Sunday, November 26, 2006

Gibson Les Paul Special with Humbuckers

Christmas is coming and many a wish is for a new guitar. Whether it's for a friend, relative, or yourself, you can't go wrong with a Gibson Les Paul Special. It's basically a stripped down Les Paul Standard with the same killer sound. So what's the difference? The price. Less than half a standard and it still says Gibson on it and sounds killer just the same.

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar Wine Red

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar Wine Red

Electric Guitar Packages - The All In One Solution

By: Charlie Cory

Electric guitar packages are typically an all in one answer to
the problem of getting someone started with an electric guitar.

Is it the best way to go for a beginner though?

In my opinion, probably not. Playing a new musical instrument is
not only a labour of love, it is a war against embarrassment.
Playing any instrument for the first time could be a painful
experience for any unwilling audience and an affront on your ego!

So as far as a guitar is concerned, a good acoustic guitar would
be my personal preference to learn an instrument.

Having said that, there is no denying that an electric guitar is
a sexy instrument, and some people will not be denied. Perhaps
you have already tried an acoustic guitar, and the call of rock
and roll fame and fortune is too much for you?

Well if that is the case, then there are electric guitar
packages that can fit the bill that won't break the bank.
Remember that you will not be buying a classic Fender or Gibson
guitar (unless you are completely loaded), but you can still buy
a high quality instrument which will stand you in good stead for
many years to come.

A standard package will comprise a guitar itself, a case, and
amplifier and the appropriate leads to connect the guitar to the
amplifier. I think it unlikely that you will be able to play any
stadiums with this rig, but hey, you have got to start somewhere?

All you really need from your electric guitar package is an
instrument with a decent, playable action (the height of the
strings above the fret board), and an amplifier that will give
you a good tone at low volume. At it the guitar looks really
cool as well, then that is just a bonus!

The kit may or may not come with a tuner. You will need one
whatever happens. I have always used pitch pipes, and great
though automatic tuners are, you cannot beat the training given
by tuning the guitar with just a pipe and your ears. Learn how
to do it properly; you will appreciate it in the end.

About the author:
Charlie Cory is an Internet entrepreneur, who happens to love
guitars too! Writing is a business, writing about guitars is
just plain fun.

Have some idea of what to look for in a guitar is one thing, but
honing down the choice is another. Take a look at these Electric Guitar Packages to see if one of
them fits the bill?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Guitar Lessons - Amplifier Buyer's Guide

By: Pete Williamson


So, you've got your eye on an electric guitar, or an acoustic
with a pick-up. Then you're going to need an amplifier! But
there's such a huge range, it can be daunting to even know where
to start looking. Well, there's some key questions that can help
guide you...

How good does the sound of my amp need to be?

Well, are you aiming to form a band and play some gigs, or just
be able to hear your electric guitar in your bedroom? If you're
a bedroom player, then any old amp will do to get you started.
It'll come down to your personal preference as to how much you
invest. If you want to get out and play live, then you might
need to think about a quality amp - like a Marshall, Fender or
other top brand. In the Pro Guitar Tips course, we devote a
whole chapter to 'How to Get a Great Tone', to help you decide
between a solid state or valve amplifier. It could actually take
over a whole blog, it's such a personal choice too. But as
someone starting out, the next question you need to ask yourself

How loud do I need to play?

As loud as %&*^ing possible, I hear you say! Well, to simplify
things a bit, amplifiers come in all different volume sizes.
It's fair to say the bigger the amp, the louder the sound. Amp
power is rated by watts, with really loud amps ranging from
50-200 watts. If you're just looking for a bedroom practice amp,
then around 10 watts will do you nicely. If you want to be able
play with a live drummer and still hear the sound of your
guitar, then you'll probably need 30+ watts of amp power.

How am I going to transport the amp?

I know a lot of guitarists who think they need the biggest amp.
But I don't know a lot of guitarists who do stadium sized shows!
Bigger doesn't necessarily make you play any better! Remember,
the bigger your amp, the harder it's going to be to transport to
rehearsals and gigs - at least until you get your own road crew!
You don't want to put too much stress on your back just trying
to lift the thing. Use common sense! Most gigs you'll play will
use PA systems, where a microphone is placed in front of the
amp, which is re-amplified to be mixed with rest of the band to
heard by the audience.

How much money should I spend on an amp?

If you've got a limited budget, then I recommend spending the
bulk of it on your guitar. A better guitar will be easier to
play and will deliver rewards when it comes to sound quality.
You can always upgrade your gear, but it's great to start with
something with longevity. Exactly how much to spend on an amp
comes back to your intended use, and personal preference. As
usual, the more you spend the better the amp will sound. (The
next figures are a rough price range guide in US and Australian

Beginner: US $100-200 AUD $150-300 Intermediate: US $250-500 AUD
$300-700 Professional: US $500-3000+ AUD $700-4000+

The combination of equipment is really important to your overall
sound. A great amp with an average sounding guitar (and/or
guitar player!) is still going to sound average. Trust your ears
to tell you what sounds good, and practice hard!

About the author:
Pete Williamson is a professional guitarist for 2 x times number
one artist Pete Murray and hard rock band Mammal. Pete no longer
gives private lessons, but you can check out his 200+ guitar
lesson online course at Guitar
, where you can also sign up for a free guitar
lessons eNews.