Acoustic Guitars

Taking the Mystery Out of Guitar Setup

How to restring your guitar and adjust its truss rod, action and intonation like a pro.

Martin Guitar Buying Guide

How to choose the right Martin guitar to match your budget and music.

Good to Go: Finding the Best Travel Guitar

How to choose a travel or mini guitar that’s road-ready and suits your music and budget.

In Celebration (and Defense) of Van Halen

The band is back and despite, ahem, certain personality issues, VH is badder than ever.

Beyond Toys: Choosing a Great Beginner Guitar for Kids

Find the electric or acoustic guitar that’s right for your budding musical genius…and your budget.

Dropping in on Martin & Co.

We got the nickel tour and a whole lot more on our visit to the Holy Grail of acoustic guitars.

Guitar Essentials & Necessaries

Don’t even think about playing guitar without these critical accessories and tools.

Inside The Private Reserve Part 2—Confessions of a Guitar Advisor

In this edition of Guitar Notes, I sat down with resident expert Derek White, Guitar Advisor at Musician’s Friend Private Reserve Guitars. Derek’s job is ultimately to help match players with the guitar they’re after.

10 Tricks to Perk Up Your Practice

Smart strategies you need to make music practices count and keep your chops growing

Cheap Acoustic & Electric Guitar Buying Guide: Trading Extravagance for Necessity

Finding an inexpensive guitar doesn’t mean you have to settle for junk. Discover the smart places to cut back on your expectations.

Six Ways to Find a Bargain Guitar

Cheap doesn’t have to mean garbage. Learn how to find a beater acoustic or electric guitar on a super-tight budget that plays well and sounds decent.

Guitar Notes: Inside Musician’s Friend Private Reserve—Part 1

A behind-the-scenes look at our repository of exceptional instruments

Tips Every Left-Handed Player Needs to Choose the Right Guitar or Bass

Lefties get left out of some of life’s simple pleasures, but not guitars. Learn everything you need to know about playing and purchasing a lefty guitar or bass.

DIY Guitar? The Pros and Cons of Building Your Own Axe

If you’ve ever thought about building your own guitar, start here. We present the advantages and disadvantages of a DIY project—the things to consider before you dive in.

Guitar Notes From Brian Baggett

In this premiere edition our resident guitar guru lays out his vision for a biweekly helping of guitar lore and offers a little personal history.

Tweaking Your Guitar to Match Your Music and Personal Style

Your guitar is an extension of your style. Swapping strings, pickups or refinishing your off-the-rack guitar can help project that style.

Vintage Value: 7 Ways to Decide if Your Guitar’s a Treasure or Just a Keepsake

Wondering about the value of that old guitar? Here are some ideas to help you decide if it’s worth appraising or if your guitar’s value is mostly sentimental.

Tuning Triage: Tips & Tricks for Getting Into Tune Fast and Easily

Being able to quickly and accurately tune a guitar is one of the hallmarks of an experienced musician. Learn how to sharpen your tuning skills.

Resonator Guitar Buying Guide

How to choose a resonator guitar that matches your budget and music.

Seven Online Guitar Tuners Rated

We look at a handful of virtual guitar tuners and compare their capabilities with real, hardware-based units.

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