So you’re looking at investing in your first electric guitar. Quite naturally you will consider the Fender range with its long heritage of legendary players and models.
But then there is the big question - do you get a Strat or a Tele?
“I want to be a professional musician!” are words some parents might fear, because we all know that for every Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift there are loads of other talented musicians struggling to find regular paid work.
Or "How to get the Tax Man to fund your next Strat!"
Crows Nest’s Big Music Recognised as One of the Top 100 Music Stores in the World
We are so pleased to be recognised as a top dealer by the NAMM association and we even had a chat with the Daily Telegraph about it. You can check out the article here.
Crows Nest, NSW – 8th May 2017 – Big Music in Crows Nest has been named as a Top 100 Dealer by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the global association of music products and music retailers. The organization will formally present the award to Big Music on Friday, July 14 at the Top 100 Dealer Awards event held as part of the 2017 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee.
“At the heart of Big Music there is a story of inspiration, dedication and a pursuit to create a more musical world,” shared Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “The Top 100 Dealer award underscores their commitment – to their communities, their staff, and the industry to create a space which welcomes and inspires music makers through their products and services.”
I've been doing a few Top 10 lists recently (anyone seen the movie High Fidelity?) and now I have one more, the Top 10 guitar sounds of all time.
10. Where Were You, Jeff Beck - This grammy award winning performance from 1989's Guitar Shop, is a classic combination of Fender Strat, overdrive, no guitar pick (just fingers) compression and delay. A killer sound that helps define an amazing technique and an overall jaw dropping performance.
9. Sultans of Swing, Dire Straits, guitarist Mark Knopfler - The classic "in between"/ "out of phase" Strat sound, for some, nothing beats plugging a Fender guitar into a Fender amp - Mark hit one out of the park with this Fender Strat/Fender Vibrolux combination, Mark also plays without a pick and there is a lot of tone in your fingertips flesh - try it. Mark jammed a match pick in the pick up selector to achieve this classic sound (though he certainly wasn't the first to do it - did you know that it wasn't until the late 70's that Fender actually made the 5 way switch standard?)
Which guitar is better for beginners to learn on - Electric Guitar or Acoustic Guitar?
This is a very common question we are asked almost daily in our guitar store, especially by parents trying to ensure they buy the right first guitar for their child.
The default choice for a first guitar is often an acoustic guitar with nylon strings due to a perception that they are easy to play and soft on fingers. The Yamaha C40 is a popular choice, or for younger kids the ¾ size Yamaha CS40. Both these options have been recommended by guitars teachers all over the world for decades, and there is no doubt they represent great value and a good place to start for many players.