Latest recommended posting dates for pre-Christmas deliveries 2019

Latest recommended posting dates for pre-Christmas deliveries 2019

I'm lucky enough to have a supportive network of customers across both the UK and Europe, so I thought I'd give the European based followers on here the heads up on some of the Royal Mail tracked services latest recommended posting dates to ensure a safe pre-Christmas delivery. Those are now all listed up on the blog over on the website. Still a bit more time for most countries using the tracking and signed services, however Royal mail's recommended posting dates for the International Economy services has now passed. Although none of these are guaranteed as we're dealing with the postal services, this is their information publicly available.
01 December, 2019 by James P Gascoigne
My Millimetric Instruments MGS3 featured in Stuff Magazine!

My Millimetric Instruments MGS3 featured in Stuff Magazine!

I was kindly approached by a writer at Stuff Magazine as they wanted to include Millimetric Instruments in their 'Upvoted' segment covering 9 superb guitars. What more I had the opportunity to photography it myself too which as a photography fan for almost as long as guitars was something I couldn't pass up to have a photo I had taken as the main image for the article, very humbled!

But I must say, it feels very cool to have used my own personal MGS3 for the shoot and have it in a major print magazine! Thanks to Stuff Magazine and Richard Purvis for getting in touch and having me involved in this feature, means a lot!

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New McNelly Pickup models!

New McNelly Pickup models!

Tim has been well known for his custom pickup work since McNelly Pickups began,  and it's great to see some of that custom work find it's way to the standard range. Tim released some teaser photos of an awesome retro cut pickup cover as well as some P90 Soapbar sized Gold Foils and the response was superb! 

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Thank you for your Mind Charity fundraising help!

Thank you for your Mind Charity fundraising help!

Just wanted to say another quick thank you to everyone who was able to help contribute towards our total donation amount of £604 to Mind Charity from our Coffee & Guitars event.
£434 was raised in cash at the event which I have just donated to Mind, and £170 was raised via my Just Giving page, bringing the total to £604 which is incredible.

I think it's safe to say Coffee & Guitars needs a follow up, and hopefully I can bring together an even better gathering with the great relaxed atmosphere this year's event captured.

Thank you,

James

15 November, 2019 by James P Gascoigne
Josh Smith, a Retrograde Cambridge & a set of McNelly Stagger Swagger V2s!

Josh Smith, a Retrograde Cambridge & a set of McNelly Stagger Swagger V2s!

Josh Smith is a player on most guitarists radars these days. Whether you are a blues/jazz fan or not, the respect for his ability is undeniable, and rightly so! I just came across this video by a wonderful looking US store, Music Emporium, of Josh playing a stunning Retrograde Cambridge guitar which has a set of Dogear mount McNelly Pickups Stagger Swagger V2s fitted.
Although that particular mount style is custom order (but can happily be made again no problem!) this is a wonderful demonstration of how well this pickup responds to the guitar's they're mounted in.
Enjoy!

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Podcast with Tom Sands!

Podcast with Tom Sands!

Tom Sands not only is one of the worlds finest luthiers, he also (among many other things) runs a regular guitar based podcast alongside his apprentice, Daisy Tempest. The Podcast has featured some inspiring guests since it's beginnings, and it's one I've enjoyed as a listener for some time now. Well, somehow I have found myself now featured on the podcast as a guest! Tom & Daisy traveled down from Yorkshire for my Coffee & Guitars charity event, and were kind enough to hang around and record this podcast with me along with making a fantastic video here inside the Home of Tone too.
It was such good fun, I find both Tom & Daisy very inspiring in my journey and am grateful for their support and friendship, so it was a genuine honour to record this with them. Hope you enjoy listening to a little about my story!

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Coffee & Guitars helps raise £604 for Mind Charity!

Coffee & Guitars helps raise £604 for Mind Charity!

What a wonderful get-together! Thank to everyone who made it down to our Mind Charity event today, such a lovely atmosphere, lots of friendly faces.
A huge thank you to family and friends that helped make it all come together!
I barely had chance to leave the kitchen to grab photos, but luckily my wife Emma took charge of the camera and grabbed lots of photos to share along with luthier, Daisy Tempest too.
10 November, 2019 by James P Gascoigne
Our Millimetric Instruments MGS2 has been shortlisted for Guitar Magazine's Gear of the year 2019!

Our Millimetric Instruments MGS2 has been shortlisted for Guitar Magazine's Gear of the year 2019!

What a pleasant surprise indeed to see our beloved Millimetric Instruments MGS2 shortlisted for Guitar Magazine's 2019 Premium Electric Guitar of the year award! It’s sat alongside some industry big hitters and boutique show stoppers which is awesome to see. If you dig our MGS2 and have a spare second, head over to the link below and cast your vote for it to win! Either way, feeling very proud to have a brand and instrument I represent here shortlisted

Gear Of The Year 2019: Best premium electric guitar

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Our demonstration Millimetric Instruments MGS2 scores a Editor's Choice 9/10 with Guitar.com!

Our demonstration Millimetric Instruments MGS2 scores a Editor's Choice 9/10 with Guitar.com!

We're incredibly proud to help represent Millimetric Instruments and it was great to get the MGS2 to them to see what they thought, but to come out of the review with an editior's choice award and 9/10 score we can't ask for much better!

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Workshop Spotlight - Diamond Bottlenecks glass guitar slides with Ian McWee

Workshop Spotlight - Diamond Bottlenecks glass guitar slides with Ian McWee

I have known Ian McWee of Diamond Bottlenecks for many years. When I first became interested in slide guitar, I was reading an issue of Guitarist Magazine and a review of some beautiful glass slides caught my eye. After reading I realised these were made local to me, and knew I had to pay a visit. This must have been over 15 years ago now, and Ian was as enthusiastic about his slides and slide guitar in general as he is today.