Guitars feature articles
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 their …
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 Frenc…
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 adding …
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.
We interview the author of "Beatles Gear: The Ultimate … - Fab Four Gear!
Did you know that John Lennon’s first guitar was a Gallotone Champion acoustic that he ordered from a catalog, or that George Harrison played a Framus Hootenanny 12-string on “Help," or that Ringo started playing a Ludwig Downbeat drum kit in 1963? You would if you read Andy Babiuk’s book, “Beatles Gear, The Ultimate Edition,” which chronicles the…
The Best Strings for Electric Guitar - Top Brands for Electric Guitar Strings
Every guitarist needs strings, and lots of them, so choosing the right type is important. Despite their seeming simplicity, these metallic threads can guarantee tuning stability, long-term durability and a matching sound for the guitar. We polled 1,223 members of the French version of Audiofanzine to come up with these rankings, and we thought we'…
Beyond Passive Pickups - Everything about guitar and bass pickups - Part 5
An active pickup is a normal pickup ─ but active. Got it?
A video trip to D'Angelico's NYC headquarters - Video: Audiofanzine Visits D'Angelico Guitars
We recently visited the D'Angelico showroom in midtown Manhattan and got a chance to see and play both electric and acoustic guitars. In addition to all the guitars, D'Angelico has a fully setup stage with a drum kit, amps, and a P.A., and a lounge area featuring a bar that sits on top of a pair of Marshall stacks. Check out this video.
Pickup Formats - Everything about guitar and bass pickups - Part 4
Up to now we have been talking about what's inside the pickups, but today we'll deal with the physical appearance.
About Single-Coils, Dual-Coils and More - Everything about guitar and bass pickups - Part 3
Taking the pickup concept we've seen so far (the combination of one or several magnets surrounded by a coil), you get so-called single-coil pickups. This type of pickup produces a characteristic sound. Fender instruments use this sort of pickup, for instance. Unfortunately, this design has an inherent defect: it's sensitivity to interference.