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Best Acoustic Guitar | Ultimate Buying Guide 2023

Last update 21/9/2023 Choosing the perfect acoustic guitar can be an exciting yet challenging endeavor. With myriad options available in 2023 catering to different skill levels and musical styles, finding a guitar that resonates with your preferences and needs is essential. This comprehensive guide will explore the best acoustic guitars across various categories, providing detailed specifications, pros, and cons and assigning a star rating out of 5 for each guitar. Table of contentsBest acoustic guitars for 2023Best Budget Acoustic GuitarYamaha FG800Best Small or Travel Acoustic GuitarTaylor GS MiniBest Professional Quality Acoustic GuitarMartin D-28Best Value Acoustic GuitarSeagull S6 OriginalBest High-End Acoustic [...]

2023-09-22T15:07:34+10:00October 27th, 2021|

Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar | Your Essential Buying Guide Guide 2023

Last update 25/9/2023 The Gibson Les Paul is an icon. It's one of the instantly recognizable brands by sight or name in the guitar world. We have you covered if you want to know more about this iconic instrument. This buying guide will help you make an informed purchasing decision. Table of contentsThe Gibson Les PaulWhy Choose a Les PaulThe Les Paul basic designPickup ChoicesTones | Great for blues and jazzMusical GenresLes Paul neck profilesHow about those topsHow Much Does a Gibson Les Paul Weigh?Weight Relief TypesLes Paul ModelsLes Paul Guitars | ModelsThe StandardThe TraditionalThe ClassicThe SpecialsGibson Les Paul StudioGibson [...]

2023-09-25T07:56:05+10:00August 21st, 2021|

Fender Mustang Lt25 Review | Is It More Than Just a Practice Amp?

Last update: 24/9/2023. Fender's collection of amps has a lot to offer in useful features and great tone. We're all familiar with their excellent classic tube-driven amps of old, which guitars players still love. Table of contentsFender Mustang LT25  - features and specsSpecificationsTonePerformanceFeaturesHere is our quick guide on how to use the Fender Mustang LT25ValueSo, is the Fender Mustang LT25 a good amp?How to update the Fender Mustang LT25Conclusion But looking at their current lineup of digital solid-state amps, it is incredible how good they are. Further to the change in the present technology, we now have digital modeling amps, [...]

2023-09-24T17:12:18+10:00July 30th, 2021|

Digital Modeling Amps | Better Than the Real Thing?

Last update 23/9/2020 In the past 10 to 15 years, we've witnessed significant increases in digital technology as it applies to the guitar world. Digital guitar effects are hugely popular, and Digital modeling amps aren't exactly a novelty either; they've both been around since the 1990s. Table of contentsDigital modeling amps: What are they?Modeling amps vs. the "real" thing: What is better?In favor of modeling ampsIn favor of tube ampsSo, are tube amps obsolete?ConclusionReferences However, things are now at a whole new level with the Kemper profiler and Axe-Fx's initial arrival, as well as Line 6 Helixes. And thus, we now have [...]

2023-09-23T12:26:34+10:00June 30th, 2021|

Distortion Effects Explained

Last update 20/9/2023 Distortion, in context to the electric guitar. A specific type of tone is often described as "gritty," growling, or ballsy. It's usually achieved by high-gain settings on an amp. The opposite of distortion is, referred to as a "clean" or low gain tone. Table of contentsDistortion pedals - What's the difference between overdrive, distortion, and fuzz?Classic DistortionOverdriveFuzzOk, So What Is "Boost" Then?What Distortion Devices Do to a Guitar SignalSoft, Hard, and Extreme ClippingIn Conclusion Distortion pedals are designed to allow the player to dial in the type of distortion desired. For most players, the level of distortion [...]

2023-09-20T14:47:30+10:00May 2nd, 2021|

Guitar Scale Length | How to Decide What Is Right for You

 Last update 20/9/2023 For many beginners, the concept of a guitar scale length may not seem all that important. We mean, all guitars pretty much look the same, right? Why would someone even need to consider scale length as a factor? Table of contentsWhat is the scale length of a guitar?Understanding guitar scale lengthDo all guitars have the same scale length?The effects of scale length on playabilityString tensionFret spacingScale Length and Small HandsString actionConclusion The scale length of your guitar will make much more of a difference than you think. It has a considerable impact on just about every facet [...]

2023-09-20T14:22:14+10:00March 21st, 2021|

The Taylor Gs Mini-Series Is Fantastic – Learn Why

Last update 14/9/2023 Taylor Guitars has developed a well-deserved reputation for making some of the best acoustic guitars on the market today. In our eyes, every model they produce - even their lower-range offerings - tends to be a step above most of their competition. The Taylor GS Mini does not disappoint. Table of contentsBody/NeckHardwarePerformance That point of view certainly carries over to the Taylor GS Mini series of guitars and basses. Sometimes, short-scale or travel guitars tend to be viewed as more utility items than anything else. Their compact size is geared towards younger players with smaller body proportions [...]

2023-09-14T09:12:08+10:00December 2nd, 2020|

An Inside Look at the Fender American Professional Telecaster

Last update: 11/9/2023. While it's true that most people might think of a Stratocaster when the Fender brand is mentioned, they have also created several other guitars that have stood the test of time. No model may be more representative of this than the Fender Telecaster. Table of contentsThe NeckTuning MachinesSpecificationsBodyPickupsStrings (Gauge)The FinishProsConsWarrantyGig Bag or Hard CaseRecommended AccessoriesCare Program for the GuitarRecommended maintenanceConclusion Fender American Professional Telecaster body   The Neck Depending on your finish, you can choose a rosewood or maple fingerboard (each having 22 narrow-tall frets and rolled edges for additional smoothness). As with most Fender [...]

2023-09-11T09:58:10+10:00October 28th, 2020|

Pros and Cons of Guitar Multi-Effects Pedals – What You Need to Know

Last update 11/9/2023 Effects pedals are cool - we really don't think that anyone can debate that statement! Since introducing the first effects pedals back in the 1960s, there has been a constant and ever-changing market and demand. Name one type of effect - just one, mind you - and there will be countless versions and models available from many different manufacturers, Table of contentsCostReliabilityEffects QualityAmp ModelingThe 'fun' factorConclusion While having a good number of guitar effects pedals can open up your sonic options, there are some aspects where having multiple effects pedals are not so cool. But what are [...]

2023-09-11T08:55:10+10:00October 21st, 2020|

Fender Deluxe Reverb 65 Reissue | 2023 Review

Last update 21/9/2023 It goes without saying, but over the years, Fender has produced some fantastic and iconic guitars. They also have a long history of creating guitar amplifiers in that same light, which are just as highly regarded. The Fender Deluxe Reverb 65 Reissue is a perfect example of something 'being so nice. It only makes sense to do it twice... Table of contentsFender Deluxe Reverb 65 ReissueFender Deluxe Reverb 65 Reissue ( DRRI )Fender Deluxe Reverb 65 Reissue Features and SpecificationsConclusion The Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb (DRRI for short) is a faithful reproduction of an amp that has [...]

2023-09-21T14:53:42+10:00October 4th, 2020|

A guide to the Gibson SG

Last update: 9/9/2023. Some guitars are identified so well with the players that played them that you can't really picture them playing something else. Hendrix wouldn't be Hendrix without a Stratocaster, and Jimmy Page in concert, lives on in most people's minds wearing a sunburst Les Paul slung way down low. So when you think of the Gibson SG, Angus Young from AC/DC may be the first that springs to mind. Table of contentsIconicElectronics and HardwareGibson SG - No hard caseSG Standard SpecificationsWhat is the Gibson SG good for?How good are Gibson SGs?Is an SG like a Strat?Gibson SG ConsConclusionSam [...]

2023-09-10T10:15:53+10:00September 30th, 2020|

Fender American Professional Stratocaster 2013 Review

Last update 9/9/2023 Ask just about anybody on the street to draw a picture of an electric guitar, and we’ll bet they’ll draw something that resembles the Fender American Professional Stratocaster. Yep - it's that iconic - and it has been a benchmark for the entire industry since its introduction back in 1954. Table of contentsBody and neckWhat about the pickupsHow's the hardware?The tremoloBone nutHard caseWhat about its sound and playability For a guitar model to be embraced by so many for so long. It had to have been pretty great right from the start! But that doesn't mean that [...]

2023-09-21T18:05:28+10:00September 22nd, 2020|
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