Campfire Guitars—great introduction to guitar playing

I came across the Campfire Guitar team on Twitter. I do spend a lot of time there after all. Perhaps they noticed me because I tweet a lot about guitars. Perhaps they noticed the part of my Twitter profile description that says Terrible guitar player. Whatever the reason, I’m glad we discovered each other. I think they’ve put together a very handy little program to teach people the basics of guitar playing. If I’d received the basics of guitar chords in this fashion when I was younger, I’ve little doubt I’d be a better guitarist today.

I am rather terrible after all.

52 Amplifier Heads, week 43—Sherlock Amplifiers Angry Ant

The other day this sheila I know reckoned it was hard to pick up on me accent through written words alone. “Fair suck of the sav” I said to meself. Surely I can make it obvious that I’m from strayaa. I mean fair dinkum, how’d ya combat a language barrier when you’re tryin’ to explain a dead set ripper of an amplifier head as part of ya weekly amplifier head series I pondered. “Well struth!” I said to meself. You’d hafta at least make sure ya covered an Aussie amplifier when speakin’ the lingo. So I did me some research and came across this beaut amplifier called the Angry Ant by Sherlock amplifiers.

I just hope youse all follow what I’m tellin’ ya now. I’m sure you’se will all be right as rain.

Moniker Guitars—now with a bass guitar configurator

Anybody who’s been here before should know that I love Moniker Guitars. I wrote about them initially in January 2013 as a part of my 52 Guitars series. I knew straight away that I wanted a Moniker Guitar. So I went ahead and bought one (a few months later). That guitar is still my go-to guitar. It’s awesome. So I can only imagine what a Moniker Guitars bass will sound and play like.

“It’s awesome” I say to myself as I imagine the bass guitar I’d build.

Luckily, you can now build your own bass guitar using the Moniker Guitars Online Guitar Configurator. … New URL, new colours, same lack of content.

I recently became aware of a new trend on the Interweb. Colour. Some people refer to it is color, but that’s OK. You can’t be right all the time. I’ve always prided myself on keeping up with the times and at times being somewhat of an Interweb pioneer. Keeping that fiction in mind, today I introduce the all new Scarebear website. There are many changes. You’ve hopefully noticed some already. Read on if you care and I’ll share the amazing details with you. I might also start explaining the details using actual facts and less fiction.


52 Amplifier Heads, week 42—Koch Studiotone

Regular readers of this weekly series will know that I’m looking for my first tube amplifier head. I’m not in a band and I’m not after something to shake the dust from the window sills. I am after some good tone though. Ideally something that records nicely. Clearly I need a studio tune. Or perhaps a Studiotone by Koch. Same diff perhaps.

That’s lame. It’s late. You get what my mind is still capable of at this hour.

Gibson Les Paul 7 string

A seven string Les Paul certainly isn’t new (Epiphone have the Matt Heafy model already), but a seven string Gibson Les Paul is new. Not only is it new, it’s black and it’s beautiful. This is most likely going to be the most impressive new guitar I see this year. This appeals to me greatly. It’s not just the seven stringed awesomeness that appeals to me though. This guitar comes pre-loaded with Seymour Duncan pickups (the awesome ’59 and JB combo). This guitar is simply screaming perfection for my likes, tastes and needs.

52 Amplifier Heads, week 41—Carlsbro Evo 15H

Sometimes I can get rather wordy. I often ramble on about things that I could simply say using one simple sentence. But that’s how I like to write. It’s how I like to talk to people in the real world too. But sometimes I realise that not everybody is like me. Not everybody likes a long winded story. Well if you’ve been following these weekly amplifier articles and you’re one of the people who likes to keep it simple, then this article is for you. Well, once you get past this introductory paragraph I suppose. It’s a bit wordy.

52 Amplifier Heads, week 40—ENGL Gigmaster 15 Head E315

This week’s amplifier has a lot of hard edges on it. In fact some of those edges seem to be at 90 degrees to each other. That would make them right ENGLs. That’s a terrible joke and I’m not sorry. I’m also not sorry that I am wishing the ENGL Gigmaster 15 head was mine this week. It appears to be the perfect combination of appropriate wattage, metal and blackness. I may be in love with an inanimate object. There may be medication for that. I don’t want it.