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From time to time we publish articles on a range of topics that we hope fellow musicians will find useful. If you're specifically looking for music gear buying guides go to our Gear Guides section.

Things To Consider When Buying An Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide

Guitar teacher Alexander Briones explains what you need to know about acoustic guitars before buying your first one, or perhaps before upgrading to a much higher priced guitar.

The Best Guitar Pedals: Eleven Essential Effects

11 Essential Effects

The guitar is unique in that its tone can be manipulated to a greater degree than just about any instrument out there. We can distort it and modulate it to our hearts content. When the right effects are used, the possibilities are endless.

The Different Ukulele Sizes Explained

Ukulele Sizes to Scale

Unlike some other instruments, ukulele sizes aren’t named like separate instruments (violin vs. viola, and mandolin vs. mandola). This has led to confusion, and because the different body types sound and feel different to play many musicians aren’t sure which body style will be right for them - this guide will help you understand what each shape and size is.

Reverb vs Delay Guitar Pedals

Reverb vs Delay Pedals

A primer on how reverb and delay pedals work, the differences between them and the types of sounds you can get from them, along with advice on where to put them in your signal chain.

Drum Miking Techniques: How to Mic Drums for Recording

How to Mic Drums for Recording

Drum miking is almost a "lost art" in the time of 40GB drum sample libraries, electronic music and home music production. Audio engineer Raphael Pulgar explains different techniques for miking drums using from 1 to 8+ microphones

Choosing the Right Type of Studio Recording Microphone for Your Vocal Type

Choosing The Right Mic For Your Vocal Type

Everyone's voice is different: Different timbres, volumes, ranges, and textures distributed across different ages, genders and languages. That's just for the voices; microphones on the other hand have different circuitry, quality, and frequency response -- it can all get too overwhelming to even mention how each mic is different.

Why Electric Guitar Knobs Matter

Why Electric Guitar Knobs Matter

A complete walkthrough of the two main electric guitar knobs: volume and tone. Along with practical tips on their use.

Best Electric Guitars - The All-Time Classics

Classic Electric Guitars

The history of modern music has been significantly shaped by one instrument - the electric guitar. So much of the music we love today simply wouldn't be possible without it and a large part of that is down to the all time classics featured in this list.

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