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Review: DiMarzio The Black Angel Guitar Pickup — Video

When I hit the stage with my acoustic guitar, I tend to favor a soundhole pickup rather than close miking to achieve a convincingly authentic acoustic sound. Since it mounts snugly onto the soundhole, a magnetic pickup is unobtrusive and a great way to amplify your acoustic without ruining your guitar’s finish or having to permanently install electronics that can quickly become outdated.

Review: Amptweaker FatMetal Distortion Pedal — Video

The modus operandi for designing most “metal” distortion pedals usually involves making a circuit that can boost gain to ungodly levels and slapping in a radical EQ circuit that boosts and cuts frequencies far beyond the normal limits of most guitar amps (and taste for that matter).

Review: Bare Knuckle Cobra Prewired Guard Pickups — Video

While it isn’t necessarily rocket science, wiring and installing an entire set of three Strat pickups can be a confusing and time-consuming project for guitarists who fire up a soldering iron maybe once a year, at best. Even worse, if your soldering skills have all the finesse of a four-year-old drawing Batman, your wiring job can suffer from cold solder joints, intermittent connections, and poor grounding.

Practice Made Perfect: Guitar World Rounds Up 17 Amazing Practice Amps

Playing live might be the best way to hone your performance skills, but when it comes to technique, you need practice, practice, practice. If you play an electric guitar, your woodshedding sessions demand an amp that not only reveals the details and nuance of your playing but also sounds great—so great that it makes you want to practice more and become the best guitarist you can.

Review: Marshall JCM 25/50 2555X Silver Jubilee Reissue Guitar Amp — Video

Since the Eighties and beyond, Marshall has developed many good amps and quite a few great ones. However, only a handful of their models produced over the last 35 years are considered true classics that inspire the same fevered bloodlust in guitarists as Marshall’s venerated amps from the Sixties and Seventies.

Review: Roland JC-40 Jazz Chorus Guitar Amp — Video

The Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus amp is about as near to perfection as one can get when it comes to immaculate clean tones and lush built-in stereo chorus effects, which is why it has remained virtually unchanged over 40 years of continuous production. However, some players don’t need an amp that big, heavy, powerful, and loud for everyday recording and club gigs.

How to Build the Ultimate Pedal Board for Guitarists — Video

Are you a pedal-board dunce? Fear not! In this illustrated tutorial, Guitar World shows you everything you need to know, from choosing a board to powering up and laying out your pedals.

How to Change the Strings on an Electric Guitar — Video

Most of us regard changing or replacing strings as arduous and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Depending upon the type of guitar you own, string changing can be accomplished in a matter of minutes. Constant repetition is the key — kind of like practicing — and as a guitarist, that’s what you do.

Yousician Is a Fast, Fun Way to Learn to Play Guitar — Video

Yousician is an app that teaches you to master the guitar instead of a plastic game controller. Yousician listens to you play through your device’s microphone and gives you real-time feedback. It works with any acoustic or electric guitar, without any special equipment. Yousician is packed with songs and exercises for beginners and advanced guitarists and is available for every major platform out there.

Review: TC Electronic Helix and Viscous Vibe Pedals — Video

Over the last few decades, pedal designers have tried to recapture the gnarly sounds of early phaser effects. Most attempts to duplicate these effects in the digital realm were underwhelming, but the engineers at TC Electronic finally cracked the code, as is evident in their new Helix Phaser and Viscous Vibe TonePrint pedals.