Guitarists are a fickle lot. 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 volume a valve...

Looking for a quirky, colourful and charismatic guitar? Danelectro is an American manufacturer of electric guitars, bass guitars, amplifiers and effects units. HistoryOriginally founded by Nathan Daniel in 1947 to produce amplifiers, in the early 50's they designed an affordable production electric guitar. This was achieved using a wood frame with...

For more than 175 years, Martin Guitars – America’s oldest and most successful acoustic guitar maker – have set the standard by which other acoustics are measured. Their longevity is not difficult to explain. Martin’s instruments have been played by everyone from Elvis Presley to Coldplay. Their designs past and...

Originally established in Manchester in 1974, but now based in Northamptonshire since 2015 when they became part of the Auden Musical Instrument Company, Gordon Smith make handcrafted, custom built guitars. The team at Auden have taken over the production with the same level of skill and dedication as the original...

With modern manufacturing, global supply of components and effective quality control a £200 electric guitar is no longer a bit of a dog, but can be a great budget or beginner guitar. Reading the guitar mags and forums you could sometimes be forgiven for thinking that any electric under £2000 won’t...

There are some fantastic ‘mid’ price electric guitars out there and if you choose your spec carefully you can get a real corker: we have an Epiphone Lee Malia LP signature which has Gibson pups, looks the biz and is superb. This sector is hotly contested by all manufactures including the...

Got up to £1000 to spend on an electric guitar? Then your choice is immense as every manufacturer seems to have a number of quality guitars in the £750 to £1000 price range, which features solid, semi and hollow body models. PRS S2 Singlecut Standard PRS SE Custom 24 Fender American Standard Stratocaster Gibson...

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 crank it up but it is not good for your ears or the family and neighbours! –...

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% of their sales should be left-handed which you think would be enough to justify actually making a left-handed...

More reasons to buy British guitarsSo why don’t more of us buy British? Okay, we buy Marshall, Vox, Orange and Blackstar amps, which are undoubtably ‘British’, 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...