Campfire Classic by Campfire Guitar

A few weeks back I was sent a Campfire Classic guitar to review. The Campfire Classic is the acoustic guitar you can purchase from the folks at Campfire Guitar. I’ve mentioned them and their lesson plan already and written about how impressed I was with the guitar they’d sent me. What I hadn’t really done though was provided any evidence other than the words and imagery I’d provided in the two articles I just cleverly referenced.

Today that changes thanks to a video/audio combination I put together.

Moniker Guitars releases a saucy new Kickstarter campaign

Disclaimer: I make no apologies for the puns that will fill this article. You have been warned.

People who see my custom Reedsdale by Moniker Guitars often grill me on where I purchased the guitar. Obviously I purchased it from those crazy Texans at Moniker Guitars. Perhaps because they’re from Texas, they realise there is a lot at steak while running a custom guitar business that ships world wide. Such businesses are rare in this industry and they’re doing everything in their power to make sure this business is well done.

To ensure this happens, Moniker Guitars needs your help with their new Texas BBQ Kickstarter campaign. Now the meat references should make sense. And they’re not about to stop.

52 Amplifier Heads, week 51—Rivera Pubster 25

This week’s amplifier head is a beauty. It’s 25 watts (so not the smallest amplifier I’ve looked at) and it is apparently perfect for practice, recording and gigging. This could be the right size (physically and volume related) and the right budget (coming in around $1000 USD). Maybe my first all tube amplifier head could be the only one I need! With the Rivera Pubster 25 it seems like a possibility.

Good thing my wife never reads this blog. Who’d seriously suggest stopping any kind of gear acquisition no matter how many pieces of gear you already had?! Not I.

GuitarCapo+ video review (of sorts)

I’ve written about GuitarCapo+ before and it sure has advanced since then. Now it’s not only an amazing virtual instrument, but it’s a priceless educational tool for guitarists both young and old. I’m also pleased to say that the developer of this app is welcoming of constructive criticism. As a fan of the app it’s encouraging to see your suggestions are listened to and implemented (if sensible).

I have some crazy ideas from time to time.

The Grover Jackson Story—Indie Go Go movie campaign

My love affair with guitars began when I first heard Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption. I’d loved Rock well before that (most likely starting with KISS when I was roughly 10 years old), but hearing what Eddie Van Halen did blew my mind. After that I went searching for many other similar guitarists to admire. Steve Vai, Dave Mustaine and Randy Rhoads were a few of the guitarists that also made my jaw drop—especially Randy Rhoads. One thing all of these guitarists had in common was Grover Jackson. Grover Jackson built guitars for all of these exceptional guitar players.

That’s only one small part of the Grover Jackson story that I am aware of. With over 40 years of the luthier business under his belt, Grover is today’s modern guitar building hero (in my eyes). Now thanks to a new Indie Go Go campaign, the full story has the chance to become a truly rockin’ documentary. This is a story that I’m keen to see and hear.

52 Amplifier Heads, week 50—Bugera Amps G5 Infinium

Week 50 and that means this is the 50th amplifier manufacturer I have written about this year. Who knew there were 50 amplifier manufacturers out there? Initially I didn’t. Then I started this article series and before I knew it my mind was blown. I did wonder if the article series would fade and wane at the end like a cheap and nasty 10 watt solid state amplifier. The further I delved into my research however the more confident I was that this series would end on a high. The Bugera Amps G5 Infinium makes me feel like one cocky bastard. My confidence was justified.

With two amplifiers to go after this week’s article, it’s game on! Bugera Amps has laid down the challenge (they just don’t know they did that).

Ferro Kings Liquid Pickups (plus Booster campaign)

I’ve mentioned a few times before that I like a good piece of guitar innovation. In fact, I know I’ve already said that today in my previous article here. Ferro Kings Liquid Pickups seems to be another great example of the sonic possibilities the guitar is yet to produce. Products like this help my arguments for additional guitars. So I love products like this!

The Ferro Kings Liquid Pickups are something I discovered on the GuitaristGuild forum (great forum. Go join now). I should mention that I do know this isn’t a new thing. Ferro Kings have been working on this since at least 2012. You have to admire that amount of dedication. I’m sure they can smell how close they seem to be. And that is why I’m writing this article today.

ToneWoodAmp Kickstarter for acoustic guitarists

Some people believe guitars were perfected decades ago. There are also some people who believe that guitars are capable of so much more. Then there are those people who come up with ideas that allow the two worlds to co-exist in a peaceful fashion. In my opinion ToneWoodAmp is one of those awesome pieces of innovation. The ToneWoodAmp device allows you to apply effects and complex soundscapes to an acoustic guitar without the need for a pedalboard or amplifier. All without seriously altering your acoustic guitar. In my opinion the ToneWoodAmp is pure genius.

Campfire Guitars—I wish my first acoustic was like this

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram then you’ve hopefully caught a few photographs I’ve captured this past week or so. I’ve been playing around with a Campfire Guitars electro-acoustic guitar. If all goes to plan I will have a video review (as much as I’m capable of reviewing through the medium of video at least) in the coming weeks. In the meantime I wanted to share some photographs and a bit of story around my experience with the whole receiving of a couriered guitar scenario.

This is almost an un-boxing article. I’ll try to make it more interesting than that though. Through pictures and words!

Pro Tone Pedals new Creatures range

If you’ve never heard me mention the love I have for my Skumstortion pedal by Pro Tone Pedals, then you clearly haven’t been paying attention. I love that pedal and I’ve been following Pro Tone Pedals around the social media traps since (and before) that purchase. So imagine my delight when I saw the release of the new Creatures range of guitar pedals. These not only look amazing—nobody makes pedals with as much graphic design brilliance as Pro Tone Pedals—they sound amazing as well.