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Different Scale Length Strings 23/10/2018
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Bass guitar scale length – what you need to know

Scale length for bass guitars can be a rather grey area due to the huge variation of basses and strings on the market today. As with all things strings and musical instruments, there’s often some idiosyncrasies that throw curve balls into the mix so we’re here to help clear things up and guide you as you navigate your way through the (sometimes) murky waters of scale lengths. So what exactly is scale length? Scale length is the distance (usually measured in inches) from the bridge saddles of your bass up... Read More

12/10/2018

Pinned Down! How to keep your bridge pins in your guitar

We often receive messages from customers telling us that they’re struggling to find a set of bridge pins that fit their acoustic guitar properly, or that their bridge pins keep popping out. Whilst many guitars are quite happy to be fitted with standard sized bridge pins, a smaller number of guitars may require bridge pins that are sized and shaped differently. However, that being said, one of the most common reasons players experience frustration with their bridge pins is because they haven’t been fitted correctly. So what exactly is a... Read More

Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky 21/09/2018
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Going Heavy! What to expect when you go up a gauge

So you’re thinking of going up a gauge in string, eh!? You cheeky monkey!! Going for a heavier gauge string is a common desire for many players. As we know, heavier strings can help deliver a “bigger and better” tone! However, before you run off, unwrap that heavier set and stick them on your guitar it’s worth being aware of the trade-offs that can come as result of your journey on the quest for heavenly tone!! Heavier gauge strings naturally have more tension in them when they are tuned to... Read More

String Tension Image 14/09/2018
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String Tension 101

In our previous blog, we gave a brief introduction to the world of string gauges. We discussed how gauge can affect the playability of a guitar and we also touched on the concept of string tension too. In this blog we’re going to delve a little deeper into tension, talk about its close link with string gauge and why it’s something you should also be conscious of. Tension is something that is more commonly referred to when we talk about classical guitar strings. However, when we discuss other types of... Read More

31/08/2018
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String Gauge 101 – FAQs

Hey Guys!  And welcome to our first blog in a small series based around string gauges. The topic of string gauge can be quite vast, especially when you consider how many variations of gauge there are from instrument to instrument.  Throughout these blogs we’ll cover a few popular topics and offer up some thoughts of our own on string gauges. To kick things off, we’ve compiled a little introduction into gauges and try to answer some of the frequently asked questions we often hear whilst also hopefully debunking some myths... Read More

24/08/2018
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How many windings around your tuning post?

Everybody has ‘their way’ of stringing up an instrument. Take a look at a few different people’s guitars and you’ll no doubt see a multitude of ways they have been restrung; some conventional and some more unconventional, for sure. One thing that you may or may not notice is how many windings they have around the machine head post. Does it really matter? In reality, it’s not the end of the world if you have three windings or if you have four. We did hear that B.B. King was known... Read More

08/08/2018
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Gauge is just a number

String gauge can be a really funny thing. String brands use a whole myriad of names to describe the gauge of their strings. Here’s just a handful of the names that we’ve come across; Light, super light, extra-light, super-light plus, light, regular light, regular, slightly light, custom light, bluegrass, light top-heavy bottom, medium, new medium, true medium, standard medium, medium-heavy, heavy, heavier, heaviest. Phew!?…and we could probably go on!! String manufacturers will give these little names to their sets to help give a more ‘descriptive’ meaning to the gauge itself.... Read More

Taking Sound Notes 10/07/2018
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Recording Your String Changes

When we first start learning to play the guitar we’re often encouraged to record ourselves playing. For most of us, when we listen back this can prove quite a cringeworthy experience, but it is hard to deny the eye opening benefits such an exercise can offer. But surely we’re listening whilst we’re playing right. Surely that’s enough!? Well yes. That is very true, however, our brain is being occupied in several ways when we sit down to play the guitar. Often we can be so wrapped up in the ‘playing’... Read More

Ernie Ball Acoustic Sets 28/06/2018
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The Great Acoustic Alloy Experiment

I was recently given the chance to buy one of my Dad’s acoustic guitars before he put it up for sale on eBay (he has far too many!). I’m not an out and out acoustic player and if I was to reach for a guitar, it’ll most likely always be an electric. However, this Sigma acoustic I acquired (OMTC-1STE-SB+… that’s a mouthful of a model number – the guitar was easier to play than the model number was to say!) turned out to be a bit of a steal of... Read More

Christmas Tree 20/12/2017

Stuff the stocking of the one you love!

This time next week most of us will be indulging in the post-Christmas meat sweats (or nut roast sweats for all our veggie readers out there)! But if like me the very thought of hitting the local shopping centre brings you out in a cold sweat, have no fear, we’ve compiled a small list of gifts that would be perfect for your guitar playing friend or family member, to help you on your merry way. Below we’ve selected a few essential items that suit a range of budgets and will... Read More