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G.A.S = Guitar Acquisition Syndrome

My opinions on guitar gear...

I've been avoiding doing too much stuff on gear reviews but I'm getting a crazy amount of requests about this stuff, so I think I need to do some more!

If you are looking for info about pedals and how to use them, then there are two place I think you should check out if you're after more than I offer here.

That Pedal Show with Dan and Mick is awesome. Mick was editor for some great guitar magazines and Dan is the creator of The Gig Rig who make incredible guitar effects switchers, powers and much more - stuff I use myself most days and they know tone and how to make it happen. Maybe my personal favourite guitar channel!

The other guy I rate real high is Pete Thorn - as well as being an incredible guitar player, the guy knows tone better than anyone I've heard and so I often check out his channel when thinking about pedals. He does stella reviews and is a real nice guy too. So go check them out!

Important Stuff About Guitars, Amps, Effects And Tone

GG-010 • Getting Great Guitar Tone
Re-wrote this whole thing in Oct 2011 with lots more info on all the knobs you are going too see on amps and effects pedals and some notes about my fav pedals and stuff!!

GG-050 • Effect Pedal Order
A look at the order you should patch together all your effects pedals.

Gear Reviews

GG-401 • The Hoolahan Slide
Phil sent me a couple of slides to check out, and they're awesome and now my main slides. Check them out, great concept, great slide and nice people.

GG-402 • Gruv Gear Fret Wrap Review
If you've been wondering what that black this is wrapped around my headstock on some guitars, this video is for you.

GG-403 • The Line 6 Relay G10 Wireless System
The convenience factor or a wireless is wonderful, I sure don't really need one in a small studio but it's one less cable to trip over, and great for workshops.

GG-404 • The Blake Apex Case
These guys sent me a case to try out and I loved it, and now use it all the time, really great hard soft gig bag backpack. Available in the official store.


Pedal Board Set Up

This series I'm going to go through the steps of setting up and building my new pedal boards!!

GG-123 • Setting up PedalTrain and Pedal Power Pro II
This first video we fix in the Pedal Power Pro into the PedalTrain and add the velcro ready to put some pedals on.

GG-124 • Wiring My Effects Loop Pedal Board
This is my smaller effects loop board but was ready so figured I'd film as I wire it up!


Justin's Equipment

That sounds VERY suspect ;) but it is not that... these are vids and lessons about the guitars and amps that I use. I promise that you won't see anything untoward ;)

GG-001 • Justin's Guitars
I've updated this page as of Oct 2011 with a list of the guitars I'm using regularly. The old "Justin's guitars" videos were out of date and not good quality either! Maybe I'll get onto doing vids for each guitar, but for now, here they are in a list...

GG-002 • Justin's Amps
An amp list like above! A list of my stuff...

GG-101 • Justin's Mini Maton Acoustic Guitar
In this vid I show you my Mini Maton guitar and play a little bit of a new tune (working title "Roof Tops On Sunny Days" finished title was "Nashville" but it never made it to an album yet!).

GG-102 • Justin's Maton Messiah Acoustic Guitar
In this vid I show you my Maton Messiah, a lovely acoustic. This thing just records like a dream. Plus a play a few bits of other tunes that I have written.

GG-103 • Justin's Maton "Jessie" Acoustic Guitar
This is my little baby and the one guitar I think can't be replaced. It's kinda part of me now... In this I introduce her and play one of my songs called "From Katie's Window".

GG-009 • Justin's Amp Rig 2007
A look at the guitar rack set up that I used touring with Katie Melua in 2007. These days I use old fashioned pedal board and old vintage effects! But this was great for what I needed at the time...

Equipment Lessons

GG-011 • Speaker Cabinets and Ohms Ω
Very common question this one... one that I have asked for the last time I hope.

GG-012 • Wobbly Whammy Bar Fix
A simple solution to a real pain in the butt problem!

GG-013 • Acoustic String Shoot-out

Very old pedal reviews

This are obviously is far from complete, but I have started off with two of the most common pedal types, distortion and wah. I'll be developing this area over the coming years to include more pedal types and also some of the cool vintage pedals that I have collected over the years.


GG-200 • About Distortion Pedals
Wanna rock? Then you need one of these!! This is some basic info about them...

GG-201 • REVIEW - Mesa V-Twin Pedal
One of the coolest and best sounding pedals of all time, reviewed for you. All features explained.

GG-202 • REVIEW - Boss Blues Driver Pedal (and Keeley Mod)
A review of a classic pedal and the custom modified version by the effects wizard Robert Keeley.

GG-203 • REVIEW - T-Rex Mudhoney Pedal
Great new boutique pedal with some great sounds.

GG-204 • REVIEW - Marshall Shredmaster Pedal
A fab pedal for all out metal sounds. This thing rocks big time.

GG-205 • REVIEW - TC Electronic VPD1 Pedal
A really cool pedal with tons of pro features and an awesome boost function.

Wah Wah Pedals

GG-300 • Wah Wah Roundup...
A summary of all the wah pedals that I like and or have reviewed.

GG-301 • REVIEW - RMC3 Wah Wah (The Real McCoy)
One of the most prestigious and sought after modern wah pedals

GG-302 • REVIEW - Budda Bud-Wah Pedal
Possibly my favourite wah pedal, so creamy. I need one...

GG-303 • REVIEW - Keeley modified Vox Wah Pedal
Robert Keeley takes great pedals and makes them even better.

GG-304 • REVIEW - Ernie Ball Wah Pedal
Well made, with a great switcher, but not my fave.

GG-399 • REVIEW - G-Lab True Bypass Wah Pad
This is a great invention. On my pedalboard right away. Check it out now...


GG-251 • REVIEW - G-Lab Dual Reverb Pedal
I looked for ages trying to find a simple small reverb for my pedalboard. And this was the best one I found... until I discovered the Blue Sky by Strymon which is by far the best reverb I have heard and I've called off the search, I doubt there will ever be better!! Review soon :)


GG-261 • REVIEW - Sanyo Pedal Juice 
This is one of those things I never thought of, but now I use it all the time, great idea! 


GG-501 • REVIEW - GRB Kokocaster
Gordon from GRB donated this guitar for me because he liked the web site. He was not a pushy guy and seemed really cool so I have done a review of his guitar, even though it is not one that I play very much. It is a very cool mid priced instrument!

Lesson ID: GG-000