Yamaha LL16D ARE Review

Adam Perlmutter Certain guitarists speak in reverent tones about “old wood”—tonewoods aged to perfection after decades of drying and vibrating. Until recently, the only way to get that old wood was to shell out for a vintage instrument. But recently guitar makers have been using temperature and … [Read more...]

3 New PRS S2 Semi-Hollow Guitars

On the first anniversary of the S2 Series, PRS is adding three new models to the lineup: the S2 Mira Semi-Hollow, S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow, and the S2 Singlecut Semi-Hollow. These three new models further PRS’s desire to create a complete product offering inside the S2 Series. PRS Guitars … [Read more...]

Chris Spedding's 10 lessons learned from a life in guitar

Matt Frost (Guitarist) Chris Spedding's 10 lessons learned from a life in guitar The session pro on recording, repertoire and rhythm playing British session ace Chris Spedding gives us some insight into the life lessons, creative approaches and techniques that have helped shape his in-demand axe … [Read more...]

Yamaha Electric Guitars

Since 1966 in Japan the Yamaha Electric Guitar has been manufactured. The quality of the instruments made by Yamaha is as high as the ones that they first produced and this is why they prove so popular with so many guitarists around the world today. But whether an experienced guitarist or a complete … [Read more...]

Schecter PT Fastback II B Review

Shawn Hammond Mention Schecter to the average player, and they immediately think “metal guitars”—and with good cause: Since the turn of the century, the company’s artist roster has gotten increasingly aggro. Guys like Avenged Sevenfold’s Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates, Arch Enemy’s Jeff Loomis, … [Read more...]

Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar Review

Jordan Wagner Gibson has played around with the Les Paul formula for half a century now, with both great and not-so-stellar results at times. So it goes when you’re tinkering with one of the most iconic guitars of all time. One of the smartest and most successful twists on Gibson’s flagship axe … [Read more...]

7 Things New Guitar Owners Need to Know

By Dan Cross, About.com If you've just gotten your hands on your first guitar, chances are you're not entirely sure what to do next. The following suggestions should offer some guidance about how to prepare and maintain your instrument, as well as provide you with the foundational knowledge … [Read more...]

How to Set Up a Marshall Amp

A Marshall amp is a great choice for any guitarist who wants a professional quality amp for playing music. However, while a guitarist knows how to play the instrument, knowing how to properly set up a Marshall amp for optimal sound often proves frustrating. Every guitarist has his or her individual … [Read more...]

See How Eric Clapton's Fender Guitar Gets Made

Fender Musical Instruments is one of the world's largest manufacturers of guitars, basses and amplifiers. They revolutionized rock 'n' roll with their iconic electric guitars such as the Telecaster and the Stratocaster. Bloomberg visits the Corona, California factory to see how a guitar is … [Read more...]

Martin GPCPA1 Guitar Review

The Specs: Solid Sitka spruce top. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides. Hardwood neck. Ebony fretboard and bridge. Scalloped hybrid X-bracing. 25.4-inch scale. 13/4-inch nut width. 23/16-inch string spacing at saddle. Gold tuners. Polished gloss lacquer finish on body; satin finish on neck. Fishman … [Read more...]

Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus is the Guitar of the Year in 2012

Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus: The best guitar gear of the year for 2012 Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus "Everyone bangs on about the LP's overdriven tone, but what will really surprise first-timers is the full-fat, bell-like tone of the neck humbucker." Respect to Epiphone and the singlecut … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Beginner's Amp: Fender Pro Junior Tube Amplifier

The Fender Pro Junior Combo really is the ultimate beginner's guitar amp. It's small, yet loud enough to be used in a full-band situation. It's simple to operate, yet sounds great. And, it's an "all-tube" amp, yet costs less than most other tube amps. The Price Point: Coming in around $400, the Pro … [Read more...]

Epiphone Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar Review

Matthew Holliman The ’70s were strange days for Epiphone. The early part of the decade saw a shift from US to Japanese production. And after enjoying the benefits of being under Gibson’s wing for over a decade, Gibson’s parent company relegated Epiphone to subordinate status, and the company was … [Read more...]

Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita Telecaster with Bigsby Review

Shawn Hammond Squier, Fender’s more affordable brand, has come light years from where it was three decades ago. In the ’80s and ’90s, most serious guitarists would’ve balked at the idea of owning, let alone gigging,with a Squier. They were for beginners on a budget—beginners no one expected to … [Read more...]

Jimi Hendrix Experience Tour Sets 2014 Dates

Experience Hendrix Tour ’14 Sets Dates The eighth edition of the celebrated Experience Hendrix Tour is set to launch in March. The ongoing tribute is a month-long event that brings together a diverse group of musicians paying homage to … [Read more...]

Seagull Guitars Excursion Series Natural SG

Summer NAMM '13 - Seagull Guitars Excursion Series Natural SG, Folk, and Grand Demos [easyazon_block add_to_cart="default" align="left" asin="B00ECFRIX6" cloaking="default" layout="top" localization="default" locale="US" nofollow="default" new_window="default" … [Read more...]

Top 10 affordable electric guitars in the world today

Below are listed 2013's 10 best affordable six string guitars, as voted for by MusicRadar readers 1. Chapman ML-1 Created by Youtube sensation Rob Chapman, Chapman guitars has been a phenomenon, and it was the ML-1 that led the charge. The first run was an almost instant sell-out, but now it's … [Read more...]

Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute

Gibson Releases 1961 Les Paul Tribute In 1961, Gibson took a quantum leap forward in style and design by updating the traditional single-cutaway Les Paul to a sleek new double-cutaway design, known simply as the SG Standard after 1962. The guitar has been a rock essential ever since. This SG and … [Read more...]

How to Choose an Acoustic Guitar

How to Choose an Acoustic Guitar (1 of 8) Gary and Jack show you what to look for when shopping for an acoustic guitar. How to Choose an Acoustic Guitar (2 of 8) Gary and Jack from Guitar Showcase in San Jose talk about things to look for in acoustic guitars. And briefly discuss the investment … [Read more...]

Selecting The Best Beginner Acoustic Guitar

Many sons and daughters are asking for acoustic guitars as presents for Christmas, birthdays or just because they have become excited by learning to play. What I wish to do in this post is supply some guidelines and recommendations on selecting that first guitar. Purchasing a guitar may be an … [Read more...]

Gibson SG Deluxe Review

Gibson's SG hardly enjoyed an easy start. Dropping awkwardly into the world as the revamped Les Paul model in 1961, this thinner, sharper, more aggressive solidbody was a bold statement in how guitars were moving forwards. As it turned out - amid contractual issues with Gibson - Les removed his … [Read more...]

Gibson LG-2 American Eagle Acoustic Guitar Review

When Gibson introduced its LG series of acoustics in 1942, the company had the student musician in mind. After all, the Kalamazoo, Michigan, outfit had already solidified its standing as a manufacturer of fine archtops and flattops. The LG-1, LG-2, and LG-3 were designed as small-bodied guitars with … [Read more...]

Danelectro '67 Heaven Electric Guitar Review

Back in the late 1950s, in an effort to reduce the cost of its already inexpensive guitars, Danelectro began dabbling with an interesting semi-hollow design. The new construction method, which incorporated a Masonite top and back attached to a plywood frame, put the guitars within reach of budding … [Read more...]

Tips on How to Set Up a Guitar

Tips on How to Set Up a Guitar Making Neck Adjustments on an Electric Guitar How To Adjust Intonation On An Electric Guitar tips-on-how-to-set-up-a-guitarpublish0post_yoast_wpseo_linkdex56 … [Read more...]

Guitarist Magazine Demos Fender’s American Vintage Series

To take the American Vintage series forward, we needed to return to the source and go back in time. We zeroed in on a goldmine of unbelievable original vintage specimens, and we spared no detail in painstakingly dissecting and documenting each phenomenal original-era instrument. We made the journey. … [Read more...]

Fender Custom Shop Short Film Showcases Remarkable Craftsmanship

The Fender Custom Shop has released a behind-the-scenes short film where viewers can appreciate the highly elaborate artwork and intricate amount of detail that goes into each master built instrument. The film, shot in the Custom Shop in Fender's U.S. manufacturing facility in Corona, Calif., also … [Read more...]

Fender Releases New American Vintage Series Basses

Fender is proud to announce four bass additions to its acclaimed American Vintage series, all meticulously reimagined to evoke the authentic feel and sound of the original basses released between the late 1950s and early 1970s. Available in 3-Color Sunburst, White Blonde, and Black, the American … [Read more...]

Tips on Choosing the Right Electric Guitar for You

There it is – the “wall o’ guitars”. But which of these beauties is the right one for you? Picking out a new guitar is exciting but also a bit intimidating. There are lots of choices between different types of guitars, body shapes, pickups, and a host of other important factors. Here are some … [Read more...]

Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic Player Pack Deal

The Learn & Master Guitar Student Edition. Buy Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar Homeschool Edition and an Epiphone Guitar and SAVE! Epiphone PR-4E Acoustic Player Pack Now available through this exclusive offer, get the Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar Homeschool course and an Epiphone Player Pack. … [Read more...]

Best Beginner Electric Guitars

  The most commonly accepted method of choosing a low cost electric guitar is to find an instrument with good quality wood, and at least reasonable workmanship. Guitar manufacturers tend to cut corners with cheaper guitars, by using cheaper pick-ups, and hardware, but these are all upgradeable … [Read more...]

Gibson J-45 PureVoice Custom Acoustic/Electric Guitar

The Gibson J-45 is a legendary acoustic guitar that has been one of Gibson’s biggest sellers since it was introduced seven decades ago, and is right up there with older Martins and Guilds as one of the most significant acoustics in history. J-45s have been played by John Lennon, James Taylor, Jeff … [Read more...]

Why learning guitar is different than other instruments

by Jim Patterson Gordon Logan has always thought that he and his fellow guitar players were different somehow. As a psychologist at Vanderbilt University, he set out to prove it. Through a set of experiments, Logan, Nashville musician Jerry Kimbrough and Matthew Crump (now of Brooklyn … [Read more...]

Takamine LTD 2012 'Michi' Review

Ironically, a commercial tie-up with Kaman, the company behind electro-acoustic pioneers Ovation, meant that, by the late seventies, after Takamine had developed its own Palathetic pickup system, Kaman effectively had commercial interest in the two main electro-acoustic guitar brands of the day. In … [Read more...]

Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS

A huge range of tones at an affordable price Compared to the other new twists on classic designs that have been in ample supply from Fender of late, there's nothing particularly special about the Modern Player Stratocaster HSS. It has an alder body, bolt-on maple neck and an old- school … [Read more...]

Solidbody or Hollowbody Guitar… Which is right for you?

Russell Hall For any guitarist, and perhaps especially for an aspiring player, an array of factors come into play when choosing an electric guitar. One of the most fundamental is whether to go with a solidbody electric, or a semi-hollowbody. Each has advantages, and each has characteristics suited … [Read more...]

Gibson 2008 Les Paul Standard

2008 Les Paul Standard Improving a legend isn’t easy, but it’s happened. Introducing Gibson USA's 2008 Les Paul Standard—an elegant revision of a true classic, with upgrades and new features that make it the best Les Paul Standard ever produced. Based on consumer feedback and a drive to uphold and … [Read more...]

Gibson SG Standard Review

When it first hit the scene back in 1961, the Gibson SG was one of the most radical designs the guitar world had ever witnesses, and it still makes a bold statement today. The diverse list of guitar stars that have taken variations of the SG model to heart over the years includes Eric Clapton, Pete … [Read more...]

Fender Introduces Upgraded American Standard Series Models for 2012

Fender’s acclaimed American Standard series guitars and basses have been upgraded for 2012, resulting in the latest iterations of the company’s four archetypal instruments—the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass guitars. They’re the same great best-selling go-to instruments … [Read more...]

Fender Custom Shop La Cabronita Especial

Just when you thought the La Cabronita Especial couldn't get any cooler, the Custom Shop has introduced this very limited run only 30 pieces worldwide of Cabronitas loaded with not one, not two, but three TV Jones pickups as well as some very versatile wiring to make this one awesome and great … [Read more...]

Ibanez RG870Z Electric Guitar Review

by Simon Bradley The Ibanez RG870Z is the most affordable model in Ibanez's new Premium range Ibanez can take a great deal of credit for reinvigorating the 1980s rock guitar market. In 1986, Van Halen had parted company with original singer David Lee Roth, who immediately teamed up with another … [Read more...]

Ibanez RG920QM Premium Electric Guitar Review

Jordan Wagner Ibanez has always been masterful at combining high quality and affordability. And though the days of Ibanez’ selling Japanese-built guitars that rivaled their American inspirations for a pittance are long-since gone, the company still applies their formula for building great guitars … [Read more...]