Tim Lobley


The Man That Turned Down The Beatles – True Story Told By David May

I’m sure at one point in our lives, we have all sat and pondered over what it must be like to be Paul McCartney, and play bass with The Beatles. What must it be like to have all that money and fame? Well for one man named David May that could have quite easily been his life. As a young man in his 20’s, David had the opportunity to play bass alongside his friend’s, John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe who he studied art with at university in Liverpool. This is... Read More


Full Time Vacancies – New Liverpool Store

At Sound Affects Music we are proud of our reputation. Our Ormskirk store has gone from strength to strength and now boasts one of the finest stocks of guitars in the UK. We are now looking to expand our network and will be opening a new store in Liverpool. We are looking to recruit highly motivated individuals to work in the new store. You must be enthusiastic, customer focused and a team player with: Great communication skills A good understanding and working knowledge of electric guitars, basses, amps, effects, electric drums... Read More


Sound Affects Expands – New Store Opening In Liverpool

Well, we’ve done it – lease signed, shop fitters booked and job ads placed. Liverpool is a great City for music and we think there is space for a “rock ‘n’ roll” music retailer offering great products, great service and above all that personal touch that is often missing from stores these days. We’ll be publishing much more detail over the coming weeks, but suffice to say we are excited…. Watch this space… Sound Affects Team


PRS 2016 New Custom 24 Models Launched

PRS have announced the launch of their 2016 models. The Custom 24 leads the pack as always. It was the first model that Paul took to the NAMM show in 1985. It has been their top seller ever since then. Played by many  internationally artists as well as thousands of him players all over the world. Featuring PRS’s tremolo system and PRS 85/15 treble and bass pickups with volume and tone controls and a 5-way blade switch. The 85/15 pickups were personally designed by Paul Reed Smith for PRS’s 30th Anniversary last... Read More


PRS 30th Anniversary Dragon

Limited to 40 pieces worldwide, PRS have announced the 30th Anniversary Dragon. The Private Stock 30th Anniversary Dragon nods toward history with a “pre-factory” style carved top and a pre-factory style Pattern Regular neck. The extraordinary Private Stock grade tone woods were hand selected for this very limited series and include a curly maple top, African ribbon mahogany back, and mahogany neck with a 24 fret Madagascar rosewood fingerboard. Newly introduced 85/15 treble and bass pickups define the tone with power, versatility, and clarity. The 30th Anniversary Dragon’s gold-plated hardware... Read More


New Rickenbacker 4003S Announced

Rickenbacker have just announced a brand new bass into the 4000 series. Its the 4003S, and available in Firego, Jetglo, Midnight Blue, Mapleglo and Walnut. Its essentially a 4003, but with no binding, giving it a less angular look and feel. originally a 60s Rose Morris only model this bass is bound to go down a storm. We haven;t had prices confirmed as yet, but its sure to come in under the price of a standard 4003. We have pre-ordered a number of each colour – and if you want... Read More


PRS Announce 30th Anniversary Guitars

Paul Reed Smith celebrates 30 years in business in 2015, and to celebrate this landmark PRS have announced a bunch of new guitars. In summary: 30th Anniversary Private Stock Custom 24 – Pre-factory specs include the original neck joint and top carve. This is a 60 piece limited run, available in there colours: Royal Blue, Scarlett Red and Vintage Yellow. 30th Anniversary Custom 24 – All Custom 24s in 2015 will be anniversary models, and will include Non Ten Tops, Ten Tops and Artist Packs. Featuring mother of pearl “birds... Read More


Sound Affects Help 5SOS Out At Key 103 Summerlive Gig

Well the 5SOS boys were at the Key 103 Summer Live gig last night and in need of an acoustic guitar for a couple of songs. On hand we had our good friend Rick Lowe who leant them one of our great Auden acoustic guitars that he had with him. Michael from 5SOS played the guitar and seemed really pleased with it. Available here: Auden


PRS Museum Pictures Of Early PRS Guitars

Last year we were lucky enough to pay a visit to the PRS Factory. Tucked away in back room is a historical collection of early PRS guitars. You can spot the evolution of the Santana as well as the Custom 24 through this gallery and all in all they tell a great story in pictures. Enjoy!  


Boss About To Announce New Pedal Range?

Well, thats what we are guessing anyway. We’ve been sent through  teaser ad and told no more, but my guess is there are some new pedals on the way. Judging by the weight thats been put behind the marketing, I’m guessing its a range of pedals rather than just another couple of compacts. More news is to follow on Tuesday 15th July @ 8am. We’ll keep you posted.