New shirts!

New shirts!

This shirt idea came about for a few reasons. Firstly, I love those late 90s Independent Trucks brand skateboard shirts, and this design started life as an idea to capture some of the vibes from those awesome designs I loved so much. 

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#MGS2Build

#MGS2Build

Things are moving nicely on the Home of Tone UK demonstrator Millimetric MGS2 build, and Florian has been posting teasers over on his Instagram page since my last blog update. On the first update you saw the body routed out, and the neck blank chosen. Well, then neck has now been roughed and carved and looking beautiful!

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Home of Tone Record of the week - Laura Marling's Semper Femina

Home of Tone Record of the week - Laura Marling's Semper Femina

Laura Marling is a consistent sound in our house, my wife and I adore her music and this particular record is a real favourite of mine. Semper Femina kicks off with the incredibly atmospheric 'Soothing'. Laura's voice is utterly haunting over the double bass line, a definite headphones moment. This album is a real journey right from the start, with some beautiful more 'traditional' if you can use the word, Laura Marling songs, alongside her clearly wandering musical mind intertwining perfectly together. Definitely one of my favourite albums of hers, and I don't think a week goes by where we don't listen to this, so about time I shared it as my record of the week! I might note as a bit of a showing off moment, but you may notice our record sleeve is signed too, Marling geeks will appreciate I'm sure.

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17 August, 2018 by James P Gascoigne
London International Guitar Show!

London International Guitar Show!

It's felt like a long time since our last guitar show, so we're making up for it with a trip down to the big smoke for the London International Guitar Show 2018!

This is a brilliant show organised by Pete and Gail of Northern Guitar Shows, who always provide a great atmosphere and diverse range of exhibitors. My favourite shows due to the relaxed nature of the events, perfect for guitarists to indulge in some geekery. This is my first time at the London show, and myself and Emma are looking forward to heading there in October! If you're local to this show, be sure to come along and come and say hello!

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My own first true custom build pt.1 - The journey begins

My own first true custom build pt.1 - The journey begins

Even up until this point, this has been a long road for me. I'm going to delve into why, so forgive me if this rambles on too much, but I figured there might be aspects of this we all relate too. I've been increasingly disheartened with the electric guitar in terms of personal enjoyment for a while now. Although I have been surrounded by such beautiful instruments through my shop, I've really struggled (in my own head) to capture the excitement I once had and that's a slippery downward slope. One I'm sure we've all been on as self destructive, critical guitar players! I made a conscious effort a few months ago to change that.

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Home of Tone interview by 'Squid Guitar'!

Home of Tone interview by 'Squid Guitar'!

Hal from Squid Guitar reached out about doing a written interview, was nice to share some more about the Home of Tone! Hope you enjoy reading some further insight into what I do here, and why I love doing it!

Click HERE for the interview

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22 April, 2018 by James P Gascoigne
Meet the maker - Florian Bouyou of Millimetric Instruments.

Meet the maker - Florian Bouyou of Millimetric Instruments.

The work of Florian Bouyou first came to the attention by the tip off from a friend via the visual social world of Instagram. I wanted to note this in particular as the visual aspect of that media platform is reflective of what perhaps demands your attention when first gazing upon a Millimetric Instrument. Handbuilt in Canada by Florian, A hypnotically simplistic style and design greets you, and it is clear that there are so many more influences than just the guitar world behind these instruments and the Millimetric brand aesthetic.. I was really keen to learn more about that. I've personally been infatuated ever since, keen to see more of his work and to learn more of the brand, so I knew at some point I had to get Florian involved in my Meet the maker interview series. Luckily for me, Florian was happy to speak with me! So let's delve in, as I'm itching to learn more!

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Meet the player - An interview with R.J.Ronquillo

Meet the player - An interview with R.J.Ronquillo

The last few years has seen the rise of YouTube as a incredibly immersive, influential, and powerful tool in the guitar world (among others too of course!). From providing viewers with what is essentially quality weekly TV programming revolving around our gear obsessions like the brilliant 'That Pedal Show' or 'Andertons TV', to in depth lessons and incredibly vast selections of demo, almost taking away the need to get your hands on the gear to try in a store for yourself, (almost!). This strong following on a versatile platform has resulted in a large number of talented players to get the spotlight their hard work deserves, perhaps where they otherwise may have gone unnoticed. One thing YouTube has certainly done is broaden your knowledge of talented players further than the odd guy tearing it up at the local gig venue or guitar showroom on any given weekend. YouTube has firmly made it's stamp on the guitar industry.

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Sticker Packs have landed!

Sticker Packs have landed!

Plenty of friends, followers on our social media pages and customers have been asking for while about stickers, and I've finally managed to put some together!

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14 August, 2017 by James P Gascoigne
We're back!

We're back!

Thank you for your patience, to those that got in touch and to those that ordered during the past week. I appreciate the support, especially seeing as I couldn't dispatch as quickly as normal during to being away on holiday with family!
But I'm back now and flying through the orders and remaining inquiries so will be back on track today nicely!

Thanks!

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05 June, 2017 by James P Gascoigne