Guitar Types, Amplifiers and Accessories

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Playing the Blues Guitar: Acoustic Meets Electric

Electric guitars came on the scene only in the late 1930s, and then only to those who could afford them. Thus, the acoustic guitar in blues had a long run, and the style continued even after the advent [more…]

How to Evaluate a Guitar

When you go shopping for a new guitar, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the number of guitars available in every style. It's important to know how to evaluate a guitar's quality to ensure that you are getting [more…]

How to Test a Guitar Amp before You Buy

It is important to know how to test an electric guitar amplifier before you buy one to ensure that it meets your needs. When choosing an amp, you need to take several things into consideration, such as [more…]

Examining Different Types of Electric Guitar Amps

There are many things to consider when choosing among amp styles for electric guitar. The type of amp is defined by the sound-producing technology it uses, and the technology used affects the way your [more…]

How to Tune Up a New Electric Guitar Amplifier

When you start working with an amplifier, you need to know how to tune it up properly so that when you play your guitar, you don't blow it out. Every amp is different, so you'll want to familiarize yourself [more…]

The Best Gadgets for Bass Guitar

Some accessories are a must if you want to play bass guitar, but then there are all those cool extra accessories and gadgets. Take a look at the best gadgets for bass guitar. You may not need them, but [more…]

Ten Classic Guitars

Whether it’s the quietly elegant Ramirez, the smoothly debonair D’Angelico, or the raucously funky Telecaster, each guitar has a unique feel. In fact, no musical instrument offers a greater variety of [more…]

How to Use a Capo on Guitar

A capo is a device that clamps down across the guitar's fingerboard at a particular fret. Capos shorten the length of all the strings at the same time, creating, in effect, a new nut. All the “open” strings [more…]

How to Amplify an Electric Guitar without an Amp

Certainly an electric guitar amp is an important thing to have. But it is also important to know how to amplify an electric guitar without an amp. Sometimes you simply have to choose between getting a [more…]

Adding Effects to Your Electric Guitar Sound

How many times have you heard a professional guitarist’s tone and thought, Why can’t my playing sound like that? One reason that top guitarists are able to make their guitars come alive is by adding effects [more…]

Essential Guitar Tools and Accessories

Following is a list of 12 essential tools and accessories that will help you keep your fingers and your guitar in tip-top shape and in good working order and provide you with the hardware to create a variety [more…]

Understanding Guitar Amps

Your amp is where everything gets louder. In effect, the amp takes the signal from your guitar and translates it back into sound waves in the air that your listener can hear. But even at this seemingly [more…]

Quick and Easy Ways to Change Your Guitar Tone

Have you grown bored with the way your guitar sounds? You don't have to buy a new guitar, amp, or effects pedal to craft a fresh sound as long as your existing equipment is serviceable and of a decent [more…]

Guitar Amps & Effects For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Every guitarist seeks to produce an expressive and distinctive tone. Unfortunately, figuring out what kind of gear you need can be a baffling proposition. Here are the three main equipment categories that [more…]

Glued-in Versus Bolt-On Guitar Necks

Talk to plenty of guitarists who think they know a thing or two about the instrument and you'll come away with the implied truism that a bolt-on neck is inferior to one that is permanently glued in place [more…]

What's the Deal with Class-A Amps?

Hang out in amp or guitar chat rooms or check out lots of manufacturers' promotional write-ups and you'll notice that that term "Class A" gets slung around more than hash off the griddle at a greasy spoon [more…]

10 Guitarists Who Played Against Type

Guitarists and music fans alike are often guilty of pigeonholing certain musical styles, and of assuming the sounds of different genres can only be achieved on a limited range of gear. Such typecasting [more…]

Tips on Vintage Effects for Guitars

Many vintage effects pedals and stand-alone units have sacred names out there in guitarland. Major artists will name-check them reverentially in magazine interviews; players will discuss them in hallowed [more…]

10 Classic Guitar and Amp Rigs

As important as striving for your own sound as a guitarist is, you often make your way there via the tones of other great players, past and present. Here, you explore the elements behind the signature [more…]

The Guitar Plus Amp Plus Effects Sound Chain

Each piece of gear you use together to make music is part of a sound chain. When you play an electric guitar, your sound is never just about that guitar; it’s an amalgam of everything else that contributes [more…]

Sound Begins with Your Guitar

Whatever kind of sound you’re after, it all starts with your guitar. Make no mistake, an electric guitar can’t make any sound without the rest of your equipment, other than a thin, soft jangle. [more…]

Chain of Tools: What the Guitar Signal Chain Is

Your signal chain is the sequence of elements that work together to get the electrical signal that carries your guitar sound from its starting point to its end point. It can also be referred to as a [more…]

The Building Blocks of the Guitar Signal Chain

The signal chain that works to create any electric guitar sound is made up of several major building blocks, each of which has lots of smaller building blocks within it. These main ingredients that influence [more…]

Guitar Strings

What else can you change for less than $5 and so drastically alter the sound and performance of your guitar? Well, your guitar pick, sure, but your strings are a great way to fine-tune your tone, yet they’re [more…]

Cables for Your Guitars and Amps

Variously referred to as cords, cables, and leads,these wires carry your sound to whatever is going to help the wider world hear it, so they are an important part of the tonal equation. [more…]


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