Essential Guides

The Rolling Stones’ 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

From the elegantly wasted to the demonic and dangerous, are 20 standout moments from The Stones’ sprawling studio catalogue.

Why you should give Eric Clapton and BB King’s Riding With The King another spin for its 20th birthday

Ahead of its 20th Anniversary reissue, we take a track-by-track look back at an album that brought together two of the most iconic figures in blues guitar with Grammy winning results.

The ABCs of Fretwire: Choosing and caring for your frets

How well do you know your frets? Here we’ll explain the differences in material, brands and sizing, and help you keep your frets in the finest fettle.

The guitarist’s guide to home recording: 20 essential tips and tricks

From reamping to sample rates to settling on the perfect interface, read this before you start tracking your guitars.

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.