10 Tips for Test Driving and Choosing a Guitar

How to test drive a guitar in the store

In my experience, shopping a guitar store always presents an odd paradox: I’m completely relaxed walking in to hang out or try out the latest guitar model, but the moment I decide I’m going in to actually buy a new axe the place suddenly feels stifling and uncomfortable.

Power in the Palm of Your Hand: 10 Tips for Mastering Palm Muting

10 Tips to Master Palm Muting on the Guitar

Guitarists are always on the lookout for ways to alter or distort their sound, and a very useful tool for the more aggressive styles of guitar playing is palm muting. As the name suggests, palm muting involves the use of the palm of your picking hand to dampen, or mute, the vibrations of the strings—on purpose!

Larrivée Guitars Review: Pros and Cons

Review of Larrivee Guitars

In the 1950s a young teenage boy from Canada became enamored by the smooth licks of American guitarist Duane Eddy. He went to his local music shop and bought a cheap $18 guitar in an effort to learn Eddy’s style. Nobody knew at the time that this teenager, whose name was Jean Larrivée, would go on to become one of the most influential Canadian guitar makers, whose guitars would be valued at over 150x’s that of his first guitar.

Father’s Day Guitarist Gift Guide: What’s Hot

Guitarist Gift Guide for Fathers Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner and everybody is scrambling to find something other than a new tie to give dad. As a dad myself, I want to say thank you on behalf of your father for searching out a more creative gift!