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  • 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 Shaw310

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    The Best Junior Drum Set for 7- to 10-Year-Old Kids

    The Best Junior Drum Set for 7- to 10-Year-Old Kids

    by Faye Rutledge6

  • 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

  • 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 James38

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Shaw8

  • This review can help you choose the best mini guitar amp. Here are five cool little micro amps for practice, jamming or just plain fun.

    Best Mini Guitar Amp

    Best Mini Guitar Amp

    by Michael James4

  • 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.

    Kurt Cobain and the Martin D-18E

    Kurt Cobain and the Martin D-18E

    by Wesman Todd Shaw6

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp Review

    Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp Review

    by Michael James0

  • 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.

    Best Bass Under $500: Top 5 Bass Guitars for the Money

    Best Bass Under $500: Top 5 Bass Guitars for the Money

    by Michael James14

  • 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 Shaw7

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Alex Lifeson of Rush has been a superb player for more than four decades. He's primarily played Gibson guitars. It's wonderful he's got two different Les Paul instruments made for him.

    Alex Lifeson's Signature Gibson Les Paul Guitars

    Alex Lifeson's Signature Gibson Les Paul Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw3

  • 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

  • Do you love the nostalgic chipped sounds of classic Nintendo games? Have you ever thought about learning how to make songs in that style on your own? It's surprisingly simple and extremely fun. Learn how with this step by step guide and get creating in minutes!

    How to Make 8-Bit Music with FamiTracker

    How to Make 8-Bit Music with FamiTracker

    by orandze1

  • Check out my list of the best bass guitars under $1000. These are 4 and 5-string basses for intermediate players or working pros, and they are made by some of the top bass guitar builders in the world.

    Best Bass Under $1000

    Best Bass Under $1000

    by Michael James3

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 mrsaxde21

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Fender Precision Bass vs. Jazz Bass Review

    Fender Precision Bass vs. Jazz Bass Review

    by Michael James3

  • 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

  • Here are the best bass combo amps for under $300. This review can help you determine which is right for you.

    Best Bass Combo Amps Under $300

    Best Bass Combo Amps Under $300

    by Michael James0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Dalton51

  • Here's my list of the best acoustic and electric guitar brands for players on a budget. Whether you are a beginner looking for a cheap starter guitar or a veteran guitarist who wants an affordable instrument you’d be smart to look to one of these brands.

    10 Best Budget Acoustic and Electric Guitar Brands

    10 Best Budget Acoustic and Electric Guitar Brands

    by Michael James3

  • 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 James8

  • 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 DaveL80

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 James149

  • 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.

    5 Best Telecaster Guitars With Maple Tops

    5 Best Telecaster Guitars With Maple Tops

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    5 Best Parlor Guitars

    5 Best Parlor Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • 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

  • 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

  • Read this review of the best affordable semi-hollow body electric guitars for under $500, instruments made by some of the top brands in the guitar world.

    Best Semi-Hollow Body Guitar Under $500

    Best Semi-Hollow Body Guitar Under $500

    by Michael James1

  • Here is a 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.

    Best Peavey Amps for Metal

    Best Peavey Amps for Metal

    by Michael James0

  • 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...

    Kurt Cobain's Unique Pedals and Settings

    Kurt Cobain's Unique Pedals and Settings

    by jaysiggs18

  • 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.

    5 Best Non-Gibson Brands of Les Paul Guitar

    5 Best Non-Gibson Brands of Les Paul Guitar

    by Wesman Todd Shaw71

  • 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 Flannery20

  • The best portable guitar amp combines cool features with great sounds in a small, battery-powered package. Here are 5 awesome choices.

    Best Portable Guitar Amp

    Best Portable Guitar Amp

    by Michael James8

  • Check out this list of best bass guitar brands for 2019 and get help finding an instrument that’s perfect for you.

    Best Bass Guitar Brands 2019

    Best Bass Guitar Brands 2019

    by Michael James34

  • 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

  • Learn which combo guitar amps are best for toting to gigs and how to choose the right amplifier for a performing guitarist.

    Best Combo Guitar Amps for Gigging

    Best Combo Guitar Amps for Gigging

    by Michael James0

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • Here are a few names: Danny Bonaduce. Derek Smalls. Bobby Dall. Gene Simmons. I think you can see where I'm going with this. Maybe? No? Oh...just read the article, already.

    Top 10 Reasons Why Bass Players Rule

    Top 10 Reasons Why Bass Players Rule

    by Steve Witschel40

  • 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

  • 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 2019

    10 Best Electric Guitars Under $500 2019

    by Michael James17

  • 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

  • Pete Townshend is one of the most influential rock guitarists from one of the most influential rock bands. For about a decade he played Schecter PT guitars almost exclusively. Here's the story.

    The Great Pete Townshend and His Schecter PT Guitars

    The Great Pete Townshend and His Schecter PT Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • 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

  • 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 Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

    The Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

    by Wesman Todd Shaw6

  • 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

  • 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 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.

    Best Guitar Amps for Blues and Rock

    Best Guitar Amps for Blues and Rock

    by Michael James2

  • 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.

    5 Great New Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitars

    5 Great New Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • 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

  • Are you a heavy metal guitarist, a shredder or riff master? These Super Strat guitars are the heavy metal virtuoso's dream come true.

    5 of the Best Super Strat Guitars

    5 of the Best Super Strat Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw8

  • 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

  • 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.

    Best Guitar Effects Pedals and Brands

    Best Guitar Effects Pedals and Brands

    by Michael James0

  • Find the perfect gift for the bass player in your life and discover some of the best ideas for Christmas, birthdays and the Holiday Season!

    10 Best Gifts for Bass Players

    10 Best Gifts for Bass Players

    by Michael James0

  • 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

  • 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.

    5 Best New Inexpensive Solid Body Electric Guitars

    5 Best New Inexpensive Solid Body Electric Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • Compare 10 of the best electric guitars under $1000 in this guide to the top instruments for under a grand, all from big names in the guitar world.

    10 Best Electric Guitars Under $1000

    10 Best Electric Guitars Under $1000

    by Michael James12

  • 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

  • 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.

    5 Essential Guitar Effects Pedals

    5 Essential Guitar Effects Pedals

    by Michael James11

  • Find out what electric guitars are made out of and how wood is used in different parts of the instrument. Learn what’s inside an electric guitar body, how wood is routed to accommodate the electronics, and how alternative materials may be the way of the future for electric guitars.

    Are Electric Guitars Made of Wood?

    Are Electric Guitars Made of Wood?

    by Michael James2

  • 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 James4

  • 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

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