Essential Guides

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.

Meet the New Breed: 50 of the most exciting young guitarists in the world

The best and brightest new guitar talents who are ripping up the rulebook, exploring new genres – and proving once and for all that the guitar’s not dead.

How to record acoustic guitars like a pro

Nashville session ace Jerry McPherson and Grammy-winning producer Jacquire King team up to show you how to make your acoustic guitars sound better than ever.

The 2019 Roundup: 10 most popular reviews

We check out the most-read gear reviews of 2019.

The 2019 Roundup: 10 most popular interviews

We check out the most talked-about interviews of the year.

The 2019 Roundup: 10 most popular news stories

We check out the most talked-about news of this year.