Dural Music Centre: An Unexpected Adventure

When it comes to picking a guitar, everyone jumps at the chance to convince you that their choice is the right choice. Countless times I've had people profess their love for their favourite brand, design or features. But one major thing most people forget to realise is that everyone is different.

Very different.

As a guitarist I've played in a whole range of bands, taught countless people and along the way, developed my own taste in guitars and equipment. However, one thing I've noticed time and time again is that so many people fall into the trap of being comfortable. People find a sound and stick with it. That brand released a subpar instrument years ago? They must still be lousy. Never heard of that company before? I'd much rather go with a brand I know.

Half the fun of learning and playing the guitar is the freedom to experiment. Nothing feels better than finding something that feels right for you. So I would like to encourage you to keep an open mind and to make your own decisions while I take you through some of the hidden gems we have in store at Dural Music Centre.

 

 

Lag T66ACE

We've spoken about Lag in a previous blog but it definitely deserves mentioning again. Now you might be asking yourself, what and or who is Lag? To those of you who do not know, Lag are a French company who surprisingly have been doing what they do since the 1970s, offering top quality guitars for players of all levels. And if having their workshop in Bedarieux in the south-east of France, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees gets your Spidey-sense tingling, just wait until you hear their sound.

The LagT66ACE semi-acoustic guitar is a testament to the quality of instruments Lag are pumping out. Seriously. With a crisp/punchy tone that is perfect for acoustic riffs, beautifully carved headstocks and top shelf internal design/electronics, these play and sound far superior to many of its more expensive competitors and at a fraction of the cost. For lovers of acoustic rock/pop, country-western or for anyone looking to jump down the rabbit-hole that is guitar shopping, come in a try it out for yourself.   

 

 

 

Ashton OM35SEQ  

I know what you might be saying; Ashton? Are you serious? The answer is yes. I'm dead serious. In the past, Ashton has shined in so many areas but unfortunately fell drastically short in others. One of which being their acoustic/entry level guitars. Apparently Ashton got wind of this which has lead to them undertaking a complete overhaul of their products. Changing how and where they manufacture their instruments, the quality of the resources used and the method of construction making the end result so on point, they're coming back onto the scene with a vengeance. A fantastic example of this is the Ashton OM35 semi-acoustic guitar.

This entry level guitar really surprised me. Picking it up and not expecting much of a punch at all, I immediately could hear the warmer and fuller tone. Many beginner acoustics, to me, lack the bottom end leaving way too much treble and twang for my taste. Don't get me wrong, I'm partial to a bit of twang, but the M35 just really hit the nail on the head when it comes to tone on this one. For a beginner instrument to hold its own straight out of the box, to say the least, it's incredibly refreshing.   With a mahogany neck, ebony fretboard and a rosewood body, the sounds and tones you can get out of this Ashton guitar is definitely something you should try for yourself. Ashton is now a guitar brand you should take notice of.

   

When I was 11 I got my first guitar. That guitar was an Ibanez Gio. To this day, Ibanez are still pushing out these bad boys, but with 15 odd years since I first got mine, the RGI170DX-CA has gotten better and better while still remaining in the low price range. For anyone looking at getting into the electric guitar, the Gio is a great choice for those wanting to experiment and explore an instrument with multi-pickup configurations. But I'm not here to talk about the Gio. I'm here to tell you about the AS53-TLF semi-hollow body.

Ibanez AS53-TLF

    


 

 

I'm a blues/rockabilly man, so naturally I started to lean towards guitars with warm tones and a woody, resonant sound. Enter the Ibanez AS53. After picking up this guitar I found that it does so much more than I first thought.

This is definitely a multi-genre guitar, able to comfortably tackle most styles like Jazz, Blues, Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Rock and Alternative. A pet peeve I have is being stuck in a genre or really being limited in the sounds you can produce, so having the option to easily switch it up is priceless. Having the freedom to explore different styles and techniques really paves the way to finding your own sound. With the pickups mounted into a sustain block for increased sustain and feedback elimination, the age old problem of hollow-body feedback is as good as gone.

After years of playing different genres you're going to find things you do and do not like, which in turn, can take you down different musical paths you may not have gone down before. When I was a wee lad I was a classics kind of guy; Queen, Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Doors, ELO and Supertramp just to name a few. Along the way I've discovered my love for old country, bluegrass, rockabilly, and to the dismay of many of my fellow guitarists, electronic music. But that's half the fun, finding something that really speaks to you. Who cares if it's a genre people turn their nose up at? To me, being comfortable is way too boring.

Here at Dural Music Centre we handpick our guitars and there is nothing we love more than sharing these finds with all of you. Each one offers something different and the only way you're going to find the guitar that's right for you is if you take your time and really find out what each instrument has to offer. So pop on in, play our guitars until your hearts content and you may walk away with that one guitar that feels like it was made just for you.

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In loving memory of Dylan "The Dunedin Devil" Shield.