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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 …

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.

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.

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.

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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 …

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Acoustic Guitar Body Types: The Complete Guide to Acoustic Shapes

Depending on how long you’ve been in the business of making music, you may or may not know that there is quite a wide variation …

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?

Delta Blues Guitar: The Players, Style & Technique Behind The Slide

Delta Blues Guitar: The Players, Style & Technique Behind The Slide

Mississippi Blues is all about howling vocals, and the Delta Blues Guitar; a powerful slide-based guitar style. Here’s the players & techniques behind it.

Funk Guitar: The History, Techniques and Gear Behind the Groove

Funk Guitar: The History, Techniques and Gear Behind the Groove

Wanna capture that chickenscratch tone? From Jimmy Nolen to Nile Rodgers, delve into the history, techniques and gear behind the modern funk guitar sound.

The Best Isolated Guitar Tracks: Our 7 Favorites

The Best Isolated Guitar Tracks: Our 7 Favorites

These 7 isolated guitar tracks unveiled some surprising revelations that no one would ever suspect when listening to the otherwise famous original releases.

History of the Guitar: Acoustic to Electric, Ancient to Modern

History of the Guitar: Acoustic to Electric, Ancient to Modern

No musical instrument has shaped the development of music through modern history as much as the guitar. But what’s the history of the guitar itself? Why did this one instrument become the iconic symbol of 20th Century musical genres such as jazz, blues, and—of course—rock and roll?

Guitar Strings Order: How the Guitar is Tuned and Why

Guitar Strings Order: How the Guitar is Tuned and Why

What’s with the guitar strings order? We go in depth about the history, purpose, and advantages of the unconventional guitar string tuning.

Most Expensive Guitars Ever Sold: The Top 10

Most Expensive Guitars Ever Sold: The Top 10

With legendary names like Blackie, Tiger, and “the Holy Grail of Guitars,” and equally legendary players such as Hendrix, Clapton, and Richards, these guitars are the cream of the crop and have commanded commensurately expensive prices.

Trigger: The story of Willie Nelson’s beloved guitar

Trigger: The story of Willie Nelson’s beloved guitar

Willie Nelson has entertained audiences since he was 13 years old, and through the decades his guitar Trigger has become almost as famous as he is

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