This is my personal guitar collection and blog, started in October 2010 and updated frequently. I'm privileged to own many fantastic instruments, some legendary, and to be able to play them well enough too. I hope you enjoy viewing, find it useful and return from time to time.
Author Archives: bobwootton
Two things they don’t make well enough but should…
Two examples of how to save space on a pedalboard – both at the front end – that I’m really surprised aren’t made (better) for guitar players, even in these days of trying to compact pedalboard space. 1 Combination wah … Continue reading
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XTOMP – Long-term user review
So I’ve just caught up with this and other online reviews about a year late, duh. I’ve been trying to run four XTOMPS on a mini pedalboard for most of this year, for live playing into one or two amps. … Continue reading
633 Amps does it again!
Regular visitors to this site will know I’m a fan and friend of 633 Engineering founder Cliff Brown and his fabulous amps. My #1 633 amp, a Custom 36 which I co-designed in small part, received the ultimate accolade, scoring … Continue reading
Review of new TCelectronic Mimiq doubler stompbox
I was intrigued by this new pedal as I often use a delay pedal to add thickness to tones, set to a very short delay with low feedback and mix and a bit of modulation. The standard-sized TC housing has … Continue reading
New Mystic Blues amps…
I’ve just acquired two Overdrive Special-style amps by Mystic Blues, and a Catulator, a buffered fx loop/driver, all made by Tommy Cougar. Both 100ww switchable to 50, powered by 6L6’s. These things are rare but have a hell of a … Continue reading
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Shout out to Hofner experts…
I’m trying to find out more background on my ’59 Hofner 500/5 bass. It has been with my family since ca. ’63 and is untouched apart from a obligatory neck reset about ten years ago. It dates itself pretty easily … Continue reading
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My #1 633 amp gets 10/10 in Guitarist Mag review
I loaned my #1 633 amp, a Custom 36, to maker Cliff Brown for photography and review in Guitarist magazine, which was published in the August 2016 issue. The amps were with them for quite a long time and word filtered back … Continue reading
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Which is better – expensive guitar & cheap amp or vice versa?
Being lucky enough to own quite a few of each, It thought I’d tackle this thorny question. I actually found it very easy to reach a view. First thing to say is that it’s important because it’s not just the … Continue reading
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633 Amp #2 arrives…
In fact it arrived a couple of weeks ago but I’ve been on the road. It may look almost exactly the same as my fabulous #1, and it has the ‘633 sound’, but this one has cascading gain and is … Continue reading
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Hotone Xtomp – was it worth the wait?
Today, 483 days after they announced it at NAMM 2015, I finally received my Hotone Xtomp stompbox simulator. Or ‘portal to infinity’ as they style it. They’ll probably be very glad that I’ve received it as I have been flaming … Continue reading