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.
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.
Compare 5 of the top budget guitars under $400 and discover the best choice for you when it comes an affordable, quality instrument.
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.
Find out if expensive guitars are worth it and if you really need high-end gear to be taken seriously as a guitarist.
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.
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.
Learn how to care for your acoustic or electric guitar with a few easy maintenance tips meant to get beginners on the right track.
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.
You always want an all solid wood construction dreadnought if you can afford one. Mahogany is a bright tonewood with a very woody sound, excellent for all styles of music. Here are 5 of the best.
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.
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.
I have been in Urban outfitters, and see you buying crosley's. No No read this before you start collecting
Confused by guitar specs when it comes to buying your first beginner guitar? Read this guide to basic terms and definitions.
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.
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.
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 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.
Here are some of the best bass combo amps for under $1000, each with all the power you need for gigs and rehearsals.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
The Peavey 6505 Series has built a reputation as the best guitar amp for metal. Here's a review of this extreme metal monster.
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.
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 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?
Check out the top 5-string bass guitars for beginners and learn why a newbie should consider a 5-string as their first instrument.
Check out this review of the Peavey Vypyr VIP series, unique and versatile amplifiers for guitar and bass that are jam-packed with surprises.
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!
Discover the top acoustic guitar amps for gigs and home use. These are the best choices for performing musicians.
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?
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.
Learn the pros and cons of cheap acoustic and electric guitars and the difference between low-budget and expensive models.
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.
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.
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 about the Marshall MG guitar amp series in this review. Check out the MG15CFX, MG30CFX, MG50CFX, MG101CFX, MG102CFX and MG100HCFX.
Here's my review of the Nano Clone chorus from Electro-Harmonix, an affordable pedal designed after the legendary Small Clone.
The Akai EIE Pro is a four-channel audio interface for the home studio market. But is it worth your money?
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.
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.
This budget microphone has received varied opinions across the internet, here is my opinion and test of the Peavey PVi 100.
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.
Learn which brands build the best acoustic guitars for beginners and get advice on choosing an amazing starter instrument.
Discover the best half stacks for guitar players on a budget and learn how you can grab a quality guitar amp without crushing your wallet.
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?
Read this review and learn why the Hartke HA3500 bass amp or its big brother the Hartke HA550o is the perfect choice for gigging bassists.
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.
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.
Buying music gear should be fun, right? So why is finding that "perfect" retailer such a downer? I'll take a look at two online retailers, compare and contrast them and let you do the rest
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.
Your amplifier is a massive part of your sound. Learn how to choose your perfect amplifier in this article.
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.
Find out why learning to play an acoustic guitar has some big advantages over choosing an electric guitar as your first instrument.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A Gibson Les Paul Custom with 3 pickups is forever an extremely desirable and also expensive guitar. Here are 5 of the best available.
In this guitar toneswoods guide you'll learn how different woods influence the sound of your acoustic guitar, electric guitar or bass.
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.
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.
Looking to test and demo speakers? Bring along these suggested songs to see how versatile they sound.
Learn about the Ibanez Iron Label Series in this review and check out some of the meanest RG, S, and 7-String guitars ever made.
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.
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.
Learn why the Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster and Jaguar have gone down in history as some of the most iconic guitars in the world.
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.
How well does this amp serve the average, non-professional, guitar player with a limited budget and a desire for versatile sound?
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 wind-up gramophone or phonograph was how our grandparents enjoyed their music. Here's how it worked and what it looked and sounded like.
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.
There are many style of guitar to choose from, but not all have a rich history in guitar lore. Here are some that do.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Check out the top bass guitar brands beginners should consider for their best chance of success with their first instrument.
The Electro-Harmonix Synth 9 Synthesizer Machine is an effects pedal that can make your guitar or other stringed instrument sound like a synthesizer.
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.
Are tube amps really louder than solid-state guitar amps of the same power, and why? Is there something we are missing here?
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.
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.
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 these affordable acoustic guitars for around $400 and learn how to land a great instrument without breaking your budget.
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.
Check out the best gift ideas for guitar players and lovers of things with six strings. Find gadgets, toys and tools for any occasion!
The vibrato is one of the most fascinating aspects of violin playing. To master the technique, one needs to understand its mechanism and nature.
Here’s a review of my new Martin DX1AE, an acoustic-electric guitar with an amazing sound and an environmentally friendly build.
If you are looking for a piano but don't want to spend much money, find a used piano and do any needed repairs yourself. Not only you will get to know your instrument, but you will save money as well.
Check out the mighty Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9 overdrive and learn more about how to use this pedal for blues, rock and even metal.
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!
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.
Since most people have a limited budget, you need to buy the equipment you need and not just what you want.
Find out why learning to play an electric guitar might be a better choice compared to choosing an acoustic guitar as your first instrument.
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.
Check out this review of the Jackson JS32 Series. They're affordable versions of classic designs such as the Rhoads, King V, Dinky, Warrior and Kelly.
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.
Learn how to re-string your acoustic guitar. Lots of pictures, an animated video and clear, simple instructions!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out the top rock guitar builders, companies that have proven themselves as the best of the best over the decades.
Check out my review of the TC Electronic Dark Matter, an affordable distortion pedal that covers everything from blues to rock to metal.
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?
The zurna, dumbeg, dudek and the oud are common instruments to Armenians, but are not widely known to the rest of the world.
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.
Learn more about the Standard Precision Bass by Fender, a quality Mexican-made version of a classic bass guitar.
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!
In this review you'll learn why the Fender Mustang Series V.2 modeling guitar amps are perfect for gigging and hobby guitarists alike
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Compare the top bass guitars for intermediate-level players who are looking for an affordable, quality instrument.
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!