How To… Clean your electric guitar

Fight grime to ensure your electric guitar stays in tip top condition for longer! To ensure your guitar is performing at it’s very best, it’s essential that you clean it regularly. Even if all looks spic and span on the surface, hidden grime could be lurking in your strings and frets, effecting not only the… Read More

They play… Kings of Leon

Discover the instrument set up that drives the mega-star four-piece’s anthemic music Currently storming through a sold-out UK tour, Nashville’s finest Kings of Leon are five albums in and going stronger than ever. During their 12 year career – yes, it really has been that long – the band of brother (plus cousin) have developed… Read More

Noel Gallagher, Farida Guitars and Dawsons Manchester – Sorted

Noel Gallagher paid our Dawsons store in Manchester a visit when he stopped off there as part of the Oasis ‘Dig out Your Soul’ 2008 tour today. Jonny West, our biggest Oasis fan and resident acoustic expert at the store didn’t waste any time in showing him the brand new range of Farida acoustic guitarsthat… Read More

EC Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) aims to minimise the impact of electrical and electronic goods on the environment, by increasing re-use and recycling and reducing the amount of WEEE going to landfill. It seeks to achieve this by making producers responsible for financing the collection, treatment, and recovery of waste electrical… Read More

Beginners Guide To Buying Electronic Keyboards

Although to look at, some people might think that electronic keyboards and pianos are quite similar, they do in fact differ in quite a few ways. The first thing you notice is that they are normally much smaller, most of them only having 61 keys as opposed to a full set of 88. These keys… Read More

Beginners Guide to Buying Drums and Drum Kits

Buying your first drum kit is not as hard as it may seem at first. Drum kits can essentially be split in to two types: acoustic and electronic, with both having their advantages when you’re first learning to play. Many players now favour an electronic kit for their first choice, especially because they’re near-silent when… Read More

Electric Guitar Buying Guide

Updated 29/12/16 Looking for some help buying the right beginners electric guitar ? There are myriad shapes and styles of electric guitar, but most share some common features. While it would be fair to say that the lion’s share of electric guitars are solid body designs (that is, the body of the guitar is made from… Read More

Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide

Updated 16/11/16 How to choose the perfect acoustic for you Choosing an acoustic guitar, or any guitar for that matter, is a hugely personal thing and if you want to truly fall in love with playing a guitar, you have to make sure it’s the right one for you. But with hundreds upon hundreds of different guitars vying… Read More

A Brief History of Fender Guitars

The Early Days… Few people ever have the chance to make an enduring impact upon popular culture. When Clarence Leonidas (Leo) Fender left his job as an accountant at a tyre distribution company, to pursue his interest in electronics, he could have had no idea that he would be one of them. Leo opened his… Read More

How To Change Your Guitar Strings

If there’s one thing a guitarist needs to know it’s how to change your guitar strings. Too many never learn how to do it properly, and many more don’t do it regularly enough. It’s not unusual for players to change the odd one when an E string breaks while the rest of the set is… Read More