#New Arrivals

Taylor Guitars: What’s New for 2022

Today’s musicians are spoiled rotten. With the number of fresh releases Taylor Guitars sends our way, how could we not be? Every time their acoustics enter the market, every guitarist updates their wishlist. This year is no different. Eight – count ‘em – eight fresh offerings are hitting Swee Lee… Read more

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Ibanez AZ, AZS & AZES: Vintage Guitars for the Modern Age

Innovation. Mention the word to any guitarist and Ibanez immediately springs to mind. Even as the brand started out in the 70s, they were already setting trends for years to come. Saber (S), RG, JEM – names just as big as the superstars wielding them. When Steve Vai, Tom Morello… Read more

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Squier Guitar and Bass Lineup Compared

If you’re looking to get into the electric guitar and you don’t have an unlimited budget at your fingertips, Squier is most definitely a name that would have come up during your search.  Often regarded as the little brother of Fender, the Squier brand has actually been in existence since… Read more

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5 High-End Delay Pedals Compared

Mark Twain once wrote, “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection”. If he’d met any of these pedals, he’d have realized how wrong he was. Us contemporary performers know how indispensable time-based effects are in music. Which is why a significant chunk of your guitar budget spills into accessories. Run-of-the-mill… Read more

#Inspiration

Drax Project Answers Your Questions About Their Inspiration, Hobbies, Favourite Foods, and More!

Proving that talent and grit can take you places, Drax Project’s journey to platinum-selling stardom kicked off in Wellington’s humble busking scene. Shaan Singh and Matt Beachen cut their teeth on covers of radio-friendly bops, before teaming up with fellow members Sam Thomson and Ben O’Leary soon after. Their original… Read more

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Your Guide to Hollowbody & Semi-Hollowbody Guitars

When you’re new to the world of guitars, hollow might seem like an unusual descriptor. What could it mean? Aren’t guitars supposed to be solid? How does a hollowbody differ from a semi-hollowbody? It’s fine, we’ve all been there. That’s why we’re giving you this brief rundown of hollowbody and… Read more

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MIDI Controllers Guide: Keys and Pads

So you’re putting together a recording studio. Next on your purchase list? A MIDI controller. The only catch is that you're not quite sure what you should be looking out for. That’s where this article comes in. We’ll give you a brief run-through on all things MIDI. You’ll practically be… Read more

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Why Everyone Should Own A Travel Guitar

Days will soon arrive when we’ll be jetting off again for one reason or another. And let’s face it. Being far away from your guitar is torture. Drowning in your loneliness, a travel guitar starts to sound like a sensible purchase. However, you’re not one to make hasty decisions. For… Read more

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Studio Recording Gear: A Beginner Buyer’s Guide

In this age of DIY advocacy, you’ve no doubt seen how convenient it is to assemble your own home studio. Indie musicians, Youtube personalities, podcasters – it seems like everyone’s got one. It’s a huge 180 from how it used to be. Older studio recording gear setups once ran up… Read more

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The Best MIDI Controllers for Under $300 for 2022

Just starting out with music production? Your journey will see you explore a whole range of gear on your way to a fully functional studio space. You’ve got your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and studio monitors. Still, there might not be anything as indispensable as a MIDI controller – so… Read more

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Custom Shop Guitars: Fender Custom Shop

Fender Custom Shop. Those three words evoke a thrill in guitarists everywhere. We can’t help it. Some of history’s most iconic instruments were crafted in this very division for equally awe-inspiring hands. Remember Hendrix and his beguiling Voodoo Child Strat? Psychedelic man Jimmy Page, Signature Telecaster in tow? The rumbly… Read more

The Best Rock-Ready Guitars for Under $500, $1,000, and $2,500
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The Best Rock-Ready Guitars for Under $500, $1,000, and $2,500

What makes a rock guitar, y'know, rock? We can debate hardware and build all day long, but it boils down to one thing – sound. Glassy cleans. Colossal distortion. All the staples of your favourite rock song, pumped out by the sexiest stringed instrument in town. These days, competition between… Read more