing dynamic performance, there really is no substitute… Read More

The Practice Amp – 5 Of The Best


Every guitarist is likely to need a practice amp at some point, so here’s a guide to 5 of the best: Sadly, practicing playing the guitar through a full stack, or mighty valve combo is not a practical option for most players, and so a practice amp is the only option. For the uninitiated, the… Read More

Why Would You Want A Valve Amp?


Valve amps are widely held to be the foundation of great electric guitar tone, but why would you want one? If you’re a beginner guitarist, or just a guitarist who tends to just play without getting too embroiled in debates about gear, you might have noticed that the vast majority of your favourite players ply… Read More

Yamaha Amps – Which THR Guitar Amp Is For You?

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There’s and impressive range of Yamaha amps available in the form of the THR series, and here’s a mini guide to the range… Yamaha amps became a major talking point when the THR series was launched last year. Billed as ‘your third amp’ upon launch, the range combines several different Yamaha technologies into a retro… Read More