Need to reduce the volume at home?                         If you are looking for a ‘bedroom amp’ or a small, fairly 'quiet' amp for use at home then you probably don’t need something too loud. Yes, I know we all love to...

With thousands to choose from where do you start?        Playing an acoustic is easy – the sound you hear is the sound you get; okay you might get a bit more bass/middle/treble tone out of different guitars and you might add a bit of reverb and chorus, but...

So why don’t more of us buy British gear?          Okay, we buy mainstream Marshall, Vox, Orange and Blackstar amps, which are ‘British’ brands, but most of these are made in the Far East, although they will be designed here. Same with Faith, Tanglewood, Manson, Fret-King and Shergold...

Signature guitars are everywhere and very popular.      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 seemingly coming along every few weeks. Here are just a few that have come out this year: Epiphone Noel...

Guitarists are a fickle lot over technology.      You’ve got a digital phone, digital computer/laptop/tablet, a digital radio, use on-line social media, stream music digitally but, you don’t want a digital amp – no way. You believe that something designed in the early 20th century is way better. Okay, at full...

Amplifying the natural sound of your guitar.      If you have an acoustic guitar and want to play live on stage then you are going to need to amplify it but also try to keep it sounding good. At the end of the day you want what the audience hears...

You can get some great bargains second-hand.        Two things are in its favour – the guitars are generally cheaper than new (unless it’s vintage, or a limited edition of course!) and, being made of wood, the guitar, particularly an acoustic, will have mellowed and bedded in, making it...

What is a hybrid guitar and do you need one?        Basically it is a guitar that does (or tries to) both traditional electric and electro-acoustic sounds using either pickups or digital modelling/electronics and even a combination of these. Hybrids Are they acoustic or electric? Well both actually. You can have...

Struggling to find a left handed guitar?                            Whilst 10% of the population is left-handed and by default you would expect 10% of all guitarists to be left-handed, it doesn’t seem that the manufacturers have yet got this. Surely 10%...