Find out if expensive guitars are worth it and if you really need high-end gear to be taken seriously as a guitarist.
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.
Since most people have a limited budget, you need to buy the equipment you need and not just what you want.
There are a huge number of different effects pedals that guitarists can get their hands on. In this article you'll find out all about the different types of effects and how to use them.
In this hub you'll learn how to clean and polish your guitar in easy to follow steps. I'll show you the products that I use and some easy tips that will help to keep your guitar looking great.
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.
New in 2017 comes the Gibson Custom Modern Double Cut Guitar. It has some brand new features. Then we have the very similar Tak Matsumoto Doublecut Custom, which has been around a bit. Which is best?
This budget microphone has received varied opinions across the internet, here is my opinion and test of the Peavey PVi 100.
Taking a look at EZKeys, a simple and useful virtual piano that makes composition and recording on a computer a whole lot easier than it should be. Key features are discussed in depth.
Learn a huge number of chords just by knowing the shapes and the chord tones. Charts and in-depth info included.
Find the best strap locks for your guitar or bass and protect your beloved instrument from disaster. Yes, you need strap locks!
Check out my review of the TC Electronic Dark Matter, an affordable distortion pedal that covers everything from blues to rock to metal.
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.
I have been in Urban outfitters, and see you buying crosley's. No No read this before you start collecting
Discover the world of guitar effects pedals and learn everything a beginner needs to know about distortion, overdrive, chorus and more.
Tonewoods are a key selling point for electric guitars, so why do some guitar players say they don’t even matter?
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?
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.
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.
Are you hunting for the best studio monitor speakers for under $300? Quality choices are limited, but there are a handful of great brands to look at. This article reviews four of my favorite options.
Are they two names for the same thing? Are they different instruments? Does it matter what style of music is played on either the violin or the fiddle?
Check out the top 5-string bass guitars for beginners and learn why a newbie should consider a 5-string as their first instrument.
Just another part time audiophile reviewing the fabulous Totem Acoustic Element Fire bookshelf speakers. Are they grandeur at a grand price? Read to find out.
The magical sounds that come from the harmonica are nothing short of a mystery. How do they do it? This article explores some of the masters of this tiny musical instrument.
Check out this Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo review if you’re looking for the best combo guitar amp for metal. It has legendary 6505 tone, and all the power you need.
These are the 5 best artist series Fender Telecaster guitars available in 2017. These are a very diverse group, each quite different from the other four.
The guitars of the Paul Reed Smith company are widely desired, but their prices are prohibitive for most working musicians. The new S2 line remedies this, and the S2 Vela may be the best one.
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!
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.
Check out some of the best electric guitars for the musician on a budget who demands an affordable, quality instrument that looks and sounds amazing.
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.
Five of the finest of all Jumbo sized steel string acoustic guitars from five of the finest makers of steel string acoustic guitars. These are big acoustic guitars for people wanting a big sound.
Learn whether a beginner should choose an electric or acoustic guitar when starting out, and discover the differences between each type of guitar
Check out the top bass guitar brands beginners should consider for their best chance of success with their first instrument.
Check out the best guitars for beginners who are into heavy metal and newbies intent on causing maximum mayhem with their first guitar.
Want to play guitar, but never have? Wonder what goes along with it? How hard is it to learn guitar? What are the obstacles and challenges of learning guitar? Find a good portion of your answers here!
The history of why some string instruments have frets and others don't, and why we should not add frets to instruments that do not have them.
Strings vibrate when they are plucked or bowed, producing sound. The vibration may be transferred into the body of the instrument and amplified, then projected out through the sound holes.
Whether it has frets or not, finger placement on a string instrument is learned by muscle memory. Also, there is no objective way to measure which is more difficult.
Guitar companies such as Gibson often describe their maple tops with a system of A's denoting their "Flame" Maple Topped, guitars, however what really is this flaming and what do the A's mean?
Compare the top bass amps for practice and small gigs. They’re under $200 and made by brands you know and trust.
The great Jimi Hendrix set the world of music on fire with his Fender Stratocaster guitars. He was the most influential Strat ambassador, and so Fender now makes two Jimi Hendrix Strats Here they are.
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.
Learn why the Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster and Jaguar have gone down in history as some of the most iconic guitars in the world.
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!
Learn what to look for when choosing your first acoustic guitar in this comprehensive guide for beginners.
Find out why learning to play an electric guitar might be a better choice compared to choosing an acoustic guitar as your first instrument.
It's easier if your effects pedals a already hooked up together before you play live. All you have to do is plug the guitar into the first pedal and run a cable from the output of the last one.
Glenn Frey and Garth Brooks are two of the finest singer songwriters the USA has ever produced. Takamine makes a great signature guitar in honor of both of these legends. Here's the story.
Super Strat guitars were created for shred guitar playing. Here are five super strats designed for and by some of the world's most noteworthy shred style guitarists
Bob Dylan's earliest recordings were made using a small all mahogany Martin 00-17 guitar. This guitar is no longer in production, but the very very similar Martin 00-15 is inexpensive and available.
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.
Trying to decide if you should learn guitar or drums? Discover the pros and cons of each and make the best decision for you!
This beginner's guide to EZ Drummer will help you get started on that virtual percussion fix you so dearly crave.
James Patrick Page is among the most iconic electric guitarists. He's been an important part of many bands and has performed on an untold number of session recordings for both one-hit wonders and big-time bands.
Are tube amps really louder than solid-state guitar amps of the same power, and why? Is there something we are missing here?
Jimmy Buffett needs no introduction, but should you wonder what guitars he plays, then here is the answer.
Steve Lukather is one of the most recorded guitarist in music history. John Petrucci is the master of progressive metal shred. Sterling by Music Man makes signature models for both, here they are.
Check out the VOX Valvetronix Series VT20X, VT40X and VT100X guitar amps in this review and learn which modeling amp is right for you.
A basic guide for beginners with explanations of acoustic guitar types and examples of different body sizes.
Learn about the Seagull Artist Mosaic, S6 Original and Maritime SWS acoustic guitars in this review. Specs, sounds and other important info.
Learn to choose the best guitar strings for electric and acoustic guitar, plus get tips for beginners on changing strings and guitar maintenance.
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 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 Behringer MDX4600 dynamics processor is a common choice for podcasters, but it can be a challenge to get good results from this, or any advanced audio equipment. This guide walks you through all its settings and with examples for different applications. When configured properly, the MDX4600 will grealy enhance the quality of your podcast audio!
Here's my review of the Nano Clone chorus from Electro-Harmonix, an affordable pedal designed after the legendary Small Clone.
The vibrato is one of the most fascinating aspects of violin playing. To master the technique, one needs to understand its mechanism and nature.
The zurna, dumbeg, dudek and the oud are common instruments to Armenians, but are not widely known to the rest of the world.
Taking a look at Toontrack's new and vastly improved EZDrummer 2, a powerful yet easy way to add realistic virtual drum tracks to your home recording sessions. Key features are discussed in depth.
The Les Paul Custom is a lovely jewel. Bjorn Gelotte and Matt Heafy are both kings of thrash metal guitar and they both play Epiphone Les Paul Custom guitars. Here is the rest of the story.
This article compares the Marshall DSL40C and the Peavey 6505 Plus 112 guitar amplifiers. They’re both awesome tube combos, but which is better?
What's the fastest and easiest way to memorize a piano song? Is it a good idea, and if so, what benefits will it bring? Look inside to find out more.
How well does this amp serve the average, non-professional, guitar player with a limited budget and a desire for versatile sound?
Here’s a beginner’s guide to the basic types of electric guitars, the sound differences and which brands to look to as examples of each.
Home recording can get really expensive, and getting the right hardware for the job can be a bank-breaking affair. But it doesn't have to be! This article discusses five computer recording hardware interfaces under $150.
Electronic drum sets let the drummer practice in near silence. Here are four high quality, affordable, electronic drum options for beginning drummers.
Get advice on choosing the best Fender or Squier by Fender Stratocaster electric guitar for beginners for your budget and style.
Alex Skolnick and Gary Holt are leading figures of thrash metal guitar playing. They've both endorsed ESP guitars and both have signature models by ESP. Here's the rest of the story.
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.
The piano continues to be a driving force in all styles of music. But where are its roots, and why was it invented in the first place?
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 which brands build the best acoustic guitars for beginners and get advice on choosing an amazing starter instrument.
Get advice on choosing the best electric guitar for a beginner and learn which top brands you can trust to deliver a quality starter instrument.
Jake E. Lee once had the toughest job in metal music, he had to replace Randy Rhoads in Ozzy Osbourne's band. DeMartini was a first class guitar gunslinger in the band Ratt. Here are their guitars.
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.
A look at the Fab Metal Distortion pedal by Danelectro. The Fab is an excellent option for guitar players on a budget or looking for new sounds.
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.
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.
In this review you'll learn why the Fender Mustang Series V.2 modeling guitar amps are perfect for gigging and hobby guitarists alike
The Digitech TRIO Guitar Multi Effect pedal "learns" a chord progression that the guitarist plays and then provides a backup drum and bass tracks based on the chord progression.
All over the world mahogany body dreadnought guitars are sought after for their bright, woody tonality. These are the cream of the crop in mahogany body dreadnought guitars.
Here’s a look at the EVH 5150 Overdrive from MXR, a pedal designed in conjunction with legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
Check out these affordable acoustic guitars for around $400 and learn how to land a great instrument without breaking your budget.
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.
Your amplifier is a massive part of your sound. Learn how to choose your perfect amplifier in this article.
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.
Dave Murray and Jim Root are from different countries and different musical eras. They've both got Fender Stratocaster Artist Series guitars made for them, and these are two great Strats for metal.
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.
Learn whether or not brand name matters when it comes to guitars for beginner, intermediate and advanced guitarists. Are some simply better than others?
Everyone loves to hear a 12-string acoustic guitar, but lets face it, they are high-maintenance items. They are almost never someone's primary instrument. Here are five high-quality ones for less.
Discover alternatives to effects pedals plus decide which pedals to use as a guitar player, or if you even need effects at all.
In this review you'll discover why the Fender Standard HSS Stratocaster is among the top electric guitars for the money.
Here are some of the best bass combo amps for under $1000, each with all the power you need for gigs and rehearsals.
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.
One of the single most widely desired solid body electric guitars in the world is the Stratocaster. Fender American Strats are anything but cheap, so what is a poor musician to do? Buy one of these.
Check out the mighty Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9 overdrive and learn more about how to use this pedal for blues, rock and even metal.
Check out my list of must-have acoustic guitar accessories for beginners and learn what gear is essential for success.
Compare and review the best electric guitar starter packs for beginners, affordable kits from the most respected names in the guitar industry.
Looking to test and demo speakers? Bring along these suggested songs to see how versatile they sound.
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.
Learn more about the Epiphone Les Paul Studio and Goth Studio, affordable guitars for serious beginners and intermediate players.
Sight reading for guitarists | Simple sight reading exercises focused on guitar-friendly key signatures - with audio demos
Two of the greatest guitarists to have lived, both from the British invasion, settled into playing, primarily, the Fender Stratocaster. Let's look at the Artist Series strats named after them.
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.
Learn how to care for your acoustic or electric guitar with a few easy maintenance tips meant to get beginners on the right track.
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.
Ritchie Blackmore and Yngwie Malmsteen are two of the most influential European guitarists in the world. Fender has Artist Series Stratocaster guitars in production for both. Here is the story.
Every music producer have their own tricks and know-hows when it comes to vocals production. Vocals are often the most important part of a song and I'll share with you some of the tricks I've learned
Learn more about the Line 6 Spider IV series guitar amp in this review and decide which digital modeling amp is right for you.
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!
There are many style of guitar to choose from, but not all have a rich history in guitar lore. Here are some that do.
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!
Learn more about the B.C. Rich Mk3 Warlock, Warbeast, Mockingbird and Villain in this review of serious metal guitars.
The Akai EIE Pro is a four-channel audio interface for the home studio market. But is it worth your money?
Should you buy a new or used guitar? Get advice to help you decide which is right for you and learn the pros and cons of each.
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.
The Electro-Harmonix Synth 9 Synthesizer Machine is an effects pedal that can make your guitar or other stringed instrument sound like a synthesizer.
Guitar cabs can be expensive, but they're relatively simple to make, so why not have a go at your own?
Leaning to play the guitar takes commitment and practice, but it’s extremely rewarding. Here ten tips to help the beginner learn how to play the guitar.
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.
Learn about the difference between single coil and humbucker guitar pickups and decide which is better for your sound.
Learn how to re-string your acoustic guitar. Lots of pictures, an animated video and clear, simple instructions!
Check out my review of the Peavey Nano Vyper. It's a battery-powered guitar amplifier for jamming off the grid or just in your own backyard.
In this day and age signature series guitars are all the rage. Here are five of the coolest solid body electric signature series guitars, all making their debut in 2015.
Randy Rhoads and Marty Friedman were two of the most influential American guitarists. Jackson X series guitars are super-affordable, and here are the rest of the details for these signature guitars.
For fifteen hundred bucks here are two of the finest possible electric guitars available that are made in the USA . But which should you choose? Here are all the specifications and considerations.
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.
In a telephone interview, Scott Ward of The Wardens tells me about the origins of this unique band, how they approach songwriting and recording, and where they find creative inspiration.
Check out the best gift ideas for guitar players and lovers of things with six strings. Find gadgets, toys and tools for any occasion!
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.
Compare 5 of the top budget guitars under $400 and discover the best choice for you when it comes an affordable, quality instrument.
Find out why learning to play an acoustic guitar has some big advantages over choosing an electric guitar as your first instrument.