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

Best Guitar And Amp Combinations

Nail that sound with these classic combinations With so many different types of guitars, amplifiers, pedals and other gizmos, it can be hard to know where to start to get the sound you’re after. Sure, most modern equipment is reasonably versatile so you could, for example, get a passable metal sound from an old blues… 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

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