Advice for parents seeking to purchase instruments
Recommended Music Shop in Guildford - Andertons (A) Recommended Music Shop in Epsom - Guitar Guitar (B)
We do not receive any sort of commission for recommending the above shops - our recommendation is based on parental feedback over time. Our parents tell us that cheaper guitars/basses such as Gear4music branded instruments should be avoided. "If you buy cheap-you buy twice" British School Of Rock students are eligible for discounts on purchases made at Andertons in Guildford (not online). To qualify, please phone 01483 456888 and ask for Pete Huggins, telling him what you want to buy and that you have a child studying at British School of Rock. The discount (typically 5%) is not a simple percentage as retailers' margins vary substantially across different instruments and manufacturers. Hence you must contact Pete Huggins to obtain a price before arranging to visit the store. Due to Covid restrictions - If you wish to try the instrument before you purchase it ,you must phone the store and make an appointment.
Advice on Vocal microphones
It is important to purchase the industry standard microphone, the Shure SM58. Many of our pupils choose to purchase the more advanced model, the Shure Beta 58. We highly recommend either model - please do not waste your money on anything other than a genuine Shure SM58/Beta 58. If you want a practise amp to plug your mic into we recommend this one (A)
Advice on Guitars and recommended Guitar packages
Unless you know what you are doing, do not buy a secondhand guitar. One that has a warped or twisted neck or a very high action that cannot be adjusted is pretty much useless, and you would be wasting your money. A good quality beginner's instrument is relatively cheap, and if looked after will have a reasonable second-hand value. We recommend this guitar at (A), and this guitar at (B). Both include almost everything that a beginner guitarist needs.For a stunning full size guitar that would be a long term instrument...we recommend this one. If you have been advised that your child needs a 3/4 size (small) We recommend this guitar at (B) and this guitar at (A) - with the 3/4 size you will also need a bag, strap, amp and tuner.
Advice on Bass Guitars and recommended Bass package
Unless you know what you are doing, do not buy a secondhand bass. A good quality beginner's instrument is relatively cheap, though more expensive than a guitar, and if looked after will have a reasonable second-hand value. If you need a full sized bass We recommend this package (A),or this package (B) which includes almost everything that a young bassist needs.
If you need a short scale bass then we recommend this short scale bass (A) or this short scale bass (B) - with the short scale you will also need a bag, strap, amp and tuner. For a stunning short scale bass that would be a long term instrument...We recommend this one
Advice on Drums and recommended Drum package
The minimum standard of kit that we would recommend is the one that we use for the Little Rockers classes (click here), which is significantly cheaper than the kit that we use in the main school, and has an identical pad layout. Don't forget you will need a drum stool as well! The kit we would recommend with mesh heads is this one. Don't forget you'll need a pedal! (Click here for new mesh kit)