Essential Guides

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

One of the last true guitar heroes, SRV reinvigorated the blues for a new generation of players with his phenomenal style. Here are 20 of his finest moments.

One mic? No problem – Neumann has you covered

How to capture an intimate performance with just one microphone.

Jimi Hendrix’s 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

He was the most innovative and influential guitar player of all time, but what were his most incredible moments of guitar genius? Find out here.

Rare Bird: The Gretsch White Penguin story

This scaled-down sibling to the White Falcon is one of the coolest Gretsch models of all time. Yet although the Penguin has recently enjoyed a resurgence in a variety of hues, on launch it proved almost as flightless as its avian namesake.

How to create a musical workspace when all you have is your bedroom

No privacy? No problem. If you’re itching to make music but have housemates, family or neighbours to consider, there are ways to get around the current situation.

The best artist-led online guitar lessons

Take a lesson from these top-notch guitarists while staying at home.

Pandemic survival strategies for working musicians

Times are tough if you're trying to make a living through music right now, but there are ways you can keep yourself going without having to leave the house.

How the abuse and misuse of guitar gear drove rock music’s evolution

From slicing speaker cones with razorblades to turning guitars into splinters in a collision of angst and art, rule-breaking was central to many of the great leaps forward in pop history.

Why taking care of your strings and fretboard is essential to playing and sounding better

Everyone hates cleaning, but keeping your neck and fretboard free of dirt and grime can make your guitar easier and more enjoyable to play…

How hybrid designs defined Fender’s search for the next great guitar

From ill-fated Frankenstein’s monsters to bona fide cult classics, we chart Fender’s experiments with hybrid designs.