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Designing the Terraform – a snapshot of history

Designing the Terraform – a snapshot of history

I honestly can’t remember how long we’ve been working on this pedal… If I’m going to have an educated guess, I’d say it’s been well over a year – probably about 18 months. It all started in a meeting we were having, Alex was saying (as usual) “What are we going to do...

Brent Mason – Musicians Hall of Fame

Brent Mason – Musicians Hall of Fame

I had a weird sense of pride wash over me last week – seeing Brent Mason inducted into the Musician’s Hall of Fame (with the rest of the Nashville Players – John Hobbs, Eddie Bayes Jr, Michael Rhodes and Paul Franklin) was literally a moment of “About bloody time...

Humbuckers – split coil and coil tap

Humbuckers – split coil and coil tap

Way back when… and I mean way back when, I was working in a guitar shop and it was right about the time that the concept of the Superstrat REALLY took off. It was the early 90’s and affordable guitars that allegedly bridged the gap between a Strat and a Les Paul were...

10,000 hours of practice to become an expert?

10,000 hours of practice to become an expert?

My youngest daughter is 13, and unlike many 13 years ago she still subjects us to a constant barrage of irrelevant questions, kind of like when she was only 5. Most of the time this is delightful as her questions can be about absolutely anything, some of them are...

Music Education in schools and the problem with ‘The Arts Last’

Music Education in schools and the problem with ‘The Arts Last’

Today we give the blog over to my current favourite guitar playing walking the earth, and long time Wampler artist (he performed at the Wampler NAMM booth this last January), Mr Jack Gardiner. Jack's musical life was transformed when he took his first lesson with Tom...

How fast do guitar pedals drain batteries?

How fast do guitar pedals drain batteries?

One of the things I hear the most, and it’s literally almost a daily occurrence, is “why does this pedal eat batteries so much?” or something similar… Here’s the starting point, in my opinion of course… what we should all remember when thinking about guitar pedals is...

60 years of pop music and the charts

60 years of pop music and the charts

Quite often you see a thread on social media about how much pop modern music is, especially in ‘the charts’… Granted, the charts as we remember them (if you are as old as me) are gone, with streaming, YouTube and everything else, it doesn’t represent how music is...

Stainless Steel frets – pros and cons

Stainless Steel frets – pros and cons

Well, I had my first EVER refret last week. I’ve never really cared enough about a guitar to get it done… well, either that or I haven’t kept a guitar for long enough and played it hard enough to even think about it. Or maybe, in the case of my favourite PRS, the...

3 ways for you to make your band sound better

3 ways for you to make your band sound better

As regular readers of this blog will know, I’m what’s known as a ‘part time’ gigger, or a semi professional musician, or the type of person who sinks every spare penny into a hobby without any monies coming back in… pretty certain many of you can relate! I’ve been...

Compressors, for guitar – a simple guide

Compressors, for guitar – a simple guide

If you are anything like me, for the longest time you treated compression as a big ‘meh’ and didn’t understand why virtually all guitar players need it. Yes, I did say that, virtually all guitar players need it. I thought that compression was something country and...

Dear Gibby… a letter of friendship.

Dear Gibby… a letter of friendship.

    Dear Gibby, I feel I have to write as I am really worried about you. I would normally pop over so we could have a drink and a chat, but you know, you’re literally miles away. Let’s face it, we’ve been friends for… man, I don’t know, seems like forever… and yeah, I...

The 9 levels of G.A.S.

The 9 levels of G.A.S.

Being a confirmed gear head has its down sides, you often have to traverse through the nine levels of Hell to realize your perfect rig… or, as we know it, the nine levels of G.A.S. You are shopping online, your offer has been accepted, you transferred the money at...

10 rules of jamming!

10 rules of jamming!

We had the pleasure of having one of the world’s finest Steel players sit in with us a couple of weeks ago, Sarah Jory. Now, this doesn’t reflect on the quality of the band I am in, we are not so good we command the world’s greatest players to come and play, we’ve...

Cutting out the middle person, who is ultimately yourself

Cutting out the middle person, who is ultimately yourself

As usual I’ve been watching some geeky stuff on the uTubez and, as always, one of the first videos that was recommended for me was something from That Pedal Show. This time it wasn’t a pedal thing, it was a video of Mick changing the saddles on his favourite Strat,...

13 years of You Tube, the birth of Wampler and having fun again!

13 years of You Tube, the birth of Wampler and having fun again!

  March 20, 2006. That’s the day I originally created my youtube channel. Originally, I wasn’t intending on creating a lot of youtube videos, but to be fair I don’t think many people that it would take off as big and as fast as it did. This was back when Myspace...

How do you review your playing? Do you?

How do you review your playing? Do you?

Seems like a weird question, doesn’t it? But the reality of your playing is completely different from your perception of it, I can almost guarantee that… well, it is if you are realistic about what you play and what you see/hear when you watch yourself back. Those...

What is the difference between Chorus, Flanger and Phaser?

What is the difference between Chorus, Flanger and Phaser?

Let’s face it, we’ve all used them before and I imagine that like me you’ve got them confused or not really understand what makes each different. As I started playing properly in the 80’s each of these pedals carry HUGE memories for me and I’ll always have a love/hate...

Sounds levels… power, dB and clean boosts

Sounds levels… power, dB and clean boosts

Following on from Brian’s video about wattage/power/dB, I thought I’d share something that has happened to me recently that has confused me considerably, until I quizzed Brian about it in regard to the video (released 26th Feb 2019, you can see it below). Like I’m...