If you’re trying to choose between the Gibson SG and Les Paul this article can help you sort out the differences and decide which is better for you.
Check out the mighty Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9 overdrive and learn more about how to use this pedal for blues, rock and even metal.
Learn about the difference between single coil and humbucker guitar pickups and decide which is better for your sound.
A Gibson Les Paul Custom with 3 pickups is forever an extremely desirable and also expensive guitar. Here are 5 of the best available.
Learn the difference between a tube amp and solid state amp and decide which best meets your needs as a guitar player.
When you are a serious guitarist, but your day job requires you to travel, you need a guitar you can take on the road. Here are five of the best travel guitars.
This article will help you choose between a combo amp and a head and cabinet setup for guitar or bass. There are pros and cons to each whether you play at home or in a band, and one or the other is likely the best option for you.
These are five top notch and less expensive solid wood alternatives to a Martin D-28. Rosewood and spruce in a dreadnought design is something very desirable, but not all can afford a D-28.
Discover the best heavy metal guitars under $300, great options from brands like Jackson, Dean, Schecter and B.C. Rich.
Check out some of the best little mini acoustics. These small-bodied guitars are great for travel and jamming when space is limited or just for having fun.
Discover the Peavey TransTube Bandit 112, red-stripe version. This powerful little amp has served me well for more than a decade!
Jumbo sized acoustic guitars were created for folks who wanted even more volume out of their acoustic guitars than the large dreadnought design could offer. These are some of the best of the best.
In case you didn't know, Kurt Cobain was the singer/guitarist for Nirvana. Nirvana was formed in 1986 in the small town of Aberdeen, Washington by Kurt Cobain and the Bassist Krist Novoselic. After many drummers, they finally ended up with the final...
In this review you'll learn why the Fender Mustang Series V.2 modeling guitar amps are perfect for gigging and hobby guitarists alike
Learn more about the Epiphone Les Paul Studio and Goth Studio, affordable guitars for serious beginners and intermediate players.
Compare the best acoustic-electric guitars for under $300 and decide which top-rated instrument is perfect for your style.
Learn about the Mexican-made (MIM) Fender Standard Stratocaster and decide if the HSS or SSS if better for you and your sound.
Check out some of the best Flying V guitars! This review looks at the classic Gibson Flying V and alternatives from Dean, Jackson and ESP LTD.
Common problems with the JBL line of soundbars includes power problems, audio issues, and subwoofer pairing challenges. Try solving your problems through troubleshooting before paying for help.
The best portable guitar amp combines cool features with great sounds in a small, battery-powered package. Here are 5 awesome choices.
Here’s a review of my Fender Highway One Stratocaster, an American-made guitar I grabbed for a super affordable price back in 2003.
Compare the top electric guitars that are best for intermediate players and guitarists who are just beginning their climb to the top.
The Epiphone vs Gibson Les Paul debate has been going on for years. This review will help you decide which guitar is better for your budget and needs. Here you can compare construction, quality and sound between Epiphone and Gibson, and even learn a little history.
This review takes a look at Carvin and Kiesel guitars, brands available via custom order. Is Carvin a good fit for you? Read on and find out!
Learn how to choose an affordable Gibson Les Paul, find the best Les Paul copy or evaluate a non-Gibson, budget-friendly alternative made by another guitar company.
Check out the top rock guitar builders, companies that have proven themselves as the best of the best over the decades.
Discover which bass guitars are best under $300. Find a bass that keeps you under budget but still sounds amazing!
Check out my review of the Schecter Omen 6, one of the best electric guitars for the money on the market today.
The Gibson Les Paul is one of the most copied guitars in the world. Here are ten great ones, some more exact copies than others, from ten different manufacturers of electric guitars
Learn more about the Standard Precision Bass by Fender, a quality Mexican-made version of a classic bass guitar.
James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica have long endorsed ESP guitars. They both have several, but two of the most favored ones are the Iron Cross and the White Zombie. Here's the story.
Looking for a Stratocaster guitar but want to stay away from Fender? Here are five of the most well thought of non Fender Stratocaster manufacturers.
Learn the pros and cons of cheap acoustic and electric guitars and the difference between low-budget and expensive models.
Check out this list of best bass guitar brands for 2018 and get help finding an instrument that’s perfect for you.
Who wants normal when you can have a guitar that stands out in a crowd? Here are some great guitars, unique in their own ways, that are worth taking a look at.
Confused by guitar specs when it comes to buying your first beginner guitar? Read this guide to basic terms and definitions.
Trying to decide if you should learn guitar or drums? Discover the pros and cons of each and make the best decision for you!
Here are 5 of the best Fender Stratocaster models available. 4 are signature series or Artist series. Hendrix is dead, you know - and one is the new HSS Shawbucker, something desired widely.
Electronic drum sets let the drummer practice in near silence. Here are four high quality, affordable, electronic drum options for beginners.
Many a great guitarist has played the venerable Martin D - 28 dreadnought guitar, and of course the legendary Jimmy Page did as well. Many a great song in the works of Led Zeppelin was recorded on a fine rosewood and spruce Martin D - 28, and before all has been said and done, more terrific music will come from the hands of others playing that timeless design of six strings and woods. Hats off to James Patrick Page, "Jimmy Page," for all he's provided for us to enjoy with his Martin guitar!
The top choices for the best bass for metal include 4 and 5-string bass guitars with the punch and power to get you noticed in the mix.
Compare the best Ibanez guitars, top choices for metal and rock guitar players around the world, and decide which is right for you.
The specific steps I went through to build my own acoustic guitar, from choosing the type of wood to attaching the bridge and completing the finishing touches (with photos).
Small bodied acoustic guitars with mahogany tops were the guitars of choice for most during the great depression. Well, they sound great today too. Here are five of the best mahogany top small bodies.
Here's my list of best bass guitars for under $500. If you are a bassist on a budget here are the top basses for the money. They're affordable, they sound great and they are made by some of the best bass guitar companies of all time.
Learn about the Ibanez Iron Label Series in this review and check out some of the meanest RG, S, and 7-String guitars ever made.
Learn about the pros and cons of the Floyd Rose tremolo bridge, one of the most significant inventions in the history of electric guitar.
What makes the piano so unique, so diverse, and a top player in the instrument pack? Read the rest of this article to find out more.
Check out the best guitars for beginners who are into heavy metal and newbies intent on causing maximum mayhem with their first guitar. See my top picks for old-school thrash and classic metal, modern extreme music and shred.
Check out this review of Jackson’s best guitars: The King V, Soloist, Rhoads, Dinky and Kelly. If you're metal, how do you choose only one?
In this review you'll discover why the Fender Standard HSS Stratocaster is among the top electric guitars for the money.
The Martin HD 28 VR is the vintage reissue of its legendary Herringbone dreadnought 28. This guitar is one of the most sought after and best sounding instruments on the planet.
This is a how to guide, detailing my sonosub style DIY cylinder subwoofer build. It is an excellent resource if you're thinking of building your own subwoofer which you can easily build from sonotube, or ducting pipe.
Check out some of the best Fender Stratocasters and Strat-style guitars for classic metal, thrash, hard rock and all forms of extreme music.
One of the 4 most iconic solid body electric guitars in the world, the Gibson SG is far less expensive than the other 3. This is also the most successful guitar Gibson has ever produced
Learn which acoustic guitars are best for intermediate players and discover top instruments for guitarists looking to move up from their starter guitar.
All mahogany dreadnoughts offer a great counterpoint to the typical spruce top guitars. They have a unique voice too. They are most especially great for a singer songwriter who loves to play rhythm.
Compare the Epiphone G-400 PRO to the Gibson SG Standard when it comes to sound, construction and value and find out which SG is right for you!
If you've always wanted to own a Telecaster, and have a maximum of five hundred dollars to spend, then this information is for you. Here are 5 of the single best options.
Check out five of the best hollow-body jazz guitars for under $1000. If you’re looking for the ultimate jazz box start your search here!
Check out this review of the Schecter C-1 Classic, Hellraiser C-1 and Omen 6, all great guitars for metal and hard rock.
Find out what other guitarists say makes an electric guitar sound good or bad and cast your own votes in this online guitar poll.
Learn about the top small tube amps. They’re low-wattage combos perfect for playing at home, recording, or low-volume gigs.
The Gibson Les Paul Studio is a great guitar. But within the same price point there are many other guitars one may find more suitable to their style of play and aesthetic value.
Joe Perry, formerly a toxic twin, and one of the two guitarists in US rock super-group, Aerosmith, is a legend of rock and roll. His primary guitars are Gibson Les Pauls, and here's the rest of the story.
Check out this review of the Jackson JS32 Series. They're affordable versions of classic designs such as the Rhoads, King V, Dinky, Warrior and Kelly.
Setting up a home studio? You'll probably want a good quality USB audio interface to make use of your computer. Here are a few of my favourites!
Discover the difference between Fender and Ibanez and learn how to choose the best guitar or bass for your style and genre. Ibanez and Fender are both excellent brands, and chances are one or the other is perfect for you.
Discover the top acoustic guitar amps for gigs and home use. These are the best choices for performing musicians.
Learn to choose the best guitar strings for electric and acoustic guitar, plus get tips for beginners on changing strings and guitar maintenance.
This Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, DeVille and Blues Junior guitar amp review can help you decide which of these modern classics is right for you.
The Martin D 18 acoustic guitar is less expensive than the Martin D 28, D 35, and D 45 - it's FAR less expensive than the D 50 or D 100 - but the Martin D 18 may very well be a BETTER guitar than any of it's more expensive cousins.
Discover the top ten electric guitars that are best for beginners, all under $200 and from big names in the guitar world.
Iconic, back-breaking, sustaining, brash and pricey, the Gibson Les Paul is a one of a kind guitar. Just don't stumble and lose your head.
Looking to test and demo speakers? Bring along these suggested songs to see how versatile they sound.
The Les Paul guitar by Gibson is a iconic electric guitar. But they make so many different ones it can be hard to know which is best. Here are 5 of the best across a range of price and style.
The Gibson Les Paul is known as one of the greatest guitars in the world and with good reason. Here are 10 of those reasons!
Which guitar brand is best for metal: Jackson, Ibanez, ESP LTD or Schecter? Compare construction, quality, sound, specs and more.
Here are the 5 best bass guitars under $200 for beginners, top-quality instruments that will get a newbie started off right!
Check out this review of the Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO. Compare to Gibson and discover if it's the right guitar for you.
Everyone knows you've lusted over a PRS guitar at least once in your life. There is, however, the matter of price. So are these works of art truly worth the price?
The Fender Telecaster was born perfect. The design is timeless and utilitarian bliss. Here are 5 of the very best Fender Telecasters anywhere.
Find out if expensive guitars are worth it and if you really need high-end gear to be taken seriously as a guitarist.
Check out my list of must-have acoustic guitar accessories for beginners and learn what gear is essential for success.
This beginner's guide to EZ Drummer will help you get started on that virtual percussion fix you so dearly crave.
Get advice on how much a guitar should cost for a beginner and learn which guitars and amps are worth the money.
This review takes a look at the Gibson SG Special vs Standard and Faded models, and can help you decide which guitar best meets your needs and budget.
Every year many school children decide they want to play a band instrument. Some are successful, some get frustrated and quit due to their lack of success. This hub contains information to help parents choose the right instrument for their child.
Check out my review of the TC Electronic Dark Matter, an affordable distortion pedal that covers everything from blues to rock to metal.
Compare five of the best electric guitars under $750 and decide which top-rated instrument is perfect for you and your style.
Martin 16 series dreadnought guitars offer all the great play-ability and tones of far more expensive models at less cost. These all solid wood Martin guitars are bluegrass cannons.
Check out my list of the top Peavey guitar amps for metal and hard rock. Peavey makes some of the best high-gain amps in the world, from tube heads, to combo amps to affordable solid-state amps. This is a brand that has shaped the sound of extreme metal and rock music for decades.
The best metal and hard rock guitar has to not only look the part, but sound amazing too. Here are a few guitars that make the cut.
Learn about the Martin D-15M, an all-mahogany dreadnought acoustic guitar. This review looks at the unique sound and style of this amazing instrument.
Compare the 10 best electric guitars under $500 and decide which top-rated instrument is right for you. These are affordable instruments for intermediate players, but good enough for the pros.
Yes, you can get crushing metal tone from a solid-state guitar amp. Here are your best options when it comes to combos, half stacks and modeling amps.
Recording software is notorious for costing even more than some instruments, but that doesn't have to be the case. Here are five digital audio workstations under $100 that will do the job just fine.
Normally the difference between the standard Fender brands and the Squier brands of guitar are clear and plain, but in the 90s, a number of guitars were released by Fender that blurred this distinction. The Fender "Squier Series" of Stratocasters...
Discover the differences in the roles of lead guitar and rhythm guitar in a band and learn more about the skills required for both styles.
Yamaki brand acoustic guitars aren't so easy to find, and the reason is that some of them are every bit as good as the high-end American makes that they copied. Some of these Martin copies deviate from the norm with Redwood or Western Red Cedar tops and they have abalone inlays as well. I've never played one that I didn't like.
Kurt Cobain was a hot burning star that went supernova. As a parting gift he gave us the MTV Unplugged concert. Here's the story of his guitar, and what similar guitars are available today.
Here are the top 5 best bass combo amps for under $300. This review can help you determine which is right for you.
Learn about the difference between the Epiphone Les Paul 100, Special II and Studio and find out which electric guitar is best for you.
Here's a review of the Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Jazz Bass series, five of the best bass guitars under or around $300.
In the 1970s Gibson guitars relaxed their quality standards and sold some things they should not have. The Japanese took notice and started building Les Paul copies. Here are five of the best brands.
Discover the 10 best guitar brands for heavy metal and learn which companies make the gear you want to get the hardcore sounds you need.
Everyone wants to know the anatomy of a guitar. This hub is here to break down the individual parts of a guitar and their functions.
If you are experiencing a tin can sound from your new LCD/LED TV, a cheap speaker alternative is available. Learn how to use your PC speakers,even when the TV doesn't have a 1/8" audio out.
Learn how many watts you need for a guitar amp based on your goals. Get advice on amplifiers for home use, playing in a band, recording and more.
The best and most famous Fender Stratocaster players in rock history played Strats as unique as the guitarists themselves.
A great parlor guitar will always be small, and never be cheap. These are not backpacking or travel guitars, but fine fine small acoustic guitars for serious players and consumers.
Here’s a review of my new Martin DX1AE, an acoustic-electric guitar with an amazing sound and an environmentally friendly build.
Read this review and learn why the affordable Fender Rumble 15 v3 is the best bass amp for practice, jamming with friends or small gigs.
Discover some of the best starter electric guitars for adult beginners that will get you playing today without killing your budget!
A pair of spoons can be used as a folk and percussion instrument. A variety of playing techniques are possible and a range of rhythms and sounds can be produced.
Discover the best acoustic-electric guitars under $500 from top brands. You needn't spend a fortune to play a great instrument!
Check out some of the best superstrats and learn more about guitars built for the fast lane. The hod-rodded Stratocaster-style guitar is back!
Review and compare 5 of the best bass combo amps under $500 from some of the biggest names in the industry and find the perfect amp for your needs.
Get advice on choosing the best Fender or Squier by Fender Stratocaster electric guitar for beginners for your budget and style.
Guitar cabs can be expensive, but they're relatively simple to make, so why not have a go at your own?
Dreadnought guitars crafted from Brazilian rosewood are highly sought after, very expensive, and absolute treasures to own and enjoy. Here are my pics for the best of the best of them.
The Gibson Les Paul Studio is a great guitar, but how does it match up with the Les Paul Standard or Epiphone Les Paul? This review explains all!
Find out why learning to play an electric guitar might be a better choice compared to choosing an acoustic guitar as your first instrument.
How many watts does a speaker need to fill your room with crystal-clear sound? Learn to decode the jargon and choose the best speakers for your home sound system.
The Fender Telecaster was born perfect, but this doesn't mean adding a maple top to one is a bad thing. Maple tops on Telecaster guitars are beautiful and add a little tonal color. Here are the 5 best.
Learn the difference between the Ibanez RG and S Series and decide which guitar is better for you and your music.
Are you a heavy metal guitarist, a shredder or riff master? These Super Strat guitars are the heavy metal virtuoso's dream come true.
Find out how Marshall, Fender and Peavey, three kings of the guitar amplifier world, stack up against each other. Learn which amps are best for which genre and level of guitar player.
Choosing an electric guitar with the right type of bridge for your needs is a key part of getting the sound you want from your instrument.
Small body cedar top guitars are a finger-picker's dream machine. Here are 5 of the best small bodied steel string guitars with cedar tops across a range of prices and available features.
The hydraulophone is a tubular musical instrument. Pressurized water moves through the tube and out of a series of holes. Placing a finger over a hole produces a sound.
An introduction to the world of piano chords. If you have always wanted to play the piano but have no interest in reading music, this article is for you!
Learn what to look for when choosing an electric or acoustic guitar for beginners and get step-by-step advice on how to pick out your first guitar.
Learn the difference between the Fender Stratocaster vs the Telecaster and decide which guitar is best for your needs.
Check out this guide to the best guitar amp brands and decide which manufacturer builds the right guitar amplifier for your needs.
Check out the best Yamaha acoustic guitars, top-rated instruments perfect for beginners but good enough for intermediate and advanced guitarists.
Conch shells come from large sea snails and are used as wind instruments. The shells are played at ceremonies and in jazz. They produce a loud and eerie sound.
Is Squier a good guitar brand? This review takes a look at Squier by Fender and lays out the good, the bad and the ugly.
Madagascar rosewood dreadnoughts are some of the hottest items in the world of guitars. Here is why, and here are five of the very finest dreadnought guitars of Madagascar rosewood made anywhere.
Many people claim that a vinyl record sounds superior to its digital counterparts. I tested four different formats to find out how true this claim is.
Cedar top guitars offer a different tonal character to what spruce top guitars offer. Cedar caters to the finger-picker and the light strummer backing a vocalist. More nuanced notes at lower volume.
Check out the best acoustic guitar brands for intermediate players. These are companies with reputations for making quality instruments with amazing sound.
Get the most out of Rocksmith 2014 with these tips and tricks. This article shows you how to make the note highway more like tablature, how to use a real guitar amp with Rocksmith, and more!
If you play country music you want to find the best electric guitar with the perfect tone. Here are few guitars that have stood the test of time.
Find out how to arrange your effects pedals the right way, whether in-line between your guitar and amp or through your effects loop.
Check out the 5 best guitar amps for under $200 in this review, each packed with features and made by the top names in the business.
Compare 5 of the best bass amps for beginners, top-rated amplifiers from some of the biggest brand names in the bass guitar world.
Read this review of the best semi-hollow body electric guitars for under $500, instruments made by some of the top brands in the guitar world.
Learn the difference between classical and acoustic guitars and discover the pros and cons of each for beginners.
Learn how to connect the Amazon Echo Dot to various types of external speakers in order to get the best sound quality and save money.
A semi-hollow body electric guitar has a bit of acoustical variance not available to a solid body guitar. They especially excel at clean tones, but they need not be limited. Here are 5 great new ones.
Learn whether a beginner should choose an electric or acoustic guitar when starting out, and discover the differences between each type of guitar
Here’s a list of the 10 best rock guitar amp brands, known for producing some of the top tube and solid-state amplifiers in history.
The chin rest that came with your instrument when you bought it might not be a good fit. Learn about some of the factors to consider when selecting a chin rest.
The Telecaster has always been associated with country and western music, and in the mid-1960s, country rock. There is no limit to what music can be created with one.
It doesn't take a lot of money to find a top quality budget turntable these days! This article takes a look at four of my favorite cheap vinyl record players, and offers pros and cons for each one.
Compare the Squier Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe Stratocasters and decide which is better for your budget and style.
The Fender Stratocaster is one of the most iconic guitars in music history. If you don’t play one, here are 10 reasons you should.
The Gibson SG Standard is an amazing guitar, and no question about it. But if you want an SG's vibe, but something just a bit different, then here are your five very best options or alternatives.
Compare the best electric guitars under $300. They're quality, affordable instruments from the top names in the guitar world.
Knowing the difference between the Squier and Fender Stratocaster will help you decide which guitar is right for you and your budget.
Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan are long-time warriors of the blues guitar. Both have Fender Artist Series Stratocasters made for and after them. Here's the story on both.
Learn the difference between the Epiphone Les Paul Standard, Standard PRO, Studio and Custom PRO electric guitars in this review.
Discover the world of guitar effects pedals and learn everything a beginner needs to know about distortion, overdrive, chorus and more.
Learn the difference between a maple or rosewood fretboard for guitar and decide which is better for your sound.
These five small body acoustic guitars are outstanding instruments of tremendous value, but they are instruments for the serious amateur or professional only.
Read this review and find out why the Blackstar Fly 3 is one of the best battery-powered mini guitar amps when it comes to sound and features.
The world of the acoustic steel string guitarist is totally in love with the Martin D-28 Herringbone guitars. It has been this way since the 1930's, and it will be this way for long to come. While there are many different varieties, makes, and models of the high X D-28 from various and sundry manufacturers, this article examines five of the best without trying to encourage breaking the bank and spending someone's inheritance
This Fender Standard Jazz Bass review takes a look at a Made-in-Mexico (MIM) version of a classic instrument.
These 5 essential guitar effects pedals are classic must-have stomp boxes, found on the pedal boards of some of the best guitarists in history.
Which guitar players have the best tone? Here are a few who knew what it takes to get some amazing sounds out of an electric guitar and amp.
Gibson Les Paul or Fender Stratocaster? Read this review to help decide which guitar is best for you and your playing style.
The wind-up gramophone or phonograph was how our grandparents enjoyed their music. Here's how it worked and what it looked and sounded like.
Thinking about an expensive MP3 player for your kids? Here are some good and cheap MP3 players from $20 to $150.
Compare and review the best electric guitar starter packs for beginners, affordable kits from the most respected names in the guitar industry.
The name "piano" is just an abbreviation. But what was it called originally - and where did it come from in the first place? What happened to the rest of its name?
Check out this review of the Peavey Vypyr VIP series, unique and versatile amplifiers for guitar and bass that are jam-packed with surprises.
This is a personal review of the drum set bought for my grandson and why we think it's the best junior drum set for 7 to 10 year old kids. It includes advice, personal photos and updates over 4 years.
Precision Bass vs Jazz Bass: Compare two Fender classics in this review and learn the difference in sound, construction and specs. FInd out which is better for you, your sound and your goals.
Check out this list of the best acoustic guitars for under $1000, eight amazing instruments from the top guitar makers in the world.
Check out the best acoustic guitars for beginners, all under $200 and from some of the top brands in the guitar world
We can't all afford a $1500 Les Paul Standard, but with a bit of time and money, we can make a cheap guitar sound less... cheap.
The Telecaster was the world's first great solid body electric guitar. The Gibson P-90 was the world's first great electric guitar pickup. Add them together and you've got two classic music makers.
Here are five of the most exciting small body acoustic/electric guitars available right here and now; and from five different high end manufacturers of fine acoustic guitars.
Compare the top bass guitars for intermediate-level players who are looking for an affordable, quality instrument.
Check out the top guitar amps for metal, in combo form. They are affordable, portable and perfect for gigs and rehearsals.
If you're looking for the best heavy metal guitar under $500 here are the top electric guitars you need to consider.
Check out 5 affordable alternatives to the Fender Stratocaster and get advice on finding the best Strat-style guitar for the money.
These 5 inexpensive solid body electric guitars represent several styles and genres of guitar building and styles of music they were built to accommodate for players. All go for less than 1K dollars.
Find out if you should use a gig bag or a hard-shell case to protect your guitar. Weigh the pros and cons and choose the best option.
Discover the top electric guitars for blues and rock. If you play blues guitar, you need the best instrument for the job.
Tonewoods are a key selling point for electric guitars, so why do some guitar players say they don’t even matter?
Every guitarist needs an acoustic/electric which is good enough to use in the studio and on stage. But a working musician also requires affordability in their road worthy guitar. Here are five.
Everyone loves a Fender Telecaster, but not all Teles out there are made by Fender. Here are 5 of the best makes of Tele out there which are not Fender guitars.
There are many guitar manufacturers who produce a Telecaster style guitar which features humbucking pickups. Here are several of the best and most prominent.
Here’s a review of the Fender Standard (MIM) Telecaster. This guitar might be made in Mexico, but the MIM Tele is a real Fender through and through.