Christmas is coming! Guitar stuff to induldge in

17 Dec

Wow I completely forgot about this blog…ooops. I’ll hopefully be posting more here in the new year to make up for my neglect although not sure how many people have actually visited the site.

I want to treat myself this Christmas and stock up on guitar accessories. On my list of things to buy is: (deep breath) Good capo, string winder, clip on tuner, string cleaner, new guitar stand, new gig bag, high quality leads, set of awesome looking picks, try to find the best reverb pedal and looper pedal deals, and lastly a few different straps.

For some of them I’m probably going to follow the recommendations found here as they are really cheap and have some good customer reviews on Amazon, which is what I always look for before buying stuff. I know Christmas is a time for giving but I’ll hopefully receive a nice paycheck from work at the start of January (bit annoying I can’t afford anything now).

Anyway on the guitar front, I bought two more over the past few months and I’m so happy with them. One acoustic and one electric, making my new total owned count up to 6! I’m slightly worried I’m getting obsessed with collecting them so for now I’m going to chill out and add to my accessory count. Oh yeah forgot I’m also going to get some steel finger picks and a slider! See without this blog I might have forgotten those and I’ve been meaning to learn how to use them both properly after messing about with a friends equipment.

So you’ll hopefully be hearing more from me in the new year and I don’t slack off again. If you don’t, then have a good xmas and hope your year has been as good as mine 🙂

Here’s some Andy Mckee on the house



Best Electric Guitars You Might Not Be Familiar With

2 Sep

Reading back over my last blog entry it seemed a little vague so apologies for that, I found it harder than I realised to try and pick out my favourite guitars by model rather than manufacturer. In this post I’ll try and list what I consider the underrated best electric guitars made by the two big names.

Fender Jaguar:  Alright maybe not that non-mainstream but it’s still nowhere near as common as strats and teles. A commonly seen six-string on the indie music scene, made popular again in the past couple decades by the likes of Cobain and Sonic Youth, it has a particular sound and style that works so well with this type of grunge/muddy sounding music (the first Jaguar was made in 1962 but was played for a very different type of sound – surf!)

Price conscious alternative: Fender Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH – A lower priced alternative to the original beast is of course made by Squier, can find a good write up of it here:

Gibson L6-S: Far more of an obscure guitar than the previous entry, a very understated and underrated axe that looks like a Les Paul that’s put on a little bit of weight and shrunk a few inches in height, which isn’t necessarily a negative, I think it looks pretty cool, although it’s going to be one that splits opinions for sure. Here’s a pic

Price conscious alternative: Struggled with this one, could only really suggest grabbing an Epiphone LP, check out their range to see if anything takes your fancy. You can’t really go too wrong if you are looking for lower priced Gibson guitars as their build quality has increased by quite a large amount and their mid-ranged things really can compete with lower end parent company guitars.

So that’s my top picks of the more off-the-grid guitars. I’ll leave you with this awesome video I can’t believe I hadn’t seen until now, this guy has some crazy skills, was a lot of fun to watch through naming all the songs and trying to remember what guitar they were played on. Give it a go, I managed to name 98 of the songs and about half the models they were played on. If only I could play as well as this man though, it’s both motivating and massively disheartening when you watch something like this, you realise just how far off you are from reaching that standard…but I digress, it’s a fun video :p



Favorite Guitars

30 Aug

Whe-hey! My first blog entry. Classed as an A-grade guitar fanatic, I’m going to write up some of my favorite guitars and why.

Fender Stratocaster:

Pretty much the wordlwide symbol of the instrument (followed by a Les Paul). Guarantee almost every players list of favorites would include the Strat in some form. It’s the one that started it all, almost every other company has a body that is a strat clone, and why? Because the design works. It’s a perfect shape for players no matter the playing style. If you have the money, choosing which guitar to buy is tough because the Fender Strat has so many different choices, although most made in the 70’s are considered lesser to the earlier and more modern builds. In fact, I think I overstate the cost, you can now get Mexican made real Strats for a very good price and they are still very good guitars.

Gibson Les Paul:

Perhaps the biggest rival to Fenders main offering, The Les Paul seems more aimed towards more rock guitarists (Slash, Jimmy Page – list could go on for pages), However, ironically when orginally created it was intended to be played clean which is quite fascinating. Of course now Gibson have catered more towards the heavier tones people want and offer some fantastic reissues of the earlier classics. I own an Epiphone Ultra II and I love it to bits, obviously a cheaper guitar copy of the Les Paul but who cares it sounds great!

PRS Special:

Probably the biggest newcomer on the scene, they’ve built up a solid reputation and are endorsed by several highly respected musicians. Although quite pricey, they are top quality guitars and have a great looking design and range of colors. When I make some more money a Special 22 is next on my constantly added to list of guitars I’m going to buy! Tehy don’t have the history of the first two big names listed so time will tell how good these things actually are.


Wasn’t sure which guitar from their collection to choose from, but Ibanez are another brand that have built up a solid reputation through some good signature models, such as the Slipknot guitarist. Compared with the other three, Ibanzes have been more experimental in the body shapes, offering jagged and striking products that are sure to catch your eye. Great for heavier music they pack a punch with their pickups and can be foundat many different price ranges, although the lower end have recieved some critisism for build quality.

These are just a few of my favorite guitars, lots more coming soon and I’ll be writing content on other things axe related so stay tuned!