Below you will find the gear that I use in my videos,
most of which you will see on camera.
Line 6 Variax – Electric Guitar
The Variax can do some amazing stuff when it comes to modelling different guitar sounds and the absence never ceases to boggle people 🙂 The ‘500’ model is use is no longer available so I put the next closest, the ‘700’. See my Variax demo series here.
Tanglewood TW45 – Acou Guitar
Electric acoustic steel string guitar with Fishman pickup system. I have always liked acoustics with smaller bodies and this one is very comfortable at a great price.
Yamaha C40 – Classical Guitar
The C40 I own has seen better days but I just cant see to part with it in place of a new shiny one, so needles to says they can take a pretty good beating.
Fender Road Worn 50’s Telecaster
I have always wanted a Tele so was pretty stoked to finally make that become a reality at the end of 2011. The road worn look is actually very convincing… I often have other musos ask how many years old my guitar is 🙂
Fender Jazz Master
The Jazz Master is a freak creature of a guitar and so is its history… it was largerly snobbed by its intended audience and instead largely embraced by the the alternative rock community.
Line 6 Pod XT Live – Multi FX Pedal
Superseded by the X3 and now Line 6’s Pod HD range the POD XT still stacks up extremely well against the competition 10 years later.
Peavey Vypyr 30 Amp
The Vypyr is a very affordable mid sized amp that works well in my small studio for videos and teaching. The inbuilt FX are decent and work well with the added Sanpera foot pedal. My favourite bit about the pedal though is being able to control your volume with your foot rather than having to bend over and fiddle with the touchy knobs. (That sounded bad didn’t it, haha)
NS Micro Tuner
The NS is the ninja of capo almost invisible to everyone but you the player, which means you’ll be happy leaving on you guitar headstock all the time.
It’s accurate, bright, uses LED lights so lasts ages and is a very fair price.
After experiencing the convenience of the NS micro tuner you’ll want to get one for all your guitars.
Watch my review here
Korg make great tuners, no two ways about it. If you have multiple guitars and dont want to buy clip on tuners for each of them the CA-40 is a great choice.
BOSS TU-3 (stage tuner)
Ive had this stage tuner for over 10 years and it will likely last me a lifetime.
Boss pedals are the stuff of legend and for good reason, they are tough as guts.
Russell Capo (nylon string)
Super cheap and when used on nylon string guitars this capo works just fine, it’s all you need.
Used on steel string acoustics and electric guitar on the other hand, they are prone to tuning problems and are best avoided.
See below for better options.
Commonly know as ‘the peg’, these capos are simple to use. I have been using them for years and for the price their a no brainer.
G7th Performance Capo
I only recently made the jump to G7th and have to say that they are worth the money purely for the greater consistency in intonation and tuning that is lacking with pretty much all other standard capos.
What’s more there is no needing hulk like grip to squeeze and remove it like a normal capo.
If you record or perform with a capo with any frequency I highly recommend.
G7th Newport Capo
The G7th crew certainly have fine tuned the humble capo to be the best it can be, removing the usual challenges and made it elegant all at the same time.
Similar to the Performance capo the Newport is lighter and works on an adjustable clip mechanism.
Its a tough call between the 2 so I have included both, but personally I slightly prefer the Newport.
This multi legged creator allows to you do things never before possible with normal capos with six individually usable legs for previously impossible tunings.
If you feel like a breath of fresh or air or a great way to inspire cool new song writing ideas grab one, they are loads of fun!
Watch my view review here
Tortex 1mm Pics
Tortex rock for their added grip, bright colour (harder to lose) and good range of thickness. I find the 1mm is pretty spot on to my liking.
I boggles me to no end the supposed non coolness associated with a music stand. A music stand makes it sooooo much easier to read your tab, chart or diagram than sitting your sheets or book on a table or bed. I like these ones because I can stick the guitar lead through one of the holes for quick grabbing when my next student arrives.
Canon Vixia – Video Camera
Most of my videos get shot with this video camera. the onboard microphone is good, file transfer is really fast and the fact that it auto focuses to your face is a top bonus. Given how cheap these video cameras are now I would recommend them to anyone wanting to get into making Youtube videos.
Canon 70D DSLR Camera
There is no question that you get better image quality from a SLR style camera. The colours are more vivid, the picture is brighter and you can blur the background with a large aperture lens. The down side was the lack of video auto focus… until the 70D!
Audio Technica Microphone
Occasional you will see my rocking a clip on microphone on my shirt. With a bit of experimentation I managed to find the right height to get a good blend between my voice and guitar. Now I just need to remember to switch the thing off after use to avoid draining the batteries! A really impressive little microphone at a great price.
Senheiser ME66 Microphone
As of June 2016 I upgraded to a external microphone that is suspended in front of my face just high enough to be out of camera view. Im extremely happy with the results and would recommend it to anyone who’se looking at going pro with their audio.
The result is more body in my recordings and its also very good at eliminating room sound. It actually needs a K6 capsule but isnt showing up on Amazon, so just keep in mind you’ll that aswell to power the microphone.
Zoom H6 Portable Recorder
Previously I recorded my lapel mic audio into my computer and then synced it up with the video. This process is time consuming, messy and also limited me to only being able to record in my studio.
Buying the Zoom H6 killed about 6 stones in go. I can now record audio anywhere I like, it can do multitrack audio (live bands), has a great inbuilt compressor and to top it off allows me to the input the signal into my DSLR camera to combine the external audio with the video footage as its recording. The mic attachments that come with it are top quality but I choose to run my Senheiser ME 66 into it as I can get it nice and close to my face.
Apple iMac 21.5inch Computer
I made the reluctant jump from PC to MAC about 5 years ago and all I can say is Im kicking myself that I didn’t do it years earlier.
Alesis Monitor One Speakers
The monitors Im rocking are the old versions no longer available so I have linked to the new ones. Certainly not an essential for the average Joe, but if you are making music in a home studio buying a good set of monitors is certainly a good move.
RODE NT2 Condensor Microphone
Ive had my road a fair few years now and its done a great job for me in the studio recording my own voice overs, singers and acoustic guitar.
If you want a good quality condensor for a really good price Rode are a great option.
What do you use for your electric guitar sounds?
I use a POD X3 Live floor board direct into my mixer. The sounds aren’t as good as an amp miced with pedals but it’s tidy, convenient, works great with the Variax, fits nicely under my desk and is very user friendly to operate.