Hi there, my name is Terry Stefan and I’m a British guy who’s been playing guitar for nearly 25 years (since I was 15 years old).
My first guitar was a Hohner Countryman acoustic guitar which I bought with money from my paper round and other odd jobs. It was probably a bit too big for me and was so difficult to play because I never changed the strings or had it set up correctly – I think the strings were probably half an inch away from the fretboard and it often felt like I was playing with cheese wire rather than guitar strings!
That didn’t stop me and about 6 months later I had saved up enough money to buy my first electric guitar – the Yamaha RGX 121d which still hangs proudly on my wall and plays better now than it ever did (thanks to a first-class set-up job by my local luthier).
While working in my local guitar shop part-time, and trying out a whole range of guitars, amps, and effects I decided I needed a Zoom 3030 multi-effects pedal and a 100-watt Marshall combo amp, you know for bedroom practice, much to my parent’s dismay.
For about a decade or so I generally played at home in my bedroom, jamming to Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine and of course Metallica, and eventually moved to London where I met up with an old mate from college and joined his punk band, The Totems, as their bass player. I lost count of the number of late nights I spent lugging my gear across London on public transport to and from gigs, often getting home in the small hours with my ears still ringing, and needing to get up for work the next day.
It was at that point I started taking the guitar seriously and learning more about the intricacies of playing guitar and getting the perfect sound and since then I’ve played or owned a huge range of gear, including the legendary Fender Stratocaster and even the James Hetfield Signature Edition ESP SnakeByte guitar.
The Guitar Signal Mission
I founded GuitarSignal.com in 2018 to help new and aspiring guitarists (and even grizzled veterans like me) cut through the noise and get to the heart of what really matters so you can get the most enjoyment form choosing, learning and playing guitar.
To save you time and money, we review all the latest guitars, amps, lessons and gear to help you understand exactly what you need, and then make the best recommendations for you.
How I Create Content
All the content on this site has been planned and edited by me, the Editor in Chief, to ensure we meet the highest quality standards. I do often use freelance writers to help with my research and with putting articles together, and all our contributors are experts with decades of experience including working in guitar shops, gigging in venues of all sizes, and writing about all things guitar. This ensures all information we publish is accurate and you can trust it to make purchase decisions.
We’ve made all the mistakes there are to make, and we’ve tried the best (and worst) gear on the market, so you don’t have to!
While we may make a small commission if you go on to purchase any products we recommend, we only review products that we believe are the best. That’s based on independent, detailed and specialized journalistic research by me and other members of the team.
If that’s all cool with you, then I look forward to having you read our product tests and buying guides.