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  • 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.

    The 5 Best Alternatives to the Gibson SG Standard

    The 5 Best Alternatives to the Gibson SG Standard

    by Wesman Todd Shaw8

  • 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.

    5 Best  Mahogany Top  and Body Dreadnought Guitars

    5 Best Mahogany Top and Body Dreadnought Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw3

  • Here's my list of the best acoustic and electric guitar brands for players on a budget. Whether you are a beginner looking for a cheap starter guitar or a veteran guitarist who wants an affordable instrument you’d be smart to look to one of these brands.

    10 Best Budget Acoustic and Electric Guitar Brands

    10 Best Budget Acoustic and Electric Guitar Brands

    by Michael James3

  • What is the ultimate best guitar brand for shredding? Charvel? Ibanez? Jackson? EVH? Fender? Read this and decide for yourself.

    Best Guitars for Shredding

    Best Guitars for Shredding

    by Michael James3

  • 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.

    The Great Pete Townshend and His Schecter PT Guitars

    The Great Pete Townshend and His Schecter PT Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • Compare 5 of the top budget guitars under $400 and discover the best choice for you when it comes an affordable, quality instrument.

    5 Best Electric Guitars Under $400

    5 Best Electric Guitars Under $400

    by Michael James0

  • Rock guitar superstar, Slash, a man with a universally known one syllable moniker, and a visual flair so distinct he can be recognized by just his silhouette, is the global ambassador for Gibson Guitars. He almost always plays a Les Paul, and here is the rest of the story.

    Slash and the Gibson Les Paul

    Slash and the Gibson Les Paul

    by Wesman Todd Shaw4

  • 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.

    5 Best Telecaster Guitars With Maple Tops

    5 Best Telecaster Guitars With Maple Tops

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • 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.

    Fender Precision Bass vs. Jazz Bass Review

    Fender Precision Bass vs. Jazz Bass Review

    by Michael James3

  • 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.

    Best Bass Under $1000

    Best Bass Under $1000

    by Michael James3

  • 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.

    Top 10 Reasons to Play a Stratocaster

    Top 10 Reasons to Play a Stratocaster

    by Michael James0

  • 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.

    The 5 Best Gibson Les Paul Guitars Available

    The 5 Best Gibson Les Paul Guitars Available

    by Wesman Todd Shaw9

  • 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.

    The Gibson Marauder and S-1 Guitars

    The Gibson Marauder and S-1 Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw6

  • Check out this list of the 10 best sounding acoustic guitars for under $1000, amazing instruments from the top guitar makers in the world.

    10 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1000

    10 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1000

    by Michael James9

  • 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!

    Top 10 Reasons to Play a Les Paul

    Top 10 Reasons to Play a Les Paul

    by Michael James9

  • 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.

    Best Epiphone Les Pauls for Beginners

    Best Epiphone Les Pauls for Beginners

    by Michael James2

  • Mick Mars has long been the guitarist for Motley Crue, and he is one very underrated musician. He plays a Fender Stratocaster HSH, and here is the rest of the story.

    Mick Mars and the Fender Stratocaster

    Mick Mars and the Fender Stratocaster

    by Wesman Todd Shaw6

  • In the 1970s Gibson guitars relaxed their quality standards and sold some things they should not have. The Japanese took notice and started building Les Paul copies. Here are five of the best brands.

    5 Best Non-Gibson Brands of Les Paul Guitar

    5 Best Non-Gibson Brands of Les Paul Guitar

    by Wesman Todd Shaw71

  • 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.

    5 of the Best Cedar-Top Dreadnought Acoustic Guitars

    5 of the Best Cedar-Top Dreadnought Acoustic Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw0

  • The Gibson ES-335 debuted in 1958, and instantly became one of the world's most desired guitars. It was the first semi-hollow body electric with an arched top. Here are 5 of the best signature series ES-335s.

    The 5 Best Gibson ES-335 Signature Guitars

    The 5 Best Gibson ES-335 Signature Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw4

  • 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.

    5 Essential Guitar Effects Pedals

    5 Essential Guitar Effects Pedals

    by Michael James11

  • Gibson Les Paul or Fender Stratocaster? Read this review to help decide which guitar is better for you based on sound, quality and differences.Learn about affordable versions of each and how to choose between them.

    Gibson Les Paul vs Fender Stratocaster Guitar Review

    Gibson Les Paul vs Fender Stratocaster Guitar Review

    by Michael James38

  • 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.

    5 Best Backpack or Travel-Size Guitars

    5 Best Backpack or Travel-Size Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw4

  • Don Felder wasn't always a member of the Eagles, but the band would have never soared as high as they did without him. The twin guitars of Felder and Joe Walsh produced some timeless music indeed. Gibson guitars has produced two instruments in Felder's honor, and here is the rest of the story.

    Don Felder and Gibson Guitars

    Don Felder and Gibson Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw7

  • 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.

    Ibanez vs. Fender: Which Guitar or Bass Is Best for You?

    Ibanez vs. Fender: Which Guitar or Bass Is Best for You?

    by Michael James8

  • 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

    Ten Great Non-Gibson Les Paul-Style Guitars

    Ten Great Non-Gibson Les Paul-Style Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw7

  • Read this review of the best affordable semi-hollow body electric guitars for under $500, instruments made by some of the top brands in the guitar world.

    Best Semi-Hollow Body Guitar Under $500

    Best Semi-Hollow Body Guitar Under $500

    by Michael James1

  • Check out the best acoustic guitars under $300! Perfect for beginners and intermediate guitarists, but good enough to impress the veterans!

    10 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $300

    10 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $300

    by Michael James6

  • Learn more about the Epiphone Les Paul Studio, Studio LT and Goth Studio, affordable guitars for serious beginners and intermediate players.

    Epiphone Les Paul Studio Review

    Epiphone Les Paul Studio Review

    by Michael James2

  • Here's a list of the best acoustic-electric guitars on the market for under $1000. If you’re looking for a new acoustic-electric guitar start your search here!

    Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $1000

    Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $1000

    by Michael James6

  • 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.

    Top 10 Guitar Brands for Metal

    Top 10 Guitar Brands for Metal

    by Michael James8

  • Would it surprise you to learn that famous pro guitarists use Epiphone guitars like the Les Paul, SG, and Casino for gigs and recording? Epiphone guitars aren't just affordable instruments for intermediate players. Gibson’s little brother has a storied legacy all its own.

    Famous Epiphone Players and Their Guitars

    Famous Epiphone Players and Their Guitars

    by Michael James2

  • An ocarina is a fun musical instrument to learn how to play. You can even make your own! Try these steps to create a sweet potato ocarina (which is not made out of potato)!

    How to Make a Sweet Potato Ocarina

    How to Make a Sweet Potato Ocarina

    by Chen7

  • 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!

    10 Best Superstrat Guitars and Brands

    10 Best Superstrat Guitars and Brands

    by Michael James0

  • 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.

    5 Best Madagascar Rosewood Dreadnought Guitars

    5 Best Madagascar Rosewood Dreadnought Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw4

  • Check out this list of best bass guitar brands for 2019 and get help finding an instrument that’s perfect for you.

    Best Bass Guitar Brands 2019

    Best Bass Guitar Brands 2019

    by Michael James34

  • 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.

    5 Best New Small Body Acoustic/Electric Guitars

    5 Best New Small Body Acoustic/Electric Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw4

  • 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...

    The Fender "Squier Series" Stratocaster—Not a Typical Squier!

    The Fender "Squier Series" Stratocaster—Not a Typical Squier!

    by DaveL80

  • Joe Perry, formerly a toxic twin, and one of the two guitarists in US rock super-group, Aerosmith, is a legend of rock and roll. His primary guitars are Gibson Les Pauls, and here's the rest of the story.

    Joe Perry and the Gibson Les Paul

    Joe Perry and the Gibson Les Paul

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • 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.

    The 5 Best Value Small-Body Acoustic Guitars

    The 5 Best Value Small-Body Acoustic Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw0

  • The Fender Telecaster was born perfect. The design is timeless and utilitarian bliss. Here are 5 of the very best Fender Telecasters anywhere.

    The 5 Best Telecaster Guitars Available

    The 5 Best Telecaster Guitars Available

    by Wesman Todd Shaw8

  • 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?

    Why the Piano Was Invented

    Why the Piano Was Invented

    by JohnMello3

  • 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

    Top Five Vintage Recreations of the Martin D 28 Acoustic Guitar

    Top Five Vintage Recreations of the Martin D 28 Acoustic Guitar

    by Wesman Todd Shaw28

  • The Telecaster was the world's first great solid body electric guitar. The Gibson P-90 was the world's first great electric guitar pickup. Add them together and you've got two classic music makers.

    The Best Fender Telecaster Guitars With P-90 Pickups

    The Best Fender Telecaster Guitars With P-90 Pickups

    by Wesman Todd Shaw1

  • Are you a heavy metal guitarist, a shredder or riff master? These Super Strat guitars are the heavy metal virtuoso's dream come true.

    5 of the Best Super Strat Guitars

    5 of the Best Super Strat Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw8

  • 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.

    Best Electric Guitar for Country Music

    Best Electric Guitar for Country Music

    by Michael James7

  • Here’s a list of the top guitar effects brands, along with some of the analog and digital effects pedals that made them so famous. Effect pedals, stomp boxes and digital effects processors can be a key part of a guitar player’s sound.

    Best Guitar Effects Pedals and Brands

    Best Guitar Effects Pedals and Brands

    by Michael James0

  • 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.

    Are Electric Guitars Made of Wood?

    Are Electric Guitars Made of Wood?

    by Michael James2

  • 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.

    Best Affordable Les Pauls

    Best Affordable Les Pauls

    by Michael James2

  • 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.

    5 Best Parlor Guitars

    5 Best Parlor Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • 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 Martin HD-28 VR Acoustic Guitar

    The Martin HD-28 VR Acoustic Guitar

    by Wesman Todd Shaw7

  • Billy Gibbons, of that little band from Texas, is one of the world's finest living blues-rock guitar men. ZZ Top and Billy are still rocking hard, and though Billy doesn't always play a Les Paul, he most often does. Here is the rest of the story.

    Billy Gibbons and the Gibson Les Paul Standard

    Billy Gibbons and the Gibson Les Paul Standard

    by Wesman Todd Shaw4

  • 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.

    Best Bass Under $500: Top 5 Bass Guitars for the Money

    Best Bass Under $500: Top 5 Bass Guitars for the Money

    by Michael James14

  • Learn whether or not brand name matters when it comes to guitars for beginner, intermediate and advanced guitarists. Are some simply better than others?

    Does Brand Matter When Buying a Guitar?

    Does Brand Matter When Buying a Guitar?

    by Michael James5

  • 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.

    How to Choose a Bass Guitar for Beginners

    How to Choose a Bass Guitar for Beginners

    by Michael James2

  • Find out why the most underrated acoustic and electric guitar brands can give you the best chance at finding a diamond in the rough. Some guitar makers never get the credit they deserve, while others are well known but undeservedly looked down on. Either way, you’d be smart to check them out.

    10 Most Underrated Guitar Brands

    10 Most Underrated Guitar Brands

    by Michael James4

  • 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.

    Kurt Cobain and the Martin D-18E

    Kurt Cobain and the Martin D-18E

    by Wesman Todd Shaw6

  • 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.

    Best Metal Guitars for Beginners

    Best Metal Guitars for Beginners

    by Michael James1

  • Try to decide between guitar and drums? Compare guitar vs drums difficulty and differences and discover the pros and cons of each and make the best decision for you!

    Guitar vs Drums: Which Is Right for You?

    Guitar vs Drums: Which Is Right for You?

    by Michael James2

  • 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.

    Dickey Betts and the Gibson Les Paul Goldtop

    Dickey Betts and the Gibson Les Paul Goldtop

    by Wesman Todd Shaw3

  • 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.

    5 Best Mahogany-Top Small-Body Acoustic Guitars

    5 Best Mahogany-Top Small-Body Acoustic Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw5

  • Check out the top 7-string guitars for the money. These are the ultimate metal machines for beginners, intermediate and advanced guitar players.

    Best 7-String Guitars for Metal

    Best 7-String Guitars for Metal

    by Michael James0

  • 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.

    Top 10 Reasons Why Bass Players Rule

    Top 10 Reasons Why Bass Players Rule

    by Steve Witschel40

  • Angus Young has been the frontman, and face of AC/DC. He does it all with a Gibson SG guitar. Here's the rest of the story.

    Angus Young and the Gibson SG

    Angus Young and the Gibson SG

    by Wesman Todd Shaw11

  • Check out my choices for the best bass amplifiers for heavy metal and hard rock. These are affordable amps with the punch and power to survive in the chaotic world of high-gain amps and detuned guitars.

    Best Bass Amps for Metal and Hard Rock

    Best Bass Amps for Metal and Hard Rock

    by Michael James0

  • 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.

    Choosing the Right Band Instrument for Your Child

    Choosing the Right Band Instrument for Your Child

    by mrsaxde21

  • Yamaki brand acoustic guitars aren't so easy to find, and the reason is that some of them are every bit as good as the high-end American makes that they copied. Some of these Martin copies deviate from the norm with Redwood or Western Red Cedar tops and they have abalone inlays as well. I've never played one that I didn't like.

    Yamaki Acoustic Guitars

    Yamaki Acoustic Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw310

  • Compare the best electric guitars under $300. They're quality, affordable instruments from the top names in the guitar world.

    5 Best Electric Guitars Under $300

    5 Best Electric Guitars Under $300

    by Michael James1

  • 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.

    Five Less-Expensive Alternatives to the Martin D-28

    Five Less-Expensive Alternatives to the Martin D-28

    by Wesman Todd Shaw5

  • 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.

    5 Great New Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitars

    5 Great New Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • 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.

    The Martin D-18 Guitar and Its Very Special Sound

    The Martin D-18 Guitar and Its Very Special Sound

    by Wesman Todd Shaw22

  • 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.

    10 Best Electric Guitars Under $1000

    10 Best Electric Guitars Under $1000

    by Michael James12

  • Find out if expensive guitars are worth it and if you really need high-end gear to be taken seriously as a guitarist.

    Are Expensive Guitars Worth It?

    Are Expensive Guitars Worth It?

    by Michael James5

  • 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).

    How to Build an Acoustic Guitar (With Photos)

    How to Build an Acoustic Guitar (With Photos)

    by jimmar6

  • Learn the differences between a stock Fender Stratocaster and hot-rodded superstrat. Find out what makes a superstrat so super, which brands make the best superstrats and how guitar players learned to mod their favorite guitar for maximum performance.

    Superstrat vs. Stratocaster: What’s the Difference?

    Superstrat vs. Stratocaster: What’s the Difference?

    by Michael James0

  • Compare five of the best electric guitars under $750 and decide which top-rated instrument is perfect for you and your style.

    Best Electric Guitar Under $750

    Best Electric Guitar Under $750

    by Michael James1

  • If you're looking for the best heavy metal guitar under $500 here are the top electric guitars you need to consider.

    Best Metal Guitars Under $500

    Best Metal Guitars Under $500

    by Michael James6

  • The Telecaster was always the honky tonk or country and western dance hall guitar. Today there are Teles with much wider ranges of tonal character available. This article concerns 5 of the best.

    Top 5 Most Versatile Telecaster Style Guitars

    Top 5 Most Versatile Telecaster Style Guitars

    by Wesman Todd Shaw2

  • 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 Best Junior Drum Set for 7- to 10-Year-Old Kids

    The Best Junior Drum Set for 7- to 10-Year-Old Kids

    by Faye Rutledge6

  • Compare the 10 best electric guitars under $500 and decide which top-rated instrument is right for you in 2019. These are affordable, budget guitars for intermediate players, but good enough for the pros.

    10 Best Electric Guitars Under $500 2019

    10 Best Electric Guitars Under $500 2019

    by Michael James17

  • 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.

    Epiphone Les Paul vs Gibson Les Paul Guitar Review

    Epiphone Les Paul vs Gibson Les Paul Guitar Review

    by Michael James149

  • 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!

    The Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

    The Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

    by Wesman Todd Shaw6

  • This article will show you how to open an upright/studio/vertical piano, to give access to the hammer action mechanism, keys and the strings for examining/repair/maintanence purposes.

    How to open an upright piano

    How to open an upright piano

    by ikta3

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