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It can be very confusing looking for your first amplifier if you are just starting out, there is a lot of terminology to learn and a daunting number of options. In this blog, I will outline the top things to consider when choosing an amplifier, so you can find the perfect amp for your rig! 1. Choose the Correct Type of Amplifier for your Instrument. There is go... Read more

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We’ve covered the differences between Single-Coil and Humbucking pickups in our ... Read more

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What is a Coil-Splitting pickup and how does it work? So, you’ve read our post about the difference between a humbucker and a single-coil pickup, but what is a coil-splitting pickup? You may have noticed this term is used frequently in the descriptions for some... Read more

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The world of guitars is filled with abbreviations and lingo used to quickly describe the configurations and set-up of a guitar. This comes in handy as guitarists love to experiment with different sounds, often swapping out different bits of hardware, pickups, and even whole bodies or necks in the pursuit of their ultimate tone, so the shorthand is worth learning! When it comes to pick... Read more

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There are a few important things to consider when you are thinking about buying a drum kit, they all look largely the same, and to the untrained eye, it can be difficult to know what to look for. So, here are some common mistakes people make when buying a drum kit, and some important things you might like to consider before you buy. 1. Buying the wrong kit for your needs... Read more

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Looking to buy a power supply? Need to power up your pedal board? This is the post for you. We have narrowed down the purchasing of a power supply into 6 things which you need to know. Voltage, Current, Polarity, AC vs Battery, Outputs & Daisy chaining and Isolation. ... Read more

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Phantom power. It’s a term that is thrown around a lot and to the beginner musician or audio enthusiast, it’s hard to know what it really means. Phantom power is the term given to delivering DC (direct current) power through a microphone lead from an amplifier, mixer or audio interface. All Condenser Microphones require Phantom Power to function. 1. How Phantom... Read more

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Cleaning and conditioning your fretboard is an important part of guitar maintenance that is rather easy to do. Cleaning your fretboard is an easy way to extend the life of your guitar and to breathe new life into a beat-up old guitar. On a new guitar, if you notice any coloured marks on your fingers after playing, it could be that the fretboard just needs a good clean. We will walk through the... Read more

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Button/Coin Battery Safety Info In December 2020, the Australian Government created new safety standards for consumer goods that contain button/coin batteries. In compliance with these new safety standards, we are updating the battery compartments on all Artist products and will no longer sell any non-compliant products provided by other companies. ... Read more

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The Electronic Drum Kit Electronic Drum kits are comprised of a few different parts. Firstly, you have the metal frame. This is the base of the drum kit and the start of the support structure for the drum kit. Next, you have the pads and cymbals. These pads are built to emulate how an acoustic drum feels. Next, you have the wiring harness, which transmits the signal from the pads an... Read more

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In January 2017, 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 inst... Read more

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The Artist EDK range has the ability to send MIDI data either from a MIDI OUT port (edk260) or using USB (EDk822 and 924M). We’re here to dive a bit deeper into this and understand exactly what that means. The 822 and 924M both have a USB port. To get the MIDI data to your PC, you will need to use a USB type B cable, pictured below. ... Read more

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4 Important Steps for a Great Metal Tone - Metal Matt's opinion Getting a good metal tone is often quite counterintuitive. We are aiming for a distorted tone that still retains clarity, and the secret here is high output, relatively low gain, and wide-open tone controls. This blog post will discuss gain stages, which you need to understand if you want to achieve... Read more

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There are a few different ways to tune your guitar. If you are looking for accuracy and to meet the actual pitch then you will need a tuner. But there are 2 other tricks to get your guitar to sound close to in tune if you don’t have access to a tuner. #1 - Tu... Read more

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The best way to troubleshoot your pedals Getting your first FX pedals setup can be a difficult process for a beginner, and there are m... Read more

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Artist Guitars currently sells in Four Countries, AU, NZ, USA, and UK Because of this, we make different versions of all Artist Branded electronics. For example, Our EDK260 Kit Comes supplied in each country with an adapter that is made for your local market. This is one of the reasons we can't ship Items from Australia Internationally, as they are not made for the local market.... Read more

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A lot of people are confused about what the different acoustic guitar woods are, and what they do. When I first started working in guitars (it doesn’t seem that long ago but it’s close to 30 years now) I had no idea what the different woods used for acoustic guitars were, and what the differences actually did. I’m going to distil some of the information I have learnt over the y... Read more

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Why you shouldn't change the strings on your classical guitar from nylon to steel. A lot of people think that you can change the strings on your classical guitar from nylon to steel, and on your steel string guitar, from steel to nylon, but today we're going to explain to you the four reasons why you shouldn't do this: Too much string tension No truss ro... Read more

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The following is an interview with our founder, Ian Bush, answering some Commonly Asked Questions. Where Are Artist Guitars Made? Are they Made in Australia? Which Factories do you use? We have more than 20 factories, and it varies. We have lots of different sub-factories that we might use to make our pickups or our hardware. But we have over 20 factories p... Read more

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Much like changing a guitar string, changing your drum heads will liven up the sound of your drums making them come alive again. Where guitar strings should be changed every 2 – 4 weeks (or every show for most professional players), drum heads need only be changed 2 – 4 times a year, depending on how much you play. Generally speaking, your snare drum cops the most punishment, so it should be ch... Read more

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The Pocket Port is a very small and easy to use USB Audio Interface. DO NOT be fooled though by its size as it is a professional USB Audio Interface specially designed for guitar recording. Boasting 24-bit resolution at 192 kHz sample rate, it allows you to have high quality music recording. ... Read more

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Many people who have grown up, listening to heavy music in the last 20 years have come to know the 7-String Guitar as synonymous with the low chugging riffs of Korn’s - James ‘Munky’ Schaffer and Brian ‘Head’ Welch. This sound extended into the genre we came to know as Nu-Metal. The guitar in this style of music was known for its intensity and low heaviness but not always for its complexity. Fo... Read more

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What is a balanced signal? A balanced signal is when you have 2 copies of the same signal but one is phase reversed. This is used to remove noise from your signal because when the 2 phase reversed signals are switched back in phase, any noise picked up by the cable is phase reversed - effectively cutting in out completely (It's really ingenious when you think about it). ... Read more

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A Capo (short for capotasto, meaning "head of the neck") is a small device that clamps to the neck of your guitar to allow you to quickly and easily change the key of the guitar. For example, by clamping a capo onto the 2nd fret of the fretboard, you can rai... Read more

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