Guitar Accessories & Parts

The Gig Survival Checklist

Don’t play another date without this lifesaving list of gear and tools that could save your butt!



Tech Tip: Transform Your Standard Strat Into a Stinging Blues Beast

Whether you’ve got a U.S.-built Standard or an imported Strat, this game-changing pickup upgrade will have you rockin’ the blues like never before!



Guitar Essentials & Necessaries

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



Top 10 Guitar Tuning Apps

Our pick of the top 10 tuning apps available for your smartphone or tablet.



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.



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.



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.



Tech Tip: The Care and Feeding of Your Acoustic Guitar

Martin experts offer advice on how to keep your acoustic guitar in great condition, maintain playability and correctly install a new set of strings



While My iPhone Gently Weeps: Choosing Guitars and Supporting Tools

A group of seasoned musicians weigh in on strategies to find the perfect guitar, amp, or effects and the iOS apps that can help make you a better guitarist.



Tech Tip: Home Setup of Your Acoustic Guitar

How to adjust that old beater acoustic guitar for the best balance between playability and sound



The Guitarist’s Buying Guide to iOS Gear

How to find the right iOS-compatible audio equipment to help make you a better playing and sounding guitarist



Tech Tip: What’s the Deal with Active Guitar and Bass Pickups?

A quick explanation of the difference between active versus passive electric guitar and bass pickups.



Tech Tip: Setting Up Your Solidbody Electric Guitar, Part II

Part 1 | Part 2

By Dr. Spot

Part II (If you didn't read Part I last week, click here and complete the steps described before you continue with Part II.)



Tech Tip: Setting Up Your Solidbody Electric Guitar, Part I

Part 1 | Part 2

By Dr. Spot

So you've picked up a decent axe off a buddy for a great price. It looks cool and sounds cool, and when your buddy played it last Halloween it sounded GREAT. But when you get it home it doesn't quite fit you like a glove. If you have a few simple tools available and can overcome your fear of screwing something up, you can probably get it playing more comfortably without resorting to a professional repair guy.



Reviews from the Road: The Gibson Memory Cable

A premium instrument cable that captures those inspired moments on the fly



Hands-On Review: Gator Pedalboards

Pedal Madness, or How I Learned to Get Organized and Love My Pedalboard



Tech Tip: Basic Guitar Maintenance Tips

Keep your guitar looking and sounding its best by following these simple steps and observing a few common-sense precautions.



All the Small Things: Strings, Pickups, and Other Gear

Many guitar players obsess over the major gear in their rig: guitars, amps, microphones, and effects. While those items do the heavy lifting, the smaller choices in gear can still have a major impact on the sound and performance of any musician. Sometimes it’s the way the strings react to the magnets in the pickups, sometimes it’s as simple as the texture of your guitar pick. Every piece of gear matters, and we all have our preferences—some even cause heated debate!



Tech Tip: How to Get Rid of Single-Coil Hum Without Getting Rid of Single-Coil Tone

Learn about pickup options that retain classic single-coil sound while eliminating hum.



How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Electric Guitar

The strings on your electric guitar have a major impact on its sound and playability. If you’ve taken a look at the huge Musician’s Friend guitar string assortment, you’ve likely realized that there’s a lot to consider in figuring out which strings are right for you and your instrument. Read on to find the strings that best match your electric guitar, music, and playing style.



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