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?
Pete Townshend is one of the most influential rock guitarists from one of the most influential rock bands. For about a decade he played Schecter PT guitars almost exclusively. Here's the story.
Learn why the Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster and Jaguar have gone down in history as some of the most iconic guitars in the world.
Chris Cornell was one of the best vocalist in the history of rock music, and also one of its most intriguing songwriters. Gibson produced two different and very rare ES-335 models for Chris, and here's the rest of the story.
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!
The Electro-Harmonix Synth 9 Synthesizer Machine is an effects pedal that can make your guitar or other stringed instrument sound like a synthesizer.
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.
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 review of SX bass guitars, affordable instruments for beginners or intermediate players. How does SX stack up against Squier?
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.
Since most people have a limited budget, you need to buy the equipment you need and not just what you want.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Your amplifier is a massive part of your sound. Learn how to choose your perfect amplifier in this article.
A review of Gibson's best selling guitar of all time— the Gibson SG. In its first three years of production, over 6,000 SG’s a year were sold. The SG had established itself as a new thoroughbred in the Gibson stable. Advertisements by Gibson claimed it had, “the fastest neck in the world”.
In this guitar toneswoods guide you'll learn how different woods influence the sound of your acoustic guitar, electric guitar or bass.
Get advice on choosing the best Fender or Squier by Fender Stratocaster electric guitar for beginners for your budget and style.
Check out the top bass guitar brands beginners should consider for their best chance of success with their first instrument.
Compare the top bass guitars for intermediate-level players who are looking for an affordable, quality instrument.
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!
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.
In this review you'll learn why the Fender Mustang Series V.2 modeling guitar amps are perfect for gigging and hobby guitarists alike
Many people claim that a vinyl record sounds superior to its digital counterparts. I tested four different formats to find out how true this claim is.
Check out some affordable guitar amps for blues and rock, each with the power and sound for stage, studio or rehearsal.
The Gibson P-90 pickup is a legend in American manufacturing and American music. The Gibson Les Paul with a P-90 is the guitar with the original Les Paul sound, as wonderful now as it ever will be.
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.
Learn more about the Epiphone Les Paul Studio and Goth Studio, affordable guitars for serious beginners and intermediate players.
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.
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 the best acoustic guitar brands for intermediate players. These are companies with reputations for making quality instruments with amazing sound.
Find the best strap locks for your guitar or bass and protect your beloved instrument from disaster. Yes, you need strap locks!
Martin and Taylor are two of the finest acoustic guitar builders in the entire world. This article compares their flagship rosewood body acoustic/electric dreadnoughts.
Learn more about the Line 6 Spider IV series guitar amp in this review and decide which digital modeling amp is right for you.
Find out how to arrange your effects pedals the right way, whether in-line between your guitar and amp or through your effects loop.
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.
A real underdog, this lesser-known microphone offers very low noise, a tight pickup pattern, and a sound quality rivaling microphones twice its price. Also, it's American-made.
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.
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?
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.
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.
This budget microphone has received varied opinions across the internet, here is my opinion and test of the Peavey PVi 100.
Check out this review of the Ibanez Soundgear SR400, SR505 and Premium bass guitars. Beginner or pro, you’ll find the right bass in the Soundgear lineup.
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 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 about the difference between single coil and humbucker guitar pickups and decide which is better for your sound.
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...
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.
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.
Compare the top bass amps for practice and small gigs. They’re under $200 and made by brands you know and trust.
Learn more about the B.C. Rich Mk3 Warlock, Warbeast, Mockingbird and Villain in this review of serious metal 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!
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!
This article compares the Marshall DSL40C and the Peavey 6505 Plus 112 guitar amplifiers. They’re both awesome tube combos, but which is better? I'll also get into the new DSL40CR a bit, and offer a couple thoughts about how it stacks up to its elder brother.
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
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.
Confused by guitar specs when it comes to buying your first beginner guitar? Read this guide to basic terms and definitions.
David Gilmour's glassy Strat tone has been a part of over two hundred and fifty million albums sold world wide. Here's what you need to know if you're attempting to get a Strat with that exact sound.
Discover the best acoustic-electric guitars under $500 from top brands. You needn't spend a fortune to play a great instrument!
Find out why learning to play an acoustic guitar has some big advantages over choosing an electric guitar as your first instrument.
Takamine guitars of Japan are well known for their fabulous and interesting limited edition guitars. Here are their 40th and 50th anniversary limited edition models.
Every culture has a definition of the vibration they create and how it’s music functions within their social structure. The Ojibway people of Northeast Michigan valued music for the personal and magical powers that were indispensible to their...
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.
I have been in Urban outfitters, and see you buying crosley's. No No read this before you start collecting
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 the top 5 best bass combo amps for under $300. This review can help you determine which is right for you.
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 the mighty Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9 overdrive and learn more about how to use this pedal for blues, rock and even metal.
A basic guide for beginners with explanations of acoustic guitar types and examples of different body sizes.
Yes, you can get crushing metal tone from a solid-state guitar amp. Here are your best options when it comes to combos, half stacks and modeling amps.
Sight reading for guitarists | Simple sight reading exercises focused on guitar-friendly key signatures - with audio demos
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.
Are tube amps really louder than solid-state guitar amps of the same power, and why? Is there something we are missing here?
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.
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.
Tonewoods are a key selling point for electric guitars, so why do some guitar players say they don’t even matter?
The zurna, dumbeg, dudek and the oud are common instruments to Armenians, but are not widely known to the rest of the world.
Discover some of the best starter electric guitars for adult beginners that will get you playing today without killing your budget!
Here's my review of the Nano Clone chorus from Electro-Harmonix, an affordable pedal designed after the legendary Small Clone.
Jimmy Buffett needs no introduction, but should you wonder what guitars he plays, then here is the answer.
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.
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.
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.
Check out my review of the TC Electronic Dark Matter, an affordable distortion pedal that covers everything from blues to rock to metal.
Discover the world of guitar effects pedals and learn everything a beginner needs to know about distortion, overdrive, chorus and more.
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.
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.
How well does this amp serve the average, non-professional, guitar player with a limited budget and a desire for versatile sound?
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...
Neither the vibrato bar and the whammy bar are as new as some may think. The Les Paul purists may protest, but for those who need one, here are the best Les Paul guitars from recent years.
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.
Check out the VOX Valvetronix Series VT20X, VT40X and VT100X guitar amps in this review and learn which modeling amp is right for you.
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.
Learn what to look for when choosing a guitar amplifier for a beginner. Get advice on brands, speakers, wattage and more.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kurt Cobain was a hot burning star that went supernova. As a parting gift he gave us the MTV Unplugged concert. Here's the story of his guitar, and what similar guitars are available today.
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.
There are many style of guitar to choose from, but not all have a rich history in guitar lore. Here are some that do.
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 whether or not brand name matters when it comes to guitars for beginner, intermediate and advanced guitarists. Are some simply better than others?
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.
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.
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?
Ron Wood has been a professional musician for more than 50 years now. He's been with The Rolling Stones for more than 40 years, and music is just one of his artistic pursuits.
What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians? A drummer! Haha. It's an old joke that people tell to attempt to make fun of our lovable skin-beaters, but the laugh is on them. Drummers rule!
Radio station managers know that sound quality is part of everyday operations. But what is the audience actually hearing? Poor sound and shoddy production may lead to lost messages.
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.
Check out the top acoustic guitars for serious beginners who are looking for something better than the average starter instrument.
The Akai EIE Pro is a four-channel audio interface for the home studio market. But is it worth your money?
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.
Here’s a review of the MXR M234 Analog Chorus pedal and the MXR M101 Phase 90. Find out why these two modulation effects may be all you need to take your guitar sound to the next level. These pedals are examples of why MXR is known as one of the best effects brands in the guitar world.
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.
Find out how Marshall, Fender and Peavey, three kings of the guitar amplifier world, stack up against each other. Learn which amps are best for which genre and level of guitar player.
Learn what to look for when buying your first acoustic guitar in this comprehensive guide for beginners.
The Hopper and Hopper with Sling allow you to pair a Bluetooth enabled device for streaming audio without disturbing others in a quiet environment, and is simple to setup.
Check out these affordable acoustic guitars for around $400 and learn how to land a great instrument without breaking your budget.
Learn how to hold your guitar in minutes with Ben Sielaff, Guitarist and Teacher. From acoustic guitar to electric guitar, you can master the basic techniques in posture and playing.
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!
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.
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.
Compare 5 of the top budget guitars under $400 and discover the best choice for you when it comes an affordable, quality instrument.
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.
Find out what electric guitars are made out of and how wood is used in different parts of the instrument. Learn what’s inside an electric guitar body, how wood is routed to accommodate the electronics, and how alternative materials may be the way of the future for electric guitars.
Learn how to buy a bass guitar in this guide to choosing a bass for beginners. Get advice on setting a budget, understanding pickups, strings, scale length and more.
Check out some of the best travel guitars: Acoustic, Electric and Acoustic-Electric guitars made to pack up and take on the road.
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.
From playing with Duane and Gregg Allman, to his extraordinary solo career, Dickey Betts has been one of the cornerstones of southern rock. Here is a review of his beautiful Les Paul Goldtop, as well as a brief history Dickey's career.
Is it better to buy your new guitar or amp online or from a local store? Here are the pros and cons of each approach.
Check out my review of the Schecter Omen 6, one of the best electric guitars for the money on the market today.
A quick and authoritative guide to buying a music keyboard for a child or beginner. Common mistakes, prices, and reviews from years of first-hand experience.
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.
Check out my list of must-have acoustic guitar accessories for beginners and learn what gear is essential for success.
Here is an interesting guitar from my collection. Casio made these guitars to try and capture some of the sales of electric guitars, coupled with MIDI, or Musical Instrument Digital Interface functionality built-in.
Learn how to care for your acoustic or electric guitar with a few easy maintenance tips meant to get beginners on the right track.
Learn how to re-string your acoustic guitar. Lots of pictures, an animated video and clear, simple instructions!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read my hands-on review of the Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded T electric guitar and decide if this affordable instrument is right for you!
Here are 5 of the best Fender Stratocaster models available. 4 are signature series or Artist series. Hendrix is dead, you know - and one is the new HSS Shawbucker, something desired widely.
This is a personal review of the drum set bought for my grandson and why we think it's the best junior drum set for 7 to 10 year old kids. It includes advice, personal photos and updates over 4 years.
The 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 my list of the best bass guitars under $1000. These are 4 and 5-string basses for intermediate players or working pros, and they are made by some of the top bass guitar builders in the world.
The Fender Telecaster was born perfect, but this doesn't mean adding a maple top to one is a bad thing. Maple tops on Telecaster guitars are beautiful and add a little tonal color. Here are the 5 best.
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 some of the best superstrats and learn more about guitars built for the fast lane. The hod-rodded Stratocaster-style guitar is back!
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.
Check out the Best Gibson Les Pauls for metal, plus some amazing Les Paul alternatives for heavy metal and hard rock.
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.
Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai have been two of the most well known guitar virtuoso in the entire world for several decades. Well, here are the exact guitars they are each playing today.
Here are some of the best bass combo amps for under $1000, each with all the power you need for gigs and rehearsals.
Learn a huge number of chords just by knowing the shapes and the chord tones. Charts and in-depth info included.
Here’s a look at the EVH 5150 Overdrive from MXR, a pedal designed in conjunction with legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
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.
Discover alternatives to effects pedals plus decide which pedals to use as a guitar player, or if you even need effects at all.
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.
The Martin D 28 is far and away the most sold, desired, or copied acoustic guitar. It reasonably follows then that its twelve-string version would be the same. Here is information about its tuning, bracing, and care.
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.
Learn about the Seagull Artist Mosaic, S6 Original and Maritime SWS acoustic guitars in this review. Specs, sounds and other important info.
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.