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Gibson Les Paul

by on Dec.27, 2012, under Guitar Talk

Gibson Les Paul ClassicPurchasing a Gibson Les Paul can be a lot of fun and owning this instrument can really help make you sound like a pro. Let’s take a look at some of the finer models and help you determine whether or not they’re right for you.

Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded Electric Guitar

Almost everyone who starts playing guitar is immediately attracted to the electric. It symbolizes rock ‘n’ roll and these instruments are very diverse in their sound. The Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded Electric Guitar has tonal characteristics that break away from traditional sounds. Needless to say, it is perfect for almost any studio musician who is obsessed with controlling their sound in the studio.

This electric guitar is relatively easy-going on the price tag and has a long life expectancy compared to similar models. This means that even if you’re a newbie that you’ll still be able to keep it as your skills increase. This Gibson Les Paul is highly desirable and often preferred by most guitarists who want to cover a wide spectrum of genres.

Gibson Les Paul Studio ’50s Tribute Electric Guitar

This Gibson Les Paul was designed and constructed around a traditional design. It is a tribute to earlier models and has 22 frets with a maple fingerboard. It has a grain texture with a satin finish and is filled with ebony. However, it still remains a traditional and warm texture that isn’t too overbearing on the eyes. In terms of sound, you really can’t go wrong.

Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Studio ’60s Tribute Electric Guitar

This is a solid model that has a mahogany body that a maple top. The wood tone in this electric guitar is very unique and really adds a layer of visual dynamics that won’t be found in other models. It is equipped versatile tuners that are durable and that really help you focus on the sound that you are searching for.

Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar

This ebony colored Gibson Les Paul was initially introduced to guitarists’ way back in 1954. It was originally called “The Black Beauty” and “The Fretless Wonder” because of its versatility. It has always maintained a higher degree of quality than other models and really stands apart from the other Gibson Les Paul models. Besides ebony, it comes in a few other colors that you can choose from upon purchasing.

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Guitar

You will be surprised when you discover how much playability this model offers. String buzz is dramatically decreased when you purchase the Gibson Less Paul Traditional Guitar and you’ll receive a mahogany body and a pair of hum buckers that are classic and derive from the 1957 version of the older model.  This look helps classic players feel more at home while they are playing.

No solid Gibson Les Paul would be complete without a beautiful maple top and speed knobs that are constructed by Gibson. There is a large deal of chrome located on this guitar and there are whammy bars that will allow you to bend all of the notes at the same time. This electric guitar is something that ’80s rock fans will die for.

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Fender Telecaster Reviews

by on Dec.17, 2012, under Guitar Talk

fender telecaster sunburstYou can almost never go wrong when you choose to purchase a Fender Telecaster. The key is to choose one that suits your individual style- and your budget.

In this article, we’ll cover a few of the more popular Telecaster models and help you learn more about them.

James Burton Telecaster

This is a redesigned model that has a basswood body, three pickups, and a U-shaped neck that is derived from the late ’60s. This Fender Telecaster is available in blue or red and you can even choose to have it delivered with a flame finish.

GE Smith Telecaster

This guitar has been played by famous guitarists including Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Hall and Oates. It has a superb reputation for being a fine instrument and offers an overall sound that can really make you sound like a pro. More specifically, this Fender Telecaster has custom inlays that are backed by a large neck and body-mounted pickup.

Jim Root Telecaster

Jim root, guitarist and inspired musician, created this Fender Telecaster and has created a final product that can really captivate its users. While it tends to compliment more aggressive styles of playing, it can certainly work well with more modern users who want a more soothing rock tone. The neck is made up of maple wood, the frets are larger than normal, and the black finish really adds to the visual appeal.

American Vintage ’62 Custom Telecaster

This Fender Telecaster has become a popular option for guitarists, mainly because of the widened finger board with easy to press down strings. This model in particular has a double-bound body that is alder and has a multi-ply pick guard.

While it is quite similar to the original version, this model is a bit more reserved and has a C-shaped neck with a standard Telecaster bridge. The American Vintage Custom Telecaster has a three-option switch that really adds diversity so you’ll almost always be guaranteed a rich and unique sound.

Road Worn Player Telecaster

This Fender Telecaster is great sounding and comes at an incredible value. Most guitars of this caliber easily cost several thousand dollars while this one costs much less. This guitar helps experienced players take their skills to the next level by offering hotter pickups and a flatter fingerboard that really helps you work your way up and down the neck.

Be prepared for seamless picking and effortless bends. With an alder body and C-shaped finish, the urethane finish really adds for a dynamic feel. The fret board has frets that are above average in terms of shape and a single-coil pickup that really adds in terms of control. The aged knobs provide three options and some models come with a gig bag and shoulder strap.

Classic Player Baja Telecaster

This Fender Telecaster was designed with a polyester finish and has a V-shaped maple neck. There are 21 medium sized frets so the octaves are well within the range of what you’ll be playing. There is a custom pickup installed in this model and the overall style is perfect for both aggressive and modern players alike.

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Fender Stratocaster – Some Highlights

by on Nov.30, 2012, under Guitar Talk

fender stratocaster guitarThe Fender Stratocaster is the icon of rock music and known by almost every musician on the planet. It is an elegant instrument that has an expensive appearance. Most models have glossed necks, satin backs, and offer smooth action. Their steel saddles create a classic look and really help develop the overall tone of the instrument.

The string spacing on the Fender Stratocaster is a bit more narrowed than other guitars and this really helps the guitarist reach their musical limits. There are saddle screws that are there to take away from the rough feel that some models have and are even enlarged to help reduce string friction. And as you will see in this article, the Fender Stratocaster is an exceptional guitar and should definitely be considered by any serious guitarist.

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster

The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster is for guitarists who want more from their instruments. It has a compound radius fret board that really makes it effortless to press down on the strings. And this holds true for anywhere on the neck and all the way up to the body. It also has a noiseless pickup that really supercharges the overall sound and makes it something that people really want to hear.

As we all know, playing guitar is all about having options. The more options you have, the more diverse and the more unique your tone will be. There is something called a “Passing Lane” switch that is located on this Fender Stratocaster and it is designed to dramatically increase the volume at an instant. Here are some additional features for this guitar:

”    Locking tuners
”    LSR roller nut
”    Tremolo bridge
”    Neck heel

Depending on where you purchase this Fender Stratocaster you may receive a strap lock, cable, amp, and gig bag.

Fender N3 Noiseless Pickups

If you are going to own a Fender Stratocaster, then you may want to invest in some noiseless pickups. What are they? Basically, they are used to add more quality to overall tone, even if you have a single-coiled instrument. Using a noiseless pickup can be used on almost any model and have insulated metal cores that vary in thickness. Each one enhances tone in a different way and adds a different element to the instrument.

How Much Should You Spend?

This is an important question as you’ll always want to know how much money you should be spending on a Fender Stratocaster. Basically, don’t spend more than you can or more than you have to. It helps if you do research on the models that you want. Stratocasters can cost as little as a few hundred dollars and as much as a few thousand dollars. The best ones can cost more than 10 thousand.


If you are shopping for a Fender Stratocaster then you’ll have an instrument that can really develop your skills. They are easy to play and are classy enough to be used in almost any genre that you may want to play.

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Fender Precision Bass

by on Nov.07, 2012, under Bass Guitar Talk

Fender Precision Bass GuitarPrecision bass guitars are designed for individuals who want dynamic tones that they can control. Fender produces precision basses that are affordable and that visually stun all who see them. Each Fender precision bass guitar in this article is unique and each one should have a long life expectancy in your musical career.

Steven Harris Precision Bass

For more than 30 years, this Fender precision bass has become very influential for many bassists all around the world. Steve Harris, is a renowned musician who is responsible for the creation of this bass guitar.

It has a metallic finish, alder body, and a chromed pick guard that really adds flair to the bass. There are twenty frets that are slightly larger than regular sized ones and the head stock is all black. If purchased from a reputable dealer, a gig bag comes with this Steve Harris Fender precision bass guitar.

Tony Franklin Fretless Precision Bass

There are very few well known rock bassists around the world who are more popular than Tony Franklin. Not only did he help produce a fine instrument, he is an icon and an idol for bassists all around the globe. The Fretless Precision Bass will help you take your skills to the next level. It has an alder body, C-shaped neck, and has a fingerboard that is ebony in color and has dots in certain position markers.

Other features include a vintage tuner, three-way pick guard, and active controls that allow you to control various tones inside of the instrument. Needless to say, this Fender precision bass guitar is extremely versatile. And it should make you feel very comfortable knowing that you are buying from a reputable brand.

Duff McKagan Precision Bass

This bass guitar has been featured in bands including Jane’s Addiction, Guns N’ Roses, and even Velvet Revolver. Basically, the Duff MacKagan bass could be considered the epitome of the rock ‘n’ roll bass guitar. It is based on an ’80’s era Jazz Bass Special model. The major difference: a sleeker and sexier design that helps attracts attention and builds visual appeal. It has a black neck, pearl white finish, and a neck plate that is skull-engraved.

Mike Dirnt Precision Bass

This Fender precision bass guitar was designed for the bass player who really wants a unique and cool guitar that they have full control over. It has been featured with various bands including Green Day and many others. It was molded after the 1951 Precision and has a solid body with ash color. The C-shaped maple neck is relatively thick and offers a bridge that is fully equipped with tons of chrome.

American Deluxe Precision Bass

This is a new and innovative Fender precision bass that is newly designed with a preamp circuit that offers a passive tone. This bass guitar is powerful and yet, very subtle with its overall tone.

The EQ controls are very customizable and you can really become involved with your tone and overall sound. If you are looking for a Fender precision bass guitar, the ones above are a starting point- check out the companies for more listings and more models.

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Fender Jazz Bass Exploring Famous Models

by on Oct.21, 2012, under Bass Guitar Talk, General

Fender Jazz Bass American DeluxeBassists are extremely attracted to Fender in order to satisfy their bass needs. A Fender jazz bass will be well-built, sound great, and be very affordable. Let’s take a look at some of the jazz bass guitars that are available from Fender.

Marcus Miller Jazz Bass

The Marcus Miller Fender Jazz Bass is probably one of the best choices for the jazz bassists all around the world. They are soulful and their sound is outstanding. This model has an ash body, black control plate, dark pick-guard, and a C-shaped neck that is made of maple. The 7-inch fingerboard features bindings that are white and contains pearl inlays with a satin finish.

In terms of tone, the Miller Jazz Bass has single-coil pickups and EQ controls that are fully customizable via a toggle switch. If you enjoy seeing chrome on your bass guitar then this would be the ideal instrument for you. It offers volume knobs and a neck pickup that is made up of chrome. A deluxe bag is often included with this bass guitar.

Reggie Hamilton Standard Jazz Bass

This Fender jazz bass guitar was designed for R&B bassist’s who appreciate a soothing tone and amazing comfort while playing. It has a rosewood fingerboard, 20-frets, and an open-gear tuner to help you produce the best sound possible. If you are looking for the perfect combination of style and sound, you’ll be hard-pressed not to invest in the Reggie Hamilton Standard Jazz Bass.

American Vintage ’62 Jazz Bass

This Fender jazz bass guitar was first introduced in 1960. In terms of popularity, it tips the scale and is well known all around the world. While the original models were heavy and bulky, the newer ones offer a faster neck and an ultra-slim body that offers superior comfort. It has dual coil pickups and is often regarded as the “true jazz bass”. Like many of Fender’s jazz bass guitars, this one comes stocked with a good deal of chrome.

American Deluxe Jazz Bass

This Fender jazz bass guitar is great for modern bassists and has a sleek design that most players should be familiar with if they play on a regular basis. It has a preamp circuit that is newly designed and that offers a very passive tone. Basically, this instrument is powerful yet, not very noisy. It also contains a great deal of other levers and switches that control volume, tone, and a variety of other EQ functions. The American Deluxe Jazz Bass guitar can be quite pricey but it is definitely worth the investment.

Geddy Lee Jazz Bass

The tonality, look, and feel of this Fender jazz bass guitar is often referred to be quite similar to that of Rush’s bassist. This automatically provides a great deal of professionalism to the instrument and should guarantee a solid sound to some degree.

It has an alder body, C-shaped maple neck, and black bindings. There is a single-coil pickup that really bustles with energy and the chrome work is absolutely amazing. If you want versatility at an affordable price, this Fender jazz bass guitar would be a solid choice.

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Classical Guitar Basics

by on Oct.04, 2012, under General, Guitar Talk

classical guitarClassical guitars are typically 6-stringed are very popular among nylon string guitarists around the world. They are known for their complex melodic tones and provide a sound that you cannot find in most other guitars. The strings on this instrument are typically plucked with finger nails and almost never require a pick.

Classical guitars like to borrow certain traits from a variety of instruments and are ideal for mellow and soothing sounds. Their strings are nylon and you can choose from shapes that include:

–    Modern
–    Classical
–    Historical-Classical

Early romantic guitars were from classical origins and even the flamenco guitar was derived from this unique family.

What Kind of Sound Does it Produce?

If you see a classical guitar sale, you should do a little research on it before committing to a purchase. There are several genres of music that you can perform on this instrument – jazz, flamenco, and folk being the most common. However, this doesn’t mean that a wider array of genres can’t be played with classical model guitars.

A modern classical guitar will usually stick out and distinguish itself from other guitars of similar nature. More specifically, they will have six strings and are quite common with the characteristics of the guitars that were produced between 1790 and 1880. They are known as the “Spanish guitar” in most countries.

Classical Guitar Anatomy

Classical guitars separate themselves from the pack via a variety of unique traits:

–    It’s an acoustic instrument. You don’t need an amplifier and you can receive a deep, rich tone from the guitar with little effort.
–    It has six strings. However, don’t be surprised if you find a classical guitar that has seven or more strings.
–    The strings are made of nylon.

Most acoustic guitars have strings that are made of metal. This often produces a less than pleasing sound. Nylon is often the best route to take if you’re searching for a soothing tone.

Because the strings are tightened to such a loose tension, you receive a sound that is entirely different than regular acoustic guitars. Finger boards for this instrument are fairly flat and have, in some cases, dots that sit along the entire neck and up to the body. The strings are plucked with your fingers and a pick is almost never used.


Unlike regular guitars, strumming is almost never a technique used on the classical guitar. While some strumming patterns are available, they are not very common as this is primarily a picking instrument. The headstocks on the classical guitars are pointed backwards versus steel-string instruments that have them pointing out.


The overall design of the classical guitar is very comfortable. These instruments are light and are relatively small. You shouldn’t run into any problems if you need to transport them and many of the classical guitar packages found at classical guitar sales come with a hand bag as well as other accessories. If you see a classical guitar sale, refer to this article so that you know what you are buying.

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Buying an Electric Guitar

by on Sep.25, 2012, under General, Guitar Talk

buying an electric guitarWhether you want to be the next Jimi Hendrix or simply want a new hobby, learning the electric guitar can be a lot of fun.  However, there is a lot to consider before buying an electric guitar. This article will be your guide and help you learn about what to expect when purchasing your next instrument.

Body Style

Every electric guitar has a distinct style and so do you. Make sure that you choose something that suits who you are as a musician. There are three kinds of bodies you could consider:

Solid Body – These are the most common bodies for electric guitars. They come in a variety of styles and don’t have any acoustic restrictions.

Semi Hollow – The semi-hollow body electric guitars tend to have darker, rounder sounds. Their centers are wooden and they have large chambers in them that helps minimize feedback. Some guitarists prefer them over solid body models.

Hollow Body – Buying an electric guitar that has a hollow body is perfect for guitarists who specialize in jazz. Hollow body models can be played with or without amplifiers so they are a bit more versatile than solid or semi hollow bodies.


Almost every electric guitar you encounter will have 22 frets. But this can be a problem if you would like to play in higher octaves. This is where buying an electric guitar with 24 frets will be an ideal solution. It will help make your sound more diverse and versatile.


Many electric guitars will come with an amp. But you need to consider that there are different amps and some do sound a lot better than others.  Plus, you need to consider what kind of audience you’ll be playing for. For example, you’ll want a larger amp if you’re playing for a crowd and a smaller amp if this is going to be a hobby.


Believe it or not, you should do some research on necks before buying an electric guitar. You need to make sure that your electric guitar’s neck is rigid, tight, and sturdy. Electrics tend to have bolt-on necks and these are usually easily repairable. However, some can come with C-shaped, thin, or even wide necks so it’s important that you do research on the guitar that you would like to buy.


For electric guitars, the stop-tail and the tremolo are the two main types of bridges that you can find on an electric guitar. Also known as a whammy bar, these tremolo bridges help you bend all of the strings on your guitar at once. This is something you should look for when buying an electric guitar. While they aren’t required, they are definitely recommended if you’re going to become a serious guitarist.

Cost and Quality

Finally, you should consider the quality and the cost of your electric guitar before purchasing it. Just because a guitar is affordable doesn’t mean that it is high-quality and just because it appears to be high-quality doesn’t mean that you should pay top dollar for it. Buying an electric guitar requires a great deal of research and this article should help make the process more seamless.

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Why Buy Fender Guitars?

by on Sep.13, 2012, under Bass Guitar Talk, General, Guitar Talk

fender stratocasterFenders are choice guitars and are ideal for all kinds of guitarists. You should acquire Fender guitars if you are attracted to meaty, full tones and dynamic visuals. Fender guitars can help you feel like a rock success and a good number of them are very reasonably priced.  Let’s take a look at a few of the more trendy ones.

Fender Telecaster

This is the first guitar that started the Fender march into musical history. Even as it initially became presented to society in the early 1950’s, the Telecaster has a astonishingly simple shape that captivates and intrigues all those who set eyes upon it. When folks purchase Fender guitars, the Telecaster is the trademark for solid rock tones and juicy jazz licks.

Many of the industries premier guitarists including Jeff Beck, Roy Buchanan, James Burton, Vince Gill and Albert Lee have all made use of this marvelous instrument. This testimony alone suggests that you would be investing in a authoritative guitar that would last you a long period of time and help you sound like a professional.

Fender Stratocaster

This guitar was originally introduced way back in 1954 and has been the symbol of progressive music ever since. From rock n roll to blues, the Fender Stratocaster is the center of every musical class that you can think of. It offers a reportedly inexhaustible number of rich tones that are brought in sync by single coil pick-ups and a streamlined, sexy body.

Important guitarists who have made use of this impressive instrument feature Jimi Hendrix, John Frusciante, Yngwie Malsteen, Eric Clapton, Dick Dale, and Mark Knopfler. Although this guitar has been proven to be somewhat high-priced, there are models that are a bit more within your means.

Alternative Fender Electric Guitars

Now for the reason that you don’t want to invest in a Telecaster or Stratocaster, doesn’t imply that Fender doesn’t have anything to offer you. If you’re going to buy Fender guitars, make sure that you check out a few more of their models. More specifically, the Mustang, Jaguar, and Jazz Master are Fender electric guitars that have attracted a lot of awareness in recent years.

These guitars were introduced all the way through the ’50s and ’60s and have helped rock n roll guitarists and similarly jazz players. A large amount of them managed to dominate in the ’90s and continue to be popular nowadays.

Fender Acoustic Guitars

If you want to plunk a Fender guitar around home or even the campfire, then you should take a look at their acoustic stock. Nearly all of the Fender acoustic guitars look and sound magnificent and are presented at supreme prices. Nearly all of them have rather traditional designs and come in an array of colors- guaranteeing that you’ll in time uncover something that suits your visual desires.

Fender Bass Guitars

When Fender produced their earliest precision bass guitar back in 1951, they never dreamed that their models would survive to continue strong nowadays. Bassists have fallen in love with Fender bass guitars and it is very easy to see why- they have a faster neck than the majority bass guitars and their double pick-up makes them exceptionally multifaceted. If you are going to buy Fender guitars, utilize this editorial as a reference and

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Multi String Bass Guitars

by on Sep.03, 2012, under Bass Guitar Talk, General

Hello Everyone, we’ve added some multi-string bass guitars to our site so for those of you looking to up your playing level, you can browse some new models.  There are some excellent guitar makers out there that specialize in these bass guitars such as Music Man, Schecter Guitar Research, Ibanez, MTD, ESP and Fender.  These makers have bass models with 6 plus strings so be sure and check them out.

Also, don’t forget our 5 string bass models if you’re wanting to just make that one step up from your 4 string.  It can really make a difference in your creativity, not to mention song writing capabilities.

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Why Buy A Gibson Guitar

by on Aug.27, 2012, under Guitar Talk

3 Good Reasons To Buy A Gibson Guitar

You are practically never making the improper choice when you resolve to acquire a Gibson guitar. Although they are chiefly recognized for Les Paul guitars, Gibson has built an entire array of quality instruments and has done so for over 75 years. Their attitude and advancement has been cherished by many of the best guitarists in the world and they haven’t stopped thus far. Herein are some great breakthroughs they’ve made throughout guitar history:

–    1981- ES-335
–    1982- Les Paul
–    1994- Nighthawk Model

Greats like B.B. King and Chet Atkins regularly used Gibson guitars all through their performances as they proved to be very effective over and over again. Let’s have a look at why you should pay money for a Gibson guitar and it will practically never be a poor choice.

Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar

In case you don’t know, Les Paul’s are amongst the best quality electric guitars you can procure. They are streamlined in layout and present a sound that you cannot come across in a good number of instruments. The Les Paul Studio was designed for studio musicians who were interested in producing their individual distinct sound. Compared to a good number of Les Paul models, the Studio is quite easy on the cost and should prove to be a nice investment for any serious guitar player.

Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar

If you want to get a Gibson guitar, then you shouldn’t do so previous to taking a look at the Gibson SG Standard electric guitar. This guitar comes in a Cherry color and was first introduced way back in 1961. These days, it happens to be one of Gibson’s top sellers. It has beveled edges, pointed horns, and well-defined cutaways. It is one of the rare electric guitars on the market that greatly stands out in terms of visual appeal.

Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar

When folks want to acquire a Gibson guitar, the Gibson Midtown is one more dependable option. It offers a design that has been vastly popular throughout times past and this electric guitar continues to be a best seller. A lot of folks consider it the ideal cross between the Les Paul and several other models. It has a mahogany body and the bulk is tactically displaced throughout the instrument to assure optimal sound quality.

If you’ve ever seen the Gibson ES-335 then you can almost certainly perceive how strongly it resembles the Midtown. The only difference is that the Midtown focuses more on comfort but nevertheless doesn’t compromise on the sound. The fingerboard is to some extent larger than other models and this helps pinpoint notes and play patterns. You can benefit from this guitar for pleasure or you can employ it for music creation. This is why the ES-335 is such a trustworthy pick.

Wrapping up

If you want to buy a Gibson guitar then make sure to do some homework. The ones listed in this editorial are amongst the most prestigious from Gibson but there are expressly an entirely other realm of guitars that you should look into. Make sure that you pick out one that you’ll be keen on.

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