Best Electric Guitars Under £250

Marshall Electric Guitar

Starter guitars for every taste and style The sub-£250 price bracket is chock full of quite wonderful guitars to suit any player. From entry-level versions of the traditional big-hitters, through to more considered variations not replicated further up the range, there are rich pickings to be had. It’s not all cheap and cheerful either. The… Read More

How To Create Ambient Guitar Sounds

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Creating atmospheric textures using just your guitar (and a few pedals…) Everyone knows guitars do ‘loud’ very well. We’ve all seen, heard and witnessed the power of an electric guitar playing through an enormous stack of amplifiers, and our ringing eardrums will bear testament to the fact that guitars are indeed very good at being… Read More

Guitars To Give You GAS

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Riding the winds of change A lot of guitarists complain of gas. More so than players of any other instrument. We’re referring of course to Gear Acquisition Syndrome, i.e. the constant, unrelenting quest to accumulate ever more piles of interesting, unique and often quite expensive bits of kit with which to augment our rigs. See,… Read More

Best Gear of 2014

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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

Marshall Guitar Pack Review

Marshall Electric Guitar

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)

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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