Sick of lugging those 4x12's around? Then take a look at the modern preamp that can plug into the PA. Since many of us are playing more quietly on stage due to much better venue PA’s and the noise police, we are not using loud amps that can be overdriven...

Reading the guitar mags and forums you could sometimes be forgiven for thinking that any electric under £2000 won’t sound so good and any under £1000 are not worth looking at, let alone what they say about ‘mid-priced’ models. And 'affordable'? Forget it. But if you’ve only got £200 can...

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...

Ask a hundred guitarists about strings and you will get a hundred different preferences – makes, gauges and composition. Strings come in different types for acoustic and electric guitars, can be coated or uncoated, wound or flat wound and in a myriad of gauges which can be thoroughly confusing. So...

So, just what is a cool guitar? Ask any guitarist and they will all have a different opinion depending on their style of play, colour and shape preferences, so we will never get agreement. But we reckon a cool guitar is one that looks good on stage (so that the...

Do you need another guitar? This was the reaction from my wife when I said I was looking at some parlour guitars the other night. I don’t have a parlour and thought it would be a useful addition – I could leave it around the house and just pick it...

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...

The ‘mid’ price sector is hotly contested by all manufactures including the big F and the big G (via Epiphone) and whether you are into blues, country, rock, metal, jazz or any point in between there will be a few guitars out there to tempt you. Cort – M600TBC c£475 Website: www.cortguitars.com Danelectro...

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 an acoustic guitar sounds like an acoustic guitar. But pick up...