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Love And War
Love And War
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars WELCOME RETURN TO FORM, 3 May 2017
This review is from: Love And War (Audio CD)
Three years is a long time to wait for an album from the usually prolific country superstar, but after the disappointments of the previous two albums (Wheelhouse and Moonshine In The Trunk), this is a welcome return to form. Ever one to experiment with the genre. Brad Paisley's recent efforts at being 'different' have ranged from quirky to (let's be honest here) embarrassing. Eric Idle was funny once, but seriously!

That's not to say that even on this recording, Brad has not seen fit to invite guests to join him on some of the songs, but even Mick Jagger's inclusion fails to spoil what is a true Brad Paisley country album. Perhaps I'm being a little unkind on the ageing rocker - after all, he has co-written two (possibly three) of the best country songs of all time. The John Fogerty co-effort ticks all the boxes when it comes to appealing to the target audience and the tracks that feature Timbaland...well, do they...really? Maybe there's a loop and a bit of shouting well back in the mix but does that warrant a name check...?

Brad recalls some of the clever humour of Online with the track selfie#theinternetisforever and The Devil Is Alive and Well skirts nicely around being too much Jesus with lines like “some of the worst things are done in God’s name”. Where Brad really gets back to form is when he's on comfortable ground talking about how great the 'South' is (while living in L.A. with his Hollywood wife) and getting weepy on ballads like Gold All Over the Ground and Dying to See Her - which rather oddly follow each other on the album.

I'm glad I like this album because after the last two I really thought he'd lost it. It's a shame there's no really great stand-out instrumental track like Departure or Huckleberry Jam, but I guess you can't have everything.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Just works...what more can you say?, 2 Nov. 2016
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I always wondered how those guys in the US were recording stuff straight off HBO etc. This, coupled with the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 does the job here in the UK. STB to ViewHD via HDMI and then one output to TV and the other to Hauppauge. I use a Mac and as the WinTV app supplied with the Hauppauge doesn't support OSX (obviously) you would need to download the HDPVRCapture app, but it seems to work very well.

One point to note though; I found the sync between audio and video slightly out when using the HDMI only (correctable, but a pain). When I fed the optical out from the STB directly to the Hauppauge, this fixed it.


Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo Delay Pedal
Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo Delay Pedal
Offered by MUSICARTESTORE ✅
Price: £273.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Hank B is your thing..., 17 Mar. 2016
Tape echoes are a pain, right? So you find that amazing, original Meazzi or Echoplex and pay £1,000 for it...what have you got? Trouble, that's what. Those things are so quirky they make Angelina Jolie look low-maintenance.

So, to the the El Capistan. All the tape delay you could want, and your audience don't give a damn if it's digital. They just sound great. And if Hank B is your thing, you'll be in a Wonderful Land...


Bigsby B3 Aluminum Vibrato Tailpiece
Bigsby B3 Aluminum Vibrato Tailpiece
Offered by Angledbox
Price: £134.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Plus, it looks amazingly cool..., 12 Oct. 2015
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I recently managed to get hold of an early '60s Eko 290 - which happens to be the first decent electric guitar I ever owned. The trouble with the Eko was the ridiculous tremolo arm/system that broke as soon as you looked at it. This Bigsby B3 fitted perfectly and I only had to drill 4 small holes in the end block (sorry any vintage purists reading this!). No drilling necessary on the face of the guitar and the felt pads protect the finish nicely.


Conversations with McCartney
Conversations with McCartney
by Paul Du Noyer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.39

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal Beatles history starting point, 12 Oct. 2015
The review of this book by Michael James seems a bit mean-spirited to me. Not everyone with an interest in Paul McCartney will necessarily have 'read most of this before'. As it happens, I have, but it is still interesting to see these interviews brought together and contextualised in this way. And is £15 really such an issue? Michael's suggestion to 'buy something nice' rather than buy this book rather adds weight, I believe, to my opening remark. I would recommend this book as a great starting point for any younger person interested in pop/rock music as it gives an insight into why we listen to the kind of music we do today. Buy the book and the Abbey Road CD/download for anyone who doesn't understand what Paul McCartney contributed to modern music.
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Makita 2012NB  220-250V 1650W 304mm Thicknesser
Makita 2012NB 220-250V 1650W 304mm Thicknesser
Price: £449.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality At A Price, 6 Oct. 2014
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Bought this to plane rosewood and mahogany sheets down to 3.5mm for guitar construction. Completely flawless results though when you get down to this thinness you must keep the plane beds clean and free from chippings or the board drags debris into the cut and causes some chattering.


Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar: Complete Instructions and Full-Size Plans
Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar: Complete Instructions and Full-Size Plans
by Jonathan Kinkead
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book but lacking detail in a couple of areas, 6 Oct. 2014
I have worked on guitar setups and repairs for years, but always had the ambition to build an acoustic from scratch. As I write this, I'm about a third way into my first build and I have to say, the tips and tricks included in this book have been invaluable.

Jonathan Kinkead is a well-respected builder and while I'm not too keen on some of his designs, the guitar plans included with the book are for a fairly conservative version of the classic OM style. I'm not following this design as I wanted to build something more of a true Martin OM copy so bought detailed plans from another source, but if you are happy to stick to JK's plans, then you'll be fine with these.

You'll need to buy quite a few specialist tools if you're new to acoustic building like me and his run-down on the essential stuff and 'nice-to-haves' has been brilliant. My problem is, I ended up buying most of the 'nice-to-haves' anyway as it makes the job so much easier. You'll probably only attempt to hand plane a piece of rosewood down to 2.5mm once before investing in a power thicknesser!

Criticisms are few, but I hold off giving 5 stars as there are some sections where he rather glosses over the subject at hand. A good example of this is where he is (avoiding) describing the cutting of the neck dovetail joint and getting the neck angle fine-tuned. He vaguely refers to a jig to hold the body and neck, but gives no information on how to build this or set it up. His description of how to cut the binding channel is also a bit lacking in detail and while he shows a picture of a home made jig (made out of a broken hacksaw blade), doesn't tell you how to actually make it and you certainly cannot tell from the picture.

His writing style is easy to read and the photography is excellent so I do highly recommend this book, but you will need to get material from other sources too.
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Veritas Mark II Honing Guide
Veritas Mark II Honing Guide

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential for consistent honing..., 6 Oct. 2014
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...if, like me, you're a novice woodworker. I'm sure the apprentice trained joiners and cabinet makers will scoff at this, but it's a really well engineered piece of kit that make the job much easier for the inexperienced.

One small criticism - and the reason for 4 stars only; the knurled thumb-wheels on the clamping bar are quite small and difficult to tighten enough by hand to prevent the blade slipping (which is a bad thing!). I don't know if they need to put bigger thumb-wheels on or change the material on the inside edges of the clamp bars...anyway, I use a pair of slip-fit pliers to tighten them and that does the job with minimal damage to the wheels.
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Charnwood W715 10'' Woodworking Bandsaw
Charnwood W715 10'' Woodworking Bandsaw

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for light to medium/light work, 6 Oct. 2014
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This is a nice band saw that cuts up to 18mm ply like butter. Once you go above that, it starts to struggle a bit and for two thichnesses of ply, you need to slow down on the feed rate quite a bit. For cutting our 3mm thick spruce guitar tops, it's like the wood isn't there!

The other good thing about it is that although sturdily built, it's not so heavy that you can't move it around the workshop if necessary. I have limited bench space so lift it onto the bench and clamp it in place while I use it.
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Set of Bevel Edge Chisels Premium - 6 pieces
Set of Bevel Edge Chisels Premium - 6 pieces
Offered by TRQuality
Price: £76.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb quality item in a nice wooden case, 6 Oct. 2014
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Bought these as I am building my first acoustic guitar and wanted a really nice set of chisels - which is what these are.

I also bought the Veritas Honing Guide, a perfectly flat slab of polished granite and a load of wet and dry paper up to 3000 grit. If you're new to woodworking, I strongly recommend you check out the numerous YouTube videos on how to get a perfect edge on your chisels and planes.


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