Thursday, 20 March 2014

All you need to know about Terry Pack Guitars

Terry pack guitars are beautiful handmade acoustic guitars made in Vietnam. The guitars are derived from the finest solid Indian Rosewood and include; a cutaway parlour, a solid spruce top, a mahogany one piece neck and an Ebony fingerboard and bridge. Terry Pack created the first handmade custom guitar in the 1970’s named Pack Leaders. Roger Bucknall, the founder of Fylde Guitars assisted him with this new endeavor. In the 1980’s, Terry was involved in distributing for International brands such as Rich, BC and Polytone.  Terry’s enduring passion for guitars lead him to produce Turner Guitars, a range of affordable acoustic guitars.

Over the years, Terry collected vintage guitars which displayed his love for guitars even more. He has over 45 years experience in the instrument industry and his company has become a well-known brand.

There are three types of Terry Pack guitars available; the small jumbo guitar (SJRS), the small acoustic parlour guitar (PLRS) and the orchestra size guitar (OMRC). Each guitar type has its own unique qualities. Nevertheless, these guitars are great quality and perfect for all die-hard guitar players!

We recognize it may be hard to find the perfect Terry guitar, so we have put together a handy guide to distinguish some of the differences between each of these guitar types.  Our full range of Terry Pack and PRS Electric guitars are available on

The Powerful SJRS Guitar (The Small Jumbo Guitar)

SJRS guitars are powerful devices and will provide you will fuller sound. The Padauck armrests fit comfortably on your arm and the Florentine cutaway provides assistance whilst you play. The necklines are slim line and sit perfectly in your hand. If you are looking for something a little more practical, then a SJRS guitar may be for you!

The Delusive PLRS Guitar (The Small Acoustic parlour guitar)

The name suggests this device is a smaller guitar in the range, you were right to think this! However, you shouldn’t let the size fool you. These little gems will surprise you with the exceptional volume and bass.
PLRS guitars feature a Florentine cutaway, herringbone inlays and maple binding. They are ideal for experimenting and the compact size makes it perfect for traveling!

The Mysterious OMRC Guitar (The Orchestra Size Guitar)

The OMRC features a solid red cedar top with herringbone inlay and ivory binding. The wide mahogany necklines include a separate piece of wood for the heel. The bass and treble on these guitars is just right. The tone is exceptional for a guitar of this calibre and price. OMRC guitars are a pleasure to play and produce beautiful immense sounds.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Celebrities Who Play Guitar

Some people have multiple talent and so are our Hollywood celebrities. Have a look on the celebrities who possess an extra talent.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Definition of Guitar Tonewoods

The wood used in making guitars plays an important role when it comes to creating that ‘ideal tone’. As any keen guitarist would know, the wood used when crafting a guitar is selected depending upon the sounds which need to be created. The wood is responsible for guitar's tone and durability. It also determines the value of any guitar. This depends on the type and quality, of the wood, as certain woods have the ability to last longer than others, so they are priced higher than others. 

Certain companies spend a great deal of time when it comes to finding high quality wood; Paul Reed Smith guitars offer a range of guitars with the option of top quality wood, but this of course, comes with a substantial price increase depending on the quality of wood.

Different woods and their tones-

Mahogany is used for guitar body, as it produces a classic, warm feel. You will notice that a great mahogany tone creates a lot of weight in guitar. The mellow, soft and warm tone is the reason that brands like Gibson Les Paul use this wood for their guitars.  

Alder wood is common in the manufacturing of Stratocasters as it is very light weight and they are quite small guitar.

Rosewood is one of the heaviest types. Stratocaster bodies are quite commonly made out of rosewood, but they are quite small guitars. The sound produced is very warm. Rosewood is usually limited to the fingerboard of a guitar. This can be seen on many PRS guitars

Maple is a very popular wood for necks and fretboards. It has a bright tone, characteristic grain patterns and a moderate weight. It is about the same density as hard ash making it very durable. The Fender Stratocaster usually incorporates the maple fretboard, neck and has a maple top body. 

Ash wood is available in two variations hard or soft. Hard Ash which originates from the North is popular because of its bright tone and long sustaining qualities. Soft Ash which originates from the South is much softer, but still has a bright tone.

Walnut's tone is slightly warmer than that of the maple wood, although it still has a better Sustainability. Walnut is reasonably heavy, but still lighter than maple. 

Basswood is lighter than alder and is very soft, so it creates a very soft, but warm tone. This wood is usually associated with mid-level or budget guitars as it is one of the most affordable woods.

Ebony is the most common material, which is only used in fingerboards as it is quite heavy. It is not normally used for making the body of a guitar. It is very bright in color, and has an excellent durability. 

Different brands tend to have their favorite combinations of wood to use for their acoustic guitars and bass guitars, but with the information we have provided it gives you a good idea as to what to expect from a guitar by the materials it has been created from.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Explore the Beauty of Music through the World of the Guitars!

Everyone loves music, no matter what their age may be; whether they are a child or elderly, everybody can appreciate the sweet sound made by a special instrument. For us, the melody of a guitar makes it a winner in our eyes.

Some guitarists say that when they strum out their favorite song or their loved tunes they disappear to another place as they feel such peace and serenity.

There are an increasing number of talented individuals who not only love to listen to the various chords but are eager to learn and play the guitar at the same time. Playing the guitar is not rocket science but it does require a passion to become skilled at. With proper training, inspiration and guidance there is no limit to the variations of guitars and genres which you can master. 

The acoustic guitar is the best option to start your learning journey with. When starting out the acoustic guitars are commonly the most cheapest and there are many second hand options available. Having a Second Hand Guitar will not affect you from learning the basics, as you will notice many are in excellent working condition. With a few months of dedicated practice you can then move on to branded Acoustic Guitars for a better, quality sound or perhaps take your first steps into a guitar genre or specialist guitar.

When it comes to the features needed to play this instrument, you will find right-handed guitars are more commonly sold; however that does not mean that by being left-handed you will suffer. You can easily source a left-handed guitar and it will give you peace of mind to know there are many guitar legends that are also left handed. 

Once you have learnt the basics of an acoustic guitar it’s time for you to explore the variations of guitars and genres of music. Many of today’s guitarists tend to stick to one area of music, but in the world of guitars, there is no such limit or restrictions to how many you can play, it just requires skill. There are also no rules as to a specific guitar being made for set genre. It is down to you to use your initiative and abilities. With each guitar there is an entire new universe to discover.

Whether you are delving into Jazz music with a PRS guitar or a Gibson, or maybe making some noise with an acoustic electric guitar, you will find the sound/style which is suited to you by exploring the beautiful world of Guitars.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

The History of PRS guitars!

We have many PRS guitars available on our website, and so thought it was about time we explained a little about the history of Paul Reed Smith and he came about creating some of the most visually stunning guitars.

PRS Guitars

PRS was founded in 1985, so the guitars are not exactly vintage items, but they are still very collectible. The Guitars are still considered as the newbie when comes to Guitar Brands among the big players as it is one of the most latest and current brands to be founded.

With the more traditional brand Martin being founded in 1833, the Gibson in 1894 and the Fender solid-body electric guitar which made its first appearance in the 1950’s, already on the market; it’s safe to say after being created in the mid 80’s, PRS were the fresh talent to hit the shops.

Paul Reed Smith’s Guitars were founded a decade after Taylor who started creating Guitars in 1974. The first we heard about PRS branded guitars was in 1985, even though Paul had been making six-stringed instruments way before that, in his spare time whilst in college.

To earn money Paul would play his college creations with small local bands, but of course the pay was not the best and so whenever a big name act would come to town he would try and work the audience to attract one of his guitar heroes.

Carlos Santana gave Paul his break in 1976 because he liked the guitar he created for Peter Frampton. Carlos introduced Paul to Ted McCarty, who was the president of Gibson at the time. It wasn’t long before PRS guitars had artist followers like Neil Schon and Dave Navarro, with Smith being under the guidance of McCarty.

The PRS Guitar become increasingly popular because of their physical look, they are stunning to look at. They have been created from woods such as quilted and curly maple, korina and swamp ash. The PRS fretboards are made from snakewood, ebony, and sometimes rosewood. They are often inlaid with abalone, onyx even mother of pearl. The finishes include a variety of “bursts” such as charcoal and tobacco, and eye-popping colours like aquamarine, raspberry, and emerald.

So now you know a bit more about the founding of the PRS Guitar, why not look at what our collection has to offer-

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Know your Guitar in deep-Infographic

People say that when you learn something, you should learn everything about it. When you learn a musical Instrument, it is good that you know how to play. But, even you can extend your knowledge by knowing it deeply. This would help you to create your own music.


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Understanding Guitars

Have you ever wondered the differences that justify which category the guitar would be in or the sound it would make?
electric guitar

For example, when we talk about  Acoustic guitars, they do not require an amplifier to make them louder, this is because they are generally loud enough to accompany the player itself or someone else on their own. They generally are fitted with a pickup which enables them to be amplified.

acoustic guitars

For many years, there have been the standard vocal accompaniment for many years particularly around the turn of the 20th century by slaves and field workers singing the blues and they developed from there. 

How to determine the sound of a Guitar?

 There are several accepted body shapes: the Dreadnought, '000', '00', jumbo and OM. Among them OM (orchestra models) is the most traditional. In addition to these, there are models which are perfect for auditorium, Concert and Symphony.

There are various factors by which we can determine the sound of the guitar:

·         One of them is body shape. The Jumbo and Dreadnought has a deep, fuller sound, whilst the '00', '000' and the orchestra has a brighter sound.

·         This is not the only factor which determines the sound because the type of wood used for the back and sides and the top also makes a huge difference to the sound. Woods such as Mahogany, rosewood and Ziricote generally produce a deep sound and woods such as Maple and Koa produces a bright sound.

 For example, if you had a Jumbo with back and sides made from Mahogany and top of Cedar then  it would be having full and deep sound, whereas a '00' made completely from Koa then it would be having extremely bright and clear sound.

If you ever need help or advise when selecting the perfect guitar, remember we are there!!