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Guitar Highlights at the 2019 Birmingham Guitar Show

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As posted on this site - I spent yesterday/Saturday at ’The Guitar Show’(poor SEO) which is actually the UK’s most significant guitar show - but still relatively compact and bijoux and with lots to notable absentees. No Fender or Gibson, and strangely no Chapman Guitars either - they seem to have an odd approach to their own domestic market!

 

In any case there was plenty to see at the show - still nothing really compared to what takes place in Germany or the USA, but ...

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10 of the Best New Guitars Released in 2018

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2018 has been a pretty decent year for new guitar releases - with genuinely something exceptional for near enough every variety. Fender released the really cool alternative range of Parallel Universe guitars - including the above Troublemaker Telecaster. And Gibson released the perfectly packaged Les Paul Junior Tribute.

 

We also saw Ibanez, Music Man and PRS further build on their quality reputations - while Music Man concentrated more on its Sterling diffusion range as it was so busy ...

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UK Guitar Show at Olympia Highlights - Pedals and Guitars

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So I attended the inaugural Future Publishing UK Guitar Show this past Saturday at the Olympia Exhibition Centre London - Levels 2 & 3. It was not the most auspicious day for an event in London, considering there was a strike on the Piccadilly line, and the important chunks of the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines were down for maintenance. I therefore ’tubed’ it to Shepherd’s Bush or Westfield essentially, and walked down from there - a ...

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10 of the Best New Guitars Introduced at Winter NAMM 2018

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There were two big stories that dominated the guitar booths at NAMM 2018 - namely Ibanez’s new millennial Suhr-alike range and Fender’s smart Parallel Universe range. My very first guitar was that original Super-Strat the Ibanez Roadstar RG 440 (1986) in black - with the slightly odd older rounded headstock shape. The new headstock is much nicer, and there are some genuine innovations at this price point - with dedicated and exclusive Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups across the range...

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10 Modern T-Style Guitars for Your Consideration

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Anyone even remotely connected with electric guitars knows that pretty much most of what is out there in the marketplace is derived from just 3 original guitars - the Les Paul, Stratocaster and Telecaster. I personally have a preference for the Stratocaster / S-type style of guitars, followed by the elegant curves of the Les Paul / LP-Style, with the T-type / Telecaster a somewhat distant third.

 

Until recently, I had often wondered why the Tele’s weren’t so much to my ...

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The Still Omnipresent Twin Duopoly Dominates the Electric Guitar Marketplace

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If you are in the market for an electric guitar, there are actually just 3 brands which together still totally dominate and skew the entire marketplace. And while the birthplace of the modern guitar (USA) has become more open-minded towards brands from other points of origination. The UK is still very much overly skewed toward just a handful of brands. I’ve just completed watching the highlights of the BBC Big Day Out event in Hull, and the dominance of Fender, Gibson and Marshall is ...

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The Shape of a Guitar's Headstock has a significant impact on Tuning Stability

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Note - follow up article [here]

 

Many a owner of a vintage guitar has experienced the difficulty of keeping the guitar in tune. There are a couple of factors here that are critical to tuning fidelity. Firstly, get over the hangup of having to use the original tuners - you really need locking tuners for any reasonable peace of mind. Locking tuners are available in a vast variety of shapes and types, including various vintage-inspired ones, so it should not prove to be problematic to find...

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10 Guitars for your Consideration

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It has already been established that I’m a huge Paul Reed Smith fan - I love the look, quality, playability and sound of these guitars, and providing they have a satin neck - I’m game. That does not mean I’m not a fan of other guitar manufacturers though - there’s much to recommend several of these. I tend to stay clear of the usual suspects though as I consider them slightly old-fashioned and somewhat over-exposed - although there are a myriad of Les Pauls, Teles and ...

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