Best Guitars Of 2015

The results are in… The end of each year gives us time to take stock of everything we’ve seen, heard and experienced over the previous 12 months. For some that means remembering holidays or time spent with loved ones. For others it means celebrating personal or professional progression. For us, it’s simply an excuse to… Read More

Five Best Jazz Guitars

Classic jazz sounds from five smooth guitars Jazz guitars are big bodied, often semi-acoustic, and designed to coax out some wonderfully rich, warm tones. Historically jazz was played on acoustic guitars, however in the days before amplification the guitar often became lost in the mix of the big band sound so the introduction of arch… Read More

‘I’d have my old Tone Master back!’ Lonely The Brave Guitarist Mark Trotter Interview

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year and a half, you’ll have heard of Lonely The Brave. Amidst Radio 1 A-list plays, storming festival sets and sold out tours, the Cambridge 5 piece have been solidifying their place in the halls of UK rock royalty. Since 2009, slowly but surely, LTB… Read More

10 Of The Best Hollow Body Guitars

Ten great semi-acoustics to tempt you You could say hollow body guitars are the pessimism/optimism dilemma of the guitar world. Is it an electric? An acoustic? Both? Neither?! However you see it, semi-acoustic guitars have cemented their place in guitar folklore thanks to their versatility across a number of styles. From their iconic big-body looks to their… Read More

Best Guitars For Metal: 5 Great Options

Five great guitars to help you get your metal on The wonderful world of metal is perhaps more complex than its detractors would have you believe. Indeed, metal players would tell you that what sounds like a big load of trashy old noise is, in fact, the brilliant music of a genius (extra kudos if… Read More

Three New Gibson 2016 Models

Welcoming back some old favourites The launch of the Gibson 2016 range has brought with it a number of surprises. The new two-tiered approach, covering traditional and high performance models, has been well received, giving players the option of buying a new model with or without the extra frippery like e-tuning systems. But its the return… Read More

Gibson 2016 – Strongest Line Up Yet?

Big G returns with plenty to talk about Gibson has announced the full line up for its 2016, and there are a few changes to talk about. Rightly or wrongly, the 2015 range was perhaps less favourably received than it would have hoped for. Take a look on any of the prominent guitar forums or… Read More

Which 2016 Gibson Les Paul Is Best For You?

Back to basics for 2016 range The jury probably remains out over Gibson’s bold decision to equip each and every guitar in its 2015 range with G-Force, its controversial (in the guitar world, at least) electronic tuning device. Critics felt this was too radical for the previously conservative company, in the conservative world of guitars,… Read More

Electric Guitar Buying Guide

Updated November 25, 2015 Let’s start from the beginning… The road to guitar mastery can at first seem daunting. So many different styles, shapes and sizes of guitars, all vying for your attention and the chance to make your wallet lighter. But, as with anything, the options can seem clearer if you simply filter out… Read More

Gibson G-Force: Under The Hood

Rise of the machines There’s been a lot of talk in guitar circles about Gibson’s decision to include, as standard, its G-Force tuning system on the vast majority of its 2015 range. The headstock mounted auto-tuner takes away the freedom of the player. It assumes we don’t already know how to tune a guitar, or… Read More