Buyers Guides – Guitars, Amplifiers & Effects


What Strings Should I Buy?

Buying a set of strings especially if you don’t know the differences between them can be a fairly confusing process. Strings are thicker gauges and thinner gauges. Different sets of strings are better for specific genres of music. For example, I use Ernie Ball, not even slinky’s which are great for heavy rock and heavy metal as they are heavy gauge strings. The gauge on the strings are 12-56 and you get a lot of tone from the heavy bottom string so all those chugs will sound brutal in your... Read More


What Guitar Amp Should I Buy?

When it comes to selecting a suitable amplifier for your electric guitar the range of choices can be initially confusing. With so many different amps on the market, how can you be sure that the one you want is going to be suitable for what you need? Well, to make it easier you should ask yourself a few questions: What will I be using it for? Bedroom practice? Home recording? rehearsals or live gigs? Bedroom amps are usually small and compact, easy to use and low in wattage. A popular... Read More


Restringing Your Electric Guitar?

Not as hard as it would seem?? Just take it slow and everything will fall into place. As I mentioned previously, get your tools ready, cleaning cloths to hand and if you like, a guitar wrest can be pretty helpful but not essential. Put a towel down on your work surface, even some paper towels just stop the guitar picking up any scratches. Give your guitar a once over at this point, check your jack socket, tighten if necessary, check both of your strap buttons, tighten if necessary. If you’re... Read More


What Are The Differences Between Hollow Body And Solid Body Guitars?

When it comes to selecting the instrument that suits you, you’ll want to make sure that you are getting a guitar that will be best suited to the styles you play. Below we go into a little detail about the differences between solid body and hollow body instruments. Let’s start with the obvious; Solid Body is exactly what it says on the tin! A solid piece of wood that only has slots cut into it for the hardware, like pickups and bridges.  Semi-Hollow and Hollow body guitars are as you... Read More


What Guitar Should I Buy For My Style?

When it comes to buying a new guitar there are so many different types to choose from and sometimes it can be a minefield to figure out what would be best suited to the style you play. First of all, is knowing the basic different types of electric guitar, You have the classic Strat and Les Paul style guitars and they are absolutely brilliant for a plethora of different styles from blues to soul and from pop to rock. The main difference between those two types of guitar is the... Read More


Takamine Guitars

Takamine guitars started from small humble beginnings and are now a household name for acoustic guitars that are affordable and high quality, they have been on the market for around 56 years now. The aim of Takamine guitars is to combine modern technology with craftsmanship techniques to ensure that the finest details are incorporated. Takamine have various guitar bodies, each definied by the construction materials and specification which result in particular tonal qualities. Classical Body – Takamine Classical guitars are a tradition, the fan bracing and body shape deliver a clear tone and... Read More


Faith Guitars

Faith Guitars, founded in 2002 is a small team of passionate guitar experts, Faith is made only of solid tonewood in their Indonesian workshops. The most important part of an acoustic guitar is the top as this is essentially what shapes the instruments primary voice, as you can imagine the better the quality, the better the sound and projection. Faith guitars will either be made of solid spruce, cedar, mahogany or trembesi. Although we say the top of the guitar is incredibly important, that’s not to say that the back... Read More


G&L Guitars

G&L Guitars offer incredible value with impressive quality and plenty of history. Leo Fender left Fender Guitars and set up G&L, bringing all of his knowledge and experience to his new company. Today the G&L factory continues production as Leo would have wanted. His private workshop, the centre of his creativity, remains untouched as it was on his last day and has been visited by music people from around the world. While the people of G&L continue to build the instruments with love, dedication and skill. World class artists have... Read More


We Love Fender!

Fender guitars are amongst the most iconic instruments in music, with over 70 years of experience manufacturing guitars – with a Fender you are guaranteed great build quality and a classic tone. There is a generous variety throughout Fender guitars, there is the famous Stratocaster which is usually the first choice for many guitarists and many famous legenfs, it has a wide selection of tones due to its three pickups. There is also the Telecaster that has increased reliability and resonance. Not only do Fender have a fantastic range of... Read More


Gretsch Guitars

Over the span of four generations, the Gretsch Company developed what came to be known as “That Great Gretsch Sound.” Gretsch guitars have always had the reputation of being a classy brand, their guitars are used all around the world by many famous faces. Gretsch have been around since 1883 producing banjos and drums, their knowledge over the decades have now made them some of the most sought-after vintage guitars in the world! Their guitars are popular in Blues, Jazz and Rockabilly styles of music. Gretsch guitars have got a... Read More