As you know I am a big believer in sound testing equipment in a live environment, its not always possible but here I was captured on a mobile phone, its not the best recording but you can hear the sound and quality of the guitar pickups.

I am using Iron Gear Tesla Shark pickups, a Blackstar series 1 - 100watt head (EL34B power tubes) Crunch channel for rhythm and channel 3 for lead, Hiwatt 2x12 cab with 70-80 speakers (not happy with these speakers but saving some cash so I can buy vintage 30's or similar). Only using reverb (and a small amount of delay) in this solo, nothing else.

Yes tone starts with your fingers and everything else you use adds to that sound but the pickups are a massive factor in your guitar.


OK these are backing tracks where you can download your favorite song which has the guitar part taken out, like lead solo or rythm part, the free version is ok, the paid version has more options but free is good and works great. So now practising at home is much more fun and rewarding.

I found this while looking for backing tracks to peractice playing guitar (boy do I need this) its brilliant :) just for the record I am not affiliated to this site in any way, just thought it was too good not to share.

http://www.guitarbackingtrack.com


Proof that many of these types of guitars were actually quite good, it was just the hardware that let them down a bit sometimes, this guitar sounds fantastic, upgraded pickups, tuners, nut and bridge. It sounds great stays in tune and feels like an expensive guitar should. However making cheap old guitars sound and look great is not for everyone, you can get big name killers if you look around like Vintage Guitars (Vintage Reissued range are very good) designed by none other than Trev Wilkinson http://www.jhs.co.uk/brands/vintage/ Great value for your buck.

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Showing you how I change pickups and blank off a tone pot on this lovely British handmade Gordon Smith Flying V Guitar.

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Yes, this is the story of my Hamer XT so far, from a cheap nearly unusable guitar to my main axe's in one of my bands.
Also some live footage playing the guitar with my band (Ransom), let’s face it the real test is when you’re playing live with your band in a pub or club.

Cost £200 on EBay, spent: pickups (Iron Gear Blues Engine Bridge and Neck £69.95, locking tuners £26.45, Bridge £6 TOTAL = £102.40
This guitar is as good as any named brand in the £450 - £800 bracket (in my opinion) and is totally gig worthy.
Yes, this is the story of my Hamer XT so far, from a cheap nearly unusable guitar to my main axe's in one of my bands.
Also some live footage playing the guitar with my band (Ransom), let’s face it the real test is when you’re playing live with your band in a pub or club.

Cost £200 on EBay, spent: pickups (Iron Gear Blues Engine Bridge and Neck £69.95, locking tuners £26.45, Bridge £6 TOTAL = £102.40
This guitar is as good as any named brand in the £450 - £800 bracket (in my opinion) and is totally gig worthy.

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Solving the dilemma of which pickups are right for you in terms of your playing style in a nutshell.

As promised please find the link to a whole range of pickups that are very good quality but at very low prices.
I do not get paid from this company nor have any ties with them except I have purchased many pickup sets (in double figures now) from them.
By all means go to the big name brands but just trying to help out some of you guys and girls that are watching the pennies :)

http://axetec.co.uk/guitar_parts_uk_069.htm

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