Guitar Tricks Blog: Gear
Posted May 5, 2023
How to Shape Your Tone with Guitar Speakers
This is not one of those “here’s the best speaker” articles. You could care less. You’re after tone, and so are we. Who do you want to sound like? Or maybe what do you want to sound like? From Americana to British Metal, from clean to crunch.
Pickups may be your first mod, but speakers are not far behind. We’re going to look at speaker combinations, speaker pairings, and pairing pickups with speakers to shape your tone.
Posted April 4, 2023
British vs. American Guitar Amps - What's the Difference?
When it comes to guitar amplifiers, there are two major players in the market: British and American amps. Both types have their unique features and sound characteristics that are favored by different musicians. In this article, we will discuss the differences between British and American guitar amps and their sonic characteristics.
Posted February 3, 2023
Rock Guitar Tones
The first thing to consider about rock guitar tones is the pickup configuration. The pickups in a guitar determine the way it sounds far more than any other factor. The main two kinds of pickups we have are humbuckers and single coil pickups. The age-old debate about the superiority of a Les Paul or a Strat, is in my opinion, at its core, a debate between single coil pickups or humbuckers! That is by far the main variable in how different they sound.
Posted November 7, 2022
Single Coil vs Humbucker Pickups - What's the Difference?
If you're totally new to playing the electric guitar and are still taking beginner guitar lessons, you may notice that there's a wide variety of electric guitars.
The electric guitar comes in all shapes, sizes and colors -- it's something that guitarists love about the instrument. With so many out there, you can choose one that perfectly resonates with your personal style. In addition to visual differences, guitars can greatly vary in sound, too.
A lot of this comes down to the guitar's pickups.
Posted October 28, 2022
How to Play Guitar
If you have never played guitar before, in this article we will walk you through the first steps for those taking beginner guitar lessons. And while learning an instrument does not occur overnight, if you follow these pointers on a consistent basis, you will see regular progress. Remember that playing the guitar is a physical exercise, it is essential to train and retain your muscle memory to accomplish it.
Posted September 15, 2022
How to Play a 12-String Guitar
If you're a fan of the sound of an acoustic guitar, then you're probably listening to a song that features two guitarists playing together seamlessly. Various models on the market can accommodate different budgets. With various features and options, 12-string acoustic guitars can provide a unique and authentic sound. The sound of 12-string electric and acoustic guitars has captivated listeners for decades. Whether you're looking for an electric or acoustic guitar, there's something special about this versatile instrument.
Posted September 2, 2022
How to Get Great Rock Tone
Being able to shape tone on your own is an important skill for any guitarist. Throughout your journey, you will most likely find yourself plugging into an array of different amps, pedals, and equipment -- and you'll want to know how to find the best tone possible in any playing situation.
Posted June 9, 2022
2022: The State of the Music Retail Industry Today
The Covid-19 pandemic affected most businesses and retail outlets in a negative fashion. However one of the few industries that saw growth was music instrument builders and lesson-oriented websites such as online guitar lessons. Despite live music disappearing there was an incredible push in music retail sales that led to 8.9 billion in growth! But as of 2022 the pandemic music sales boom has been in decline.
Posted March 14, 2022
A Beginners Guide to Pedalboards Pt. 1: Choosing Your Pedals
Everyone learns in their own way. Some don’t want to be told how to go about certain things and leave lessons learned in exploration and experimentation (myself included). Others may want to skip the long hours filled with headaches due to an overabundance of coffee and trust in what they already know and are comfortable using. With this guideline, I hope to convey a sense of where one might begin when piecing together their sonic arsenal in the form of the ever so popular and no longer elusive pedalboard.
Posted January 31, 2022
5 Jimi Hendrix Guitar Techniques
The playing style of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix has been analyzed quite a bit over the years, and as a result, there's a huge list of things you can do to replicate his distinctive guitar playing. However, you should always start with the following 5 core concepts that are absolutely fundamental to his playing.
Posted December 20, 2021
Last-Minute Guitar Stocking Stuffers
We've all been there: The clock is running out and you still haven't gotten that little something for everyone on your list.
This year, skip the socks and scratch-offs and hook-up the guitarist in your life with a gift they'll appreciate and actually use. We've compiled a quick list of stocking stuffers that should be available at the last-minute and will be a welcome addition to any guitar player's gear collection.
Posted April 23, 2021
Win an Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini!
Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer recently reviewed the Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini overdrive pedal on our YouTube channel. He liked it so much, that we decided to give one away!
Enter for your chance to win.
Posted February 26, 2021
Tonewoods for Acoustic Guitars Explained
Wood is one of the most important factors in the sound of a guitar. The term "tonewood" refers to the particular wood used to build a guitar, many of which are known for having a particular tone. Most guitars employ a combination of tonewoods in order to achieve a certain sound, while others stick to one tonewood for the entire build. It all depends on what sound the luthier is trying to create.
Posted July 10, 2020
Guitar Fretboard - Anatomy Explained
The guitar fretboard or “fingerboard” is the part of the guitar where all of the metal frets are placed. The fretboard is used by holding down the strings against each fret and then either picking or strumming some, or all of the strings. The vibrating motion of the string against the metal frets create the sounds of different musical notes. The fretboard of a modern guitar is made up of a number of pieces and it’s important for guitar players to know which piece is which, as well as learn ways to develop memorization of the fretboard notes.
Posted February 27, 2020
Guitar Mods and Upgrades - For Tuning and Tone
Guitar mods and guitar upgrades can be difficult to pull off if you are not handy, but not all of them require a deep knowledge of the instrument. One may easily install a set of locking tuners, or check intonation, for example. Here are five tips you should consider when upgrading or modding your guitar. Please keep in mind that even though some of these are not easy, they are definitely doable!