The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing The Ukulele starts with the basics—the parts of the ukulele and how to tune—and offers step-by-step lessons for strumming and finger-picking styles.
Kala Brand Music’s new hybrid instrument, the Guitarlele, will delight guitar players looking for the perfect travel guitar, as well as ukulele players exploring guitar for the first time.
Want to learn more about banjo history? At the American Banjo Museum (www.americanbanjomuseum.com) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, you can see more than 300 banjos—the largest public display in the world. See some of them on the timeline below. Banjo Evolution on Dipity.
Breedlove Premier Series Mandolins are handcrafted in the US for working musicians and serious hobbyists.
Maxon Fuzz Elements Pedals Godlyke’s Maxon Fuzz Elements pedals are designed to reproduce the classic and unique sounds of the world’s most popular vintage fuzz pedals. Designers used modern software technology to model and map the complex elements that make up the core sounds of these effects units and reproduce them using advanced analog […]
Designed in conjunction with Ned Steinberger, the NS Artist Capo clamps to the front of the instrument, in order to avoid obstruction of the performer’s fretting hand while playing. It’s patented design is easy to open and close and applies even tension. With its micrometer tension adjustment dial, guitarists can fine-tune the tension of the capo. Designed to apply direct horizontal pressure, it virtually eliminates pulling strings out of tune. Its lightweight aluminum construction adds no noticeable weight to the neck of the instrument. It comes with an NS Micro Tuner mounting bracket, allowing the guitarist to add tuning capabilities to the capo, and it also includes a pick holder.
Jackson X Soloist SLX guitars feature basswood body, through-body maple neck, and 24 jumbo frets. The Duncan designed alnico HB102N (neck) and high-output ceramic HB102B (bridge) humbucking pickups offer ultra-fast playability. The bound compound-radius rosewood fingerboard curves more dramatically at the nut for easy chording and flattens out as it approaches the neck joint.
Yamaha’s L Series acoustic guitars have been redesigned to deliver classic quality and value. Englelmann spruce tops are treated with Acoustic Resonance Enhancement (ARE) to give them the tonal richness of vintage models. Playability improvements include redesigned bracing, thinner five-ply neck design, lower string action, and wider string spacing. The simple-to-use undersaddle pickup expands the guitar’s capabilities without affecting unplugged sound. L Series guitars are available with mahogany back and sides or in rosewood.
Guitar maintenance should be a simple thing, right? But there are so many products and opinions out there that perhaps you might put it off for another few months. Then a crack appears on your beloved cedar top acoustic, or your fretboard is feeling sticky, or maybe you just think it could be better now that you have gotten familiar with all its little quirks. Here are some simple tips for guitar owners that can make a big difference.