The Shredder’s guide to Slide Guitar

By Jay Hale Guitarists who get hit with the ‘shred’ tag due to the someone gymnastic nature of some of the playing techniques get used to memorization. Sure, you need to play melodically, but a lot of it is about scales and patterns, if you think about it. So attempting to play slide guitar can…

Plectrums: Finding Your Pick of Destiny

The guitar pick. A tiny, humble object that has a revered place in the hearts of all guitarists and some bass players too. Even Hollywood knows about this magical relationship. The success of the cult-classic film Tenacious D and The Pick of Destiny is just one small nod to our obsession with these small pieces…

Best Acoustic Guitar Strings

After the recent great bass string comparison from Jon Moody, I thought it would be a good time to compare some of the string choices for acoustics. Let’s start with some basics.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

If you’ve overheard your special someone talking about a specific pickup set they’d like, or your spouse has left a print-out of one of the Seymour Duncan web pages with the words “I want this!” written all over it, please do yourself – and that special someone – a favor and get them a set of the best pickups around. For everyone else, here is the official Seymour Duncan Holiday Gift Guide.

The First Line of Tone: The Pick

  While many things combine to make the glorious sound of the electric guitar screaming through an amplifier, it all starts with one thing: the pick hitting the string. Yes, there are amazing fingerstyle electric players out there, but this article is not for them. It all about the pick, baby!

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