The Fender Stratocaster: History, Models and Players
Electric

The Fender Stratocaster: History, Models and Players

Third in BillyBadAxe’s Classic Electric Guitars 101 series: The Fender Stratocaster. With its beautiful contour body, Leo Fender created a masterpiece that is only rivaled…

5 Steps to Get Great Tone From Your Low-end Electric Guitar
Maintenance & Repair

5 Steps to Get Great Tone From Your Low-end Electric Guitar

No matter how many guitars we own, we always need another one. Just ask my wife! Guitarists always need something new to fill that gnawing…

The Gibson Les Paul: The Quintessential Rock Guitar
Electric

The Gibson Les Paul: The Quintessential Rock Guitar

Second in BillyBadAxe’s Classic Electric Guitars 101 series: The Gibson Les Paul is the quintessential heavy rock guitar. We’ve also covered the Fender Telecaster, and…

Top 5 Multi-Effects Processors Under $200
Pedals

Top 5 Multi-Effects Processors Under $200

For the beginner guitarist who wants to sample a ton of cool tones on the cheap, a budget multi-effects box can give you a great…

Should I Buy a Multi-Effects Pedal or Dedicated Analog Stomp Boxes?
Pedals

Should I Buy a Multi-Effects Pedal or Dedicated Analog Stomp Boxes?

A multi-effects processor attempts to recreate the sounds of many different stomp boxes via digital modeling, all in one box. They are usually larger than…

The Fender Telecaster: History, Players, Buying, Sound
Electric

The Fender Telecaster: History, Players, Buying, Sound

First in BillyBadAxe’s Classic Electric Guitars 101 series: the Fender Telecaster. The tele started it all so here it is. Second and third are the…

The Wah Wah Pedal: Usage, History, Example Sounds
Pedals

The Wah Wah Pedal: Usage, History, Example Sounds

First appearing in the late sixties in the songs of bands like Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the wah wah pedal was instantly recognized…

Les Paul: Guitar Innovator and Creator of the Les Paul Electric Guitar
History

Les Paul: Guitar Innovator and Creator of the Les Paul Electric Guitar

It’s no exaggeration to say that without Les Paul, we wouldn’t have anything like the guitar music we have today. His contributions to guitar technique,…

The Flanger Effects Pedal: History and Popular Examples
Pedals

The Flanger Effects Pedal: History and Popular Examples

The flanger guitar effect that was first created by playing the same piece of music on two tape recorders at the same time and deliberately…

3 Guitar Podcasts That Will Make You A Better Guitarist
Learning

3 Guitar Podcasts That Will Make You A Better Guitarist

Can you really improve your guitar playing while sitting in the car on the way to work or school? Beyond visualization, maybe you can’t improve…

The Vox Amplug: The Tiny Amp in Your Pocket Really Delivers
Amps

The Vox Amplug: The Tiny Amp in Your Pocket Really Delivers

The Vox Amplug is a tiny amp modeler that plugs right into your guitar. Perfect for practicing without waking the baby/wife/girlfriend/etc. And if you’ve got…

How to Learn Guitar: 7 Tips for Beginners
Learning

How to Learn Guitar: 7 Tips for Beginners

Here are a few tips for the beginner starting to learn the guitar basics. Mindset is critical! These little bits of advice are more about…

How to Play Guitar Faster: Right Hand Picking Technique Explained
Learning

How to Play Guitar Faster: Right Hand Picking Technique Explained

For awhile now I’ve been wanting to play the lead solo to Stairway (studio version), which is not a particularly fast solo, but my speed…

Find a Good Guitar Teacher: Learning Guitar Online Ain’t Enough
Learning

Find a Good Guitar Teacher: Learning Guitar Online Ain’t Enough

Whether you play electric or acoustic guitar, classical, rock, blues, jazz, whatever–you need a teacher. Yeah, you can futz along online and “teach” yourself. Excellent…

Guitar Technique:  Anchoring Your Picking Hand Is Bad and Why You Shouldn’t Do It
Learning

Guitar Technique: Anchoring Your Picking Hand Is Bad and Why You Shouldn’t Do It

So what is anchoring? Anchoring is touching part of your picking hand to the guitar body close to the strings, as opposed to an unanchored…

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