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  • High quality headphones may not sound great right out of the package. Use these tips to break in (burn in) your headphones to get the best possible sound. You will do this by playing your headphones for an amount of time.

    Burn in Headphones: How to Break in High Quality Headphones

    Burn in Headphones: How to Break in High Quality Headphones

    by Blake Flannery21

  • 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).

    How to Build an Acoustic Guitar (With Photos)

    How to Build an Acoustic Guitar (With Photos)

    by jimmar6

  • 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.

    How to Use Computer Speakers on an LCD TV

    How to Use Computer Speakers on an LCD TV

    by Jared Zane Kessie24

  • 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.

    The Martin HD-28 VR Acoustic Guitar

    The Martin HD-28 VR Acoustic Guitar

    by Wesman Todd Shaw7

  • The Gibson ES-335 debuted in 1958, and instantly became one of the world's most desired guitars. It was the first semi-hollow body electric with an arched top. Here are 5 of the best signature series ES-335s.

    The 5 Best Gibson ES-335 Signature Guitars

    The 5 Best Gibson ES-335 Signature Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw4

  • Learn how to buy a bass guitar in this guide to choosing a bass for beginners. Get advice on setting a budget, understanding pickups, strings, scale length and more.

    How to Choose a Bass Guitar for Beginners

    How to Choose a Bass Guitar for Beginners

    by Michael James2

  • 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.

    Top 5 Best Guitar Amps Under $200

    Top 5 Best Guitar Amps Under $200

    by Michael James12

  • What is the ultimate best guitar brand for shredding? Charvel? Ibanez? Jackson? EVH? Fender? Read this and decide for yourself.

    Best Guitars for Shredding

    Best Guitars for Shredding

    by Michael James3

  • 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.

    5 Best  Mahogany Top  and Body Dreadnought Guitars

    5 Best Mahogany Top and Body Dreadnought Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw3

  • 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

    Ten Great Non-Gibson Les Paul-Style Guitars

    Ten Great Non-Gibson Les Paul-Style Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw12

  • 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.

    5 of the Best Cedar-Top Dreadnought Acoustic Guitars

    5 of the Best Cedar-Top Dreadnought Acoustic Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw0

  • Check out some affordable guitar amps for blues and rock, each with the power and sound for stage, studio or rehearsal. With a budget of under $1000 you can grab an amp with amazing tone, made by one of the top names in the guitar world.

    5 Best Guitar Amps for Blues and Rock

    5 Best Guitar Amps for Blues and Rock

    by Michael James2

  • Would it surprise you to learn that famous pro guitarists use Epiphone guitars like the Les Paul, SG, and Casino for gigs and recording? Epiphone guitars aren't just affordable instruments for intermediate players. Gibson’s little brother has a storied legacy all its own.

    Famous Epiphone Players and Their Guitars

    Famous Epiphone Players and Their Guitars

    by Michael James4

  • 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

    Top Five Vintage Recreations of the Martin D 28 Acoustic Guitar

    Top Five Vintage Recreations of the Martin D 28 Acoustic Guitar

    by Wesman Todd Shaw28

  • Small 15 and 20-watt guitar amplifiers are popular today, but can you really use them for gigs? Maybe! Learn the best ways to do it, which useful features to look for in a low-wattage amp, and when you should really be considering a more powerful guitar amp.

    Can You Gig With a 15 or 20-Watt Guitar Amp?

    Can You Gig With a 15 or 20-Watt Guitar Amp?

    by Michael James3

  • 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.

    The Best Fender Telecaster Guitars With P-90 Pickups

    The Best Fender Telecaster Guitars With P-90 Pickups

    by Wesman Todd Shaw1

  • Try to decide between guitar and drums? Compare guitar vs drums difficulty and differences and discover the pros and cons of each and make the best decision for you!

    Guitar vs Drums: Which Is Right for You?

    Guitar vs Drums: Which Is Right for You?

    by Michael James2

  • Check out the best acoustic guitars under $300! Perfect for beginners and intermediate guitarists, but good enough to impress the veterans!

    10 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $300

    10 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $300

    by Michael James6

  • If you're looking for the best heavy metal guitar under $500 here are the top electric guitars you need to consider.

    Best Metal Guitars Under $500

    Best Metal Guitars Under $500

    by Michael James6

  • Here's a list of the best acoustic-electric guitars on the market for under $1000. If you’re looking for a new acoustic-electric guitar start your search here!

    Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $1000

    Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $1000

    by Michael James6

  • 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.

    Best Affordable Les Pauls

    Best Affordable Les Pauls

    by Michael James2

  • 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.

    Five Less-Expensive Alternatives to the Martin D-28

    Five Less-Expensive Alternatives to the Martin D-28

    by Wesman Todd Shaw5

  • 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.

    5 Best Non-Fender Telecaster Guitars

    5 Best Non-Fender Telecaster Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw22

  • Here’s a list of the top guitar effects brands, along with some of the analog and digital effects pedals that made them so famous. Effect pedals, stomp boxes and digital effects processors can be a key part of a guitar player’s sound.

    10 Best Guitar Effects Pedals and Brands

    10 Best Guitar Effects Pedals and Brands

    by Michael James0

  • 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.

    Yamaki Acoustic Guitars

    Yamaki Acoustic Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw311

  • A review of Gibson's best selling guitar of all time— the Gibson SG. In its first three years of production, over 6,000 SG’s a year were sold. The SG had established itself as a new thoroughbred in the Gibson stable. Advertisements by Gibson claimed it had, “the fastest neck in the world”.

    Gibson SG Review: 50th Anniversary of a Legendary Guitar

    Gibson SG Review: 50th Anniversary of a Legendary Guitar

    by Scott M2

  • Find out how to arrange your effects pedals the right way, whether in-line between your guitar and amp or through your effects loop.

    How to Arrange Guitar Effects Pedals

    How to Arrange Guitar Effects Pedals

    by Michael James2

  • 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.

    Epiphone Les Paul vs Gibson Les Paul Guitar Review

    Epiphone Les Paul vs Gibson Les Paul Guitar Review

    by Michael James151

  • Find out what to look for when choosing a distortion or overdrive pedal in this guide for beginners. Learn the difference between distortion and overdrive as well as what different types of pedals can do for your sound.

    How to Choose a Distortion or Overdrive Pedal

    How to Choose a Distortion or Overdrive Pedal

    by Michael James0

  • 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.

    Best Metal Guitars for Beginners

    Best Metal Guitars for Beginners

    by Michael James1

  • Learn whether or not brand name matters when it comes to guitars for beginner, intermediate and advanced guitarists. Are some simply better than others?

    Does Brand Matter When Buying a Guitar?

    Does Brand Matter When Buying a Guitar?

    by Michael James5

  • The Fender Telecaster was born perfect. The design is timeless and utilitarian bliss. Here are 5 of the very best Fender Telecasters anywhere.

    The 5 Best Telecaster Guitars Available

    The 5 Best Telecaster Guitars Available

    by Wesman Todd Shaw8

  • This article compares the Marshall DSL40C and the Peavey 6505 Plus 112 guitar amplifiers. They’re both awesome tube combos, but which is better? I'll also get into the new DSL40CR a bit, and offer a couple thoughts about how it stacks up to its elder brother.

    Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo vs. Marshall DSL40C

    Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo vs. Marshall DSL40C

    by Michael James0

  • Get advice on choosing the best Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar for a beginner and learn why Epiphone is a top brand name for newbies.

    Best Epiphone Les Pauls for Beginners

    Best Epiphone Les Pauls for Beginners

    by Michael James2

  • The Gibson Marauder and S-1 guitars were crossover instruments where Gibson tried to steal some market share from Fender. These are somewhat rare birds, but very fine instruments should you find one.

    The Gibson Marauder and S-1 Guitars

    The Gibson Marauder and S-1 Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw6

  • 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. If you play classic rock, blues, heavy metal or even country one of these companies probably build the perfect amp for you.

    Top 10 Guitar Amp Brands for Rock

    Top 10 Guitar Amp Brands for Rock

    by Michael James1

  • 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...

    The Fender "Squier Series" Stratocaster—Not a Typical Squier!

    The Fender "Squier Series" Stratocaster—Not a Typical Squier!

    by DaveL83

  • 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.

    Top 10 Guitar Brands for Metal

    Top 10 Guitar Brands for Metal

    by Michael James11

  • In this buying guide you’ll learn how to choose the right guitar for extreme metal, hard rock, classic metal and shred. Get advice on 7-string guitars, pickups, tonewoods and more.

    How to Choose a Guitar for Metal

    How to Choose a Guitar for Metal

    by Michael James2

  • Angus Young has been the frontman, and face of AC/DC. He does it all with a Gibson SG guitar. Here's the rest of the story.

    Angus Young and the Gibson SG

    Angus Young and the Gibson SG

    by Wesman Todd Shaw11

  • 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.

    Troubleshooting JBL Cinema Soundbar Problems

    Troubleshooting JBL Cinema Soundbar Problems

    by Max Dalton54

  • 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.

    Best Electric Guitar for Country Music

    Best Electric Guitar for Country Music

    by Michael James7

  • Check out this guide to the best guitar amp brands and decide which manufacturer builds the right guitar amplifier for your needs.

    Best Guitar Amp Brands 2019

    Best Guitar Amp Brands 2019

    by Michael James10

  • An orchestra model or 000 body guitar can be the ultimate guitar for a beginner, intermediate or even professional player. Here are some great guitars to start with, and some better pro level values.

    The 5 Best Value Small-Body Acoustic Guitars

    The 5 Best Value Small-Body Acoustic Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw0

  • 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.

    The 5 Best Alternatives to the Gibson SG Standard

    The 5 Best Alternatives to the Gibson SG Standard

    by Wesman Todd Shaw9

  • Find out if expensive guitars are worth it and if you really need high-end gear to be taken seriously as a guitarist.

    Are Expensive Guitars Worth It?

    Are Expensive Guitars Worth It?

    by Michael James5

  • Compare the best electric guitars under $300. They're quality, affordable instruments from the top names in the guitar world.

    5 Best Electric Guitars Under $300

    5 Best Electric Guitars Under $300

    by Michael James1

  • Check out this list of the 10 best sounding acoustic guitars for under $1000, amazing instruments from the top guitar makers in the world.

    10 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1000

    10 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1000

    by Michael James9

  • 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.

    5 Best Mahogany-Top Small-Body Acoustic Guitars

    5 Best Mahogany-Top Small-Body Acoustic Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw5

  • The Telecaster was always the honky tonk or country and western dance hall guitar. Today there are Teles with much wider ranges of tonal character available. This article concerns 5 of the best.

    Top 5 Most Versatile Telecaster Style Guitars

    Top 5 Most Versatile Telecaster Style Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • Compare the 10 best electric guitars under $500 and decide which top-rated instrument is right for you in 2019. These are affordable, budget guitars for intermediate players, but good enough for the pros.

    10 Best Electric Guitars Under $500 (2020)

    10 Best Electric Guitars Under $500 (2020)

    by Michael James18

  • The importance of tonewood and how it effects an electric guitar's sound is a hotly debated topic among guitarists. The answer is actually quite simple, though one you might not want to read...

    The Great Electric Guitar Tone Wood Debate: Solved!

    The Great Electric Guitar Tone Wood Debate: Solved!

    by Elton Edgar35

  • 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.

    Top 10 Reasons to Play a Stratocaster

    Top 10 Reasons to Play a Stratocaster

    by Michael James0

  • 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

    5 Best Gibson SG Guitars Available

    5 Best Gibson SG Guitars Available

    by Wesman Todd Shaw5

  • Check out the best tube combo amps for under $1000. Whether you're into rock, metal, country or blues this article can help you find your sound.

    Best Tube Combo Amps Under $1000

    Best Tube Combo Amps Under $1000

    by Michael James7

  • Here are some of the best bass combo amps for under $1000, each with all the power you need for gigs and rehearsals.

    Best Bass Combo Amps Under $1000

    Best Bass Combo Amps Under $1000

    by Michael James0

  • 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!

    10 Best Superstrat Guitars and Brands

    10 Best Superstrat Guitars and Brands

    by Michael James0

  • 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.

    The Martin D-16 Acoustic Guitar

    The Martin D-16 Acoustic Guitar

    by Wesman Todd Shaw3

  • 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.

    Combo Amp or Head and Cab: How to Choose for Guitar and Bass

    Combo Amp or Head and Cab: How to Choose for Guitar and Bass

    by Michael James2

  • Guitar cabs can be expensive, but they're relatively simple to make, so why not have a go at your own?

    How to Build a DIY Guitar Cab

    How to Build a DIY Guitar Cab

    by John Bullock0

  • Gibson Les Paul or Fender Stratocaster? Read this review to help decide which guitar is better for you based on sound, quality and differences.Learn about affordable versions of each and how to choose between them.

    Gibson Les Paul vs Fender Stratocaster Guitar Review

    Gibson Les Paul vs Fender Stratocaster Guitar Review

    by Michael James40

  • 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.

    The Martin D-18 Guitar and Its Very Special Sound

    The Martin D-18 Guitar and Its Very Special Sound

    by Wesman Todd Shaw22

  • 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.

    Choosing the Right Band Instrument for Your Child

    Choosing the Right Band Instrument for Your Child

    by mrsaxde22

  • Check out the top 7-string guitars for the money. These are the ultimate metal machines for beginners, intermediate and advanced guitar players.

    Best 7-String Guitars for Metal

    Best 7-String Guitars for Metal

    by Michael James0

  • At some point or another most people who are into music wish to play an instrument, or see if they can - and the guitar is the most common instrument found in modern music. Here are five of the very best acoustic guitars for under five hundred dollars. These guitars are all very good instruments that won't need to be replaced until a musician reaches a higher skill level, and even then these are guitars that are keepers for a lifetime if they are properly cared for.

    Top Five Dreadnought Acoustic Guitars for Under Five Hundred Dollars

    Top Five Dreadnought Acoustic Guitars for Under Five Hundred Dollars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw18

  • Martin M series guitars such as the M 36, the M 38, and the M 42 are simply different body style guitars than Martin's more famous dreadnoughts. Martin M series guitars have a larger lower bout, but a shallower depth - and this causes these instruments to have different tonal characteristics than the more famous dreadnoughts. These guitars were originally designed to provide less feedback when miked on stage.

    The Martin M 38 Acoustic Guitar

    The Martin M 38 Acoustic Guitar

    by Wesman Todd Shaw28

  • Learn more about the Epiphone Les Paul Studio, Studio LT and Goth Studio, affordable guitars for serious beginners and intermediate players.

    Epiphone Les Paul Studio Review

    Epiphone Les Paul Studio Review

    by Michael James2

  • Learn about the top small tube amps. They’re low-wattage combos perfect for playing at home, recording, or low-volume gigs.

    Best Small Tube Amps for Home Use

    Best Small Tube Amps for Home Use

    by Michael James3

  • 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!

    Top 10 Reasons to Play a Les Paul

    Top 10 Reasons to Play a Les Paul

    by Michael James9

  • Compare 5 of the best bass amps for beginners, top-rated amplifiers from some of the biggest brand names in the bass guitar world.

    Top 5 Best Bass Amps for Beginners

    Top 5 Best Bass Amps for Beginners

    by Michael James13

  • Find out why the most underrated acoustic and electric guitar brands can give you the best chance at finding a diamond in the rough. Some guitar makers never get the credit they deserve, while others are well known but undeservedly looked down on. Either way, you’d be smart to check them out.

    10 Most Underrated Guitar Brands

    10 Most Underrated Guitar Brands

    by Michael James5

  • 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 5 Best Gibson Les Paul Guitars Available

    The 5 Best Gibson Les Paul Guitars Available

    by Wesman Todd Shaw9

  • Rock guitar superstar, Slash, a man with a universally known one syllable moniker, and a visual flair so distinct he can be recognized by just his silhouette, is the global ambassador for Gibson Guitars. He almost always plays a Les Paul, and here is the rest of the story.

    Slash and the Gibson Les Paul

    Slash and the Gibson Les Paul

    by Wesman Todd Shaw4

  • Check out the top guitar amps for metal, in combo form. They are affordable, portable and perfect for gigs and rehearsals.

    Best Combo Guitar Amps for Metal

    Best Combo Guitar Amps for Metal

    by Michael James0

  • 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.

    Ibanez vs. Fender: Which Guitar or Bass Is Best for You?

    Ibanez vs. Fender: Which Guitar or Bass Is Best for You?

    by Michael James8

  • Check out this review of the Peavey Vypyr VIP series, unique and versatile amplifiers for guitar and bass that are jam-packed with surprises.

    Peavey Vypyr VIP Series Review

    Peavey Vypyr VIP Series Review

    by Michael James0

  • This article will show you how to open an upright/studio/vertical piano, to give access to the hammer action mechanism, keys and the strings for examining/repair/maintanence purposes.

    How to open an upright piano

    How to open an upright piano

    by ikta3

  • Mick Mars has long been the guitarist for Motley Crue, and he is one very underrated musician. He plays a Fender Stratocaster HSH, and here is the rest of the story.

    Mick Mars and the Fender Stratocaster

    Mick Mars and the Fender Stratocaster

    by Wesman Todd Shaw6

  • Tom Scholz and his Gibson Les Paul, along with some brilliant home made recording equipment, are the driving force of the band Boston. Here's the rest of the story.

    Tom Scholz and the Gibson Les Paul

    Tom Scholz and the Gibson Les Paul

    by Wesman Todd Shaw5

  • Here's a review of my Heartfield Talon II guitar, a Fender superstrat made in Japan that has become a strange sort of classic in the guitar world.

    Heartfield by Fender Talon II Review

    Heartfield by Fender Talon II Review

    by Michael James3

  • Check out the Best Gibson Les Pauls for metal, plus options from Epiphone and amazing Les Paul alternatives for heavy metal and hard rock.

    Best Les Paul for Metal

    Best Les Paul for Metal

    by Michael James2

  • Check out my review of the Marshall DSL40C guitar amp. It’s a powerful, versatile tube combo from a legendary name in the guitar world.

    Marshall DSL40C Combo Amp Review

    Marshall DSL40C Combo Amp Review

    by Michael James4

  • 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.

    Best Solid-State Guitar Amps for Metal

    Best Solid-State Guitar Amps for Metal

    by Michael James0

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