Yamaha APX500 Acoustic Electric Guitar Review

Today I am going to take a look at Yamaha’s APX500, a well-loved acoustic-electric guitar to look at its strengths and weaknesses and what type of person it is most suited to. If you’re thinking about buying a guitar, I hope you find this review helpful. You can also find more reviews if you surf over to Your Instrument Reviewer. Let’s take a look then, shall we?

What’s this guitar like, then?

The first thing you should know is that it’s an acoustic-electric guitar, which means it can be played for performance with or without an electrical amplifier. This means its usage can be much broader than that of a simple acoustic or electric guitar.

The guitar itself is made of a spruce top, nato back and sides and a rosewood fingerboard. The guitar weighs less than seven pounds. There is an electric pickup, a tuner and EQ settings which can be adjusted, too.

What advantages does this type of guitar have?

When recording music in a studio, it’s possible to capture the acoustic sound of the guitar without having to ‘mic it up’ – a process which can lead to a reduction of sound quality if not done to a high standard. It also means that you can alternate between a true acoustic, unamplified sound and an electric guitar sound even in the same song without having to use a pedal.

Who is this guitar good for?

This guitar will appeal to a god number of people. From accomplished players who wish to use the guitar in live performances and studio work, to those who wish to have a strum and a singsong with their friends, right through to beginners. I think this guitar is particularly good for beginners due to its comfortable design, lightweight build and ease of use.

Is there a negative side to it?

People may purchase this guitar expecting to switch it to its electrical option and get the sound of a Les Paul or a Jackson. That isn’t going to happen, even with the application of effect pedals and distortion. The simple reason for this is that the pickup, the action and the body of the guitar are all typical of an acoustic guitar, rather than an electric one. It doesn’t play like an electric guitar. So if what you really want is the sound and feel of an electric guitar, you’d better buy one of those instead!

What’s you overall opinion of this guitar?

I actually like it very much. It’s not all that different from competing models which I also like. I see it fundamentally as an acoustic guitar which is geared up and ready for interaction with the electrical and digital realm. As such, it’s ideal for people who are interested in writing, recording and performing their own music. It’s also a great guitar to start learning with. People who bought this product on Amazon currently rate it with 4.6 stars out of a possible 5. So it seems I’m not the only one who likes it! I hope this review has been of use to you!

Smarter Tools ST-GP7500DEB Propane Generator Review

Have you previously used a generator but found that you were disappointed by it in some way? Perhaps it didn’t have the power that you thought it would? Maybe it was too bulky to move around easily? Perhaps you had a problem with fuel or fuel storage? Or is it your first time to select a generator and you’re struggling with the sheer number of products available on the market today? Don’t fear! In order to help you choose the best portable generator for your needs, here’s a review of one of the more popular ones: the GP7500 from Smarter Tools.

What do I need to know about this generator?

There are a few key points to know about this particular generator. The first question most people have is about the power – well, the GP7500 will give you 6,200 watts running output and 7,500 watts for starting. It uses both propane and gasoline as its fuels and fits a tank with a 6.6-gallon capacity. It has a two-wheel, portable design, weighs less than 130 pounds and measures 28 x 28 x 25 inches.

So how does that fit my needs?

This Smarter Tools generator adequately fulfils two different roles. Firstly, it has enough power to be used as a standby generator for your home or business in case of sudden power outages. Run at a 50% load it will give you 9 hours of power, however this is easily extended by storing more fuel. Propane is safe to store indefinitely, unlike other fuels such as gasoline.

The second role of this generator, highlighted by its portable design, is for outdoor use, perhaps to power tools, or to use at an outdoor event for appliances such as mobile phone chargers.

What’s so great about it?

The use of propane as a fuel means that you’re spending much less on fuel than you would for a gasoline-only generator. Propane also goes further and can be stored safely. This generator has got the power, and it’s also got the outlets – seven of them, in total – to power your household appliances in case your power gets cut. And, for all that power, it’s surprisingly quiet! I was expecting it to be loud, as many larger generators are, but the GP7500 turns out to be the strong but silent type!

What’s the catch then?

The obvious consideration with all propane generators is that propane can’t be used as an effective fuel at lower temperatures. However, if you had your eye on the ST-GP7500 for your Arctic camping expedition, all is not lost! You can use gasoline as a backup fuel when propane can’t be used.

Another concern I might have would be the size – if your house is quite small – you might find this generator to be too bulky, taking up quite a bit of room. So bear that in mind before you buy!

In conclusion

Aside from the temperature concern, the GT7500 is one of the best generators I have seen. It’s suitable for outdoor use and would make a great backup generator for larger homes. Amazon users currently rate this generator with 4.4 stars out of a possible 5.

Powerline BSG10X Home Gym Review

The list of things that terrifies me in this world isn’t exactly long but it consists of: spiders, running out of gas on a long drive, and gyms. Now they may sound silly to you but I think an awful lot of people will agree with me with regards to the latter of those fears. Gyms can be scary places for those of us who don’t really know what we are doing, but fortunately there is something that can save us all from a life of fatness. Home gyms are here to help, and today we are looking at the Powerline BSG10X and seeing if it can cut the mustard. 

So, what features does it have?

As mentioned, I am not a gym buff either so I will try my hardest to explain these features in the simplest terms possible. The aim of this home gym was to provide challenging, multi-discipline muscle building workouts in a limited amount of space and it does that. It ships already 90% assembled, so you won’t have to worry about doing an extra workout when trying to piece it together as it only needs nine bolts to fasten it all! The 11 gauge mainframe construction assures maximum strength, functioning and durability too as well as ensuring that your body is positioned properly during your workouts.

What kind of workouts can I use it for?

The traditional press bar has been designed biomechanically meaning you will get the maximum chest concentration and muscle development from it. The lateral pull down station will help you workout your arms, back and abs. You have a neat leg developer station so you can fully tone your calf’s and thighs too, and with the 160 lbs weight stack you should be easily able to find a workout for every part of your body. 

Tell me all about the positives

Anything that can help you lose weight and get in shape should be near the top of your “to buy” list and that is no different here with the Powerline. It is a neat and very compact home gym which, even though it is not one of the biggest on the market, still includes a lot of the features the bigger machines do. So if you are looking for an all in one home gym which won’t require you to build a conservatory on the back of your home just to house it, then this is a very strong candidate! Fitness Shopper is the place to go to take a look at this machine and compare it against others.

And tell me about the negatives

If you are looking for something to workout with and you are a regular gym buff then this may not be the machine for you. It is aimed at those of us just starting out, so if you want something more hardcore then look elsewhere.

So, what’s the conclusion?

If you are in the same boat as me and simply want to lose a few pounds and tone up your arms and stomach then this could be the home gym for you. It is simple and will do every job you want it to with the minimum of fuss, the only issue is that once you get too big you’ll have to upgrade to a bigger machine, so maybe keep that cake in your hand for a little while longer….