Hanging out with Ben Walker in Brighton

Ben Walker has been one of my favourite players for a while now and it was a pleasure to finally get to meet him at his studio in Brighton this week. 

Ben's beautiful new album Echo has just been released…

Jason Kostal - The Importance of String Choice

Luthier Jason Kostal is rightly recognised for his attention to detail at all stages in the guitar making process and during my recent visit to his workshop in Phoenix Arizona we had a chat about the importance of string choice…

Checking out Branwell Guitars

Nick Branwell is a London-based luthier who is perhaps best known for his beautiful Torres style classical guitars. Recently Nick has turned his attentions to the steel-string acoustic instrument and he invited me to visit his workshop this week to…

1935 Gibson Super 400? Yes please!

I spent a wonderful morning at ATB Guitars in Cheltenham this week and amongst the frankly superb (even for someone as jaded as me!) inventory I found this beautiful Gibson Super 400 from 1935, the first year of production.  

It…

5000 Year Old Bog Oak - Is it any Good?

Well, that's a very good question! As the buying public's appetite for exotic woods (especially post-CITES Dalbergia alternatives) has increased, there has been something of a rush to find the next, greatest, coolest, rarest, oldest, etc woods possible. One choice…

The 5am Tango

I'll just leave this here... I hope you enjoy it!

Do please share, comment etc. Your support means a lot to me. If you'd like a closer look at the mic set-up, well it's two pairs of Gefell M300's and…

Writing The 5am Tango

So here's the thing, I know nothing about tangos, literally nada. My only real tango experience was that scene in Scent of a Woman where Al Pacino dances with Gabrielle Anwar. Maybe that hit me at a formative age, who…

Trying a new Turnstone Guitar

As far as I'm concerned there are few things in life as pleasurable as playing a new guitar for the luthier who made it. In this case the instrument in question was a beautiful small body TS model in Bog…

Filming at Sound Network London - The UK Home of DPA Mics!

It will come as no great surprise to many reading this that the prospect of an afternoon spent with some of the finest microphones in the world triggers a Pavlovian response in me. As such I always look forward to…

Album Review - Gareth Pearson "A Tweak on Antique"

I get a lot of messages from lovers of fine guitar tone asking me to recommend guitar music and players, so much so that I have decided to branch out into record reviews! 

Some of my favourite writing (I'm a…

The Unfair Funfair - Tablature Now Available!

I'm very happy to announce that acoustic stenographer to the stars Mark Grover has just completed transcribing my piece The Unfair Funfair* and it is now available for sale in limited edition prints, hand-signed, numbered and dedicated by Yours Truly…

Acoustic Life Feature (Episode AT81)

I've been a fan of Tony Polecastro's work for many years now and I've enjoyed his Acoustic Life YouTube channel with it's weekly Acoustic Tuesday show since the first episode. It was therefore a wonderful surprise to hear that my…