Winter NAMM - the annual trade bash for the guitar and music industry starts today in California. We expect lost of new product releases and updates from all the big boys - guitars - amps - effects as well as some new innovations. We will provide a round up next week. Website:...

Gibson have launched a TV station - they describe it as the "world's first network dedicated to guitar and music culture". Take a look: www.gibson.com/GibsonTV It has sections on songs, how the guitars are made, 'my first Gibson' and much more. 14 January 2020...

If you have an acoustic guitar and want to play live on stage then you are going to need to amplify it. At the end of the day you want what the audience hears to be what you hear ie: the natural sound of your guitar. Options There are three or four...

First, we had small heads and combos from the likes of Vox, Laney, Marshall and Blackstar: 1 to 5W of tube power in a small cabinet that was ideal for bedroom and studio use. Reasonably light and easy to move around with great tones and a bit of oomph when...

So how many times can you launch a variant of your best-selling, most loved, first made 60 years ago guitars before the customer gets wise? Well, as many as you like, judging by the annual ‘new’ model variants from the big boys Gibson and Fender. For 2019 we have the Gibson...

Take a look at the catalogues of the major guitar brands and you’ll see that signature guitars, particularly electric guitars, feature heavily, with new ones coming along every few weeks. Why is this? Are the brands just cashing in on the popular artists of the day or have they got something...

Is £1000 enough for a great guitar? To some the answer is a definite no and looking at the number of £2500 plus guitars that get reviewed in the magazines, it would seem they are not in the minority. So what are the arguments for and against expensive ‘custom’ guitars? Well,...

Much has been written about these little amps in the last few years and we have been living with ours for quite a while now, giving us a chance to provide full feedback. We use it as a ‘spare’ and also with headphones for ‘quiet’ practice. Everything that has been said...

Looper pedals are in and the choice is getting ever larger with all sizes from compact to two/three footswitches to very complicated multi-function devices with corresponding prices. So why use a looper? As a basic you can ‘record’ yourself and check back if you are in time/getting the chord changes right/the notes...

That certain something…has your guitar got it? I took delivery recently of an Ibanez semi, made in China with RRP £699, which sits well with two other guitars I have in this price range; an Epiphone Les Paul Lee Malia Signature Custom, Far East made, and a USA Gibson Midtown Custom....