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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.

What’s the Deal with Dumble Amps?

The closer a look we take at the realm of rock’n’roll’s colorful history, it seems the more questions we find than answers. Who exactly was …

Hollow and Semi-Hollow Body Guitars: The Complete Guide

Semi-acoustic guitars can often be a source of confusion and misconception. How’s a hollow body different from an acoustic? Can you play rock on a …

Guitar Action: The Complete Guide

Guitar Action: The Complete Guide to String Height & Action Adjustments

Setting the perfect guitar action is the key to get your instrument sounding and playing how it should. Here’s everything you need to know about action.

12-String Guitar: From the Street to the Stage

12-String Guitar: From the Street to the Stage

Curious about the history of the 12-string guitar? From Lead Belly to Pink Floyd trace the mysterious journey behind this popular folk instrument.

David Gilmour’s Guitar String Gauges

David Gilmour’s Guitar String Gauges

For the axe-slinging rockers of the world, guitar string gauges simply can’t be overlooked. Cue David Gilmour, guitarist and co-vocalist of Pink Floyd, who – like many of the leading strummers of the past few decades – has opted for custom string gauges to craft his unique sounds.

How To Intonate A Guitar Quickly and Easily

How To Intonate A Guitar Quickly and Easily

The best way to set up and intonate your electric guitar to be perfectly in tune across the whole neck.

Guitar Fretboard Woods: Why We Use the Woods We Do

Guitar Fretboard Woods: The Ultimate Guide

An element of guitar specs that is often overlooked is your fretboard (sometimes also called a fingerboard)—specifically, what it’s made of.  There are almost innumerable …

Where Did the Wah Pedal Come From?

There’s a long and fascinating history behind the wah pedal we know today. What started out as a trick of brass instrumentalists in the 1920s …

Baritone Guitar Strings

Baritone Guitar: Origins, Tunings and Place in Modern Culture

Since it first entered popular consciousness in the mid-1950s, the baritone guitar has proved itself to be an indispensable part of any guitarist’s arsenal. With …

What Are Gold Foil Pickups?

What Are Gold Foil Pickups?

You’d think as technology has progressed, guitarists would leave the old ways behind and be happy with our modern electronic marvels. But, as many musicians …

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.

Bass Pickups: Breaking Down the Different Types

Bass Pickups: Breaking Down the Different Types

Bass guitars have come a long way since their inception in the 1930s. What were once essentially oversized acoustics outfitted with rudimentary electronics have evolved …

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