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Reviews: Guitar Articles & Insights

54 Articles in this Section

Review of the Zager Family of Guitars

Being pleasantly surprised by something is always an exquisite feeling. There’s nothing quite like approaching a situation with skepticism and disbelief only to be knocked off your feet by a wonderful product or experience. When Zager Guitars offered to send JamPlay four of their custom..... (read more)

Source Audio's Soundblox Multiwave Distortion Pedal Review

We all know how it goes. We practice, learn scale runs, chords, songs etc... Then we start collecting gear that helps us get those sounds we have come to love from artists we admire. Take the Tube Screamer for example. Does it reside on everyone’s pedal board because it is the finest..... (read more)

American Special Telecaster Review

I have been a fan of Fender electric guitars as long as I can remember. Even a couple hundred bucks goes a long way with a Fender, and each model has their own unmistakable, unique tone. Earlier this year, the American Special Telecaster was released and around the same time, Fender slashed..... (read more)

Vox Night Train Review

Small, low wattage amps are all the rage right now, and for many applications, it really makes sense! They are portable, versatile, and still deliver enough rip-your-face-offness to send you home with bleeding ears. Before this review, I had played the Night Train as well as the Egnater..... (read more)

Takamine EG 260 C-WR Review

History As the silver sun set over the sleepy village of Nakatsugawa Gifu Japan, a small family of woodworkers bent their weary backs to repair and produce fine hand-made instruments. The year was 1959 and the small instrument shop located at the foot of Mount Takamine was collectively bent..... (read more)

Ibanez A-100E BK Review

History As the smoke cleared above lush verdant green fields it revealed that a small group of Spanish generals had indeed succeeded in overthrowing the government established by the Second Spanish Republic, and many long-standing symbols of Spanish freedom lay in ruins upon the red earth,..... (read more)

The Applause AA21-4 Review

History The following is an historical account of a remarkable man by the name of Charles Kaman. Kaman came into this world kicking and screaming in the year 1919 in the District of Columbia, Washington, and 18 years later found his way into the school of Aeronautical Engineering at Catholic..... (read more)

The Seagull Performer CW Flame Maple Q-1 Review

History From the early age of seven Robert Godin had already acquired a passion for the guitar, as well as some notable skills as a young player. By the time he had reached the ripe old age of fifteen he was integral to the operation of his aunt's music store and utilized his skills to both..... (read more)

Ibanez TCY 10 E BK Review

History As the smoke cleared above lush verdant green fields it revealed that a small group of Spanish generals had indeed succeeded in overthrowing the government established by the Second Spanish Republic, and many long-standing symbols of Spanish freedom lay in ruins upon the red earth,..... (read more)

Ibanez AEG-25 ET Review

History As the smoke cleared above lush verdant green fields it revealed that a small group of Spanish generals had indeed succeeded in overthrowing the government established by the Second Spanish Republic, and many long-standing symbols of Spanish freedom lay in ruins upon the red earth,..... (read more)

Ovation CC-245 HB 12 String Review

History The following is an historical account of a remarkable man by the name of Charles Kaman. Kaman came into this world kicking and screaming in the year 1919 in the District of Columbia, Washington, and 18 years later found his way into the school of Aeronautical Engineering at Catholic..... (read more)

Floorboard Shootout

Line 6 POD X3 LIVE - TC Electronic Nova System - Boss GT-10 Whether you're in the market for a new toy or just like geekin' out over cool gear at your local guitar store, it's easy to reach that point when you just really can't tell what you're dealing with without dropping the..... (read more)

The Taylor 455 CE 12-String Review

History Bob Taylor was a curious and inventive lad by nature and by the time he was a freshman in high school, he had constructed his first guitar: a twelve-string. Two more guitars were subsequently designed and assembled by the time he had graduated from high school but this was only the..... (read more)

Epiphone AJ-200 SCE Review

History Anastasios Stathopoulo was the son of a Greek timber merchant and a builder of fine lioutos (a Greek stringed instrument) mandolins lutes and violins in the latter part of the 19th century. He and his wife eventually moved their wares and their aspirations to Turkey where they set..... (read more)

Ibanez PF 5 ECE Review

History As the smoke cleared above lush verdant green fields it revealed that a small group of Spanish generals had indeed succeeded in overthrowing the government established by the Second Spanish Republic, and many long-standing symbols of Spanish freedom lay in ruins upon the red earth,..... (read more)

Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC Review

History Nashville Tennessee: Smoky Mountains, Music City, Elvis and his land of Grace, Jefferson Street, Beale, the West End, Belle Meade, Grand Ole Opry and the heartbeat and home to country music and the Delta Blues, Nashville is a leafy sprawl of suburban metropolis hosting over 600,000..... (read more)

The Taylor Baritone 8-string Grand Symphony Review

History Bob Taylor was a curious and inventive lad by nature and by the time he was a freshman in high school, he had constructed his first guitar: a twelve-string. Two more guitars were subsequently designed and assembled by the time he had graduated from high school but this was only the..... (read more)

The Martin DC-16RGTE Aura Review

History Christian Fredrick, or C.F. Martin was born in Markneukirchen Germany in 1796 and descended from a long line of woodworkers and cabinet makers. He became apprenticed to another man by the name of Johann Stauffer, a well known guitar-maker at that time, and after completing his training..... (read more)

Gibson L-4A Review

History Nashville Tennessee: Smoky Mountains, Music City, Elvis and his land of Grace, Jefferson Street, Beale, the West End, Belle Meade, Grand Ole Opry and the heartbeat and home to country music and the Delta Blues, Nashville is a leafy sprawl of suburban metropolis hosting over 600,000..... (read more)

The Yamaha FG 700-S-SDB Review

History Torakusu Yamaha's father was a fearless Samurai warrior in the Kii clan but young Torakusu was raised in a more liberal environment and spent his days studying astronomy and engineering. By the time he had reached the age of nineteen, he had opened his own watchmaking and repair..... (read more)

Dean ER SES

History Dean Guitars were initially founded in 1976 by a man by the name of Dean Zelinsky who resided in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. Zelinsky was a luthier but eventually became well known for being an innovator in the design of electric guitars (interestingly, he was the man who..... (read more)

Takamine 2010 LTD

History As the silver sun set over the sleepy village of Nakatsugawa Gifu Japan, a small family of woodworkers bent their weary backs to repair and produce fine hand-made instruments. The year was 1959 and the small instrument shop located at the foot of Mount Takamine was collectively bent..... (read more)

The Art and Lutherie Cedar Antique Burst-Left Review

History From the early age of seven Robert Godin had already acquired a passion for the guitar, as well as some notable skills as a young player. By the time he had reached the ripe old age of fifteen he was integral to the operation of his aunt's music store and utilized his skills to both..... (read more)

Taylor 814 CE Review

History Bob Taylor was a curious and inventive lad by nature and by the time he was a freshman in high school, he had constructed his first guitar: a twelve-string. Two more guitars were subsequently designed and assembled by the time he had graduated from high school but this was only the..... (read more)

TC Electronic Polytune Review

Every so often, as I'm killing time and looking at gear on the Internet, there is a product that makes my head tilt a little and go "huh? oh cool! I wish I'd thought of that!" The TC Electronic Polytune was one of those gizmos. I discovered it before it was for sale, so I got on the waiting..... (read more)

Ovation 6868 AX-5 Review

History The following is an historical account of a remarkable man by the name of Charles Kaman. Kaman came into this world kicking and screaming in the year 1919 in the District of Columbia, Washington, and 18 years later found his way into the school of Aeronautical Engineering at Catholic..... (read more)

Fender CD 140 SCE Review

History Keen-of-mind inventor and innovator Clarence Leonidas Fender, more commonly known as Leo Fender, was born on August 10th, 1909 in sunny Southern California. Raised by the owners of a lucrative orange grove, Leo dabbled with electronics at an early age showing insight and promise. By..... (read more)

How to Kill Your Guitar

Townshend did it: a blurred windmill, inspired and lawless rage of three-hundred and sixty-degree smashed into at-least-a-million shards of manufactured wood and urethane steel string climax, inciting the invited throngs to fever but never to be reassembled or even gathered to lament. Hendrix..... (read more)

Takamine EG 523 SC Review

History As the silver sun set over the sleepy village of Nakatsugawa Gifu Japan, a small family of woodworkers bent their weary backs to repair and produce fine hand-made instruments. The year was 1959 and the small instrument shop located at the foot of Mount Takamine was collectively bent..... (read more)

Ibanez A-200 ETRD Review

History As the smoke cleared above lush verdant green fields it revealed that a small group of Spanish generals had indeed succeeded in overthrowing the government established by the Second Spanish Republic, and many long-standing symbols of Spanish freedom lay in ruins upon the red earth,..... (read more)

Ovation CC-44 SM Six-String Guitar Review

History The following is an historical account of a remarkable man by the name of Charles Kaman. Kaman came into this world kicking and screaming in the year 1919 in the District of Columbia, Washington, and 18 years later found his way into the school of Aeronautical Engineering at Catholic..... (read more)

The Takamine EG 544 SC Grand Auditorium Guitar Review

History As the silver sun set over the sleepy village of Nakatsugawa Gifu Japan, a small family of woodworkers bent their weary backs to repair and produce fine hand-made instruments. The year was 1959 and the small instrument shop located at the foot of Mount Takamine was collectively bent..... (read more)

Ovation CC-28 TBBY Review

History The following is an historical account of a remarkable man by the name of Charles Kaman. Kaman came into this world kicking and screaming in the year 1919 in the District of Columbia, Washington, and 18 years later found his way into the school of Aeronautical Engineering at Catholic..... (read more)

Martin OM1 Six-String Acoustic Guitar Review

History Christian Fredrick, or C.F. Martin was born in Markneukirchen Germany in 1796 and descended from a long line of woodworkers and cabinet makers. He became apprenticed to another man by the name of Johann Stauffer, a well known guitar-maker at that time, and after completing his training..... (read more)

Fender CD 360 SCE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Review

History Keen-of-mind inventor and innovator Clarence Leonidas Fender, more commonly known as Leo Fender, was born on August 10th, 1909 in sunny Southern California. Raised by the owners of a lucrative orange grove, Leo dabbled with electronics at an early age showing insight and promise. By..... (read more)

Martin GC MMV Review

History Christian Fredrick, or C.F. Martin was born in Markneukirchen Germany in 1796 and descended from a long line of woodworkers and cabinet makers. He became apprenticed to another man by the name of Johann Stauffer, a well known guitar-maker at that time, and after completing his training..... (read more)

The Seagull Entourage Mini Jumbo Acoustic Review

History In 1982 in the small village of LaPatrie Quebec, a Canadian native by the name of Robert Godin united with a small group of friends to produce the first Seagull guitars. Their ultimate goal was to produce guitars having some of the same qualities as more expensive guitars, but at prices..... (read more)

The Yamaha F325 NT Six-String Guitar Review

History Torakusu Yamaha's father was a fearless Samurai warrior in the Kii clan but young Torakusu was raised in a more liberal environment and spent his days studying astronomy and engineering. By the time he had reached the age of nineteen, he had opened his own watchmaking and repair shop..... (read more)

The Dean Resonator Heirloom Brass Review

Dean Guitars were initially founded in 1976 by a man by the name of Dean Zelinsky who resided in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. Zelinsky was a luthier but eventually became well known for being an innovator in the design of electric guitars (interestingly, he was the man who designed..... (read more)

Fender FR-50 Resonator Guitar Review

Keen-of-mind inventor and innovator Clarence Leonidas Fender, more commonly known as Leo Fender, was born on August 10th 1909 in sunny Southern California. Raised by the owners of a lucrative orange grove, Leo dabbled with electronics at an early age showing insight and promise. By the ripe..... (read more)

Taylor 614 CE Grand Auditorium Cutaway Guitar Review

History Bob Taylor was a curious and inventive lad by nature and by the time he was a freshman in high school, he had constructed his first guitar: a twelve-string. Two more guitars were subsequently designed and assembled by the time he had graduated from high school but this was only the..... (read more)

The Ibanez EW 20 ASNT Grand Auditorium Review

History As the smoke cleared above lush verdant green fields it revealed that a small group of Spanish generals had indeed succeeded in overthrowing the government established by the Second Spanish Republic, and many long-standing symbols of Spanish freedom lay in ruins upon the red earth,..... (read more)

The Epiphone Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar Review

History Anastasios Stathopoulo was the son of a Greek timber merchant and a builder of fine lioutos (a Greek stringed instrument) mandolins lutes and violins in the latter part of the 19th century. He and his wife eventually moved their wares and their aspirations to Turkey where they set..... (read more)

The Taylor 110 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Review

History Bob Taylor was a curious and inventive lad by nature and by the time he was a freshman in high school, he had constructed his first guitar: a twelve-string. Two more guitars were designed and assembled by the time he had graduated from high school but this was only the beginning of..... (read more)

The Art and Lutherie Ami Cedar Blue Review

History From the early age of seven Robert Godin had already acquired a passion for the guitar, as well as some notable skills as a young player. By the time he had reached the ripe old age of fifteen he was integral to the operation of his aunt's music store and utilized his skills to both..... (read more)

Art and Lutherie Burgundy Spruce GT Review

History From the early age of seven Robert Godin had already acquired a passion for the guitar, as well as some notable skills as a young player. By the time he had reached the ripe old age of fifteen he was integral to the operation of his aunt's music store and utilized his skills to both..... (read more)

Takamine Jasmine ES 33C Six-String Guitar Review

History As the silver sun set over the sleepy village of Nakatsugawa Gifu Japan, a small family of woodworkers bent their weary backs to repair and produce fine hand-made instruments. The year was 1959 and the small instrument shop located at the foot of Mount Takamine was collectively bent..... (read more)

The Art and Lutherie Folk Cedar Black Six-String Guitar

History From the early age of seven Robert Godin had already acquired a passion for the guitar, as well as some notable skills as a young player. By the time he had reached the ripe old age of fifteen he was integral to the operation of his aunt's music store and utilized his skills to both..... (read more)

Guild F412 Twelve-String Guitar Review

History Guild came into existence in 1952 by a man by the name of Alfred Dronge, a Polish immigrant who having been a musician and owner of a small music store set out to build fine guitars. Dronge enlisted the help of a number of luthiers and within the confines of his 1500 square-foot loft,..... (read more)

The Fender DG-8S Six-String Guitar

Keen-of-mind inventor and innovator Clarence Leonidas Fender, more commonly known as Leo Fender, was born on August 10th, 1909 in sunny Southern California. Raised by the owners of a lucrative orange grove, Leo dabbled with electronics at an early age showing insight and promise. By the ripe..... (read more)

The Dean TE MBP Six String Guitar: Review

Dean Guitars were initially founded in 1976 by a man by the name of Dean Zelinsky who resided in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. Zelinsky was a luthier but eventually became well known for being an innovator in the design of electric guitars (interestingly, he was the man who designed..... (read more)

Seagull Maritime SWSHG Six-String Guitar Review

History In 1982 in the small village of LaPatrie Quebec, a Canadian native by the name of Robert Godin united with a small group of friends to produce the first Seagull guitars. Their ultimate goal was to produce guitars having some of the same qualities as more expensive guitars, but at prices..... (read more)

Martin M-36 Review

History Christian Fredrick, or C.F. Martin was born in Markneukirchen Germany in 1796 and descended from a long line of woodworkers and cabinet makers. He became apprenticed to another man by the name of Johann Stauffer, a well known guitar-maker at that time, and after completing his training..... (read more)

Online Guitar Lessons

Out with the old, in with the new; online guitar lessons are revolutionizing the way the world is learning to play. Streaming video has given people the ability to learn from the convenience of their own home, anytime they'd like. In this article, I will briefly touch upon the main advantages..... (read more)