My opinions on guitar gear...
I don't know everything about guitars and equipment, but I know what I like and what I think sounds cool - but it is all subjective. Just because I like something, does not mean that you will.
Trust your own judgment, and make sure you check out stuff personally before you buy it, don't take my word, or anyone else's - go to the store and check it out... then buy it online if it's cheaper :) lol
G.A.S - Guitar Aquisition Syndrome
We all love buying new stuff. If we all spent as much time practicing as we doing looking at gear porn then there would be a lot more great guitar players on this planet! So what should you look for?
GG-000 • Buying an electric guitar?
GG-000 • Buying an acoustic guitar?
GG-000 • Buying an amplifier?
GG-000 • Buying a stomp box?
GG-000 • Buying recording Equipment?
So during the coming
months years I'm planning to do a lot more reviews and I'll be using the same set up and recording techniques all the time so we can consistently judge the sound quality. It's my plan to get high quality audio and a some kind of spreadsheet with amp features to help you in your choices...
First out of the blocks is going to be practice amps cos I'm seeing a lot of people being confused about this and that...
GG-601 • Practice Amp Shoot Out
<< been delays with getting a hold of many other amps, and busy with so much, this has gone on hold >>
Pedal Board Set Up
This series I'm going to go through the steps of setting up and building my new pedal boards!!
GG-123 • Setting up PedalTrain and Pedal Power Pro II
This first video we fix in the Pedal Power Pro into the PedalTrain and add the velcro ready to put some pedals on.
GG-124 • Wiring My Effects Loop Pedal Board
This is my smaller effects loop board but was ready so figured I'd film as I wire it up!
That sounds VERY suspect ;) but it is not that... these are vids and lessons about the guitars and amps that I use. I promise that you won't see anything untoward ;)
GG-001 • Justin's Guitars
I've updated this page as of Oct 2011 with a list of the guitars I'm using regularly. The old "Justin's guitars" videos were out of date and not good quality either! Maybe I'll get onto doing vids for each guitar, but for now, here they are in a list...
Yes I'm planning an amp list like the one above!
GG-101 • Justin's Mini Maton Acoustic Guitar
In this vid I show you my Mini Maton guitar and play a little bit of a new tune (working title "Roof Tops On Sunny Days" finished title was "Nashville" but it never made it to an album yet!).
GG-102 • Justin's Maton Messiah Acoustic Guitar
In this vid I show you my Maton Messiah, a lovely acoustic. This thing just records like a dream. Plus a play a few bits of other tunes that I have written.
GG-103 • Justin's Maton "Jessie" Acoustic Guitar
This is my little baby and the one guitar I think can't be replaced. It's kinda part of me now... In this I introduce her and play one of my songs called "From Katie's Window".
FINDING MATON GUITARS can sometimes be tricky, but in the UK you can find them at Guitar Village (Surrey) and in the US you can find them at Sutton Strings! Both excellent stores! Or check out distributors list on www.maton.com.au
GG-009 • Justin's Amp Rig 2007
A look at the guitar rack set up that I used touring with Katie Melua in 2007. These days I use old fasioned pedal board and old vintage effects! But this was great for what I needed at the time...
GG-010 • Getting Great Guitar Tone
Re-wrote this whole thing in Oct 2011 with lots more info on all the knobs you are going too see on amps and effects pedals and some notes about my fave pedals and stuff!!
GG-011 • Speaker Cabinets and Ohms Ω
Very common question this one... one that I have asked for the last time I hope.
GG-012 • Wobbly Whammy Bar Fix
A simple solution to a real pain in the butt problem!
Guitar Effects Pedals
This are obviously is far from complete, but I have started off with two of the most common pedal types, distortion and wah. I'll be developing this area over the coming years to include more pedal types and also some of the cool vintage pedals that I have collected over the years.
GG-050 • Effect Pedal Order
A look at the order you should patch together all your effects pedals.
GG-200 • About Distortion Pedals
Wanna rock? Then you need one of these!! This is some basic info about them...
GG-201 • REVIEW - Mesa V-Twin Pedal
One of the coolest and best sounding pedals of all time, reviewed for you. All features explained.
GG-202 • REVIEW - Boss Blues Driver Pedal (and Keeley Mod)
A review of a classic pedal and the custom modified version by the effects wizard Robert Keeley.
GG-203 • REVIEW - T-Rex Mudhoney Pedal
Great new boutique pedal with some great sounds.
GG-204 • REVIEW - Marshall Shredmaster Pedal
A fab pedal for all out metal sounds. This thing rocks big time.
GG-205 • REVIEW - TC Electronic VPD1 Pedal
A really cool pedal with tons of pro features and an awesome boost function.
GG-206 • REVIEW - G-Lab Dual Vintage Overdrive Pedal
A very versatile pedal this one, many features. This one was too long for YouTube, so is on google video.
Wah Wah Pedals
GG-300 • Wah Wah Roundup...
A summary of all the wah pedals that I like and or have reviewed.
GG-301 • REVIEW - RMC3 Wah Wah (The Real McCoy)
One of the most prestigious and sought after modern wah pedals
GG-302 • REVIEW - Budda Bud-Wah Pedal
Possibly my favourite wah pedal, so creamy. I need one...
GG-303 • REVIEW - Keeley modified Vox Wah Pedal
Robert Keeley takes great pedals and makes them even better.
GG-304 • REVIEW - Ernie Ball Wah Pedal
Well made, with a great switcher, but not my fave.
GG-399 • REVIEW - G-Lab True Bypass Wah Pad
This is a great invention. On my pedalboard right away. Check it out now...
GG-251 • REVIEW - G-Lab Dual Reverb Pedal
I looked for ages trying to find a simple small reverb for my pedalboard. And this was the best one I found... until I discovered the Blue Sky by Strymon which is by far the best reverb I have heard and I've called off the search, I doubt there will ever be better!! Review soon :)
GG-261 • REVIEW - Sanyo Pedal Juice
This is one of those things I never thought of, but now I use it all the time, great idea!
GG-501 • REVIEW - GRB Kokocaster
Gordon from GRB donated this guitar for me because he liked the web site. He was not a pushy guy and seemed really cool so I have done a review of his guitar, even though it is not one that I play very much. It is a very cool mid priced instrument!