New Arrivals: August 2020

Going into August, it was shaping up to be another quiet month for new (to me) gear.

While the second hand market on eBay UK has picked up (a bit) in the last couple of weeks, I’m just not willing to pay what’s being asked. There’s a growing trend of sellers listing second hand gear for more than it originally sold for brand new. I’m still seeing buyers piling onto the same items that I’m interested in, too.

Did I get anything at all? Read on to find out.

MXR 10 Band EQ Graphic Equaliser

As useful as the Boss GE-7 is, it’s an old design that introduces a lot of noise to the signal chain. I’ve been on the lookout for an alternative, with little success before now. There aren’t a lot options out there, and I’ve never managed to snag a second hand pedal.

So, when my local shop got one (and just one! supplies are really disrupted this year) of the MXR 10 band EQ pedals in, I figured it was my best chance to get something else to try.

How did I get on with it? Here’s my First Impressions post.

Squier Esquire Guitar In Butterscotch Blonde

That’s right: I bought a Squier guitar. And I don’t regret it.

Last Summer NAMM? Fender announced a limited run of Esquire guitars from their Squier brand. My local shop’s shipment finally arrived at the last week of August – and promptly sold out. They got two: a blackguard in butterscotch blonde, and a white guard in daphne blue. Fortunately, I got there early enough to pick up the butterscotch blonde model 🙂

I’m attracted to this because it isn’t a Telecaster. It’s not made out of alder, and it’s just got the one pickup. That definitely gives it a different sound to the Telecasters that Fender has been making these past few years. Is it finally going to be the guitar that helps me get into the Telecaster-type?

Click here for my First Impressions.

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