Marshall Guitar Pack Review

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A complete guitar starter pack for new rockers? We take a closer look… First impressions Overall, the guitar pack is very well packaged and nicely presented, it’s got the whole “surprise present” look about it if you catch our drift? Unpacking the contents reveal a myriad of different goodies to keep us busy. First up, the guitar…. Read More

Expensive Guitars (And Their Wallet-Friendly Cousins)

'57 Les Paul Gold Top

Champagne gear on a lemonade budget   We all do it; dream of a sudden windfall and know, pretty much to the penny, which expensive guitars we’d spend it on. Some would track down every piece of expensive and rare equipment used by their favourite player. Some might fancy a trolley dash in their nearest… Read More

Making Money From Your Music

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Opportunity knocks for the savvy musician It’s surely the dream for all musicians; to be in a position where you can sustain a decent lifestyle through your hard earned musical talents alone. Imagine spending your days writing, composing and producing music, and getting paid for it. Beats flipping burgers or mopping toilets, that’s for sure. Making money from your… Read More

Interview: Converge’s Kurt Ballou

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Heavy music legend Kurt Ballou offers advice for taking your recordings to the next level With an established career under his belt playing guitar for veteran US hardcore band Converge, you could excuse Kurt Ballou for being content with the influence he has already had on the heavy music scene. With a career spanning nearly… Read More

Five Guitars That Changed Music

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Great music is due to the artist, but it’s hard to deny the influence of some gear – here are five guitars that changed music In most creative arts, the tools required remain pretty much unchanged over the years. I mean, whilst dyes may change slightly, paints are pretty much the same as they’ve always… Read More

What Factors Affect Pickup Tone?

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There is such wide variety of sounds possible from them, but what factors affect pickup tone? There are such a wide variety of tones possible from the different pickups available, that you’d be forgiven for thinking that each is a completely individual design. However, there are key aspects of their design that dictate the kind… Read More

What Is A Hammer On?

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It’s one of the most commonly used guitar techniques, but what is a hammer on? When learning to play, there are some terms that you’ll come across regularly, which, as beginner may make very little sense. Whether it relates to the guitar itself, (nut, lower bout, trem….?), or to technique, it can sometimes seem like… Read More

Staying Motivated When You Learn To Play Guitar

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If you want to learn to play guitar, motivation is key – here are some tips to help you stay focused on the goal… The first few weeks after you begin to learn to play guitar, are very exciting. You have a great new instrument, and you are taking the first steps towards emulating your… Read More

Which Is The Best Guitar To Learn On? Acoustic Or Electric?

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Acoustic guitar or electric guitar – which is the best guitar to learn on? Here’s a guide to help… There’s a lot of conflicting advice regarding learning how to play the guitar. Whether it relates to taking lessons, or trying to learn on your own, Fender versus Gibson, steel string versus nylon, for every opinion,… Read More

Iconic Stratocaster Tones

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We take a look at some of the most iconic Stratocaster tones ever, and the gear used to produce them… The Stratocaster is without question one of the most versatile electric guitars ever made. Over the course of six decades, it has been behind some of music’s most influential guitarists. Here we take a look… Read More