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🎸🎸 Welcome to GUITAR SMARTS - The Wildest Ride for Guitar Maniacs! 🎸🎸 Hey there, guitar junkies! Ready to unleash your inner rock god? GUITAR SMARTS is here to blow your mind and amp up your passion for everything with strings and frets. Join the rebellious duo, Kiran and Matt, as they turn their guitar madness into your weekly addiction! What’s in store? Only the most electrifying content you’ve ever heard: Gear Mania: Obsess over the craziest gear – from out-of-this-world pedals to legenda ...
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Summer is here! And what could be better on a sweet summers day, thank grabbing your acoustic and sitting outside to serenade the world with your favourite tunes. But, which tunes? This week Kiran and Matt reel off their go to acoustic hits to listen to and to play when the t…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Welcome back! This week we are looking at a couple of things, the most popular songs googled by guitarists around the world, and also Kiran takes us through the second part of his recent London Guitar Safari, where he falls for another Strat! Will he buy it? Find out in this …
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Welcome back! On this episode of the Guitar Smarts podcast, Kiran has tagged in our good friend and previous guest Mr Damo Lodrick to provide some valuable insight on the importance of training your ears. Music is something we experience in many ways, and often we find oursel…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Greetings! This week we take a look at some of the finest new gear released by some of the biggest names in the industry. Line6 has released a new version of the POD, Keeley have once again innovated with their new drive pedals and Gibson have done exactly what Gibson do, rev…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! On this week’s podcast Kiran recalls his recent visit to the brand new UK Gibson Garage, a guitar store built and operated by Gibson guitars in London’s West End. This new store has got all the Gibson products you could wish to see, and is not just meant to be a high quality …
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! On this week’s podcast Kiran and Matt are discussing some of the new releases from this years NAMM show in the US. What caught our eye though was Yamaha's re-release of the Pacifica model. Listeners of the show will know that we love the old Pacifica model, which was seminal …
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! We are kicking off 2024 by celebrating 60 years of Eric Clapton. Back in October 2023, Eric celebrated 60 years as a professional musician and artist. Arguably one of if not the most celebrated and revered guitarists of all time, it’s hard not to understate his contribution t…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week we have our final episode of 2023. I want to start by thanking each and everyone of you who have joined us and listened to the show throughout the year, it’s really a great pleasure for Kiran and I to share these conversations with you and we have great plans to bri…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week we have a short episode for you - shorter than usual at least. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Guitar Breaks founder, Ian Edwards, at the London International Guitar Show in late October. Guitar Breaks are a company that specialise in all-inclusive guitar w…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Its been a while, but we are finally back! After a few weeks of downtime due to some illnesses, work trips and general business we are finally able to bring to you our first episode from the London International Guitar Show 2023. It was a fantastic show, we met many people, i…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! We are here with another episode of the pod, this week Kiran and Matt are talking about their desert island discs. Each of them have chosen the 5 albums that they would be happy to listen to for the rest of eternity, knowing that they could listen to nothing else. Play along,…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Welcome! This week we dissect a great night playing at Damo Lodrick's local Jam night, where we let loose and rocked out in celebration of Damo's birthday. Matt can't make his mind up about a possible Esquire mod or a new guitar build whilst Kiran feels the need to buy a new …
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week we are grateful for the suggestions of our friends over on the Guitar Geek Hangout page on Facebook. We asked what you might like to hear us talk about, and you spoke! This week we are taking inspiration from our listeners Fred Simpson and Olly Browning who both ask…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! We are back...again! This week we discuss Matt's strange preference for relaxing after a long day gigging, we talk about the careful but accessible method that Matt took to finally level the frets of his much beloved Epiphone Les Paul that has been screaming out for this work…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week, We talk about the use of in ear monitors without having a guitar amp on stage following Kirans first ever experience of this. This seems to be the way that a lot of pro gigs are these days so how does that experience play out for a guitarist like Kiran who is only …
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week, we are asking the question, if you had 3000 pounds to spend on a new guitar, what would you buy? We asked our listeners on the Guitar Geek hangout what they would like us to talk about on the podcast, and we had a plethora of excellent suggestions, many of which we…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! We are once again back with you for another episode of the podcast. Thanks as always for listening in. This week, we discuss the meteoric rise of the brand Sire, whose star has been lifted by Marcus Miller and Larry Carlton, two of music’s most revered ever session musicians.…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Welcome back to the show! This week, we look at some of the best songs in rock history that prominently used guitar effects to punctuate the guitar tone. This episode is accompanied by another great Spotify playlist that you can find in the links below! For links to all our i…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! So, recent Eric Bibb gigs, Helix programming Skills for wedding gigs, Fret Dressing Anxiety, Luthiery dreams and much more, this week is a mixed bag conversation of many things but nothing in particular! Hope you enjoy it. For links to all our important stuff, check out our L…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Bluetooth toggle switches and Fancy Pickups, Ibanez making the best guitars and T-Rex spending 8 years to create an echo unit that already existed? This week we are lining up the best in news from NAMM 2023 and telling you what we think about it all! Remember to come and tell…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Welcome Back! This week on the podcast we are celebrating everything female with a list of our favourite ever female guitarists. Some of the most important contributions in the guitar world have come from incredibly talented and capable women who continue to create and inspir…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week we look at some of the pre-NAMM news nuggets dropped by manufacturers to see what exciting new products and developments are going to soon be available. We also discuss Matt's process upgrading and improving his Les Paul. What have you been up to in the last few wee…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week, we ask ourselves one of the most asked questions in the history of guitar playing - does an expensive guitar make you play better? This may not be as straightforward as you think, an inexpensive guitar setup perfectly will feel better to play than an expensive guit…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week, Kiran and Matt take a look at the recently released list of top selling guitars, amps and pedals as released by Reverb.com to see if we could see any interesting surprises. Turns out the list does indeed have some interesting conversation points, but many of us wil…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! The final episode of our 3 part journey to fine tuning your guitar action like a pro guitar tech! This week we take a look at what you can do to make sure your top nut is properly installed and setup, how to measure it and how to adjust it. For links to all our important stuf…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week we continue our 3 part look at the best way to fine tune your action on your guitar. Last week Kiran took us on a deep dive through adjusting the truss rod, this is the device in the the guitar neck that allows us to set the relief, or curvature of the next, allowin…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Welcome back! This week we discuss recent gigs, a pending rig change for Matt that will open up a plethora of new possibilities, Kiran's new pedal board configuration following his delivery from Santa, and most importantly, Kiran puts his Guitar Tech hat on and talks us throu…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Greetings! This week, we get together for the first time in 2023 to discus various things including what the man in the red jacket and white beard brought us, some near-miss Guitar Safari action from Kiran and of course we talk about the key habits we want to instil in our pl…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Greetings! Welcome to the final episode of the year 2022. This week we are talking about the past year gone by and the new year ahead of us. We think back and talk about he best new gear of 2022, money we have spent, new songs we have learned, Gigs we’ve been to and what we w…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Seasons Greetings! We are looking forward to a restful and cosy Christmas this year, and to kick it off we are discussing all the cool new things we want Santa to bring us this Christmas, and that maybe should be on your Christmas list this year too! For links to all our impo…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week we close out on our final thoughts from the London 2022 International Guitar show and Kiran laments on a missed opportunity to buy a guitar he connected with just moments before the show closed its doors! Also this week, Kiran gives us his field report, after finall…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week we give you our very first ever face to face recording! Kiran and Matt visited the 2022 London International Guitar Show to see the latest from the UK's (and further afield) finest guitar stores, luthiers, distributors and other... We saw some £300K Gibson Les Paul'…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Welcome back to the podcast! This week Kiran and Matt discuss the King King show they attended at the Southampton venue the 1865 on the 20th October. King King are an utterly superb rock band, and you should check them out, they may just be the best live act in the UK right n…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Following on from episode #63, this week Kiran and Matt look at more recent history to choose guitar riffs that may just go on to be the classic guitar riffs of the future. For links to all our important stuff, check out our LinkTree... https://linktr.ee/guitarsmarts https://…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Welcome back to the show! This week, we talk about some of the finest ever classic guitar riffs to grace our ears. Enjoy this episode, you might just hear of a new guitar riff that you didn't know about before! You can find a Spotify Playlist of the Riffs we chose in the Link…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Boutique pedal makers from all over the world have been having huge success for many year and continue to do so, but with the closure of Fulltone Pedals, one of the originals in the market, does this indicate that the time for boutique pedals has come to an end? We discuss th…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! We are back and this week we are talking all about our favourite YouTube channels and creators, why we love them and why you MUST follow them too. For links to all our important stuff, check out our LinkTree... https://linktr.ee/guitarsmarts Remember to please subscribe where…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Greetings listeners! Have you ever felt like your guitar playing is stuck somewhere, unable to improve or get better, and lacking the motivation and drive to push it in the right direction? What have you done about it? How do you deal with a lack of motivation and what can yo…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! After our recent episode talking about why you should join a band, we had a great question from Josh Chudley on Facebook, asking us HOW you join a band. It's easier said than done, however if you want to increase your chances of getting a spot in a band or finding a band who …
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! We all love playing guitar - whether that's jamming to tracks, along with songs we love or practicing licks BUT nothing quite makes you a better musician more than joining a band and playing with PEOPLE! That's just one reason to join a band, listen in for more. For links to …
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Greetings Guitar Smarts listeners! Have you ever had to quickly learn a song you didn't know for a gig at short notice? If you have, you'll know how stressful it can be getting familiar with new music quickly enough to play it confidently. This week we talk about our experien…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Welcome back to the show! This week we are spending more fake money in a dreamland of Guitar Stores as we talk about how we would spend £5K if we had to buy a full gigging Guitar Rig. How would you do it? For links to all our important stuff, check out our LinkTree... https:/…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Welcome back! This week, Kiran and Matt are debating the age old question, is Vintage Gear really better than modern or do we fetishize the use of old equipment because of it's heritage and history? Objectively speaking, what is truly the best? Remember to please subscribe wh…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Greetings Guitar Smarts listeners! Welcome back to the show and thanks for sticking with us. This week, we celebrate a rare event - MATT Has bought a new guitar! In fact, he has bought two. Come an listen to the lowdown on what happened and what the guitars were! Remember to …
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Greetings from the Guitar Smarts Team! This week, Kiran and Matt are pretending that their pockets are flush with about $1000 or about £800 of cash, and they need to put together a rig for their first ever pub gig. Remember to please subscribe wherever you listen to your podc…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! We are guitarists, and we love tone! But how do we get more and better tone than we had before? What can we do to maximise the sound that we produce from our instrument and out rig? Where can gains be made and what simple changes can we make to ourselves and our setup to real…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week the guys take a philosophical view of Guitar Ownership and what it really means to own instruments that in some case have incredible sentimental meaning. Are guitars frivolous things, are they needless purchases only justified by a desire to own them rather than a r…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! Welcome back Listeners! This week Kiran and Matt discuss old guitar magazines, GAS, and Cheap Guitar Amps! Are you looking for a great budget amp to use for gigging or jams? Have a listen and check out the amps the guys chose! Remember to please subscribe wherever you listen …
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week Guitar Smarts are super pleased to see the return of our regular guest, Damo Lodrick. This week Damo joins us to impart his experience upon us and to help us become better studio musicians. Check out Damo's website here: https://www.dlentertainments.co.uk/dlb/ Remem…
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Love Guitar Smarts and want to get in touch with us? Send us a Text HERE! This week we are considering what the future looks like for the Guitar, for amps and manufacturers and all things to do with this instrument that we love. Will we see the instrument change as it devours new innovations and technology or will we remain as we have for a quite s…
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