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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 December 27, 2019

Guitar Pedal Order Chart!

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The guitar pedal order is important because having effects in your signal chain can potentially degrade your guitar’s tone. As a basic rule of thumb is to put the volume and non-destructive effects up front, or closest to your guitar while the modulation and time effects like delay go at the end. 

Thankfully, there’s a nifty graphic in this blog post for you so you don’t have to remember which types of pedals go first or last in your signal chain.

Posted November 1, 2019

Little Travel Guitars - Why They're Great!

A travel guitar is usually a little guitar that you take with you when you don’t want to bring your go-to dreadnaught or electric. But of course this is different for everyone. Your go-to guitar is probably a full-sized instrument, but we recommend traveling with a smaller form factor, like a parlor or a mini guitar. Small guitars can sound just as good and sometimes better than full-bodied guitars depending on the style of music you prefer. 

Posted August 13, 2019

Guitar Body Styles - Electric Guitar

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Guitar body styles for electric guitar include solid body, hollow body and semi-hollow body. Solid body electric guitars are made of solid pieces of wood, usually glued and pressed together, while hollow body and semi-hollow body guitars have one or two f holes carved out for greater resonance and a fuller, warmer tone. There are also a number of guitar body types for <a href="https://www.guitartricks.com/blog/Guitar-Shapes-on-Acoustic" target="_blank" rel="n

Posted April 5, 2019

Guitar For Beginners - Electric vs. Acoustic Starter Guitars

guitar for beginnersI've played tons of terrible guitars over the years and just because they have a huge price tag doesn't mean they're any good! Finding the right guitar for beginners is important because when you’re first starting to play, you may not know what to look for in a quality instrument. There are a couple of things you have to take into consideration when looking for a beginner guitar, or your very first guitar. Let’s take a look!

Posted December 28, 2018

7 Must Have Accessories for your New Guitar

So you opened up a brand new guitar for the holidays and you’ve been rocking out, or trying to rock out, the last few days with your new baby. This is great but guitars generally last a lifetime, or can last that long if you take care of it. With that being said, there is so much to get out of a guitar that requires extra gear. Here are seven must-have accessories for your new guitar. 

Posted December 14, 2018

5 Differences Between Tube and Solid-State Amps

Guitar amps are essential for anyone playing an electric guitar, and it's arguable that the amp itself is responsible for more of the tone than the actual guitar. In the world of guitar amps, there are two types to choose from: tube amps and solid-state amps. Here are five differences between the two types of amplifiers. 

Posted December 12, 2018

5 Must Know Things About Guitar Pedals for Beginners

Every guitar player eventually makes their way into the world of guitar pedals. Guitar pedals can give your guitar a myriad of new sounds like fuzz, overdrive, echo, loop, and more. That’s exciting. Here are five things I wish I knew when I first started messing around with guitar effects pedals.