• Photograph of South Ayrshire from the top of a mountain
    I can see our house from here!

    And then we moved to Scotland

    For years, my day job was building and managing websites. At night, I jammed and recorded, wrote tunes and played guitar but I earned my living designing, coding and developing for the web.

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  • James Bisset singing on stage at Gullivers NQ
    AcousticAid, Manchester 2017. Image copyright © Barnabas Mersich Media


    I was in Scotland recently, and bought a copy of the Sunday Herald, for a while there the only newspaper to support Scottish independence.

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  • Close up of the RGX A2 showing the name, two pickups bridge and two controls

    Yamaha RGX A2

    Yamaha are consistently underrated by the fan-boys. So here's a review of one of their more inventive recent guitars.

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  • silver mic in black background

    Open Mic night 2

    A couple of months ago I wrote about the importance of Open Mic nights for the development of your writing and performing skills.

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  • Heavily pixelated picture of James Bissset's face and a guitar head

    Groove ain’t got no algorithm

    Being an anal sort of fellow, I group the various music apps on my iPhone into a ‘Play’ folder for all the tools that are supposed to help me create, and a ‘Listen’ folder for all the apps I can us

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  • Sandwich Board outside pub announces 'Open Mic Night'

    Open Mic Night

    For most of 2016, I've been playing once a week, three songs at a time in my very own local bar. It's been a revelation.

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  • previous web site design on a laptop screen

    Goodbye Wordpress Hello Complicated

    Let's be honest. If it's not complicated, it's probably not worth it. Time to upgrade the web site.

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  • two guitar necks with maple and rosewood fingerboards

    Maple vs rosewood board

    Maple vs rosewood fingerboard in another blind A/B test. Can you tell the difference?

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  • 201217March

    Bare Knuckle Apache vs Kent Armstrong

    In which I offer up AB testing of nearly vintage Kent Armstrong pickups against modern retro Bare Knuckle Apaches...

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  • 201212March

    Guitar Fetish (GFS) JH Exp. vs Bare Knuckle Apache

    Another variant on the four pickup sets I've tested. This time it's Bare Knuckle Apache vs Guitar Fetish JH Exp.

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