Cornford Roadhouse 30 Guitar Combo Amplifier Review

Review of the Cornford Roadhouse 30 – A 30 watt, all-valve (2x 6l6, 3x 12AX7) 1×12 guitar combo amplifier, made in the U.K. My first boutique guitar amplifier? Not quite, the Cornford Roadhouse series was essentially Cornford’s “Budget” PCB range. I say ‘was’ because Cornford Amplification sadly ceased trading mid-2013, with its chief designer Martin…

Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout: BOSS Blues Driver BD-2 Review

The 6th and final chapter of my Guitar Overdrive Pedal Shootout series. Before we start, a recap on the situation so far…… After being spoilt with fantastic overdriven amps in the past, (Marshalls, Oranges and last but not least my Cornford Roadhouse 30 combo),  I decided to simplify my setup, and instead of using the…

Goa : A Lesson in Life. Final Chapter : The Journey Home

It was now mid-afternoon in Anjuna. I trudged back to Anjuna Palms for the last time with great sadness, it had only seemed like yesterday when I first explored this place. The gang at the bike shop waved as usual, but as I announced my departure they dropped their usual sales pitch immediately, posing for…

The little things I miss about being in a band

Besides playing and practicing, I really miss all those little things that go with it…. Popping into a guitar shop whilst visiting a big city like Glasgow, Edinburgh or Leeds, browsing for pedals, pickups, amps, or that one guitar that would finally give you the ‘sound in your head’. When you’re not in a band, all…

A Life in Pictures

Why do we live our lives behind the lens of a camera? What will you do when you’re older and have nothing left but the pictures to look back on? What a tragic way to live, feverishly documenting the whole ‘act’ of life, as if it wasn’t your own, just so you had a library…

A Postcard To Blackpool: Sowing the seeds

“Why do you love Blackpool so much?” It’s a question I get asked all the time by family, friends and colleagues alike, and not one I can easily answer, so I’m going to go right back to the beginning, to my very first visit when I was barely a teenager. As a child I traveled…

Goa : A Lesson in Life. Chapter 15 : Old Goa

My penultimate day in Goa began with the familiar melancholy of leaving something you love behind. I looked around my makeshift setup with the cold reality that this time tomorrow I’d be packing up and this would no longer be home, the desk in the corner reclaimed by my rodent friend as if I’d never…

Goa : A Lesson in Life. Chapter 14: Vagator and Chapora

The final three days of this eye-opening, life-changing experience were now before me. I’d done Baga / Calangute to death, and saw no point of another bus-ride to Panjim. Boredom was the last thing I expected I’d be fighting. Not having the constant push of having to get up for work everyday meant I really didn’t…