Fishman’s Loudbox Mini Acoustic Guitar Amplifier

The Fishman Loudbox Mini acoustic guitar amp. Geepers, this is one of the smallest amps in the shop, but it sure packs a punch. Huge sound! I was blown away! 60 watts, 2 channels (one for instrument, one for mic), each with individual reverb controls, and a seperate chorus control on the instrument channel. Phase switching and master volume. This would be great in a cafe or pub. Plug in a guitar and a mic, no need for a PA. The reverb is very natural sounding, sounds lovely. This amp can get plenty loud without distorting. A serious amp in a tiny package. $850 RRP.

Buying a Musical Instrument for your child (or yourself!)

This time of year we have a lot of parents and grandparents looking at purchasing a musical instrument for a child who is interested in learning. Naturally the parent wants to foster this interest, but the number one thing I always hear parents say is this: “I don’t want to spend too much, in case they don’t stick at it”. I have a few practical thoughts about that.   1: You want to set your kids up for a win!  Don’t set them up to fail. If you buy your child a poor quality instrument that can’t be tuned properly, or won’t stay in tune, has ‘high action’ (this is when the strings are too far away from the neck on a guitar, making it really hard to push them down), etc etc, well of course they aren’t going to stick at it! If it doesn’t sound good no matter …

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The Laney Cub 10 – An unbelievable little tube amp!

I’ve been playing guitar a fair while, nearly three decades. I’ve been in music retail (on and off) for two decades. I’ve tried a lot of guitar amps, and I’m pretty fussy about my sound. The guitar amplifier is an extremely important part of that sound, it dictates the ‘flavour’ if you like. My own personal guitar amp is pretty awesome. It’s really fancy and ’boutique’ – handwired in America, and cost me just under $3000 NZD. Now the Laney Cub 10 is a bit different. It’s tiny for a start, and it’s only 10 watts, with a 10″ Celestion speaker. It’s very inexpensive for a tube amplifier. ‘A what?’ you may ask. A tube amp, or valve amp, depending on whether you’re using British or American terminology, is an amp powered by old fashion vaccuum tubes. These are little glass bottle like things like you might have found in …

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