Gibson 2018 Buyers Guide

Recently we announced the Gibson USA 2018 lineup. Consisting of Les Pauls, SGs, Firebirds, a Flying V, an Explorer, and a couple of High Performance guitars, there’s something in there for everyone. To read the quick-spec rundown of the models, read our announcement here. Here, we’re going to go into a bit more detail on each model, to hopefully help you figure out which guitar’s the one for you. It’s worth noting that all guitars in the 2018 range have manual tuners, including the High Performance models. Thhe HPs have... Read More

Top 10: Best Christmas Gifts for Piano Players

Finding the right Christmas gift for a piano player can be hard, I mean, can you really give them another piano key tie? Socks with piano keys on? Any conceivable item of clothing with piano keys on? No! That’s where we come in. We see all sorts of different musicians every single day so we know what they want (what they really really want). That’s why we’ve compiled this list of Christmas gift ideas for piano players that will hopefully make the morning of the 25th that bit brighter for... Read More

Yamaha CLP665GP vs Roland GP607: What Are The Differences?

The following is a guide that outlines the differences and similarities between what are probably the two most popular digital grand pianos on the market at the moment – the Yamaha CLP665GP and the Roland GP607. Both pianos sit around the £3-4k price point and showcase a beautiful baby grand piano cabinet design. It’s worth noting that comparing two instruments such as these from different brands can prove tricky, as they often have different names for the same thing and the differences aren’t always quantifiable. Both are superb instruments, and... Read More

A Guide To 2019 Gibson Les Pauls: Standard VS Studio

Every year, Gibson update their range of USA guitars, sometimes changing models around, adding new ones in, swapping out pickups etc. Two staple models that we see every year are the flagship Les Paul Standard and the Les Paul Studio. With all the change in spec and what not, you might wonder what the differences are between these two guitars – that’s why we’ve put together this handy guide. The differences in spec are highlighted in the table below; for a more in-depth comparison, carry on reading. 2019 Les Paul... Read More

Top 5 Best Amps For Busking

Busking can be great fun, as well as a good way to make money. With the right selection of songs, the right spot, and the right amount of crowd interaction you can earn a day’s wage in an hour or two. You’ve also got to make sure that the crowd can hear you, and that’s when you’ll need a busking amp. These come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but, as you might expect, it’s got to be portable – a Marshall stack hooked up to a generator isn’t... Read More

10 Of The Most Influential Epiphone Players

Whilst it’s true that Epiphone do offer more affordable versions of some Gibson models, many of them are legendary guitars in their own right. Epiphone was founded in the 19th Century and has been producing quality instruments ever since, with their products finding their way into the hands of all sorts of players; from bluegrass pickers to modern hardcore shredders. The following list is an all-encompassing collection of some of the most influential players in music that have been helped along the way by Epiphone. Joe Pass Probably one of... Read More

Yamaha Clavinova CLP675 VS 685: What Is The Difference?

In this article, we will look at the differences between the two Clavinovas that sit at the top of the 600 range – the CLP675 and CLP685. Whilst they both feature Yamaha’s first new keyboard action in 21 years – GrandTouch, there is a difference in the touch between the two pianos, as will be explained. The CLP685 also has an improved speaker system, plus it’s got a little more under the hood that makes it a more versatile instrument. The table below gives you the main differences at a... Read More

What Are The Differences Between The Novation Synths: MiniNova, UltraNova and Bass Station II?

The synthesiser can be one of the best instruments to get creative with. The range of sounds you have available at your fingertips can be inspiring. But, also sometimes it can be overwhelming, and with all the different options available – which synth is best for you? Novation are one of the top dogs when it comes to anything music tech related – their range of MIDI keyboards and controllers is incredible, but they also have a few different synths available at the moment – the MiniNova, UltraNova and the... Read More

5 Of The Best Guitars For Metal

This is one for the metal heads; some advice on the best guitars to get if you feel more at home with the likes of Metallica or Mastodon than McFly or Mumford & Sons. I won’t confess to be an expert on every sub-genre of metal that has developed over the last 40 years but since Zeppelin and Sabbath, there have been players that have wanted to push the boundaries of guitar playing, to achieve an ever more aggressive sound. Some have done this by using more distortion on their... Read More

Rickenbacker 4003 VS 4003S: What Is The Difference?

Rickenbacker basses are really unique instruments – nothing else feels or sounds like one. They’re also incredibly versatile – you’ll see just as many indie players use them, as you will metal players. There are two models on the market – the Rickenbacker 4003 and the Rickenbacker 4003S, that look fairly similar and indeed sound almost the same too, but are priced differently. So what are the differences between the Rickenbacker 4003 and the 4003S? Firstly, the Rickenbacker 4003 has binding that goes all the way around the body of... Read More