Review : Gaskell Hybrid Deluxe Part 2

A couple of months ago Alan Williams posted part one of his review of the new Gaskell Hybrid Deluxe for us. This month he’s back with part two where he concentrates on comparing the Gaskell against its very clear PRS inspiration.

Review : Gaskell Hybrid Deluxe Part 1

Today’s post is a guest review of the Gaskell Hybrid Deluxe guitar by Alan Williams, who has recently taken the reins at Gaskell’s new European division. This very guitar is available to try out or purchase, or alternatively those in Europe can contact Alan directly for other available options and pricing.

Review : GruvGear FretWraps String Dampeners

Check out our review of the infinitely useful Fret Wrap professional string dampener from Gruv Gear. These wraps can be used to instantly clean up your playing and help you to get that absolutely perfect take during recording sessions.

Chicken Picks Guitar Plectrums Review

As you’ve probably figured out by now I have a little smidgen of a guitar pick fetish going on.  They’re just an inexpensive way to add a little fresh excitement to the daily guitar practice session, and every now and again you stumble across one that becomes a firm favorite in your arsenal…

Last month I picked up a couple of interesting sounding boutique picks from a new company based in Holland called ChickenPicks. Read on to find out what I thought…

ChickenPicks Plectrum Review

First of all let’s start of by pointing out that ChickenPicks are thick, chunky plectrums – so if you like wussy little bendy picks then these are not for you.  At the moment they come in two sizes: light (between 2.1 and 2.4mm) and original (between 2.5 and 2.8mm).  The benefits of a thicker pick include more efficient playing, less grip required to hold on to them and a fuller, warmer guitar tone.

Both picks are white in color and have some indiscriminate graphics on the back to help differentiate the two.  The front of the pick is emblazoned with the ChickenPicks logo, which features some type of weird sock puppet looking character having a smoke.  As the picks come from Holland it isn’t too hard to guess what he’s smoking…

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I’m assuming that they are finished by hand judging by the bevels on them.  These look very similar to the picks I made myself with the PickPunch, as it isn’t easy to get a perfectly smooth line by hand.  In saying that, these tiny little imperfections have no impact at all whilst playing.

Review : Gaskell Classic Left Handed Guitar

Today’s post is a guest review of the Gaskell Classic I guitar by Alan Williams, who has recently taken the reins at Gaskell’s new European division.  This very guitar is available to try out or purchase, or alternatively those in Europe can contact Alan directly for other available options and pricing.

Higher quality images of this guitar (and others) can be found on the Gaskell Europe Facebook page or on the main Gaskell website – links at the end of the article.

Gaskell Classic Review by Alan Williams

Gaskell Guitars build only left handed guitars.  That’s got to be good news for us lefties who have every reason to feel unloved by the mainstream manufacturers.   I don’t know about you, but this hits me every time I read a review – go down to the “left hand available” and find a stark “No” staring back.  Most makers do a token number of “easy call” models as lefties and a few are now offering a wider selection, but there are almost no other companies who offer only guitars for us southpaws.

Gaskell Classic I Left Handed Explorer Guitar Lefty

Review: RJL Carbon Fiber Guitar Picks

Still hell-bent on finding my ideal pick, I have yet another review for you southpaws today.  Recently I grabbed a sample of boutique picks from a new company based right here in Scotland – RJL Guitars.  These picks are very unique in that they are made 100% from carbon fibre.

I was initially drawn to these plectrums because you know, they look badass! But upon trying them out the advantages of a pick made from carbon fibre quickly became apparent.  Read on to find out what I thought.

RJL Carbon Fibre Picks

Or carbon fiber if you live across the pond… There are a variety of different sizes available, but I much prefer my small, pointy picks so I grabbed a selection of Jazz and Jazz+ models to try out.

I’m not too sure on the exact thickness of these picks, but with a ruler and my dodgy eyesight they look to be around 0.4mm – very thin!  However due to the particularly strong nature of carbon fibre, these picks are in fact very rigid.  It’s quite an unusual feeling to hold such a thin pick which has the flex of one that is two or three times its thickness.  You can throw your usual pick size measurements out of the window with these little guys.

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Carbon fibre is also a very lightweight material.  When throwing it around in your hand you barely notice that it’s there, they really weigh next to nothing.

Review : Slick Grip Guitar Picks

I seem to be on a never-ending quest to find my ideal guitar pick lately, and this month has been no different.  Recently I picked up some interesting plectrums from a new UK based company called Slick Grip…

These six picks utilise a unique design which is supposed to help wick away moisture and keep the surface nice and grippy.  As grip is something I have trouble with I was only too eager to give these innovative Slick Grip picks a good test run.

What’s In the Box?

As soon as I received the package in the mail I could tell that this was a company who put a lot of thought into how they present their product.  The picks arrived in a black branded envelope, and the bright pink Slick Grip logo instantly alerted me to what the package contained.

Inside the envelope the attention to small details continued as each pick was safely nestled inside its very own individual packaging!  A thick piece of foam houses each pick, which is then cradled by a piece of card and then finally wrapped in a sheet of plastic.  It’s a very neat little design and instantly gives the impression that these are more than your average-joe picks.

Slick Grip Guitar Picks Review Plectrum

The range comes in a variety of sizes from 0.45mm all the way up to 2.0mm.  The different thicknesses are color coded which makes them very easy to distinguish from each other.  Take a look at the close-up image at the end of this article to see exactly what pick sizes are available.

The Design

If you take a look at the image below you will see a detailed graphic of the pick design, which is displayed on the back of the packaging.

Review : Gaskell Guitars All Rounder

Gaskell Guitars are an Australian based business who specialise in making left handed guitars exclusively.  I recently picked up one of their newly released ‘All Rounder’ models, which is their offering for fans of T-style guitars.

The All Rounder is currently the most affordable guitar available from Gaskell and is their vision of an improved ‘Telecaster’ design. The contoured body provides a more comfortable and ergonomic feel, and the option to choose your favorite fingerboard wood and body finish gives this new model a slight edge over alternative choices.  Read on to discover what I thought about it…

Gaskell All Rounder Left Handed Guitar Review

The guitar can be ordered in a variety of different finishes and in the end I settled on Lemon Yellow, for that extra wow factor!  Kevin (Gaskell, owner) informed me that I was the first ever customer to order a guitar in this color, so it’s truly a unique specimen.  If you ever see this guitar in the flesh you’ll probably agree with me when I suggest that Kevin should change the name of it to Nuclear Yellow – this finish is loud!

Gaskell All Rounder Left Handed Guitar Review Lemon Yellow Lefty

To make it in the fickle world of music today you absolutely have to stand out from the crowd and have something unique to offer.  What’s more memorable than a southpaw player whose guitar has the power to burn out your retinas?  I LOVE this finish, it never fails to raise a few eyebrows.

Review : Planet Waves NS Mini Headstock Tuner

Recently Planet Waves were kind enough to send over one of their brand new NS Mini Headstock Tuners for us to investigate.  As always we were only too happy to test out their new and always innovative little products.  Here’s our review…

The NS Mini Headstock Tuner is a little different to most other similar products in that it is tiny, and is also virtually invisible from the front of your guitar.  It tunes by vibration via its highly sensitive piezo transducer and clearly presents tuning information on its two-color backlit display.

What’s In the Box?

Inside the surprisingly small box you’ll find the tuner itself, the instruction manual and a battery.

The tuner itself is made of plastic and feels solid enough in your hand.  It is easily the smallest tuner I have personally ever seen.  I’m not sure why you’d want to do it, but the clip can be removed.

Planet Waves Mini Headstock Guitar Tuner Review

In order to keep things simple, there are only two buttons on the tuner: one to switch the unit on and off, and the other to switch between tuning frequencies (A430 to A450).  If you take a look at the image above you’ll notice the two buttons which are located on the underside of the unit.  Also notice the battery compartment door.

Installation

The tuner clamps onto your headstock using the adjustable clip.  The tab at the rear allows you to alter the height of the clip, making it suitable for surfaces of between roughly 1.2cm to 2.25cm.  Once clamped onto your headstock the display will move through a full 360 degree rotation, allowing you to achieve the perfect viewing angle.

Theoretically you can place the tuner anywhere you would like on the guitar, although the idea behind its design is that it should be virtually invisible, so it should generally be positioned with the display behind the headstock.  Since the audience can only see a tiny portion of the clamp they will most likely assume that you are able to tune perfectly by ear!