Best Guitar Effects Pedals Under $150

Best Guitar Effects Pedals Under $150

One of the great things about electric guitars is the array of sonic choices they deliver. Beyond the controls on your guitar and in your amp, you also have the ability to throw down some more complex effects into the mix with effects pedals. Used well, effects pedals can create a signature sound for you—as they have done for U2’s the Edge, Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Eddie Van Halen. Here are three rated best…

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Three Best Rated Electric Guitars under $500

Three Best Rated Electric Guitars under $500

Electric guitars are like tools. If you enjoy ’em and know how to use ’em, they’re always handy to have around. Also different guitars have different qualities. It’s a matter of finding what best suits how and what you play. With that in mind, here are three best rated electric guitars under $500 found on Musiciansfriend.com. These guitars have between 50 and 321 reviewers. What’s great about that is you’re getting the buyer’s unvarnished reaction without any sales staff…

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Electric guitar packages for beginners – how to pick the best one.

Electric guitar packages for beginners – how to pick the best one.

Unlike their acoustic siblings, you need more equipment to get started as a beginner on electric guitar. Beyond the guitar itself, you’ll need a small amplifier and a cord to connect to it. A strap, picks and gig bag are also helpful. You could buy all these items individually but the point of these packages is to help your beginner get going in one fell swoop without killing your pocketbook. Plus, with summer ticking by fast—though any time is…

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Three highly rated and inexpensive acoustic guitars for beginning players

Three highly rated and inexpensive acoustic guitars for beginning players

Music is one of the great things about being alive. And being able to pick up an acoustic guitar and make your own music —anytime you want—is a skill few folks ever regret or grow tired of. While anytime is fine to start learning to play guitar, summer is especially great for kids since they have a little more time on their hands. With that in mind, here are three highly rated and inexpensive acoustic…

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Capos: Because Not Everyone Has Vise Grips for Hands

Capos: Because Not Everyone Has Vise Grips for Hands

Capos are an easy way to change your key in a flash. You clamp them on, bingo. New key. Really experienced players with well developed hands can avoid capos. They just play what they need to play. Even so, capos can be helpful, even to experienced players. I, for one, prefer top chords to barre chords. A capo lets me play in top chords keys that would be totally barred. I like that. Keep in…

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Right in Tune: Pedal Edition

Right in Tune: Pedal Edition

You know how much it sucks when your favorite band is out of tune? You stop being in the moment and start hearing the imperfections. You don’t pay good coin to hear avoidable imperfections. You shouldn’t expect your audiences too, either. There are loads of good reasons that perfectly good instruments go of out of tune—from environmental conditions at the venue (temperature, humidity, size of audience or stage, time of day, heating, cooling, etc.) to personal style…

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Right in Tune: Clip-on Edition

Right in Tune: Clip-on Edition

Staying in tune is a never-ending challenge. True, the better your axe, set up and tuning heads, the better chance you have of staying in tune longer. But things like bends, string choice, age of your strings, vibrato, style of play, the climate overall, the climate in the venue (heat? air conditioning? number of people in the room?), these variables are all in play. And they all contribute to how well you stay in tune. Used…

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Tone ’em Up: Acoustic Strings Edition

Tone ’em Up: Acoustic Strings Edition

Changing your string type is a simple way to explore new kinds of sounds and moods. And it’s a lot cheaper than buying a new guitar (though not nearly as fun.) Here are three sets of strings that earned high marks from reviewers. As I have remarked about with electric strings, I suggest getting a few sets of strings and experimenting. Acoustic strings generally have steel cores: it’s the winding that differs. They tend to be bronze which…

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Tone ’em Up: Electric Guitar Strings Edition

Tone ’em Up: Electric Guitar Strings Edition

Are you getting a little tired of your sound? Or maybe just looking to explore fresh sonic boundaries? Changing your strings is an easy way to accomplish that with little investment on your part. Now, just as putting new tires on your car isn’t going to turn a beater into a high-performance vehicle, changing your strings isn’t going to magically turn your guitar into another instrument. But it will change how your guitar sounds. Here are three sets…

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Just in Case: Acoustic Guitar Edition

Just in Case: Acoustic Guitar Edition

As with electrics, acoustics need protection on the road—especially if they get checked for air travel. While your best bet is to try and carry your axe on with you, sometimes you can’t. Now, acoustics are a bit different than electrics in that they come in a wider variety of shapes and sizes. So making sure your guitar fits the case you choose is especially important. Get out your measuring tape and if you have questions,…

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