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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Tube Amps

I was at my local music store over the weekend, checking out some new acoustic guitars for an upcoming camping trip when I overheard a discussion about amplifiers. That discussion got me thinking about common questions and misconceptions people have about tube amplifiers. Here is a list of FAQs and their answers. Q. Are Tube … Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Tube Amps Read More »

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Quality on a Budget: The Best Beginner Electric Guitars. [Buying Guide]

What electric guitar should I buy for a beginner? It’s a common question, but only one of many. Buying an electric guitar can be a daunting experience – especially for a beginner. The world of guitars is full of details and options, but which ones matter most? You’ve come to the right place. Sit back, … Quality on a Budget: The Best Beginner Electric Guitars. [Buying Guide] Read More »

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10 Small Tube Amps That Rock! The Best Low Watt Tube Amps Under $500. (2020 Edition)

Want that creamy overdriven tube tone of classic Marshall crunch of a 100w stack without deafening yourself (or the neighbors)? You want a small, low watt tube amp. Bedroom tube amplifiers are great for practicing clean tones, and maybe a little overdrive. But what happens when you want to crank up the gain and really … 10 Small Tube Amps That Rock! The Best Low Watt Tube Amps Under $500. (2020 Edition) Read More »

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The 7 Best Guitar Amps for Beginners to Start Rocking Today! (2020 Edition)

Looking for the best guitar amp for beginners can be a daunting experience. With so many amp styles and features available it’s easy to get lost. Please be patient for a moment though. I have a little advice for beginners before I get to the list of best guitar amps. This is advice I’ve compiled … The 7 Best Guitar Amps for Beginners to Start Rocking Today! (2020 Edition) Read More »

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How to Buy the Best Acoustic Guitar for Beginners [2020]

When looking for the best acoustic guitar for a beginner, price is an important consideration. Cheap acoustic guitars sound like a good idea, but they’re often times not worth the cost. This is especially true when looking for beginner guitars. It may seem counter-intuitive, but a cheap guitar can cost you more in the long … How to Buy the Best Acoustic Guitar for Beginners [2020] Read More »

The Difference Between Class A and Class AB Tube Amps

You’ve seen various tube amp descriptions that read Class A or Class AB amplifier, but what does any of that mean? And why should you care? What’s the difference between class A and class AB tube amps? Check out this break down of the differences for the quick answer. The detailed explanation and some examples … The Difference Between Class A and Class AB Tube Amps Read More »

What’s the Difference Between Epiphone vs Gibson Guitars?

What’s the Real Difference Between Epiphone vs Gibson Guitars?

The debate between Epiphone vs Gibson may seem a lot like the one between Squier vs Fender. It’s not. it’s less clear than that. Squier guitars are largely less expensive versions of Fender models. However, Epiphone offers less expensive versions of Gibson models but also many models not found in the Gibson catalog. History of Epiphone … What’s the Real Difference Between Epiphone vs Gibson Guitars? Read More »

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What are the Differences Between Squier vs. Fender

Squier vs. Fender. It’s a timeless debate with no clear winner, except to say that it comes down to price vs. quality. Of course, there’s a hefty bit of personal preference thrown into the mix as well. Here’s a 30-second overview, with more detail below: *NOTE: The use of “Fender” throughout this article refers to … What are the Differences Between Squier vs. Fender Read More »

Top 3 Best Guitar Amps With Bluetooth Speaker Combos

Bluetooth speakers are not that new. Heck, battery operated, portable versions are everywhere. What IS new is a guitar amp with Bluetooth capabilities — blending a Bluetooth speaker with a guitar amplifier. Most major brands now have their own offerings. Interestingly, some major players have also made some missteps in the Bluetooth speaker market as … Top 3 Best Guitar Amps With Bluetooth Speaker Combos Read More »

Best Amps for Fender American Tone

If you’re looking for an affordable amp with classic American tones, you’re probably considering a Fender. Fender is synonymous with American tone because of their heavy reliance on 6V6 and 6LV tubes since they came on the scene in the 1950’s, but they’re not the only option. Here are a few of the more affordable … Best Amps for Fender American Tone Read More »

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Best Guitar Amplifiers Under $100 (That Don’t Suck) [2020 Buyer’s Guide]

Whether you’re looking for the best practice amp you can get for your kids or yourself, or even looking for something new to play around with you’ve come to the right place. Playing with different gear is a great way to get the creative juices flowing and break out of any rut you may find … Best Guitar Amplifiers Under $100 (That Don’t Suck) [2020 Buyer’s Guide] Read More »

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Small Guitars With Big Sound. (The Best Parlor Guitars For 2020).

Whether you’re looking for a parlor acoustic guitar that’s lightweight and easy to travel with, or just looking for a small body acoustic guitar for fingerstyle playing, you’ve come to the right place. The acoustic guitars on this list are the best parlor guitars. They are small, durable, well made guitars that sound great, play … Small Guitars With Big Sound. (The Best Parlor Guitars For 2020). Read More »

6 Best Camping guitars under $300

Camping season is upon us, at least it is here in the Northeast… My family and I are avid campers, but we don’t backpack to remote locations in the mountains. We load up the family car and head off to a very nice, and somewhat secluded state park every year. This means we have plenty … 6 Best Camping guitars under $300 Read More »

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The Best Blues Amps under $1000, Period. (2020 Edition)

The best blues amp gives you good sustain and creamy overdrive. It also has rich clean tone. These are universal truths of blues amps. Whether you’re looking for an amp for home use, to practice in your bedroom, or an amp to play a gig at the local bar, the only difference is volume. You … The Best Blues Amps under $1000, Period. (2020 Edition) Read More »

Comparison: Epiphone G-310 or G-400 – Which is the best, cheap Gibson SG?

Both the Epiphone G-310 and the G-400 are great, inexpensive Gibson SG style electric guitars. They’re so similar though that it can be difficult to decide which one to buy. They vary in price by about $50, and the features are about as even too. But here’s a quick review to help you make the … Comparison: Epiphone G-310 or G-400 – Which is the best, cheap Gibson SG? Read More »

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The 8 Best Battery Powered Guitar Amps You Can Rock on the Go in 2020

Battery powered guitar amplifiers have come a long way. Technology has made amazing advances in amps possible. You can now get classic Fender or Marshall tones in an amp the size of a lunch box. Even better – you can get classic Vox tones in a practice amp and beatbox combined! Hone your rhythm chops … The 8 Best Battery Powered Guitar Amps You Can Rock on the Go in 2020 Read More »

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Best Guitar Effects Pedals for Beginners under $50 (2018 Edition)

What Guitar Effects Pedals Should I Get? It’s a common question for beginner guitarists. The best guitar effects pedals for electric guitar are going to cost you close to or over 100 bucks. Luckily, there are a half dozen or so solid effects pedals for under $50. The nice thing about being a beginning guitar … Best Guitar Effects Pedals for Beginners under $50 (2018 Edition) Read More »