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.
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!
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.
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.
Learn how to re-string your acoustic guitar. Lots of pictures, an animated video and clear, simple instructions!
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.
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.
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.
Check out the Best Gibson Les Pauls for metal, plus some amazing Les Paul alternatives for heavy metal and hard rock.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Learn whether or not brand name matters when it comes to guitars for beginner, intermediate and advanced guitarists. Are some simply better than others?
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.
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.
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 why the Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster and Jaguar have gone down in history as some of the most iconic guitars in the world.
Discover the amazing history of Gibson electric guitars and learn what made the Les Paul, SG, Flying V and Explorer so legendary!
Jimmy Buffett needs no introduction, but should you wonder what guitars he plays, then here is the answer.
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.
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?
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”.
There are many style of guitar to choose from, but not all have a rich history in guitar lore. Here are some that do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Check out the top acoustic guitars for serious beginners who are looking for something better than the average starter instrument.
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.
Check out some of the best Fender Stratocasters and Strat-style guitars for classic metal, thrash, hard rock and all forms of extreme music.
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.
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.
Tonewoods are a key selling point for electric guitars, so why do some guitar players say they don’t even matter?
Compare 5 of the top budget guitars under $400 and discover the best choice for you when it comes an affordable, quality instrument.
A Gibson Les Paul Custom with 3 pickups is forever an extremely desirable and also expensive guitar. Here are 5 of the best available.
Learn more about the B.C. Rich Mk3 Warlock, Warbeast, Mockingbird and Villain in this review of serious metal guitars.
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.
Discover the best acoustic-electric guitars under $500 from top brands. You needn't spend a fortune to play a great 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.
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.
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.
The zurna, dumbeg, dudek and the oud are common instruments to Armenians, but are not widely known to the rest of the world.
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.
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 this review and learn why the Hartke HA3500 bass amp or its big brother the Hartke HA550o is the perfect choice for gigging bassists.
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.
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 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!
Find out why learning to play an electric guitar might be a better choice compared to choosing an acoustic guitar as your first instrument.
Steve Lukather is one of the most recorded guitarist in music history. John Petrucci is the master of progressive metal shred. Sterling by Music Man makes signature models for both, here they are.
Learn a huge number of chords just by knowing the shapes and the chord tones. Charts and in-depth info included.
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 bass guitar brands beginners should consider for their best chance of success with their first instrument.
In this guitar toneswoods guide you'll learn how different woods influence the sound of your acoustic guitar, electric guitar or bass.
In this list I will be going over the very best of the best when it comes to ride cymbals. From Agop to Soultone, it's all here.
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.
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!
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?
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.
A basic guide for beginners with explanations of acoustic guitar types and examples of different body sizes.
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.
The vibrato is one of the most fascinating aspects of violin playing. To master the technique, one needs to understand its mechanism and nature.
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.
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.
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.