• Germinio Straight Front 4x12 Cabinet - The classic 4x12

    Germinio Straight Front 4x12 Cabinet

    Posted in Loudspeakers & Cabinets

    The first cabinet I owned was an original Marshall 4x12 loaded with Celestion G12-M's and powered by a Marshall JTM-45. Now, forty years later, I want to revisit those amazing sounds and bought a clone, manufactured with love and care by Greg Germino. This cab sounds fantastic and together with the Germino Classic 45, faithfully replicates the sound of the mid-sixties British electric blues explosion. Read more »

  • VOX AC30TB - A legend, and justifiably so...

    VOX AC30TB

    Posted in Amplifiers & Combos

    AC30's have been a part of my guitar playing heritage ever since I picked up a copy of Rory Gallagher's 1972 'Live in Europe'. When I married my wonderful wife in May 2014, a great friend of mine gave us (yes - gave us) his 1969 AC30TB as a present. We now have two of these legendary amplifiers. Amazing... Read more »

  • Two-Rock 2x12 - The 'go to' cabinet for my 'Dumble' clones

    Two-Rock 2x12

    Posted in Loudspeakers & Cabinets

    My buddy Paul Wright and I were the first people in the UK to buy a Two-Rock amplifier. It was around 2001 and it arrived with a 'Signature Series' 2x12 cabinet. Some years later, I ordered a '10th Anniversary' cabinet; basically the same with a different nameplate. They are both modeled on an original Howard Dumble design and are killer cabinets for sure! Now one is loaded with EVM12L's and the other with Celestion G12-65's. Read more »

  • Guild F-512 - The king of the acoustic 12 string...

    Guild F-512

    Posted in Acoustic Guitars

    My first acoustic was an EKO 12 string which didn't sound great and played like a pig, but you can't help but love the sound of these instruments. Listen to Pete Townshend, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Brian May, Dave Gilmour and you will hear these rascals. It's pretty essential as part of a guitarists armory and I looked for ages to find the right one. This is it, and it's great... Read more »

  • National Reso Rocket Steel - Classic sound; bitch to play

    National Reso Rocket Steel

    Posted in Acoustic Guitars

    The excuse to myself was that we were stocking our new Supertone Records studio with as many classic instruments as possible. The reality of course is that I have always desired a resonator guitar and now use it all the time. Before buying, I took advice from my friend Andy Swearman, who has a fetish for these beasties. He suggested I go for this model 'Because of the way I play'. He was right. Read more »

  • Two-Rock 1x12 - Great compact cabinet for my Bludodrive and delay rig

    Two-Rock 1x12

    Posted in Loudspeakers & Cabinets

    My buddy Paul Wright and I were the first people in the UK to buy a Two-Rock amplifier. It was around 2001 and it arrived with a 'Signature Series' 2x12 cabinet and this Signature 1x12. It is modeled on an original Howard Dumble design and is a cool, compact cabinet! It is now fitted with a new Electro-Voice EVM12L and for most gigs it is usually used for delay return. Read more »

  • Neumann U47 FET - The standard for recording kick drum and double bass...

    Neumann U47 FET

    Dynamic mics have their place for sure, but I love ribbons and condensers for recording. Kick drums can be troublesome, especially if they have a full front head, but stick one of these bad boys in front and you have an instant sound. Combined with a vintage AKG D12, you have the sounds of the 70's. Read more »

  • Royer R-122 - One of the best microphones ever for recording electric guitars and brass

    Royer R-122

    I bought my first R-122 a few years ago now and have found it indispensable for electric guitars and brass. Many people use two mics on a cabinet, we just use this; in the right place :) They are very robust and have more gain as they are phantom powered. We loved it so much, we now have a pair... Read more »

  • Flea 47 - An exact replica of the legendary Neumann U47

    Flea 47

    If you have to buy one great mic, buy this one. Super versatile and will bring joy to everyone who uses it; in front of and behind the glass. Amazing for vocals, acoustic guitar and as the top mic in a Glyn Johns style drum recording. Read more »

  • Collings 0001 - A lovely compact acoustic with a big tone...

    Collings 0001

    Posted in Acoustic Guitars

    Over the years I have had a number of acoustic guitars. In the beginning Saxon and Echo then Fylde, Lowden, Guild, Taylor and Gibson. None of them really 'did it' for me. One day I visited Peter Norris Music in Douglas, Isle of Man and sitting there were three Collings guitars. I ended up over time buying them all, selling this 0001 guitar then buying it back again two years later when I realised the error of my ways :) Read more »