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What Vintage Guitars Can Teach You

What Vintage Guitars Can Teach You

Andy | June 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

What Vintage Guitars Can Teach You Sometimes, becoming a better guitar player isn’t all about practice time or techniques. Sometimes, it’s about what kind of guitar you’re playing. For me, one of the biggest learning opportunities for guitarists at any skill level comes from old, beat-up and worn-out vintage guitars. But what is it that […]

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How to Choose an Acoustic Guitar Pickup

How to Choose an Acoustic Guitar Pickup

Cody Robinson | August 4, 2016 | 3 Comments

The great thing about acoustic guitars is that they don’t need a volume knob or an amplifier to be heard – the guitar’s own resonant body naturally amplifies the sound. But what if you need to turn the volume up? Whether you want to perform gigs, jam with other musicians, or just play louder, the […]

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Pedal and Amp Modelling vs. Analogue

Pedal and Amp Modelling vs. Analogue

Andy | July 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

As a guitar teacher, I’m often asked to give advice and recommendations about gear to students. One of the more common questions from intermediate to advanced guitarists is which route to take to pursue their tone. The options presenting guitarists are to go analogue (tube/valve amp and analogue effects pedals), digital (effects pedal / guitar […]

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Luke Sharples Guitars: Re-Inventing the Steel

Luke Sharples Guitars: Re-Inventing the Steel

Andy | June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Luke Sharples Guitars Let’s start at the beginning. Well, not the very beginning, but with the inception of the steel-strung acoustic guitar in the United States: the acoustics’ spiritual beginning. C.F.Martin, The Larson Brothers, George Washburn, Orville Gibson, Bob Taylor and everyone in-between (who, by the way, are too numerous to list) set about sculpting […]

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NAMM Special: Minarik Guitars

NAMM Special: Minarik Guitars

Andy | June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj9pR9lzhsc Minarik Guitars If you want to see something outrageous that combines edge of your seat designs with flamboyance and creativity, a Minarik custom guitar could well be for you. To be fair, as soon as we saw the racks of multi-shaped, multi-dimensional, multi coloured rack of guitars, we weren’t really bothered about the sound […]

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Roadie Tuner. NAMM Special

Roadie Tuner. NAMM Special

Andy | June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yScK_bLimfg Roadie Tuner Following another successful Kickstart campaign that has help fund over 2 years of research and development, June 2014 sees the production of a piece of kit that will not only wind your strings when replacing them, but also tune your guitar (or any other instrument with machine head tuning pegs) and, unbelievably, […]

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Bohemian Guitars. NAMM Special

Bohemian Guitars. NAMM Special

Andy | June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjCCLYwVGQ4 Bohemian Guitars Want to read about something funky that is yet another brilliant Kickstarter product? Well look no further than Bohemian Guitars, who successfully funded their project to create fully functional guitars made from oil cans and recycled spare parts from other guitars. Based out of Georgia, the guys at Bohemian Guitars took their […]

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Freshman Guitars. NAMM Special

Freshman Guitars. NAMM Special

Andy | June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC-dXczomyY Freshman Guitars Always on the lookout for your smaller guitar manufacturers, we were particularly pleased to bump into a couple of fantastic guys working out of Scotland from the manufacturers of Freshman Guitars. These aesthetically pleasing acoustic guitars varied in price range from approx. $300 right up to $2,200, which we thought was impressive […]

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Beatbuddy. NAMM Special

Beatbuddy. NAMM Special

Andy | June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb4xDjPE0pM Beatbuddy NAMM always surprises you with the unexpected as you wander around with your lower jaw dragging along the floor as you marvel at the technology and constant advancements in the world of guitar and guitar accessories. However, we actively sought out David Packouz, (Founder & CEO) and his team, as we had been […]

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The Lennon Bus: Mobile Recording Studio

The Lennon Bus: Mobile Recording Studio

Andy | June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbGO-Zasa_g The Lennon Bus Following the news that Art Alexakis (singer and guitarist with Everclear) along with some students, would be writing, playing, recording and videoing a new original song within a day, with The Lennon Educational Tour Bus at the centre of the action, we climbed aboard to find out what the bus was […]

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