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

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

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

At Artist Guitars, we use high quality Tonewoods for our range of Acoustic guitars, sourced from around the world. Each type of wood has its own unique sound. Spruce - Canadian Sitka Spruce Canadian Sitka Spruce is a very stiff wood,... 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

Body size can be confusing but here is a simple guide to help you choose. This chart works for solid top and solid wood guitars, for basic level Do you want Volume, Bass, Clarity, or a small size ? Our smallest body size is the Parlour size (OS50, 00125 and Little Artist all have very small sizes) A small body size will give you a much clearer sound, but... Read more

Greetings all, Artist LP60 with Semour Duncan Pickups and a Bigsby... Read more

Choosing which guitar to buy can be a confusing process. We recently built a site for beginners to help them choose the guitar that suits them best. The site is This is a subject that can confuse people and I have been thinking about ways to explain this so its easier to understand.... Read more

We have built a custom site to help beginners choose their first guitar We would love to hear what you think of it !... Read more

Greetings all, It’s time to read up on the heart and soul of all guitars... the pickups. This is topic that I am most passionate about. I have tried almost all of them over my 20 years in the industry, so here is some info to get you started on your pickup journey and how you can improve the guitar to currently own. ... Read more

When you buy any items from us you gain points as a reward. It's our way of saying thank you. These points then go towards your next purchase, giving you discounts on everything you buy. Here's how to redeem your Player Points. Step 1. Log into your Artist Gui... Read more

This is a subject that we find confuses a lot of people. So here is how to work out the best supply for you. Power supplies have changed over the years and the power supplies you can buy today are much better than what you could buy in the past. Now all pedals sold in Australia have to meet efficiency requirements and that means that they are all generally digital supplies (digit... Read more

Greeting all, I have noticed over my 20 year experience how people approach buying guitars and what they tend to stress about, which at the end of the day those issues should not cause any stress at all. Below is a couple of common issues: STRING ACTION - the height of the strings from the fret board Th... Read more

This is a topic that can be quite confusing for a lot of people. Strings break for a number of reasons, but if you have some of the reasons it will make it much easier for you to avoid string breakage 1. playing too hard When I first started playing guitar I used to break a lot of strings, but I noticed recently that even though I play guitar everyday I rarely break a... Read more

I noticed a very curious thing in our showroom over the years. When someone would try a guitar on display they would often choose the guitar that had been hanging on the wall over as new guitar in a box. That got me to thinking, what made the same guitar on the wall sound better than the guitar in the box ? Now this answer mainly applies to solid top and solid wood guitars. Plyw... Read more

Here is a recent question from one of our customers Q I want to buy some of your TT10 TRS cables, are these the right cables for my studio monitors to run to my Mbox? The ones I have make annoying buzzing sounds. I really need balanced ca... Read more