Guitar Accessories & Parts

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.



Soundcheck: LR Baggs iBeam Active Guitar Pickup

If you have an acoustic guitar that you really love, the last thing you want to do is gouge big holes in it in order to install a pickup. So if your acoustic doesn’t have built-in electronics, chances are you've checked out a whole mess of soundhole pickups, only to discover that most of them fail to convey the warmth and dynamic range crucial to a good acoustic sound.



Hands-On Review: Fender Bullets Strings

The Strings for Strats!



How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Acoustic or Classical Guitar

The strings on your acoustic steel string or classical guitar have a major impact on its sound and playability. If you’ve taken a look at Musician’s Friends huge assortment of guitar strings, you’ve likely realized that there’s a lot to consider in figuring out which strings are right for you and your instrument. We’ve written this guide with the details you need to find the strings that best match your guitar and playing style.



Tech Tip: How to Get the Best Guitar Setup

You finally bought that guitar you've been eyeing for a long time. You open the case, gently remove it from its plush cradle, and hold it in your arms. A fresh pick in your fingers, you begin an elegant and complex arpeggio that ranges across the fretboard. Suddenly, right in the middle of the run, the strings start buzzing. You check your technique and it's fine. So what's the problem?



How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Bass Guitar

The strings on your electric bass have a powerful influence on the its tone and playability. If you’ve explored Musician’s Friend’s huge selection of bass guitar strings and come away a little confused, this guide’s for you. We’ll walk you through the ins and outs of choosing the bass strings that make sense for both your music and instrument.



Tech Tip: How to Install Gibson Pickups in Epiphone Guitars

Hot Rod your Epiphone with Genuine Gibson Pickups. Do It Yourself!



Hands-On Review: Martin Lifespan SP Guitar Strings

Get the most life from your acoustic guitar strings



Hands-On Review: Gibson USA-Made Guitar Pickups

Transform your great-playing axe into a great-sounding axe!



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