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16/02/2017
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The (indefinite) Guide to Orange Endorsements

The (indefinite) Guide to Orange Endorsements by Alex Auxier I manage Orange’s Artist Relations (AR) team. Every day someone asks me how to get an endorsement, which we call an “Ambassadorship” (because, except for me, we’re British). I usually give a canned response with ridiculously high standards so that I can finish the conversation faster. The reason is that while we do have some minimal criteria in mind when selecting artists for our Ambassador program, what we desire the most is a stable, long-term relationship that is beneficial to all... Read More

03/02/2017

Jim Dunlop Cry Baby® Q-Zone™ Auto-Wah

Jim Dunlop Cry Baby® Q-Zone™ Auto-Wah Today I’ll be taking a look at the MXR Crybaby Q-Zone Auto-Wah pedal. This single-unit stompbox allows you to dial in a variety of fixed-position wah tones, replicating the resonance and vocal characteristics of the Cry Baby by means of the legendary red Fasel Inductor, which is an integral part of its design and construct. The pedal itself comes well packaged and is of good weight and excellent build-quality, as you would expect from a company with MXR’s reputation. It is housed in a... Read More

01/02/2017

Choosing The Right Strings

Every morning, when I arrive at work, I follow a certain routine.  As my computer and emails are loading I make myself a cup of coffee, with the absolute certainty that, well, I’m gonna need it.  I then sit down at my desk and dutifully begin the daily task of sifting through my Inbox.  And every day without fail, in between an offer for rubberised components, mass-produced in China and a lucrative business offer from a Saudi prince (that I simply cannot refuse), there it is… the question. The question... Read More

10/01/2017

D’Addario Eclipse Tuner

ECLIPSE Clip-On Headstock Tuner CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW. CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW. Affordable no longer means compromise. Introducing the D’Addario Eclipse Tuner—the modestly-priced tuner with unparalleled performance. The Eclipse chromatic clip-on tuner offers fast, accurate chromatic tuning on and off the stage. The tuner features a full color vertical display, auto power-off, and pitch calibration in a discreet, compact design. The multi-swivel action allows for the perfect viewing angle and can be mounted in front of or behind the headstock on right- and left-handed instruments. Available in a... Read More

05/01/2017

Pick Economy

The Power Of The Upstroke You may have caught the Cracking The Code, pick slanting articles online recently , this stuff really changed the way I looked at picking on the guitar. Pick slanting what ? Pick slanting is the orientation of the pick, think of the pick like a paintbrush, when painting down stroked the brush is angled one way and upstroke the whole angle changes. This is the same with picking. Natural tendencies I found I had a natural tendency to lean towards upward pick slanting so looked... Read More

20/09/2016

That feeling when…

That feeling when… …you cut too much nail off your fingers before a gig. …panic sets in and you almost forget your parts – seat of the pants gig. …you snap a string right on a great bend, live. …you turn your amp on and it’s louder than Armageddon! …you left all your plectrums at home and have to rough it with your fingers or a bit of credit card. …you don’t have your electronic lazy tuner and your ear has gone south. …your mates rig sounds way better than... Read More

08/08/2016

5 Easy Steps to get the most dollar for your AXE on eBay!!

GAS – The Strain that is Guitar Acquisition Syndrome We’ve all had a nasty bout of Guitar Acquisition Syndrome in our lifetime, everyone gets it, for some of us there isn’t even a cure! But if you are like me and from time to time have a reality check realising you have spent this months mortgage payment on your new PRS Custom 22 and you need to offload some “old faithfuls” to balance the musical books then you usually head straight to eBay to get some quick cash! There are... Read More

02/08/2016

MXR M300 Reverb

A GOOD REVERB IS HARD TO FIND A Good reverb for guitar players has, for so many years been painfully hard to find.  Many contemporary makers have not included reverb or if they have it’s often of inferior quality.  If you are like me and into pre-1963 guitar amps reverb was never an option, unless you were OK with carrying a large spring reverb in a box that was a big as your amp head! The early digital reverb pedals were OK if you wanted studio plate/digital effects like the... Read More

27/06/2016

Licks & Phrases

What is a lick? Licks to me are the widdly bits in between melodic phrases. A riff I think, is a rhythmic figure, usually played with single notes, double stops including power chords, on the E A and D strings and can contain full chords and higher register notes. A phrase is what I would think of as the actual music in amongst the riffs and licks   Topical discussions This is an interesting and common topic online; right or wrong I have my opinions. I always considered lead guitar... Read More

21/03/2016

THE SUMMER IS ALL ABOUT MUSIC

THE SUMMER IS ALL ABOUT MUSIC Sunshine, live music, friends and a few bevvies pretty much sums up summer for many people.  We are lucky in the UK to have so many music festivals; from May onwards you can probably expect a choice of places to go most weekends – it just depends what you are in to!  Get your wellies ready!! For all the rockers like myself 2016 has a pretty good bunch for us to choose from.  To be honest, I can’t decide which ones I want to... Read More