The latest Guitar Jar Mystery Shopper finds us at Regent Sounds Studios situated in Denmark Street, London.
…a shop with a good selection of equipment for the gigging guitarist…
Another work assignment to the capital gave me the opportunity receive my guitar shop/music fix; trawling through Denmark Street, enjoying a bite to eat in Soho, followed by a dose of live music at The Borderline.
Regent Sound Studios is a shop steeped in history. Back in the day, this shop was once a small recording studio, with the likes of the Rolling Stones and Phil Spector using the facilities.
At the time of visiting Regent Sounds Studios, I was particularly interested in purchasing a pedalboard. I had toyed with the idea of building my own, but I decided that my “car allowance” would be best spent on acquiring a decent ‘board of some description as opposed to a new set of tyres.
Regent Sounds Studios is a good shop; there’s a good selection of electric guitars, effects and accessories but it’s their selection of amps that really does it for me. Being a long-time fan of Hiwatt Amplification, it’s always nice to see a decent selection of their amps on display – the Studio/Stage has always been a favourite of mine.
They also had a couple of amps for sale by a guy based in Denmark St. who hand-makes guitar amplifiers. I can’t remember the name of the amps, but they looked like clones of classic Marshall combos.
I was greeted by a friendly assistant and after telling him I was on the lookout for a pedalboard, he promptly guided me towards a couple of PedalTrain offerings. He gave me a good run down of the options involved; hard or soft case, Jr or Pro. He also informed of the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2, a power supply that fits perfectly with PedalTrain pedalboards, providing me practical analogies and insight into real-world examples of such a set-up.
It was no trouble for him to lay pedals on the ‘board, showing me how many pedals could potentially fit on either sized option, plus informing me exactly what is involved in fixing the Voodoo Lab supply to the underside of the unit.
His closing words are what swung the sale – “This is a serious setup, for life”, that was enough for me. My car allowance was subsequently well spent on a PedalTrain Jr (with hardcase) and the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2.
Sure enough, the shop assistant wasn’t wrong. The PedalTrain Jr is a solid bit of kit and the hardcase is practically bomb proof. The aspect I’m most impressed with though is the Voodoo Lab power supply; it was really easy to fix to the ‘board, plus my setup has never been this quiet –it’s amazing!
I like Regent Sounds Studios. It’s a shop with a good selection of equipment for the gigging guitarist.
Sure, you may pay “London Prices”, but it was nice to have a shop assistant who knew what they were talking about and took the time to explain all the various options, relaying real-world analogies of what the equipment was really like to use. It was a good, honest approach and I wouldn’t have a problem in buying from them in the future.