My Gear: Guitar pages finished!

Since creating this website earlier this month, I’ve been busy writing articles and working out how I want the site to look.  I’m getting there, and tonight I reached a milestone by finishing the individual gear pages for all of my guitars and basses.

I might amend the pages in future, and I still need some photos for one of them, but they are 95% complete.  Head over to the My Gear section and click on the links to see photos and stories about all of my guitars.

I will do the same thing for my amps in the near future, but I probably won’t do it for my pedals, as generally there is less to say about them.

I’ve also been recording some footage tonight for another video which I hope will appear soon – I have several videos on the way, but it takes time to shoot and edit them.  I will also continue to create more articles and interesting content – I hope – for this website, so come back soon and see what’s changed!

My guitar collection in early 2014 - and Yoda!
My guitar collection in early 2014 – and Yoda!

Hutchinson Guitar Concepts

A kind soul on the Rob Chapman Forum has recently suggested another luthier for my UK Luthiers article, and I thought this one was worthy of a blog entry.  Hutchinson Guitar Concepts is a luthier somewhere in the UK who specialises in heavily customised or modded guitars, often with Celtic or Norse themes and metallic or lava-like finishes.  His most famous customer is James Hetfield, from Metallica (you may have heard of them).  Stunning stuff, and you can see some of his guitars on his Concepts page.

The guitar in the picture below is an example of James Hutchinson’s work.  Unfortunately, this guitar was stolen from him through a scam, so if you see it please get in touch with James via his website.

The Hutchinson Iron Top, sadly stolen by a scammer
The Hutchinson Iron Top, sadly stolen by a scammer

First Gibson Custom M2M shop in Europe

World Guitars has just announced the opening of a new “Made 2 Measure” facility in their shop in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, with samples of Gibson Custom Shop guitars.  You can design and order your own guitar for delivery within two months.  This is the only place where you can do that in Europe.

After the unexpected passing of the owner, Jeff Pumfrett, last year, some people thought that WG would pass with him, but instead they seem to be going from strength to strength.  I wish them continued success!

World Guitars – The New Gibson Custom Shop M2M Room

Crimson Guitars cigar box build competition

Today, Crimson Guitars is publishing a series of videos showing a competition between four of their luthiers.  Each of them will build a cigar box from one of their kits, and they will be judged by an independent expert at the end of the day.  Here is the first video in the series – I hope you will enjoy them; I’m sure I will!

They also published an introductory video a week ago which explains the competition.

Unboxing parts for my Crimson guitar build

This morning I got a parcel with the first components for my forthcoming Crimson guitars build at the end of October.  I made an unboxing video to show the bridge and tuners, and have put it on a new article where I will link to all of the unboxing / preparation videos.

Planning my guitar build – unboxing videos

The Circle of Fifths and its implications on tuning

I started writing a post on this subject today but it turned out to be too long for a post, so I’ve published it as an article.  It concerns tuning with the circle of fifths, and why that doesn’t quite work.  There’s a bit of maths involved (which I’ve done for you), and some interesting conclusions.

Article: The Circle of Fifths and tuning


Where it all started – my Chapman bass review

This website is an evolution of my YouTube channel, and today I return to the beginning of that.  My first YouTube video was a review of my Chapman MLB-1 bass guitar, which was one of the first of the Chapman basses, and I made that video because there were no reviews or other videos about this bass apart from the ones from the Chapman guys themselves.  It is the most watched of my guitar-related videos, with almost 9,000 views (one of my videos about my Audi A4 has supplanted that as my most watched video of all, but that’s not the subject of this site).

Now I see that there are a couple of other short reviews and demos from other players, but there still isn’t much out there about this bass which is a real shame, because I still think it’s an excellent bass for the money.  I’ve had no desire to replace it by a better bass and I heartily recommend it, after 18 months.  It’s a shame that Chapman Guitars has not built on this by releasing more basses, perhaps with different pickups, different finishes or 5 / 6 string versions.

As a side note before the video, I’ve been adding articles to the My Gear section of this website (the Chapman Bass article will go up soon!), so please take a look there for pictures of and the stories behind my guitars and other gear.

If you are interested in buying one of these basses or reading the specifications, you can find them at Anderton’s or Thomann, or at your favourite Chapman retailer if you’re outside Europe (although those retailers will ship worldwide).