Guitars feature articles
Four channels for a true pro - Q&A with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid
Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid can pride himself of having influenced an entire generation of guitar players by establishing himself in the late '80s as as a household name in the "fusion" world, or as he liked to call it back then, a blend of different musical styles.
A brief history of the Talk Box - History of the Talk Box
Although many hits have been marked by the Talk Box sound — take, for instance, California Love by 2Pac, Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi or Pigs by Pink Floyd — it still remains a little known effect. Often confused with the vocoder, the wah wah and even auto-tune, this mighty vocal machine is much older than you might think. At a time when there...
- 10/19/16Getting started
The top small brands for guitar effect pedals - The best small brands for guitar effect pedals
The long-awaited poll regarding "small" guitar effect pedal brands is finally here! It's open season for anybody who likes controversy!
- 09/26/16Getting started
The top big brands for guitar effect pedals - The best big brands for guitar effect pedals
Despite the explosion of the pedal market and the appearance of countless small manufacturers, the big names in the effects world continue to implacably dominate the business. Here's a list of the main players in the pedal world. Be it huge corporations or somewhat smaller enterprises, they all share a common trait: a large production capacity. ...
- 08/12/16Getting started
The Top Brands for Guitar and Bass Cables - The best cables for guitar and bass
Cables are an indispensable element in any electric or acoustic-electric guitar or bass player's toolkit. They must not only transport the signal of the instrument with the least nuances possible, but they must also be robust, practical and, why not, nice-looking. With this in mind we polled our French readers to find out which are their favorit...
- 07/27/16Getting started
The Top Overdrive Pedals for Electric Guitar - The Best Overdrive Pedals for Electric Guitar
The overdrive pedal is one of the most timeless and classic effects for electric guitar, and finding the overdrive of your dreams can be a lifelong endeavor. They have become a true cult object and manufacturers have seized the opportunity to expand the offering exponentially throughout the years. Given the saturation of the market, it's not eas...
- 07/03/16Getting started
The Top Tremolos for Guitar - The Best Type of Vibratos for Electric Guitar
Far from being a simple accessory, the vibrato has become an essential element in the playing style of many guitarists. Be it for subtle modulations with clean sounds or dive bombs with fat distortions, tremolo bar fans often look for specific types of vibratos. 403 members of the French version of Audiofanzine took part in a poll to choose thei...
- 06/30/16Getting started
The Top Electric Guitar Tuners - The Best Electric Guitar Tuners
Is there anything more annoying than a guitar that won't stay in tune? Most guitar lovers will say no. While there are several factors to consider, the quality of the tuning machines plays a crucial role to guarantee stability and comfort. But there are so many options out there that it's hard to make a decision. We polled 427 members of the Fre...
- 06/23/16Getting started
Let's Get Small - Mini-effects pedals make configuring your pedalboard a whole new ballgame
One of the great things about pedalboards is that they give you the freedom to choose the effects you want for your rig. There is one caveat: Your pedalboard is a finite size, and you can only add effects up to a point before you run out of space. Without having to buy a larger pedalboard, you can maximize the number of effects you have by addin...
- 04/20/16Getting started
Kick Start Your Playing Skills - A practical approach to improving your instrumental abilities — quickly!
Are you in a rut on your instrument? Do you feel like you’ve been playing the same old stuff forever without any significant improvement? If so, and if you’re willing to commit an hour or so a day to your craft, you can improve your abilities appreciably, and broaden your musical horizons with the multipart strategy outlined in this article.