You've just broken into the gigging scene after lots of practice and tryouts. That big gig is coming up so you change your strings. you start your first song but somethings wrong. The guitars out of tune. how? is the guitar low quality? maybe the new strings are bad? You tune it again. halfway through the next song, it's out AGAIN? what is going on? Maybe, Something went wro... Read more

How to stretch the strings on your guitar to help it stay in tune, and why! Stretching your strings is really important for correct tuning stability. Let me explain how it works, why you want it, and how to do it. Okay, what is it? Stretching your strings is the act of pulling on your strings to even out any imbalances of... Read more

So a lot of people think that you can change the strings on your classical guitar from nylon to steel, and the strings on your steel-string guitar from steel to nylon. But today I'm going to explain to you the 4 reasons why you shouldn't do this. 1. String Tension The first reason is string tension. On your typical classical guitar, you have a string tension of about... Read more

Why Do I Need A Guitar Stand? You've bought a guitar from us, and if you're a beginner, it probably came with a gig bag, spare strings, some picks, and a strap. So why do you need a guitar stand as well? There are three broad reasons to buy a guitar stand: protection, convenience and display. This blog post will address these as well as how to choose the best guitar stand... Read more

To the beginner and experienced guitarist, the topic of guitar wood is a very interesting one. For acoustic guitars, there is a pronounced difference in the tone created by different woods, and this will not be discussed here. There are arguments all over the internet about the importance of tonewoods on your electric guitar. Some say that it makes a big difference to... Read more

This blog post will cover the topic of boost pedals. It will discuss their history, as well as some of the different types of boost pedal circuits on the market. A Brief History of Boost Boost pedals are one of the first innovations in the neverending pursuit of tone. It was a way of increasing the signal amplitude after the pickups but before the amp (that's why the... Read more

How to fix an earth Loop! Electronic equipment is earthed (or grounded) to prevent serious injury to the user if the equipm... Read more

There are four main contributors to the D-string breakages that plague many classical (nylon string) guitar players. String construction Restring technique Guitar construction Playing style String Construction String construction is arguably the largest contributor to the D-string breakage problem. As a genera... Read more

General Points About Modifying Artist Guitars This probably applies to any guitar: when you're going to put a component on a guitar, you need to make sure that it actually fits in that particular design, and not every design is interchangeable. It depends on the component that you're putting in. So, generally pickups are pretty easy, but some things like necks are very complex becau... Read more

This blog post is going to explain basic MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) connections. The way to think about MIDI is that the “out” is where you would send the note out from your device. So if you think of an electronic drum kit, MIDI out would send the notes that you're playing out to another unit. The other unit that you're connecting to would need to be receiving an input. So if... Read more

Plate current There are 3 main parts to valves. (1) The Plate, (2) The Grid and (3) The Cathode. (Pentode valves have an additional 2 elements, but that is out of the scope of this article). The Grid is what controls the flow of current through the valve, much like the handle on a kitchen tap controls the flow of water. The Plate current is a measure of how much current fl... Read more

In this blog post, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different power supplies you can buy for your pedals. We will cover the following types of power supply: Batteries Wall wart Hub power supply Individual power supply Individual isolated power supply Batteries Advantages:... Read more

So around 20 years ago, I was working with Craig Upfold, one of Australia's renowned luthiers. And he told me a story during our travels and factory visits, about the time when he was working with Daniel Johns. This was when Silverchair were just starting out, when they first had a few hits, and Daniel Johns was flying to gigs in America and other parts of the world. He came back to Craig and h... Read more

This is probably one of the most talked about dilemmas and one of the most debated on. No, it is not whether to use your fingers or a pick on bass. It is “ which type of bass should you buy? ” For pro players and longtim... Read more

Last January, our very own Ian Bush was able to attend the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show. It is an annual gathering for those who buy and sell musical instruments, equipment and just about everything else related to music performance and education.... Read more

Just what is a locking tuner? Locking tuners are tuners which have a pin or retaining mechanism that locks... Read more

In this article, I will be discussing some common mistakes that a lot of guitar players do not realize is having an adverse effect on their playing. By being mindful of these, you can be sure not only to learn properly, but also ensure that you will have fun doing so. “Practice Makes Perfect” We hav... Read more

Your mandolin setup is critical to the note accuracy and enjoying the playability of your instrument. The setup of the mandolin depends on your preference, however, no matter how you like your action, there are several important points to consider when setting up... Read more

Discussing potentiometers or better known as pots can be quite confusing to a lot of people even for long time musicians. What pots should I use for my volume and tone knob? Is a 500k pot better than a 250k pot... Read more

Tuning a 12-string guitar is a little more complicated than a regular 6 string. There are twice as many strings and a lot more tension on the guitar. You may find you'll need to tune it a few times over before you get it right because, by the time you finish the first round of tuning, the ten... Read more

This is a Tricky question, both have their Pros and Cons. Cases can be more expensive but offer more protection when compared with a bag. Though a bag is easier to transport and usually cheaper. One thing we can agree on is that you can't do without at least one! If you own a guitar yo... Read more

Here's a great video tool form Seymour Duncan on how to choose the pickup to best suit you and your playing style. To start off, play the video and pick your guitar type. Then follow through to find your style of music you play. ... Read more

We have had a lot of people asking us where to find the best online guitar lessons and learning materials. There is so much available online it can sometimes be difficult to sift through the dirt to find the gold. Here... Read more

This is a subject which is one that a lot of people have an opinion on and to be honest there is no right or wrong answer. As any serious guitar player will tell you, the hand that does most of the work is the left hand (the hand pressing down on the frets), but for all us right handed players we are using our weaker hand to do the hard work and our stronger hand to strum. Now if... Read more