Scott Marquart

Fender Stratocaster on an amp

Leo Fender: The History and Legacy of the Man Behind the Guitars

A name synonymous with six-strings, Clarence Leonidas “Leo” Fender was doubtless one of the most influential people in the world of modern music. Leo Fender’s …

Wound G String (or Wound 3rd): Is It Right For You?

Wound G String (or Wound 3rd): Is It Right For You?

Is a wound G string or a wound 3rd the right move for you and your guitar? We look into the history, usage, advantages and disadvantages to help you decide.

Recording Electric Guitar

How To Record Electric Guitar: Understanding Mics and Mic Placement

Recording electric guitar is both an art and a science, but this guide gives you the basics of how to record electric guitar.

Guitar Case Essentials: A Survival Guide

Don’t leave for a gig without these essential guitar accessories in your case.

Can You Use a Plain 4th Guitar String?

We see enough people ordering plain 4th strings in custom sets of Stringjoys that we thought we’d try out a plain 4th ourselves.

Oddball Guitars with Built-In Effects

Depending on who you ask, guitars with built-in effects are either a step in the right direction or an absolute abomination.

Nashville Tuning, but Tuned Down?

What happens when you tune a guitar to Nashville Tuning, but then tune it down four half-steps to C Standard?

Set Phasers to Stun: The History and Uses of the Phase Shifter

What exactly defines a phaser effect? How does a phase shifter differ from other modulation effects? Here’s what you need to know.

The Definitive History of Slap Bass

The Definitive History of Slap Bass

From early jazz to modern metal, slap bass has had an impact on music that cannot be overlooked.

45 Guitar Tone Tips

The Ultimate Guitar Tone Guide: 61 Tone Tips to Take Your Playing to the Next Level

The biggest, most thorough list of guitar tone tips ever assembled. These tips will help you improve your guitar tone, whether you mainly play on stage, in the studio, or just in your room.

New Standard Tuning

New Standard Tuning: Robert Fripp’s Alternate Tuning Explained

Robert Fripp’s New Standard Tuning has one of the strongest cult followings among alternate guitar tunings. What is it? Where did it come from? Why’s it good or bad?

Scale Length Comparison: Fender vs Gibson, What's the Difference?

Scale Length Comparison: Fender vs Gibson, What’s the Difference?

How do Fender and Gibson scale lengths compare? In our Scale Length Comparison we look at the 4 main differences between these two classic scale lengths.

Why Old Guitar Strings Go Dead

Why Old Guitar Strings Go Dead

Have you ever had a guitar string suddenly sound dull, not intonate properly, or become unable to stay in tune? That my friends might be …

Why Do Guitar Strings Lose Intonation as They Age?

Why Do Guitar Strings Lose Intonation as They Age?

We’ve all been there. You get a new set of guitar strings installed, get your intonation set perfectly, and then weeks or months down the …

Fanned Fret and Multi-Scale Guitars, Explained.

Multi-scale guitars and Fanned Fret guitars are becoming more and more popular these days, and they offer some interesting advantages for modern players.

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