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.
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.
Discover the top electric guitars for blues and rock. If you play blues guitar, you need the best instrument for the job.
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.
Trying to decide if you should learn guitar or drums? Discover the pros and cons of each and make the best decision for you!
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...
Check out the best Yamaha acoustic guitars, top-rated instruments perfect for beginners but good enough for intermediate and advanced guitarists.
Every guitarist needs an acoustic/electric which is good enough to use in the studio and on stage. But a working musician also requires affordability in their road worthy guitar. Here are five.
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.
Learn about the Mexican-made (MIM) Fender Standard Stratocaster and decide if the HSS or SSS if better for you and your sound.
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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.
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.
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...
Here’s a review of the Fender American Special Stratocaster and Telecaster, affordable American-made instruments with classic vibes.
In this review you'll discover why the Fender Standard HSS Stratocaster is among the top electric guitars for the money.
Martin M series guitars such as the M 36, the M 38, and the M 42 are simply different body style guitars than Martin's more famous dreadnoughts. Martin M series guitars have a larger lower bout, but a shallower depth - and this causes these instruments to have different tonal characteristics than the more famous dreadnoughts. These guitars were originally designed to provide less feedback when miked on stage.
Find out why learning to play an acoustic guitar has some big advantages over choosing an electric guitar as your first instrument.
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.
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 this review of the Schecter C-1 Classic, Hellraiser C-1 and Omen 6, all great guitars for metal and hard rock.
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...
Compare and review the best electric guitar starter packs for beginners, affordable kits from the most respected names in the guitar industry.
Read this shortlist and discover the top ten guitars that are best for beginners, all under $200 and from big names in the guitar world.
Compare the 10 best electric guitars under $500 and decide which top-rated instrument is right for you.
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.
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.
Compare the Squier Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe Stratocasters and decide which is better for your budget and style.
Learn about the difference between the Epiphone Les Paul 100, Special II and Studio and find out which electric guitar is best for you.
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.
Check out the top bass guitar brands beginners should consider for their best chance of success with their first instrument.
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.
Get advice on choosing the best Fender or Squier by Fender Stratocaster electric guitar for beginners for your budget and style.
Jimmy Buffett needs no introduction, but should you wonder what guitars he plays, then here is the answer.
Learn the difference between a tube amp and solid state amp and decide which best meets your needs as a guitar player.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Confused by guitar specs when it comes to buying your first beginner guitar? Read this guide to basic terms and definitions.
Which guitar brand is best for metal: Jackson, Ibanez, ESP LTD or Schecter? Compare construction, quality, sound, specs and more.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Learn more about the Standard Precision Bass by Fender, a quality Mexican-made version of a classic bass guitar.
This Fender Standard Jazz Bass review takes a look at a Made-in-Mexico (MIM) version of a classic instrument.
Learn more about the B.C. Rich Mk3 Warlock, Warbeast, Mockingbird and Villain in this review of serious metal guitars.
Here’s a review of my new Martin DX1AE, an acoustic-electric guitar with an amazing sound and an environmentally friendly build.
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.
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.
Gibson Les Paul or Fender Stratocaster? Read this review to help decide which guitar is best for you and your playing style.
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!
Knowing the difference between the Squier and Fender Stratocaster will help you decide which guitar is right for you and your budget.
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?
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.
The Fender Telecaster was born perfect. The design is timeless and utilitarian bliss. Here are 5 of the very best Fender Telecasters anywhere.
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!
Compare the top bass guitars for intermediate-level players who are looking for an affordable, quality instrument.
If you're looking for the best heavy metal guitar under $500 here are the top electric guitars you need to consider.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Check out my review of the Schecter Omen 6, one of the best electric guitars for the money on the market today.
Check out this review of the Epiphone Les Paul Custom PRO. Compare to Gibson and discover if it's the right guitar 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.
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.
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!
Are you a heavy metal guitarist, a shredder or riff master? These Super Strat guitars are the heavy metal virtuoso's dream come true.
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.
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.
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.
Compare the best acoustic guitars under $500 and learn why you don't need to spend a fortune to land a great instrument!
Discover five of the best bass guitars under $1000. If you're looking for the top bass for your money this article can help.
Check out this list of the best acoustic guitars for under $1000, eight amazing instruments from the top guitar makers in the world.
There are many guitar manufacturers who produce a Telecaster style guitar which features humbucking pickups. Here are several of the best and most prominent.
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.
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.
Check out the best acoustic guitars under $300! Perfect for beginners and intermediate guitarists, but good enough to impress the veterans!
These five small body acoustic guitars are outstanding instruments of tremendous value, but they are instruments for the serious amateur or professional only.
Learn the difference between classical and acoustic guitars and discover the pros and cons of each for beginners.
Find out which guitars besides the Epiphone Les Paul are among the best affordable alternatives to the Gibson Les Paul.
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.
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.
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 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!
Electronic drum sets let the drummer practice in near silence. Here are four high quality, affordable, electronic drum options for beginning drummers.
Learn more about the Epiphone Les Paul Studio and Goth Studio, affordable guitars for serious beginners and intermediate players.
Learn which brands build the best acoustic guitars for beginners and get advice on choosing an amazing starter instrument.
Check out the top rock guitar builders, companies that have proven themselves as the best of the best over the decades.
Learn the difference between the Ibanez RG and S Series and decide which guitar is better for you and your music.
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 this review of Jackson’s best guitars: The King V, Soloist, Rhoads, Dinky and Kelly. If you're metal, how do you choose only one?
Find out what other guitarists say makes an electric guitar sound good or bad and cast your own votes in this online guitar poll.
Discover the difference between Fender and Ibanez and learn how to choose the best guitar or bass for your style and genre.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
A Gibson Les Paul Custom with 3 pickups is forever an extremely desirable and also expensive guitar. Here are 5 of the best available.
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!
Discover the amazing history of Gibson electric guitars and learn what made the Les Paul, SG, Flying V and Explorer so legendary!
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?
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.
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.
Compare the Epiphone Les Paul and the Squier Stratocaster in this review and decide which electric guitar is right for you!
Learn a huge number of chords just by knowing the shapes and the chord tones. Charts and in-depth info included.
Check out the top 7-string guitars for the money. These are the ultimate metal machines for beginners, intermediate and advanced players.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Here’s a review of SX bass guitars, affordable instruments for beginners or intermediate players. How does SX stack up against Squier?
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 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.
Check out some of the best acoustic guitars for beginners, all under $200 and from some of the top brands in the guitar world
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 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
Learn about the difference between single coil and humbucker guitar pickups and decide which is better for your sound.
The Gibson Les Paul is known as one of the greatest guitars in the world and with good reason. Here are 10 of those reasons!
The 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).
Compare 5 of the top budget guitars under $400 and discover the best choice for you when it comes an affordable, quality instrument.
Tonewoods are a key selling point for electric guitars, so why do some guitar players say they don’t even matter?
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.
Compare the top electric guitars that are best for intermediate players and guitarists who are just beginning their climb to the top.
In this guitar toneswoods guide you'll learn how different woods influence the sound of your acoustic guitar, electric guitar or bass.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about the pros and cons of the Floyd Rose tremolo bridge, one of the most significant inventions in the history of electric guitar.
Find out if expensive guitars are worth it and if you really need high-end gear to be taken seriously as a guitarist.
Compare the Fender Mexican (MIM) and American (MIA) Stratocasters and decide which guitar is better for you and your budget.
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.
Get advice on how much a guitar should cost for a beginner and learn which guitars and amps are worth the money.
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.
At some point or another most people who are into music wish to play an instrument, or see if they can - and the guitar is the most common instrument found in modern music. Here are five of the very best acoustic guitars for under five hundred dollars. These guitars are all very good instruments that won't need to be replaced until a musician reaches a higher skill level, and even then these are guitars that are keepers for a lifetime if they are properly cared for.
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 Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Jazz Bass series, five of the best bass guitars under or around $300.
Learn the difference between the Epiphone Les Paul Standard, Standard PRO, Studio and Custom PRO electric guitars in this review.
What is the ultimate best guitar brand for shredding? Ibanez? Jackson? Fender? Read this and decide for yourself.
Compare the best electric guitars under $300. They're quality, affordable instruments from the top names in the guitar world.
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!
Discover the best heavy metal guitars under $300, great options from brands like Jackson, Dean, Schecter and B.C. Rich.
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.
Learn the pros and cons of cheap acoustic and electric guitars and the difference between low-budget and expensive models.
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
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.
Check out the Best Gibson Les Pauls for metal, plus some amazing Les Paul alternatives for heavy metal and hard rock.
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.
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.
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.
Find out why learning to play an electric guitar might be a better choice compared to choosing an acoustic guitar as your first instrument.
Check out some of the best Fender Stratocasters and Strat-style guitars for classic metal, thrash, hard rock and all forms of extreme music.
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.
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!
Conch shells come from large sea snails and are used as wind instruments. The shells are played at ceremonies and in jazz. They produce a loud and eerie sound.
Learn about the Seagull Artist Mosaic, S6 Original and Maritime SWS acoustic guitars in this review. Specs, sounds and other important info.
Check out 5 affordable alternatives to the Fender Stratocaster and get advice on finding the best Strat-style guitar for the money.
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 some of the best superstrats and learn more about guitars built for the fast lane. The hod-rodded Stratocaster-style guitar is back!
Check out this list of best bass guitar brands for 2018 and get help finding an instrument that’s perfect for you.
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 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.
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.
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.
Learn whether or not brand name matters when it comes to guitars for beginner, intermediate and advanced guitarists. Are some simply better than others?
Check out the best acoustic guitar brands for intermediate players. These are companies with reputations for making quality instruments with amazing sound.
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.
Learn the difference between a maple or rosewood fretboard for guitar and decide which is better for your sound.
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.
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
Check out the best guitars for beginners who are into heavy metal and newbies intent on causing maximum mayhem with their first guitar.
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.
Compare the best Ibanez guitars, top choices for metal and rock guitar players around the world, and decide which is right for you.
Learn which acoustic guitars are best for intermediate players and discover top instruments for guitarists looking to move up from their starter guitar.
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!
Discover which bass guitars are best under $300. Find a bass that keeps you under budget but still sounds amazing!
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.
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.
So you like the Telecaster look but not the features? Check out these five guitars that were inspired by the iconic guitar but promise to take you places the Telecaster itself surely can't.
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.
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.
Learn whether a beginner should choose an electric or acoustic guitar when starting out, and discover the differences between each type of guitar
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.
Compare the best acoustic-electric guitars for under $300 and decide which top-rated instrument is perfect for your style.
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.