Compare the Epiphone G-400 PRO to the Gibson SG Standard when it comes to sound, construction and value and find out which SG is right for you!
Choosing an electric guitar with the right type of bridge for your needs is a key part of getting the sound you want from your instrument.
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.
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 the best acoustic guitars for beginners, all under $200 and from some of the top brands in the guitar world
Check out some of the best Fender Stratocasters and Strat-style guitars for classic metal, thrash, hard rock and all forms of extreme music.
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.
Japanese MIJ guitars from 1960-1980. Badges listed by manufacturer with short summaries of the companies who made these guitars for export. MIJ Research Blog!
Check out some of the best travel guitars: Acoustic, Electric and Acoustic-Electric guitars made to pack up and take on the road.
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!
Precision Bass vs Jazz Bass: Compare two Fender classics in this review and learn the difference in sound, construction and specs.
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...
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 some of the best Flying V guitars! This review looks at the classic Gibson Flying V and alternatives from Dean, Jackson and ESP LTD.
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.
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.
Looking for a Stratocaster guitar but want to stay away from Fender? Here are five of the most well thought of non Fender Stratocaster manufacturers.
Learn the difference between the Ibanez RG and S Series and decide which guitar is better for you and your music.
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.
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.
Gibson Les Paul or Fender Stratocaster? Read this review to help decide which guitar is best for you and your playing style.
Discover the best heavy metal guitars under $300, great options from brands like Jackson, Dean, Schecter and B.C. Rich.
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.
The best metal and hard rock guitar has to not only look the part, but sound amazing too. Here are a few guitars that make the cut.
There are many guitar manufacturers who produce a Telecaster style guitar which features humbucking pickups. Here are several of the best and most prominent.
Check out the top 7-string guitars for the money. These are the ultimate metal machines for beginners, intermediate and advanced players.
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.
Check out the top 5-string bass guitars for beginners and learn why a newbie should consider a 5-string as their first instrument.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
Discover which bass guitars are best under $300. Find a bass that keeps you under budget but still sounds amazing!
Compare the Squier Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe Stratocasters and decide which is better for your budget and style.
Which guitar brand is best for metal: Jackson, Ibanez, ESP LTD or Schecter? Compare construction, quality, sound, specs and more.
The hydraulophone is a tubular musical instrument. Pressurized water moves through the tube and out of a series of holes. Placing a finger over a hole produces a sound.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
Learn the pros and cons of cheap acoustic and electric guitars and the difference between low-budget and expensive models.
Get advice on choosing the best Fender or Squier by Fender Stratocaster electric guitar for beginners for your budget and style.
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.
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.
Check out the best acoustic guitars under $300! Perfect for beginners and intermediate guitarists, but good enough to impress the veterans!
Learn about the difference between the Epiphone Les Paul 100, Special II and Studio and find out which electric guitar is best for you.
Check out 5 affordable alternatives to the Fender Stratocaster and get advice on finding the best Strat-style guitar for the money.
We can't all afford a $1500 Les Paul Standard, but with a bit of time and money, we can make a cheap guitar sound less... cheap.
Check out some of the best little mini acoustics. These small-bodied guitars are great for travel and jamming when space is limited or just for having fun.
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.
Get advice on how much a guitar should cost for a beginner and learn which guitars and amps are worth the money.
Check out this list of best bass guitar brands for 2018 and get help finding an instrument that’s perfect for you.
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.
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.
Compare the best Ibanez guitars, top choices for metal and rock guitar players around the world, and decide which is right for you.
The Fender Telecaster was born perfect. The design is timeless and utilitarian bliss. Here are 5 of the very best Fender Telecasters anywhere.
Learn which Epiphone electric guitar is best of metal. Check out the Les Paul, SG G-400 and more and decide which will get the job done for you!
If you've always wanted to own a Telecaster, and have a maximum of five hundred dollars to spend, then this information is for you. Here are 5 of the single best options.
Discover the best acoustic-electric guitars under $500 from top brands. You needn't spend a fortune to play a great instrument!
Find out which guitars besides the Epiphone Les Paul are among the best affordable alternatives to the Gibson Les Paul.
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.
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.
Jumbo sized acoustic guitars were created for folks who wanted even more volume out of their acoustic guitars than the large dreadnought design could offer. These are some of the best of the best.
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.
Dreadnought guitars crafted from Brazilian rosewood are highly sought after, very expensive, and absolute treasures to own and enjoy. Here are my pics for the best of the best of them.
Check out the Best Gibson Les Pauls for metal, plus some amazing Les Paul alternatives for heavy metal and hard rock.
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.
Check out the top rock guitar builders, companies that have proven themselves as the best of the best over the decades.
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.
Are you a heavy metal guitarist, a shredder or riff master? These Super Strat guitars are the heavy metal virtuoso's dream come true.
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.
Learn about the Mexican-made (MIM) Fender Standard Stratocaster and decide if the HSS or SSS if better for you and your sound.
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).
Check out the best Yamaha acoustic guitars, top-rated instruments perfect for beginners but good enough for intermediate and advanced guitarists.
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?
Check out the best acoustic guitar brands for intermediate players. These are companies with reputations for making quality instruments with amazing sound.
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.
Everyone wants to know the anatomy of a guitar. This hub is here to break down the individual parts of a guitar and their functions.
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.
A Gibson Les Paul Custom with 3 pickups is forever an extremely desirable and also expensive guitar. Here are 5 of the best available.
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.
Jimmy Buffett needs no introduction, but should you wonder what guitars he plays, then here is the answer.
The Gibson Les Paul Studio is a great guitar, but how does it match up with the Les Paul Standard or Epiphone Les Paul? This review explains all!
Compare five of the best electric guitars under $750 and decide which top-rated instrument is perfect for you and your style.
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...
This Fender Standard Jazz Bass review takes a look at a Made-in-Mexico (MIM) version of a classic instrument.
Learn the difference between the Epiphone Les Paul Standard, Standard PRO, Studio and Custom PRO electric guitars in this review.
Compare and review the best electric guitar starter packs for beginners, affordable kits from the most respected names in the guitar industry.
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.
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”.
Learn about the Martin D-15M, an all-mahogany dreadnought acoustic guitar. This review looks at the unique sound and style of this amazing instrument.
Confused by guitar specs when it comes to buying your first beginner guitar? Read this guide to basic terms and definitions.
Compare the top electric guitars that are best for intermediate players and guitarists who are just beginning their climb to the top.
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.
Learn which acoustic guitars are best for intermediate players and discover top instruments for guitarists looking to move up from their starter guitar.
In this review you'll discover why the Fender Standard HSS Stratocaster is among the top electric guitars for the money.
Read this review of the best semi-hollow body electric guitars for under $500, instruments made by some of the top brands in the guitar world.
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.
The name "piano" is just an abbreviation. But what was it called originally - and where did it come from in the first place? What happened to the rest of its name?
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.
Learn the difference between classical and acoustic guitars and discover the pros and cons of each for beginners.
Learn about the Seagull Artist Mosaic, S6 Original and Maritime SWS acoustic guitars in this review. Specs, sounds and other important info.
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
These 5 inexpensive solid body electric guitars represent several styles and genres of guitar building and styles of music they were built to accommodate for players. All go for less than 1K dollars.
Learn the difference between the Fender Stratocaster vs the Telecaster and decide which guitar is best for your needs.
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.
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.
Find out how worrying too much about expensive gear can hurt your guitar playing, not to mention your wallet. Don't be a guitar gear snob!
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.
Martin 16 series dreadnought guitars offer all the great play-ability and tones of far more expensive models at less cost. These all solid wood Martin guitars are bluegrass cannons.
Discover the difference between Fender and Ibanez and learn how to choose the best guitar or bass for your style and genre.
Metal guitar players who expect the best tone know the right guitar pick makes a big difference. Wimpy picks don’t create huge metal sound!
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 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.
If you're looking for the best heavy metal guitar under $500 here are the top electric guitars you need to consider.
Everyone knows you've lusted over a PRS guitar at least once in your life. There is, however, the matter of price. So are these works of art truly worth the price?
Compare the 10 best electric guitars under $500 and decide which top-rated instrument is right for you.
If you’re trying to choose between the Gibson SG and Les Paul this article can help you sort out the differences and decide which is better for you.
Compare the Epiphone Les Paul and the Squier Stratocaster in this review and decide which electric guitar is right for you!
Here’s a review of SX bass guitars, affordable instruments for beginners or intermediate players. How does SX stack up against Squier?
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.
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.
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?
Discover some of the best starter electric guitars for adult beginners that will get you playing today without killing your budget!
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.
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.
Check out five of the best hollow-body jazz guitars for under $1000. If you’re looking for the ultimate jazz box start your search here!
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.
Learn more about the B.C. Rich Mk3 Warlock, Warbeast, Mockingbird and Villain in this review of serious metal guitars.
Learn whether a beginner should choose an electric or acoustic guitar when starting out, and discover the differences between each type of guitar
This review takes a look at Carvin and Kiesel guitars, brands available via custom order. Is Carvin a good fit for you? Read on and find out!
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.
Learn about the pros and cons of the Floyd Rose tremolo bridge, one of the most significant inventions in the history of electric guitar.
Discover the differences in the roles of lead guitar and rhythm guitar in a band and learn more about the skills required for both styles.
Gibson makes a lot of great Les Paul guitars, and they are forever trying new materials. In 2016 many new editions debuted. Here are the 5 best with woods other than maple used for the top.
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 these affordable acoustic guitars for around $400 and learn how to land a great instrument without breaking your budget.
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 this review of the Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO. Compare to Gibson and discover if it's the right guitar for you.
Find out what other guitarists say makes an electric guitar sound good or bad and cast your own votes in this online guitar poll.
This review takes a look at the Gibson SG Special vs Standard and Faded models, and can help you decide which guitar best meets your needs and budget.
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.
Iconic, back-breaking, sustaining, brash and pricey, the Gibson Les Paul is a one of a kind guitar. Just don't stumble and lose your head.
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.
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.
Learn how to re-string your acoustic guitar. Lots of pictures, an animated video and clear, simple instructions!
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.
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.
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.
The Top 10 Greatest Gibson Guitars of All-Time Gibson Guitar Corporation was founded on October 11, 1902, and has been making quality instruments ever since. However, most of you may agree with me and say they really started making good stuff in...
Compare 5 of the top budget guitars under $400 and discover the best choice for you when it comes an affordable, quality instrument.
The short list of best bass guitars for under $500. If you are a bassist on a budget here are the top basses for the money.
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
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.
Here's a review of the Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Jazz Bass series, five of the best bass guitars under or around $300.
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.
Here’s a review of the Fender Standard (MIM) Telecaster. This guitar might be made in Mexico, but the MIM Tele is a real Fender through and through.
These five small body acoustic guitars are outstanding instruments of tremendous value, but they are instruments for the serious amateur or professional only.
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.
Knowing the difference between the Squier and Fender Stratocaster will help you decide which guitar is right for you and your budget.
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.
Trying to decide if you should learn guitar or drums? Discover the pros and cons of each and make the best decision for you!
Electronic drum sets let the drummer practice in near silence. Here are four high quality, affordable, electronic drum options for beginning drummers.
Is Squier a good guitar brand? This review takes a look at Squier by Fender and lays out the good, the bad and the ugly.
Discover the top electric guitars for blues and rock. If you play blues guitar, you need the best instrument for the job.
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.
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
Learn more about the Epiphone Les Paul Studio and Goth Studio, affordable guitars for serious beginners and intermediate players.
What is the ultimate best guitar brand for shredding? Ibanez? Jackson? Fender? Read this and decide for yourself.
Discover the top ten electric guitars that are best for beginners, all under $200 and from big names in the guitar world.
Here’s a review of my new Martin DX1AE, an acoustic-electric guitar with an amazing sound and an environmentally friendly build.
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.
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 which brands build the best acoustic guitars for beginners and get advice on choosing an amazing starter instrument.
Check out this list of the best acoustic guitars for under $1000, eight amazing instruments from the top guitar makers in the world.
Check out the top acoustic guitars for serious beginners who are looking for something better than the average starter instrument.
Compare the best acoustic guitars under $500 and learn why you don't need to spend a fortune to land a great instrument!
Learn the difference between a maple or rosewood fretboard for guitar and decide which is better for your sound.
Here are five of the best acoustic-electric guitars on the market for under $1000. If you’re looking for a new guitar start your search here!
Learn about the difference between single coil and humbucker guitar pickups and decide which is better for your sound.
Check out the best guitars for beginners who are into heavy metal and newbies intent on causing maximum mayhem with their first guitar.
Check out this review of the Schecter C-1 Classic, Hellraiser C-1 and Omen 6, all great guitars for metal and hard rock.
Learn more about the Standard Precision Bass by Fender, a quality Mexican-made version of a classic bass guitar.
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.
Compare the best electric guitars under $300. They're quality, affordable instruments from the top names in the guitar world.
Tonewoods are a key selling point for electric guitars, so why do some guitar players say they don’t even matter?
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.
Find out if expensive guitars are worth it and if you really need high-end gear to be taken seriously as a guitarist.
Here are the 5 best bass guitars under $200 for beginners, top-quality instruments that will get a newbie started off right!
Check out my review of the Schecter Omen 6, one of the best electric guitars for the money on the market today.
Everyone loves a Fender Telecaster, but not all Teles out there are made by Fender. Here are 5 of the best makes of Tele out there which are not Fender guitars.
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.