Tony Iommi Gear – How to Sound like the Black Sabbath Guitarist

Sound like an Electric Wizard Tony Iommi is the type of guitarist we can all look up to, regardless of whether we love metal or not – confident without being too flashy, melodic and instantly recognisable. His riffs have thrilled and inspired musicians for decades whilst his knack for beautifully fusing dark, doom laden riffs with… Read More

Choosing The Best High-End Acoustic Guitar For You

High-end models perfect for when you need to upgrade your guitar You’ve put in the time with your hand-me-down guitar, the beginner pack that’s served you well or the one you’ve “borrowed” from your friend (and failed to give back for 3 years). You know pretty much every Oasis and Led Zeppelin song there is,… Read More

Humbuckers VS Single Coil pickups – A Beginners Guide

We guide you through the differences between Single Coil and Humbucker pickups A question beginners will often ask us here at Dawsons, is “What’s the difference between humbucker pickups and single coil pickups?”, so we thought we’d address the differences whilst offering a little history about each style and the type of musicians who might… Read More

Interview with Milk Teeth, the not so Vile Children of the UK rock/grunge scene

The Stroud 4 piece are currently taking over the airwaves According to Wikipedia, Stroud, nestled in the county of Gloucestershire, has a population of just over 13,000 people and the picturesque town “is noted for its steep streets, independent spirit and cafe culture”. The aerial view of the town is reminiscent of something American tourists… Read More

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

Updated 9/8/16 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… 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