New Arrivals – February 2021

It’s been a quiet month.

The second hand market … is a bit weird right now. It’s become all-too common for asking prices to be close to (or even above!) the original retail price. It isn’t just rare or vintage gear that’s seeing high prices, either.

Instead, I’ve focused on trying to make the most of what I’ve already got – especially my Telecasters. I think it’s been a month well spent.

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First Impressions: D’Addario XT Strings For Electric Guitar

Every now and then, I like to try some different strings. Just because I’m happy with my current choices, that doesn’t mean that other strings won’t be great too. I always preach about having options, and sometimes that can just be from how a different set of strings changes a guitar.

I grabbed a set of D’Addario XT 9s and a set of XT 10s (both for electric), and put them onto a couple of guitars to try for the very first time. How did I get on? Read on to find out.

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Is It Time To Replace Your Capo?

Just wanted to share something that I learned over the weekend with you.

Little bit of backstory: first proper gig is rapidly approaching, and at the weekend I went shopping for spares to take along with me. We’ve got a song in the set that we play in drop F# minor, which requires a capo. A capo is exactly the kind of thing that’s easy to accidentally leave behind, so I picked up a spare one to live in my guitar’s gig back, just in case.

Once I got it home, I decided to try it out, just to make sure it definitely worked and that there were no surprises lying in wait for me. Very glad that I did!

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Tackling First Fret Buzz

Ben and Christopher from Crimson Guitars tackle a viewer’s question, and one that certainly bugs me about a couple of my guitars: why do we get string buzz on the first few frets of a guitar?

They call this the impossible question, because once a couple of simple things have been eliminated, the list of possible causes quickly balloons out to a crazy extent. Watch the video to see just how many things can be causing the problem.

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