The Best Left-Handed Guitarists

Southpaw six-stringers flying the flag Apparently only 10% of the world’s population are left handed. It’s reasonable therefore to assume that one in ten guitarists would also be left handed. So how come it never seems that way? As a right handed person I realise I’m on the outside looking in to the world of… Read More

Gear DNA: Reptilia by The Strokes

I Know You’re Not Boring In this edition of Gear DNA we’re taking a look at a stone cold classic from 2004; Reptilia by The Strokes. 2004 was the year of dancefloor Indie, with debut albums from Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers. All bands who can thank The Strokes for making it acceptable… Read More

4 Of The Coolest Koa Guitars

Aloha Koa! Hawaii is an amazing place. The surf, the beaches, the Ukelele! Even better than that though is the Koa tree. The Acacia Koa is native to Hawaii, where it is the second most common tree. According to The World Resources Insitute: “Guitars made from Koa were an innovation of the early 19th century,… Read More

Where Are All The Guitar Heroes?

No More Heroes Any More? Strange things are afoot in our musical world. Whisper it quietly, but the notion of the guitar hero is dying out. Superstar guitarists are a dying breed. This article in the Washington Post said as much, so it must be true, right? Well, yes and no. It is an interesting… Read More

Gear DNA: Buddy Holly By Weezer

Getting The Sound From Weezer’s Breakthrough Track This is the first of a new series, where we’re going to break down a classic track for you from a musician’s point of view. Here though, we won’t be focusing on chord structures or time signatures. Oh no. Instead these articles will look at the gear, tones and… Read More

Ultimate Rigs: Budget vs Pro

Best of the best for very different budgets It’s nice to dream, innit? It’s fun to imagine the havoc you could cause armed with a blank cheque and a bottomless pit of money to get rid of. Just think of all the cool stuff you could buy with a lottery-esque windfall behind you. The problem… Read More

Differences In Equipment Quality Levels

Sometimes you really do get what you pay for Quality is such a subjective term. Particularly when we’re talking about the quality of the equipment tasked with carrying out a job or specific function. If it works, and does what we want it to do, then it’s good quality right? Well…not always. Musical instruments and… Read More

Friday Feeling Playlist – The TGIF Rock Version!

21 of the best songs to get your weekend started There’s simply no other day like it. Friday. That wonderful day where we don’t really mind heading in to work because the weekend is a mere 8-ish hours away. It’s come down to the last hour of the day – all your documents are saved,… Read More

Perfect Partnerships – Gibson Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Marshall

Updated 12/12/16 A once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history When it comes to guitar and amp relationships, the combination of Gibson Les Paul guitars and Marshall amplifiers is an unbeatable match made in tone heaven. When Jim Marshall placed his name on the very first JTM45 head back in 1962,… Read More

How Do Coil Tap & Split Coil Pickups Work?

Coil Tap vs Coil Split – we clear up the differences In the world of guitars there are many popular myths. Mistruths, wrapped up in half-baked theories, often presented with absolute certainty. Music is, as we know, entirely subjective. Conversations around what is the ‘best’ guitar, for example, are largely moot. However there are certain ambiguous subjects… Read More