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.
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.
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Compare the best Ibanez guitars, top choices for metal and rock guitar players around the world, and decide which is right for you.
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.
Discover the top ten electric guitars that are best for beginners, all under $200 and from big names in the guitar world.
Check out the best acoustic guitars under $300! Perfect for beginners and intermediate guitarists, but good enough to impress the veterans!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Metal guitar players who expect the best tone know the right guitar pick makes a big difference. Wimpy picks don’t create huge metal sound!
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.
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.
Gibson Les Paul or Fender Stratocaster? Read this review to help decide which guitar is best for you and your playing style.
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.
Check out this guide to the best guitar amp brands and decide which manufacturer builds the right guitar amplifier for your needs.
Check out some of the best Fender Stratocasters and Strat-style guitars for classic metal, thrash, hard rock and all forms of extreme music.
What is the ultimate best guitar brand for shredding? Ibanez? Jackson? Fender? Read this and decide for yourself.
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 discover why the Fender Standard HSS Stratocaster is among the top electric guitars for the money.
Check out the top rock guitar builders, companies that have proven themselves as the best of the best over the decades.
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).
Compare the top guitar amps under $300 from the best names in the guitar world and learn which is right for you and your playing style.
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.
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.
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.
Japanese MIJ guitars from 1960-1980. Badges listed by manufacturer with short summaries of the companies who made these guitars for export. MIJ Research Blog!
A Gibson Les Paul Custom with 3 pickups is forever an extremely desirable and also expensive guitar. Here are 5 of the best available.
Check out this Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo review and find out why I think it is the best combo guitar amp for metal. It has legendary 6505 tone, and all the power you need in a compact package. Learn how it compares to the 6505+ head and the 6505 MH mini head.
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.
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?
Compare 5 of the best bass amps for beginners, top-rated amplifiers from some of the biggest brand names in the bass guitar world.
So you like the Telecaster look but not the features? Check out these five guitars that were inspired by the iconic guitar but promise to take you places the Telecaster itself surely can't.
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.
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.
Learn the difference between a maple or rosewood fretboard for guitar and decide which is better for your sound.
Compare the best electric guitars under $300. They're quality, affordable instruments from the top names in the guitar world.
Discover which bass guitars are best under $300. Find a bass that keeps you under budget but still sounds amazing!
Thinking about an expensive MP3 player for your kids? Here are some good and cheap MP3 players from $20 to $150.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Check out this list of best bass guitar brands for 2018 and get help finding an instrument that’s perfect for you.
Learn whether a beginner should choose an electric or acoustic guitar when starting out, and discover the differences between each type of guitar
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.
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
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.
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.
Learn to choose the best guitar strings for electric and acoustic guitar, plus get tips for beginners on changing strings and guitar maintenance.
Learn which Epiphone electric guitar is best of metal. Check out the Les Paul, SG G-400 and more and decide which will get the job done for you!
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.
This guide can help you find the best guitar amp for the money. Beginner or pro, you need the right amp for your budget and style.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Guitar cabs can be expensive, but they're relatively simple to make, so why not have a go at your own?
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.
Are tube amps really louder than solid-state guitar amps of the same power, and why? Is there something we are missing here?
Trying to decide if you should learn guitar or drums? Discover the pros and cons of each and make the best decision for you!
Learn the difference between the Ibanez RG and S Series and decide which guitar is better for you and your music.
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.
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.
Outside audio is an excellent way to enhance a yard, patio, or pool space. This article looks at some of the best outdoor speakers currently available.
Are you a heavy metal guitarist, a shredder or riff master? These Super Strat guitars are the heavy metal virtuoso's dream come true.
Compare five of the best electric guitars under $750 and decide which top-rated instrument is perfect for you and your style.
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.
Learn about the Marshall MG guitar amp series in this review. Check out the MG15CFX, MG30CFX, MG50CFX, MG101CFX, MG102CFX and MG100HCFX.
The Peavey 6505 Series has built a reputation as the best guitar amp for metal. Here's a review of this extreme metal monster.
Check out the top guitar amps for metal, in combo form. They are affordable, portable and perfect for gigs and rehearsals.
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.
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.
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!
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 Top 10 Greatest Gibson Guitars of All-Time Gibson Guitar Corporation was founded on October 11, 1902, and has been making quality instruments ever since. However, most of you may agree with me and say they really started making good stuff in...
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.
Discover the top electric guitars for blues and rock. If you play blues guitar, you need the best instrument for the job.
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.
Learn about the top small tube amps. They’re low-wattage combos perfect for playing at home, recording, or low-volume gigs.
Compare the top electric guitars that are best for intermediate players and guitarists who are just beginning their climb to the top.
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.
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!
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.
Here are five of the best acoustic-electric guitars on the market for under $1000. If you’re looking for a new guitar start your search here!
The best portable guitar amp combines cool features with great sounds in a small, battery-powered package. Here are 5 awesome choices.
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.
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.
Learn more about the Standard Precision Bass by Fender, a quality Mexican-made version of a classic bass guitar.
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.
Discover the Peavey TransTube Bandit 112, red-stripe version. This powerful little amp has served me well for more than a decade!
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson are both monster guitarists from Texas. They also each have Fender Artist Series Stratocaster guitars made after and for them. Here's a close look at both.
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.
Here’s a review of the Fender American Special Stratocaster and Telecaster, affordable American-made instruments with classic vibes.
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 which brands build the best acoustic guitars for beginners and get advice on choosing an amazing starter instrument.
Compare the best acoustic-electric guitars for under $300 and decide which top-rated instrument is perfect for your style.
Find out how worrying too much about expensive gear can hurt your guitar playing, not to mention your wallet. Don't be a guitar gear snob!
Find out if expensive guitars are worth it and if you really need high-end gear to be taken seriously as a guitarist.
Discover the amazing history of Gibson electric guitars and learn what made the Les Paul, SG, Flying V and Explorer so legendary!
Learn the difference between a tube amp and solid state amp and decide which best meets your needs as a guitar player.
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 Fender Telecaster was born perfect. The design is timeless and utilitarian bliss. Here are 5 of the very best Fender Telecasters anywhere.
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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.
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.
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.
Get advice on how much a guitar should cost for a beginner and learn which guitars and amps are worth the money.
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.
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.
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.
Check out this review of the Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO. Compare to Gibson and discover if it's the right guitar for you.
Discover the best guitar amps under $100 for beginners, all from top brand names, plus learn what to look for in your very first guitar amp.
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.
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.
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.
Find out which guitars besides the Epiphone Les Paul are among the best affordable alternatives to the Gibson Les Paul.
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.
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.
In this list I will be going over the very best of the best when it comes to ride cymbals. From Agop to Soultone, it's all here.
Guild Guitars have produced wonderful instruments right here in the United States for a very long time. Founded in 1952 in Manhattan, Guild Guitars had very solid foundations for their company.
Gibson makes a lot of great Les Paul guitars, and they are forever trying new materials. In 2016 many new editions debuted. Here are the 5 best with woods other than maple used for the top.
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.
Here's a review of the Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Jazz Bass series, five of the best bass guitars under or around $300.
Here’s a review of the best guitar multi-effects pedals, powerful digital floor processors from the top names in the guitar industry.
Compare the Squier Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe Stratocasters and decide which is better for your budget and style.
Check out the best acoustic guitars for beginners, all under $200 and from some of the top brands in the guitar world
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
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.
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.
Here’s a review of my new Martin DX1AE, an acoustic-electric guitar with an amazing sound and an environmentally friendly build.
The best and most famous Fender Stratocaster players in rock history played Strats as unique as the guitarists themselves.
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The talking drum, like the Gangan and Kalangu, is a percussion instrument that can adapt tone to spoken language and is used to relay messages afar.
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.
Knowing the difference between the Squier and Fender Stratocaster will help you decide which guitar is right for you and your budget.
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.
Common problems with Sony Walkman MP3 players include the device freezing, static or other noise playing in the background of your files, files not playing, the device not turning on or being recognized by a computer, and more. Use troubleshooting to hone in on your specific problem and resolve it on your own without having to send it back to Sony or take it to a repair person.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discover the top acoustic guitar amps for gigs and home use. These are the best choices for performing musicians.
Looking to test and demo speakers? Bring along these suggested songs to see how versatile they sound.
Learn which combo guitar amps are best for toting to gigs and how to choose the right amplifier for a performing guitarist.
This beginner's guide to EZ Drummer will help you get started on that virtual percussion fix you so dearly crave.
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.
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.
Learn about the Mexican-made (MIM) Fender Standard Stratocaster and decide if the HSS or SSS if better for you and your sound.
Which guitar brand is best for metal: Jackson, Ibanez, ESP LTD or Schecter? Compare construction, quality, sound, specs and more.
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.
Learn about the difference between the Epiphone Les Paul 100, Special II and Studio and find out which electric guitar is best for you.
Learn the difference between the Fender Stratocaster vs the Telecaster and decide which guitar is best for your needs.
Learn the pros and cons of cheap acoustic and electric guitars and the difference between low-budget and expensive models.
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.
Learn about the pros and cons of the Floyd Rose tremolo bridge, one of the most significant inventions in the history of electric 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.
Learn the difference between classical and acoustic guitars and discover the pros and cons of each for beginners.
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.
Learn the difference between the Epiphone Les Paul Standard, Standard PRO, Studio and Custom PRO electric guitars in this review.
Compare the Epiphone Les Paul and the Squier Stratocaster in this review and decide which electric guitar is right for you!
This Fender Standard Jazz Bass review takes a look at a Made-in-Mexico (MIM) version of a classic instrument.
Check out the top 7-string guitars for the money. These are the ultimate metal machines for beginners, intermediate and advanced players.
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...
There are many guitar manufacturers who produce a Telecaster style guitar which features humbucking pickups. Here are several of the best and most prominent.
Compare the best small guitar amplifiers and find the top amp for home use and practice. Beginners and pros alike love these little powerhouses.
Check out this list of the best acoustic guitars for under $1000, eight amazing instruments from the top guitar makers in the world.
Learn which acoustic guitars are best for intermediate players and discover top instruments for guitarists looking to move up from their starter guitar.
Check out the best Yamaha acoustic guitars, top-rated instruments perfect for beginners but good enough for intermediate and advanced guitarists.
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.
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.
If you're looking for the best guitar amp under $500 check out these 5 great options, all with plenty of power for gigs and rehearsals.
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.
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.
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.
Compare the best acoustic guitars under $500 and learn why you don't need to spend a fortune to land a great instrument!
Learn to manage Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS) an affliction that impacts the lives of guitar players around the world.
Here’s a review of my Fender Highway One Stratocaster, an American-made guitar I grabbed for a super affordable price back in 2003.
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.
Check out 5 affordable alternatives to the Fender Stratocaster and get advice on finding the best Strat-style guitar for the money.
Compare and review the best electric guitar starter packs for beginners, affordable kits from the most respected names in the guitar industry.
Here are the 5 best bass guitars under $200 for beginners, top-quality instruments that will get a newbie started off right!
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.
Find out why learning to play an electric guitar might be a better choice compared to choosing an acoustic guitar as your first instrument.
Electronic drum sets let the drummer practice in near silence. Here are four high quality, affordable, electronic drum options for beginning drummers.
Discover the best heavy metal guitars under $300, great options from brands like Jackson, Dean, Schecter and B.C. Rich.
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.