Check out the mighty Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9 overdrive and learn more about how to use this pedal for blues, rock and even metal.
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
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.
A Gibson Les Paul Custom with 3 pickups is forever an extremely desirable and also expensive guitar. Here are 5 of the best available.
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.
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.
Learn which brands build the best acoustic guitars for beginners and get advice on choosing an amazing starter instrument.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Compare 5 of the top budget guitars under $400 and discover the best choice for you when it comes an affordable, quality instrument.
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.
Check out the top bass guitar brands beginners should consider for their best chance of success with their first instrument.
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?
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.
Find the best strap locks for your guitar or bass and protect your beloved instrument from disaster. Yes, you need strap locks!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Find out if expensive guitars are worth it and if you really need high-end gear to be taken seriously as a guitarist.
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.
Jimmy Buffett needs no introduction, but should you wonder what guitars he plays, then here is the answer.
Check out this review of the Peavey Vypyr VIP series, unique and versatile amplifiers for guitar and bass that are jam-packed with surprises.
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.
Find out how to arrange your effects pedals the right way, whether in-line between your guitar and amp or through your effects loop.
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.
Check out these affordable acoustic guitars for around $400 and learn how to land a great instrument without breaking your budget.
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.
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.
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!
This budget microphone has received varied opinions across the internet, here is my opinion and test of the Peavey PVi 100.
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.
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.
Here's my review of the Nano Clone chorus from Electro-Harmonix, an affordable pedal designed after the legendary Small Clone.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Find out why learning to play an acoustic guitar has some big advantages over choosing an electric guitar as your first instrument.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Peavey 6505 Series has built a reputation as the best guitar amp for metal. Here's a review of this extreme metal monster.
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?
Here’s a review of my new Martin DX1AE, an acoustic-electric guitar with an amazing sound and an environmentally friendly build.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to vintage American guitars the big three will always come to mind. Now, everyone has heard of the big three American automobile companies, but we Americans have a big three for guitars as well, Martin, Gibson, and Fender. C.F. Martin...
How well does this amp serve the average, non-professional, guitar player with a limited budget and a desire for versatile sound?
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.
Discover the amazing history of Gibson electric guitars and learn what made the Les Paul, SG, Flying V and Explorer so legendary!
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 vibrato is one of the most fascinating aspects of violin playing. To master the technique, one needs to understand its mechanism and nature.
Check out this review of the Schecter C-1 Classic, Hellraiser C-1 and Omen 6, all great guitars for metal and hard rock.
Here are some of the best bass combo amps for under $1000, each with all the power you need for gigs and rehearsals.
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
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.
Find out why learning to play an electric guitar might be a better choice compared to choosing an acoustic guitar as your first instrument.
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.
Check out the top 7-string guitars for the money. These are the ultimate metal machines for beginners, intermediate and advanced players.
Since most people have a limited budget, you need to buy the equipment you need and not just what you want.
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?
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.
Check out the best gift ideas for guitar players and lovers of things with six strings. Find gadgets, toys and tools for any occasion!
In this guitar toneswoods guide you'll learn how different woods influence the sound of your acoustic guitar, electric guitar or bass.
The Akai EIE Pro is a four-channel audio interface for the home studio market. But is it worth your money?
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.
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.
The zurna, dumbeg, dudek and the oud are common instruments to Armenians, but are not widely known to the rest of the world.
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.
Learn to manage Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS) an affliction that impacts the lives of guitar players around the world.
The DigiTech JamMan Solo XT Phrase Sampler/Looper pedal has a number of great features. Not all of them can be covered in detail in a single review, but I will provide some of the finer points.
Learn how to re-string your acoustic guitar. Lots of pictures, an animated video and clear, simple instructions!
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
This article compares the Marshall DSL40C and the Peavey 6505 Plus 112 guitar amplifiers. They’re both awesome tube combos, but which is better?
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.
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.
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 Electro-Harmonix Synth 9 Synthesizer Machine is an effects pedal that can make your guitar or other stringed instrument sound like a synthesizer.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been in Urban outfitters, and see you buying crosley's. No No read this before you start collecting
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.
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.
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.
An introduction to the world of piano chords. If you have always wanted to play the piano but have no interest in reading music, this article is for you!
Discover the top acoustic guitar amps for gigs and home use. These are the best choices for performing musicians.
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!
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.
Check out some of the best travel guitars: Acoustic, Electric and Acoustic-Electric guitars made to pack up and take on the road.
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.
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.
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.
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 more about the Epiphone Les Paul Studio and Goth Studio, affordable guitars for serious beginners and intermediate players.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to care for your acoustic or electric guitar with a few easy maintenance tips meant to get beginners on the right track.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.