Do you know the only time most guitarists change all their strings is when they break one? I know because I’m often guilty of that. Changing strings isn’t always a matter of necessity; it can also be a matter of personal preference. Some musicians love the sound of their old strings broken-in, while others can’t live without the fresh sound of a new set.
Show us your chops and win a Corona Chorus Pedal, courtesy of TC Electronics. Watch Paul Riario demonstrate a Power Ballad Arpeggios lick lesson. Then film yourself putting your signature spin on Paul's lick and post the video as a response to ours.
Watch Guitar World's Paul Riario tune an acoustic guitar -- without the aid of a tuner -- in under 60 seconds. He actually tunes it twice: once a half-step and down and then in standard tuning, all in under 60 seconds.
When I first started playing guitar, there were only three available methods of tuning: A tuning fork (which only produced the “A” note, and you had to approximate the rest by knowing which frets or harmonics to finish tuning), a pitch pipe (a truly humiliating exercise in front of people) or a good guitar teacher.
When Playboy called to say Crystal Harris and Anna Sophia Berglund were available to appear in this year’s Buyer’s Guide, I heard them loud and clear. Anna was Playboy’s Miss January 2011, while Crystal was Miss December 2009 and — when we set out to create this guide — the bride-to-be of Hugh Hefner.
The Epiphone Riviera Custom P-93 is a fine guitar. It is beautifully conceived and crafted in that stunning see-thru wine red finish, laminated maple top and body with mahogany neck. I also dig (cosmetically and functionally) having the three black plastic dog-eared P90 pickups.